Hello, home. I’m back. I missed home like I haven’t been here all month long. Months ago, I was praying for a new job to work on. I resigned from my first hospital nursing job to focus on my NCLEX-RN exam review, and to get out of being sick and tired from the merciless system the hospital offered. It was a year of pain and learning without the right compensation and promotion. Still, I am thankful for the opportunity to grow and be awakened.
And finally, I passed the NCLEX-RN exam although my license in IL hasn’t been released yet. To God be the glory! I hope that soon I could officially celebrate this triumph with people close to me. However, a part of me says to stay and work here in my beloved country. But I will not give up my dream to travel the world. And so I prayed for opportunities to earn the same as what I will when I work abroad.
Then my prayer was answered. Here came the opportunities to be a nurse educator, and simultaneously, build a business that would get me faster towards my dreams in life.
I was able to work as a reviewer for nursing board examinees. I was having a hard time reviewing all the concepts myself and to deliver it well for I don’t have any teaching experience then. But by grace, I made it through all my scheduled class. I am thankful that God has provided this nursing-related job when I was actually considering to get back to BPO or even other office type of jobs.
Soon, the local NLE review will be over and I don’t know if I’d be given the chance at least to teach for NCLEX-RN examinees again. Nevertheless, it’s rewarding to be able to travel places (Cebu, Davao, Baguio, and Manila, of course!) through this job and reach out to our future RNs at the same time.
Anyway, with that, I’ll have more time working on my business. I’ve been learning a lot and I look forward to succeeding on this venture. I want to push myself while I’m young and able in order to realize all that I dreamed of for me and, most importantly, for my family. I strongly believe that our family’s situation (living miles apart because of work) will soon be over as I establish my own business strong. I pray that blessings will pour down on me and my family and that one day, we’ll live together and experience abundance in Christ without compromise.
God speed! And to God be the glory!
This is my Weight Management story
FYI: I started my weight management last March 1. The measurement last Feb 26 was no different when I did it Feb 28, the day before my program started.
I am neither a fan of WEIGHT LOSS programs nor I need the lose to begin with but I wanted to seriously help people find a REAL SOLUTION for unhealthy weight gain, which can result to obesity. Yes, there’s nothing wrong being fat but let’s face the fact that FAT, especially uncontrolled gaining of it, predisposes us to a lot of diseases as we age. So I dare took on a program with a “NO STARVING, NO EXERCISE, NO REBOUND” claim.
The numbers above are measured with the Omron Karada Scanner (google it if you want). In a span of two weeks, I’ve HEALTHILY LOST WEIGHT. But over and above the weightloss itself are my 1) body% FAT LOSS, which the machine was unable to read probably because the result was too low to count; and my 2) MUSCLE GAIN, which amazingly brought me to my 40% goal or above, which many of my friends say was outstanding.
NO STARVING. I eat 3 COMPLETE and BALANCED MEALS in a day with the program. Alongside are the supplements that 1) blocks fat and carbohydrates; 2) controls carbohydrates cravings; 3) burns body fat, increases muscle mass and shapes your body; 4) increases metabolism; and 5) replaces a meal (a balanced meal replacement that increases metabolism even more). Moreover, I have never eaten adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables in my entire life until I took on this program. I was able to get back eating breakfast as well and I have been learning more about nutrition. Most importantly, it has helped me to recover from my unhealthy eating habits.
NO EXERCISE. Now this is the claim I really am challenged with. But it doesn’t mean you can live a sedentary lifestyle because the program, again, promotes health and definitely a sedentary life is unhealthy. Just so you know, my exercise is mostly walking from my house to the bus stop, which takes me around 5 mins, and other walking exercises as I travel to places/offices I needed to go. The rest of the day, I sit in front of my laptop or roll around the bed as I read books, and cook meals if you count it as exercise, and other usual household chores done in a humbly small bungalow house I live at.
NO REBOUND. This is a common problem for people who strive to work hard at a fitness gym or jog kilometers after kilometers in the thought of losing weight. Once they stop exercising (because of LACK OF TIME or other rationalizations you might think of in excuse for not exercising), they go back to their “bloated” state. Although this is too early for me to address, I am confident that with the LIFESTYLE CHANGE this program taught me, I would surely be living healthy for long.
I have heard testimonies that after they took it for 3 months (which is the average span of the program), they can have “cheat-days” (like when attending parties or buffet gatherings) whenever they want but easily lose the unhealthy gains as they get back to the HEALTHY LIFESTYLE this program taught them, and with the aid of the outstanding supplements available as mentioned above. I’ve personally met people who did the program and have ended it for a year or so but they look good as newly grads of the program, and even HEALTHIER AND YOUNGER.
If in a span of two weeks I was able to achieve such results, all the more YOU COULD DO IT! You knew that I wasn’t motivated to lose weight, but how about you who wanted to START LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE? So if you want a PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR UNHEALTHY WEIGHT GAIN, or you know friends who are struggling with weightloss or suffering from weight gain problems, I’m so much available to help you all out! And this is serious. It’s not just about LOOKING GOOD these days but actually LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE INSIDE AND OUT!
And what will you expect in a span of two weeks? How much more in a month or so? YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS!
Photo of yours truly, Juan Paulo Mitra for DurungaJUAN(photoblog) and PauWIKAn(whatever blog).
Thanks to Laurice Catalan for taking this one overwhelming moment with the beauty of God’s creation. Try as I might to capture all that my eye can see, I hardly can give justice to them through my photos. Nevertheless, I’ll never stop sharing all things I see to the world.
