15 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Fitness – Part 2

As promised, here are the remaining items on the list..

     6.    Magazines
Reading fitness magazines and looking at possible workout moves motivate me. 
Yes I am aware that most are perfected by photoshop and some are probably genetic freaks, but being a visual person, fitness models and their workouts motivate me to work harder. 
Fitness mags for PinayFitness geeks.

Besides, cut outs are a good addition to one’s Vision Board (hmm.. might do an article on that one time)

     7.    Blogs
I know that reading blogs inspire me. This is the same reason why I decided to bring back the habit of writing in my blog. It gives me accountability to my readers and who knows, I might be inspiring other people with my PinayFitness Journey too.
Until I have figured out the “subscribe” button, please feel free to visit my blog anytime. lol.

     8.    Success Stories
If a fitness website has success stories, for sure I will go back and read inspirational stories. Showing the ups and downs they go through is such a learning experience.

     9.    Instagram
Those catchy memes in Instagram really helps me in getting back on track. I usually download them and make them my wallpaper or share in the PinayFitness Facebook Page.

     10.  Forums and Facebook Groups
Talking about one’s fitness concerns and sharing ideas in a group full of like minded people would definitely help your fitness goals. Check in daily. 
Interact and post : PinayFitness Facebook Page

Post and interact. It really helps. Be part of the PinayFitness Facebook Group and share your thoughts on fitness too!

     11. Rewards
If you exercise for a few days, give yourself a reward! Progressed to a week? Add another reward. Do it often during the start of you “Balik Alindog” Program.
Stickers and pretty stuffs are my rewards. How about you?

In my case, my “rewards” are stickers. I am a member of a planner community & it gives me pleasure to put stickers in my monthly planner, knowing that I got it done. Weird, but that’s how I roll.

     12. Stress Reliever
Work. Home stuff. Life in general. Yup. All stress producer. Exercise = stress relief.
I also use exercise to regenerate and refresh myself as a form of rest.

13. An exercise log / graph
Writing it down makes a whole world of difference. Monitoring your progress in you planner, writing what you ate, how many glasses of water you took in (hydration is very important!), you body weight and tape measurement – then graph it at the end of the week for four weeks. You’d be pleasantly surprised once the month ends.
Graphing my one month progress was a great motivation for me!

14.  An exercise class

Golds’ Gym Bootcamp, Cardio Martial Arts, Yoga. These are my favourite combination. I have fun working out with my kiddos, laughing at each others moves during the class, and eventually putting in that workout for the day. Invite your friends to join you for a class and for sure, you’ll be motivated to go there and workout.

     15. A day at the beach or a Class Reunion.
Yep. You know how that feels.
Last December trip. Good thing I was beach ready!

So how about you? How do you motivate yourself?

15 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Fitness – Part 1


 a ten letter word that is so hard to keep up. If this specific word has a gender, it probably is a lady that is super high maintenance.
We all can relate to writing resolutions at the start of the year and planing to work out – actively tackling it on the next few days, only to stop after a week or so, then trash it all and go back to the same old rut. It is the second month of the New Year, so how are we with our goals and plans?
But, how does a regular pinay with lots of things in her plate, find motivation to exercise when you feel that just thinking about it makes you tired already? I ask myself this million peso question every now and then, and I know that I’m not the only one.
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Yes I have days when I struggle with putting in a workout in my schedule. I know that I should start making it a habit until it is part of my PinayFitness Routine, but the “M” word  is needed until the habit sticks and that, is where the challenge begins.
Recently however, I felt so happy because after lots of failed tries,  I was able to actually work on my goal – I was able to find motivation that was needed to make the habit stick. 
In this post, I am sharing what I did differently and what had helped get back on track.
The happiest loss of all. Loss of excess body fat.

Feel free to see if you can make some of these ideas “your own” so you can start working on your fitness goals..

