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How I Achieved My Pre-Pregnancy Weight

Weight management is something that I have been struggling with since I had kids. I checked out several programs such as IF and Keto but I really have not found anything I could stick with.

I was never really healthy in the past.

For those who know me, I loved fast food, Coke (one can every meal), sitting on my couch the whole day; I didn’t like vegetables, I ate loads of rice (my officemates called me Karen Carpenter – kasi karpentero kumain, LOL) and it was just pork that I mostly consume. My husband used to tell me “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT,” but I never really took that by heart until now.

When experts repeatedly communicated that our only defense against Covid was a healthy lifestyle, I wanted to be healthier. Not only for myself but for my family.

I wanted to go back to my ideal weight so that I won’t feel too sluggish, eat healthier, and of course, have some sort of exercise at home because this whole stay-at-home situation really takes its toll on the body. Also, I wanted to continuously manage my PCOS and my repro-immune disorder because even if I could not get pregnant anymore, its manifestation may still be felt by the body.

(P.S. For moms who have PCOS, one of the things my OB advised me in the past was to lose weight, reduce my carb intake (because this is converted to sugar glucose), and live healthier so I felt that this was something that I needed to do again. When I was on my PCOS workup, I only ate lean meat, had brown rice, stuck to an exercise, etc.)

This was part of my self-overhaul where I felt the need to be aligned in all the things that I do – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

So I came across The Architect PH in one of the mom groups I am in. I checked out their Instagram and was impressed by the before and after photos that I saw.  I got in touch with them to see how they can help me and just try out their services for a month.

Tim, who became my coach, got back to me and asked me if I was willing to do a free assessment.

You see, before The Architect PH can allocate a slot for an interested client, they need to assess the person for free so that they would know how they can help in the best way possible. Tim gave me an idea as to what to expect and see if I was willing to do my part as it was really me who would execute the plan.

So what was my assessment?

Coach Tim told me that my issue wasn’t exactly weight loss but a process he called body recomposition. To quote him,

“… The process would entail minimal weight changes but more emphasis in terms of body fat percentage changes which will manifest mainly in your visuals.”

That was true because while I was not that far from my ideal weight of 100 lbs, I feel that fats are all in the wrong places – my tummy (of course, because of my four pregnancies), my thighs, my arms, and tada — my face! I have been working on this for years to no avail).

We started on October 1 with my weight at 105.4 lbs.

At the start, I really struggled; daily cardio exercise was NEEEVER part of my regimen. The biggest change was eliminating rice from my diet and replacing it with quinoa (which was the biggest struggle because I LOOOOOVE rice). I was also asked to work out 3-4x a week with no equipment needed. I loved this part because my workout plan was not overwhelming at all and it was easy to stick to.

With a bit of skepticism (and a lot of self-doubts), I stuck to the program. There were days that I had some slips but Coach Tim would gently nudge me back to THE PLAN and that really helped me a lot to be consistent.

So without going too much into the details, this is the result of THE PLAN.

After just one month of sticking to my fitness and nutrition plan, I finally reached my goal. The bloat was minimized; I was able to fit into my shorts that I could not fit in in yeeaaars; and more importantly, I had more energy despite a significant decrease in the volume of my main meals. I loved that my arms and things became slimmer (and I think I just need to tone them) and my face, too! YAAAY!

This was not an easy feat because I have been working for this for years but never really found something to stick with. As I said, I tried intermittent fasting and Keto as well but I couldn’t function well so I thought it wasn’t the one for me.

I could not be happier with my results and I just wanted to share this with you as a testament to a really amazing service I received. If you are interested, you can check The Architect PH website and Instagram account, see all other testimonials (because mine might not do a lot of justice, haha).

Take care, loves!

XOXO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Coach – yep, that’s me, too!

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Tony Robbins

I have always loved learning. When I started bringing my pen and paper everywhere at about three or four years old, I think it was a self-fulfilling prophecy that my heart would be in communications somehow.

And I wrote. And I read.

And this turned into some titles I have held in this lifetime: editor-in-chief, marketer, corporate communications manager, writer, author. This even extended to roles of me that were not really hinged on communications – like being a certified aromatherapist and an APAS advocate.

Somehow, the gift of gab is a talent that gave (and continues to give) me privileges, opportunities, and responsibility.

