3 Ways to Move More and Weigh Less

Today, being overweight is an epidemic millions of Americans struggle with. It’s one of the top reasons why we have all sorts of illnesses and diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer. The foods we’re consuming are toxic and we’re moving significantly less. Our sedentary lifestyles and poor diets are literally killing us. If you want to turn around your life and prevent illness, then you need to start moving more. Here are some tips to help you start losing weight.

Drive Less, Walk More

If you have the option to walk to a place, then do it. You should try walking everywhere feasible, including your mailbox and corner store. If you go to school, opt to walk across campus to classes versus driving. Or if it’s too far, you can ride your bike. This counts as exercise as well. If your car breaks down, don’t fret. Use your two legs until you can get the parts you need from Autozone.

Ride Your Bike

If you don’t own a bike, some communities have rentals you can pick up. You’d be amazed at how far you can go on a bike once you start riding. It’s not as bad as walking, and still allows you to burn a ton of calories. Your bike can be used to buy groceries from the local store or to meet up with friends at the movie theater.

 Buy a Pedometer

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 One way to ensure you’re moving enough is to track how many steps you’re taking each day. There are a variety of pedometers on the market you can use. Some have high-tech features that allow you to keep track of your progress. Use the device to find out how many steps you normally take, then add on 1,000 steps. Every other week, you can add another 500 or so steps until you reach about 10,000 steps. The more steps you take, the better, so never stop pushing!

 There are various other ways you can continue losing weight, such as by taking the stairs versus the elevator or escalator and walking around during your lunch break at work. Continue searching for ways to move more and you’ll lose weight in no time!

Attitude of Gratitude

Most of us can think of loads of different ways that our lives could be better. In fact, it’s often a conversation we are willing to have with as many people as we can, as long as they will listen. Although there’s nothing wrong with wanting more and striving to get more, there’s a lot to be said about what we already have. Learning to practice an attitude of gratitude seems to amplify what we have and make it enough, as we strive for more. However, there’s something to be said about appreciating what we already have. The benefits abound.
The Hope, Happiness, and Health Factor

<a href=”http://www.newsweek.com/5-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude-398582″>Grateful people</a> are happier people. They have more hope and enjoy the moments that make up the content of their lives. On top of these wonderful benefits, they tend to be healthier people in general. They take care of themselves and tend to have fewer aches and pains. Because they tend to be happy with what they have, those 100% long staple cotton sheets are the equivalent of 3000 thread count sheets for them. They are willing to enjoy what they have on the way to building a better life.
Grateful People are More Helpful & Empathetic

People that appreciate what they have are often more helpful towards others and less judgmental and aggressive. Instead, they tend to be the types of people that put themselves in other people’s shoes and show more empathy.
Grateful People Possess a Strong Resilience

Grateful people have a mental strength that allows them to get through and overcome difficult obstacles. Even Vietnam Vets who exercised an attitude of gratitude had fewer incidences of post-traumatic stress syndrome than those who didn’t. Gratitude has a magical way of padding our experiences by creating a buffer between us and the world. This buffer allows us to give thanks for what we have and wraps us in loving protection so that we are able to better weather the storms in life.
Appreciating what we have builds character. When we give thanks we are more helpful, happy, empathetic, healthy, and resilient. These are all beneficial qualities to have as we navigate this thing called life. Furthermore, gratitude helps us to live in the now instead of wishing for better days all the time. In essence, gratitude helps us to enjoy the journey.

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Celebrating A Golden Wedding Anniversary

Recently, couples who have gone through years of happily married lives commemorate their wedding anniversary with grand parties and another wedding feast. This is usually planned and prepared by their children and grand children. Being part of this kind of celebration makes one believe in happily ever-afters and that love between two people really last. It is very touching to see aged couples re-new their vows even after 30 or 50 years and with their children and family as witness to a once in a lifetime event. These events are made memorable with combined efforts of the family in preparing the venue, the food and everything else. It would seem like the oldies will be wed for the first time.

Even when the couple already has health issues and conditions such as incontinence, they can still enjoy the moment without worries with the help of those highly absorbent incontinence pads. There are products for the elderly made with much consideration for their comfort and protection. Now, anniversaries and family celebrations can be more memorable and worry-free with the help of incontinence pads.  For their golden wedding anniversary, nothing can stop them from pouring out all their emotions and love for each other while their whole family looks on, inspired and hopeful that such kind of love does exist.

Viva Trips & Treats – Food and Travel Blog

Hi there!

