GETTING BACK ON TRACK: MY BODYBOSS FITNESS GUIDE REVIEW

As I’ve said in a previous blog post, Every year I gain weight lose weight then gain it back again. Here I am AGAIN at the gaining weight phase of my life. I blame it on my body getting used to doing the same workouts in the gym all the time.  My usual workout is an  Elliptical – Treadmill – Weights routine.   I realized in order for me to be successful with my fitness goals, I need to change things up once in a while so that my body doesn’t get used to it and so that I don’t plateau. I must also remember that there are no shortcuts to healthy living as it is indeed a lifestyle. I’ve decided to challenge myself to lose the weight again. Luckily while I was in the process of researching for new workouts to do, I was contacted by BodyBoss to do a collaboration with them. Clearly my everyday gym routine was no longer working for me so I was really looking forward to trying something new.   What is The BodyBoss Ultimate Body 12-Week Fitness Guide?     The BodyBoss Method is a 12-week workout program that uses the HIIT (...

VLOGGED: KOREAN SPICY NOODLE CHALLENGE WITH ARISSE DE SANTOS

I’ve been seeing the spicy noodle challenge craze all over my social media so I decided to give it a try.  Since Arisse, my friend and my talent ( i’m her manager haha! ) was planning to visit work the other day I decided why not film this with her?     I bought our noodles in the Korean Mart called Sun- Han Mart in BGC along Burgos Circle. The two packs of noodles cost me a total of Php 170. A bit pricy if you ask me! We got the 2x Spicy one like pictured below.     The other challenges I’ve seen on Youtube were just them simply eating the spicy noodles, so we wanted to step it up a bit by having to answer a couple of questions before being able to drink milk.           OH MY GOODNESS THIS WAS SUCH A STRUGGLE.         The noodles are pretty tasty and flavourful and I actually enjoyed eating them. But after a few seconds, the spice creeps in all over your lips at first then you start to feel it all over your mouth. Going to the bathroom was also a very...

Tomorrow is NOT guaranteed. Go after what you want right NOW.

I’ve been really depressed and frustrated with myself. Somehow I always end up back  where I started.  Every year,  I gain weight lose weight then gain it back again.  It’s a vicious cycle. A cycle I no longer want to be a part of. I really really want to pursue fitness and nutrition.  I love the feeling of being able to help and inspire other people to live healthier lives . Friends and even random strangers messaging and sending thank you letters and gifts to me  for helping them out with their own fitness journey. Last February, I lost about 15 pounds in  8 weeks. I was planning to quit my job that time to pursue my dream. My end goal is to become a registered personal trainer and a nutritionist.  I decided to stay at my job with the promise that I could still pursue what I am most passionate about. After a few weeks though, the workload piled up again and all my time that should have been spent meal prepping, exercising and working towards my goals ended in the opposite direction. I gained all the weight back, even more. At this point in my life, I  turned...

MY FIRST VLOG: DAY TRIP TO LAIYA

Jason and I had a free day from work and basketball practice. We haven’t gone on a trip in a while so I really wanted to do something different! Luckily, my driver was free on that day so my parents allowed me to use him! ( Thank you parentals )   Being the creature of habit that I am, I decided to go to a place that i’m quite familiar with. Laiya White Cove  which is a private beach situated in San Juan Batangas ( about a 2 hour drive from Alabang )   I decided to document our trip and I tried my best to vlog. Hopefully you guys enjoy this video!  🙂   Follow me on: Instagram – @margabanaga Twitter – @margabanaga Facebook – @margabanaga92  

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D.I.Y. POKE: My Favorite POKE Bowls

As I am constantly on the lookout for healthy spots to check out, I’m so glad that Poke Bowls are finally a thing in Manila! Poke is a famous Hawaiian dish that has been a staple in their homes for centuries now. Poke means “to cut” which explains the cubed raw fish found in this dish. I was so ecstatic when I found out that D.I.Y. POKE was opening right outside my village! They are the first in the Philippines to solely focus on Poke Bowls and what makes it extra special is the fact that you can choose to even customize your own dish! Other restaurants in the Philippines have tried to join in the Poke Trend but have failed to execute it as well as D.I.Y. Poke. A traditional Poke Bowl consists of raw fish ( ahi tuna or yellow fin tuna ), seaweed ( hijiki or wakame ), white rice, sesame oil, onions, sesame seeds and soy sauce.  In D.I.Y. Poke, You have the option to choose from 5 Signature Bowls: HEALTH BOWL The Health Bowl is one of my favorites! It comes with a GENEROUS amount of Salmon and Tuna Chunks, brown rice, seaweed,corn, ginger and shoyu...

