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Sweet Potato Pancakes with Green Eggs and Win a Samsung Galaxy NOTE 3!!!!

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Have a look at this better breakfast of Green Eggs and Sweet Potato Hash Pancakes. There truly is no better to start your day!

The good people at Samsung have also just told me that they want to give out a couple of Galaxy Note 3s and GEARS this season! How crazy is that? Check out this link if you don’t already know why this phone and gear are so awesome. http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote3-gear/

It’s simple, first watch the video:

And then, answer this question in the comments section below! Please make sure to leave your full name and a way for me to contact you (email). The winner will be selected on December 19th 2013 (cut off for all answers will be on December 18th at 23:59).

The best answer will win.

Here it is: “How would you ReDesign your life, just as how I redesigned mine? What would you change and how would you do it?”

GO!

 

209 COMMENTS

    1. Tavia Wong December 13, 2013 at 5:23 am

      I would love myself. Sounds pretty narcissistic, isn’t it? Well, I’ve learnt that for me to make any positive contribution to the world, and to give to the world my best talents that I have to offer, I would first have to recognize my true value, the value I was already born with.
      I’m 19, and like Erwan, I’ve lost a ton of weight, I weighed 75kg at 12 years old and being at that weight was horrible. As an Asian girl especially, where aunts, sisters and friends are petite and pretty and they make nasty comments of my weight really took a toll on my self esteem. Even now as I have lost 20kg, I still feel like a “fat kid inside”. I react strongly to the word “fat” and am the harshest critic of my body.
      Such a critical view of myself spills over to how I view the world, one that is harsh, superficial and cold. However, when I met Jesus Christ and became a Christian, I was filled with abundance, and I realized the world is a great place, that I have immense value and that I am uniquely and fearfully made. I am still learning how to undo the effects of my negative self image and truly embrace who I am as a big-boned, beautiful girl who tries her best to be healthy and radiate kindness to everyone she meets.
      I will redesign my life my practicing positive thinking from moment to moment, be patient with myself and others and teach what I have learnt on my journey towards self-acceptance and healthy living to others. I will start a health food delivery service in school, to encourage my friends to eat healthy and live wholesome, productive lives.
      Also, I agree 100% with your 5mins to a hehy lifestyle video, more people should know about it, especially the point about doing strength training to build muscle, I will spread to girls through my blog that they should not be cardio bunnies, but also build leaned me tone through heavy progressive strength training.

      Cheers to a healthy mind and body!

      Tavia

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      1. Sharlyn December 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

        Redesigning my life isn’t easy as couting from 1,2 and 3.

        Redesigning means you should chang something either for good or not.

        I am Sharlyn, 19 years old and I’m tying to make a difference in my own little world. As a teenager, there’s so many peer pressures, stress and heart breaks. With this age, can you imagine being heart broken? Me? Yes. I’ve been so stressed past few months. I lose weight because I’m skipping dinner every night. My mom keeps on nagging me because I’m not really eating breakfast before going to school. After my boyfriend cheated on me, my world just seem to end. I found out that he found someone whose sexier than me. I felt so stupid that time. So, I’ve decided to look forward and moved on by deciding to undergo diet. “Crash-diet” as they say. This crash diet was not helpful at all. It caused me irritation, vommiting, nausea, and all other deadly signs because of not eating. Yes. Literally NOT EATING. Just water. It weakens me. As in HARDCORE! So my mom decided to take me at the hospital. My doctor said that it is not healthy for me to go on a crash diet because it can affect all my system. That time, I felt hopeless. I thought of my revenge to my ex boyfriend and his new girlfriend. How would I look fresh after our break up? Luckily, my friend Jayvee is a fan of The fat kid inside. He introduced me to this blog and he said to follow the tips on how to make a healthy living. I took time to read this blog and boom!!! This starts my self re-construction or what I so called redesigning.

        I’m happy in a way that there’s really someone helping other people to redesign their lives. I’m not the only one who redisgned it, without the help of my family, friends and thefatkidinside, probably, I’m still that girl crashing her stomach and a girl who has no time to fix herself. I’m totally satisfied on how I changed my life after breaking up with that guy.

        Redesigning my life doesnt ends here. But it only starts here. Thank you!

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    1. Jenny Ann M. Garcia December 13, 2013 at 5:59 am

      I have two kids and started gaining weight after I had a cesarean delivery on my youngest child. Since then I lost my self confidence and forgot the jolly and a “move-around: person. I know I have to make straight and healthy decisions to not only gain my self confidence back but to also set a healthy example for my kids.

      To ReDesign my life, I started reading and researching for diet tips and healthy alternatives for my everyday meals (hence coming across your website via “The Morning Rush” . I have to follow each tip by heart,watch what I ingest, exercise and keep getting fit and healthy. I would have to watch portions and sizes of what I eat. I will also involve the whole family to choose the healthier alternative from what we have readily available so we get to watch what we eat to be fit and healthy.

      Cheers;
      Ann Garcia

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    1. Arriane S. Pasamba December 13, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Every day is such a big challenge for me. I’m a busy mom/wife/employee/daughter/friend… name it, I do it. I’m just 27 but I can see myself like a 40 year old now. I’m sad and it totally sucks feeling this way. After reading blogs about the FAT KID I was so inspired. If he can do it, so do I right? I want to bring the old me. I miss looking at the Arriane who was very energetic, vibrant, optimistic… I mean, I really want to live life to the fullest again. What will I do? Well, there’s only one thing that I should do to start it and that is to START LOVING MYSELF “AGAIN”. One of my next year’s resolution is to focus on being healthy.EXERCISING, Eating healthy foods definitely or basically LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is a MUST for me. Even if it’s hard, I will definitely focus on achieving this goal no matter what it takes. I truly believe that If I will be able to do this, I will definitely achieve all the other goals I’m thinking of pursuing. Everybody knows that we only live once so I will definitely live every second of my life just like it was my last. Of course, with the help of FAT KID’S astonishing recipes, what more can I ask for? I may not be able to get the prize in this blog but by just sharing my experience for other people to be inspired with is already a BIG PRIZE for me. Thank you so much FAT KID. You are really an inspiration for us even in your simplest ways. God bless you! -Arriane :)

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    1. Paul Benzi Florendo December 13, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Life is something really short when you come to think about it. And many times we get inspired by many people around us or people we see on videos like you for an example, to change. And for the past year i tried helping a lot of people through what i do best, which is art and photography and also inspiring them to get fit.
      My college years were also my fat years, i just ignored my body, in a way that i gained lots of pounds. Then i redesigned my life one day and lost 40 pounds in a few months.

      Thinking of ReDesigning my life again and what that would be is i guess helping others or inspiring others to redesign their own lives through my art or the daily stuff i do or talk about. Redesigning their lives in a way God originally designed us to be, which is to glorify him.

      Physical change is a really good change, but it will always change and later well all get old and super wrinkly. But redesigning our lifestyles spiritually is going to last forever. Like our phones and gadgets, their will always be better models, there will be change, and soon we would be left with a older model. But what stays consistent through out all these old and new models is the energy/power it has, without it, it doesnt matter what model you have…it will just die.

      I hope i was clear in how redesigning my life to me meant.

      :)

      Benzi

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    1. Jaylord Alarde December 13, 2013 at 6:15 am

      I love food and can’t take enough of it. I eat just about anything edible until I gained so much wait. My clothes don’t fit and my friends started to notice it too. I was depressed. I resorted to eating more — my comfort food. I tried to convince myself it’s OK to indulge and that I shouldn’t limit myself as life is too short.

      I know I was wrong. Life is too short indeed and I am making it shorter by being unhealthy. I’ve been feeling uneasy that I had to do something. I signed up for a gym and began to watch what I eat. There are challenges and temptations but I never stop.

      I fully understand that being healthy is not an overnight process, it is a lifestyle.

      It goes on.

      - Jay Alarde

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    1. christine gapulao December 13, 2013 at 6:16 am

      Said I want supercow than superman
      But truth is I want a man to save me more than a cow.
      Said I love cristina aguilera more than britney spears
      But here’s a thing I want to be LUCKY than to have a genie in a bottle.
      Said I wanna travel the world all by myself,
      But truth is I am afraid to conquer the world alone.
      I said I wanna be a cheerleader
      But hey I don’t even know how to cheer myself up. And I don’t know how to shout this line out “we’re cheerleaders we are cheerleaders.”
      Said I wanna be a vj
      But I do really want to be a writer and that’s for sure.
      Said I want to be like rebecca bloomwood, andy anderson or lizzie macguire ordinary people who became famous.
      Be like hanna montana who got the best of both worlds.
      Be like jamie sulivan who have landon carter
      Be like bella swan who have edward cullen.
      Sometimes maybe be like grabriella who found her troy through music or be like mitchie who found her so called favorite song shayne.
      Now here’s a thing guys, I am perfectly imperfect, but my dreams they are so perfect.
      All my life I wanted to be someone, be somebody.
      All my life I wanted these things, those things..
      Then I realized that all my life I forgot to be me. Just me.
      Now how will I redesign myself or my life? It by simply believing in ME! Believing in MYSELF. How will I do it? I need courage, confidence and I will start now by changing myself not for the benefit of others but for myself. Ill start by being healthy, physically fit and strong independent women :-) – Christine Gapulao here.

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    1. leahna marie gillera December 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

      I think, the first step I could do to re-design my life is to change my perspective about my body, instead of looking at the mirror and be discouraged, I shall take it as a challenge to love myself more and dedicate myself into a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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    1. Janica Angeles December 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

      I was fit and healthy before way back 3-4 years ago. I was a sport enthusiast and I regularly play basketball and jog around the neighborhood. I even joined a beauty pageant before and the only workout I did was jog and leg raise and I was on full diet. But it came to a point where I gained so much because I had a blood disease and the doctor doesn’t want me to move a lot. From then I gained about 30lbs. Right now I’m still in the process of exercising and diet. I learned how to choose the right food and proper exercise. It’s really hard to get back your old weight but if we impose proper discipline, everything else will follow. It’s just a matter of discipline and determination. I learned how to select what food to eat. All I have to do is to impose my everyday exercise. Eat less carbs but it’s better to take off the rice or even noodles. Wheat bread is a good alternative and more protein. Eat less pork and beef. Choose the lean part of the chicken always and eat fish. Avoid high calorie food and avoid eating in fast food restaurants. It takes lots of guts, discipline and determination to live a healthy life that leads to a healthy body!

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    1. bjbaloncio December 13, 2013 at 6:18 am

      You are such an inspiration!
      Just like you, cooking and eating healthy is a TOP priority coz it fuels our busy schedule. Let me share this mantra : To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine. Hence, working efficiently requires proper management of time and priorities. Samsung redesigned my time juggling activities and schedules plus got to work mobile.

      Lets stay active, healthy and productive!

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    1. Krizhelle Leigh S. Juan December 13, 2013 at 6:18 am

      I would probably deal more with time management. Time means everything, it would affect almost every aspect in one’s life. First, in food, not being able to manage time for your meals could have a really big effect, skipping meals could cause illnesses and also, when you try to eat after skipping meals, it would make you eat more than you should. This also is probably why I’m waaaay heavier than I should be. So, I’m redesigning my meal schedule! :) Second, in my studies, college could be very exhausting and time consuming, tasks are everywhere. Managing time could be one of the best ways in getting through school without missing out in life. Third, is on family, we often take our families for granted because we know that they’ll always be there, more time with them would be great! And BTW, just by joining this and sharing my idea on redesigning my life is already a big step for me, I don’t usually share what I think and what I want to do in life.. but hey! Here I am ReDesigning my life one step at a time ;)

      - Ishe

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    1. Ma. Kristina H. Santos December 13, 2013 at 6:19 am

      I’m a single mom of 1 and really ever since Yuan (my lil one) came i kinda did redesigned my life. Circumstances may not be so easy but heck i could say being a single/working/active mom is just so much fun! Priorities are a lot different now lesser shopping lesser going out. Well going out with the kiddo along yes. :) Now i have my little boyfriend whom i could hug and kiss and love and would always whine and ask for lots of stuff and i just won’t mind. :) Yet i still make time to go train at the gym everyday! An hour and a half a day i allot for myself to feel good, strong and well, sexy! What used to be an evening drinking and dining out is now my time to go to the gym! And i’m happier!
      I’m still a work in progress but redesigning my life means having balance on all aspects. Imma be a good mom, a graphic artist and a beast at the gym. :)

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    1. angelito magno December 13, 2013 at 6:22 am

      my life used to be be a boring one! After grade school and high school, i entered a 6- yr pre-med to med school program (which means, 2 years college subjects then 4 years in med school). Then 1-yr internship in one of the biggest hospital in the country, then 4 years residency-training, then 3 years of fellowship training. Thats 24 years of NON-STOP studying. How boring that life was? until i graduated last dec. I told myself, ive done my part as a student and as a good son to my parents, now its time to do things on my own rules! i am now a consultant in several hospitals in Metro Manila. So to answer the question: “How would you ReDesign your life, just as how I redesigned mine? What would you change and how would you do it?” i’ve joined several fitness bootcamps (FITFIL, FIT-to-FIGHT) etc.., i also love running, so i also started joining fun runs, started 5 KM, then 10 km, and up to date, i ve been to at least 6 half-marathons. As a surgeon, my spare time for myself and for my health is very limited but i have to find time to exercise. I try to exercise twice a day 3-4x a week, if my time permits. Morning run and a short circuit training at home in the evening. i also love to travel and since im in a medical field, we have many conventions in and outside the country. im mixing business with pleasure, my recent travel was last Nov in Liverpool (for a medical convention) then i went to London (as my sidetrip). Life is Short, We should make the most out of it!
      angelito magno adlmagno@gmail.com

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    1. Carlos Aguinaldo December 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Work has taken up a huge amount of my everyday life. To the point that weekends were sometimes compromised. And because of it, I tend to limit the things that I want to do. I rarely go out, bond with family and friends, skip my religious obligations during Thursdays, and even sacrifice my gym membership. And this, somehow, took a toll in my health, and my passion at work. I felt that I’ve deprioritized myself already.

      And as this year comes to an end, I find an opportunity to make a change. As the cliche goes, YOLO! So I need to set my priorities intact. Definitely I wouldn’t sacrifice the work that I truly love (I am a statistician by the way). But I would redesign how I process everything by allotting equal times to the things that are important to me: family, friends, faith, health, and the few ME times that I cherish while doing half-marathons or maybe full mary soon. Yes, definitely I will still run, which I’ve figured that I am indeed passionate about. See you again in one of the runs come 2014!

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    1. Karla Phloem Figarola December 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

      ReDesigning my life, my eating lifestyle most especially, has been one of the goals I have been wanting to achieve ever since. I was chubby as a kid so I was bullied during my childhood. This nonstop bullying has tampered with my self-esteem so I was a little socially awkward. Now that I’m 19, I’m still struggling with self-acceptance and socialization. But now that I found some inspiration from the Fat Kid Inside, I’m ready to ReDesign my life.

      I would start by asking myself what I think is wrong about me and why I have to ReDesign myself. Upon answering these questions, I will keep a constant reminder that ReDesigning myself is something that I would do for me, not for anybody else, especially not for those who taunted me when I was a kid. This is for me; for me to love myself more.

      I would then start to have a better perspective. I will try to love life; not only the good things but also the hardships and the challenges that it throws at me. By having a positive outlook in life, I will be even more mktivated to improve myself so I could be the best I could be and that I would be able to live life to the fullest.

      Changing my eating habits and my lifestyle would then be my next step. The video of how to be healthy in 5 minutes hmade me realize what I was doing wrong. All the while, iI thought eating less and skipping meals would be my passport to weightloss. But I was terribly wrong. I realized that I should not count calories but count the calories that actually do something to improve my body. Now i will definitely incorporate breakfast in my diet and I will make sure that I eat what my body needs.

      I also plan on enroling myself into a kickboxing class with my friends. Being a college student, I don’t usually have the time for exercise. But now, I’m really motivated to be more physically active.

      Lastly, I would seek the help of technology in ReDesigning myself through the use of monile apps that will help me track my energy intake as well as the calories I burn during exercise.

      I know that this task will not be easy. All the more difficult because there are no shortcuts. But I am INSPIRED. I am MOTIVATED. I am READY FOR CHANGE.

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    1. Mary Grace Mendez December 13, 2013 at 6:29 am

      I will redesign myself by appreciating or loving myself more. I have eating disorder, I eat a lot, until I’m fully satisfied. I’ll begin on learning how to control excessive eating. I will practice some exercise, and do it regularly, also make a list of what to or not to eat, watch out my calories intake, make sure to have a balance and healthy diet..as I learn how to manage it, I can share it to my friends, who has the same problems..I will encourage them to also redesign their self by simply changing some of the routines which are not needed.. add confidence to them, and together we can have a very productive lives. By then, I know we can start to have a healthy community.

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    1. abegail c. ramos December 13, 2013 at 6:29 am

      i’ve been overweight all my life, and up to now im 220 lbs which is makes me obese, though i must say i struggle to loose weight but in the end i didnt succeed and always comeback to my old self i eat a lot without considering how much fats,sugars,carbohydrates in it all i want i to eat! right now watching your video makes me realize that its time for me to redesigned my life before its too late, at my age 24 years old i know i can still make it not just to be fit but to healthy and happy in my life. though i know i must start super late but this time ill make sure that i push it till the end. its time to live a healthy, happy and lighter life. by starting changing my lifestyle and outlook in life, by eating nutritious yet delicious food and do regular exercise and walking and using stairs instead of riding tricycle and elevator. i save my money and benefit with it :) im looking forward to see the new me after redesigning my life and thankyou erwan and samsung for being a inspiration :)

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    1. Maria Christina F. Hiceta December 13, 2013 at 6:29 am

      I will redesign my life by developing and improving my strengths as well as minimizing and eliminating my waeknesses. I am now undergoing a quarter-life crisis in my career and this year has been so bad with so many factors to blame including myself but I guess I have overcome the depression mode already. By reading your blog I feel more positive in life because food really gives me strength and endurance to move on not just physically but also emotionally. That’s what makes me A FAT KID INSIDE, like eating various types of food, we also gain various experiences that makes us redesign our lives every year. We must only absorb healthy food and experiences and we must eliminate the bad ones. I will redesign my life by being A FAT KID INSIDE, healthy and nourished physically and emotionally. – MARIA CHRISTINA F. HICETA, 27

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    1. Roxanne Velasquez December 13, 2013 at 6:33 am

      In a way I have redesigned my life, but I’m still in the process of redesigning it to my ideal picture. I learned a lot during the course of my 25 year stay here on earth. Like Erwan, I’ve lost a ton of weight. I lost weight when I was around 18 through boxing and healthy eating. Admittedly though I’ve fallen off the wagon throughout the years–especially the last 2 years. I’ve been eating unhealthily and drinking, even smoking, although I did go to the gym and run…but it was only so I can fit into nice clothes and buy even more nice clothes. I was spoiled.

      Things changed on April 9, 2013. Like a thief in the night, my mom was taken away from me. She died of a heart attack. The only person who would tolerate and even fund my somewhat spoiled lifestyle was gone. Since then I have been redesigning my life for the better and even more drastically so. Ever since then I have been independent. I treasure my job so much more now. I’m more careful with my money. I pay for everything myself. I even treat my dad to the occasional lavish dinner when he visits me here in Manila (he lives in Bicol). I now cherish moments with him. I’m no longer scared to talk to him, whereas before I would have to go through my mother just to tell him something. I’ve also become more positive, and I now solve my problems without constantly worrying about them too much (since my mom is no longer there to fix everything for me). My mom was my world and learning to live without her was a struggle but it allowed me to push myself to my limits and I learned I was stronger than I thought, which is what she would’ve wanted to see.

      On 2014, I plan on running again. I plan on eating healthier and become wiser about money. I want to be a more loving daughter, sister, friend and girlfriend. I want to be more selfless for the sake of my loved ones and help them in any way that I can. Because if I learned one thing this year–it is to give your best to the people you love…always.

      My “redesign-my-life” plan next year may be cliche and I don’t mind it at all. All in all, I just want my mom to be proud of me, where ever she is and I know she’ll just tell me “don’t pressure, yourself too much and take life one step at a time”

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      1. Roxanne Velasquez December 13, 2013 at 6:38 am

        poster here. I forgot to leave my full name. sorry. :P

        -Roxanne Fatima D. Velasquez

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    1. Ave Abucejo December 13, 2013 at 6:45 am

      First of all I love the way you Redesigned your life, this 5mins video says it all back to the question, I would Redesign my life by respecting and loving myself more, I will carefully choose the foods I will be eating. I’m just 17 years old and Last year I thought I’m going to be so fat because I can’t help but eat junk foods, water for me is a NO, NO , I love soft drinks with all my heart but there’s this one happening in my life that woke me up, It’s my 4th year in High school and there’s this gay that ask me If i want to join in a pageant and I said yes out of boredom because I never, as in NEVER think that I will win, the whole duration of the pageant, everyday my self esteem become bigger and bigger, I learned to take care of myself, I appreciated myself more and until now I can’t believe that I win the first place :) What would I change? and how i would do it? I will change my lifestyle and how I view myself, I will my lifestyle by eating the foods that will keep me healthy and fit and of course by exercising, I’m actually a dancer and a runner now so I think that will also help me and about how i view myself, I will try not to compare myself with the Thin girls that I know because I learned that everyone of us has their own beauty and shine in our own way, I’m more close to God now than before, it helps me to clear any negative vibes and just welcome all the positive vibes that I know are good for me.I am helping now my friends and family to become healthy and fit by sharing some healthy ideas I know and I’m hoping that it’ll be effective to them just how it was effective to me. I’ll always be “The Fat kid inside” because It’s me in the past and what I am now is “The fat kid inside with the healthy and fit kid on the outside” even if I don’t know I hope that my post will get inspiration to others and just by learning that I helped some people is truly an honor to me. More power to you and to samsung! God bless!

      Ave

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    1. Tine Laurel December 13, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Hi my name is Tin , a single mom. I had my daughter 2 years ago by cesarean delivery. My daughter is breast fed until she was 1yr 3 months. Since then I started to eat alot more than the usual serving of food and lose control. And now Im having a hard time doing the things I want because of my weight, outdoor activities with my toddler and I can’t even wear the clothes I want.

      Now Im starting to eat less. Im not starving my self but I eat in moderation. Example of this is instead of rice I eat bread for breakfast And yes its hard, but I decided to change everything especially my weight and lifestyle. And everytime I am tempeted to eat unhealthy but deliciously tempting foods, I remind myself that I don’t want to get worst and I must/want to improve my lifestyle not just for me but for my daughter. for me it’s all about goal setting.