I’ve recently decided to let go some of my blogs. Its one of my New Year’s resolution actually! I have several blogs, some hosted in Blogger and WordPress! Its so difficult to keep up with everything! I have an office to run, kids to attend to, and still has blogs to update! Holy cow, where did I get all the energy from?

Let me introduce to you my newest baby in the blogosphere – Viva Trips & Treats (http://www.viva-trips.com). This domain used to be a travel blog – Viva Trips & Tips but will be combining now with my Food Blog – Taste Matters (http://www.taste-matters.info). Its a pity to let go of my food domain but I have to concentrate more on important issues.

More blogging updates soon! Less is more! Ciao!

Top 3 Healthy Resolutions for Women: Jumpstart your Journey to Good Health

Women tend to worry much about their health thus healthy New Year resolutions are always a thing as the year ends. Amongst these many resolutions, eating right and being physically active are on top of the list. Unfortunately for many, these resolutions go on a downhill dive comes mid-January. Before you start listing your healthy New Year Resolutions, think back on the many resolutions you’ve made years before and do away with the same this year. Consider cutting down your list on doable goals and find ways to jump start them slowly but surely.

Basically, women should start their healthy journey this year with a health exam for important tests and screening. It may not sound sexy at all and sometimes upsetting to wait for the results but being up to date with your health screenings can actually lengthen your life and move you to healthier living. Taking vitamins such as Myra 300E will also help you achieve that healthy glowing skin.

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Eating right or eating nutritious food comes in first on women’s list of healthy New Year resolutions. This comes with women’s resolve to lose weight, but sticking to certain foods and cutting on some food groups is a major setup for failure. Instead of depriving yourself of sweets or desert make practice moderation especially during special occasions. It is also advised to take vitamins C and zinc such as Conzace for stronger immunity.

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Exercising and being physically active is also a resolution that tends to head wayward after a few tries. When it comes to being physically active, it is best to set realistic goals and avoid judging yourself too harshly if you don’t get your desired results in a certain time frame. There are many ways to start exercising and most of them cost nothing like jogging, trekking and yoga.

Hello from Cold Taipei

Hello friends, just saying hello from  cold Taipei. Its now my third day here and so far – happy and contented with the results of our visit here. But – also very tired from a lot of walking. I need to lose weight! I know – and yes, I will try really hard now! Please remind me if I forget. I’ve been bad for years – I tend to forget when I am infront of delicious food. I guess that’s evident in my body! ha ha ha

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Anyway, its time for me to say Good Night! I will blog about places to go, restaurants to eat and things to do in Taiwan soon. Watch out for that!

See you tomorrow Philippines.. missing my kids already!

Staycation at Hotel H20 For My Daughter’s 7th Birthday

One unique resort hotel that you can find in the Philippines is the Hotel H2O. It is imbued with relaxing and luxurious indulgence that every businessman or traveller will surely love. With the marine-theme which is first in the Philippines, one can feel a different and euphoric experience.

Staying at Hotel H20 to celebrate my daughter’s 7th birthday was an awesome idea! Credit to me of course! We were contemplating of going to HK Disneyland or Boracay but because of some unavoidable circumstances, we ended up looking for a place near Manila. And for kids and the kids-at-heart mommy, after votation, we finally booked at Hotel H20. Yipee! And we didnt just stay in the hotel, we also bought tickets for the Manila Ocean Park! Awesome! (I will post another for Manila Ocean Park)

The Good Points

  • Excellent service. Nothing beats a superb service with a friendly and accommodating staff. No matter what time you arrived at the place, the staff of Hotel H2O are always ready to serve. From the Concierge down to the Housekeeping, they were courteous.
  • Unique. Its authenticity is pretty obvious. There is nothing like Hotel H2O in the Philippines. Its mere marine-theme foster a relaxing yet romantic ambiance. Nonetheless, it will blow your mind in astonishment.
  • Worth the price. At Hotel H2O, you will experience ecstatic perks for less. Name whatever feature you are looking for a hotel, this marine resort hotel got it for you. Whether it is perfect functionality, cleanliness, service, facilities and amenities, or top-notch security the Hotel H20 offers more than what you pay.
  • All-in-one facilities and amenities. Aside from the unobstructed view of the bay, the place also offers superb facilities such as meeting room, front desk, fitness center, amusement park, and club lounge. In addition to this, the standard-size room is just adequate for every occupant. Also, it comes with a free toothbrush, soap, and a whole lot more. But I don’t normally use these free stuff (took them home :)) as I always carry with me my family travel essentials.
  • Location. The geographical setting of the hotel feels just right. In fact, it will only take you minutes to the Mall of Asia or U.S. embassy.

