Losing weight gracefully

I never been this concerned with my weight until I had my blood tested for diabetes on a free check up conducted in a mall many many months ago. The doctor said my sugar is a bit elevated and I must control my weight, must exercise regularly and eat balance and healthy food. She advised me to get proper lab tests to be sure but I never went to get the lab test (not scared duhhh!) but I started to exercise regularly and try to eat as healthy as I could (wink). The building in which I work allow commercial tenants to use the gym conveniently located just on the upper floor of our office.

The heaviest I've become was about 70-75 kilos or 154 -165 lbs while I was pregnant with my son, I am not tall so I know I’m really BIG at that time. Three years later after giving birth, I still find it hard to lose those baby weights and as I age, it gets even harder.

Lately, I discovered one website called Blogilates - it is a blog of Casey Ho-a Pilates instructor. Her videos are awesome and easy (yeah OK not so easy for a beginner like me) to follow. I only run on the treadmill before for as long as I can but after I found her blog I get to print one of her printable called Treadmill Shredmill that consists of six sets with different inclines and speed. It is a combination of cardio and booty and legs muscle exercise. After using this formula, I can stay on the treadmill for a whole 50 minutes without getting bored, I get super sweaty and my muscles are sore after which is a really good sign that the exercise is working, yeah baby its working! I love all the exercise routines and want to do all of it.

Another inspiring blog I found that advocates proper diet is The Londoner with her anti-diet article. These ladies are uber sexy like models of Victoria Secret and they are truly a motivator and inspiration.

With regular exercise, I shed pounds slowly and look more fit now. Although it is not showing huge difference in numbers yet, I can feel it and I look better on my clothes. Let's visualize it, this is me in Jan  2013 and now. can you tell the difference?

All I can say is I am still in the journey and will continue and try to stay healthy for as long as I live. Do not wait for your health to falter before starting, it is your health, your body take care of it today to avoid early signs of sickness. I  have kids and I'd love to see them grow and have kids of their own. I wanna grow old with my husband too!

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.


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  1. Nice!! good job. I must check those blogs!!

    1. hi Sheila, I read you blog post, job well done to you too!

  2. Congratulations Carla :-)
    Keep on, and keep that great shape in a healthy way... (PS, I am losing weight probably because I am too engrossed at work, skipping lunch, missing enough sleep -- but it does feel good fitting in those pre-pregnancy clothes again ... )

    1. thanks so much for your encouraging words. At least ikaw pumapayat ako kahit maraming trabaho, kulang sa tulog, at walang lunch hirap pa rin kaya kailangan ng follow up :)

  3. You look great! So lucky of you to work in a building that has a gym. Inggit mode ako =)

    1. hi Pam, thanks, oo nga eh buti na lng, I never considered to go to any fitness center for membership, I guess that is just a waste of money. If the gym wasn't there, I might as well download some videos and do it at home.

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