     1.    Your before picture.
The past months have been really telling that I haven’t been exercising. The picture below shows how, from a fit 2014 me, I was transformed to a fatter version of myself.
My kids usually comment on how I gained weight and had been teasing me a lot about it  and that motivated me to do something before it goes awry – making it hard for me to get back.
     2.    Me Time.
Capturing the moment. My youngest kiddo and her “me-time” on the treadmill.
I enjoy spending time alone a lot. A time to think about things in my own personal quiet time. As a mom, a sister, a daughter and a wife, we usually take time taking care of others  but we don’t make time to take care of ourselves. Prioritize your “me time”, don’t miss your own workout appointment, so that you can give more to others.
     3.    How you feel after a workout
I know the feeling of dread before working out. “Oh no, do I need to work out again?” We sometimes hear ourselves complain. All possible excuses comes to mind once you decide to workout.  Interestingly however, during a workout, the adrenalin and endorphins kick in, that after a workout, it beats having an espresso shot!
Post Cardio Martial Arts Endorphin high with my daughters
and  Miss Universe / Philippines’ trainer John Cuay.
Store that feeling in your memory bank. Put that in your “happy place” and know that how you would feel afterwards would be a great motivator for your fitness goals. Tell yourself “You know you’re gonna have a blast and feel great after this workout  [INSERT NAME HERE], so let’s do it!
     4.    Having fun
Find a workout that’s fun for you. 
I love biking. I love the feel of air in my face (provided that I’m not navigating C5’s  and EDSA’s pollution filled road), I love pedalling through the streets of the metro and racing jeepneys and cars (in my mind hahaha). I love it so much that time just flies – 30 mins to an hour is over without me noticing it. 
Make it FUN.
Find an exercise that’s spells F-U-N for you. If it isn’t, look for one. It might be running, or having an outdoor adventure, as long as you’re moving, it’s all good. I also love lifting weights (no, it does not make you bulk up like She Hulk), so I spend some time lifting in the gym too.
Yes, this is FUN for me.. You have to figure out what’s FUN for you!
5.    How you’re going to look.
I have teens that love clothes shopping. 
Often times, we’d dress up and check out stuffs in the mall and they’d comment if it looks good or, if fat and flabs showImagine how consistent workout would let you buying the nice clothes that fits – Imagine how a fitter slimmer you can motivate. 
Imagine and let that visualization drive you. 
This was a recent photo after resolving to do something about it.
If 2015 was a not so physically good year, I will do my best to make 2016 better.


Once the changes start taking effect and unknowingly, someone notices it, it feels good and it makes you want to work out more.

Motivation 101

There are days when you feel like you just want to do anything.. at. all.
During those times, motivational quotes really help out a lot.

Sharing with you quotes that I love reading.

*  70% of ALL PEOPLE who start a FITNESS PLAN QUIT.

* Go do something that makes you SWEAT.


* I train because I want to defeat the me who couldn’t do it yesterday so I can be better today.

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.* Your body can do ANYTHING…. you just have to convince your MIND.

* A workout is a personal triumph over laziness & procastination.

* When you’re struggling, REMEMBER THE OUTFITS YOU WILL WEAR.


* BEAST is someone who gets up even if they can’t.

* This is not what Barbie looks like.     This is not what Fashion Models look like.
   This is what FIT looks like.  This is what being HEALTH looks like.    This is sexy.

* When in doubt, WORKOUT!

How about you? What are your favorite motivational quotes?

Urban Legends: Fitness Myths Vs Facts

In the fitness world, there are lots of urban legends you’d hear in the gym locker room.
Statements like, “I don’t want to eat sinigang or sisig because ingesting pork fat will make me fat!” or “I stay away from those heavy weights because I don’t want to look like a She-Hulk”

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An urban legendurban mythurban tale, or contemporary legend, is a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true. As with all folklore and mythology, the designation suggests nothing about the story’s veracity, but merely that it is in circulation, exhibits variation over time, and carries some significance that motivates the community in preserving and propagating it.
– Wikipedia

As we embrace the fitness lifestyle, it is our responsibility to question these statements and find out for ourselves if these are categorized as what we all know as “fitness” urban legends.

Below are some of the Fact vs Myth statement that I stumbled upon and would like to share with you.

Please feel free to add some more.


Myth: High – carbohydrate, low fat diets works best.
Fact: People are becoming fat from carb overdose.

Myth: If you exercise, it doesn’t matter what you eat.
Fact: If you exercise, it matters even more what you eat!

Myth: Eating right means three big meals a day.
Fact: Eating  nutritious balanced meals with the proper portion is the way to go.

Myth: Weight training is only for young athletes.
Fact: People of all ages should do weight training.

Myth: Muscle grow while you’re working out
Fact: Muscle grow while you’re resting and recuperating, AFTER a good workout.

Myth: A certain number of sets and reps gets the job done.
Fact: High-intensity efforts produces the best results.

Myth: Aerobic is better for shaping up than weight training.
Fact: To transform your physique, you must train with weights.

