WARNING: Gryffon Courier *You may SUE me*

Friday, December 22, 2017

12/22/17 UPDATE: The P80.00 has been returned last night.  After 15 days.
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The search for a reliable courier is never over.  Simply because at one point, they will somehow fuck up a delivery, lose a package or just not pick up.  I don't usually complain here on my blog as I want this space to be a platform for positivity, but then when I heard what I heard from the person I was speaking to from Gryffon Courier, I knew I had to write this.

This holiday season, as we all now, Filipinos are crammers.  We like doing things last minute.  A few weeks ago, I saw this company, Gryffon Courier being suggested by people in a facebook group.  It caught my attention and convinced me to book a pick up.

The first transaction went on smoothly.  The second and the third as well, so for another package well I decided to use them again.  I mean what are the odds, right?

So, Gryffon courier told me that it had delivered a package last December 2, 2017 when it fact it only did on December 4, 2017.  I did not catch this lie early, I was only informed by the receiver that the courier was lying - how?  This is what happened:

Last December 3, 2017  the receiver emails me and asks me for her tracking number, since I was out, I only sent it to her last December 4, 2017 (Monday).  With this, I called Gryffon Courier and spoke to a certain Arnie, I asked for the status of the package I sent, so I gave her the tracking number.  She then told me that the package was delivered last December 2, 2017.  It made it wonder to be honest, so what I did  was to ask for the receiving copy of the waybill.  I was so impressed because Arnie emailed me the waybill with the signature of the recipient.

So I sent the image of the waybill to the receiver to confirm if it was indeed her signature.  And you know what the receiver replied with?  That the signature was not hers, and that she only received the package that same morning.



I thought, you know what - it might be an isolated incident.  I reported this to Gryffon via their emails, but I received NO REPLY.

Fast forward to last week (and more than a week ago).  I was sending 4 packages to Marikina.  When the rider came to pick it up, he told me that the packages were already EXTRA LARGE and that the rate was P80.00 per package.  I knew it wasn't an extra large bag because it was just the same size as other company's large bag.  But he insisted, even went as far as telling me that he might be charged by the company for collecting a wrong amount.  So I agreed, that I will pay the P80.00 per packaged, but when I call the office the next day and discover that it's only P60.00, he will need to return the overpayment to me the next day.  He agreed.

So I did my due diligence.  I weighed my package.  Asked for the measurement of the Large bag.  I discovered that this large bag was indeed P60.00 only.  The 80.00 is an extra large packaging - that is over 3 kilos.  My package was less that 3 kilos, it was even just a little less than 2 kilos.  I was able to speak to Arnie again and she confirmed that the package should have been only P60.00.  I then told her that I will be expecting a return of my overpayment of P80.00 (20 pesos over payment for 4 packages).  She said yes, and that she will be telling the rider to return it to me that same day.

There was no sign of the rider until now.

Last Tuesday, I called Gryffon to book a pick-up, I figured since I have P80.00 with the, I might as well use it, right?  Well, the rider never came.  So yesterday morning, I called Gryffon Courier to inform them that I am still waiting for the P80.00 to be returned to me, Arnie promised me that the money will be returned yesterday.  Yesterday came and went, still no sign.

So this afternoon, I called Gryffon Courier - the girl I spoke to was new (she told me she was new), I then asked where the rider was and to report that the P80.00 was still not returned to me.  I then heard people talking in the background telling her to ask for bank details, so they can deposit the P80.00.  I honestly didnt want to disclose those details to strangers, but they insisted.  I wanted to speak to someone in charge, but the people talking in the background were too chicken to speak to me.  Note that I wasn't shouting nor was my voice loud, I was just very insistent.  After a few words here and there the girls I spoke to said *Sabi ni sir, kunin nalang daw po bank details niyo idedeposit daw po*  I then asked, when?  Today?  They weren't sure.  I was already frustrated this time and said *Kung hindi nadeposit today, may penalty na P20.00/day for everyday na hindi maideposit?*  She then told a man, and the man said there's no such penalty.  So I asked to speak to this man.

This man's name is Eugene (Torres, if I heard it correctly) he then told me that he will PERSONALLY go to my pick-up address tomorrow at 2PM to hand me the P80.00.  I then said, what if he doesn't show up tomorrow at 2pm, do you know what he answered me with?

YOU CAN SUE ME.