And now, I add another learning milestone to my arsenal. Something that has kept me sleepless for several nights for months. This always happens when there is call that you need to answer. A call that comes from within.

After four months of training, anxiety, studying, anxiety, actual coaching sessions, anxiety, I have finally graduated and another title: professional coach.

These titles seem nice, of course. But what it really boils down to, all of it (being a brand consultant, and aromatherapist, an author, an APAS advocate, and now, a coach), is becoming more to give something back.

To give clarity and support…

… to entrepreneurs who need it;
… to essential oil users who need it;
… to APAS mommies who need it; and
… to anyone who needs it in their life, in general.

I would like to thank my family back home and to my Mama somewhere, my husband, my kids and our Nanays, for always supporting me in all forms that I need;

To my mentors who have generously shared their knowledge on the gift of coaching – no less than the only ICF Master Certified Coach in the Philippines, Julius C. Ordonez, my mentor, Paui Pueo Del Rosario, and the ever vivacious Adam Noah Paul;

To my peer coaches who are all “WOOOW” in their own fields and all my coaches who have enabled me;

To my coachees who journeyed with me during my practicum (you know who you are);

… And last but not the least, to GOD, for planting these seeds in my heart and giving me the path to make it happen. THANK YOU.

Oh, by the way, hi. I am Balot Amechachura-Del Rosario, professional coach. You know where to reach me Happy Monday, everyone!

Sunmum’s New Look

Hey you!

Are you a pumping mama?

If you are, then you must have heard of Sunmum, the most economical breastmilk bag in the market.

Storing your breastmilk in these bags can be costly especially if you are a heavy pumper like me. In my case, I have tried the most known breastmilk bags in the market to check which one would work for me.

I love the Honeysuckle brand but for almost Php15 per piece, it was just too expensive, huhu. I have also tried Medela, but I was not a fan because it doesn’t lay flat. Lansinoh is good but you have to buy it from the US if you want to score a discount but still, price would still be more than Php10.

I was relieved to have discovered Sunmum because it lays flat on the freezer and it costs less than Php5!!!

I have been using Sunmum since Santi’s time. Now, they have repackaged to an even cuter design.

Sunmum new design

New Sunmum has a cute mother and baby design.

Even the part where you write your labels has improved.

The material is a tad thinner but it still maintains its triple ziplock. I hope the new material is as good as the old one.

Sunmum is a product from Thailand and is 100% food grade and BPA-free. I get mine from the MilkingMomma from Shopee!

Try it out momma and save some $$$ while stashing your precious liquid gold.

xx,

Balot

Bairns Clothing – To Preemies with Love

 

Having a premature birth is very common for those who are suffering from repro-immune disorders.

According to Mayo Clinic, a premature birth is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby’s estimated due date. In other words, a premature birth is one that occurs before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy. In many cases, our little APAS/RID fighters are safer outside our womb so they are made to come out earlier than most.

I was a little lucky since my babies were not really considered preemies; Santi was delivered via caesarian section when he was on his 38th week and Lucia, on her 37th week and they were considered as early term babies but nevertheless, I empathize with the plight of preemie moms everywhere.

Giving birth to a premature baby is very challenging, especially since they stay in NICU until they are stronger. Lucia spent only one day in the neonatal intensive care unit but my heart was shattered a million times – I can only imagine the strength of preemie moms who stay in NICU for weeks, or months even.

There are many challenges having a preemie baby. One of them is getting them little outfits that fit them since standard sizes would be definitely bigger. When I was browsing one of the Facebook groups I am in, I came across an online shop for preemies and I would like to share this little chat I had with the founders of this shop:

Name of shop: Bairns Clothing
Established when: Nov 4, 2017
Facebook URL: facebook.com/thepreemiespecialist
IG name: @bairnsclothing

 

Clueless APAS Mama (CAM): How did Bairns Clothing start? 

Bairns is a Scottish word for child. We used the purple color (for the logo) because it means delicate and precious just like the flower lavender, which hence best described premature babies. The effect of purple is to uplift the spirit and it is also known for its nurturing tendencies. The baby’s footprint in the logo symbolizes the birth of a child; and also in Buddhism, it means beginning. Their footprints mark the beginning of their life. It is shaped like a heart because it means love. Love conquers the world; therefore, a preemie should feel love and be showered with affection to gain strength to fight. The heart on the sole of the feet symbolizes a beating heart or life. Preemies always fight for their lives so each beat of their heart is very precious.

