Lumpy, Pulpy, Pumped!

A few weeks ago, I put on a favorite t-shirt, looked at my reflection in the mirror and (because I love me some drama) gasped at what I saw.

I had three tiers of boobs on my torso.

OK, not really. I hadn’t turned into a mammal with 3 pairs of udders. But beneath my actual boobs were two more lumps that made me look like I had a salbabida (lifesaver) around my ribcage and a giant fanny pack under it.


I have been slightly overweight for years. (The term ‘slightly’ is relative, for my body fat percentage might be equivalent to that of two Kate Mosses and one Posh Spice.) But I had managed to fake a better figure by wearing lots of black and coyly waving away offers to sit on low chairs because that’s when the Rice Terraces of Titabudsland appear. This was different: even when standing, I had bulges and lumps in the wrong places. The Michelin Man had nothing on me.

Sorry, has. Right now, I am physically in the worst shape of my life. I don’t mean just the shape shape either — this is also the unhealthiest I’ve felt ever.

Last Christmas, I spent more time nursing my aching joints than shopping for gifts. I slept through New Year’s Eve and most of New Year’s Day, trying to tamp an inflated blood pressure, scared that I would die of an aneurysm. Last year, hypertension also caused me to miss girls’ nights out, dates with the Mr., and trips to our hometown. And I still cringe when I remember how an asthma attack kept me inside our hotel in Parma for two of our three days there. There I was in the gustatory capital, wheezing my lungs out, while Luigi or Carlo handed out samples of prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano a few shops away.

The day after New Year’s, on the 12-hour trip back from our hometown, I thought of all those times my own body played the Grand Killjoy and decided resolved (it is the new year after all) that I will no longer allow it to. Let’s just say that finally, Vanity, Fear and Frustration have joined forces to push my butt off the cushy chair that has been the center of my sedentary life for so long.

I was never one for New Year’s resolutions but I have this now: To get healthy and fit and to do it sensibly. I’d been reading a couple of health and fitness books and yesterday I started what seems to be a good, workable program. I am now determined to make Drs. Oz and Roizen, Ellie Krieger, and Just Dance for wii my best friends this year. I’m sure Renee and Ivy will also continue to inspire me with the way they have incorporated fitness into their lives and have fun with it.

So wish me luck. This is the first time I am seriously setting a health & fitness goal for myself so I hope you also have tips to share. I am excited about making these lifestyle changes and am already looking forward to gaining more energy for everything I want to do. What a relief it’ll be to lose the nagging feeling that I’m about to pop a major blood vessel and die, hahaha. And I am giddy with the thought that I might be *ahem* toned enough in the summer for no-black outfits, and to confidently sink into the lowest easy chair even in a roomful of shutter-happy friends. 😀

Have a happy, healthy new year, everyone!

44 thoughts on “Lumpy, Pulpy, Pumped!

  1. I have one piece of advice have fun with it! Find what exercise works for you and you will start to enjoy exercising. I take at least one day away from exercise and at least one day to get away from the gym and get outside for exercise fun. Hang in There:)

    • Thanks, Renee. I do get a lot of inspiration from your blog about having fun with exercise. There’s a wonderful park a short drive from our place and I plan to do at least my Sunday exercises there. 🙂

  2. I am so glad to see this post for several reasons. First I hadn’t seen anything from you for awhile and was truly worried about you. Then, I am glad to see you taking action for your health!!!
    You do know I’m a nurse, right? And what I do is Disease Management, serving as a coach for people with diabetes and high blood pressure, asthma, and whatever other chronic disease they have. One tip, go to google and look up the DASH (dietary approach to stop hypertension) diet. It is not really a “diet” but a way of eating healthy fruits, veggies, low fat proteins which will help with high blood pressure. Then if nothing else, just go for a 30 minute walk every day, you don’t have to jog, in fact it’s better not to jog, at least in the beginning. Once you start walking it becomes addictive because it makes you feel so good. It is good you put this out here, because now we are all going to hold you accountable!!! You can do it!

    • These are really helpful tips, Angeline, thanks very much! I just downloaded a copy of the DASH pdf booklet. 🙂 I’m also stepping up my walks.