Myth: If women lift weights, they’ll get “bulky”.
Fact: Resistance exercise helps women create lean, toned bodies.

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Myth: You need to drink water only when you are thirsty.
Fact: Your body needs more water than it’s telling you.

Myth: Pinays are weak and dependent
Fact: Pinays are Positive Independent Natural Adaptable andYouthful!

So, now that all the myths and urban legends are debunked, care to share what have YOU heard through the grapevine?

How to Workout During the Rainy Season

So you want to work out but its raining really hard outside.

Running is not an option and going to the gym is too much hassle because of the heavy traffic.

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That’s fine.  However, that’s no excuse for you not to work out.

The good news is that you can burn that extra jiggly fat, start being lean, and have a great workout with just using your existing furniture at home and your body weight!
How?  Let me introduce you to Body Weight Circuit Training.

Completing one exercise right after the other without stopping a set  is what’s known as “circuit training”.  This builds both lean body weight and give you a great cardio workout.

So why does it work, you ask me?

In these exercises multiple muscle groups are used to complete the movement. These challenging movements get your heart rate pumping and in effect helps with the caloric burn that we all want.  With this in mind, studies showed that Circuit Training burns more calories than interval training — which actually burns MORE calories than steady cardio.

Efficient use of time is important for me and spending hours of running on a treadmill is not how I envision my time spent.  Here is a sample basic  workout that can be completed at home, in the park, or even in your office during lunch break.  
In a circuit routine, you’ll do each exercise in sequence without breaks in between as much as possible. 

Once done, you do it all over again.  If you can still do a set after the 2nd set,  try one more for third.
Note that it’s better to stop and take a break than to do an exercise incorrectly.  If you can’t do all three set of circuits without stopping, then you have yourself a goal.

As in any physical activity, WARM UP before starting.  Elevate your heart rate by running in place, jump rope, or jog up and down your stairs.  After the warm up,  start the circuit by doing the following movements:

Air Squats. 

Livestrong.com defines Air Squat as “an effective exercise for both the beginner and the advanced athlete. It uses just your body weight to tone and strengthen the muscles of your buttocks–gluteus minimus and maximus–and your thigh muscles, the hamstrings and quadriceps. Air squats also increase flexibility in the hamstrings and glutes. This exercise is great for women as it targets the problem areas of the butt and thighs. It’s also effective for people on the go who might not have access to a gym or weight-training equipment.”

Yes, you read it right! It’s GREAT for women as it targets butt and thighs.
Try to do 10- 15  repetition per circuit.
Here’s another great move for you.

Table push ups.
Push it!
A push-up is a classic muscle-building move that tones the arms, chest, the front of the shoulders, and the triceps.  This makes your arms tank top worthy and eliminates those jiggly upper arms.
Of course these movements can be modified depending on your fitness level. You could try wall push ups or modified push ups with bended knees if you prefer the floor.
Try to do 10- 15  repetitions per circuit.

Table Pull-ups.

Pull yourself up under the table!
Doing a perfect pull-up is one of my fitness goals.
Most people can’t perform one strict pullup with perfect form because pullups are one of the most challenging body-weight exercises.  Pull-ups requires us to use all of the muscles in your upper and mid-torso to lift 100 percent of your weight off of the ground.  Developing the strength needed to do pullups can be done by practicing other exercises that are similar — therefore, table pull ups it is for now!
Try to do 10- 15  repetitions per circuit.

The Plank.

Let’s do THE PLANK!
The plank is the ultimate core exercise.
This “simple” move improves on your strength, balance, and endurance.
With this exercise, you straighten your entire body and maintain it  in a rigid position just like a plank of wood.  It requires no extra equipment or weights, making it one of the most convenient forms of core strength training.
The term “core” involves all the muscles in your trunk area, including your obliques, rectus abdominus, deep abdominal, and back muscles.
Try to maintain proper form for 30 to 60 counts.  Beginner can do 10 to 15.

Jumping Jack  or Burpee Finale.
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Try to do 10- 15  repetitions per circuit.
And finally, always remember to STRETCH after a work out.
To summarize, the Body Weight Circuit Training goes like this:
* Warm up
* Air Squats
* Table Push ups
* Table Pull ups
* Planks
* Jumping Jacks or Burpee
* Stretch.

Along with every workout, you need to ensure that you’re eating properly.

Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand.  Fuel yourself properly with real foods, minimize soda, and eliminate the junk.

Now, armed with these how to’s of Body Weight Circuit training, who’s afraid of the rain?
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What an Inspiration!

Posting this to inspire us ladies who need a little motivation.

Okey, take a good look at the lady in the picture and try to guess her age.

She’s no pinay but the fine lady in the picture recently made it into the Guinness Book of Record as the “World’s Oldest Female Body Builder.”

Her name is Ernestine Sheperd.
So, how old do you think she is?
40? 50?

My guess is as good as yours.. and we are ALL wrong.

Try Seventy Seven… yes you read it right.. 77!

Surprised? To know more about her, check out her article and video here and be totally inspired!

Her message is clear and inspirational: “being out of shape” as we age is something we can now contest. She is indeed a role model not just for senior women, but for everyone else who have read or heard about her story.

Need motivation?

Think of how a lady of 77,  Ernestine Shepherd , and how her dedication and commitment can make a difference in one’s life.

Thank you Ernestine, for showing us that these things are possible!

My Mom

I’m super proud of her. She is such a strong woman and if you click on this video, you could see her playing dodgeball with her grand kids. 
For someone who’s turning 70 years old this 2012, this is amazing (considering that she does not lift weights and do gym stuff)
She always makes sure to eat healthy though, drink her water and put it 30mins of movement every day (jog around, do body weight squats and play wall ping-pong for agility)
I pray that she makes is as sustainable as possible so that she can continue to inspire the lives that she touches.

Now That the Holidays are OVER: Damage Control

It has been a few weeks since we have taken down our Christmas decors. 
Christmas carols are not playing on the radio and the last of the fireworks of Chinese New Year is no more.

I was hoping that since the tell-tale signs of the Holidays are now all gone, the remnants of the holiday bingeing, the proof of all these festivities would all be gone too. But sadly, unlike the Christmas decors, lights and Christmas carols, with FAT , that is not the case.  It is common fact that taking control of your weight can be hard during the holidays due to series of food-related celebrations during all those reunions and get together parties.  So how can you undo the damage done by a holiday meal so that it doesn’t have such a negative impact on your body weight?
I will be sharing with you how to go about with controlling whatever damage was done during the happiest season of the year.

1. Assessment : What is your number?

First of all, ask yourself: “How much weight did I gain during the past three months?”
Excessive eating and drinking might be the name of the game during the holidays and without you noticing it, the pounds have added up. A great wake up call would be to know that number and use that to motivate you into planning that GREAT COMEBACK!

2. ACT : Just Do It! 

The next thing that you can do to practice damage control is to get into the gym and do a weight lifting session the next day.  The common practice is to gravitate towards cardio training after a high calorie meal, but this isn’t really the most ideal way to go.  Weight lifting is what will use up excess carbohydrates in your system far better than cardio training, so will help to remove the excess calories that you consumed.
Also, weight training will help to elevate your metabolic rate for the hours after the session is completed, therefore will continue to help remove any excess fat that you may have burned off. Think of it as a way to scare off the bad spirits for the New Year.

3. Minimize Carbs Intake For a Week

Third, also make sure that you cut back on your carb intake around a week.   Protein consumption is one thing that YOU CANNOT REDUCE. This is definitely important as this is one of the building blocks to to maintain your lean body mass.

Fat can be reduced slightly, but sudden reduction would make you feel hungry all the time. 
Fat is a nutrient that will help provide some hunger control while reducing your calories, making reduced calorie intake much easier.  Just consider good fat sources like Omega 3 and Flaxseed Oil.

5. Never Ever Starve Yourself!

Finally, the last quick tip to help you recover from the holiday indulgence is to make sure that you aren’t starving yourself.  If you all of a sudden drop your calorie intake way down and keep it there, this would signal the body to start using up muscle mass as a fuel source which would waste all the hard work of the past training sessions that you have had. 
As always, a gradual approach is the best way to go. 
Bring your calorie intake much lower for two to three days and then adopt a more moderate calorie intake after that.

If you follow these quick tips, then you should have no problem reducing the damaging effects that the holiday indulgence that you had.

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Need Motivation? Try Skechers GO Run!

It was a crazy Friday evening, with workload that makes you want to wish that you’d be nearing finish line but still a bit way far off.  
My friend Vima’s invitation for the Skecher’s event was a breath of fresh air for me.