Where in hell did that statement come from?!  I was pissed!  I then told him, I am asking for an assurance that he will really come, why did he need to say those words to me?  He said, because I did not believe him?!  I told him, how can I sue you?  On what grounds?  That what he said was very very SILLY.  That we are all learned people why does he need to utter those words?  To intimidate?  To challenge?  What the FUCK for?  I cannot for the life of me understand, really.

So what did I do next?  I messaged the company on their facebook page.  I then asked for this name and position, and this is what his reply was:




This person belongs to a SERVICE BUSINESS and this is the kind of customer service that he offers.  My gulay.

I will NEVER EVER AGAIN use Gryffon Courier.

Happy Project: #HappyBreakfastJar & #HappyStickerLabels

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Who would have thought that posting about the #QuakerOvernightBreakfastClub would open doors for me and a friend on a passion project?  Well, because of the overwhelming feedback I received with the jars, my friend and I decided - why not try our luck selling these jars?

It was a slow but steady journey, one that entailed pulling our strengths together and pushing through.  It has been a few months and we are so very happy with the developments.

So, welcome - our new and improved #HappyBreakfastJar!


We are selling this jar for P275.00 each, our promo is buy 4 jars for P1,000.00
Shipping is P70.00 for every 2 jars within Metro Manila and P280 for Provincial addresses.
We have recipes and a carrying bag for every jar.

Another product of ours is the #HappyStickerLabels, we must give credit where credit is due - the labels were not really on our radar, but when friends (Mish and Sab of Mothers Who Brunch) says it's worth tapping - well, we listened and #HappyStickerLabels was born.

The pantry labels below is called the Mother Who Brunch set.  There are 14 pre-set words that you can use to organize your pantry and kitchen.  I never thought I'd have use for it, until we did this project.



This Mothers Who Brunch set is on promo for P545/set of 14 words.
Shipping is P45 for Metro Manila addresses and P160 for provincial addresses.

In case you want to customize your own set, we can do that too.  It's P645 for a set of 14 words with a limit of 15 characters per word.  We can send you a font list and color list for the stickers.




You can find us on Facebook - HappyInc.PH or on Instagram - happyinc.ph.

If you want to purchase, please do send us an email at happyinc.ph@gmail.com

Thank you and I hope you can support this passion project.

Just an idea, we can also personalize your #HappyBreakfastJar :



Brightbrands PRICELIST

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Here's the link to the Brightbrands PRICELIST:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kcUGauJQsDVZ_wCiV_jO4hvy1syQF21h?usp=sharing

Click to see HOW MUCH the following brands are:
Yumbox
Snails
Lunch Punch
Tiger Tribe
SND Safe N Beautiful Nail Spa Treatments
Drink In the Box
Sanck In the Box
Funbites
Phone Soap
Scrub Daddy and Cusina Home Dishwashing
Lunchbox Love Notes

Enjoy shopping!!

Serenitea JUMBO Cups 9th Anniversary!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

I can't believe it's been 9 years.

I remember it as if it was just yesterday.  Meeting up with food bloggers for a cup or two of Serenitea Milk Tea.  Do you know that I used to drive to Serenitea Banawe (it's old location along N. Roxas) about 3x a week just to get my milk tea fix?  I would order 4 large ones.  One for me during the trip back home, one for my Panget and another one for me for the next day.  Yes, I would always ALWAYS buy 4 large cups.

The first question I asked my OB when I was pregnant with Kailee was if I could still drink Milk Teas - and she said YES.  I was soooo very happy!  Hahaha..  Kailee was a milk tea baby, and she's already 6!  Time flies noh?

To celebrate Serenitea's 9th year anniversary - they're treating us to the JUMBO CUPS!  Wonderful news right?  Thank you Serenitea for loving us.

You will always ALWAYS be my first love when it comes to milk teas.



Livin Lovin LOCALLY Fruit Juices

Friday, December 15, 2017

Locally is a juice brand made here in the country.  What is unique about it is that it's made from fruits found locally plus is humorous word play for each type of juice.  Look at the colorful and funny packaging:




I think it's so mighty that a local company decided to pursue juices and launch them this way - with a little humor.  It's really cute and entertaining.  I believe that we Filipinos are happier compared to other people in the world - we smile amidst challenges and this perfectly personifies the Filipino brand.  I was so entertained reading through the captions of these juices.  What's more is that the taste is delicious.  I love them all - I don't think there's one variant that didn't taste good.  My personal favorite is Mangosteen because, I don't eat Mangosteen.  Hahaha..  I tried the juice and masarap pala!  The Sineguelas, I just watch my mom eat it too - but now I can proudly say, I drank sineguelas!  Haha..

