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Fitness First!

Published August 30, 2012 by starvillanueva

I recently became a Fitness First Gym member. I took advantage of the 14 months membership because of its huge discounts. It’s just that when I exercised at home or hotel gyms, I already get used to do with what I am doing and experienced a plateau, a condition when the person exercising finds his fitness, strength or endurance staying at a constant level. Fitness First is perhaps the most popular gym in the worldwide. Reason? They have so many branches, mostly in malls, making them the most accessible gym anywhere.

FF kit  exer
The benefits and what I like about Fitness First gyms:
  • Free gym introduction session for new members
  • You can also use more than 500 Fitness First gym worldwide.
  • Secured gym access by swiping member card at the gym entrance gates.
  • Free fitness assessment and they recommend programs to lose weight, get fit for sport, build cardio fitness, strengthen muscles.
  • Many fitness instructors where you can ask help for gym equipment usage at any time in the gym.
  • Cardio exercise machines (treadmill, cycling, etc) have TV’s with satellite TV channels. You get a free headphone when you join so that you can choose TV channels and listen to it privately while doing exercises so that you won’t get bored.
  • Many Group Exercise classes! Fitness First has world renowned programs such as BODYJAM, BODYBALANCE, BELLYDANCE, BODYCOMBAT, BODYATTACK, RPM, BODYSTEP, BODYPUMP and other popular dance classes like YOGA, ZUMBA and SALSA and more!
  • You can participate in as many classes as you want and you don’t have to pay extra. Cool!
  • Members lounge and cafe bar (unlimited free drinks)
  • Steam room and sauna, it feels so good to sweat out!
  • Safety lockers to keep your stuffs and hot/normal hair dryers are provided.
  • Free DVD rental. You can borrow any of the 500+ movies and watch it at home.
  • Free use of computers and internet wifi.
• Many fun member events and theme based fun classes during celebrations
  • Now you know why I joined to Fitness First gym. Joining Fitness First is really worth the money spent. 
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Part of my motivation to stay fit is to wear to exercise clothes and accessories! My friends are telling me that its just my excuse to go shopping! haha! I love my Pink boxing gloves, It’s still so girly despite of throwing heavy punches! Pink is all that matters! (Photos are from my Instagram account, Follow me @ #StarVillanueva )
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My Eye LASIK Surgery was a success! Now I’m Free!

Published April 30, 2011 by starvillanueva

My LASIK surgery was a success. For anyone who has been considering it, I definitely think it is the best money I’ve ever spent on myself this 2011.

It’s actually not plan at all, I was just roaming around Trinoma Mall, all of a sudden I went for an eye check up. I want to have LASIK that day but they said that I should rest my eyes for 3 days without wearing contact lens. For 3 days, I was excited for the possibility of not having to wear glasses or contact lens ever again!

Operation day:  After a series of tests, that took approximately 20mins. I’m all set! The nurse put an anesthesia eye drops to both of my eyes and let me wait for an hour before I was ushered into the operating room.

During the surgery, I was asked to keep my eyes fully opened. It was a bit of a challenge because I can see the entire procedure of the doctor & nurses… (That makes me want to close my eyes!) It wasn’t painful but very uncomfortable. Then, I was instructed to wear a protective goggles and prescribed 3 kinds of eye drops that includes antibiotic.

Two hours later, the pain is setting in. I couldn’t open my eyes, a major sensitivity to light also set in, my family whom with me the entire time even have to accompany me inside the mall after having dinner. I wasn’t sure if that was normal that it was stinging terribly but I took a painkiller!

Fast forward to the next week, I can see & function during my flights, I can drive in daytime using a very dark eyeglass. Everything looks great! I’m so thankful to God because I’ve made the right decision for my eyes. Now, I felt so blessed to have a new vision free of eyeglasses & contact lens! I’m completely utterly happy!

Health Problems Related to Diet

Published July 29, 2008 by starvillanueva

A Healthy Diet

At least six health problems have been proven to relate to diet. The first four problems occur in children as well as in adults. The last two occur primarily in adults.

  1. Iron deficiency anemia

This type of anemia usually occurs between 6 months and 2 years of age. The main symptoms are fatigue and delayed motor development. Iron deficiency anemia can also cause behavioral symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, and poor attention span.

  1. Overweight

Obesity is one of the most common nutritional problems in this country. Obesity is also one of the most important contributing factors in heart disease, hypertension, and some cancers.

  1. Tooth decay

Tooth decay is more likely if a child has a lot of sugar in his diet. (Poor toothbrushing habits also contribute to tooth decay.)

  1. Intestinal symptoms

Too little fiber in the diet can cause intestinal problems such as constipation, abdominal discomfort, appendicitis, gallstones, and some intestinal cancers.