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    1. rizza/baw bernardo December 13, 2013 at 6:50 am

      its a simple step for me,

      First not to get TAMAD for preparing FRESH food because i am fond of eating those Instant Foods.
      Second is that to not be afraid of eating greens, to be more informative on what should i take, on what should i not take, on what i should take less and on what i should intake more often.
      third is that it all comes with a bunch of DISCIPLINE. like for example, I eat, a lot. and when i eat i really don’t care how would it affect me, my body. but as i can see, nothing is impossible when you have DISCIPLINE.
      fourth and last is i think is to share my knowledge not only to myself but also to my family and friends whom i am concerned of. If i can be healthier and live healthier they also have the right to live as one healthy person :)

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    1. mic December 13, 2013 at 6:55 am

      well my motto was not of that famous line Drink moderately but instead my mind changed it to EAT moderately. I am small and thin but i can say i am not the sick person, people would often ask me, hey are you eating at all, you’re so thin u should eat more, so i find this good excuse that my metabolism has something to do with my body, but to be honest i eat mostly vegetables, i love vegetables since i was a kid, i didn’t like meat or anything that ended up like a bubble gum in my mouth, i have to say it was good I’ve never been hospitalized in my 28 years of experience and i swear that when u look at me u would mistake me 10 year younger my age so people would have to ask me whats my secret. well i have to say I’m the person who smiles at everyone and laughs at little things. My grandma shared me one of her secrets to staying healthy and not getting the flu so it was the Kalamansi Juice, so then i started to love citrus fruits i love anything sour. When i started to work abroad it was tough coz i don’t get to cook, so there was a year that i ate nothing but noodles in Hong Kong, then my husband came in so i have been motivated to cook since i work for a french family who loves to cook i learned a lot then i started browsing on youtube, like for example we have a raw chicken on the fridge and i wanted something different and healthy that suits the season and i would type “chicken recipe” so i never ran out of ideas on what to cook since then, so i started writing them down and sharing them with friends. I learned to eat herbs which i had never tried before and I’m loving it. I started drinking soy milk instead of soda’s. I started working out like i wanted bigger hips so i started running on hills lol. I gained weight in no time but still i am small and thin but I’m proud to say ” Thin and Healthy”
      That’s how i redesigned my life and my husband’s and redesigning my friends life too…just for inspiration.

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      1. Maria Cristina A. Giron December 13, 2013 at 7:01 am

        well my motto was not of that famous line Drink moderately but instead my mind changed it to EAT moderately. I am small and thin but i can say i am not the sick person, people would often ask me, hey are you eating at all, you’re so thin u should eat more, so i find this good excuse that my metabolism has something to do with my body, but to be honest i eat mostly vegetables, i love vegetables since i was a kid, i didn’t like meat or anything that ended up like a bubble gum in my mouth, i have to say it was good I’ve never been hospitalized in my 28 years of existence and i swear that when u look at me u would mistake me 10 year younger my age so people would have to ask me whats my secret. well i have to say I’m the person who smiles at everyone and laughs at little things. My grandma shared me one of her secrets to staying healthy and not getting the flu so it was the Kalamansi Juice, so then i started to love citrus fruits i love anything sour. When i started to work abroad it was tough coz i don’t get to cook, so there was a year that i ate nothing but noodles in Hong Kong, then my husband came in so i have been motivated to cook since i work for a french family who loves to cook i learned a lot then i started browsing on youtube, like for example we have a raw chicken on the fridge and i wanted something different and healthy that suits the season and i would type “chicken recipe” so i never ran out of ideas on what to cook since then, so i started writing them down and sharing them with friends. I learned to eat herbs which i had never tried before and I’m loving it. I started drinking soy milk instead of soda’s. I started working out like i wanted bigger hips so i started running on hills lol. I gained weight in no time but still i am small and thin but I’m proud to say ” Thin and Healthy”
        That’s how i redesigned my life and my husband’s and redesigning my friends life too…just for inspiration.

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      1. Maria Cristina A. Giron December 13, 2013 at 7:01 am

        well my motto was not of that famous line Drink moderately but instead my mind changed it to EAT moderately. I am small and thin but i can say i am not the sick person, people would often ask me, hey are you eating at all, you’re so thin u should eat more, so i find this good excuse that my metabolism has something to do with my body, but to be honest i eat mostly vegetables, i love vegetables since i was a kid, i didn’t like meat or anything that ended up like a bubble gum in my mouth, i have to say it was good I’ve never been hospitalized in my 28 years of existence and i swear that when u look at me u would mistake me 10 year younger my age so people would have to ask me whats my secret. well i have to say I’m the person who smiles at everyone and laughs at little things. My grandma shared me one of her secrets to staying healthy and not getting the flu so it was the Kalamansi Juice, so then i started to love citrus fruits i love anything sour. When i started to work abroad it was tough coz i don’t get to cook, so there was a year that i ate nothing but noodles in Hong Kong, then my husband came in so i have been motivated to cook since i work for a french family who loves to cook i learned a lot then i started browsing on youtube, like for example we have a raw chicken on the fridge and i wanted something different and healthy that suits the season and i would type “chicken recipe” so i never ran out of ideas on what to cook since then, so i started writing them down and sharing them with friends. I learned to eat herbs which i had never tried before and I’m loving it. I started drinking soy milk instead of soda’s. I started working out like i wanted bigger hips so i started running on hills lol. I gained weight in no time but still i am small and thin but I’m proud to say ” Thin and Healthy”
        That’s how i redesigned my life and my husband’s and redesigning my friends life too…just for inspiration.

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    1. Florian December 13, 2013 at 6:58 am

      I would redesign my life by ” being the best version of myself.”That would mean a healthier and fitter me . The first thing i’ll change would be my attitude . I’ve been battling my fat genes for years now . I think the best way i can achieve losing weight is having a ” can do attitude.” That would mean tremendous amount of will and determination . I started having a healthy lifestyle and i intend to keep it that way buy running every morning , traveling , eating more fruits and vegetables. Last but not the least i’m gonna read your blog regularly to check out awesome recipes. (“,)

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    1. Melody Co December 13, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Hi, Erwan. I discovered my passion for traveling 4 years ago and redesigned my life around doing something I love and writing about my adventures in my blog. Last year, I realized that going on food trips, getting invited to events and just letting myself go wasn’t doing my health and body any good. I found myself getting big, easily tired, unfocused and uninspired to write while balancing work time. I’ve lost some of that enthusiasm when I started. Since I didn’t like running and jogging, I made a pledge to incorporate more physical activities in my trips this year, i.e. choosing more physical trips that I never thought I’d do like climbing Mt. Pulag last January, spelunking in Sagada this May and going on longer walking trips. Surprisingly, I enjoyed pushing myself to my limits and had a great time. It opened up the possibility that I could travel and make a conscious effort to be healthy at the same time. With some amazing play of fate, I’ve also been invited to experience a lot of organic farm tours this year and the information is slowly getting to me in a good way. As the holidays came this year, I found myself choosing what to put in my mouth and actually not as tempted with all the food around me. I do recognize though that things definitely do not happen overnight and there is room for improvement.

      As the year is coming to an end, I’ve been thinking about continuing to welcome this change of heart. It’s still the same me and I’m continuously evolving while discovering new things and doing something I’m passionate about. It’s about time for another redesign – I’ve chosen to work on this full time. =) I guess the difference between the redesign 4 years ago and this redesign would be the added will to take care of my body. After all, a healthy body and mind will only take me to wonderful places. As much as it scares me, I would follow my heart again, actively find my inspiration and embrace the change. It’s so nice to finally let this all out in the open. I’m looking forward to going on more physically challenging trips, be on the lookout for other activities that I will love and where I would break a sweat, experimenting with healthy food in the kitchen and finding out more about how food is grown around the world. Sharing my experiences with more people would be the ultimate cherry on top but I guess I have to also teach myself to be more tech savvy in the process to share it faster haha.

      More power to your blog and pop-up venture!

      Cheers,
      Melody Co
      meloy.co @gmail.com
      http://guiltlessgetaways.blogspot.com/

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    1. Suzi Bermudez December 13, 2013 at 7:01 am

      I’ve been meaning to have a body like Eva Mendes and work more towards a sustainable career but like all hard things that I need to do, I keep putting them off. So the first step I would like to make is to stop putting off doing hard things and stop procastinating. Crossing my fingers!

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    1. Suzi Bermudez December 13, 2013 at 7:02 am

      *procrastinating

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    1. Katrina Belinda C. Jazmin December 13, 2013 at 7:08 am

      I will redesign my life by not thinking of depriving my self for not eating what I want. I’m 21 yrs old and my weight is 68kls. I’ve been fat since I was a teenager. I eat alot of foods that I don’t care if its healthy or not. I don’t drink water, yes I’m a soda person that I can finish 1ltr of coke in just one meal. Yeah I love the feeling that I can eat and drink everything I want but these past few months, I realized that there’s something wrong in myself. All I know is that I’m so tired for not buying every clothes that I like just because I look fat on it. I’m so tired of getting bullied for being fat, i’m so tired for not having self confidence, i’m so tired of using cardigans to hide my fats, i’m so tired of myself. But starting today, As I watched your Video, I realized that I have to redesign my lifestyle not because of the Note3 and gear but because of MYSELF. I really have to keep in mind that the change I want to see starts with me! Hello for the healthier life!! Cheers!

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    1. Dempaul Aquino December 13, 2013 at 7:09 am

      REdesining my life. 240lbs.yes its true! This is too much. IWill be starting to cut off my carbo – sugar – fats – nicotine. It’s time to be active. 22 years showing the people around me “im fine”. Envy those guy with abs. Medium size shirts. Starting to eat healthy food! Throw away those processed food! And Replacing my sugar to fruits! Engaging to cardio exercise. All set now! Be inspired! Thanks kuya erwan!

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    1. Dempaul Aquino December 13, 2013 at 7:14 am

      ReDesigning my life. 240lbs.yes its true! This is too much. I’ll be to cutting off my carbo – sugar – fats – nicotine. It’s time to be active. 22 years showing the people around me “im fine”. Envy those guy with abs. Medium size shirts. Starting to eat healthy food! Throw away thooooose processed food! And Replacing my sugar to fruits (organic one). Engaging to cardio exercise. be active!all set now! Be inspired! Be healthy! Thanks kuya erwan!

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    1. Roald Marck Revellame December 13, 2013 at 7:16 am

      How would i redesign my life? First thing is just reading and watching videos that makes you more motivated on things you do. im currently at 6’0 and at 220lbs and having a hard time on doing diets and i just started on doing cardios specifically jogging on mornings, and planning to hit the gym by january.

      But seeing the 5minute video that will change my life it makes me more excited and dedicated to be fit and healthy but not sacrificing the things i want more likely just avoiding food that wont help me to get the desired body i want.

      It gives me a glimpse of what future gives me, it will be redesigned by starting on my feet, moving and doing things on a higher extent

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    1. Jennifer Aranaydo December 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

      It seems that if I’ve been trying to redesign my life every single day. I always tell myself to avoid a certain food, to exercise, etc. The next thing I know, I wake up, turn off my alarm and go back to bed or stuff myself with all sorts of food that I’ve been trying to avoid. And since I work as a freelancer in graphic designing, all the more reason not to wake up early in the morning just to exercise. I’ve gotten used to this kind of lifestyle. I wake up, turn on my laptop, look at my emails, work, go downstairs to eat, and then work again. This kind of lifestyle feels so toxic, really. Although I may not look fat on the outside, I feel that I am suffocating on the inside.

      A week ago in the mall, I tried climbing the stairs and I felt so tired after, my heart was pumping rapidly. It’s not normal to feel that way. I am still 23 and I’m already experiencing this. It wasn’t like this before. That’s when I decided to redesign my lifestyle and way of thinking. Instead of buying sweets or food that I crave, I went out to buy stuff that will encourage me to exercise like the right kind of shoes and clothes. I conveniently live in a village that has a field or park where I can jog. I started walking around by myself (I couldn’t do it before without somebody tagging along) about 10 times and then went home to watch and follow dance videos. But in the next few weeks to come, I will try to increase it by jogging and then running. Also, I have to discipline myself when it comes to food. I know am taking things slow, but it’s better than not trying at all. Because It’s not about looking good, it’s feeling good.

      I thought I couldn’t do it, but I did.

      These are a few reminders for myself and maybe to those who are reading this as well: Don’t hold back. Go for it. Everyday is a new day, a fresh start. Think positive, to feel positive.

      Regards!

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    1. Roscoe Austria December 13, 2013 at 7:25 am

      As a traveler, its hard to consider and prepare healthy food that will be enough to just fit in my backpack. I have been traveling around the Philippines and yes, Canned Goods were my best friends. Until one day, having breakfast along the beach, of biscuit and sausages(in canned, of course), and suddenly I felt empty. I felt restless. Dull.

      Food, the fuel that makes my body move, feel, and execute the things that make me happy has been managed incorrectly.

      Having realized that feeling, I REEVALUATE what is lacking, or perhaps what is wrong. And yes, I have been considering convenience over healthy options.

      To be honest, its really hard to fix things that have been practiced for years, but living is most appreciated if living is done rightly. So I slowly and surely REDESIGNing my lifestyle by starting to eat food that is not just healthy but will keep me excited and eager to learn and discover the magic of food selection and experimentation. (I must admit, a guy named Erwan has been doing this exceptionally. Haha!)

      Food has been one of my interests why I travel a lot, and now I value to importance of it.

      To redesign is to reevaluate. This has been the key to a better and healthier lifestyle. One meal at a time.

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    1. Patricia Lao December 13, 2013 at 7:26 am

      I redesigned my life by taking opportunities that were disguised as hard work.

      I used to have an incredibly negative outlook in life mostly because I felt like I haven’t accomplished anything and also because of how some people always made me feel less about myself. I realized that perhaps it’s also because I never allowed myself the chance to accomplish anything good. I was the type of person who was comfortable with boundaries. I used to believe that every person has a limitation and that if you push that limitation, you’re only gonna risk putting yourself in uncomfortable situations that might end up as embarrassing experiences. I was always jealous of people who seemed to be succeeding in so much but I always just thought, “hey, maybe they’re just naturally gifted and I’ll just have to accept that I’m not.” So I continued believing this, and carried on with my unaccomplished but “safe” life. But one day it hit me, what if it’s not JUST because they’re lucky? What if it’s because unlike me, they actually put themselves out there. What if I put myself out there? What if I actually WORK HARD on the things I WANT to accomplish instead of just sitting idle and accepting things as they are. I realized that these boundaries that seemed to keep me safe….were actually trapping me. If I wanted to redesign my life, I had to push those boundaries because that’s what they’re there for.

      I started joining organizations in my school and now I have a position. :) I started reciting more in class, instead of keeping my ideas to myself. I joined contests for the fun of it and then I won! One of my amateur photos even got published in Business World Newspaper. I started reading lots of books and making a checklist of goals. I wrote a lot also as a way to just let my thoughts out and clear my head of the times when I’d go back to my negative self.

      My current life, is still far from being completely redesigned. I still haven’t been able to do most of the things in my list. However, I guess that’s also a great thing cause then I have a reason to be even more motivated for when I wake up the next day because I know I still have a chance to continue working hard towards defining myself instead of letting others define me.

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    1. Ma. Eloisa Pasahol December 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

      This is actually my “New Year’s Resolution” for this year. How would I ReDesign my life. I was thinking of how I can improve myself, improve my life. I’m 28 years old turning 29 this month, single (technically in a relationship with my boyfriend for almost 5 years) and I want to get married and have kids already but I cant tell him beacause I was afraid that he might say “not yet” or worse “no”. Hahaha! Sometimes I get jealous with some of my friends who settled down and have children. I kinda feel you know “O.P” or different from them everytime we go out or see each other they bring their kids but me I dont have one yet. They have a career they love. It feels like my mind is telling me “hey youre not getting younger! Do something with your life!”. Its like how should I plan my life. I mean, I have a goal in life when I was in college. Finish school, get a job, get married, have kids, live happily ever after. But now it seems that everything is impossible.

      When I was in my sophomore year in college I started or learned how to smoke. A year ago, i quit. And I am very proud of myself. Its been a year since i stopped smoking, not even a puff. And its a good thing. Its a very first step in changing how I live. Redesigning my life. I do some exercises now also which is a good thing because my boyfriend who is big or fat (hahah! Sorry Yab! Iloveyou) was influenced by me. He go to the gym now and planning of quitting smoking because of my influenced! He takes it a step by step process. Yey!

      And for the coming year I am planning on saving more money, eating healthy and living healthy. And getting married! Hahaha! After all its my life. My choice. We only live once.

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    1. Zaira Mercado December 13, 2013 at 7:48 am

      “ReDesign Your Life”, This totally speaks right through me right now in my life because I can say that I am currently in the process of it, just taking it a small step at a time. I’ve been working online and home-based for the past 2 years now and working on Eastern Standard Time or shall I say the “graveyard shift.” Under these work circumstances, I have problems with 2 major aspects: diet and sleep, and with that all other things comes into place (changes in metabolism, laziness, inactivity, etc). By the way, I’m also a nurse by profession that just happen to be out of my practice for the meantime, so I have knowledge of Health and Nutrition (and even nurses lived unhealthy lives, i’m guilty, I admit and I know I’m not the only one, that’s a fact) . So looking back to my diet and sleep, I admit in the past I wasn’t eating healthy, didn’t do that much effort to exercise, and with lack of sleep always I just feel lazy most of the time and didn’t have that much enthusiasm per se regarding health. With that I was having low self-esteem with some weight gain and being self conscious and unhappy at times. Looking back into the life i’ve been living, at the middle of this year I’ve had a change of heart and started taking the initiative to make a change and to start living healthier and thus happier. Last July, I started being careful of what I eat, making sure of having small but healthy options and I also started to make it a point to make time to exercise, learned a lot of exercise routines in youtube, to research really goes a long way there’s a lot of information you can find on the net.

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    1. Kier Delante December 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

      I have been over weight since I entered high school until college. I have tried everything, consulted my friends and asked my university doctors about how to lose weight. Though they gave me a lot of advises and motivations, it seems it was not enough to lose weight. The year 2013 was a bit to challenging for me because I went to america and realized something when I saw some obese Americans who are under 18-22 years old, and I was like, I don’t want to be like them struggling to move freely and always drinking soft drinks and eating a large portion of food. Then it was an eye opening for me to Redesign my life. On March 2013, I started to go to the gym in America and I was motivated by some skinny and obese men and women who really wanted to lose some weight. At first it was really hard for me. I ran for an hour or more on the treadmill everyday every afternoon. I used to ride on the bus but I started walking going to the gym, I started also eating a vegetables and I always bring my water tumbler everyday. I also started to say “NO’ to meats, soft drinks, desserts and high calorie foods. After a month of determination and hard work, I’ve noticed changes in my body particularly my breast part and my chin and it was the best moment in my life seeing changes to my body. Until now I’m still Redesigning my life to reach my goal body and weight.

      I love to change myself to be a fit and awesome person that people will admire my hardworkship and perseverance, that they to will follow my fitness adventure especially to obese people who I think fell the same way as I do when I to was obese. How will I do it? First, I change my eating habit, sleep for 7-8 hours a day, I’ll go to the gym twice a day every 5 days a week, I’ll cook my own food, no junk foods, processed foods, oily foods, no fastfood and etc and I’ll push myself to my limit and I will never stop to be healthy.

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    1. hazel c.e. dizon December 13, 2013 at 7:52 am

      As a mom of 2 choosy boys who loves to eat fastfood, junks and sweets, I was left with the burden of eating what they could not consume even though I already had my meal which contributed to my weight gain. Feeling so heavy literally and emotionally, I decided I had to “redesign my life”, 2 months ago, by starting to do exercises with my dog as motivation every morning after the kids leave home for school. Also I surf the internet for healthier recipes including thefatkidinside.com since I love to cook, though sometimes my cravings and time constraints get in the way. But the good news is that in that span of 2 mos. I’m already getting there. It may not be that fast but surely. I went down from size 16 to a 12 or even 10. I’ll still keep on doing what I’m doing not only because I want to look good but also to feel good, but this won’t stop me from enjoying fave foods in moderation once in a while because I don’t want to torture myself. As the saying in that shirt goes “Sometimes fatty, sometimes healthy…Always happy!!!” – babysean8@yahoo.com

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    1. Angeline Jamlid December 13, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Hi Erwan! Thank you once again for another amazing video, you just keep inspiring more and more people everyday.

      Well for me, redesigning myself is not necessarily being the best for everyone else’s eyes. Because the more I become conscious about what other people think of me, the harder it is for me to actually start that change. There was never a progress when I made other people’s opinion as my basis of ‘success’.

      So, it all starts in me. It is always me. It is me, who continuesly inspire my self to be better whether in terms of body weight but in mind and heart as well. I started to draw a better outlook of myself, setting goals and working hard to fulfill those goals. I only learned cooking when I went to other country to work and I don’t have my mom there to cook for me. Just like you, I cook my own food. I’ve learned to cook my own food. And because of that, I’ve learned to cook what’s best for me, what my body needs. I’m not a nutrionist though and I cannot afford to hire one to help me choose the right food. But then it seems knowledge is not scarce at all, example is your food blog that I got hooked into for years now. I’ve used those tips to help me better understand what should I eat and what should I not.

      So now, I’m still in the process of redesigning myself. It is a continues learning process, but what is most important now is that basically I’m happier about myself and I’m ready to take it in a new capacity because soon I’m being a wife. :)

      More power to your blog and continue inspiring people to redesign more for a healthier world :)

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    1. anthony tuala December 13, 2013 at 7:54 am

      For the past 8 years nahirapan ako with my weight. now im 22. i have never considered minding my weight seriously til i followed thefatkidinside via sir heussaf as well as raymond guttierrez on instagram.

      The heaviest i had was 103 kilos the time i joined BPO industry. life has been so bitter knowing im obese and not good looking. The results of being obese is something i get used to for years.
      My father passed away last may, then i decided to go back home in province. i was so depressed then for months. i was like a crossbreed of an elephant and a whale for locking myself in my room for a month.

      Moving on,it came one day like in a snap after browsing instagram seeing thefatkidinside and raymond guttierez lost alot of weight,i decided to change my life perceptions by starting rebuilding myself.I read alot of some of ur articles and reading more about lossing weight.

      To make this short,Thank God i learned somehow to count my calorie intakes, the dos and donts and alot of things. I took my diet seriously. Since hindi ako mayaman, i tried to find healthy alternatives inspired by the ones posted here on your website. Hindi ko masyado namalayan naging adik ako sa vegetables and medyo exercise din sa bahay with the help of Youtube.