      One of the reasons I posted this is in fact so I’ll be held accountable. How embarrassing would it be for me to publish a similar post (complaining about health problems again) this time next year, haha. Hopefully, my yearend report for 2012 will be about how I did it. 🙂
      Thanks again!

  3. relate much tita buds! same problem here! I really need to work on my diet! huhu… happy new year!

    • Hah, you don’t look like you need to go on a diet, Gelai. Besides, how will you be able to write about the eating places you go to if you don’t sample the food, hehe. But stay healthy and have a great year. 🙂

      • wait until you see my latest post about my fun run 2012, “chubby cheeks” hehe! well, so true! being a foodie is a tough one! nyahaha…happy eating and travelling for 2012 🙂

  4. Oooohhhhh! I have advice too! Walk your dogs! Cravesadventure is right- it has to be fun. And nothing is more fun than to walk your dogs. People who would never otherwise speak to you will. And you will always have someone to walk with. woo woo woo!

    • Bruno & Jigs will definitely be benefiting from my stepped-up and more frequent walks. And yes, people do tend to smile and make small talk when we have our dogs with us. I’m not sure, though, if Bruno digs being consistently called a ‘Hush Puppy’. 😀

  5. Love this, Tita Buds for two reasons. First, you are funny and I like to laugh! Second, because I can relate. I am the heaviest and weakest I have ever been. There are reasons/excuses, but they are weak too. This summer is class reunion time for me and although I probably won’t go, I am using the possibility as motivation to start exercising. Good luck with your goal and keep us updated on how you are doing!

    • Thanks, Karen! It’s been 3 days and so far I’ve stuck with my program and dancing (one of my activities of choice, hehe) is so much fun.

      Good luck with the whole reunion thing, too. Admittedly, that’s an occasion that some consider ‘showcase-your-life’ time, but my experience so far (I’m a regular high school reunion attendee, yep yep, and last year was our 25th) is it’s more about the hilarious reminiscing than anything. 🙂

      Anyway, let’s do this. 🙂

    • Such cute names for stuff that we all want so hard to get rid of, haha. Hereabouts, some people also used to call them ‘pagers’ and belt bags. 😀

      Thanks for dropping by, Ana. 🙂

  6. Good luck! You can do it! My advice would be don’t bore yourself with healthy foods, eat lots of tasty varied things just cut out the junk and try smaller portions. Try big yummy salads with fish and toasted seeds, and only small portions or carbs.

    • Thanks, Vered! I’m not ‘on a diet’ that has lots of restrictions. That would definitely be boring. Besides, I’m already a fruits/veggies/fish kind of gal. I only need to watch those portions because my appetite is legendary in my family, haha.

  7. You are not alone in your New years resolution. Me and my whole family have the same resolution as well. Even Gustav the cat. They say it’s easier to get fit in a group.. well, there are 2 more of us + the cat with you 😉

  8. I feel you Tita! I’m caught in the most awful post Christmas slump e er. My problem is I still have tons of Xmas goodies at home and at the office. I’ve promised myself that a
    local charity will get a basket full tomorrow!

    • That’s the thing with starting to watch one’s diet right after Christmas — there are so many food gifts from neighbors, colleagues, and friends. 🙂 It’s a good thing I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (and my officemates do) so I also ‘shared’ the goodies with them, heh.

  9. Wishing you Happy New Year and best of luck with your choice to live a healthier life. You sure woke me up this morning. I need some improvement and I am going to start today. More veggies and stick with my walking! You can do it Tita!

  10. Yes! YOU’RE BACK!!! And, by the way, this is one of the best posts I think you’ve ever written! Your health is no joking matter, but life’s too short to take everything seriously, and hopefully your energy and optimism (and fantastic sense of humor) will be the finishing touches to what Vanity, Fear, and Frustration are compelling you to do. I’m so excited to get to follow along on this next adventure of yours! Take care of yourself, TB, and Happy New Year! (And thanks always for your sweet comments!)

    • Wow, thanks Kate. You’re right about humor helping me with my health goal. I can’t dance but I love doing it anyway so one of my exercise activities involves Just Dance for wii. It can now be said that hiphop does NOT become me and I think I’m losing more calories laughing at myself than dancing, haha.

