August 5, 2016

Fitness and Pilates in July 2016

Filed under: Health, Pilates — Tags: , — rvchua @ 1:17 am

Last month’s fitness just went down the drain. I had to slow down from 5 days to 3 days per week in the gym and in the last week I only managed 1 session. I wasn’t able to maximize my 1-month membership. I had too many excuses why I didn’t go to the gym but overall I had to extend my sleep in the morning. So for the first week of August, I am not going back to gym and just enjoying not having to wake up with my phone alarm. I need to revive my motivation to exercise!

fitness july 2016


July 1, 2016

More Pilates

Filed under: Pilates — Tags: — rvchua @ 1:20 pm

I would love to do these yoga moves on the reformer however my instructor hasn’t made me do these except for the lunge with only one leg on the reformer. If I do that handstand prep, will I finally be able to do the elusive handstand? How strong have I become?

Pilates and Fitness in June 2016

Filed under: Health, Pilates — Tags: , — rvchua @ 4:43 am

There were just days that was difficult to wake up early in the morning and lug myself to the gym. Sometimes sleep need to be a priority in my life, so that means minimize my addiction to Youtube!

pilates & fitness jun2016

June 9, 2016

Monthly Expense Analysis (May 2016)

Filed under: Food, Health, Money, Pilates — Tags: — rvchua @ 3:14 am

I managed to have lower expenses in May. One weekend, my parents were in town so I had meals with them and my brother and his family. Another weekend, I got invited (free) to a lunch buffet at Shangrila which was very delicious (loved the Indian food and sushi). So here are my noteworthy purchases:

  • Breakfast at Bo’s (P205) because I was tired of my normal weekend breakfasts.
  • My once-a-month trip to Mooshi (P125).
  • Renewal of my gym membership (P1,000).

I have been reading Refinery29’s Money Diaries so I was inspired to analyze my spending and came up with these figures:

  • Food (40%)
  • Rent (38%)
  • Gym (10%)
  • Transportation (5%)
  • Laundry (4%)
  • Toiletries (3%)

Would this be the same next month? I probably have to buy new bras since the I am finding holes in the elastic! I didn’t include my Pilates classes because that would be 50% of my total expenses!

May 31, 2016

Pilates and Fitness in May 2016

Filed under: Health, Pilates — Tags: , , — rvchua @ 4:15 am

I also tried a free Krav Maga session!

gym and pilates may 2016

May 2, 2016

Yoga, Pilates and Fitness in April 2016

Filed under: Health, Pilates, Yoga — Tags: , , — rvchua @ 4:15 am

Focusing more on losing weight. I have to trim the love handles!

fitness apr2016

April 19, 2016

This Is Not My Pilates

Filed under: Pilates — rvchua @ 12:12 pm

I don’t think I have done any of the moves in this video. If my first experience with Pilates was like this, I probably wouldn’t have come back. Now, I am trying to make Pilates a priority despite the hefty price tag.

April 7, 2016

The Next Step

Filed under: Health, Pilates, Yoga — Tags: , — rvchua @ 5:39 am

If I had money and time, I would stick to Pilates and drop yoga. However I cannot afford P10,400 every couple of months, nor can I go the studio any time. I really love Pilates especially having one-on-one sessions. I can easily tell my teacher any pain I had, usually in the wrists, the shoulder or the hips. Then she would immediately try to address the situation, usually because a certain body part is sore. In the sessions that I had, I have never felt any pain though I usually feel my muscles working hard. I love that there is an intense focus of doing things correctly instead of like how high you can lift your leg. If you thought in yoga that you are discovering new muscles, in Pilates you easily feel your butt in just one move done less than 10 times!

In yoga, I really hate Warrior 1. I have to push my left hip forward and right hip back while engaging my back leg. My body instinctively screams in this pose. After doing Pilates, I find this pose unnatural for my body. Why does my hips and front knee hurt? Are we pushing the body to do the pose instead of adjusting the pose to the body? Is this a result of having a class that tries to accommodate a lot of people instead of catering to each person’s limitations? I used to hate being adjusted in yoga but with Pilates each adjustment is a joy. Relax the chest and shoulders, engage the abs, lower the sitz bones, lengthen, etc. Just with little adjustments, my body automatically knows what to do. Every move is done mindfully, with ease and effort at the same time.

Today is my last session. So what is the next step? I would like to incorporate more cardio in addition to Pilates because though I am getting stronger I have put on weight because of all the stress eating I have been doing. I am looking for an inexpensive gym that has an elliptical so my knees won’t hurt. The only option available if I go there before work is a little tricky in the commute. However that means another P1K+ per month and a new pair of sports shoes. Or I could just do 30-minute workouts at home every day! The thought makes me worried because I am very lazy. I only lasted one day in a previous experiment. I still need to plan this out because I simply cannot afford additional expenses. People who asked me how much I am paying for Pilates are immediately disappointed. I am using the money I have saved to pay for these classes and at the same time postponing the buying of a new iPad mini, expensive coffees and travel. Despite the sacrifices, I am determined to stick to Pilates as much as I can!

April 5, 2016

Yoga and Pilates in March 2016

Filed under: Pilates, Yoga — Tags: , — rvchua @ 12:18 am

Argh, the last weeks of March was derailed by the studio closing for Holy Week and me stuck after 6PM at work! So far it has been a trial to go back to my regular routine especially with the debilitating heat.

yoga mar 2016

March 4, 2016

Expenses Monthly Analysis (February 2016)

Filed under: Food, Money, Pilates, Shopping, Yoga — Tags: , , — rvchua @ 12:51 am

Looking at February’s numbers is almost giving me a heart attack.

  • Went back to yoga and got 5+1 (P800) and 3+1 (P500) class cards at Yoga Yachtclub Mactan.
  • A lot of dining out including a pizza treat (P866) for some of my HW engineers, breakfast (P135)at Bo’s, lunchout (P130) at Manggahan, halo halo treat (P180) for another colleague, lunch (P425) at Brique Ayala with Jeanne and a Munchkin box (P135) for my niece.
  • Fake Adiddas t-shirt (P150) and a Island Souvenirs t-shirt (P199.75) since I am running out of tops for workout and going out.
  • Trying out a new natural deodorant from Nature’s Gate (P195).
  • Also shelled out P10,400 for my pilates classes!

So in March, my goals include less eating out and healthier eating!

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