      Within 6 months, i lost 32 kilos na. Sarap ng feeling magstep up and im enjoying the perks of it. Thank you thefatkidinside and please pakisabi naman kay raymond at sa people behind that i owe alot from you guys for being the best examples.

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    1. SHYNNA CALOTES December 13, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Re-designing your life isn’t easy. You first have to dare to ask yourself these questions. You then have to dare to imagine that it can come true. And then comes the difficult task of changing your life so that it is what you want it to be. Once you’ve nailed down what you want your life to look like, it’s time to just do it. Take action and start making the life of your dreams a reality. Change is scary, but this should be scary in a very good, exhilarating way.

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    1. anthony tuala December 13, 2013 at 7:58 am

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      The heaviest weight ive been was just last summer. and the latest weight is my lightest for the last 8 years. Im still trying my best to follow my required BMI since my height is 5’5″. Im happy that ive even influenced my family for eating vegetables since lahi namin ang tabain.
      I also read alot about how to handle holiday peer pressure regarding sa food and how to resist temptation. Sana po gawa kayo ng article especially malapit na ang pasko at new year.
      Salamat po thefatkidinside at sa binubuo nito. Hope you can extend my gratitude and season greetings to
      raymond,heussaf and anne for being my inspiration.

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    1. Marjorie Tan dela Roca December 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Wow this question and your post is very timely. It’s like asking me “what will be your new year’s resolution for 2014?” and I haven’t done this since I was a kid when Christmas-break-take-home projects mostly are about new year’s resolution.

      Aside from being timely, it also is a tough one. I guess having plans of ReDesigning my life, I really should do it because when I don’t, it’s like being a superhero with super powers and still refuse to use it even if it has the ability to change the world for the better. So here goes.

      I will ReDesign my life by putting more balance on it and always being positive.

      I’m a full time working mom of a six year old boy and a one year old girl. From being a 115 pound-er (just normal for my height), I reached 160 pounds not because I just gave birth through c-section. I now refuse to believe that giving birth = gaining more weight. Looking in deep, I realized I’m a stress eater. My stress and negativity comes from lots of things brought about by well, being a full time working mother of two, wife to my husband, eldest daughter to my parents, daughter-in-law to my husband’s parents, ate(eldest girl sibling) to my sisters and brother, friends to my friends, boss to my subordinates, a true catholic at heart, and many more roles I play every single day. The more work or stress I get, the more eager I feel to reward myself by eating, and eating sinful foods I must say. Rewarding myself also means frequent night out with friends and late night snacks with hubby.

      Just as how you ReDesign your life by counting the calories you take to have a balanced meal, I’m gonna start “counting” the time and energy I utilize for every role I play and make sure to have enough left for each and every task so I wouldn’t be stressed out that I have so much more to do and no time and energy left to give. I will re-prioritize so I can easily decide how much time and energy I have to use for every role so that all the important things get what it need.

      Just as how you prepare tasty meals by putting extra ordinary ingredients, I’m gonna do things extra-ordinarily. I just did :) Normally, my son’s yaya is in charge of bathing him because I’m still hooked up with the bed (too tired from the day before) but yesterday and today, it’s different. I bathe my son and while doing it, we bonded by singing “Roar”. By the looks of it, my son enjoyed even if we are out of tune and out of lyrics, and he’s energetic. Gone are the tantrums during early morning wake up calls and stressful mornings for me and my son. I did not just play my role as a mother, I also had a great time! I guess the call to reward myself is lessened. :)

      Just as how you enjoyed every meal you cook, I’m gonna enjoy every single day of my life may it be good or bad because hey, life is short. Some say and I quote, “Be thankful for the bad days for you wouldn’t really feel how good a good day is by not experiencing the bad ones.” Just as how you savor your meal without guilt because you know you put all the right ingredients with all the right calories, I’m gonna be guilt-free in everything I do because I know, I’m just living by my priorities. So bye bye to the things my re-prioritizing will deem unimportant. Stress is again lessened. :)

      So that’s it. Thank you for your post, it helped me realize my new year’s resolution early. :)

      have a great weekend!

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    1. Marjorie Tan dela Roca December 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Wow this question and your post is very timely. It’s like asking me “what will be your new year’s resolution for 2014?” and I haven’t done this since I was a kid when Christmas-break-take-home projects mostly are about new year’s resolution.

      Aside from being timely, it also is a tough one. I guess having plans of ReDesigning my life, I really should do it because when I don’t, it’s like being a superhero with super powers and still refuse to use it even if it has the ability to change the world for the better. So here goes.

      I will ReDesign my life by putting more balance on it and always being positive.

      I’m a full time working mom of a six year old boy and a one year old girl. From being a 115 pound-er (just normal for my height), I reached 160 pounds not because I just gave birth through c-section. I now refuse to believe that giving birth = gaining more weight. Looking in deep, I realized I’m a stress eater. My stress and negativity comes from lots of things brought about by well, being a full time working mother of two, wife to my husband, eldest daughter to my parents, daughter-in-law to my husband’s parents, ate(eldest girl sibling) to my sisters and brother, friends to my friends, boss to my subordinates, a true catholic at heart, and many more roles I play every single day. The more work or stress I get, the more eager I feel to reward myself by eating, and eating sinful foods I must say. Rewarding myself also means frequent night out with friends and late night snacks with hubby.

      Just as how you ReDesign your life by counting the calories you take to have a balanced meal, I’m gonna start “counting” the time and energy I utilize for every role I play and make sure to have enough left for each and every task so I wouldn’t be stressed out that I have so much more to do and no time and energy left to give. I will re-prioritize so I can easily decide how much time and energy I have to use for every role so that all the important things get what it need.

      Just as how you prepare tasty meals by putting extra ordinary ingredients, I’m gonna do things extra-ordinarily. I just did :) Normally, my son’s yaya is in charge of bathing him because I’m still hooked up with the bed (too tired from the day before) but yesterday and today, it’s different. I bathe my son and while doing it, we bonded by singing “Roar”. By the looks of it, my son enjoyed even if we are out of tune and out of lyrics, and he’s energetic. Gone are the tantrums during early morning wake up calls and stressful mornings for me and my son. I did not just play my role as a mother, I also had a great time! I guess the call to reward myself is lessened. :)

      Just as how you enjoyed every meal you cook, I’m gonna enjoy every single day of my life may it be good or bad because hey, life is short. Some say and I quote, “Be thankful for the bad days for you wouldn’t really feel how good a good day is by not experiencing the bad ones.” Just as how you savor your meal without guilt because you know you put all the right ingredients with all the right calories, I’m gonna be guilt-free in everything I do because I know, I’m just living by my priorities. So bye bye to the things my re-prioritizing will deem unimportant. Stress is again lessened. :)

      So that’s it. Thank you for your post, it helped me realize my new year’s resolution early. :)

      have a great weekend!

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    1. Mary Grace Javile December 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

      If I would redesign my life what I would change would basically start of course with my own perspective with myself and how i view others as well. I`m aloof and a bit what we call as introvert. I don`t trust easily. I don`t often hang out with others when I am being invited. I don`t put effort on trying to get to know others. Not really the shy-type, maybe just a little bit reserved. And what steps do I make to start the change? Maybe I will try my best to reach out to others. Start gaining circle of friends whom I can always hang out with. I will try to not ignore others who are trying to know me. But of course before I can do that maybe I should start asking my self of what will I be capable of doing before jumping to action plans. A mini checklists of the things or actions I have done for the entire day to better my own personal relationships with others is primarily a tool I should consider. And I would really want to start an adventure anytime soon :-).geejavile@gmail.com

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    1. Zaira Mercado December 13, 2013 at 8:20 am

      - – > IN Continuation to my post (As I accidentally click submit :( )
      So I learned to eat just small portions (little by little I was able to, It was a process) less meat,less processed foods, healthy options, more veges and fruits and I have been controlling my desire for desserts and sweets, which I like to snack on before. Since last month, I have been replacing my afternoon snacks with juicing, also my way of having healthier diet, since I rarely eat green veges. With my new love for juicing, I make it a point to go out to the market every weekend to buy my vegetables and fruits for juicing, just buy enough to last a week (for my weekdays.) I would say I prefer drinking my greens that eating them. From healthier nutrition, I’ve also learn to work out atleast 3-4x a week around 2-3 hours per day. My workout routine starts with warming up routines I’ve learned from youtube, I bought my own 2lbs dumbbells which really helps on toning the muscles. I also do zumba, makes the workout more fun and engaging with the music. SO that is how I am currently redesigning my life, making those changes. Trying to be better, feel better inside and out. The Bottom line really is that with determination and perseverance, you can make the changes you want happen. As the saying goes “what the mind can conceive, it can achieve.”

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    1. Ritz Dela Cruz December 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Hesitant akong magjoin kase lahat ng entries in english. Pero I will try my luck na din kahit taglish. Nagsimula akong mataba simula 12 years old ako. Sa pamilya, sa barkada ako ang pinaka malaki. When I saw your website sa instagram, nag follow ako agad sa fb, kase sabi ko sobrang nakakarelate ako. 5 years ago nung na reach ko yung pinaka max na weight ko. I am only 4’11″ and nag gain ako ng sobra. I was 172 pounds. I started having problems with my health pero hirap na hirap akong magdiet lalo na magexercise. 2 years ago I got married and got pregnant. I was so scared back then na baka hindi ako magkaanak dahil yun ang sabi ng iba sakin sobrang taba ko at baka mahirapan ako. But thank God I conceived and gave birth to a healthy baby girl a year ago. 7 months yung baby ko nung magdecide akong magdiet at mag ulit. To be honest, gagawin ko lang dapat yun para sa first birthday niya. It was so hard to start with. Thank God my mom helped me by joining me sa diet. Bakit ko tinuloy ang pagkain ng maayos until now kahit tapos na ang first birthday niya? Hindi na para sa sarili ko kundi para sa anak ko. Ayokong lumaki siya na katulad ko noon. Gusto ko siyang maging healthy. Ayokong maexperience niya yung mga pang bubully na naranasan ko. Gusto kong magkaroon ng mas mahaba pang buhay para sa kanya at para sa magiging mga anak ko pa. I have been teaching my friends to eat healthy and live healthy as well. I am still overweight base sa BMI and I wont give up until I reach my goal weight by continuing this healthy lifestyle. I dont think may dapat pa akong baguhin. Instead, magsisikap akong mas active ako sa mga activities. Give myself time to exercise. Kase sa totoo lang, or kahit sino naman sigurong tao tamad pag dating sa exercise kase ayaw mahirapan. So paano ko sisimulan? Katulad ng pagdidiet ko, slowly but surely. First, By taking my daughter to a walk. Tapos, Find time na magexercise kahit 15minutes to 30 minutes a day. In that way, baka mas bumaba pa ang timbang ko at ma reach ko ang goal weight ko faster. Nasimulan ko na kumain ng tama. At sana mag derederecho na ito. :) I just turned 30 last month, I now 137lbs. At ang pag eexercise siguro ang regalo ko sa sarili ko ngayong pasko.

      Thank you Erwan for sharing your recipes and a lot of ideas and stuff. Hindi ko man magaya lahat ng recipes mo kase mahal yung ibang ingredients, pero kahit di ko man magawa sobrang laking inspiration padin na mapanuod ang mga videos mo. I can send you my before and after photos May2013/Dec2013. :)

      Sana kahit tagalog ito mabasa mo padin. At sana mapili ako niyo ako. Maraming salamat po.

      Lubos na gumagalang,
      <3 Ritz Dela Cruz

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    1. Mark Francis Gicaro December 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Hi i’m Mark Francis but you can call me kiko! I’m 21 years old and a fresh IT graduate but it doesn’t stop there. Being a student is a hard stuff. I have my organization to attend with, balancing my studies and the big problem is what to eat after. I’m in a multi-talented group as a dancer and I thought it is a good workout for me just to dance because it is a everyday routine. But the worst thing is that after workout is I ate too much processed food and I thought it would be okay for my health. Also being a ordinary student, i’m very busy to do our thesis and doesn’t have time to cook healthy foods. Me and my classmates would love just to call a pizza delivery rather than to waste time cooking. I was too confident that time that my body won’t go bigger and bigger like my elementary days. I was obese since then, but when I started to became a varsity when I was in highschool my weight loose bigger than I thought. When I enter college I was too confident with my new body. It is the time that no one will bully me because i’m not fat anymore. But after how many years, my body is slowly going to be fat again and now i’m regretting not to take care of it.

      How I redesign my life? Having a positive mindset in life and discipline is one of my biggest inspiration in losing weight right now, of course you should be happy in doing it! Beside of eating lots of vegetables and fruits, having my workouts everyday. I also learned to count calories, to cook healthy foods and reinventing stuffs not to be bored in eating vegetables. In everything I do right now, the only thing that I’ve realized is that I should have start this habit since then. I’m very happy with my Lifestyle right now, because of my decision to be healthy and fit, some of my friends are asking how do I make it. I also gained friends because of doing this. Once you were in love in what you are doing, it will continue you to be more healthy. Now, I don’t call it a dietary lifestyle but it is my favorite hobby! Excited on what to eat after workouts, and influencing others to take care their bodies!

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    1. Andrew O. Comoda December 13, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Being in school for almost like for like 7 hours a day makes me feel boring, almost half of my day i spent it in front of computer, how i redesigned my self is like designing an bloody image to a new and better one, if you really want to get fit your reason must not be your jealous of the other people, it must be all about yourself, right now i am like 90+ kilos in an age of 15. Eat, internet, sleep, that is my daily routine, I was inspired all about your story, and you are forever my fitspiration. It’s my 3rd year to say that my new year’s resolution is to get fit but it’s always like an epic fail. I would like to redesign my life by first focusing on my goal second, putting my heart in to it, and finally having that perseverance to maintain and to be consistent on my promise to myself. Being fit is not calculated in the calories you eat but it’s in the heart that desires for it. :)

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    1. Norman Ray E. Villamayor December 13, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Ever since I was diagnosed a couple of years ago with Type 2 Diabetes, I’ve followed a food regimen recommended by a nutritionist. It was difficult as first, having been a foodie myself, but I had to adjust to certain changes such as limiting my rice intake, cutting down on sweet foods, having brown rice instead of the usual milled variety, and a lot more. But having diabetes doesn’t mean not eating. It was just a matter of putting variety into the dishes I eat. As a cook, that is something I had control of. But it was always a challenge. So I must continually be on the look out for alternative ways for prepare my food so that my taste buds don’t get “bored” with the usual food that I eat. And here’s where your recipes and videos come in. These would be my instruments in redesigning my meals so that I can have variety without sacrificing my nutritional requirements.

      Physical fitness is one area that I have kind of neglected and this is another area that needs refocusing. Mind over matter, as most people would say, and a stronger will to do my daily exercises would bring better results. But I would be doing it in small baby steps so that I won’t overwhelm my senses. I don’t need to get fast results. What I need to do is do them regularly and I hope that everything will fall into place.

      Outside help and encouragement from friends will definitely help. But the inner desire must be burning. A changed mind set, a secured plan, attainable goals…these are the things that I would have to achieve to redesign my life…to achieve a healthier body and mind. And still be able to enjoy the things that I like…to continue to enjoy life!

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    1. Reinier Gloria December 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

      I have been thin ever since I can remember. I don’t know why. When I was a child I used to help my grandma in the kitchen and as a reward get the first bite of the meals before they are served. I really love food and eat everything but until I learned that there are bad ones for the body, I removed the junk foods. I am not malnourished I think though as I can play heavily with other kids.

      Getting older is different. Maybe being thin and slim is just fine when you’re young but as time flies, eventually one has to work on his body not just for health reasons but as well as for aesthetics. I need to bulk up somehow to attract people and get a partner. I have to be sexy.

      I don’t have a concrete plan yet but I am thinking of enrolling into a dance class. I don’t want to go to the gym as I want something more than some routinary physical exercise. I do insane jumping when my roommate is not in the condo. Log-dropping, egg-rolling and walking on fours then doing push ups are some things I “play” when I’m alone. I also prevent sleeping when I am still full as to avoid getting big belly. I have to love fruits also if I want to be fit. Fit after all means looking good while feeling better. :)

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    1. anthony tuala December 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

      posting here never thought may give aways pala.
      hope you wont skip my entry
      the fatkidinside admin please allow me to flood my entries and proofs and please do read my post.

      REDESIGNING?
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      hope youll see how i did redesign my life year after year,like before and after betterment and reaching lives and still continues not just to redesign but also to innovate myself whether from ups and downs. Hope these pictures and proofs from my account will be a valid reason.
      Hindi po ako mayaman and i know i deserved the redesigning galaxy note. sana admin pagtyagaan nyu compare my pics year every year or month to month. see how ide change and redesign myself spiritually, intellectually, socially,personally , perceptions and even lately, physically. thanks.

      Hope ill win.
      1st entry pa lg to.

      HOPE THESE PICTURES SURPASS LETTERS AND WORDS.

      Hope youll make articles on how to defeat temptations and peer pressure regarding food especially Holidays.kasi yan ang trending every holidays. Hope this is a follow up i can challenge you to redesign perceptions of your readers.

      I LOVE YOU THEFATKIDINSIDE

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    1. Albertson Onanad December 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

      growing up as an obese kid made my childhood such a traumatic experience. people calling me names and making fun of me. but instead of of bringing myself down, I turned that experience into a positive one. I Redesigned my life by first acceptance. I’ve read articles and studies on how to lose weight. and after reading all of them. I have come up to the idea that the quintessential rule to be shed those extra weight is to have the discipline. yes,it is so easy to say but it is a long and process of hard-work. but hey, nobody said it was easy. if you really want to change, you have to got the drive to do so. also, you must have a goal. i don’t starved my self to death. first I minimized my carbohydrate consumption. i do a lot of physical activities and even got myself in to the Badminton team of my school. as to reward myself of my discipline and love to myself. i do have cheat day. and that was during Sundays. i eat whatever i want also in moderation.

      Good thing I have my family as my strong support system. They are giving me positive reinforcements. so I strive even more to achieve my goal. above all these, you must love yourself first before anyone else. if you feel good about yourself it will show. be an inspiration to others and share them what you have become. hakuna matata!

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    1. Maria Lorenza B. Alba December 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

      A few months ago, woke up from a quarter life crisis. I lost my high school best friends because of my own depression. Three months ago today, I had my heart broken. Two months after that I resigned from my job and accepted a job offer, entirely different from my previous one. I cut my hair shorter than I usually prefer, deciding last minute on the hairdresser’s chair that I want a new look, Coco Channel’s words “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life,” resonating in my ear. The new year is about being better: a better friend who reaches out to old friends to make right again, a better daughter who takes care of her dad the way he deserves, a better career woman who gives her all to her work, and above all a better (more fit) “me” who’ll love myself more and someday, will love again. Cheers to second chances!

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    1. kiatamidoromal@yahoo.com December 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

      I guess change is the only thing constant in this world so yes, I would redesign my life to be a better person, a person socially changing and evolving to be a person who is adept to change the world.

      How would I redesign it? I should start with myself. Reflect on what needs to be changes. I love what I am and what I wanna be. Yes, I’ve never had a boyfriend because I always felt I wasn’t ready. I wouldn’t change my life because of that because there are somethings in life that should remain as it is. Yes, I don’t drink because of health reasons and I will never ever pressure myself to drink just because others do so.

      The fact that I feel unconfident of myself is worth a double take. It comes from the mere fact that I am aware of what I lack. I’m happy of my personality, but my looks, I guess not. People tend to tell me what I lack, which I always accept because I know I do lack of it.

      Filipinos love to be fair skinned. Yes, I’m brown skinned and even before I’ve been addicted to buying products to make me fair skinned. And then I realize, my skin color is something I should be proud of.

      I wanna redesign my life in a way that I accept who I am – my strengths, weaknesses, triumphs and failures.

      What I want to redesign with my life is change. Acceptance. Self esteem and happiness.

      It may be a lot but it all goes down to loving me first before other. Loving what I look when I see the mirror.

      My mom once told me that I’m beautiful and when I look at her, I feel beautiful because she’s a beauty until people started taunting me with words that is the opposite of what I first believed in.

      I grew up thinking I was ugly, fat and never good enough.

      I was typing this reply with tears thinking of what I experienced before.

      Until now, I still feel belittled. People still tease me. I still accept it.

      But this time, when people say it and I accept it, it just goes out of my other ear. I don’t reflect on it anymore. I think I’ve come to the fact that I accept myself.

      The coming 2014, I’ll redesign myself for improvement and self acceptance. Be better. Strive to be better. Continue to be better and then help others to be better themselves.

      Because.. if you accept yourself, people can never take YOU down.

      :)

      Cheers to a much improved life for next year!

      Kia

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    1. Lexxus C. Q. December 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

      “How would you ReDesign your life, just as how I redesigned mine? What would you change and how would you do it?”

      Well hi im lexxus i am a student, 18 yrs old i used to nag my parents to buy a lot of things for me like this and that but recently our family faced some kinda crisis because a lot of things happen and our family got a lot of debts and were about to close our small business because of that.What i will redesign in my life is that i will try to be a better daughter for them i wont be asking them for the things that will only fulfill my own happiness, and currently knowing that our shop will be closed down any sooner i obediently managing our shop to give back what they’d gave to me., it is just a simple way but i will do my best for them and specially when i graduate i will really work hard for them and would not disappoint them. And i will stay healthy so that i will fullfill my goals and dreams just only for my parents..!! :D so in order for me to do that i will always read your blog for me to have a healthy body. :)

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    1. Don Victor Damian December 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

      We live in a society where aesthetic characteristics is a must. i’ve always been teased throughout my life. i remember, when i was a kid, my playmates would always call me “taba! taba” when i play with them. of course i would just shrug it off since i was still naive and clueless back then, but now, it feels like my inner self is being crushed. i’m 19 years old and i’m overweight. I would always tell myself that “Hey, that’s just my physical self. people should like me for who i am, not for how i weigh”. That’s always been my mantra in life, so i always end up splurging on sweets and food. Just mid 2013, i was rushed to the hospital because of hypertension and vomiting and my dad, a doctor, was worried because our bloodline have a history of diabetes. ever since that day, i became conscious of what i eat. i try to prevent fatty and oily food, but let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a plate of lechon and crispy chicken skin right? but i’m really trying hard my best, really, to spoil myself with veggies and healthy food and as much as possible, to go and atleast have a regular exercise routine. maybe that’s what i want to redesign. My attitude in life, that i should take care of myself especially my body. Like what Erwan said in his guesting in RXTMR, that there’s always a “Better option”. So from now on, that would be my new mantra in life. “To live life with my better options.” it wouldn’t be an overnight effort, but baby steps would go a long way. it may seem little today, but in the future, my efforts would pay off.

