Saturday, July 23, 2011

Uh-oh, I am poorly travelled.

I took this test from Lakbayan. And here's my result:

My Lakbayan grade is C+!
How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!
Created by Eugene Villar.

Looks like I need to travel more.

Get your Lakbayan grade here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Why I don't watch Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition

Because it's depressing.

I am a sucker for reality TV shows, especially the ones being shown in ABS CBN. I feast on forums for spoilers, updates, real life stories, background, personal encounters with the contenders. But  not this one.

I am not sensitive to weight issues. I am sensitive to health issues. For one, weight is not really the issue in this show. It's about the health of the contestants. Obviously, the contenders are at poor health. Blame it on good things - food, easy lifestyle, slacking. See how these great things can do to our body? Second, this show leads to an exaggerating emotional torture to the contenders. Flashback of how ugly they were during weigh-ins, shattered relationships are brought up to remind them what they did to themselves, etc. ugh! It's just too much for me.

And the thing why I really don't buy this show - It's very unrealistic. Of course, it's not easy to lose weight. How can one show make someone lose 8lbs in one week? You see, everyone is in a camp. And when you're on a camp, you don't do anything except for workout, do challenges, run, strategize. In the real world, you won't have all the luxury of time to spend at least 8 hours a day to do a hard core work out. And not all can afford world-class trainers. If contenders can sometimes think of quitting, how much more in real world when you just don't deal with your weight? Contenders need to be emotionally blackmailed to have discipline. How about it real life? How can one have discipline in losing weight aside from having rock-hard will.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to discipline and taking care of ourselves. Food is love. I admit I love eating and there are days when I have series of donuts, cakes and ice cream. But when I realize that my tummy doesn't go flat anymore and my back starts to hurt, I stop. My work requires sitting in my station for eight hours. Now, that's bad. I am not a health buff. I am just health conscious. I make sure I run at least thrice a week. I enrolled in Gold's Gym for Zumba. I didn't enjoy it so I'm contemplating of going back to yoga. There are times when I am not in the mood to go to the gym. There are times when I'm tardy. Now that's something I need to work on. I love myself. And when I say I love myself, it means I value my health. And I hope this goes out to everyone.