Back in the days, I wasn't really that conscious about my figure. I was blessed with a skinny body frame so dieting and exercising wasn't really my thing. I can eat as much as I can and anything as long as it's edible and I don't gain weight. When it comes to physical activities, I'm pretty much on the go as I was still very young back then. The only time I get to exercise was at school, during our P.E class, or whenever my friends and I would go swimming and on occasions we go dancing at the clubs though I'm really not a good dancer lol. Life was that fun and easy, I get nostalgic reminiscing the past.
Fast forward to the present, I am now a mom to 3 active and lovely kids. Though I didn't grew big nor significantly gained weight during my pregnancies my body has undergone a lot of changes. After giving birth and coping up with the new chapter of my life, I lost weight. Looking back on my old photos, I looked sick because I was really thin. Then the next thing I know, I was gaining weight. I started to become conscious with my body so I try to compensate by binge eating. Thank God for my genes, I didn't get fat but my thighs and my tummy became flabby, again I felt a bit insecure. I started watching workout exercises online and exercised at home, but ever since I started working plus mommy duties at home I wasn't able to find time to exercise anymore. I also attempted to go on a diet but I failed big time, I can't resist eating. I just love to eat! Eventually, getting fit was no longer my priority. I used to say I still need to look good and feel good even as a mom but I got used to my lifestyle already and thought to myself, "I'm already a mom anyway who cares if I gain weight or look a little fat!".
But a few weeks ago, this mindset of mine was changed when I received an invite to a day of Fun, Food and Fitness with Jeunesse Anion. The event made me think things through.
First of all, what is Jeunesse Anion?
Jeunesse Anion is a Sanitary Napkin by Wellgold International Inc. which is the first anion sanitary pad available in the retail market today. They aim to give Filipinos top-rated quality and innovative products that are specifically designed to give value to the users, their health, and their lifestyle.
I have seen this product on a documentary show on television before but haven't got the chance to try it until now. At the event we were given Jeunesse Anion Napkin and I'll be making a personal review about it soon.
Staying true to its advocacy – to provide sanitary pads and liners that help to do more for our wellness and by empowering women to get into the habit with practical healthy living upgrades. As a mid-year treat to all hard working moms, Jeunesse Anion has partnered with Marriott Hotel Manila to freshen up those habits and stay motivated with an hour of Zumba and exciting demo of healthy one-pan meals, courtesy of Simply Cereal, Doña Elena Olive Oils, Clara Ole, and Al Dente Pasta.
First thing I thought when I got the invite was, Shocks! I don't think I can do Zumba as I am not really good in dancing, but it surely is an event I don't wanna miss so I said yes! However, a week after the invite, inevitable things happened. Hubby's lola got sick and was confined (she's now in heaven) at the hospital, so hubby's cousin who was supposed to baby sit the kids can't baby sit because she was the one watching over lola at the hospital. Since I already confirmed my attendance for the event, I was hesitant to cancel last minute so I asked if I can take Brianna with me instead and Ms. Vannah said yes.
I seriously din't know what I was feeling then, I felt somehow relieved that since I'm with Brianna I had an excuse not to do Zumba and save myself from shame haha. But still I brought along with me working out outfit just in case, you know.
We arrived late at the event with my blogger friend, Eihdra and the event already started, everyone was already dancing Zumba and they seem to be having a lot of fun! I was tempted to join them but Brianna didn't want to be left behind so I just watched. Their lively energy is so contagious. By the way they were dancing Zumba with the multi-awarded celebrity host and performer Regine Tolentino.
She’s the country’s “Dance Diva,” and a strong influencer in the dance fitness industry who proves that it’s one of the best ways to recharge our batteries. Regine is a licensed Zumba ® and U-Jam ® Fitness instructor, and certified by the AFAA (Athletic and Fitness Association of America).
Apart from hosting, Regine is also an actress, designer, entrepreneur and a mother to two adorable children while a host for several TV shows where she teaches dance and promotes healthy lifestyle change. If you’re wondering how she does all these without getting tired, it’s simple – she just loves looking beautiful, feeling healthy, and staying fit. Dancing is Regine’s way of keeping that tip-top shape!
|These lively and lovely bloggers got an award for performing their best at Zumba!|
Exercising to music like doing Zumba has loads of physical and mental benefits including improved condition of heart and lungs, increased muscular strength and tone, while reducing risks of osteoporosis and heart attack. Attending Zumba classes not only develops healthier body, it also helps moms become socially active, increasing emotional power. Much more, it have a mood-boosting benefits as it favors the release of endorphin that helps us melt not only fats but also PMS symptoms like moodiness.
After all the Zumba, we were treated with sumptuous but healthy meal. We were also introduced to Len Santos-Ding, a chef instructor at Heny Sison Culinary School, contributor of recipes to Yummy magazine, and holds regular cooking and baking workshops in Kitchen Studio at Ayala Alabang Village. She also manages their family catering business Feed 5000. On top of her many jobs, Len is a super mom and like many others, she only wants the best for her family and loved ones.
Len started catering when she was 19 while taking up BS HRA in UP Diliman. She enhanced her food knowledge and skills, and finished a two-year culinary program at CCA Manila. From then on, she continued to promote nutritious meals recipes but not intimidating for the family.
At the event she taught us how to prepare foods that are high in nutritive value, infused with antioxidants and good fats. “If your body is not starved for nutrition, it doesn’t crave junk food,” she said.
“Preparing healthy meals start from grocery shopping. Choose food that is real and fresh but just as satisfying. It should give you energy throughout the day,” she added.
Len’s tip: Choose easy to prepare recipes so you don’t get discouraged halfway through and opt for fast food.
It was indeed a day filled with fun, food and fitness, I just felt a little sad that I missed the Zumba part. But then again I learned a lot. I learned that being fit and healthy shouldn't be a goal but a lifestyle. Jeunesse Anion understands that moms have a plateful of things to do both at home and at work, but busy is not an excuse. Apart from the aesthetic purpose, I realized that being fit makes me a better me and I think that being at our absolute best self is the ultimate gift we can give to our family.
I also learned that I really didn't have to starve myself to be fit, so dieting is not a healthy option to lose weight. What's important now is the quality of food that we eat, it shouldn't be just delicious but it should also be nutritious.
And when during that special time of the month comes, we now have an ally, Jeunesse Anion sanitary napkin and liner that helps eliminate bacteria, odor, and relieve menstrual discomforts such as cramps and dysmenorrhea. Since it’s also the first anion sanitary napkin available in the retail market with quick absorbing top sheet and breathable material made of virgin pulp cotton, there’s actually no excuse to feel crappy about exercise and preparing our own meals. Much more, its non-liniment material helps fight vaginal infections or irritations that’s guaranteed safe for pregnant women and new moms.
Thanks again Jeunesse Anion for this wonderful event and for letting us embrace our womanhood. I look forward for more events like this!
Wellgold International Inc. distributes Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkin and Liners and currently available at Watsons, selected Mercury Drug outlets. SM department store’s health and beauty section, Robinson’s Supermarket, Shopwise, Rustan’s, Waltermart, Landmark Department store, UP Town Center’s Merkado Department Store, PCX stores, selected Metro Gaisano outlets, selected LCC Malls in Bicol, plus other stores nationwide. You may also purchase it online via www.lazada.com.ph.
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