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    1. Mark Ephraim F. Cristal December 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

      “Take care of your body and it will take care of you”- just a cliche but it gives me a boost of self-control towards healthy living into wellness.

      Humans are multifaceted that we are so busy doing and balancing a lot of things- work, family, relationship- unknowingly taking for granted the main core of it all and it’s you! Yes! Yourself.

      I am a Nurse and basically I know a lot things about wellness and the reverse of it but it’s the self-autonomy that really matters. Indulging yourself into an immediate pleasure from a delivered pizza and being a couch potato is easier rather than to cook a sweet potato pancakes with green eggs and waking up early in the morning for an exercise.

      Health is an investment and I can say that I will invest all of my “profits” for it. Take care of yourself first and the rest will follow. Just like what I did! :-)

      Redesigning my life not by just continuing my routine but most importantly by improving it for the better. Fruits, vegetables, exercise, sleep are the basics. But if you could explore more and more then you will learn that being healthy is an interminable process.

      As the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But for me, “a variation of fruits & vegetables a day, 3-4H of exercise a week and 6-8H of sleep every night will keep the doctors, nurses and the whole hospital staff away!” (Hope I can still find a job after this! Hahah!)

      Prost towards Healthy Living and Wellness! :-)

      Nurse Mark

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    1. Kimberly Landicho December 13, 2013 at 10:53 am

      LIFE. It’s a four letter world we often overanalyze.

      Being in my early 20s, I thought life is all about working my butt off to climb the ladder of success. I work extra hours to meet deadlines at work and spend my weekends to pursue graduate school.

      I’m too focused on my goals that I have developed a “tunnel vision” along the way. I forgot myself and the people around who cares so much about me.

      I’m guilty for taking my relationships for granted and ignoring the simple things in life that makes it really worthwhile. I put my health into compromise, taking out sleep and exercise from my vocabulary.

      I kept myself busy until I realized, I have been living life for tomorrow and forgot to live the life that I have now.

      I believe, I just have to be happy to make sense of it all!

      I will ReDesign MY LIFE by loving myself and the wonderful people around me. No matter how hectic my schedule is, I will find time to catch up with family and friends. I will revive the “lost me” in their lives and make them feel that they have a daughter, sister and friend.

      I will engage in activities that will bring back my passion and squeeze the creative juice out of me. I will go back to the kitchen where my heart is and cook scrumptious yet nutritious food for my family. I will start my blog and write to inspire people like what I always did when I was still in our campus publication.

      I will make sure I travel at least once a year to explore new places and meet new people. I will take risks, enjoy the adventure and unlock doors to find things I’ve never seen before. With new discoveries, I hope to see life in a whole new perspective and share my insights with the world.

      I will LOVE and LIVE LIFE for NOW. I will invest more meaning into it by creating a better me so I can eventually be a better person for others.

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    1. Kimberly Landicho December 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

      LIFE. It’s a four letter word we often overanalyze.

      Being in my early 20s, I thought life is all about working my butt off to climb the ladder of success. I work extra hours to meet deadlines at work and spend my weekends to pursue graduate school.

      I’m too focused on my goals that I have developed a “tunnel vision” along the way. I forgot myself and the people around who cares so much about me.

      I’m guilty for taking my relationships for granted and ignoring the simple things in life that makes it really worthwhile. I put my health into compromise, taking out sleep and exercise from my vocabulary.

      I kept myself busy until I realized, I have been living life for tomorrow and forgot to live the life that I have now.

      I believe, I just have to be happy to make sense of it all!

      I will ReDesign MY LIFE by loving myself more and the wonderful people around me. No matter how hectic my schedule is, I will find time to catch up with family and friends. I will revive the “lost me” in their lives and make them feel that they have a daughter, sister and friend.

      I will engage in activities that will bring back my passion and squeeze the creative juice out of me. I will go back to the kitchen where my heart is and cook scrumptious yet nutritious food for my family. I will start my blog and write to inspire people like what I always did when I was still in our campus publication.

      I will make sure I travel at least once a year to explore new places and meet new people. I will take risks, enjoy the adventure and unlock doors to find things I’ve never seen before. With new discoveries, I hope to see life in a whole new perspective and share my insights with the world.

      I will LOVE and LIVE LIFE for NOW. I will invest more meaning into it by creating a better me so I can eventually be a better person for others.

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    1. kim cuasay December 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

      I’m actually in that phase/stage of redesigning my life at first I don’t know what,where and how to begin so I made a list and here is what I got so far : Admit & solve problem(s) [head on/asap],BElieve in YOUrself(everything starts from within) : have a positive outlook & make a list,Healthy living: Research,Stay on Budget,Save,Time Management and Good Investments.

      I do admit that I have some problems (I’ll spare you the drama just on with the solutions and with my firm resolves haha) I made loads mistakes and plan to solve all of it(that’s within my power) and in doing so I’d like to believe in myself more or at least fake it til I make it that kind of thing for if I don’t believe in myself then who will? I do think I’m an enthusiastic person although I’m a bit shaken with recent turn of events I try not to let it affect/compromise my activities of daily living.Creating short and long list of goals is awesome to keep track of things, do diversional activities such as biking and writing etc. as a good outlet it helps a lot.Post/say encouragements,to keep a positive mindset despite the circumstances, give off good vibes and boost people up is a great feeling.Keep things moving! Just do it! Make things happen,all in good time and pray hard!

      I love to eat! and have a tendency to obsess and crave for certain food(s) for a day/week(s) so I’ll incorporate,(re)create/research different dishes in the meals I make to satisfy my tastebuds & the fat kid inside as well ;)) while staying within the budget and save for I do believe being healthy is a choice and lifestyle that doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive.Make mental notes/jot the price range of produce/products I buy(keep receipts) and watch out for sales.

      Now about time I quite suck at managing it but everything’s a working progress as I try,learn new things every single day about life and throughout life,keep experimenting,challenging myself to spice things up! add color and flavors in everything I do and balancing schedules,work load,study,exercise,maintain focus is a lot of hard work but worth every sweat and effort!

      When it comes to investments I’d like to spend more quality time with family and friends. I also love to read!so books! to read lots of it as much as possible whenever I got free time for literature is such an amazing thing,it offers wisdom, guidance also a good source of enlightenment and so much more!Never stop improving! I’d also like to travel around the world with the money I save and trade it in with awesome life experiences as they say traveling broadens the mind. Aspire and be the person I want to be (the best version of me).Inspire others and make a difference! those are some of the things I plan to do/did in order to redesign my life ^_^

      kimcuasay(at)gmail(dot)com

      P.S
      When I saw this recipe I thought about Green eggs and ham by Dr. Seuss XD

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    1. Patrishia Joy F. Reytana December 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Hello, I’m Patrishia but my friends call me Pat Joy for short and I’m 16 years old. Recently, I joined my school’s varsity in badminton, hoping that it can help me get healthier for a change. I was always commented by mom before that I look too chubby for my age, which I believed and later on, decided to change my lifestyle and involve myself in a sport that i have always been interested in. It has been a couple of months and I have been improving with the sport. It greatly improved my cardio and am able to work longer than before. I haven’t played officially for the school but this is a start. I have been diligent in my training and it payed well for my benefit. Now, my mom doesn’t tease me anymore. Also, i have learned to control my eating habits. It’s a very nice way to start a new healthy life ^^

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    1. Reynold Curampez December 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Coming from a not so well family my mother would sometimes cook us eggs and for a whole week with instant noodles. I would eat a lot of rice so I would be full with a little amount of ‘ulam’. So I became big. I became a bully. I would get take food from my classmates who have ‘baon’ like chicken nuggets because I thought food would make me happy. High school came I became skinny because of the unhealthy work habits. I am now in my masters degree and having a pro active life is very hard. Sometimes I would write my diet plan on a piece of paper but then lose it or sometimes even forget it.
      I will now strictly follow my diet and exercise plan. I just recently learned how to swim and next up is how to ride a bike. To able to fit into those fitting jeans is my main goal since baggy pants are no longer sold that much. I will try to join at least one marathon before I go to the US for my thesis study. Hoping that i will be able to resist all the fatty food there.

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    1. Mark David Siervo December 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Being a 22 year old, 190 pound civil engineer standing at 5 feet 8 inches, I knew then that I was overweight, but I always made excuses not to make a move about it.

      July this year, our building was just about to start construction. I then had this crazy bet with myself that before our building is complete, I should have reached my fitness goals as well. I enrolled in a gym and I went there every night. The same way I monitored our construction progress every week, I monitored my weight loss progress as well by creating an Excel file and doing weekly weigh ins. As our building became higher, I became closer to my goal.

      I started watching shows like “The Biggest Loser”, read blogs like “The Fat Kid Inside” and followed Instagram accounts showing healthy meal ideas so that I will know what I needed to do in order to continuously hit my weekly target of two pounds weight loss the same way we have weekly targets in construction. I started cooking my own meals and made perhaps one of the most difficult transitions I ever did in my life by taking rice, bread and softdrinks out of my diet. It was very difficult during the first three days because my job demanded me to have energy to be able to manage construction activities. But then, my body was able to adapt and I just suddenly found not craving for carbs anymore.

      Our project is currently at the 8th floor and we have 8 more floors to go before our target project completion in July next year so I should have also reached my goal of being 145 pounds by then. I’m happy that I’m losing 3 pounds on average per week and people around me are noticing the difference and that keeps me motivated.

      Sometimes we just need to challenge ourselves, make a bet and WIN.

      About me: 22 year old civil engineer working for Rockwell Land

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    1. Maria Rianne Verzo December 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Being a thyroid cancer survivor for 12 years made my journey a constant challenge to better myself. To redesign my life, is to first admit my weak points and start from there. A very stressful life from dental school with zero exercise and a diet filled with unhealthy food were detrimental to my over all well-being. The cancer was an eye-opener and a blessing at the same time. Yes, I fought a good fight, but to re-design my life, I need to push harder. It needs to be an
      everyday battle. Re-focusing my goals, putting a stop on my own negativity and being an example of change are the things I try to follow. I run 5x a week, I eat healthy, I do not let heavy work in my dental clinic become my life. I’ve tried wall climbing, bungee jumping, mountain climbing, spelunking and will try many adventures for as long as I live. A testament to a life that made a 360 degree turn is something that humbled me. I will continue to share this journey to inspire others to live more.

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    1. Pauline Avelino December 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      hi there!

      well, my name is Pauline and i’m an 18 year old Multimedia Student from Mapua Institute of technology, i am also a freelance photographer/graphic designer and occasionally an video editor. i try to juggle my time wisely between school, work, friends and family, unfortunately i dont do so well in managing my time that sometimes i neglect some of my responsibilities. its really hard to find the balance that i need in order to accomplish the tasks that i need. i go to school from mondays to fridays and occasionally i have sunday classes then in between those times that i dont do school works, i take up freelance work to earn extra cash. in all the time that i’ve been bombarded with school deadlines, client demands and my social life the best strategy that worked for me is that i learned how to prioritize the things that are most important.

      of course i have to prioritize my studies before my freelance work so i try to create a “to do list” and post it in my cork board and i cross out the thing that i have finished then after i’ve done those i would normally take a job or two of freelance work and finally i would allot time for my family. this system really works for me because i can see my progress and i can plan ahead what other things i would do. another thing that worked for me is scheduling my time, i try to set alarms on my phone’s calendar which tells me that i need to do this certain task at a certain time. i really helps me accomplish a lot of things and keep me being productive.

      being organized is really the key in having an ordered life. if we know our priorities and we know which one to do first and not procrastinate, we would be able to do more and excel more in the things we do. re-organizing life is not easy, but i think with the help of the people around you, you get this sense of fulfillment that not all your efforts are wasted.

      so, in redesigning my life, i only want to be the best that i can and to see my efforts be turned into something more. i need to be my own inspiration in the things that i do. like the lyrics of the song(this song is the anthem of my life, as of now) TITANIUM says….

      “i’m bulletproof, nothing to lose, fire away….shoot me down but i wont fall cause’ i am TITANIUM”

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    1. Micha Tolentino December 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      People say that I’m too young to be set in her ways. I have always played everything safe. I always order the same drink at the local cafe, wear simple styles when it comes to clothes (staying away from too bright colors), take the same route to school everyday and prefer to simply agree to whatever is being said. I try to blend in with the the woodwork as best as I could. I have never dared to walk on the wild side or try to live as if there was no tomorrow for making mistakes.

      Change is sometimes unpredictable.

      Change is a big step for a person whose life is routinely done on a day to day basis.

      In order to reinvent myself I should not fear or be wary of change. I should try new things but not over do it. I could start with the little things like trying a new blend, taking an alternate route to school and try to mix and match.

      Taking chances makes life more interesting. It makes us who we are. With that being said, I should be more fearless and confident with who I really am. I am not just speaking for myself but for others like me.

      We need to get out of our comfort zone in order to grow and change. Sometimes it will work out and sometimes it won’t. This is how we learn and grow stronger. When we decide to play it safe, we could just as well say that we are satisfied with just standing in the wing, watching life pass you byl. We think that we are as good as we are going to get. We cannot get any better than we are. This is the wrong way to do things. We must not limit ourselves. We must go beyond the norm. That way, we get results that will make us more than what we thought ourselves capable.

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    1. Kenneth Rola December 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      I have always been what I thought was active. A year ago I even signed up for one of those training sessions to prepare myself for running long distances. However, it seemed that no matter how much I ran, I didn’t lose any weight. I felt pretty good, but I was still overweight (180 pounds). The fact is I take medication for high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. If I were to graph the blood chem numbers over the years, the result would look like the yearly stock market report. Unpredictably up and down.

      I finally got the courage and asked my doctor if there could be another reason to my lack of success in weight management. I did not like his answer. In a condescending tone, he told me to lose weight, I had to take in fewer calories than I burned. No kidding, Doc! So in order to prove that my non-success was due to something out of my control (the “blame everything other than yourself” approach), I started to keep track of what I was eating. At the same time, I was running, I joined different races that had me running distances anywhere from 5K to 21K. Lo and behold, I began to lose weight. But not much.

      Then I saw these guys on TV wearing very tight clothing that were swimming, running and biking. I then thought “these guys are nuts!” imagine swimming then cycling THEN running for miles non stop and at the same time! at first I was skeptical because the distance overwhelmed me then one event led to another I found myself curious about that sport for the “brave”. so with my trusty generic bike I added cycling to my discipline. To start, I’m a mediocre athlete or an average joe if you might say, I don’t have much experience swimming but I’m very fond of running since that has an effective weight loss program for me. I’ve spent at least 6 hours per week in the pool trying to avoid looking too bad as I flopped along in the water. I knew it would be difficult to join the ranks and being called a triathlete, it was a mountain I have yet to conquer. As motivation, I saw Kuya Kim Atienza, he was my inspiration to TRI because he embodied that there is no excuse if you want to TRI, Everyone can be an athlete if they really worked hard for it (That kept my passion burning towards achieving what was once a couch potato’s dream) I looked at the workouts on Youtube (Yes I was really that noob), bought books, imitated other athletes and started training myself. Between various diets and rigorous exercises, the weight really started coming off. So did pants sizes, my large sized shirts became medium! (hooray!).

      Since then I have joined a triathlon training group (Team Triaholix) to further sharpen my skill as a triathlete and as a person. I plan to do 3 sprint distances and move the benefit distance from a sprint to Olympic distance this 2014. My success at weight loss has inspired some people around me like my number 1 fans (mom&dad) who got also active. Some have been inspired to take up running and triathlons, others have been curious as well asking me the same questions I have been asking before I started to TRI. By the way, the success is not being measured in body weight alone. I went to the doctor yesterday and my blood pressure was 110/70 and my pulse was 60 and my body weight is 168lbs and currently training for my 2014 Triathlon races. In the end you really have that point where you stop and check yourself before you wreck yourself. Its the choices we make that defines what will be our design in the future :]

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    1. Rondell Julian manalo December 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Let me break it down on how will I redesign my Life, redesigning my life takes a lot of discipline and of course willingness to move forward to the courses of life, A great man once said “You cannot climb up the ladder, unless, you are willing to.”
      In any aspects of life, Motivation takes a big part of it. Like for example, I chose to take part in this contest because winning a Samsung galaxy note 3 motivates me. Another part is getting organized and Time management, When I was younger I wake up, eat, sleep, play and exercise whenever I want to. The results are bad. Getting low grades at school and negative things that make me change my life. Finally, I graduated college at the age of 19 with good grades. Right now, I am still fighting my way to redesigning my life. Changing my mindset also takes part of this; I always think of positive things, I don’t let negative things affect me. I am now in search of a Job, and despite of rejections I had. I always keep moving forward and I am thankful that I found this website and of course the story of Erwan, this serves as an Inspiration to me. I got to say that redesigning my life takes a lot of effort and guts, at first it’s hard, but it’s achievable.
      (Julianmanalo@rocketmail.com)

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    1. George Carlos H. Pastor December 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I’m a fat kid not just on the inside, but on the outside as well.

      I used to weigh 210 lbs, but I managed to drop down to 170 when I joined the Judo varsity back in college. It was a wonderful feeling of having my body move the way I wanted to, my mind was more focused and reacted faster, and I had a healthy self-image all through out.

      After graduation, however, work started to change all that. I have since regained all the weight that I lost, and it has made me feel insecure again about myself. I feel lethargic, and just prone to getting tired all of the time. I used to blame it on food because I just kept eating all of these fatty dishes, with lots of pork and just everything deep fried. What I forgot from my fit and healthy days was not that you had to starve yourself to get thinner, but to love myself to know that what I choose to binge on would come back to haunt me later on. I could still enjoy great tasting, mouth-watering dishes, but I just had to be smart about it.

      1) Know what goes in to your plate. It’s not just about eating whatever as long as it tastes good.
      2) Don’t over eat. After a while, that third slice of red velvet cake isn’t gonna taste as good as the first.
      3) Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra to get better quality food. Fine, you save money by eating at the corner karinderya, but you have no idea how they prepare their food.
      4) Exercise. It feels less guilty to have a cheat day than a cheat week, month, or year(…s)

      That’s my 4-step plan of redesigning myself, but still managing to enjoy the wonderful world of food!

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    1. Anna December 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I would be real. I would not be a cheapskate and covet the Samsung phone. I would eat whatever I want and not feel guilty. I would never go on a diet again. I would never be jealous of the prettier person. I would not strive to be 100% perfect. I would not hope to be the idealized version of myself and imagine what I would look like as Miranda Kerr. I would live in this body, right now, loving and appreciating it. I would not judge others for their choices. I would live as a FREE SPIRIT HIPSTA. Sometimes healthy, sometimes naughty, always happyyyyy ;)

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    1. alex December 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Working in a BPO industry often gives you negative aura rather than good vibes which often result to
      UNWANTED STRESS. Before, I used to drink a lot, smoke a lot, curse a lot, eat a lot of chips, spending my income on things I don’t really need, giving my parents a lot of consumision.

      Until one day, sometime in November, I found myself inside the hospital. Diagnosed with pneumonia and mild tuberculosis. My parents world shrunk into pieces because of the medical bills, yeah the company paid for the hospital expense, but the medication is way too high. From the lanky 85lbs, I turned into a monster with 156 lbs. I had triple chins, a belly fat that only beer boys only have.
      In short, I was a mess. I feel so terrible. I knew I let myself and my parents down.

      This year, I started to re-design myself actually. I started enrolling in yoga and boxing sessions. Last August, I bought a folding bike. Every time, I find the urge to drink/smoke, I just save the money so I can buy myself a proper running and bike shoes. I get the inspiration from my brother who was a heavy drinker and smoker as well but right now, he is already a registered contender for IRON MAN 2014.

      I rarely eat meat, in fact, I’m now Allergic to chicken. It’s been 1 1/2 years since I’ve eaten in Mcdonalds, Jollibee, KFC and Burger King. I replaced my unhealthy diet from fridge to plate.

      I accompany my Mom every Sunday to Taichi Lessons and continue to consume Organic food.

      If I were to re-design myself more..

      1.) I will stop procrastinating. Instead of saying ” i’ll just do it tomorrow” I’ll make sure I’ll get it done today.

      2.) Instead of seeking alcohol for problems, I will just continue to do yoga lessons, meditations for inner peace. Maybe a visit to Church once in a while will do good.

      3.) I will get a passbook for my savings. And will just use the ATM for the expenses, So I can track my monthly expenditures, that way I can save for the future. So my parents can retire already, since they are already in their 60s.

      4.) I will spread love and positive vibes at work. Will smile more.

      5.) I will explore new places, experiment with new things that way I will learn something new everyday.

      6) Finally, I will love myself more. And will be an inspiration to others.

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    1. Jhenny December 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      With the fast-paced environment we are currently living in, there are different tasks that we must fulfill. I, myself, need to fulfill all these demanding tasks. Most of the time, due to improper time management, I neglect some other things in order to prioritze another one. If there’s one thing that I neglected the most this semester, it’s proper eating/diet. Since my schedule doesn’t know the word “break”, I have to endure hours and hours of lectures without eating. My Tuesday and Thursday classes start at 10:30am and ends at 6:00pm. I’m not a morning person so I always wake up with the exact time to prepare for the day. I always leave our house without even grabbing a bite. And like what I said, I’m not a morning person so I always feel full in the morning even if i haven’t eaten any food. I want to redesign my life by starting to manage my time properly, especially because I’m negelecting something important, which is to eat properly. I will gradually try to wake up earlier than what I am used to and I will also eat first thing in the morning. I know at first, it will be hard to get used to eating breakfast but like what we all know, it’s the most important meal of the day. I also feel like I easily lose my focus during my classes especially on the subjects I have at the end of the day. I think it will be better if I start the day right. I’m a scholar at the university I’m currently studying in so studies is really an important part of my daily life. I think that in order to be able to study well, I must eat properly and not just being able to eat breakfast but also to be able to eat foods with proper nutrients. I am currently trying to seclude myself with junk foods. But since I only started last week, I still have my “cheat day”, which is every Friday. I only eat my all-time favorite chips on this day. Slowly, I’m lessening the junk foods and hopefully, I’ll be able to completely remove it in my system. After all, health should be prioritized.

      Redesigning your life isn’t easy so you have to do it gradually. You have to bear with it in order to achieve your desired consequences. I think I’m starting very slow but hopefully everything will work out as planned.