  1. Coronary artery disease

A lot of animal fat (especially cholesterol) in the diet contributes to coronary artery disease. This disease hardly exists in poor countries where the population subsists on low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. It is also less common among vegetarians.

  1. High blood pressure

High blood pressure has been associated with an increased amount of salt or a decreased amount of calcium in the diet of some susceptible persons. Most people, however, get rid of extra salt through their kidneys and don’t develop hypertension.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A HEALTHY DIET

  1. Learn the four basic food groups:
    • milk products: milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream
    • meat/eggs: red meats, poultry, fish, and eggs
    • grains: breads, cereals, rice, pasta, and so forth
    • fruits/vegetables; may be consumed as solids or juices.

Twenty percent of a healthy diet should consist of milk, meat and eggs, and 80 percent should be vegetables, fruits, and grains. (Fiber is found in grains, fruits, and vegetables.) This is similar to the recommendations that children receive 55 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fats, and 15 percent from proteins.

  1. Eat three meals a day.

Breakfast is essential for children. Skipping breakfast can compromise performance at school. For dieters, skipping breakfast usually doesn’t lead to weight loss. All meals should contain fruits or vegetables, as well as grains. Meat or milk should be included in two of the meals.

Eating snacks is largely a habit. Snacks are unnecessary for good nutrition but harmless unless your child is overweight. If your child likes snacks (and most children do), encourage fruits, vegetables, and grains, but don’t give them close to mealtime.

  1. Decrease the amount of fat (meat and milk products) in the diet.

Americans eat excessive amounts of meat and dairy products. Although cholesterol is important for rapid growth, children over age 2 should consume it in moderation (not eliminate it).

To decrease the amount of fat in the diet, follow these guidelines:

    • Remember that one serving of meat per day is adequate for normal growth and development.(Don’t serve meat more than twice a day.)
    • Serve more fish and poultry and fewer red meats, since the latter have the highest cholesterol levels. Lean red meats are lean ground beef, pork loin, veal, and lamb.
    • Trim fat off meats and the skin from poultry.
    • Don’t serve bacon, sausages, spareribs, pastrami, and other meats that have a high fat content. Cut back on hot dogs, lunchmeats, and corned beef.
    • Limit the number of eggs to 3 or 4 per week. (Eggs have the highest cholesterol content of any of the commonly eaten foods. The cholesterol in one egg is equivalent to the cholesterol in 14 ounces of beef, 1-and-1/2 quarts of whole milk, or 1 quart of ice cream.)
    • Serve 2 percent milk instead of whole milk for children over 2 years of age.
    • Decrease the amount of milk your child drinks to 2 or 3 cups per day. (Encourage your child to drink water to satisfy thirst.)

On the other hand, some teenage girls may need to be reminded to consume adequate milk products (the equivalent of 3 glasses of milk) to lay down the bone mass required to prevent osteoporosis later in life.

    • Buy margarine instead of butter.
    • Keep in mind that red meat may be hard to give up because of the widespread misconception that red meat helps to build muscle mass and strength.
  1. Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, and grains in the diet.

Follow these guidelines:

    • Children should consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. (Fifty percent of American children eat only one fruit or vegetable per day.)
    • Try to serve a fruit at every meal.
    • Offer fruits as dessert and snacks.
    • Start every day with a glass of fruit juice. (Caution: limit fruit juices to 2 cups per day to prevent diarrhea.)
    • Since fruits and vegetables are interchangeable, don’t force children to eat vegetables they don’t like.
    • When making casseroles, increase the amount of vegetables and decrease the amount of meat.
    • Serve more soups.
    • Encourage more cereals for breakfast.
    • Use more whole-grain bread in making sandwiches.
  1. Include an adequate amount of iron in the diet.

Throughout our lives we need adequate iron in our diets to prevent anemia. Everyone should know which foods are good sources of iron. Red meats, fish, and poultry are best. One serving per day of these foods will provide adequate iron. Although liver is a good source of iron, it contains 16 times more cholesterol than beef and should be avoided. For young children who refuse meats in general, use low-fat luncheon meats as a meat source. Adequate iron is also found in iron-enriched cereals, beans of all types, peanut butter, raisins, prune juice, sweet potatoes, spinach, and egg yolks. The iron in these foods is better absorbed if the meal also contains fruit juice or meat.

  1. Avoid excessive salt.

Salt is not usually harmful for people without high blood pressure. However, to discourage a taste for excessive salt in infants do not add it to their foods. Remove the salt shaker from the dinner table. Use other herbs and spices instead of salt. Purchase salty foods such as potato chips and pretzels sparingly.