These juices come in bottles and in slim cans like this below:



My personal favorite from the brand is their Buco Juice / Coconut Water.  It's clear - yes, CLEAR and not yellowish.  It doesn't have an after taste and its very refreshing.  I have tried other brands in the market and have always wondered why the buco juice is not clear, but Locally's Merci, Buco is clear.  To prove it, I have a video below:



Another surprise for me was the other two variants of Merci, Buco - the Buco Pandan and the Buco Lychee.  These remind me soooo much of the local desserts that are so refreshing.  I'm glad that now, you can have it as a drink - brilliant, right?



Locally is available in the following areas:
Puregold Supermarkets
Robinsons Supermarkets
SM Supermarkets
South Supermarket
Rustan's & Shopwise
Waltermart Supermarkets
7-Eleven Convenience Stores

Try one, I promise, it's really really good!


Parenting 101: Is there a right formula for disciplining?

Friday, December 08, 2017

The answer is NO, there isn't.

Just this morning - I was so angry at Kailee because she opened toys that was meant for some of her friends.  She knew these toys were for her friends as we were preparing them the other day.  I have just set them aside and I was planning to wrap them tonight.

As I was about to wear my shoes, I noticed that there were empty boxes of the said toy on the trash bin.  I could feel blood rising, I call Kailee and Connor.  When they saw me, Kailee had this guilty look in her eyes.  I asked them both who opened the toys.  The pointed to one another.  Connor said *Atchi opened it!* then Kailee said in return *He opened it too!*

If you were in my shoes, what would you have done?

What I did?  I was so angry that I wanted to throw a fit.  I had to be controlled.  It's so effing hard to control your anger with the kids.  Super hard.  REALLY SUPER HARD!  I really wanted to scream!  But I couldn't and so I did the next best thing - I spoke in a very very very LOUD voice.  I know it might be a small thing this issue, but to me, it was something I did not want to just easily pass and forgive immediately.  I don't want them to think that it's perfectly fine opening toys that are not meant for them.  I wanted them to know that I am angry at what they did.

I told Kailee that since she opened a few toys, that a few of her classmates won't be receiving anything from her.  She looked so worried and started to tear up.  Connor couldn't care less because he knew it wasn't for his friends.  I swear, I wanted to scream my head off, but I just spoke in a very loud voice that I was so disappointed and angry and she will get punished.   When she heard the word *punish* she cried even harder.  There are times when I reprimand Kailee that my heart melts when she starts to cry, but her crying this morning did not melt any part of my heart - what I felt was anger, sadness and almost giving up.

This parenting thing - I'm failing, I think.  It's effing hard!

I try and show them good things, being good, being thankful, being nice, being helpful, and especially being mindful.  But my goodness - they do the opposite.  It makes me wonder though - did my mom have a hard time raising us?  You know, I asked her this ha - she said that when we were young, we were really *mabait* we followed her every whim.  It makes me think - why are my children not like that?  I then realized because I acknowledge their feelings, I listen to their opinion and I let them express themselves.

Was I wrong?

I know they're still young and I have a long looooooooooong way to go, but at this stage - I feel like I'm starting to burn out.  I try not to read articles on parenting anymore because I get more confused!  Some say don't spank kids, well - I've tried talking to them and they seem to forget it the instant we finish the conversation, so I've resorted to spanking with a stick when they really misbehave and so something that deserves more than just a talk.

I remember watching this video of a mom saying that it's okay for her kids to *hate* her because a mom is NOT a friend, a mom is a mother and our role is to guide and make them into proper human beings to the world.

It's so tiring this parenting thing, when the kids are misbehaving.  But it's a joy when they're all good and happy and loving.

I love my children but sometimes - arghhhhhhh... I'm sure you all feel this.  It's not always LOVING.  Can't we all just get along?  As in really get along?

Lord, help us.

Life talaga...

Hahaha....

Multiple Destinations with Uber - POSSIBLE!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Now, it's possible - MULTIPLE Destinations with Uber!



I'm so happy, I have long wondered it this was possible and now - officially, it is possible!  Woohooo!  It's so nice that Uber has rolled this out this holiday season - it's perfect, right?

And it's so easy to do, with just clicks on your Uber app.  Wonderful right?

Now, you can drop off gift with ease, no need to book and rebook trips!  You can book up to three (3) stops using this feature.  You can now seamlessly pick up friends along the way with ease and comfort.  The route is now clear to the driver, no more confusion, miscommunication and mix-up.  This will be a HUGE help to all Uber riders and partners in the country.  One this less to stress about, right?
How it works:

To use the feature, tap “where to?” and then “+”. Add the addresses of the stops, and then request for the ride. Changes in the route can be done in the app, in real time. The driver will be automatically given directions to each of the stops so riders can sit back and relax the whole way.