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    1. daryl monteron December 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Let me share you my story. Just a week ago I visited a hospital for a check up as i was experiencing stomach pain. I was hesitant kase alam ko at takot ako sa mga malalaman ko when it come to result. Hindi nga ako nagkamali bukod sa stomach ache and after all the lab test lumabas lahat ang bad news. Hypertension, Cholesterol and Uric Acid is too high, def a bad news for me and my mom. Alam ko naman na it would lead to that result kase I know from myself am not living healthy. I am a smoker and drinker at the same time which i am not proud of. Sabe nga ng doctor wala akong karapatan magkaroon ng mga sakit na gnon kase am just 27, and mayaman daw ako kase my pambisyo ako so ngayon daw gamot na ang magiging bisyo ko. It was harsh pero truth hurts sabe nga.

      Redesigning my life? Super not a good idea for me pero I want to live and I don’t want to die young. Alam ko sa sarili ko kung ano ang tama at mali pero i still go with the “mali” bec. that makes me happy. Having a group of friends who is drunkards and smokers as hell was not that fun in the real world if i may say, but nevertheless i still consider them as friends eventhough hindi nila masyado tanggap un pagiwas ko. Pero they are glad that am doing ok and out of hospital. Gradually what i did is to start eating healthy kahit masuksuka na ko sa mga veggies na pinapakaen sken. I know am not a veggie and fruit fan pero kailangan eh. i am on my 7th day veggie and fruit diet, slowly i am accepting it. I have must and I have too. What i learn from this experience is its ok to say No as long as its for your own good and would not hurt anyone. Hindi naman ako mayaman to afford being on the hospital and buying those expensive meds. salamat lang sa work ko at my healthcard. I am just thankful kase its not late for me to change. I know i can do it. I just need to learn to love them and appreciate life in a healthier perspective. :)

      Salamat sa website mo brader- though medyo nahirapan akong gayahin un ibang recipe atleast i can get a lot of healthier recipe na pwede kong i-twick! :P

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    1. Kate Torres December 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Hi I’m Kate and currently a university student, which is another way of saying that I AM NOT HAVING A GOOD LIFESTYLE. I mean, I am the one who never found the time to eat breakfast nor lunch, and not to mention dinner, because I had to be a student 24 hours a day, 7 freaking days a week, yes, that includes Sundays and Saturdays, for three consecutive years. I was once living healthily, exercising every day and is very watchful of whatever and whenever I ingest something in my body, but that was back when I had a lot of time to spare and so little worries to think about. But now, I just started to eat whatever I can reach and I can carry and sleep only whenever I feel very tired and the closest thing I have as exercise is going up and down the stairs of my school so as not to disturb my mantra of studying.
      Then just recently, I realized that I am clearly not doing it right when I got sick because apparently, I was not eating well. Stomach ache and hyperacidity has been very frequently occurring and I started to gain too much weight, my blood sugar shot very high, and I have developed a low-level anemia. That was then I sat down and thought about my body. I immediately started recall about the things I had been doing before and read about how I could incorporate it with my current fast-paced and very unhealthy lifestyle. I started learning the hectic yet healthy lifestyle of some famous people and eventually landed on “The Fat Kid Inside”.
      Inspired by this newfound guide and strength, I am currently starting to ReDesign everything that was wrong with the way I live and I must say, it takes a lot of effort and a lot of time but I have always been a strong believer that you can’t have anything without sacrificing something.

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    1. Mark Vincent Fajarda December 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      First off, I’m a designer by profession and a chef (wanna-be) at heart. Started designing when I was in high school and never stopped. I love rococo designs back then: ornate, (blah blah blah)… something unusual. Redesigning brands, logos, packaging, marketing collaterals is I say, what I do best. Redesigning brands is more than just changing logos or just renovating the store; it’s a holistic approach to change, you instil new ethos, new character, new culture to the brand.

      I used to be physically active and all that, it’s a cliché, but the rest is history… Working as a designer means sitting (or in my case lying down) for hours just for the creative juices to come together… I don’t know how this connects in redesigning myself, but it’s worth saying – I have very short attention span. I used to go to the gym, on and off since I started working, and interestingly, I gained weight instead. I have poor financial management, I entered graduate school and quit, I eat more than I work, I spend more than I earn, I stay up more than I sleep and my desk is cluttered.

      Redesigning the new me, must I emphasize, should be a holistic revamp. More than physical change, it’s more of a mind, body and soul thing of change. I tried starting on a new diet, started budgeting, trying to go back to my thesis work, and decluttering my desk, and it all comes back to where I was, all because it’s always a plan not a solution. Sometimes in life, you just gotta take a leap, move forward and never look back – that’s when I met CrossFit. And that’s how my ReDesigning Me starts. Just like how I redesigned numerous brands, and as the heart of design is: it should be well thought of and should be done with passion and heart.

      What I heard about CrossFit is that it’s extreme, it’s dangerous, it’s only for the strong, the fit, the elite. But lo and behold, I’m fat and I’m obnoxious (or maybe not so much), and I started doing CrossFit. What amazes me is the constantly-varied-you-just-need-to-keep-coming-back approach, and of course, what it’s famous for – the community. CrossFit is not just raising the bar, but most importantly raising the spirit of people; that we are only capable of the things we believe we can. And by lifting the spirit of a man, it expands the things he can do, like preparing my meals, so I can perform better (and spend less rather than eating out), limiting my expenses so I can give way to my supplements, things that I was just deigned to do, but slowly and surely, I begin to love doing it.

      I lost 20lbs (and counting). I am more financially stable (getting there – thanks for the DIY meals), hoping for financial freedom in the coming year. And hoping to enrol back to graduate studies next year, and of course organize what I put on my desk. Just like how I redesign numerous brands, from rococo, I now switched to minimalistic design – clean, straightforward, but all heart. All of this will be plans and nothing but plans without one word that would make it work – Discipline. It may not happen overnight, but as what good design is, it all takes time, focus and perseverance. I’m Mark Vincent Fajarda, designer, amateur photographer and videographer, Loki the cat’s dad, CrossFitter, computer geek, beloved son, brother, friend, student of life, and that’s the game plan! :)

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    1. Jaylor Barrientos-Lagnayo December 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Erwan! First of all, I want to thank you for creating this site “The Fat Kid Inside” because it is really helpful and very informative. By this, you promote health awareness through your menus and advise on proper diet. I visit this site regularly (I already bookmarked it in my browser..lol!), because I’m looking forward for your recipes that I also prepare for my family. So, thank you! Way to go! ;-)

      I’m an accountant by profession. I’m a mom and wife as well. I gained weight since I gave birth and my work doesn’t require much physical activity. I don’t have enough time to exercise because of many loads at work. I usually stay long hours to meet deadlines and I love to eat- eat as many as I can…

      But since I followed your account in Facebook and Twitter, I inspired by your recipe videos and weight loss techniques or guide to healthy diet. I have opted to live the life that I want– to live longer, to bring back the confidence in me and to make my family healthy, so I have started to ReDesign my life, my daily guide is your “Life Diet Rules” and the “Shopping List”. Moreover, I visit your website everyday to check new recipes that I can prepare for the entire family. I have also influenced my son and hubby to eat healthy foods. I’m really happy with that!

      I started to lose weight from your 7-Day Plan. Now, I’m even more inspired because I see the positive results. I’m also starting to exercise 3 times a week, I do the jogging every morning and dance zumba at home. I make sure that workout will never be compromised in spite of the busy schedules.

      I know I’m just starting to Redesign my life- my new “ME”..I am so thrilled..excited..inspired..persevere. I’m carrying a positive outlook to get this done. I guess, being happy in what you do is very important to be successful. I say YES to a healthier living!!! From that, I can say, I AM HAPPY..I have a long way to go. God bless me. More power to you ERWAN! More power to FAT KID INSIDE! Thanks a lot!

      Much love!!!!
      Jaylor Barrientos-Lagnayo

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    1. Rovel C. Geronimo December 14, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Good day everyone my name is Rovel C. Geronimo or you can call me Rob. I found

      this contest interesting so I gave myself a time to answer the question “How would

      you ReDesign your life, just as how I redesigned mine? What would you change

      and how would you do it?” And this is my simple answer for the question given by

      Sir Erwan Heussaff and Samsung Galaxy.

      “Past is past”, We always use this term everytime we regret for

      something. But by going deeper or scrutinizing things, even if we can’t

      bring back the past we can still have a new life, a new chapter and a

      new beginning; its by Redesigning our Life.

      Once upon a time, Utopia came into the world by introducing to us a

      perfect society. But, in the real world the existence of this is really

      impossible. How can we have a perfect state if we cant have perfect

      individuals in it. Yes, to redesign or to touch other lives we need

      first to make a realization in ourselves that we need to step up for

      something that could change ourselves.

      As being depicted in Yin Yang, this introduces as the two faces of life;

      the good and bad or the positive and negative. Change comes in two ways;

      first its from positive to negative and the other hand its from negative

      to positive. And in this article, definitely were pertaining to the

      latter. If I were to count my negative mental and moral qualities, even

      the number of both my fingers in my hand and feet wont be enough. But

      just to enlighten things here, if there is something i want to change

      it’s not one of my physical appearances because I’m not going to pursue

      with this for the sake of myself and also not to change for my character

      because I already possess the heart that empathizes others since the

      very beginning.

      The sole thing i want to change in myself is my intangible quality and

      that is my inability to become a genius. Being a genius not for myself

      but for others. Having the indispensable thoughts that could bring real

      change. If only I would be a genius, I can think of certain solutions.

      Concrete solutions that could not only solve my own problems but more

      importantly that could even give a helping hand to the mankind.

      Few months ago, my teenager life became extinct, and amidst still having

      a long run in life at this very point, there is the necessity to add my

      knowledge not only thru books but also thru expriences. As they say,

      experience as being the best teacher in life will allow us have a

      broader idea on what would be the do and dont’s for the next steps. And

      sharing these things to others can help them lessen the mistakes that

      they can commit.

      Having the heart that could understand others wont be suffice, it will

      only lead us to a poor outcome but linking this good heart to a fit mind

      that could think of ways on how to defeat problems, I believe Utopia can

      possibly exist. And from whom did I learn this thing? its from the only

      perfect presence I have ever known; and He is God. The One who teaches

      us that sacrificing an innocent body for others is the most intelligent

      and heart warming thing that we could bring to this world.

      -ROVEL C. GERONIMO

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    1. Raffy Jay Manla December 14, 2013 at 12:42 am

      When I was much younger and BIGGER, I thought that having excellent grades and being good to people were enough reasons to be happy. But then I was wrong. My journey to change started when I went out of my comfort zone.

      Being part of the creme dela creme section of a public school exposed me to the world of intellectual students, but it also created a limitation to my social horizon. This set-up continued until college, since most of my classmates in High School pursued a career in NURSING. I did not have to adjust to people, since they were the same ones I had known since forever. Then we graduated and had our own jobs.

      I was then exposed to different people of different backgrounds and different ages. Adapting to my new environment without anyone I knew of around was like a trial and error. I really felt the need to communicate with them. There were things they would do, that I wasn’t comfortable doing, that I did for the sake of being wanted. Those things included partying at night. Then as time passed by, I realized that expanding my social network didn’t mean compromising my ego integrity. I realized that I had to be open-minded, but at the same time be cautious in being too permeable.

      Then I found my new friends (without forgetting the old ones). I had been content with my new found life, until I saw myself in the mirror – fat and old. I was that centrally obese person (Imagine a potato with stick limbs). Because of that, I redesigned my life once more into changing the fat kid since birth into a healthy and active person. I read nutritional books, experimented on my diet and engaged myself into heart-bursting cardio and muscle-torturing toning exercises. The journey was not easy. And still not is. Choosing to be fit is choosing to change the lifestyle. In 9 months I was able to lose 34 pounds.

      If there’s one thing I’d like to redesign, that would be my being “contained”. I am not well traveled, and I want to be explore the world mentioned in the books I read. Can you imagine? I haven’t been to Boracay or Palawan or to other places in the Philippines. I want to see them on my own yes and not from the eyes of my parents. I think a Galaxy Note 3S could be a good partner.

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    1. Raffy Jay Manla December 14, 2013 at 12:45 am

      When I was much younger and BIGGER, I thought that having excellent grades and being good to people were enough reasons to be happy. But then I was wrong. My journey to change started when I went out of my comfort zone.

      Being part of the creme dela creme section of a public school exposed me to the world of intellectual students, but it also created a limitation to my social horizon. This set-up continued until college, since most of my classmates in High School pursued a career in NURSING. I did not have to adjust to people, since they were the same ones I had known since forever. Then we graduated and had our own jobs.

      I was then exposed to different people of different backgrounds and different ages. Adapting to my new environment without anyone I knew of around was like a trial and error. I really felt the need to communicate with them. There were things they would do, that I wasn’t comfortable doing, that I did for the sake of being wanted. Those things included partying at night. Then as time passed by, I realized that expanding my social network didn’t mean compromising my ego integrity. I realized that I had to be open-minded, but at the same time be cautious in being too permeable.

      Then I found my new friends (without forgetting the old ones). I had been content with my new found life, until I saw myself in the mirror – fat and old. I was that centrally obese person (Imagine a potato with stick limbs). Because of that, I redesigned my life once more into changing the fat kid since birth into a healthy and active person. I read nutritional books, experimented on my diet and engaged myself into heart-bursting cardio and muscle-torturing toning exercises. The journey was not easy. And still not is. Choosing to be fit is choosing to change the lifestyle. In 9 months I was able to lose 34 pounds.

      If there’s one thing I’d like to redesign, that would be my being “contained”. I am not well traveled, and I want to explore the world mentioned in the books I read. Can you imagine? I haven’t been to Boracay or Palawan or to other places in the Philippines. I want to see them on my own yes and not from the eyes of my parents. I think a Galaxy Note 3S could be a good partner.

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    1. Angela Mericci Mejia December 14, 2013 at 1:08 am

      I would re-design my life by getting out of my comfort zone and finding ways to incorporate my daily routine to fit the new lifestyle I’m aiming for. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been on the heavier side. I didn’t do much about it. I always made excuses. I didn’t want to workout. I resorted to unhealthy ways to get the weight off quickly but of course, to no avail. Just this year, I weighed my heaviest at 182 pounds. I’m only 5’3″ and that made me relatively obese. I have a very sedentary lifestyle. A good chunk of my day is spent sitting down while reading. Law school was often my excuse to eat and avoid working out. I would blame it on stress and being exhausted. Losing weight and being healthy were the least of my priorities. I already gave up and just told myself that I would have to live with it, learn to adapt. Just this August, I started counting calories. My dad wanted to lose weight and asked me to be his diet buddy. So I complied. Then I started losing weight. As of today, I’ve lost 32 lbs. Not yet my ideal weight but I’m getting there. Once I saw how fast the weight was coming off, I started feeling better. I suddenly realized that i wanted it. I really wanted to lose weight after all. I also started working out. I would do some cardio and just mix it up so I don’t get bored. I would incorporate reading and studying with working out. When I’m on the stationary bike, I put my book on top of the bike handle and read while doing my cardio. I also listen to audio codals, lectures and reviewers when I’m out swimming or jogging. That way, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on my readings when I’m working out. I get to maximize my time. I may still be in the process of re-designing my life but I’m glad I had the courage to start it. All I needed was to get out of my comfort zone, start something new and be creative!

      Thanks for being an inspiration Erwan!

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    1. Jemm de Leon December 14, 2013 at 3:45 am

      For 2013, I made the deicision to give yo softdrinks and even juices because of my acidity problems. There was even a time when I had really bad stomachaches because of it. I’d also experiencing nausea from time to time. We all love cold drinks, right? So you’ll understand how difficult it was to give them up. It’s almost been a year now and I am quite proud of myself. I am able to say no and stick to water even when I’m presented with an ice cold bottle of soda on a hot day. I honestly feel better about myself now.

      Now that 2014 is near, I have another step to take in order to redesign my life: getting more exercise. I’ve always been lazy. P.E. was my least favorite subject in school, too, so having a more active lifestyle is a huge undertaking. I’ve started going on jogs with my mother three times a week. I hope to keep doing this even after the new year. If I keep this up, I won’t get lectures from my father about exercising anymore. I think it’s a bonus aside from the health benefits. Haha!

      I know the things I’ve mentioned are probably just minor changes to some people, but I think starting slowly is key to transitioning to something long term. Hopefully, I’ll also get to make healthier tweaks on my diet as I redesign my life.

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      1. Jemm de Leon December 14, 2013 at 3:50 am

        For 2013, I made the deicision to give up softdrinks and even juices because of my acidity problems. There was even a time when I had really bad stomachaches because of it. I’d also experience nausea from time to time. We all love cold drinks, right? So you’ll understand how difficult it was to give them up. It’s almost been a year now and I am quite proud of myself. I am able to say no and stick to water even when I’m presented with an ice cold bottle of soda on a hot day. I honestly feel better about myself now.

        Now that 2014 is near, I have another step to take in order to redesign my life: getting more exercise. I’ve always been lazy. P.E. was my least favorite subject in school, too, so having a more active lifestyle is a huge undertaking. I’ve started going on jogs with my mother three times a week. I hope to keep doing this even after the new year. If I keep this up, I won’t get lectures from my father about exercising anymore. I think it’s a bonus aside from the health benefits. Haha!

        I know the things I’ve mentioned are probably just minor changes to some people, but I think starting slowly is key to transitioning to something long term. Hopefully, I’ll also get to make healthier tweaks on my diet as I redesign my life.

        (please ignore my previous post. It had so many errors no thanks to autocomplete.)

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    1. Anthony Nash De Leon December 14, 2013 at 3:53 am

      For almost two years, I’ve been working in front of my laptop, sitting for a whole day to do my job. My friends are in Manila, I’m in the province. I don’t go out of the house very much unless I’ll do the grocery or go to the church. I’ve been pretty much static. Don’t get me wrong because I’m not fat but I think I’m not physically fit. My asthma strikes when I least expect it, I think my eyes are not as strong as they were and I feel really lethargic. I mean my life in the province has been very laid back and too lax. I want to change that next year. I want to be more active, go out often to enjoy what’s beyond the four corners of our house, get to meet new people, have a healthy lifestyle and do all those other YOLO activities that e everybody wants to do. Next year, I’m planning to try and roam around the whole country and start locally because there are still a lot of hidden gems here in our country where I and many Filipinos have not been to yet. I’m also going to return to school next year and pursue a higher degree and start fulfilling one of my greatest dreams of becoming a good lawyer, not great, but good. Since I’ll be returning to Manila, and since I love doing the grocery by myself, I’ll make better choices with my selection of ingredients, or I can have my fresh vegetables come from the farmers in Tarlac. Since I don’t know how to ride a bicycle I’ve already asked my siblings to buy me one so that I can use it as a means of transportation. I know that learning how to ride a bike is quite late, but as they say, you can always teach a dog new tricks, except I’m not a dog but I’m a fast learner. Also, my parents are always pigging me, making me eat anything they bring since they say my metabolism is still fast and I still don’t get fat even if I eat four to six cups of rice every day, so I’ve been starting to do research for recipes that I can start doing. Specifically, I’ve been looking for recipes that are beneficial for my mom who’s diabetic and has thyroidism so I can cook healthy food for her. I guess this is pretty much how I’ll be redesigning my life next year. Maybe you’d think it’s all over the place but I’m pretty much like that, a crazy, weird, and mysterious individual who has at least 10 true and real friends minus one after getting his angel wings a few months back. So yeah, I guess that’s it, plus I’d really like to have a Samsung note 3 , so please pick me! *desperate*

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    1. Alyssa Mercene December 14, 2013 at 4:35 am

      Hi Erwan! I’m 20. This is my first year at work. I am an honest anorexic person since high school.. (And I don’t know if anyone ever noticed that. Of course I don’t tell people. Until now…) Whenever I eat even just the right amount of food, I become fat easily.. I become ugly. I become too emotional whenever someone calls me fat.. And I am. I am always fat. My cheeks are saggy as well as my arms and legs. I am very insecure.. I can not eat for some days. (This is my top secret, yet I announced it here in your blog hahaha)But now, I realized that I am beautiful as I am. I don’t need to be hungry for days to become beautiful. I became more indulged in sports (badminton and running) this year, and I felt that I am not the same “fat kid” anymore. And as I redesign myself this 2014, I will be happier with the love I get from my family and friends. It doesn’t matter anymore if I look fat. I know I’m beautiful. I will care less on how people see me. I will exercise and eat healthy not for the eyes of others but for me. :) My “fat kid” is still inside me. Still with a constant fight with her every now and then. And in this comment section where I know I will never get noticed, I swear to God with all the angels in heaven and all the readers and people aspiring for that Galaxy Note3, hahaha, that I will not engage myself in anorexic activities anymore. Amen.

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    1. Kevin B. Pineda December 14, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Unfortunately today, there’s so many choices and so many elements in our modern life. Redesigning once life, isn’t that easy. We must first find the perfect tool to accompany us with our task.
      That tool maybe a gadget, a plan, or etc.

      The Solution, choosing things that are simple, easy and the most suitable in everyday task and even our longtime goals.

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    1. Jethro Parco December 14, 2013 at 7:29 am

      Here’s my answer to the question: How would I redesign my life?
      I would redesign my life by redesigning other people’s lives or at least influence them to redesign their life for the better. I’m very much particular to those people who have been damaged by a lot of different hardships and struggles in life. We have different versions of our battle against life’s misfortunes, but no matter how highly contextual or different that is for all of us, we ended up in the same unfavored position; we have been scarred, wounded and hurt. We lost so many but we still have one another and especially The One who created us.

      ReDesigning my life by changing my lifestyle, my physical appearance, my home, or my diet is not really my goal. Even going through an overhaul of my life would not suffice my goal to ReDesign my life. As I have mentioned, I would like to start off by ReDesigning other people’s lives.
      But what will I change and how will I do it?
      I will change my soul. Be inspired and inspire other people.
      A general statement it may seem but I would like to specify it by starting off with some points.
      - Care for others. Manifested publicly or not, it feels good to show that you care for others. But how would i do it? By giving hope and inspiration to other people escpecially to those who are going through a lot of difficulties. I would continue my pledge of donating blood whenever I can. Giving more than I could give materially and emotionally by becoming a volunteer for social works and continue to inspire other and make them happy through my music one proximity at a time.
      - By caring for the environment. We all have the same niche and our only niche; there’s no replacement for this, there’s only fixing and restoring it. Sometime even the smallest things make the greatest impact right? Right now, I’m starting to separate wastes that can be withered and those that can be used in the future. Bringing my own bag to shop also saves plastic. Plus the overall comprehensive conservation of resrouces such as energy, water, and even food.
      - Inspiring other people to have the same passion. Because doing these myself makes a great impact, but influencing other people to do the same makes a greater impact. That’s why I took up Development Communication as a course at the University of the Philippines Los Banos in order to have the knowledge and wisdom in communication tools in promoting social change. And I’m glad that I could use my knowledge to it to ReDesign other people’s lives.
      - Lastly, stick with people who care for other people. It doesn’t literally mean proximally or physically close to them but being inspired and adoring their passion that leads to imitating them is the best way to explain it. One of a good example is Mr. Erwan Heussaff, I’ve been following his works and passion for food, healthy lifestyle as well as the environment that’s why I can proudly say that he has helped me ReDesign my life. And that’s the way I want it to go. Strengthening my connections and networks to other people would make it possible and would mean a lot to be inspired from them and inspire other people as well.
      I believe that these simple changes would redesign other people’s lives and would surely redesign my life. That’s it! ReDesign other’s, ReDesign You, ReDesign the world!  Thank you!

