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Don’t be afraid. Make a fresh start this 2016!

Wishing you all a fountain of blessings in 2016!

Wishing you all a fountain of blessings in 2016!

Touchdown! It has just been a few hours since my return. An almost three-week vacation in the US was exactly what my family and I needed to cap 2015. Time spent with family and friends, away from the worries and cares of Manila, has recharged, rebooted, and refreshed our spirits!  We loved our time in Los Angeles and Vegas but at the tail-end of our vacation, we were all looking forward to coming home.

On the plane ride to Manila, I scribbled a few things I should do this year. My list could be helpful to you, too, in facing the year ahead. I prefer to call it my “must-do” list instead of resolutions. Of course, at any time of the year, we are free to choose to start over or change our ways but the new year gives us that extra push to make amends, try new things, and get ourselves out of the doldrums.

1. Move it!

I have the shoes, the club membership, and even a pool in my own backyard.  So why am I still overweight? With hope, after 365 days, I will have shed some pounds, made my visits to the doctor less frequent, used my shoes and club facilities, and overcome my fear of water and finally use the pool even without the kids around. Even just walking after dinner around the village would be good.  Dancing and kickboxing, which used to be my passion, are also on my list. I’m sure you can find a workout that fits you, too.

 

Let’s take the lead from the newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Be confidently beautiful with a heart. With the author are Pia (left) and Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014 MJ Lastimosa

Let’s take the lead from the newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Be confidently beautiful with a heart. With the author are Pia (left) and Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014 MJ Lastimosa

2. Think before you gobble.

Momentary gustatory satisfaction from eating all the deliciously sinful foods (think lechon, cakes, ice cream, and chocolate) will cost you a lot in the end. Give up the bad for the good. They say it takes two weeks for one to be accustomed to a new taste. Lessen the salt in your meals. Steam, instead of fry. Trade white rice for brown. Have portions of fruits and vegetables daily. Let your taste buds adjust to a healthier daily menu.

 

3. Exercise restraint when shopping. 

Those stilettos sure look nice but should you buy them when you already have a dozen others on your shelves?January is sale season! Look but keep on walking. Shed some pounds and buy clothes in a smaller size in June when you’ve lost five pounds. Save for bigger, better things, other than shoes, bags, and clothes. It may be hard at first, but rehab from any addiction is never easy. Sigh.

 

4. Try something new. 

I love the dark side of the color wheel. Blue, black, gray are my staples. I don’t own anything pink. Well, that was until I fell in love with a pair of hot pink sneakers. Now, there’s a corner in my closet reserved for my new guilty pleasures. More of my fab pink finds in my upcoming articles!

 

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Trading my heels for sneakers this year so I can keep moving.

Trading my heels for sneakers this year so I can keep moving.

. Put on your best self.

Media mogul and icon Oprah Winfrey, in her latest ad for Weight Watchers, said “I don’t have a pair of jeans I’d like to get into—I’ve been down that road honeychild. I don’t have a dress or a big red carpet thing to do. I’m really just looking at 2016 as the year of my best body.” Prior to this, in her first commercial for the weight loss program company, she sends another message: “Nothing you’ve ever been through is wasted. So every time I tried and failed, and tried again, and tried again has brought me to this powerful moment to say ‘If not now, when?;” So are you ready? Let’s do this together. OMG, what a hallelujah moment! All together now—Yes, we are ready, Oprah!

 

Thank you God for this fresh start. May all of us be kinder, wiser, and more grateful. Happy 2016 everybody!

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