ZAFUL FINDS: MY TOP PICKS FROM ZAFUL.COM

If you haven’t heard of Zaful then you are definitely missing out! Zaful is a one-stop online shop perfect for all your clothing needs. Their items are trendy and affordable. Here are a couple of items that I copped: NECK ZIPUP PILOT JACKET – $27.99 A bomber jacket is the perfect athleisure piece. It is definitely making a statement in the fashion world this 2016. I opted for a basic black bomber as it can be worn in multiple ways. A bomber jacket can dress down a formal outfit and even add style to a plain white tee + jeans combo. FAUX SUEDE BASEBALL HAT  – $4 If you know me well enough, you will notice that I wear hats pretty often. I’m  a street or athleisure wear kind of dresser. This faux suede hat caught my attention right away as I am always on the hunt for unique pieces that not everyone has. Plus it was only $4! MIRRORED PILOT SUNGLASSES – $5.83 Accessories can surely add that oomph to an outfit! I decided to get a couple of sunglasses from Zaful because they are affordable and of good quality! This specific pair got my attention because of its unique color....

LA CASITA: MY FAVORITE SHOP IN MADISON GALERIES ALABANG

A four-story lifestyle mall called Madison Galeries conveniently opened right by Alabang Hills. Located along, 398 Don Jesus Blvd, Muntinlupa,  It features various restaurants, salons, fitness spots and most importantly my mom’s shop, LA CASITA ACCENT DECOR. My mom has always had an eye for beautifully crafted things. Her shop sells various items such as trinkets, conversation pieces, accent wall decors, industrial lamps, etc. Since I had the chance to visit her shop over the weekend, I decided to share with you guys my top 5 favorite items from her store. Telephone Booth Lamp – Php 25,000  The telephone lamp is a great industrial piece perfect for the living room area or even in your own bedroom! This unique item is my personal favorite and my brother loves this piece as well! He has one in his room and it gives that “wow factor”! 2. Industrial Tripod Lamp – Php 4,900 Hello to my film buff friends! This is a lamp I would want in my room! The base of the tripod is crafted from wood that is finished in black  which contrasts well with the metal shade. Small Industrial Tripod Lamp – Php 3,500 3. Wallhanging Airplane Wine Rack – Php 6,800 To my...

Cheat Meal of the Week: Morganfield’s Mall of Asia

  I decided to dedicate a section of my  blog to Cheat Meals. As I have mentioned before, cheat meals can actually be beneficial for you. When you eat healthy and when you eat the same thing everyday, your body gets so used to it. Cheat meals can be used as motivation as well. It can also boost your metabolism. But take note, cheat MEAL not a cheat day. I also have to note that you must have “SMART” cheat meals. It still has to be in moderation. What could be better than to have the biggest and juiciest pork ribs in town as my cheat meal for the week?  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the opening of Morganfield’s in Mall Of Asia! I’m not much of a meat or pork eater in general, but my tastebuds were in awe with how juicy their ribs taste! We started with  the Crab and Spinach Dip priced at Php 345.The dip consisted of crab meat, spinach and parmesan perfectly infused together. I loved it! ( I love anything with cheese ) Morganfield’s is known for their “Sticky Bones”, which is made of prime pork rib that is slowly baked and...

Food for the Seoul (I)

Traveling is good for you. In a way, it helps you find yourself. You get to appreciate the culture of a place,  you get to taste unique flavors and discover new dishes that you’ve never tried before, you get to see the world through somebody else’s perspective.

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