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    1. LORD ANTHONY M. BACULI December 14, 2013 at 8:06 am

      BIG THANKS thefatkidinside for this dish. Well’ i have to say that I just started REdesigning my life. Since I finished my nursing degree I focused on earning money to support myself and family because during that time my father left us. So as the eldest male in the family I took responsibility to provide almost all the needs of my family. I wanted to help my mother bring my younger brother in school. I could not rely much on my other sibling because that time they were not really earning much. To cut the story short I did not pursue the career I want, which is to work in the hospital as a staff nurse.FYI: for one to become a staff nurse in the Philippines he/she must serve as a trainee or a volunteer for 6 enduring months without any pay. Sometimes you even have to pay to become a trainee/volunteer without an assurance of a regular position after that period. So instead I opted to work in the University as a college professor,which I think I am also capable of because of my good college credentials. I knew that in this way I’ll be earning a good amount of money, enough to help my mother. Time went so fast that I haven’t even realized that I’ve been dragging myself to work everyday. After my brother graduated in college, I helped him set up his own business to start with. Thinking that my family now is able to enjoy a better life I finally decided to run after my passion. My passion to serve people with infirmity. And now I am currently working as ambulance nurse and trying to cheat life by responding in any emergency case outside the hospital. I may not be working in the hospital but for sure I am enjoying what I do. It doesn’t matter to me now if I am only receiving 1/8 of the paycheck I used to get in the university, so long as I cherish every moment at work or should I say hobby. The happiness that I feel now can never be bought by any amount of money.

      This is how I redesigned my life in my own way thru God’s guidance:) It is never too late for me to start gain. I’m no longer afraid to start from a clean slate. After this I know that I’ll be seeing a very good masterpiece, masterpiece of life.

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    1. PJ A. PILLONAR December 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      “How would you ReDesign your life, just as how I redesigned mine? What would you change and how would you do it?”

      Hello there in the Philippines The Fat Kid Inside – Mr. Erwan Heussaff!

      That is really a perfect Question for me because I am now totally changing my lifestyle. Especially that I am now leaving alone and working at the same time here in the Middle East. In my three (3) months of stay here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I noticed that most Pinoy’s here are fat or has a very obvious tummies. In my observation, that is because we are just so hard-working to earn a living just to support our family back there in PH, so we forgetting ourselves to eat healthy and on time, to exercise or simply to have a balanced life. We are just focusing on duties at work and while at home/room, we are just on our computer/laptop to communicate with our loved-ones, FB, Messaging, Skyping & Watching Youtube all night long. And this was all freaks me off!
      So now, I come up with my own routines to fight these monster & unhealthy living. Here are my daily routines/activities from home to work & vice versa to ReDesign my life:

      4AM: Wake-Up Call & Time for my Morning Exercise.
      5AM: Cooking/Preparing & Eating My Breakfast (It must be healthy! preferred: Oats, fresh fruits, egg, wheat bread only).
      6AM: Time to Freshen-UP and be ready for my 7:30AM call time for work (KSA time).
      7AM: Off to Office for 7:30AM call time for work (here I am 3 streets away from my office so another walking exercise to exert. Feels good! ;)).
      7:15AM: Now at work without any pressures on whatever the situation maybe. Hahaha ;)
      7:30AM-12NN: Official hours of work. No breaks in here. But i take the time to drink and bring some Almond nuts/wheat biscuits to chew while doing my works.
      12NN-1PM: We’re given a 1HR break for lunch. I just go back to my house to prepare/cook my healthy lunch and eat it. (preferred: Fish, Vegetables and some meat if needed).
      Note: I was inspired by your Couli-Rice, so I cook my own version of that with a twist. Exactly for my Papa’s Birthday! here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202761971914050&set=a.1198032034603.2029745.1342580253&type=1&theater

      1PM: Be at the office again.
      1PM-6PM: Another Official time for work.
      6PM: Going Home
      6:15 or 6:30PM: Now at home and preparing my dinner. (It must be not so heavy. Fish, Vegetables and Fresh Juices only.)
      7PM: “Me” time. (Relax Time).
      7:30PM: Doing my late 30min. exercise to cut the fats.
      8PM: Be Online to update my family & friends back in PH.
      9PM: “Me” time again. (Freshen-Up & Relax Time).
      10PM: On my precious time to sleep (Just to cover the 6hrs required sleep)
      Note: Much better to take an early sleep once have any adjusted time.

      These are the routines that I am timely doing and this is my definition of How I ReDesign my Life.

      This is PJ ALFELOR PILLONAR, 26 years old from Novaliches, Quezon City, but now working in Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

      You can reach me thru my e-mail add: pjpillonar@ymail.com ; my mobile#: +966553536877 / +966599871189 or message me thru my fb: https://www.facebook.com/pj.pillonar

      Hope for the win! ;)

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    1. Renz Delizo December 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      It’s never too late to change yourself, to redesign the things you are used to.

      After graduation, I started to work in the corporate world and been in the industry for more than a year now. Eight to nine hours sitting in front of the computer then another two to three hours sitting in the FX. That’s how I live my sedentary life everyday. Phasing in the job is fast so breakfast, lunch, and snacks should also be quick food. It is also the part of everyone’s life that their house just serves as a place to sleep and do nothing more, not even interacting with people.

      This is the thing I want to change. I desire a life where I am different from the society and do what others don’t. Just like what the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 did. Society dictates that a phone should only be 4-inch in size and an enormously sized phablet won’t work but look how far this device have come.

      So how will I be different? I will redesign my life goals, WRITE the points I want to do, FIND of the ways to make them, SCRAP what other people will say, grab every opportunity WINDOW that will open, and start taking ACTIONS. Similar on how Galaxy Note 3 did on its Air View Command.

      Specifically, the initial thing I might do is to create a really great plan to start a business venture, then quit my job, eat healthy, be active, and repeat until I die. Of course, I will try to influence others to do the same (not to quit their jobs but to redesign their lives and do activities out of their box and create something great out of themselves just like the new Galaxy Gear.)

      It’s funny how life is comparable with a phablet. Maybe because this Galaxy Note 3 is perfectly designed for every man.

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    1. Ruel Lazaro December 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      “CHANGE FOR THE BETTER NOT FOR THE WORST” this is my favorite quotation these days. To start the story, I’m just a typical teenage boy who doesn’t care about my health. Junk foods, Street foods, Soft drinks and all of those unhealthy foods are my best friends. When I say best friends it only means that I’m not just addicted to them but they are like my lifeline that when i stop taking these foods ill definitely stop breathing and literally die! I am also a “vampire teen” who are awake during night time and busy surfing the internet and when its already daytime, its the time for me to sleep. So everyone who knows me well is not surprised that I’m so thin and underweight. But everything change when I suddenly woke up and realized that I’m living and torturing my body so I planned to change. First, I surf the internet for tips in healthy living and done those things one step at a time. I focused first on eating proper or eating healthy foods, drinking milk ( which I really hate the most but later on im getting used to it ) and my best friends ( junk foods, soft drinks etc. ) are now my enemies! Next, I am now limiting the hours that i use the internet and made 9 pm my lights off time so I can have a 8-10 hours of sleep :) At first It was hard because I am not used on eating those foods and on sleeping early but there’s nothing hard if you really want to change for the better! Now I gained already 5 kilos and I’m happy about it.

      I wish you would pick me to be the winner of the Samsung galaxy note 3 + gear so that every time I use it I will remember to EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL AND LIVE WELL :) and it can help me a lot. Thank you for reading my story on how I CHANGE AND LIVE HEALTHY ! PLEASE PICK ME :) HI ERWAN, i hope to see u soon, You are an inspiration not only to those who are fat but also for a underweight like me! :) God Bless us all!

      Email: roellazaro@gmail.com

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    1. Ruel Lazaro December 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      How did I redesign my life ??? well here is my answer: “CHANGE FOR THE BETTER NOT FOR THE WORST” this is my favorite quotation these days. To start the story, I’m just a typical teenage boy who doesn’t care about my health. Junk foods, Street foods, Soft drinks and all of those unhealthy foods are my best friends. When I say best friends it only means that I’m not just addicted to them but they are like my lifeline that when i stop taking these foods ill definitely stop breathing and literally die! I am also a “vampire teen” who are awake during night time and busy surfing the internet and when its already daytime, its the time for me to sleep. So everyone who knows me well is not surprised that I’m so thin and underweight. But everything change when I suddenly woke up and realized that I’m living and torturing my body so I planned to change. First, I surf the internet for tips in healthy living and done those things one step at a time. I focused first on eating proper or eating healthy foods, drinking milk ( which I really hate the most but later on im getting used to it ) and my best friends ( junk foods, soft drinks etc. ) are now my enemies! Next, I am now limiting the hours that i use the internet and made 9 pm my lights off time so I can have a 8-10 hours of sleep :) At first It was hard because I am not used on eating those foods and on sleeping early but there’s nothing hard if you really want to change for the better! Now I gained already 5 kilos and I’m happy about it.

      I wish you would pick me to be the winner of the Samsung galaxy note 3 + gear so that every time I use it I will remember to EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL AND LIVE WELL :) and it can help me a lot. Thank you for reading my story on how I CHANGE AND LIVE HEALTHY ! PLEASE PICK ME :) HI ERWAN, i hope to see u soon, You are an inspiration not only to those who are fat but also for a underweight like me! :) God Bless us all!

      Email: roellazaro@gmail.com

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    1. Ruel Lazaro December 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      How did I redesign my life? well it goes like this: “CHANGE FOR THE BETTER NOT FOR THE WORST” this is my favorite quotation these days. To start the story, I’m just a typical teenage boy who doesn’t care about my health. Junk foods, Street foods, Soft drinks and all of those unhealthy foods are my best friends. When I say best friends it only means that I’m not just addicted to them but they are like my lifeline that when i stop taking these foods ill definitely stop breathing and literally die! I am also a “vampire teen” who are awake during night time and busy surfing the internet and when its already daytime, its the time for me to sleep. So everyone who knows me well is not surprised that I’m so thin and underweight. But everything change when I suddenly woke up and realized that I’m living and torturing my body so I planned to change. First, I surf the internet for tips in healthy living and done those things one step at a time. I focused first on eating proper or eating healthy foods, drinking milk ( which I really hate the most but later on im getting used to it ) and my best friends ( junk foods, soft drinks etc. ) are now my enemies! Next, I am now limiting the hours that i use the internet and made 9 pm my lights off time so I can have a 8-10 hours of sleep :) At first It was hard because I am not used on eating those foods and on sleeping early but there’s nothing hard if you really want to change for the better! Now I gained already 5 kilos and I’m happy about it.

      I wish you would pick me to be the winner of the Samsung galaxy note 3 + gear so that every time I use it I will remember to EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL AND LIVE WELL :) and it can help me a lot. Thank you for reading my story on how I CHANGE AND LIVE HEALTHY ! PLEASE PICK ME :) HI ERWAN, i hope to see u soon, You are an inspiration not only to those who are fat but also for a underweight like me! :) God Bless us all!

      Email: roellazaro@gmail.com

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    1. Ruel Lazaro December 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      How did I redesign my life ?

      “CHANGE FOR THE BETTER NOT FOR THE WORST” this is my favorite quotation these days. To start the story, I’m just a typical teenage boy who doesn’t care about my health. Junk foods, Street foods, Soft drinks and all of those unhealthy foods are my best friends. When I say best friends it only means that I’m not just addicted to them but they are like my lifeline that when i stop taking these foods ill definitely stop breathing and literally die! I am also a “vampire teen” who are awake during night time and busy surfing the internet and when its already daytime, its the time for me to sleep. So everyone who knows me well is not surprised that I’m so thin and underweight. But everything change when I suddenly woke up and realized that I’m living and torturing my body so I planned to change. First, I surf the internet for tips in healthy living and done those things one step at a time. I focused first on eating proper or eating healthy foods, drinking milk ( which I really hate the most but later on im getting used to it ) and my best friends ( junk foods, soft drinks etc. ) are now my enemies! Next, I am now limiting the hours that i use the internet and made 9 pm my lights off time so I can have a 8-10 hours of sleep :) At first It was hard because I am not used on eating those foods and on sleeping early but there’s nothing hard if you really want to change for the better! Now I gained already 5 kilos and I’m happy about it.

      I wish you would pick me to be the winner of the Samsung galaxy note 3 + gear so that every time I use it I will remember to EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL AND LIVE WELL :) and it can help me a lot. Thank you for reading my story on how I CHANGE AND LIVE HEALTHY ! PLEASE PICK ME :) HI ERWAN, i hope to see u soon, You are an inspiration not only to those who are fat but also for a underweight like me! :) God Bless us all!

      Email: roellazaro@gmail.com

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    1. Ruel Lazaro December 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      How did I redesign my life??

      “CHANGE FOR THE BETTER NOT FOR THE WORST” this is my favorite quotation these days. To start the story, I’m just a typical teenage boy who doesn’t care about my health. Junk foods, Street foods, Soft drinks and all of those unhealthy foods are my best friends. When I say best friends it only means that I’m not just addicted to them but they are like my lifeline that when i stop taking these foods ill definitely stop breathing and literally die! I am also a “vampire teen” who are awake during night time and busy surfing the internet and when its already daytime, its the time for me to sleep. So everyone who knows me well is not surprised that I’m so thin and underweight. But everything change when I suddenly woke up and realized that I’m living and torturing my body so I planned to change. First, I surf the internet for tips in healthy living and done those things one step at a time. I focused first on eating proper or eating healthy foods, drinking milk ( which I really hate the most but later on im getting used to it ) and my best friends ( junk foods, soft drinks etc. ) are now my enemies! Next, I am now limiting the hours that i use the internet and made 9 pm my lights off time so I can have a 8-10 hours of sleep :) At first It was hard because I am not used on eating those foods and on sleeping early but there’s nothing hard if you really want to change for the better! Now I gained already 5 kilos and I’m happy about it.

      I wish you would pick me to be the winner of the Samsung galaxy note 3 + gear so that every time I use it I will remember to EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL AND LIVE WELL :) and it can help me a lot. Thank you for reading my story on how I CHANGE AND LIVE HEALTHY ! PLEASE PICK ME :) HI ERWAN, i hope to see u soon, You are an inspiration not only to those who are fat but also for a underweight like me! :) God Bless us all!

      Email: roellazaro@gmail.com

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    1. Gamaliele Apalit December 15, 2013 at 1:50 am

      I would Redesign my life by being spontaneous. Saying yes to after work invites of friends and family; for a run in the oval, for a dinner date, for a drink, for a movie and for anything random. Since I have been living a routinary and sedentary lifestyle.

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    1. Tracy Jimenez December 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

      How would I Redesign my life?

      STOP.THE.BLAME.GAME.

      Because I know if I am not willing to ReDesign myself,
      No one can help me.
      But if I am determined to ReDesign myself,
      No one can stop me.

      I blame work & a busy family life for not taking charge of my health.
      I am overweight with an unhealthy lifestyle.
      I recognize this and should stop making excuses.
      The buck stops with me.
      And I can start by taking it it one.step.at.a.time.
      Nothing grand. Nothing drastic.

      Step 1: Seek support
      I know I cannot do this alone. I need help.
      I need to sit down and dialogue with my family.
      To define my goals and solicit their feedback and support.
      Maybe it can start by redefining our menu and our pantry.
      Eliminating the bad and introducing the good with our meals.

      Step 2: Let technology be my ally
      I have always wanted to try running, but I dont know where and how to start.
      But thanks to the countless apps available, I can now learn for free.
      I can also read and research various health websites online, to help me create a menu that is healthy, nutritious and kid friendly. And yes, be able to check the calories as well.

      Step 3: Make healthy eating and physical activity a habit
      Now that I know what I want and the resources I need to start.
      It’s time to put theory into practice.
      I can join a running club, opt to buy more fruits and vegetables, drink less soda etc.
      And because this is not a one shot deal, the list can be modified depending on my health goals.
      But for now, the goal is to lose the pounds and get some sweat going to eliminate the toxins in my body.
      And hopefully, see a happier, energetic and healtheir ME.

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    1. Yanika Sugatan December 15, 2013 at 4:07 am

      Thanks TheFatKidInside for the sweet potato pancakes dish, looks pretty delicious, i would love to cook it myself. :)

      As for the question above, I’m starting to redesign myself, again. Yes, again. Currently working on it. Well, 3 years back, i weighed 78kgs for a 5feet and 3inches woman, so just imagine how obese I am. I started to hit the gym once in a while and had my diet. I’m into fruits and veggies and eat any ulam that is available in our canteen. I stopped eating rice, I seldom eat breads and pastas. Since I am a nurse, I used our work place as my gym, we walked A LOT, carrying our patients from their bed to wheelchair, we changed diapers to heavy patients, so you see, a healthy spine is a major requirement to be a nurse. :) There’s this one time on my duty, a diabetologist made his rounds and I asked him regarding my diet, if it’s healthy and safe for me, and he said yes. Truly, it works! I lost 20kgs in 2 years. For the first six months, i don’t see any signs of improvement, but a year after, My uniform is so loose that I had it altered, my clavicles are visible and random friends, co-workers and my family said that I really lose weight and that I’m glowing. Those comments made me more inspired, disciplined and to continue on my routine. But last year, my boyfriend and I split up. I am so depressed that my life was almost ruined. I could’nt concentrate in my work that I had to file a leave or else I’ll end up terminated due to my absences and unfinished work at the end of our shift. I always go out and go home drunk. My parents don’t know about that though. I usually go out alone, had my moments in Luneta, and I’ll end up drinking in Mall of Asia. I’d rather go out than locking myself at home and cry all day and all night. There are days when I amost need to be admitted at the hospital due to my palpitations and episodes of difficulty in breathing. When I started to work again, I’m not motivated to continue with my diet anymore. I eat a lot, with junk foods in between meals, during my rest day I eat then sleep, and eat again. In 6months time, and I’m back with my old, heavy weight. I still had episodes of palpitations and difficulty in breathing, but it only takes a few minutes rather than before. I had to buy a new set of uniform because they don’t fit anymore and had my white pants ripped on duty when I sat on a chair. I feel so embarassed and ashamed. It’s a waking call for me, to bring back the diet that I abandoned for a year. I want to star again, to be inspired and loved again. I want my self-respect and self-discipline back. I need to be fit and healthy again.

      I am currently active in running and even joining on marathons. I even finished a 21 kilometer run with this weight of mine. I don’t feel those palpitations anymore when I started running. I think running is a good way to practice our heart, I recommend it to those who are also experiencing it like I was. I do watch your videos and even tried some recipes, i even made myself everytime I will be on my night duty. Thanks to you Mr. Erwann for being an inspiration, not just for me, but for everyone who is following you. And thank you for letting me share my story, at some point, I feel relieved. Winning a Samsung Note 3 with Gear for Christmas is like a blessing for me this year. :)

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      1. Yanika Sugatan December 15, 2013 at 4:13 am

        Sorry for the typo errors. Errr. :)

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    1. Archel Baricuatro December 15, 2013 at 4:44 am

      In my prep-school and grade school days, i consider myself not above to the other kids,i’m always on my lowest key, why? because of bullying, i felt boys and some girls in my grade school years doesn’t like me or hate me because I wasn’t that attractive, or there’s nothing special in me, i am so insecure at that time,because they always make me feel that I have no worth,they tease me around and bullied me.

      But when i started my high school years, changes slowly come in my life I out shined in class through perseverance and making my family as inspiration, i gained my confidence through friendship,that there is still people who will accept you for who you are. I learned that its hard to take grudges to the people who hurt you,but still you there are some problems that conflict my life but i manage it with maturity, reconciliation and open-mindedness.

      Now I am in college taking interior design course,i cannot deny that my personality and mind set when i was a kid, i still carry them. I am reDesigning my life like making renovation in an interior, that you have to look what’s on the existing, which good things to keep and what bad things to change or replace them. And then you have to make plans, concepts, goals and guidelines to achieve your desired interior, every detail you put in the interior affects it. just like every little decision or choices you make you must think if it is suitable or not, necessary or no function at all, because this will make the interior build and create its character and identity. And now I am taking one step at a time, I am gaining greater friends that can be there anytime, taking away the bad habits i got when i was a kid, making my life healthier and being positive with every problems i face.

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    1. christine gapulao December 15, 2013 at 5:19 am

      Said I want supercow than superman
      But truth is I want a man to save me more than a cow.
      Said I love cristina aguilera more than britney spears
      But here’s a thing I want to be LUCKY than to have a genie in a bottle.
      Said I wanna travel the world all by myself,
      But truth is I am afraid to conquer the world alone.
      I said I wanna be a cheerleader
      But hey I don’t even know how to cheer myself up. And I don’t know how to shout this line out “we’re cheerleaders we are cheerleaders.”
      Said I wanna be a vj
      But I do really want to be a writer and that’s for sure.
      Said I want to be like rebecca bloomwood, andy anderson or lizzie macguire ordinary people who became famous.
      Be like hanna montana who got the best of both worlds.
      Be like jamie sulivan who have landon carter
      Be like bella swan who have edward cullen.
      Sometimes maybe be like grabriella who found her troy through music or be like mitchie who found her so called favorite song shayne.
      Now here’s a thing guys, I am perfectly imperfect, but my dreams they are so perfect.
      All my life I wanted to be someone, be somebody.
      All my life I wanted these things, those things..
      Then I realized that all my life I forgot to be me. Just me.
      Now how will I redesign myself or my life? It by simply believing in ME! Believing in MYSELF. How will I do it? I need courage, confidence and I will start now by changing myself not for the benefit of others but for myself. Ill start by being healthy, physically fit and strong independent women :-) – Christine Gapulao here. christinegapulao@yahoo.com

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    1. Camille Mendoza December 15, 2013 at 6:23 am

      Hi, Erwan! My name is Camille, 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighing around 63kg (wow, can’t believe I just said that out in the open). Forgive my long post, but your videos struck me real hard today. I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life, criticized by everyone since I was a kid. I’m an introvert and I was never fully comfortable with my own skin. Tried losing weight, gaining it again.