  1. Avoid excessive pure sugars.

Sweets are not bad, but they should be eaten in moderation. Most humans are born with a “sweet tooth.” They seek out and enjoy candy, soft drinks, and desserts. The main side effect of eating candy is tooth decay if the teeth are not brushed afterward. Eating food with a lot of sugar (“a sugar binge”) can cause, 2 or 3 hours later, jitters, sweating, dizziness, sleepiness, and intense hunger. This temporary reaction is not harmful and can be relieved by eating some food. A love of sweets is not related to obesity (if the total calories per day are normal) or hyperactivity. A high amount of sugar in the diet has not been correlated with coronary artery disease or cancer.

  1. Know what to eat before exercise.

Eating meat does not improve athletic performance. The best foods to consume before prolonged exercise are complex carbohydrates. These include bread, pasta (noodles), potatoes, and rice. These should be consumed 3 to 4 hours before the athletic event so they have passed out of the stomach.

Water consumption continues to be important up to the time of participation and every 20 to 30 minutes during the activity.

My Long-Term easy to follow diet

Published July 23, 2008 by starvillanueva

 

Not knowing the healthy benefits of it, I always like whole grain products such as bread, cereal, oatmeals & wheat bread eversince I remember. (Since I was in grade-school to be specific) I’m literally patronizing the high fiber diet  without me knowing it! I don’t even wanna call it a diet because it’s more of a routine for me. My grocery cart & suitcase on the way back to Doha (as shown in the picture) is usually filled up with oatmeal & granola bars – It’s my favorite anytime snack besides from chocolate. I ate a lot! I never deprive myself to eat whatever I want. If you deprive yourself you’ll just end up eating more. Another secret is that Eat-sleep-pattern is a big no-NO!!!

High fiber diet is "less strict" than many other diet plans. Just increase fiber consumption! Just focus on foods high in fiber so you should eat more whole grain foods such as cereals and bread. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also high in fiber, as well as being an excellent source of important vitamins and minerals. Fiber is important for the health of the digestive system and for lowering cholesterol. Foods containing fiber often are good sources of other essential nutrients. This diet +  some  yoga  stretchings = Flat  Abs!

 

 


On getting a healthy weight…

Published July 23, 2008 by starvillanueva

When it comes to nutrition, it’s easy to spend a lot of time worrying about what to eat. Just as weight gain is caused by eating more calories than you burn, the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than what you burn. People can cut back on calories and lose weight on almost any diet, as long as they stick to it. The real challenge is finding a way to keep weight off over the long run.

Low-fat weight loss strategies don’t work for most people. Low-fat diets are routinely promoted as a path to good health. But they haven’t fulfilled their promise. One reason is that many people have interpreted the term “low-fat” to mean “It’s OK to eat as much low-fat food as you want.” For most people, eating less fat has meant eating more carbohydrates. To the body, calories from carbohydrates are just as effective for increasing weight as calories from fat.

Low-carbohydrate, high-protein strategies look promising in the short term. Another increasingly common approach to weight loss is eating more protein and less carbohydrate. Some of these diets treat carbohydrates as if they are evil, the root of all body fat and excess weight

* Regularexercise or physical activity can do everyone a world of good. It helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and a host of other diseases, and is a key ingredient for losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.

My Favorite Chocolate Drink

Published July 22, 2008 by starvillanueva

One day, I’ve seen a commercial about a skinny woman tells you how wonderful it is to fit into her old clothes again. They show a picture of how she used to look, so you can compare it to her current body state. Then they will tell you how you can get the body etc.  I know I’m not fat but I’m not skinny either! Hehe! But I ate a lot! I crave sweets every hour of the day and I cannot resist it. So I’ve tried the slim-fast milk chocolate and really like it to help fulfill my chocolate cravings and it taste so good! I really like it!  Did it work? It work for me. I could drink one when I was reading my morning email and wouldn’t need to eat anything until lunch but during lunch I still eat. I never skip meal & I snack in between. I never deprive myself from eating because when you deprive yourself you’ll just end up craving more food!

Phyto Fiber diet drink

Published July 22, 2008 by starvillanueva


I ate a lot so I have to search for a helpful product that will help me maintain my weight.Well according to their ads it is a fast & effective way to eliminate congested waste matter, also helps lower bad cholesterol,
cleansing function and anti-oxidant properties that promotes better complexion and has an anti-aging effect.  Out of curiosity  I was able to finished 1 box which contains  20 sachet.  (it cost  85 riyals here in Doha)  I’m not sure whether  it’s effective or not  but one thing I’m sure of is you’re not supposed to drink  it if you have other plans rather than staying at home!  because you’ll  definitely  end up going to the toilet after or 5-6 hrs!!!  =)