FLY PROJECT: On Sleep and Caffein Punch.


4AM sleepI have a confession to make, I haven’t been sleeping according to schedule. Crawling to bed was the easiest part however snoozing my way to dreamland is a different story. No, I don’t think it’s the sandman’s fault nor the flock of sheep; it’s probably been the adjustment of my work-at-home schedule.

Truthful to my capabilities, compartmentalizing and zooming in to what matters. I left the employment world once again for academe. Sure, I have been entertaining opportunities, declined few and been sending out my CV to the industry I am  hoping to hop back into after the long hiatus but the time just hasn’t arrived yet. Since there are bills to pay, I’ve been teaching business english to a number of Japanese CEO’s from 8PM until midnight. A girl needs to earn for her credit card debts, mobile subscription and all the healthy stuff she’d need to indulge herself into, not to forget, catching up with few friends and acquaintances I haven’t had the time to spend with when employment vacuumed me in.

Yesterday however taught me a lesson. I pushed myself and fueled myself with only caffein to boost. Driving the metro had me felt as if I was floating in a bubble, disturbed by every turn and my parking skills had me questionable. I attended a couple of meetings, which thankfully, I was fully conscious however once I got back into driving and when I attended my Pilates class; my body started to tremble. Controlling my powerhouse was such a chore, my mind and body weren’t cooperating and it was tougher to coordinate my movement.

You see, Pilates combines mindful movement. Yes, it does reduce stress, calm the mind & relax your mood. Yesterday was away from high intensity workouts, further away from alleviating the adrenaline hence trembling from the caffein was an unbelievable chore – I haven’t felt mindfully exhausted from trying to win over my body’s condition.

Remembering the short routine my pilates trainer made me do yesterday wasn’t even complicated yet it felt as if I was doing burpees or something torturous.  After the routine, I had to stay longer at the studio to observe and nurse myself up until the trembling wore out. Girl, it was no joke. I’m never going to have black coffee ever again (The last time I had was 2 years ago and it had me passed out from Bikram Yoga practice).

My trainer at VIVIAN ZAPANTA PILATES STUDIO kept on asking me “How are you?” and I think, I kept on answering him a drunkard response “I’m OoOookaay.”

Sure, it was impressive that I was truthful to my commitment and followed my appointments however as much as we know how to live a healthy lifestyle, it’s learning how to live the lifestyle that’ll make you actually live it.

The key takeaway from the experience was to work out, eat clean and sleep accordingly. If you skimp on one, the rest of your days will be negatively affected which would mean, you’d have to recover more days than one.

nocturnal working

My body has been sore from the straight days I have been challenging myself, working out on my breathing, working on my hips alignment, lengthening my spine and at the same time giving my powerhouse all the attention; not having to sleep right and depending on caffein can be incredibly frustrating.

The feeling was indescribably annoying. Your heart racing, mood-swings has turned its jolt from being cranky, hungry to frantic.

If you want to even be more truthful to your commitments and engagements, you’d have to be both mindfully alert and physically great. In order for one to achieve that is only when you get to give the reboot your body needs.

How much sleep do you get? As of typing this blog post, my eyes is also battling from feeling tired yet my mind is actively wanting to blog more, share what I’ve learned and my will-power saying, there’s no room for dilly-dallying.  It’s a little bit piercing.

Going deeper on to the topic. We all do know that sleep is related to diseases and risk of death. Today’s generation somehow foresee sleep as a sign of weakness, an interruption to success (Remember the cliche: sleep is for the weak? Aye aye, Guilty!) yet for someone who’s quest is to FLY (First Love Yourself), it is essential one get to mindfully know the serious side-effect of not having to sleep, the full restful one.

Serious lack-of sleep side-effects includes some of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • heart-attack
  • organ failure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Aside from the reasons above, lack of sleep actually dumbs you down. It affects how you decide on things, you become more impulsive, and more prone to accidents. You’ll have a difficult time concentrating, communicating your thoughts, calibrating your emotions and less likely to be qualitatively productive; worse, it can lead to depression (plus the caffein? Awful combo!), increase in blood pressure and have a hard time controlling your cortisol leading to higher BMI.