      Believe it or not, I was just lead to your blog because of your video on how easy it is to lose weight.

      Watching your video couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I’ve been trying to pump myself up to lose weight for the past months, to no avail. I kept on saying to go on a jog the next morning but end up sleeping in because I always end up sleeping real late (always said I was an insomniac). I always end up saying I didn’t have time to work out because I spend roughly 4 hours a day commuting to a desk job. Always said I had to spend a lot to start working out. Always ended up eating “comfort food” to deal with stress. Always said PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is central to my obesity. Always defended that I was always the chubby girl. Always the fat kid, inside and out.

      Full of excuses, I know. And I’ve recently grown tired of it.

      I just came with the realization that I gained 7 kgs from my last attempt to lose weight. Last month, my period started becoming irregular again. And then I thought, this has to come to a full stop. No temporary measures. I seriously need this ReDesign that you were talking about. Not for aesthetics, more on for health.

      In order to ReDesign my life, I think it is essential to first ReDesign my mind. Figure out what makes me tick and how to change it. Discover my limitations and figure out how to overcome them.

      1. I need to be on top of everything. I thought it would be best to start with a food journal again, then later on incorporate a workout journal. And this time, I need to stick with it. No cheating, meaning I have to enter every single piece of item that i get into my body. This will allow me to notice patterns; when I crave for unhealthy food, what my options are, if I’ve been eating at the right time, with the right amount. I’ve always thought keeping a smart phone is essential to keeping up with my diet. I already started with a simple notebook, and with this I’ve come to realize that those small snacks that i never took seriously add a lot to my overall food intake.

      2. Baby steps run the mile. I need to stop thinking I’m incapable of change. I can adjust the sleeping habits I have formed since grade school. I love food, but I don’t have to love the bad kind. I can adjust my diet regardless of the diet of the people around me. And I can bounce right back up if ever I encounter a hiccup along the way. I need to accept that I am human and that I can trip. I just need to get right back up. It’s all about choices, and it’s about time I make the right ones.

      3. I need to realize that keeping busy is my friend and not my enemy. I always bring a book with me now, so I have something to do during idle moments such as when waiting for the shuttle. I realized that I crave food when I have nothing else to think about, or when I have nothing else to do.

      4. I need to keep motivating myself using all the available resources around me. Call it weird, but I started 3 journals simultaneously: A food journal, a spending tracker and a gratitude journal, all in a single notebook. Food journal to notice my habits, spending tracker to motivate myself to spend less on fast food and snacks and a gratitude journal to remind myself that I am eternally blessed and that I should not get stressed (and not stress-eat). All three are helping me stay motivated in cutting down my extra food intake. So far so good!

      5. This is all about me. I now know that it was never about the people surrounding me. And I need to adjust my habits without waiting for my family and friends to adjust theirs. My family eats processed food on a daily basis. Hoping to stop their intake by first stopping mine. I need to stand up for myself so no amount of criticism and jeer can take me down. Imagine, people left and right have been telling me to delay changing my eating habits until January because of the holiday season. But what better time to test my resolve than this December, right?

      It’s hard redesigning myself psychologically. I can’t say I’ve fully succeeded yet. But I recognize that no amount of exercise or dieting will matter if I can’t sustain it and make it a habit. And to do this, I need the right frame of mind.

      Thank you for the boost and for hearing me rant. It feels powerful to have everything laid down and for everybody else to hear it. It makes me feel accountable for my words, and I think this is the good kind of pressure to have. Here’s to working on just being a fat kid inside and not on the outside. :)

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    1. Pinky Baring December 15, 2013 at 6:27 am

      I am just about to start redesigning my life. I’ve realized that i am living an inactive lifestyle. I am fat and have no sports into. No social life. Just me and work. And I want to change all of that. I want to start a life that I will be able to love to. So after I watched the video yours on how to be healthy, I grab my notebook and start to write my plan. I write from what breakfast I should eat up to schedules on when to exercise and how many times a week. Being healthy is easy but without discipline and motivation, its hard. And I pray that I can successfully follow my plans and to become fit to achieve goals in life.

      Thanks Erwan for inspiring me,

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    1. Rubina Mascarinas December 15, 2013 at 6:36 am

      I will be direct to the point. I did 3 things to redesign my life.

      1. PRAY
      - I always put God first in everything that I do because He lets my paths straight and his timing is always perfect.
      2. POSITIVE MINDSET
      - I realized that the secret to life’s positive change is mind over matter. What you feed on your thoughts will outshine physically, spiritually, & emotionally. I always think of what Ralph Waldo Emerson said, Sow a thought and you reap an action. Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

      3. SELF DISCIPLINE
      - I may have all the ingredients that I need to start on redesigning my life but if I don’t have this trait, all of it would still be worthless. I tried everything to become fit and healthy. EVERYTHING but it all boils down for me to be devoted. Being dedicated on what I do makes me where I am right now and I always seek discipline.
      They say that what you eat makes you who you are. Eating the delicious fatty foods will temporarily satisfy you but the eating healthy ones are persistently essential. Way back then, my mindset about healthy foods are disgusting and not yummy to eat but sooner I realized that there are so many ways to make healthy foods delicious. One proof of it is your website. So, I would like to thank you for putting this up to change people’s perspective regarding eating healthy foods like how you changed mine.

      By the way, I am still under construction for I am still making my foundation strong. Thanks for this opportunity. God bless! :)

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    1. Mathet Mayormita December 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

      How will I redesign my life?? Just like what you did yours I guess, haven’t really started it yet. I have a lot of excuses whenever I think of getting fit, just like when I think of running, I said to myself na I should have a good running shoes to begin with and it took me some time to buy one, when I finally have the shoes I thought na I should have a good running outfit, my excuses are so lame, ikr!! I then wanted to lose weight by eating healthy stuff and avoid too much carbs in my meals (believe me I really tried so hard) and it works for me only after a week. :( Then whenever I buy clothes I hate it when it doesn’t fit me well. who’s to blame anyways but me and my lame excuses of course, Just like what you said on your 5mins to get fit video ” the only thing that stops you from your goals is you”. That was really inspiring, so what I started doing was to make sure to portion the food in my plate and avoid on too much carbs,(that should be a good start, right?) I know little by little I’ll get used to it and I don’t have time for the gym (mainly because of my job and of course dagdag gastos!) so I’ll do workouts that can be done at home like squat and jumping ropes also to go jogging over the weekends, can’t do it everyday coz I have to get early for work and I normally came home late as well(i have two jobs :D, i know, i know excuses again) Just like what you said, “it’s easy just start” (that’s my new motto in life dati time is gold lng :D ), really inspired from what you did, how it turned out on you really well and your passion for healthy food.(idol!!) Hope you could also give tips for an alternative ingredients that can be use on your recipe that are not too expensive :D

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    1. Paul Nico M. Panelo December 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

      I basically sit and watch television all day, so without much more explanation Im really fat – 90kg fat. To change my body would be hard. But I can change it by starting to exercise and eat healthy which I am doing already. To maintain this condition I must look at the losing weight as a means to stay healthy and not just to have a good looking body so that I wont get disappointed if the result is not what I expected. To do this I must continue to respect and discipline myself. And the bottomline on what I can do no matter on what situation is always self respect, better decision making and DISCIPLINE. With the 3 combined together. Change is just a step away.

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    1. Keangelou I. Esguerra December 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

      I would like to change my “sad” and “depressed” state. I have already started changing and here’s how it started and how I will continue to do it:

      With the doubts that I have been having plus the baggage of puberty I guess that I have let myself down in a lot of ways. First, is my health, Back in HS I was really fit and I would go out and play outside, but as I became older I just forgot the importance of being healthy. I would eat a lot of unhealthy food, And that’s when I started gaining weight. Which leads me to my second downfall: My sabbatical to insecurity and total lonesomeness.

      When I entered college, I already gained a lot of weight and that caused my confidence level to go down. During my first year I let myself get bullied. What hurts more than the bullying was my passiveness towards it. I didn’t fight for myself and from my out-going and uber-friendly personality in High school I became a total loner. From my solidarity confinement from the world, I guess that’s where I reached my all time low. That’s when I became a sad and a depressed person.

      But now that I am on my third year of college, I know that I have changed. The bullying stopped because I fought for myself and I made them realize that they have judged me before getting to know me. Know all of us are extremely close and that I have buried the hatchets because I know that it was just a part of my life where I was given the chance to be strong. I also, started going to the gym and I have lost almost 6 pounds since. I love cooking so I would go and prepare healthy meals, almost all coming from thefatkidinside. I also started running and I realized that the road to fitness was hard but fulfilling! But the most important thing that I did was that I started to be happy. It was hard at first and I tried my best not to be a total emo. I started to recognize the blessings that I have, I started to be an optimist again and I finally let people in. I know that I haven’t reached my 360 yet, but I know I’m getting there.

      This may sound cheesy but I will continue to do the things that I now currently do. I will become healthier by exercising and meticulously preparing my food , I will continue to fight for myself by being who I really am, I will keep on letting people in order to have more real friends and I will push myself to be happier. I know that the beginning is always the hardest, but now that I have started , I wont stop! And with the things that I did, I realized that you don’t have to alter who you are, you just have to change your mindset. Because it’s not about having a different life, it’s about redesigning it to make you HAPPIER.

      Thank you for the opportunity for letting us share our thoughts.

      keanesguerra@gmail.com

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    1. TEE JAY DEL ROSARIO December 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Redesigning one’s life???? Pretty hard for a teenager nowadays, by the way a 19 years old civil engineering college student here, as we all know there are a lot of factors that affects one’s life. Redesigning life, most of us tend to take life for granted as they say “taking life as it comes” especially for those who think that they’re not ‘IN’ in this world. For me redesigning life is simple because if you really want a good and healthy life you’ll push through it and the eagerness to fit in the fad, no one wants a life that when you woke up you’ll question yourself why you are still alive. You just need big ole inspiration like me when I was in my early childhood I was really big as in BIG but there comes a time that I realize that I should change because as you know we’re living in a world that is harsh and full of criticism. This makes me wanna change now I’m 195 lbs. from more than 220 lbs. before. How I do it?? Like an engineer, there’s a process, a blueprint that I follow, I really strive to change my body and the word DISCIPLINE because I will be the future NATION BUILDER of this SOCIETY and the paragon of the future generations. As Yoko Ono said “If your life changes, we can change the world too” after all the only constant here in this world is CHANGE. Reading quotes and inspirational letter is A BIG HELP also. haha
      -TJ

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    1. Audi Bilan December 15, 2013 at 9:25 am

      How would I redesign my life?
      What would I change and how would I do it?

      I’m a smoker, I eat a lot, I am very shy and insecure. I have anxiety. I read the article on Running Mag Sept 2013 issue about how you transformed yourself to what you are right now and I gotta say, It was really inspiring, well… I don’t weigh 240lbs like you before, it’s just that I was inspired on how you stopped all the bad habits and started living a healthy life.

      I would change the way I live, the way I eat. Actually when I started reading the article, It changes my mind set. So I really tried avoiding cigarettes and eat a lot every meal. At first it was really hard. But now, I stopped smoking, I jog 2x a week(FYI last week Nov. 30, I reached my goal of 8km run, and last saturday, Dec. 14, I reached 10km – you can check my instgrm acct. I posted it there.. Instgrm: xxcaliforniadreamin), at breakfast, I eat heavy, at lunch, I eat light, more viand less rice, at dinner if not salad, I eat fruits. I wanted to be the role model of being healthy in my family, now my mom and I are on the same diet, I’m encouraging my big brother to lose some weight too, he’s so big, he weighs 220lbs I think? I love influencing other people, giving advice and motivations on how to lose weights.

      Im really starting and determined to redesign my life. Actually next week I might start hitting to the gym and I can’t wait for the outcome!

      – BTW, I’m a big fan of thefatkidinside :)

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    1. Aura Africa December 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      I would start. I would stop making excuses. It doesn’t matter how long it takes me to accomplish the things I want as long as I start doing it. And I would do it today because if you want to start something you have to do it today. Not tomorrow, not later, not this week, but today. There really is no one that can stop me, only myself. There really is no one who can make me do what I want to do, only myself. Because the only one that’s stopping me, is me. And today all that is gonna change.

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    1. Katherine Calosa December 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      I would like to share how I started to redesign my life for the past few months. I am IT Specialist / web developer for 3 years and last October I resigned. reason for leaving : career advancement. yes it is mostly used excuse to use but for me it is true. Being in an IT person should always be updated in the new technology(not talking about gadgets here) like new programming development framework new software tools and etc. ,in my previous job we don’t have the most updated technology but we still managed to perform our jobs. People boss in my previous job are very nice and maintaining older technology is much simpler since there are a lot of things you can’t do. I can say that I am comfortable with my job, I complete all my task everyday but then again i feel that there is more than that.

      I tired to look for a new job last march. Pass my resume to all IT companies i know. I was granted to be interviewed but I failed. I didn’t prepare for those interview. They asked me technical questions(IT stuffs) that I should have known since it is what I do in a daily basis. After that stop looking for a new job and then I resigned to go to Singapore and find a new job (may be my luck is there). When I was in Singapore I was granted to attend some interviews. but then again my knowledge is not enough I failed those interview and came back to the Philippines. I repeat the same mistake again. Spoiling those opportunities and money I had. I’ve been looking for a new job almost half of the year but I still nothing. my self esteem was low. I’ve graduated to a top university here in the Philippines and I cant land a job that I want.

      Here’s how I redesign my life last November.. sorry if the back story is long. hehe. I studied, watch online tutorials, read articles and documentations of the new technology for me to be ready for my interviews. there is no room for laziness, stock knowledge is not enough. I need to give all my efforts to be knowledgeable in the career I want to pursue. no one will hire me to be in the new technology if i am not knowledgeable about it.
      And with those efforts and God’s grace I have a new job! I just signed the contract last week. :)
      I am still studying about new technology so I will be prepared for my first day.

      and that’s how i redesigned my life.

      Thanks!

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    1. Mark Jason Quindoza December 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Its nice to see people changing their life and inspiring other people like you. Re-designing lifestyle is not that easy to do. It is easy to say that I will eat less carbs, I will undergo a diet program, i will watch foods that i will intake, but it is very very hard to do. I will re-design my life my starting to build discipline inside of me. discipline helps a lot on implementing or doing things. Once a person is very self-disciplined and has very huge determination, he can do whatever he wanted to do. And also, re-designing lifestyle is much more harder to maintain, and discipline is a very big factor on maintaining and sustaining healthy living. I will build discipline by doing simple things and step by step. Once i get used to it, i will level up to the next.

      There are no reason or excuse if you are determined to do something..

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    1. Karen I. December 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      My grandmother once said everything in life is a decision. I’ve only just recently come to take that advise seriously. I think modern life’s got too many options and stresses that focus is now really important, more than ever. You’ve got to make a decision about what you want, have some clarity about the kind of person you want to become, and then spend everyday trying to become that.

      I was in the same situation as you were before, I had vices and was very overweight and depressed and I had no direction, and then just one day, I said want to become better. I went cold turkey on all my vices; ate healthily; exercised, managed my time obsessively, went to get a better job. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m always thankful for that moment I realized, I’m just going to think about what I want and I’m gonna go after that. I think there is no chance involved, no lucky breaks, no perfect timing,, there is just you.

      Erwan thanks for all your tips about eating healthy and exercising and making difficult things seem doable. I learned how to cook by watching your early (very shaky) videos which you made after getting thru long days just like the rest of us. I guess you’ re an inspiration to a lot of people.

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    1. Abby Samaniego December 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      The question of how I would redesign my lifestyle is not so important as to why I would redesign it. Redesigning your lifestyle would be easy if your reason to is right. You do not redesign your lifestyle for anyone else, just because you feel pressured by it or something. You do it for yourself because you want it for yourself. As for me, I haven’t found my way to redesign my lifestyle yet. I may be fat, but I’m happy.

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    1. Marvin Delco A. Tamondong December 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      I have let myself go. That’s the hardest part a person would got to face and admit to himself. After I have survived the Supertyphoon Yolanda in Tacloban, I have felt this sudden urge to be forgiving to myself and love myself more. Its not the surviving part that triggered this, it may be the realization that this is a rebirth. I want to make this second life a better one. I am working for a government owned health insurance corporation and my lifestyle was sedentary and entails eating out and lack physical activity.
      After Yolanda devastated my beloved city, all the wreckage and desperation to survive kicks in and it starts with myself, building a new me, a healthier me. Not only I can be better on my own, but to others and to extend the needed help in building back the city. On the fourth day of the exodus after the aftermath, we were forced to flee for no presence of help was felt, imagine sitting on the runway of the torn airport, drenched, starved and exhausted, realizing how hard it was to spend 48 hours, and that night was unfortunately my birthday.
      Rebirth indeed, I have survived Yolanda and I can conquer anything I will set focus on. I have been a fan a long time ago and was inspired of your story. I was on track last year of my weight and have lost control over the months I have not been able to give a slack for myself. I am 5’6 and weighing 183lbs, from 148. I am changing my life and will be having a better second life, a healthier one. You wouldn’t guess what I first bought after i have been able to go out of Tacloban, running shoes! I have not been able to buy one as I’m earning a meager income, but i need to love myself more from this point on. Im getting back on track and have loved cooking even before, i need to take control over my lifestyle, cook and eat whole foods and add physical activity. I know the importance of keeping on track and being able to inspire people thru sharing stories and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will definitely help me in that. I hope I’ll have the honor to meet you someday, maybe even cook together for a video. Hehe i’m keeping my hopes up. I’ll be going back to Tacloban after Christmas and will be facing the new year with a new outlook a changed and a better version of me.

      Vino

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    1. Maria Diana Jessica P. Gempesaw December 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Redesigning your life is not as easy as snapping your fingers. It takes time and dedication, which is a continuous life-long process. First off you need to set a goal. As a Christian, my ultimate goal is to be with our Creator, Jesus Christ in heaven some day. I know this goal is definitely challenging. Being with Him entails perfection but as we all know perfection is hard to achieve or even unattainable. What I do since I became a Christian is that I deal with life one day at a time. It’s also been a life-long struggle of mine of shedding unwanted pounds. I got diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma early of 2008. A devastating situation anyone can be in, don’t you think? Despite of it all, I never felt hopeless or alone. It is because I believe that our Lord, Jesus Christ is always there and is always with me every step of the way. Some of my medications had steroids where it resulted of me garnering more weight. I was at my heaviest at 173 pounds. After several months of treatment, I did more exercise and ate fresh fruits and vegetables that were prohibited before. Late of 2008 up to now, I’ve lost approximately 15 kilos. I know I’m still a long way from my ideal weight… but I’ll get there. I believe I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13).

      Lately work has been hectic, a factor of me not getting into the zone meaning eating more healthy and doing exercise as often as possible. I know it’s not an excuse. For the last few weeks, I incorporated exercise to my day by walking at the park or at the mall for 30 minutes or so non-stop after work and go swimming if I still can. I try to consume more healthy food such as fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts while laying off the bad stuff such as fried food, dairy products, meat and other junk. Make it a habit of having an apple within your reach. When you crave for something or have the urge to binge, it’ll surely help. For me it did, I hope it would be the same for you. Don’t starve yourself. Eat small portions during meals and please try to avoid eating after 6pm if you can. To sum it all up just keep in mind these two words that I’m about to say. NEW START for a fresh, new day. N for nutrition – eat right, E for exercise – no pain, no gain, W for water – drink at least 8 glasses daily, S for sunlight – exposure to it between 8am to 10am for a few minutes, T for temperance – you know what to do (moderation), A for air – breathe in all the negative ions, R for rest – sleep before 10pm for melatonin to work its wonders and T for trust in God – no need to explain further. Plus a healthy dose of the fat kid inside’s tips.

      Your blog truly is helpful during times when I just feel like slacking off… it somehow helps me to be on track again with all the tips and techniques you are sharing with everyone. You truly are a blessing to many. Hope’ you’ll continue to inspire us for a very long time.

      Redesigning your life depends on the choices we make each day. We should remember that with Jesus Christ nothing is impossible. It’s okay if we fall back; the important thing is how we pick ourselves up that counts. Every day is a BLESSING, make each day count. Be grateful for everything in your life and you’ll realize you are more blessed than you think. Be an example to others. When you exude positivity together with a relationship with Jesus Christ. He’d definitely fill you and provide you with a new heart, healing, peace and joy. It is only through Him that all things will follow and be in line. You’ll truly feel alive, well and great! You can be healthy by choice and not by chance.

      Happiness and energy everyone! Happy Holidays and God bless!!

      Maria Diana Jessica P. Gempesaw
      madjic2k@yahoo.com

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    1. Tanie Mangundayao December 16, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Redesigning….Reengineering….Reliving….For the past 11 years ( after college ) that I have been living independently in the Philippines as my family migrated in the USA more than a decade ago, I have been eating trash ( Mom is in the US so I have been missing out healthy dishes that she used to cook for me when she was still here )…fast food, junk food, comfort food, sweets…and all there is that could possibly spell UNHEALTHY…I am like 50 lbs more than my ideal weight ( I am 5’8 ft and gosh I guess I’ve hit the 200 lb scale… geez )..I have attempted to lose weight via crash dieting, diet pills, enrolled and paid myself to a gym for a year but only visited thrice ( damn ) but bottom-line, I am still that overweight, obese or chubby person every time I would look in the mirror…and I hated myself for that…I even enrolled myself to a nutritional food gourmet delivery of a 300 calorie per meal diet but I was so hungry still and so as the night unfolds, I literally compensate it by eating what has been deprived the whole day…and I know this is murder!!! I have been browsing this website but didn’t have much time to digest everything coz the past months as I was busy with work ( I am a finance professional and so my work is literally sedentary…with cookies and soda as my refuge in my office every time I have my deadlines…too bad… ) but I happen to have this light bulb moment…

      Everytime I would have this medical exam ( I had recently ), my doctor will always tell me I have a fatty liver and I really need to change my lifestyle…the things that I put in my mouth, the exercise and physical activities that I have been neglecting the past decade are all taking a toll on me…it may not be as alarming as it can be now but why wait for it to be alarming…so I am starting to take the first step of REDESIGNING my life…and the first step ( 1 ) ACCEPTANCE….something is wrong with what I do…with how I live my life the past 11 years…no denial but just plain slap on my face that I have been bad to myself….second step ( 2 ) EQUIP & LEARN…equip myself with information and knowledge ( on what is good food and not…) what should be done to conquer this battle and learn from those who have rose above this battle…third step ( 3 ) ACT….now that I am equipped with all these info at my disposal, it’s about time that I truly do it and no turning back ( crossed fingers )…fourth step ( 4 ) LIVE IT….be devoted and live it and work hard…and yes working means learning how to COOK ( no frying! )….and lastly which may seem funny lol ( 5 ) USE & MAKE LOVE TO MY KITCHEN…my kitchen is the most unused section of my flat ( lol )….since I settle on eating out or unhealthy food delivery, I have neglected this glorious space…I need to be inspired and make good use of it….work, play and utilize this space which in the long run…should be a space where love should truly begin…After all, we are being nourished by food…and what better way to fully prepare a good and hearty meal, is to start making love to my kitchen….I hope things will get better…..ok I am letting go of “I hope”….I will make things better…. :) These I believe are the things I need to do for a glorious redesigning of my life… ;)

      God bless FATTY KID INSIDE!!! :) You are doing an awesome job….More power!