The multi-destination feature is one of the many product innovations that Uber has added to their app to enhance user experience. Other features include scheduling rides ahead of time, saving frequented places, sharing ETAs, and requesting a ride for a friend.

Proving that technology is ever improving, you can be sure to enjoy the holidays your way with Uber’s new and existing features.





GIVEAWAY!! Starbucks 2018 Planner

Monday, December 04, 2017

Yes, every year - I share this blessing of mine, the Starbucks Planner!  I pay it forward because #StarbucksPhilippines had been a very supportive partner throughout my blogging life.  I am very grateful to them and so I want to pay it forward to my blog readers.

This is what the Starbucks 2018 Planner looks like:


It even has a Pilipinas Starbucks card!


And some other thingies for your planner needs.  Cute, right?



So what are you waiting for?!?!

Joining is very very simple.  Just share this *@candishhh is giving away a Starbucks 2018 Planner. Share your blessings and pay it forward! Click on this link to JOIN NOW http://www.candishhh.com/2017/12/giveaway-starbucks-2018-planner.html* on your social media account and then, get the link of your share and leave the following details on the comment section.
a)  Name
b)  Email Address
c)  URL of your share to FB and Twitter (make sure that you LIKE my Facebook Page)

That's it!

You have until 11:59PM of December 23, 2017 to join.  I will pick a winner on December 24 and will be sending it out as soon as I get your email reply (so please check your email on the 24th!).

I will be shipping the planner for FREE nationwide.

What are you waiting for?!?!?!

Gooooo!!



Starbucks 20th Anniversary + Merchandise

Friday, December 01, 2017

I remember it as if it were only yesterday, the first Starbucks store opening in 6750 Makati.  I have an aunt who is a huge HUGE fan of Starbucks and was giddy with excitement.  I remember too that she kept her receipt.  I wonder where that receipt is now.  Hahahaha!!  I remember we would go every Sunday to Starbucks for the next few months, it was a *reward* for us nieces and nephews for going with them to visit my Angkong in Manila Memorial.

I can't believe that it has been 20 years already.



As part of the Starbucks 20th Anniversary, they are launching these beautiful limited edition merchandise this afternoon at 2:00PM in their 6750 store.

Look at those beauties.












Matilda + Promil: Get a chance to watch for FREE!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Get a change to win FREE tickets to watch Matilda at the Meralco Theater when you buy Promil!  It's so easy to join!  Just log into http://www.promilfour-matilda.com/ and fill in the necessary information.







I finally took Kailee to her first play - Matilda.  I was nervous because I was not sure if she'll stay put while watching.  Good thing, I was able to bring my two nieces - who are veterans in watching plays.  We were just in time.  I honestly forgot that I enjoyed watching plays.  So when Matilda started, I had this nostalgic feeling like I was a child again watching my first play.  

The set was beautifully made.  I forgot how good the set designers are with making the props.  The lighting too was wonderful and the oh sooooo perfect sound system of a theater.  It really brought me back to when I was a lot younger.  

Every single actor on stage was amazing.  The kids most especially since they memorized all the lines and the songs and performed live!  Kailee was so engrossed and concentrated on what was happening on stage.  Kailee usually asks sooo many questions when we watch a movie in a movie theater, but this time - well, she was quiet and was observing.   I kept on glancing her way to see if she was bored - but she wasn't, she was very interested.

After watching, she told me that the kids were amazing.  I asked if she wanted to see another play and she said yes with her eyes beaming with happiness.

Achievement unlocked!

Thank you Yvette and Promil for this wonderful opportunity.  Thank you too for sharing this show to Promil users - it's such a wonderful way to pay it forward.

UBER: Unlocking Cities Together

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I have been an Uber user since 2014.  Has it just been 3 years?  Well, I felt it was longer to be honest - why?  Because I don't usually commute here in the country.  I drive a car and I like driving - even if its traffic.

I took my first ride last 2014.  I even documented it on this post - My first Uber ride.  I racked up credits from that first Uber ride and when it ran out, I still preferred and used Uber ALL THE TIME.  I need to emphasize that I am an Uber user.  I love Uber.  I love how convenient it is.  I don't need to drive, I don't need to worry about having an empty gas tank while stuck in traffic.  I don't need to stress myself thinking of where to park and a whole lot more.  It's so convenient really.

