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About one month ago, I declared to you that I plan to lose 25lbs before I’m 25. I think I owe you an update.

I haven’t been working out as much as I hoped I would. I mean, my trip to Disney/Universal had me walking or standing in line for at least 10+ hours in a span of 6 days. You would think I would have lost weight then, but then I celebrated New Years with my relatives in SC and that TOTALLY trumped my exercise. Filipino family parties are crazy and full of food. Nonstop eating and my aunties throwing alcoholic beverages at me left and right.

Those are not excuses and I should train myself to have some sort of tolerance and self-control. This past week was a little better. Thanks to my friends Kris and Quyen, I’ve taken up swimming. Swimming is a great full body workout (if you do laps in the pool). It’s only been one week, but my arms are still sore (I just learned how to swim freestyle – thanks Maureen).

I also took my first Zumba class on Saturday. Zumba rocks! My sister, Erin, and I loved the class so much we’ve signed up for their 8-class session. If you like to dance – this is one of the best workouts. It’s not that hard to follow and the choreography is fun. The moves are sexy and can probably be mimicked at a club! I HIGHLY recommend taking Zumba! Here’s an example of what you can expect in a Zumba class:

Now for real my update: I’m still the same weight as I was one month ago. No change and it doesn’t seem like my 25 before 25 will be achieved in by my bday- but maybe 15lbs. I stopped drinking alcohol and other beverages that aren’t water – except at the clubs. When my friends and I do go out clubbing, I drink diet coke mostly for the caffeine (I’m an old fart and I will probably fall asleep at like 11 w/o it). I’ve also been eating a lot of salad and soup, and have minimized fried/junk/fast food. I will also start doing my daily exercise videos again.

That’s my update. Thanks again for your support everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

MaR_advice: Sometimes you can find yourself off the course you intended. When that happens, pick yourself up and find a way for you to get back on that path. Remember, the only person that can push you or get you to find/stay on that course if yourself. Don’t lose hope.


I was chatting with some friends online and we were discussing weight. I know that it can be a touchy subject – especially for girls/women – but it’s definitely a topic that a majority of Americans think about (look at the Biggest Loser).


I started looking at pictures of myself from my senior cruise in high school (left) and a recent picture I took at a wedding. You can definitely see the difference. I’ve gained 25 lbs since then (6 years – that’s like 4lbs+ a year!). Thus the idea of my “25 before I’m 25” challenge.

To lose 25lbs before I turn 25 (March 7th), I realized I need to stop BSing and start really working out.

Today starts my first day and I’ll definitely give you an update. 25 might be too ambitious, but it’s not bad to set your goals high. Plus, during my vacation at Disney World, I’m sure all of that walking will do me some justice!

Do you have any tips? My friend, Donna, told me to walk up and down the stairs as a workout and jump rope. I’ve also kept a pair of my favorite jeans from when I was skinnier so that I can hopefully wear them again.

If you want to lose weight, I encourage you to join the challenge. It doesn’t have to be 25lbs like me – you can decide your goal weight.

I’m determined to do this and I thank you all ahead of time for your support. We can support each other!

I’ll continue to keep you updated and reveal my results on my birthday.

MaR_advice: When you start working out, it’s good to keep yourself motivated. Give yourself goals. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results quickly. Instead, measure your waist, hips, arms and thighs – you lose inches faster than lbs.