All these thoughts rummaged in as I felt like a caffein drunk individual. It was such a relief I was able to hang out at my former colleagues’ office to calm myself down, gulp on glasses of water and was able to calm my heart rate down. I safely got home, after an entire day of struggling and combating with the sleep deprived plus caffein punch.

From hereon in, I vow to sleep by midnight, right after the work obligation and not to fuel myself with black coffee ever again. If I’m focusing on the FLY, then one needs to be mindful in all aspects – including sleep.

Have you been restful or restless?

Benefits of Yoga for Migraine


Migraine belongs to the world’s most debilitating medical disorder, and in 2004, the World Health Organization ranked migraine as the 3rd most prevalent health illness worldwide. According to a study conducted in New Delhi, steady yoga sessions can cut back migraine attacks by 70%.

What is Migraine?
Migraine is actually a neurological disease that has incomparable symptoms to regular headache. In regular headache, pain develops when blood vessels constrict but in migraine, pain gets worse when blood vessels expand. Symptoms of migraine are more depressing than regular headache. Migraines are triggered easily and pain doesn’t go right away.

Some of the predisposing factors of migraine include weather, chocolates, fish, cheese, lights, smoke, certain smell and stress. Taking birth control pills also trigger migraine attacks.

Why Migraines are Dangerous?
Migraines are a one disease that should be taken seriously. Migraines are dangerous because they can lead to life threatening conditions such as stroke and aneurysm.

Does Yoga Benefits Migraine?
There is a little scientific study between the benefits of yoga for migraine. The disclosure was affirmed by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke which has revealed that regular yoga sessions help rebuff migraines by reducing stress levels in the body as well as muscular tension. On the other side, in a published article of Headache, result of the study revealed that participants who have continued sessions on yoga have reported lesser migraine attacks compared to those who don’t take yoga classes. However, it must be cleared that yoga is not the sole resolution for migraines but a technique to reduce stress that in turn causes migraines.

Meanwhile, it also has been found out that certain brain chemical plays an essential role in headaches. Serotonin, for example, is found in decreasing levels during migraine attacks. Yoga, as proven in studies, is able to improve levels of serotonin in the body.

What are the Benefits of Yoga to Migraine?
Yoga has stress-reducing ability and not only benefits migraine but likewise freezes other health problems. Yoga is safe, effective and found to have no complications except for individuals who have problems on posture and joint damages.

In a nutshell, the following are the justifications regarding the benefits of yoga for migraine:

• Yoga decreases cortisol in the body which is as a precursor hormone of stress.
• Yoga reduces stress, anxiety and muscle tension, three of the common incitations of migraines.
• Yoga improves posture.
• Yoga increases body awareness. You are able to know your body and identify even the most subtle changes. For example, you are able to recognize that migraine is coming on by its initial signs.
• Yoga calms your body by performing restorative poses of yoga.

Hormonal Imbalance


Hormones!
Hormones!

I went to see my OB-GYN and the results showed that I have a very thin uterus which caused the irregularity of my monthly periods to not having any, actually. Although, I should be blissful of not having women’s migraines month after each; Being a runaholic made me very much cautious about my health.

At first, I thought my menstrual cycle was caused due to the amount of weight I gained because of the medication I was induced to a couple months back; Although there’s truth behind such, now that I’m left with 15-20 lbs remaining to take off and nearly achieved to my body fat percentage goal – Having insomnia and exhaustion had me bothered as to why I’ve been suffering such.

Hormonal Imbalance, that’s a huge factor but then having to see a Doctor gives validation. I was given Birth Control pills in order to thicken the linen for my menstrual cycle, I googled through the medication and got scared over the reaction that though it will help me regularize my cycle and have my hormones adjust until its normal – having weight gain and puffyness as major side effect had me bothorsome.

I no longer want to get into the same hole again of gaining weight, feeling off and depressed.

So, I went for a second opinion but this time I went to our family Chinese Doctor. I trust more of his medication. He said that my hemoglobin are normal and yes, I am having hormonal imbalance. He gave me medication which I took back when I was younger which helped regularized my period; I bought them with much trust and will take them for a week and get to see him again on Monday.
What about the birth control pills from the Doctor? It’s with me. What a waste of money ? No regrets. What’s money in comparison to health and self-esteem? I will have to see my OB-GYN again after sometime for another Ultra Sound; Let’s see what and how it’ll turn out after I get to finish all these supplement medication my Chinese Doctor asked me to pop until then I’ll surprise her.

