My First Indoor Skydiving experience…

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I cannot believe what I did today. This is so not moi!  I’m a lady, and I don’t want to die yet? 🙂 Ok, cut the drama Tigress! It’s just skydiving. What?

Yes, I faced my fear people. I did it! But I would rather do an impromptu singing than break my back doing this. Kidding aside, I had a fantabulous time! You should have seen my face as I was putting on my skydiving jacket and helmet, I was not smiling at all. I had to go to the bathroom twice before the flight. But my rock was with me, my hubby! I had some friends with me too who also gave me their all out support. I was so nervous. But the moment I got inside with the instructor, I felt safe and relaxed (???), although I had to tell him not to take me up too high. He laughed. I started smiling actually and posed for the camera in the second round. The feeling of floating in the air, fly free like a bird, or simply being saved from jumping over a bridge. 🙂 You thought I was gonna be nostalgic about this, right?  Well that is not moi! I can be but not in the mood for that right now. I am dizzy and I can’t sleep again.

It was an awesome feeling! Now I feel jetlagged. 🙂 I feel like I just got off the plane after 15 hours straight flight from Asia. It’s weird feeling this way.

Ok, it won’t be a novel for today. I just wanted to share this awesome experience tonight. If you are in the UK, you can either do this in Milton Keynes or Manchester at Airkix Indoor Skydiving.  It is amazing!

nytnyt xx

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Losing weight my way…

Cut the —– FAT! That’s me telling myself off. 🙂

My husband and I eat like a horse. True. We love our food, and cooking together in the kitchen is one of our favourite things to do. We love rice, esp moi, being a Filipino. Garry loves to eat rice too since being with me. He is a fan of Asian cuisine, and I’m a fan of English Sunday roast and puddings.

We had an epiphany one day, so we decided to have a health MOT. We both had a blood test to check our cholesterol level (know our HDL and LDL level). HDL or High-density lipoprotein, so-called “good cholesterol” which should always be higher than your bad cholesterol, LDL or Low-density lipoprotein. According to the doctor, Garry’s bad cholesterol level was way too high for his age and he was at risk for having a heart attack any moment. Scary. Mine was not as bad. My HDL is still higher than my LDL but overall my cholesterol level is slightly higher than the normal, but not as bad as Garry’s. So we decided to just cut the FAT in our daily meals, exercise, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We have a child, and we need to be there for her. We want to be there when she gets married, until we see our grandchildren. Health is wealth as they say. So people, we have free NHS, go and have your cholesterol checked. Know where you are. A friendly advice. 🙂

We stopped putting butter and cream cheese on bagels, clotted cream on scones. We said goodbye to that. Garry eats porridge for breakfast and he doesn’t add sugar, he puts honey. I eat fruits with 0% fat Greek yoghurt, with a bit of honey. Oh yummy! But we sometimes treat ourselves with pancakes too, and Sunday roast. We bake cookies and cakes sometimes to treat ourselves. All in moderation. You can eat anything basically but avoid fatty foods if you can and have a low sugar treats.  We stopped frying too, we grill or bake meat/fish. We steam all our vegetables. If we fry, we don’t put oil because all meat has it’s own natural oil, and with a non-stick frying pan, no need to add oil. I suggest sunflower oil if you use oil in your cooking, as it has low saturated fats than vegetable oil. I still eat rice everyday. Half cup of rice is a good portion for me, even in dinner, and I lost over a stone since last year. Slowly but surely. I also exercise. I am so into the world of mastering the art of kickboxing, which I started many years ago, but I stopped for 3 years. Now I’m back!

We stopped eating cracklings, no more crispy skin of a roast chicken. I still love the bones though. Haha! That will never change.  We eat lots of fish and even our daughter, Alyanna, loves fish. She eats basically anything, even ‘laing’, a spicy Filipino favourite made of taro leaves in coconut milk with chillis. I do admit though that sometimes I break the rules. I don’t know any Filipino who can avoid to eat lechon (roast pork), esp. the crunchy roasted skin or the pork crackling as we call it here in Britain. But I’m better now, I have learned to control myself. Well, with Garry around to tell me off, of course.  Garry’s been fab eating healthy and exercising. He is slimmer than when I met him. He looks great, and remember he doesn’t diet. He eats normal. He treats himself with a beer occasionally. Beer can cause high cholesterol too, according to the doctor. So most men will go, ‘Oh no!’…  I know. That was Garry’s first reaction.

I do not believe in Atkins, Vegan, Dukan diet, or any high protein diets cutting all carbohydrates. I tried it, and I hated it. It was like being a prisoner. I felt depressed and weak because deep inside I knew something was lacking. I always tired.

I also stopped using so much salt in my cooking. If it’s not necessary, I don’t put salt at all. I have always managed not to use so much salt anyway, since having Alyanna. She never had salt content in her food, and I made them all fresh when she started eating. Even baby food, I made them all. I only used jars when we go away. But at home, I cooked them fresh.

I almost had a high blood pressure last year, but when I started cutting salt in my diet for weeks (as adviced by the doctor), everything’s been normal and I felt great actually.

We have proven that cutting carbohydrates is not the answer to losing weight. Being thin doesn’t actually mean you are healthy either. Eating mainly protein can also cause you cardiovascular disease. We need all the basic food groups in our daily diet. People with poor eating habits lack the nutrients our body needs and are prone to depression. So eat, and it doesn’t mean that if you have finished a full plate, you are fat the next day. It’s all about eating in moderation.

We eat carbs, and managed to lose weight. Just cut the fat, and lessen your salt intake, if you can. Proven by us. I am 41 now and I strongly feel I need to do something before it’s too late. When you do all these crazy diets, you tend to put on weight twice as fast if you can’t maintain it. Whilst in exercising, and eating normal, you know where you are and you will feel better.

Have a nice day and smile!  Be blessed!  🙂