At first, I thought - what was Uber's end game?  I really didn't understand the concept to be honest - it was for me just an app I could use to transport me to places.  At first, it didn't dawn on me the conveniences that I had been experiencing.  I took the convenience for granted.  When Uber was suspended months ago - it was only then that I appreciated what Uber really was to me.

Last year when we came back from a trip, we were not picked up by the driver because of miscommunication on the time.  We were worried because we had luggages, big luggages, we had two kids in tow - and my Panget initially thought to just hire a taxi right there and then.  I told him no - I told him, I'd try and book an Uber.  We were very lucky because I was able to book us an Uber Black - successfully.  And you know what else?  Well, I left my phone on that Uber ride.  And guess what - I got my phone back the next day.  And I posted this on my blog too - The goodness of an Uber Driver because I was so proud and happy.  THIS IS WHY I UBER.

Uber has been my partner in transport since 2014 and I am with them ALL THE WAY.  I will support them and help them in anyway I can because I believe in their vision.



Here is an video made by Uber.  Watch it and realize that - hey, this happens in real life - especially here in the Philippines!  The video makes perfect sense.  It's funny but it's reality.


Jeunesse Anion Feminine Pads

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I have to be very honest.  I have not heard of the brand Jeunesse Anion (a line of feminine pads).  I see it a few times on my FB feed and assumed it was imported.  My friend Kaye swears by this brand.  She even bought a box huge box of it.  He daughter Kyla is also a huge fan of the brand.  I honestly wanted to try it out, unfortunately it isn't available in my favorite grocery store.
A few months ago, I was sent a few packs to try.  I was really curious.  I felt though, that one time use might not be enough to be able to feel the difference.  I was honestly pessimistic, I assumed I needed a few months at the very least.  The timing was perfect since it was that time of the month.

So I tried it, and I really really liked it.

Being pessimistic on the *trial* period was beneficial pala, I did not have any expectations on the brand and so I started on a clean slate.  I was very much impressed with the Jeunesse feminine pad to be honest.  I felt the difference almost immediately.  You see, when I have my period I already know the the cycle of what will happen.  But when I started using Jeunesse Anion feminine pads, the *cycle* that I was already used to, changed drastically.

My usual cycle was like this:
Day 1 - very light flow
Day 2 - heavy flow
Day 3 - heavy flow
Day 4 - slightly heavy flow

I would be feeling really bloated, sluggish and coupled with cramping here and there.  I would be changing pads often because of the very heavy flow.  For the past months - when I would go out I would bring an extra set of clothes (+ undies) because I was afraid of having those unfortunate incidences.  I would usually turn down events when it was that time of the month because of my very heavy period.

A habit too was that before I sleep, I would lay out an additional layer of protection on my bed.  I would put those bubble sheets (the ones used for babies) on my side of the bed to avoid staining the bed sheet and mattress because of my very heavy flow.  I would do this every night until my period stopped.

But after trying Jeunuesse Anion pads my cycle drastically shifted to the better.  I honestly did not expect it to change that fast or even at all.  I mean, diba?  One time use, really?  But seriously - it really did.

My cycle for that *trial* period was:
Day 1 - light flow
Day 2 - very heavy flow
Day 3 - light to medium flow
Day 4 - very light flow to spotting

I felt the change almost immediately.  I wasn't as sluggish, in fact I was on the move.  I was not worried of an overflow so I did not feel the need to bring extra clothes - I did bring extra pads.  I felt more normal, no cramping and I didn't feel irritable.  I was actually in a very positive mood!  I made sure to notice what I felt since I was using the Jeunesse pads and I'm very happy with the results.  I really do think that the Anion strip really made a difference.  Placebo you'd say, but you know what - I felt better, I didn't feel like I needed to slow down during my period.

So what is the Anion strip?  Below is the picture of what the Anion strip looks like:


See that green strip?  Well, all the feminine pads had that Anion strip on them.  The anion strips emit negatively-charged molecules.  These negatively charges molecules help maintain freshness and protection, it also helps ease menstrual discomfort.

One thing I observed, was that whenever I went to the bathroom, I would feel the heavy flow of period gush through.  I never experience anything like that before with my old pads.  And it felt really nice as I feel that the gush was *properly* eliminated.  I would change the pads often too but the pads, I noticed were not as full compared to the other brands that I used before.  I really felt more clean and fresh.

Because I tried it, I'm now a believer of the brand.