Now, what about my insomnia? I still am suffering from such from time to time such as right this very moment as I type this post. I am not fussing over it too much anymore just so long I get 8 hours of sleep. My fault, I had 10 hours yesterday which caused an elongated awake period.

Atleast I no longer conk out at around 9am or 10am, I usually get to sleep or feel sleepy around 9pm and soon as I have myself ready to bed, I may toss and turn for few more hours but 2am or 5am are far much better than having to waste 10 hours on bed without any snooze.

Hence, I missed spin class because I had to cook dinner and do household chores which I wasn’t able to do since I overslept and went for our Chinese Doctor’s Appointment.

Here’s to another day.

Gone, Insomnia! Be Gone!


I missed another good fun run but that didn’t lead me on missing out witnessing my 2 fellow runaholic friends on their 16k during the One La Salle fun run however after that event, that night had me force myself, convince myself that I will find sleep and nothing can stop me all because I really wanted to get back to running but I’ve got to follow orders accordingly.

I couldn’t deny that I felt a bit depressed about me not having to run together for my Alma Matter. When I was younger, it was one of those All out La Salle fun runs that got me into running, back in 3rd Grade.

THERE WERE A LOT OF RUNNERS! I’m IMPRESSED!! How I wish I was able to catch marga and get to meet the other runners whom I get to exchange blog thoughts with. Happy feet!

I need to at least have 2 straight weeks of consistent proper sleep time and wake up just right at 5am, get used until then, I’ll be able to get back to running. I’ve got to take my multivitamins, iron and b-complex together with my vitamin c.

So, as I listen to my body and what was asked for me to do. I shall focus on my calories, portion control and hopefully have more resistance training together with few squats as I have been detesting doing them. This girl, needs strength and Leg power to stride more.

I can feel that by the time I’ll be back to running, I will be back to scratch and struggle through but I’d have to confess, I took an almost 3km brisk walking out in the rain last night. I felt tightening on my right leg, my muscles are bursting out and people has been saying my legs are chunky bulky! “Those aren’t womens legs, You’re having huge massive ones! Stop running too much!”

Nope. I am not going to quit nor will I ever stop running too much

I’d like to believe it’s just a misconception that women get gigantic legs however as I see them, Yes, my legs are forming out to have muscles now. I’d like to believe that soon as I get rid of this excess 25 lbs that I’m carrying, the last poundage that I’d have to work out on; these legs are going to tone up, firm up and be back sexy the way that I foresee myself having those fabolous runners legs ala Cameron Diaz or just like these Olympic distant runners who made my jaw drop.

It’s my 2nd day, I have been falling asleep at around 9pm and been waking up early 5am.

For now, being grateful of receiving Tracey Mallet’s Sexy in 6 minutes from the weightloss challenge I have won over, I’ll have my breakfast, read through it and have few sessions with my 5 lbs dumbells.

I can already picture myself running until the sun rises hence I’ll fall in love with my sunrise again. Let this sleep keep on coming, I’ll have early morning runs.. until then!

Quick Post: INSOMNIA!


I love to sleep (who doesn’t?) and my friends can attest to that ( have me lay down on a beach inclined bed, I’m out from this world in a nanosecond) but these past few days I have been extremely deprived from a blissful 8 hours of rest from the actual timezone I currently breath at.

sleepdeprivedUsually I’m ready to pass out , conk in by 10pm but rather I still stay up until midnight but I do have my very warm cup of coco to make doze me off, it worked ONCE but the next day, I was up until 5am and then 8am not until today the worst of 10am. Do I really need to sleep now that everyone in the world is actually moving their ass and had already fueled themsleves with breakfast not to forget almost preparing up for Lunch? This is ridiculous. Good thing I am now unemployed or else I could’ve gone delilah over this situation although my body clock has been cursed because of the erratic schedule I was on every 2-3 weeks back when I was working at the hotel ( damn graveyard shifts ).