The Downsides

The Hotel H2O is not at all a five-star hotel to everybody. It has its flaws, but it only accounts to a minor percentage and is of course acceptable.

  • Buffet Breakfast. Our booking comes with 2 free buffet breakfast. I had to pay for 2 more persons (kids rate), Alexa was free of charge luckily! As she only ate cereals and milk. Would have been pricey to pay for that amount of food only. The food was delectable, quite a number of variants actually but only took some as I was full with 2 cups of brewed coffee. And with 3 kids in tow, its quite exhausting to watch them.
  • Some rooms have no windows.  But no worries, instead of windows, you will see a blue aquarium filled with fishes. If you sometimes want to take a glimpse of the outside world, there are some times that you cannot do so. It is because some rooms have no windows.
  • Swimming pool is small. Yes, since this hotel is constructed inside Manila Ocean Park, so they didn’t give much importance for the swimming pool. Of course, you will visit Hotel H20 simply because its in Manila Ocean Park. But anyhow, though small but it serves its purpose! The kids still enjoyed their short stay there! They wanted to come back the next day but ended up staying in the room watching the fishes.

With all that are said, the Hotel H2O is still a nice place to spend a vacation or leisurely travel. It provides a whole new experience making life exciting.

Overall, we enjoyed our staycation! It was indeed a nice place to celebrate the 7th birthday of my daughter Alexa. Don’t grow up so fast little darling!

Here are some of my staycation photos:

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My Family Travel Essentials

Having kids and  tagging them along on our travel requires a lot of planning and making reservations ahead of time. Nowadays, instead of celebrating  our birthdays with parties which requires a lot of preparations and enormous efforts, we have decided to travel instead. Be it locally or abroad, hotels  with pools and playgrounds are our ideal choices for a short family vacation.

What do I bring for this short stay? Of course, even if its a short staycation- I still bring all my travel essentials whether I travel abroad alone or with the kids locally.

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Medicines and Vitamins

Biogesic  for me and Biogesic Syrup  for my kids. Ideal partner to treat headache, backache, toothache and even arrthritis pain.  Diatabs  is also important to bring to treat diarrhea and upset stomach.  When travelling abroad, we don’t know some of the ingredients especially for a foodie like me, I like to eat in the street food. I take Myra E everyday and Ceelin Chewables for my kiddos! Its a must to bring these too, even in our busy schedules, we shouldn’t neglect our body.

Beauty Essentials

As I said earlier, aside from taking vitamins regularly,  I also use products manufactured by well known companies like Unilab. These are some of my faves : Celeteque Dermoscience Advanced Anti-Aging Cleansing Oil, Myra Vitasmooth Facial Wash, Myra Vitawhite Whitening Hand and Body Lotion and Myra Daily Sun Protect Facial Moisturizer.

Planner and Pens

Whether its a business related travel or family, I always bring my planner. Whenever know when ideas struck my mind, I need to write them right away before I forget. And of course, to check the daily schedule in and out of the office.

Cellphone, Camera, Powerbank, Macbook Air

Yes you read it right! I am a Mommy Techie wannabe too! I like to play with gadgets. I like to document all my kids milestones, our travels and just about everything under the sun!

Cardigan and Scarf

I always bring a cardigan with me and a scarf. I cant sleep without aircon but I cant take it if its too cold also. Just a normal temp is just nice! For example, I feel always cold when I am inside the plane. I don’t know why! I love travelling but staying long in the airplane is not my cup of tea! Simply irritating and frustrating!

Clothing : Packing for clothes? One must consider the weather where you’re going to! Imagine going to a country in fall?!. We attended an exhibition in Shanghai before, weather was too cold and one of our colleagues forgot to bring close shoes! Oh my goodness!

How about you? What are your travel essentials?

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!!

Its been sometime since I put an effort in blogging here, I was devastated when G took my PR away. But I still can’t forget about my first domain, my very first blog. So for 2015, I plan to update and update with blog with all my nonsense. Hindi naman lahat, may sense din ang iba! 🙂

New Year, New Resolution??

Nah, better no new resolution, I wouldn’t be able to follow it anyway. I just want to be healthy and happy with my families and friends, I guess that is not too much to ask for!

How about you? Do you have a long list of New Year resolution? Do you think you can keep up?