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Commitment to Health Series 1.2

Here it is, ladies and gents, the much awaited second edition of the Commitment to Health Series (a weekly interview from people who decided to journey into a healthier lifestyle and live up to it).

Our success story for today is from one of the kindest people I know. And he truly deserves this awesome change in his life.

Purple Bliss: Please introduce yourself.
Romeo: Hello, I am Romeo A. Rabajante Jr., Roms to many. I’m 27 years old and a Multimedia instructor.

Purple Bliss: What was your starting weight and your current weight?
Romeo: I was 120kg (265lb). All I wanted was to lose some weight (at first) and now, I weigh 84kg. Praise God!

Purple Bliss: How long did it take you to be in your current weight?
Romeo: Two years.

Purple Bliss: What moment sparked or inspired you to work on your weight loss journey?
Romeo: I’m a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fanatic. I love watching the game because it’s very much related to my sport. One day, one of the matches featured was a 47-year-old fighter, Randy Couture. I was really amazed that with his age he can still fight and win matches. He became my idol since then so I said to myself that when I get old I want to be fit. Even when I reach the age of 80 or something, I can still jog, lift weights, and basically be physically fit.

Purple Bliss: What methods did you use to achieve your goal?
Romeo: I did some research before I went on a diet, research about the ideal weight for my height (BMI), effective diet programs, and exercises that you can do at home within 20 to 30 minutes per day. So when I started my mission, I set up my goal weight to 70 to 80kg. And then for my diet I used the fruit diet, which was very effective but very difficult to maintain. Why? For one, fruits are expensive and another, imagine yourself while eating with your friends and all of them are freely eating what they want but you are bound to eat only fruits.  Believe me it’s so sad. But I praise God because of this method I significantly lost 25kg (55lb) in 6 months, so that’s from 120kg to 95kg. That’s how effective the fruit diet was for me. During this time, I was eating mostly mangoes, grapes, oranges, bananas and other fruits. But then my body got used to it so I stopped losing weight. This is where I focused more on my exercise program in order to start losing weight again.

Purple Bliss: What is your current fitness/exercise routine?
Romeo: I see to eat that I exercise every day. I have three types of exercise programs that I alternately use. The first is similar to kick boxing, second is jogging and lastly, weight lifting. Each program lasts for about 30 minutes or more.

Purple Bliss: Do you get bored with your exercise regime? How do you cope with it? (If you don’t, how do keep yourself hyped up to exercise?)
Romeo: Of course I get bored with my exercise regime, especially after a hard day at school you just want to rest and all. But when this strikes me, I allow my body to rest about a day or two then I force myself to exercise. Another thing that I do is that, I read articles related to fitness so that I can improve my current program. I also read success stories about people who lost significant amount of weight for additional motivation.

Purple Bliss: Please describe your healthy eating plan. What is your main focus? (cutting fat, eating natural etc.)
Romeo: When I was 120kg, I focused on eating fruits and drinking water. But now, since my weight is lower than 85kg, I have no restrictions in my eating anymore but I see to it that every day I drink milk for my bones, eat fish at least twice a week, as much as possible eat vegetables, drink lots of water and I stop eating before I get full.

Purple Bliss: Is eating healthy expensive for you? How has your eating habits changed since you started your journey?
Romeo: During my fruit diet days, it was very expensive but now, not anymore because I don’t have food restrictions. My journey made me realize that before, I ate too much to the point that I still eat even though I’m already full. I eat less vegetables and more oily food which was very bad for the health. Good thing I realized that so now I eat more vegetables, and less oily food. I feel better and I feel that my eating habit is healthier now.

Purple Bliss: Do you avoid certain foods? What are they?
Romeo: I don’t avoid them entirely but eat or drink in minimal proportions of pork, beef, soda and manufactured fruit juices.

Purple Bliss: What are the best three tips on weight loss that have helped you reach your goal?
Romeo: Exercise every day, eat healthier food, and check your weight and waistline everyday.

Purple Bliss: What obstacles have you faced in reaching your goal and how did you overcome them?
Romeo: I cannot think of any obstacles that hindered me from losing weight, especially because I was really determined to lose weight. I just have to keep on reminding myself that I have to be fit and losing weight is for my own good.

Purple Bliss: How has your weight loss changed your body image?
Romeo: I feel more confident now. It is a nice feeling when people compliment me on my weight loss; I feel that somehow I am inspiring them.

Purple Bliss: What advice can you give to anyone who wants to start a weight loss journey?
Romeo: Losing weight is difficult but possible. As what Tony Gonzaga said in the movie “My Big Love”, if you want to lose weight start today, not tomorrow, not next week, but today.

Then when you have decided to lose weight, set your goal, research for diet and exercise programs that fit you, check your weight and waistline every day, never give up and commit everything to God. ###

*Answers are not verbatim

*Photos are owned by the Interviewee

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Thank you so much Sir Romeo, my Digital Multimedia instructor back in College. He’s really supportive with this endeavour and I am continuously amazed by the changes that he successfully reached.

This Certified Purple Bliss love badge is for you Sir. A special award given only to awesome people who are certified advocates of positive change. Congratulations and again, Thank you!

Purple Bliss says:  What’s stopping you from starting your journey to a healthier you?  Share it in the comments section.


Commitment to Health Series 1.1

I can feel all the good energy in the world today! That is why I am sharing the very first post for the “Commitment to Health Series” a weekly interview from people who decided to journey into a healthier lifestyle and live up to it.