I will pop on melatonin, see where it’ll take me later tonight but in the meanwhile let me drop myself on my bed, plug on my ipod for itunes (which effectively helped me to sleep after 2 hours the other night) and pray deeply that my parents won’t wake me up all because I have to do household chores.

Holy Cow, I am even due for a 2 mile training later tonight according to my Nike+ Coach and I have a race to prepare myself for in the next 3 days! I’m quite guessing that this inomnia may have been because of the energy I get after intense training since I am trying to push myself hard for the past 4 trainings I run myself on for a route? I really don’t know.

HELP ME GOD. This is bad for my metabolism, endurance, performance as well as my immune system (which I am dearly taking good care of). HELP!

It’s going to be Legen..dary!


morning runI’ve been hooked with How I met your Mother? since my friends has been crazy about it. After I have previewed it was Dr.Howser M.D himself, who wouldn’t be curious on how it’s going to turn up? Don’t you just miss childhood? I do.

Whuddup, I’m Hooked! high five!

Anyway, I managed to lay myself to sleep just right before midnight which is awesome. I had my night lamp on, had few pages of Love in the Time of Cholera tucked myself tight and just conked out. Sleep, I have missed you terribly.

Here I am blogging myself as I have been gulping on a glass of orange juice and just finished munching on my toast. I hurriedly went straight to the kitchen to fixate myself for breakfast however unfortunately It’s time for me to replenish my oats.

Sunday isn’t that far but I’ve got time to turn up the ignition of my running. Waking up 5:30am wasn’t that bad at all. I’d have to let this body be introduced to the morning sunshine route since the race is going to be as early as 5:30am which means I’d have to reset my body clock tonight on a much earlier time to doze off, wake up at around 4, have an hour digest my breakfast then go for a morning route.

Let’s see how my run will turn up today. I’m planning on doing some doubling today just so I’d be able to compare how each run turns out.

I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.
I haven’t been in a race since high school, Yeah, another childhood memory.

Insomnia & Surf rant


surf runThis is terribly bad. I have been reading about SURFING for beginners and all these introductory paragraphs but I couldn’t even seem to write on my drafts. Yes, I am persuasively trying to write an article about my first surfing trip and how much I have gone obsessed on all these information on the internet on how I’m ever going to improve on my step ups’ or my pop-ups, being grateful that I’m actually running and building my endurance as I get into the world of fitness and health however as much as I am very much interested on my new found sport aside from running; Surfing is quite a bit terrifying ( at least in terms of writing about it)

It’s 7 o’clock in the morning as I type this, I’ve got after lunch and dinner dates to attend to later today, I wasn’t able to join the surfing trip since I figured I have to dedicate all the time for my article however as much as I have been filling up my brain on factual thoughts and tips on what I’ll personally do to my flexibility, core strength and over all fitness; sleep is very much interconnected to every step of the way.

I swear, I really do think I’ll wake up just right before the dinner gathering

In terms of running, I’m having thoughts or at least having this obsession on how I’m ever going to improve on my time finishing a route regardless if it’ll be a mile or a kilometer. Sure, Sleep is a huge factor on performance but aside from that, besides not skipping meals and taking one day at a time consciously, Weight loss is also one of my concerns.

Surfing, Running and Weight loss are juggling left and right; FOCUS is very much needed however all these are side by side connected.

I reviewed my ONE MILE runs and it turned out that my performances are either on 11 minutes + or 13 minutes s+ wherein the supposed One mile time should no longer beyond 5 minutes. Phew, I sure bet have a long way to go in terms of training my stride and having to catch on my breath.

There’s no such thing as giving up for me. I CAN DO IT!

Finally, I can already feel I’m about to conk out. May this be a healthy 8 hour sleep and may I be able to attend to all my engagements on time.

30 lbs lossHave I mentioned? After the Surf trip of ultra paddling, the 35 feet Waterfall jump and the runs I had, despite of the fact that I have been gulping on soda; I have lost another 3 lbs in 11 days which means I am now carrying a 130 lbs body leaving a 30 lbs off weight loss. 25 lbs more to go and major sculpting since I notice my body is starting to look awfully straight.

I need le curves!