Losing weight

 

Like most regular people I know, once they reach their thirties, they mellow down.  Gone are the hyperactive party-all-night-Fridays  or swim-all-day-weekends.  Instead, most prefer to stay home to read or maybe work on a presentation.

I was never the “fat” person (sorry, for the bluntness), I have been thin all my life without meaning too.  In fact, I was barely over 110 pounds or 50 kilos  during my college days.  My metabolism during my twenties allowed me to eat what I wanted and I never thought that one day I would struggle with my weight as my age caught up with me.

 

As I soldiered through medical school during my early thirties, I started gaining weight.  I’m not sure if it were the Oreos and chips I ate during all-night study sessions or the fact that I drank soft drinks (Coke zero, I mistakenly reasoned, ergo no calories or sugar) morning, noon and night to cope with the stresses of school.  Food was my reward, and at the same time my comfort measure when I was feeling down.

 

By the time I graduated, I was a solid 64 kilos.  At 164 cm height, I had a Basal Metabolic Index (BMI) of 23.7 which was still within normal limits in the World Health Organization (WHO) classification.

 

Internship stress

 

Enter the era of my training at the Hospital, the mecca of medical internship.  The stresses of adapting to the environment and the inherently toxic duties had me reaching for more comfort food, which were unfortunately junk, plus the fact I need to get a good parking for my Nissan Juke.

 

Except for pushing stretchers and wheelchairs of patients, or running to the third floor to assist on an operation, I never exercised.  This was the time I exceeded my ideal weight and reached 70 kilos.  I was officially overweight.  My cheeks puffed.  My old clothes failed to fit, but luckily my scrubs accommodated my extra bulk (especially on my belly).

 

My family has both a history of hypertension on both sides, plus diabetes on my paternal side.  My parents both died in their early fifties, which puts me at very, very high risk.  When my glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C) came out almost borderline for diabetes, and had one episode of palpitations while on duty in PGH, I was officially scared.  I was 37, overweight, and started having symptoms of polyuria (frequent urination).  That was the last straw.

 

 

Working on having a fit body and a fit mind needed a conscious decision every single day.  I realized we always have a choice, a choice between fried processed pork over grilled chicken, or getting a bowl of fruit over cake for dessert.  Making fitness as a choice was also made easier because my gym was closer to where I worked and lived, and my trainer not only instructed me but also encouraged me to complete every single routine.

 

Recently I had my glycosylated hemoglobin taken again, and it was 5.2 percent–within normal limits.  It meant that my sugar levels within the past three months had not been excessive.  Nowadays I rarely drink softdrinks or eat sugary food, but of course allow myself a chocolate bar or two on Sundays for a treat.

 

Losing weight wasn’t just about looking good, it also taught me about being determined and consistent with working towards your goal.  It does not take someone extraordinary to get back in shape, and age should not be an excuse.  I think I may even be in better shape now than I was in my twenties.

 

So this is my take-home message to anyone aspiring to lose weight for health or any other reason: if I can do it, anyone can!

Cameras for the Road

 

I am a professional photographer for the past seven and a half year. Since i was in highschool, I am so fond of taking pictures and videos of our family outings and getaways nd I always love chasing summits, sunsets, and taking pictures of random people I meet. In college, I pursued a degree in the arts, and I majored in photography. I also landed a nice internship program in a reputable newspaper and i strted working too as a photographer for new magazines new the town where I get to meet alot of people and deal with many different projects I am passionate about

 

. I have been travelling the whole world—from Costa Rica to Madrid and Buenos Aires to Tokyo just to capture many beautiful sceneries, people’s lives, and momentous events in the world. Currently, i have six cameras i always bring with me wherever I go, so that I can have options as to what cameras to use depending on the situation. Aside from these main cameras, I also have some cameras for specific needs, not necessarily to my profession but for efficient and for specific purposes only. I recently lbought a nice handy camera for some random shots. I also bought a Polaroid camera when I am being lazy to go out and just want to take selfies and all. I actually enjoy using them on my downtime. The latest I bought was a drone, which I have been using to rove virtually in a new place. To scout for new places and see different angles from the top view. This is actually eing used by many But for me, I use it just to see things around even when i am in place. I also bought a dashcam and had it for dashcam test 2018. Yes, i know this is for cars. I placed it in my car two weeks ago and I am just amazed od how it can document my travel, the road that is. It is very efficient for me as it records everyting. In other countries, they use it for safety purposes and as evident, as proof of pieces of evidence whenever there are some road accidents or untoward incidents that have been recorded in the daasham. This is actually helpful and really a nice investment especaully for people with cars, with motorbikes, and even bikers. You can even put it in your helmet if you do not want it in front of your bike. There are many ways how to use dashcams and they are an effective too n documenting. In fact, there have been many companies who recommend or make as madantory to have dashcams in cars and in motorbikes for easier tracking and evidences if ever there are untoward incidents that happpend, you can easily secure a video. This helps in crime solving too. As you also depend on CCTVs, dashcams are a surefire way of getting evidences through videos too and I think this can greatly help authorities.

Moving In

Hi there girls! I am moving in with my partner to start a new life with him. He is an information technologay specialist and I am a photographer. I am actually not involved in anything technology and I am happy that he is there when there are times I am dealing with digital dilemma. Like last time, I have to deal with a deadline and the internet just went off. I am really pissed because I have to pass some requirement on my projects I am involved in and i was really going ballistic.

But since he was there, he said I really should have our wifi router tested, called wlan access point test so that I will not be dealing with this ever again. For me, this was really a relief. I am a little overwhelmed because he was really informative in telling me all these tech and technical stuff I have not heard before.

I am just happy he is there to guide me. Right now, I am a little confident on dealing with internet and i have also talked to my internet provider. They were really sorry about what happened and they are thinking of replacing my new router. I am happy with their deliver and  right now I am thinking about moving in and the new apartment me and my partner will move into.