I honestly forgot what it was like to use a non-wing  (ever since having used *wings* in the past) but with Jeunesse Anion, I like using the non-wing variant.  I actually preferred it over the non-wing, weird ba?  I felt really protected already.  Haha!  I think that's the most important thing, that we have the option to use non-wing or wing.  I assumed that all napkins had wings nowadays.  Hihi..  I was wrong!

The packaging is really nice too as its RESEALABLE.  Yes, you read that right - resealable!  When I saw the pack I was wondering on how to open it.  The pack was sealed shut without any perforation for easy opening.  Then I noticed something on the side of the package - I discovered, it was a sticker of sort that you peel to open and then it sticks back on to close and protect the whole pack.  Brilliant right?

I am now a believer of Jeunesse Anion napkins.

Jeunesse Anion sanitary napkins area available at Watsons's, selected Mercury Drug Stores and South Star Drug Stores, SM Department Stores health and beauty section, Robinson's Department Store and Supermarket, Landmark Department Store, PCX, Shopwise, Metro Gaisano and Waltermart.  You can also buy them online at Lazada.



My #MakeItFit journey with Fitness Gourmet PH

Monday, November 13, 2017

Diet.

Something I've done before and something I felt was easy to do.  But you know what - it's just in my mind.  It was stuck for the past 6 years.  I've tried, but failed.  I was always hungry.  There was always a reason - I was breastfeeding, I was traveling, I don't have energy - endless reasons really.



About two years ago, I tried walking 10,000 steps a day.  Did it work?  Well, kinda - but very little.  I guess, I looked better but then after my brother's wedding - I kinda let myself go.  Hahaha!  I ate and ate and forgot about the 10,000 steps.  The following year, Kailee started going to ICA and since I was on the bring her to school duty - I had to sleep early.  So bye bye the race to having 10,000 steps at night time.

Early this year, I thought about it - I decided that I wanted to try dieting again.  But nothing, I still did nothing.  I needed a push.  I've been doing the Military Diet on and off - but I kind of forget to control every so often.  The fact that I'm 37 says that my body is so very different when I was in my 20s.  When I was still single and didn't have a care in the world, less responsibilities compared to now that I have kids, a husband and a household to take care of.  Things are different now, totally different.



A wonderful surprise came by a few months ago.  Fitness Gourmet contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out their calorie counted delivered meals.  I immediately said yes.  Wala ng isip isip.  It was now or never.  I was excited and scared and nervous and happy.  So many different emotions rolled into one.  Hahaha!

So I started my calorie counted meals.  I asked to have the 1,200 calories set.  I knew it will be a shock to my system.  But I had to work through the shock.  I was told that if I wanted to increase the calorie intake, they're willing to change it, even midway through the week, I'll just need to inform them ahead to time - like 2 days ahead.  But I stuck through the 1,200 calories.  Bahala na si Batman

Week 1
My first #FitnessGourmet meal was a breakfast sandwich.  Of all breakfasts - it had to be a sandwich.  My heart did a little dive when I saw what was inside the sandwich - it was all veggies.  All veggies.  I was scared.  But you know what - it smelled really good.  And so I bit into it.  There was no turning back.  On the first bite -  well, I'm glad that it was love at first bite.  It tasted really good.  I thought to myself - do not judge unless I've taken the first bite.  Hahaha!  It was really good, I said to myself that if I had meals like that, 300 calories and very tasty - then it would be a start of a great journey.




The first week was a real test.  I was hungry most of the time and there was a time that I was contemplating on increasing the calorie meal na.  But I stuck through it.  I ate skyflakes when I felt hungry and munched on peanuts!  Major tiis talaga...



My brother told me that after Week 1, the rest of the weeks will be a breeze.  I was honestly scared, scared that I might feel winded or get headaches.  There were no headaches.  I don't recall feeling winded.  What I remember though was being low energy and a bit weak.  At 5pm, I was sluggish and tired.  When I get home, I immediately go up to my room and lie on the the bed.  I felt really really tired.  I don't recall feeling this way in a long long time.  I guess having 1200 calories a day made me feel tired easily.  I won't even guess how much calories I was taking in before!  Let's not go there anymore.  Hahaha..  To give you an idea on my day, here is my usual schedule:

5:30am Wake up and bring my daughter to school
8:00am I get to the office and have my breafkast
10:30am I leave to pick up my soon in school
12:00pm I get home and have lunch
1:30pm I get back to the office
3:30pm I have the afternoon snack
5:30pm I go home and rest
6:30pm I have my dinner and rest afterward

At 7:30pm I have this hunger pang - when I do, I eat a couple of roasted nuts or skyflakes.
At 8:40pm I usually feel sleepy already

For the first week there were two nights that I ate a pack of Skyflakes.  I drank LOTS of water to feel full, but the feeling is quite different.  I knew that I needed to get used to this.  I didn't want to cheat, YET.  Hahaha!!