CAM: Why did you put up Bairns Clothing?

Bairns was created through our first-hand experience as preemie moms. It was a struggle to find fit and comfortable clothes for our tiny warriors. But more than for aesthetic reason, we don’t want to cause worries to parents because of loose clothes that may cover the faces of their babies and might even lead to SIDS. Lastly, Bairns is all about giving back to the community, so it is tagged as CLOTHING WITH A CAUSE such that every purchase you make contributes to other NICU families in need.

CAM: What is unique about Bairns Clothing?

Bairns Clothing began with the purpose and willingness to help every preemie and their families. We have a social responsibility in helping NICU families through charitable works and support/guidance/inspiration through FB NICU Families and Preemie Support PH Forum. We cater to one basic need of preemies which is clothes. Specific clothes sizes for Filipino preemies that are made locally and affordable in price.

CAM: What are your product lines?

Tie-side with short sleeves, sleeveless and long sleeves; pajamas, mittens, booties, beanies, receiving blankets, plain onesie, statement onesie and printed onesie, outsourced preemie nappies, outsourced preemie/newborn sunglasses

CAM: Please share anything else you want your market to know.

To our future clients, we know that having a preemie is financially draining but let us not hinder our tiny warrior to wear decent clothes. Some moms will say “ok lang malaki, lalaki din naman sila”; and yes, while this is true, our preemies need the utmost care and fit clothes is the safest choice for them to wear to prevent any discomfort and SIDS. Bairns Clothing provides basic essential clothing from the tiniest (micro preemie) up to 3-kilogrammer preemie. You don’t need to go to the mall to buy clothes; we are just one click and call away for your needs and can provide next day delivery.

Also, Bairns is all about helping, so when you buy clothes from us you also help other NICU families. Once they have outgrown them, you can donate or resell the clothes.

Through the purchases of our previous clients, we can proudly say that we had been able to provide financial and medical assistance to NICU families through buying medicines that are rare like glucose tablets, providing fee for blood transfusion, medical equipment and monetary donation. We also held a small charity event at a government hospital providing basic preemie goodies.

Please continue to support and purchase preemie clothes from Bairns Clothing so we altogether can help more NICU families. Also to promote local industries and be proud to wear Philippine made!

CAM: What is your message to Preemie Moms?

We know how it feels and we know how much it hurts. We just want you to know that we have been there. We have been truly blessed out of circumstance that at first, it didn’t seem like much of a blessing. God loves us. Yet sometimes it doesn’t feel like He loves us.

Some NICU moms prayed for their little ones but they passed away even before they say goodbye. Some NICU moms prayed for their NICU graduate to grow up healthy but instead they watch them suffer from illness and complications from their prematurity. Most of the NICU moms prayed for that little extra money to make ends meet, but end up losing their resources.

What we didn’t realize that the very thing that is best for us isn’t the same as what we’re praying for. God hears each spoken need. He loved us too much to give us lesser things. God is watching over always, directing every moment we experience.

Through this journey, we realized that it wasn’t our preemies being in the NICU but about our transformation in Christ and allowing Him to be in control of everything.

Trusting in God is a daily walk and we are grateful that our journey has and still reminds us that He is in control and not us. Mommy, our warriors had been where your baby is now. It is okay that you are crying but never give up.

Never give up when your last defense is faith.

We share your burden.

The wonderful ladies behind Bairns Clothing

Bairns Clothing

UST Pharmacy Batch 2000 classmates who happened to be preemie moms.

Joana Pauline Caoleng (Pharmacist, OFW)

Karen Anne Sia (Pharmacist, WAHM)

Jadie Suzette Tan (Pharmacist/SPED Teacher, WAHM)

Newborn Baby Items Checklist

It feels like I am back to Square 1.

At 26 weeks, I am already nesting (I know, I know, this is too early!) and I keep on wracking my brains as to what baby items I should be getting for Lucia.

So just to end all my worries, I am finally putting in down here – on the blog, just for the record. Haha!

How ’bout you, mama? What other items do you think I should include? What brands worked for you? Hit me up in the comments! <3

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