I have been reassessing my schedule lately and I have been noticing that I need to put in more hours for exercise, wondering if it is lack of motivation or just plain laziness.

What really caught my interest for the launch was its name. GO RUN.

It reminds me of those moments when you decide that you’d wake up in the morning for a run, yet, stay a little while in bed.. read your friend’s Facebook updates via mobile.. and without you noticing it, the sun is way high up. 
The name, is a fancy way to counteract that bad habit of procastination and replace it with a mantra for motivation: GO RUN. I likey.

Jenny Arce and me

It was a fun event where I was able to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends. We were requested to wear our running outfit and it kinda felt weird since we were in a mall but, as I say, what better way to support the sport?

Michelle doing her presentation

The lady who did the presentation was Michelle Estuar. She started it with telling us how heel-striking, a gait that is common among runners, is ineffecient and dangerous since this has a jarring impact on the body.

She also informed us that mid-foot is the best way to run and how Skechers GO Run’s mid-foot strike technology enhances the natural running performance of runners by positioning the body for an efficient mid-foot strike, reducing the impact of heel striking.

Skechers GO Run is launched as a new minimalistic lightweight running shoe line that integrates this technology. 

Since almost everyone is into barefoot running nowadays, I noticed that GO Run closely mimics barefoot running while wearing shoes due to its weight: about 6.9oz for male and 4.9oz for women. It also lets the foot function, letting it flex and twist allowing your foot to move as naturally as possible .

After dinner was served the bloggers were getting to know each other a little better, nine bloggers were called up for a challenge. We were caught off guard! I was thinking to myself “Oh! That explained why there were three treadmills set-up outside the store!”. We were divided in three batches and was tasked to run 500 meters wearing Skechers GO Run, the first one to reach it the goal would bring home his or her own pair of GO Run!

It was an all out run for all of us and I was lucky enough to be 2secs ahead of my batch and am now a proud owner of a Skechers Women’s GO RUN in Gray!

A while ago, when I woke up, two words came to mind : GO RUN. And I did.

“The race does not always go to the swift, but to the ones who keep running.”

WOW! How Did She Lose 10lbs of FAT in Four Weeks?

Hi Girls! We’re back!
Remember that one time last year when our PinayFitness Facebook Account  sent out an invite for a FREE MAKEOVER for our readers and friends?
We are proud to announce that IT WAS A DEFINITE SUCCESS!
We have documented our program’s progress for you to see that it is indeed doable, as long as you have the determination to do so and plan accordingly
·         Orientation on how will the program be detailed and documented
·         Amor was easy to talk to regarding her lifestyle evaluation and very much excited to undergo the program.
·         As in a start of any commitment, she was bit hesitant on the exercise expectation if she could finish it.
·         She admittedly stated that she does not like running.
·         She thought drinking coffee is enough to hydrate her body. Does not drink water (very minimal if she does).
·         Shocked with her weight assessment being under obese category despite of her actively involved in bowling
·         Diet mind setting. A “Before” Shot was made and measurement to show progress. 
Amor M/F/46yo
Total Body Weight
Body Fat %
Lean Wt.
Fat Wt.
Waist to Hip Ratio

·         Food Intake make-over by teaching her to eat wisely.
·         Two (2) to Three (3) times a week of PinayFitness Exercise Inserts. Making it a habit
      Weekend Core with PinayFitness

·         Food Intake documentation for analysis and assessment.
·         Two (2) to Three (3) times a week of PinayFitness Exercise Inserts.
·         Weekend Strength with PinayFitness
·         Food Intake documentation for analysis and assessment.
·         Two (2) to Three (3) times a week of PinayFitness Exercise Inserts.
·         Weekend Strength and Core with PinayFitness
·         Interestingly, Amor had stopped drinking coffee even if we had told her that it’s okey to drink coffee
·         She also ate more fruits and vegetables as part of her nutritional intake.
·         She’s hyperactive, can you see how happy she is in her “After” shot? 🙂
·         After all the time invested, Amor had lost 10 pounds of fat weight, 5.5 inches, and gained 5.8 pounds of lean weight.
Amor M/F/46yo
Total Body Weight
Body Fat %
Lean Wt.
Fat Wt.
Waist to Hip Ratio
During the weekend program, Amor was able to challenge her body in various activities that she hasn’t ventured into before. A definite proof that “What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve!” 
Kudos to you AMOR! Keep it up and be an inspiration to us all.
So, girls, what are you waiting for?
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