What I specifically remember on my first week I was really short tempered.  Hahaha!  I would snap on the smallest things.  I was very irritable with Kailee and Connor, especially when they were  noisy and fighting - I was HANGRY.  As in literally hungry + angry.  Hahaha!!  I was so excited to finish the week off and have my overnight oats.  BUt you know what, the next morning - I had this urge to control.  I felt guilty that I was going to cheat.  I still had self control.  Something good right?





I was so nervous on the Saturday of Week 1.  I had to weigh myself.  I was looking at the scale for a long time and didn't want to weigh myself.  I think I waited for about a minute or two.  Then I finally stepped on the scale.  I was soooo happy to see that I lost 5 lbs!  I was happy but in disbelief - I'm sure all of you who are trying to lose weight would understand.  I stepped on the scale at least 5 more times, just to see it the scale was really correct.  And it was - 5lbs down!  Woohoo!  I felt really proud of myself.  I said to myself - if I power through the program for 3 more weeks, I would really be losing weight.  I was excited and happy.

I was told that I could eat normally on the weekends - and I did.  I was a bit conscious on the portion of what I was eating.  I was so happy to be able to drink milk again and have some other food!  Weekend eating was good and controlled - I was excited to start Week 2.

Week 2
Week 2 came by fast.  I was not as irritable (but still short fused, hahaha!), I still experienced hunger pangs.  The meals were still very good and tasty.  I would look forward to heating and eating the meals.  I would often check IG for the menu and was just happy and excited with the meals delivered.  It was such a refreshing thing pala to have the food delivered to you and all you needed to do is heat it up and eat.  I didn't feel guilty when I finished the meals!  Hahaha.   When I felt hungry I would just munch on roasted nuts (I didn't take Skyflakes anymore) and would drink lots of water.  I confess that in the middle of the week - I cheated and ate 1/2 a burger.  I thought to myself - its was okay, as long as I made up for it on the next meal - and I did.  I fasted the next meal!  Haha..  I felt guilty.



When Saturday Week 2 came - I was nervous for the weigh in because of the that I ate mid week.  I took the plunge and weighed myself - I lost 5 lbs.  I couldn't believe it!  I cheated yet, I lost another 5 lbs.  I was on a roll, it was such an effortless weight loss program.  I was not exercising, I was just eating calorie counted meals!  I was amazed and impressed, most of all I was with excitement that I lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks!  AMAZING, right?  I was on a high and told myself that this was the jump start that I was searching for.  I'm glad that #FitnessGourmet found me, I am so very thankful!





Week 3
I was very excited for Week 3 because in my mind, I assumed - I can still lose another 5 lbs that week.  I made sure not to cheat.  My friends were inviting me to have breakfast or lunch, but I had to decline - I said that I can go BUT I would just *be with them* and just have my calorie counted meal.  Sayang diba?  They felt guilty and told me that once I was off the diet, we'd meet up for a meal.  I was lucky to have supportive friends.  I was lucky too that my Panget was cooperative, but he was always asking to look at my food and then giving me a smirk afterward.  I think Kailee felt bad for me because she was telling my mom that *Mommy is so wawa* with regards to my meals.  And she would always ask if I was okay after I ate my meals.  Hahaha!  Yaya B also felt the same, she would always tell me how many days it will be until Saturday.  Connor would always be excited for me on Saturday morning.  Hahaha!  I'm glad that I have a supportive family.  Or else, I think I would be going crazy!  Hungry, Angry and Crazy.  Hahaha!!



I think my system was already adjusted to the calorie counted meals that I had.  I was less hungry.  I actually started to skip a few of my afternoon snack!  Hihi..  Can you believe that?  I was skipping meals!   I was so proud of myself!  Hahaha..  In my head, I can live by consuming less than 1,200 calories a day.

But I would later regret skipping the snacks, because when I weighed in on Saturday Week 3 - I only lost 1 lb - one measely pound.  I was disheartened, but then I said to myself - 11 lbs in 3 weeks was already an achievement.  I had to accept it.  I figured, this was such a good opportunity to lose the weight.  I wouldn't even lost any pound had I not started this journey with #FitnessGourmet.  I had to count my blessings, right?  And count I did.