    • It IS fun, no? It doesn’t feel like exercise at all. Like I said in the above comment, I really can’t dance but so far my ‘audience’ have not complained. (Dogs can’t exactly distinguish between my dancing and that of a prima ballerina, hehe.)

      Very much appreciated ang comment mo about the ‘pinoy spin’, Rommel, thank you thank you. 🙂

  11. My best friend is going through the same, minus the wheezing and asthma. You are on a fantastic track, your health matters first, so take care of yourself. Eat small meals every 3-4 hours, nuts, fruit, healthier snacks in small amounts. Lots of salads, grilled fish, chicken – I find cutting out dairy really helps me and I also try to go gluten free in support of my daughter who is allergic to so many things. Being gluten free gives me so much more energy too.

    So glad to see you back 🙂

    • Thanks for these tips. 🙂 I do eat every 4 hours now and eating some nuts a half hour before each meal helps curb my construction-worker appetite, haha.

      I’m glad you’re back from your Potter adventure, too, and telling us about it. Well, glad AND envious. 🙂

  12. Happy New Year, Tita Buds! It’s been a while. How were the holidays? Anyway, set small, realistic goals is all I could say. You swing hard, you fall hard. Take pleasure in tiny, everyday achievements. Don’t lose heart. when you feel like you’re in a fitness dump, remember, 5 minutes of exercise is better than nothing at all. ayteynkyu! bow!

    • Hi, Janis! Happy New Year din. Christmas and New Year’s Day were good although marred by the hypertension thing and all that, haha.

      I’m glad you mentioned the small, realistic goals bit because that’s exactly how I’m going about this. No crash diets, no ‘lose 20 pounds in 20 days’ (and gain it all back in 20 hours!) nonsense. So far, so very good. It’s only been a week but I feel a LOT better. 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

  13. UGH, I’m having to do this too, such a bummer since I love to eat bad foods (fried chicken, tacos, giant bowls of pasta!), but I’m going on back-to-back cruises two months from now and can’t bear the thought of being all mushy and rolypoly and soft in front of old friends and my boyfriend! I bought one of those Cuisinart shake blenders to get myself to eat more fruit, and also the Rubbermaid produce savers to I can stock up on fresh veggies without them going bad right away (they actually work!). But nothing will truly change until I start REALLY working out, which I hate. Good luck – looking forward to reading more about it and getting some inspiration from you! I’m down 2.8 pounds so far just by eating more fruits and veggies….10 more to go, ugh again. :-/

    • Hahaha, ‘mushy and rolypoly’ made me laugh. A glamorous cruise is a great motivation to get in shape (plus it’d be hard to be glamorous when one gets all breathless and tired just walking up the deck, haha).

      I love fried chicken and pasta, too and have no plans to NOT eat them, heh. But I’m determined (!) to forgo the ‘giant’-ness of the pasta bowl for now. 😀

      Good luck! (And I’m glad Musey’s back, cute as ever.)

  14. I’m trying to stick to better eating and work up to working out in a similar effort to get back into some sort of shape. With my 40th birthday coming up, I’d like to at least lose a few pounds to make me feel better about it all! Good luck to us both! 🙂

  15. Happy new year, Tita Buds! I hope you’re feeling better now. Getting into healthy eating and keeping the discipline is not easy. I had started that late last year but suffered a relapse and now I’m struggling to get into the routine again. I’m into blogging now to prevent me from baking cookies and cakes which I used to do in the evening after dinner 😉

    • Hahaha, that’s a benefit of blogging that we don’t usually consider. Goodluck with the healthy eating part, I’m sure you get a lot of exercise walking through all those castles that you love exploring. 🙂

  16. Enjoy your health AND your body =) Thank you for sharing your resolution – it means we’ll pester you (gently) for updates (lovingly)! GO YOU!

  17. Hilarious post! I can totally relate!!! Have you tried the south beach diet? It’s a good way to kickstart yourself to being healthy and trim. Pampagana in other words, Phase One will last only two weeks but you can shed up to fifteen pounds!

  18. I am so glad you have taken steps towards a more healthy you. It sounds like something that a sensible girl like you would do.
    At the moment I am finding it really difficult to go back to my old excercise routine – I should probably look for something new and fun to do in order to keep moving but it is not an easy thing to do in the winter here in Holland…
    I hope it is working out for you!!

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