30 Letters, 30 Days: day 2 — your crush
It’s been a while since I last saw you. I’ve been missing the morning service, your team’s usual service hour. I admire your charm and simplicity. More so, I love the fact that you play the piano so well. I always hope that God will bless me with a friend like you who’s good in music, and also who’s devoted to the Lord.
However, sometimes your face reminds me of someone I wanted to forget. I don’t want the thought that I might have liked you because you resemble her. But I know that you’re even more and better and I’d love the chance to get to know you. Who knows? Maybe we’d be having fun in the company of each other.
May I see you soon. And not only that, may I have the courage to know you and make friends with you. Maybe you could teach me some piano tips…
…Or maybe we can fall inlove with each other.
The past week has been tough for me. Coming from five days of intense praying and meditation a week before, I thought days to come will get better. Not even my perception swayed with the strong winds that blew me. I did not expect God to reveal areas in my life that I thought I was over from. There were thoughts I denied, and others I had suppressed rather than repress. The feeling was worse that I hardly noticed the healing I already had.
At first I thought I was doing the wrong choices and was heading the wrong way. But it dawned on me that this is just a recap of what and where I was. Then reality slapped me back to my most awakened state - the reality that I have made it a long way already, and that I don’t have to continue looking back.
I am thankful despite the ill-feeling it brought me. My dreams might be far from reach yet but they are never impossible. And definitely I’ll not make it at least to halfway if I get myself stuck again with the past that gets bitter as I come to taste more of la dolce vita.
Lesson learned: Be grateful even when we feel like we’re pulled back to our old miserable lives. It’s just a review of who we once were. Little do we know how it will make us feel more joyful as we realize how far we already gone to - from where the shit we’ve been through before to the goodness that we already have touched.
And then we’ll make it again to glory as we shake the dust off and head on to where the Father leads us.
A decent sleep can let you through the pain and an awakening can make you start anew. Come another daylight, like a ricochet, we’ll fire away. Fire away.
With my sisters so dear, Jenny and Lovely.
Umuwi na kayo, please. I’m home alone!
See the similarities?
Baguio, December 2012
The World As I See It Series
So here I go braving photography as one of my major projects for 2013. I just want to start posting my old photos, which I took mostly using my sister’s Canon Powershot D10. I scanned my travel albums since ages ago and I’m glad to have found shots I can, let’s say, refurbish. Cropped here, contrast there, and a little basic editing to make it a little more appealing.
Once I’m done with the old ones, I’ll be presenting photos (with hopefully less cropping/editing) taken with my baby, Nikon D5100. I still get the feeling when I got this, my first very own camera GIVEN by a friend. The best gift yet, indeed.
Constructive criticisms are most welcome. I am hoping for more travels this year and more time to spend in improving my eye for photos. Thank you so much for your support.
FOLLOW: SA AKING DURUNGAJUAN (On My Window)
Photos by yours truly.
Sunset at Ilijan, Batangas City taken with Samsung Corby Pro.
Death, no sudden
“For the wages of sin is death…”
I’ve been bugged by this Scripture lately. It was brought about by the death of two of my neighbor’s relatives (well technically my neighbors too since they reside often there) and my friend’s brother. No, I’m not saying they’ve been sinful and all because all of us are (I am sinful - raised my hands first). But I would like to share what I think has to be shared to those in need.
“The wages of sin is death…” Jesus Christ died for us so that we are made right before God, our Father. And yes, since Christ’s death we can call God OUR Father. God made Himself Father to the world regardless of what sin we have committed. And in love, we do as He wills. And until the second coming of Christ, sin will remain on earth, as God allows, in order to have more people (who choose to sin) turn back to Him and live godly lives.
However, some of us question God why do people die? I for one have lost my dad almost seven years ago, and a portion of my mind asks God why it happened that early. He was a good man, a loving husband to my mom, and a gentle father to us. Still, God took him.
Was he sinful? Yes, and again, just as I am…just as WE ALL ARE. And yet we were spared. God lead me to a thought that this is somehow a picture of why God sent Jesus to DIE FOR US. Maybe our relatives died for our own sake. So does this mean we should blame ourselves for our relative’s SUDDEN DEATH? No we shouldn’t, and, perhaps, no death is sudden since sin is still crawling freely here on earth. Rather, this reminds us that as long as we live, we have the chance to redeem ourselves and our household and meet them all in heaven.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” Acts 16:31.
With that written, my trouble was relieved. I once told my friend that I was worrying about if I’d meet my dad in heaven (as if I’m so much confident I will be there) as I tried to recall how my dad lived his Christian life. He wasn’t fond of attending church. He was fond of drinking a lot (and if not for his high alcohol tolerance he was almost a drunkard). He also smoked heavily (that lead him closer to his death) and probably other vices I dare not to ask from people around him (for I don’t want to hear what I must not).
The challenge for me (and for anyone as well) is how to put this life I am still living on into good use - one that would please God, my ultimate Father. I am amazed how God personally presented Himself and have taken over from where my father left. It was God’s will to made Himself known even though it took my family a hard time to accept and move on from our loss. He did not abandon us (Deuteronomy 31:8). And this promise God told His people keeps us holding on. And I cannot be more grateful as “His faithful love endures forever (Psalm 118:1).”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the FREE GIFT of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NLT).
I miss you, dad. ‘Til we meet again.. in heaven.