Week 4
This was the last stretch, my 4th and final week.  I would be happy to lose any amount at this point because I have maintained losing 11 lbs for the past three weeks.  But I headed into trouble as later on my 4th week, well - I had to leave for Hong Kong.  On my last day on the #MakeItFit Challenge, I had to leave.  I was worried to be honest, because in HK, I'm sure to do a LOT of walking as we were going to a convention/exhibit. On the plane, I made sure to order ahead - a fruit platter.  I was surprised at my decision to be honest.



It's a good thing that my calorie counted meals arrive at night, usually after dinner time.  So for the trip, we left really early and I was able to have my breakfast on the way to the airport.  Mind you, I HAND CARRIED MY LUNCH AND DINNER in an insulated bag.  Yes, I was that serious.  I wanted to do it.  My Panget was shaking his head when he was holding the bag for me.



We arrived around lunch time and knowing that we'd be walking sooooo much that afternoon, I decided to cheat for lunch.  I knew that my walking would for sure burn the calories I was taking in.  I kept my Fitness Gourmet meals in the room's refrigerator while I munched on Delicious Kitchen's fried pork chop with rice.  I was so surprised at how controlled I was.  I only ate half the pork chop and a few spoons of the rice.  On a *normal* day - I would finish them all and would still be ready to eat other food.  Hahaha!  Self control - that was something new.  Portion control - that is really really new to me.  My Panget was so surprised at the amount of rice left on the bowl and he even said *Yan lang kakainin mo?* And I felt full despite the half pork chop and few spoonfuls of rice.  I was prepared and ready for the walk.  And walk I did.  I clocked 22,365 steps on my Fitbit that day.  According to my Fitbit app, I burned 2,802 calories, walked 21 floors or 9.03 miles.  Not bad right?


On Saturday Week 4 - I was nervous again when I asked housekeeping for a weighing scale.  My good friend K asked me what it the scale was not *in tune*?  I didn't know what to answer. Hahahaha!!  I bravely stepped on the scale and saw that I lost 2 lbs.  Yes, just 2 lbs on Week 4.  But you know what - I've lost a total of 13 lbs in 4 weeks.  That's such an achievement for me!  Especially when I struggled to lose weight for years.  And this was just in a span of 4 weeks, 4 freaking weeks!

I was very very happy with the 13 lbs lost during the 4 week course.  I was satisfied and contented.  I would have wanted to lose more but I'm happy to take this 13 lbs anytime.

It was only when I took a before and after picture of myself did I see how very *round* I was..
I'm still round, but at least not as round as I was before!  Hahaha...


So what did I think about Fitness Gourmet?

Well for one, the food delivered was on time all the time.  During the first week, delivery was made in the morning, while the succeeding weeks were made the night before.  It was packed neatly in a plastic bag with the plastic containers labelled properly.  I found it very convenient because I can just get the corresponding container and heat it up in the microwave.

The food was tasty and good.  The menu was very interesting, and went together very well.  I feel that the menu was well thought off.  It wasn't like they just decided to make any dish just to fill the 1,200 calories.  They actually made sure that the taste of the food the whole day would go well with the other food.  There was significant balance in the menu's taste and selection.  I found that really impressive.  I was very happy that they seldom served salad, on the days that they did - the salad dressing made all the difference.  I found the portioning of the food, very good too.  It felt really konti when you look at it but when you start eating, you'd realize that the portion was just right.  Most of the first two weeks, I would really judge the portion, but every time after I eat it - I would be filled, not full but filled.  Sakto lang.

If you want to jumpstart your weight loss, please please do consider ordering from Fitness Gourmet.  I have to be honest, without Fitness Gourmet's calorie counted meals - I wouldn't have lost any weight at all.  Zero, as in really zero.  Fitness Gourmet has helped me watch the portion of that I eat.  Fotness Gourmet made me believe in myself again - when it came to portion control.  I realized at the end of the journey that - it is POSSIBLE.  Kaya naman pala.

Price wise, I think #FitnessGoumetPH offers a very reasonable rate for the taste and quality of their food.  Imagine paying at least P360.00 a day and you have 3 full meals plus a snack.  Not bad right?  Easy peasy!  No effort to cook and prepare, just heat it up and eat it!

I swear, this is a wonderful start to the weight loss journey you have been eagerly wanting to have.  I swear by it, had it not been Fitness Gourmet, I wouldn't even have lost a pound, ever.  To think that this was pure portion control without exercise.  I'm amazed, impressed and beyond grateful.

Thank you to #FitnessGourmet for the wonderful opportunity.

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