First on my list is *one kick ass, empowered gal who, since last year, has been one of my major influences in working on my own healthier-lifestyle journey. Here is her story!

purple bliss: Please introduce yourself.

Sanika: Lots of people call me Ems, though to some I’m known as Sanika, a sort of “yoga” nickname.

purple bliss: What was your starting weight and your current weight?

Sanika: I peaked at 180 lbs for 5’. Right now I’m at 125 lbs, though my all-time low was 120lbs.

Miss Emillene Jean Torres

purple bliss: What moment sparked or inspired you to work on your journey to a healthier lifestyle?

Sanika: My boyfriend and I went to La Mesa Ecopark for a picnic…the photos of me made me realize that I was horridly fat and I even looked like a mom with, like, 12 kids!

purple bliss: What methods are you using to achieve your goal?

Sanika: I did it old-school: diet (a short stint with vegetarianism for around six months) and workout (3-4 hours a day, cardio + weights, 6-7 days a week)

I have also increased the amount of protein I eat. I will start cutting out any form of starch by September or October. The ultimate goal is 18% body fat. In terms of strength, my goal is to be able to squat and deadlift double or triple my body weight. Right now my one RM (rep max) for deadlifts is 150lbs and my squat is 60lbs front squat, 170lbs back squat. Bench press right now is 60lbs too. I can do 80lbs for cleans and 60lbs for clean and press. My goal is to do equivalent to my body weight for cleans and body weight + 20% for clean and press.

purple bliss: How long did it take you to achieve your weight goal?

*Sanika: My goal weight is 115 so I’m not really there yet…but I’ve been at this for around 28 months. My goal right now is not really to lose weight but lose fat and increase strength. Even if my weight has not changed, I have dropped 2 dress sizes and fit into size 2 jeans since I’ve gotten serious with weight training.

purple bliss: What are your favorite exercises or physical activities?

*Sanika: I loooooove yoga. I go to the gym ideally six times a week and do heavy weights, HIIT, body pump, body attack and plyometrics.

I finished my first 16km run, September of last year and did my first half marathon (21km) within 2 hours and 40 minutes (I think) at the Adidas King of the Road a month after.

I was very much into running last year but it has become such an expensive hobby. This year I’m more into weight training, I get more results by doing serious weights.

Sanika loooooves yoga!
“Salutation Seal – Anjali Mudra, Padmasana – Lotus Pose”

purple bliss: Please describe your healthy eating plan.

Sanika: “The Dibdiban Plan” (which for me is intense) has no refined carbs and very little sweets. Vegetables, fish and lean meat. Brown rice. No calorie drinks. Nothing fried as much as possible. Fresh vegetable snacks with dip. Strictly at 1200 calories every day. The Maintenance Plan is eat pretty much anything, but in moderation and continue working out the same number of hours every day. If I eat something overindulgent (like, say ice cream) I do an extra hour on the treadmill or on the road. I don’t really follow diets that say “eat a lot during breakfast” or “skip dinner” because working out at the gym and going to the office really makes that hard. What I do believe in is calorie counting, and I stick to 1500 calories every day, 2000 calories tops.

purple bliss: Do you avoid certain foods? What are they?

*Sanika: If I’m in “the dibdiban plan”, anything that you KNOW is bad for your diet – fried, fatty, too-sweet, heavy, and carbs. If I’m not, I only avoid food I’m medically allergic to.

purple bliss: What are the best three tips on weight loss that have helped you in this journey?

Sanika: Tip #1: It takes time.

Tip #2: Liposuction money is better spent on a real vacation, so get your ass to the gym and workout instead.

Tip #3: It’s all about getting used to – the dieting becomes easier after a few days, just endure. The workout becomes less painful, just endure.

Bonus Tip: Everyone looks good in a bikini.

Her bonus tip + this pic says it all!
Whit Whew!

purple bliss: What obstacles have you faced and how did you overcome them?

Sanika: Laziness. Work Schedules. But as they say, “time is made” so if I HAVE to skip a gym day, I make it a point to make up for it the next day.

purple bliss: How has your self-image changed since you changed into a healthier lifestyle?

Sanika: I feel less insecure and I feel like I can do anything at work, school and at home. I lost my abandonment issues, because, excuse my French, “Fuck guys who can’t take me, I can find someone else” because I know I look better now. I care less what people think because kaya ba nila ginawa ko? It’s really an achievement that’s worth bragging about and feeling confident with your body extends to ALL aspects of your life. If you can control yourself, everything else follows.

And as a close, Sanika shares,

“So far, I have to say that losing weight is up to you. Results don’t lie and you can only expect results that are equivalent to the effort you put in. If you miss too many workout days, if you cheat too often, that’s your fault. THERE IS REALLY NO VALID EXCUSE. Well, maybe except your own death. But whatever reason it is that kept you from working out, that’s your choice and that’s a delay in your progress. I have learned in all this that it’s really depending on how bad you want it.” ###

*Answers are not verbatim

*This is an updated repost from the author’s other fitness blog

*Photos are owned by the Interviewee

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Thanks a mill to Ate Ems (as I call her)! She was super kind to answer my questions and I am really grateful to have gained vital information from her practices that has motivated me to keep working for my goal as well.

That’s also why I’m giving her the Certified Purple Bliss love badge! A special award given only to awesome people who are certified advocates of positive change. Congratulations!

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Purple Bliss says:  What part of the interview caught your attention? Got more questions for Sanika? Share it in the comments section.