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    1. Anthony Mangundayao December 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

      Oh sorry forgot to put my full name….Thanks! :)

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    1. Airedolf Balba December 16, 2013 at 3:47 am

      Redesigning your own life can be a little tricky because you should know what is the borderline of what you want and what you should be in the near future, it’s like choosing to be better or choosing to be worse (having no plan of improving your lifestyle). As for me, i would like to continue and maintain my healthy lifestyle that I have started 4 years ago from being flab to fab (well it’s how i see it :D) . But still, I would go on an extra-mile on redesigning my life, how? START TODAY, RESEARCH, IMPLY and NEVER MISS A CHANCE and most of all NO EXCUSES, because redesigning your life is a continues process thats just how it is. ;)

      and by the way here’s how i look four years ago. :p
      https://twitter.com/AireBalbaXXX/status/392491577664237568/photo/1

      Email: airedolfbalba@ymail.com

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    1. Mary Gee December 16, 2013 at 4:08 am

      I would redesign my life by giving myself a total transformation, inside and out. I believe in the sayings that “If you look good, you feel good and if you feel good, you look good”.

      I would change my everyday habits that are ruining my own self; I would say NO to fast foods and say YES to vegetables! I would say NO to sodas and say YES to H2O! I would say NO to potato couch and say YES to exercise! I would say NO to the night owl and say YES to eight hours of sleep! I would say NO to hatred and say YES to love love love! I would say NO to negativity and say YES to positivity! I would say NO to my old me and say YES to a new me, a healthier and happier one!

      Mary Gee
      gee8516@yahoo.com

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    1. Ma. Melissa Parreno December 16, 2013 at 4:19 am

      I am at a point in my life where I think decisions that I will make in my career, in my personal relationship and in life, in general, will define who I am and how I will be in the future. Before, all I care about is my dream to succeed in the corporate world; to be an executive with a carefree lifestyle that will fully support my family. But when my boyfriend and I agreed to get married a year or two from now, I know that my priorities have changed. And just recently, an executive in our company offered me a position that would greatly help me boost my way up the corporate ladder. With all these things in my plate, I fear that a single wrong move would negatively affect my relationship with my fiance, mess my chances for a successful career or worse, ruin both.

      This is where redesigning my life comes in. My game plan: keeping lines of communication open with the love of my life, better time management to maintain work-life balance and being true to myself at all times. I won’t give up on my dream. Instead, I envisioned myself fulfilling my dream with my fiance. Now I dream of having a happy marriage, a healthy family and a successful career. I can feel that this coming year will be a very challenging one for me. But with every inch of positivity in me, I would say, “BRING IT ON!”.

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    1. Katrina Bago December 16, 2013 at 5:45 am

      As a wife and a mother of two, there’s always a need to improve my family’s lives. And being a working mom at the same time, redesigning aspects of my life is always a great task at hand in order to keep up in life’s everyday challenge.
      Your blog has always been a great inspiration for us to live healthy in the world where everything can be available in an instant. Feeding my family healthy foods would be my priority. Inspirations from your articles and videos are really big help. Providing them the right kind of food for my kids growing needs and for my husband’s everyday needs without sacrificing their health and of course also the budget is very important.
      And as career woman who strives to achieve professional growth, I aim to be more organized and more focused to attain career advancement.
      In order to accomplish these goals, there would be no great plan, no great diet method, no great gadget to help you, if sheer determination is missing and if the heart is unwilling. If we’ll start today, redesigning our lives is always possible.

      -Kate

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    1. Trisha Anne Yalung December 16, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. It was the reason why I feel weaker than normal. Despite knowing it, I neglected it and continue with my unhealthy lifestlye. I would not watch my diet, I barely excercise other that the short walks in the morning on my way to work. It was partly because I begin to feel weak easily. Also, I don’t go to regular check ups because I didn’t have the time to do so because of work.

      I work as a video editor and most of my time is spent in front of the computer with my earbuds on. Lunch is mostly fastfood and microwavable stuff. I know it’s unhealthy but deadlines seems to come faster than my editing. Also, ever since I started working I’ve been neglecting my breakfast and started filling my body with too much caffeine.

      To reDesign my life, I would try my best to eat healthier by bringing packed lunch to work instead of buying those microwavable stuff from the convenience stores. I can’t stop drinking coffee but I will try to minimize that.

      I will gradually take the time to do excercise every weekend and start taking longer walks instead of riding the tricycles and pedicabs. I would watch my diet from now on because I know it will be for the really good for my heart.

      Deadlines maybe deadly but it think overworking (which I do now) is deadlier.

      I will give time to my regular cardio checkups w/c I’ve neglected in the past year so I could monitor how my heart is fighting with all the unhealthy things I’ve done.

      Despite all the bad stuff I’ve done to my body, I guess, my biggest achievement in reDesigning my life would be the fact that I started eating vegetables this year (I even crave for it now!)

      I don’t have a a family to look after. I don’t even have a boyfriend to take care of so I guess, it’s about time that I take care of myself, for the future boyfriend and family that I would look after and take care of. :D

      - Trisha
      trisha147@gmail.com

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    1. Chermae A. Dacumos December 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Last 3 months was pretty tough for me. I worked so hard in my job but neglected my health. It lead to the point that work was more important than eating lunch on time. Also, stress was taking its toll on me. As a way of coping with stress, I ate more than the usual. What’s worst was that I ate more of those fastfood meals and consumed more sweets (which isn’t good for someone like me who has a history of diabetes in the family). Also, my daily exercise habit was neglected because I was too busy with work and deadlines. Due to all these things that I have done, I easily become weak and tired. My immune system had weakened due to lack of exercise and eating healthy. As a result, I got sick often and worse I had community acquired pneumonia in the workplace.

      So now I have decided to resign in my work. This way I can redesign my lifestyle, have discipline and change my unhealthy habits.

      Since I do not have work now I get to prepare meals for myself and for the whole family. I prepare healthy meals. We eat more vegetables and fruits. Instead of white rice, I serve brown rice. I avoid oily food. As much as possible our meals are not fried anymore. It saves us money from buying oil and reduces the risk for heart diseases or high cholesterol level.

      Now I can really say that redesigning my lifestyle has a positive impact in my life. I am now more disciplined as compared before. I feel good about myself and I am loving my body because I am healthy. I do not want to go back anymore to my old negative habits of unhealthy eating and not exercising.

      To God Be the Glory! :)

      Chermae A. Dacumos
      DacumosEPIC@gmail.com

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    1. Henrick Dulin December 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Hello, I’m Henrick Dulin–you can call me Hench.

      These past few weeks I’ve been hearing my blockmates and my friends telling me that phrase–that phrase that I think the day wouldn’t be complete without hearing it– “Hench, tumataba ka!”, or “Hench, pumapayat ka(ironically)!”. At first, I would let that pass through, telling them that “at-least-i’m-healthy” excuse. But whenever I would pause and think that thing they said to me, I would say, “Hey, fat guy. Trim that big belly down.”

      Seeing my figure (or my big belly–it’s too big not to notice) on the mirror is making me feel like it’s the end, like I always think that i’m going to end up sitting on a couch eating burgers and fries watching TV.
      I have to Redesign this lifestyle that I’m taking in.

      The problem about Hench is that he never controls his “food adrenaline”. Whenever he’s hungry or he feels that he’s hungry, the munching starts. You know the feeling when you realized that you have eaten too much and then you’re going to swear that you’re going to start your diet tomorrow or today? When you realized that this unhealthy lifestyle of yours makes you a liar when a delectable or scrumptious food is infont of you?

      Next is my exercise. What’s blocking me to do this is my busy schedule. I do biking, jogging, lifting some weights, but this things are fading away. And now, I only wait for the two events in my life that I’m sure–i’ll be having my workout–my summer vacation and my Christmas vacation(but I think the latter’s not effective–more food on the 25th *sigh*).

      While writing this down, I reall realized that I really have to change my lifestyle; to Redesign to change this lifestyle.

      Recently, before watching Erwan’s video, I watched a video(also from him, too) about how to be healthy. From there I realized that all the things I’m doing are in there (mostly the don’ts) and that they are unhealthy. This is my turning point–and I’m doing this now.

      2014 is fast approaching and I am planning to add the cliché “to-get-thin” on my resolution. But then I told myself, “do you really have to do it next year? You can do it now, pwede naman eh.”

      What I really need to do is to boost up my dedication, my discipline, and my motivation in order to have the lifestyle (and that body way back high school back) eveyone’s aiming for–healthy and healthier lifestyle.

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    1. Nadine Arboleda December 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      It’s all about changing the habit.

      Like how you mentioned minor routines such as eating whenever hungry or putting off promised workout sessions. Changing these could go a long way.

      I have never been overweight but have never been fit either. The goal is to incorporate fitness, proper diet and exercise into not only my lifestyle but even with the people around me.

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    1. keith Senerez December 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      I am obese but I love myself. How ironic,right?

      Accepting your mistakes is the first key to redesign my life. Day by day I am trying to accept every mistakes that I made. Only by then I could say that I trully love my self and that would be the second key to redesign my life. And the final key is my strong faith to God and to those people who trully cares and love me.

      These are my three key to redesign my life.

      Believe to live. Live to believe

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    1. Christine Nichole Santos December 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      “How would you ReDesign your life? What would you change and how would you do it?”

      I would laugh more often and take risks that will give me a great experience. Love more and definetly eat more healty. Indulge more on desserts :)

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    1. Laurence Pelino December 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Actually I’m a fat boy when I’m 12 years old. I was so afraid coz being fat there are so many “bully”. I want myself to be ReDesigned. For the past years, I’m actually losing my weight. Doing some proper diet, exercises, proper hour of sleep and being stress-free. Thats how i redesigned myself. Redesigning myself is kindda hard but it’s worth alot. Now that I’m 15, I lost so much weight. And now that I’m not so “mataba” anymore I’ve got the confidence to face other people.

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    1. Enrico P. Sabater December 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      I know for sure that next year is going to be totally different. I’m entering medical school and it’s going to turn everything around as I step forward to my dream. And with that comes a major reDesigning of my own life since I have to admit that I’m not really the healthy kid. Being healthy would probably be my priority since there will be a lot of conflicts in schedule, a lot of sleepless nights in preparation for an exam, a lot of stress. And here’s the checklist I’ve prepared for my everyday med school life:

      ReDesigning My Life 101
      [ ] eat healthy meals, never ever forget to eat your breakfast
      [ ] do some exercise, you don’t wanna look weak
      [ ] drink a lot of water, it’s forever a miracle
      [ ] sleep if there’s time, and hope to dream about her :)
      [ ] chat with a friend, and share stories with him/her
      [ ] don’t forget to smile and laugh, it’s contagious
      [ ] pray, and ask for His assistance

      These might be simple steps but I think these are the ones that will make a person physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.
      MED SCHOOL, HERE I COME :)

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    1. Patrick John Saclag December 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      One of my resolution for next year is to become physically fir, Im starting to get fat and I can’t control in eating and eating everytime I feel that im hungry.

      I’ll redesign my life in eating fruits and vegetables and at the same time porks and meats but not all the time. I’ll eat healthy breakfast like you did in your video. I will avoid eating foods that has a sugar content. When I watched your 5 minutes video You inspired me. Because in getting fit skipping meals is not good in health, im so envy to your body now because you are physically fit.

      Maybe next year in starting to make myself healthy and fit I should eat healthy foods instead of processed foods and foods that are deeply fried. Then I’ll go for workout to burn the fats that I have and I will try my best to be physically fit for me to become good looking.

      Thank you Erwan for inspiring me to your stories. Thank you so much!

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    1. grace abitona December 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Redesigning my life starts with an “I CAN” attitude. This is what I didn’t have before to succeed with all of my plans to have a healthier and active life. With a positive attitude everything is easy to achieve. With this kind of mindset I can eat the right kind of food. Healthier life is a happy life.

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    1. Arnielyn Joanne Idorot December 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Redesigning one’s life isn’t easy so I’ll start with the most basic step, planning or conceptualizing. There is nothing greater than the idea that when everything is organized and laid out smoothly ahead of time, everything will just happen according to plan. Like for instance, after graduation, I plan to go to Manila, apply at my chosen company, and pursue a career in media. But since life is well-played along by inevitable circumstances, I should have a Plan B to get going. I don’t believe in “Go with the flow”. It’s a cliche that has failed me for so many times. I still believe that one has to think before she acts.

      Genuine happiness, as the significance of life, however, can only be achieved by pursuing one’s passion. As part of my platform to redesign my life, my plans are already directed towards my passion such as working in a fashion magazine and being an interior designer.

      Moreover, these plans aren’t just mere plans. These are goals that I have to work on. And once I am living in my own apartment in Europe while working as a fashion writer and a freelance interior designer, I can finally say “I have redesigned my life”.

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    1. noe franza frasco December 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      i was so skinny when i was in my college life,i got married,have to kids and underwent a no-scalpel vasectomy. From then on i gained weight.i will be celebrating my 37 overweight bday this 20th of december. I kept on asking myself how am i going to redesign my life just like erwan,when i saw the video, it awakens my knowledge that it doesnt need to be generic for me to get back on my desired weight. All i have to do is to motivate what myself is capable of doing im order to regain my long lost confidence. I swim and this what keeps me fit during my teenage life. And of course the “i am what i eat” principle should be my constant guide to get back to shape. Im no rich kid,i dont need to be one but each of us has its own way of coping back what is ideal weight. Anything that not just would work for us but its a matter of a customized design to fit our lifestyle and personality. i know can do this in due time:)

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    1. Maricon Jaranilla December 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      I have been feeling so down lately; gained so much weight, work seemed so draining, had a miscarriage a year ago; life is not picking up as i wanted it to be…perhaps, this is what they call middle-age crisis…

      Randomly reading my twitter feeds and brought myself to your post and it got me thinking… Why am i feeling this way? Do i know what I need to change in my life and how can i redesign my life? These are quite difficult questions but perhaps I can start by admitting that I need to change my perception of living and be passionate of living healthy and happily; reignite the passion to be healthy and be merry…I have to start living a life and not work for a living…

      Let go of the worries and let God take the wheel of my life…Seize every chance to do good and enjoy each moment that I have with my family and friends. I should start writing my bucket list and i believe it’s never too late to start ticking off those lists.

      Note to myself: Gear up to a better Me! live healthy, eat healthy and feel wealthy!!! thanks for the inspiration!!!

      Let me end this by saying, we know all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose…(Romans 8:28)

      More power and continue inspiring people! Advance Merry Christmas, Erwan and Samsung!

      -Maricon Jaranilla
      Mariconjaranilla@gmail.com

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    1. noe franza frasco December 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      i was so skinny when i was in my college life,i got married,have two kids and underwent a no-scalpel vasectomy. From then on i gained weight.i will be celebrating my 37 overweight bday this 20th of december. I kept on asking myself how am i going to redesign my life just like erwan,when i saw the video, it awakens my knowledge that it doesnt need to be generic for me to get back on my desired weight. All i have to do is to motivate what myself is capable of doing in order to regain my long lost confidence. I swim and this what keeps me fit during my teenage life. And of course the “i am what i eat” principle should be my constant guide to get back to shape. Im no rich kid,i dont need to be one but each of us has its own way of coping back to what is an ideal weight according to age and height. Anything that not just would work for us but its a matter of a customized design to fit our lifestyle and personality. i know can do this in due time:)

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    1. Erika Sagum December 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      I think not everything about life is how you look physically. I guess it does affect how you live your life; but the way I see it, if there is something you need to change and redesign within one’s self is one’s outlook with life. Be optimistic and believe. If you are optimistic, you can achieve what you want in life. Say, you don’t really like your weight but with optimism and the right diet and exercise, you can push yourself, cheer yourself to achieve that goal you’ve been aiming for. But, for me, if I had to redesign my life, I would take note of something to be thankful for each day. I would appreciate more the simplest of things and consider every breath a blessing, a miracle. After everything that’s been happening with the country, it seems an act of guilt to be happy when others are suffering, but admittedly, sharing a smile with someone down is 10x better than frowning at them. I would wake up each day thanking the Lord that I have been given another day to serve and be alive, to help and to understand the needy. I would redesign my life to be a better person. I would redesign my life to be of hope for myself and for others as well.

      -Erika Sagum
      erikasagum@gmail.com

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    1. Lizette Kaye Estillore December 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      At the age of 21, I always perceive things in black. Being on the “safe” side of every story has always been my priority. I’m a realist and a pessimist. I always think that it’s better to feel nothing than to be hurt.. Better not trying than to lose.. Stone cold. Redesigning my perception in life will be a great challenge for me because I’ve never done anything like this before. Just thinking about it makes my legs shake. But before this year ends, I promise to do my hardest to get out of my comfort zone. I’m going to challenge myself to do things I don’t usually do because of fear. I’m going to push myself to the limit to really see how far I can go. Hopefully then I’d understand Nicholas Cress’ quote on about life “It’s all abouth the ride.” So help me God.

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    1. emmanuel santiago c diaz December 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      LOVE+DISCIPLINE+HARDWORK=LIFE….My formula in REdesigning my LIFE.

      It was simple comment from a hotel staff that i frequently staying when im out of town working…out of no where he told “Sir sobrang taba mo na”….and a mirror was just behind me and i too a quick glanced…and just realized that yeah…i am huge.

      At that time I am I weigh at about 80kilos with a 38 waistline…have hypertension and my cholesterol level was too high…and i feel im crossing on a bridge with the whole weight of the world was on my shoulder…and realized i have to do something.

      And i said I LOVE my self…so i have to eat the right amount of healthy foods…eating the right balance and in moderation…Oh boy…i started feeling good…at first every one was laughing at me because it I need a miracle to lose weight…I started to do cardio/toning exercises almost everyday…that entails a lot of DESCIPLINE and HARDWORK…and now I proved my detractors wrong…because in matter of 5 months I scaled down to 65 kilos and a 30 waistline…Super unbelievable to everyone…and now almost every one I know had somehow become inspired of what I achieved and became an inspiration…and i told them of my secret words.

      LOVE+DISCIPLINE+HARDWORK=LIFE

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    1. Nicca Español December 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Back when I was young, about 7-14 years old, I was also that fat kid that everyone talked about. Everyone said I look like a young mom because of the way I dress and my weight, and because of that I became very insecure at such a young age. But that insecurity actually became my first step towards changing myself for the better. I started fixing myself, I played sports, and changed my personality but before I did all of this, I first learned how to accept myself. I wasn’t changing to become the girls who I was insecure, but I was changing for myself, to become a better me. I will fix myself so that I will become more confident when facing other people, start a good diet and exercise so that I will become healthy, not skinny. And as I grow up, I will just continue to redesign my life for a better me. :)

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    1. Abby Mariel Dignos December 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      These past few weeks I have been worrying about my weight. I eat heavy meals but not on time. I only workout when I want to. I often eat in buffet restaurant where food aren’t that healthy. My goals now are to gain weight, be healthy and fit.

      I’m already 21 years old. I would probably change, first, is time of my meals. I usually don’t eat breakfast because I wake up a bit late. And I’m pretty sure, it’s one of the reasons why I’m underweight and look so thin. Now, I’ve been trying to get my meals on time. I’ve been sleeping early so I could get my complete 8-hour sleep and wake up early in the morning for my breakfast.

      Second is exercise. I’m not into working out/exercising. Well, I do if I want to. Given that I only stay at home, I have all the time. So I think, that’s gonna help me to become fit and healthy.

      Third is the food I eat. Lately, I’ve been trying to eat more veggies and fruits more to balance my meals. Yes, I do eat a lot every meal but I know, it’s not making me healthier.

      I think, those are the things that I would and should change (for the better). There’s a lot of factors affecting my health, my body. And I have to redesign/change my lifestyle, especially when it comes to the food I eat. Hopefully, I will be able to do things right this time.

      Have a great day! :D

      Abby Mariel Dignos
      mariel_o26@yahoo.com

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    1. Tel Balita December 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      “Re-design your life one meal at a time.”

      Well-said Erwan!

      Honestly, just like how you were before, I give the least attention to how much calories I get from my usual meals. My love for food weighed as much as my unappreciation of physical education. It was only at this age (i.e., I’m in my twenties now) when the state of my health has driven me to understand the value of exercise and healthy diet.

      Reading your posts and watching shows from TLC, particularly Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, have truly enlightened me in terms of the wrong path that I’m mindlessly trying to pursue. Hence, to answer your question, I would redesign my life by learning to love myself radically. How would I do it? I have two love thy self rules.

      First, I deserve to have the best ingredients in my food! It would have to be fresh, as much as possible unprocessed, and balanced enough to nourish my whole body. Also, I challenge myself to learn more how to cook creatively and, at the same time, deliciously. Hihi. And, finally, I would take pleasure by making the best out of sensually baltering myself and exploring Nature; these are my kinds of exercise <3

      Learning to love yourself is indeed the greatest love of all so we better love our selves in full — physically, mentally, and Spiritually :)

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    1. Randelle Sepillo December 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Hi, I am Randelle and I am 16 years old. In my opinion, being a 16 year old is already a signal to redesign your life. We are starting to grow, to change, to mature, and to take responsibilities. For me to become an adult you have to change 3 things: the way I look, dress, and act. That change has to be big as as how to renovate a nipa hut to a mansion. Redesigning our life to become an adult is way harder than algebra.
      First, I have to change the way you look. To look like an adult, I have to be presentable. My hair should be neat, my face should be clean, my skin should be soft and my body should be properly postured. I myself is very skinny and tall which is a very bad combination. I have to change that body type to look more presentable but I will talk about it as a next entry. Second, I have to change the way I dress. To dress as an adult we should wear proper clothes, not like when we were kids that we only just grab clothes without thinking that will it look good yourself or not. So I always read fashion magazines and sites about fashion. I always look for an article about clothes that you should wear with your body type.. Third and the very important change is to act like an adult. This change is the hardest to learn and applied. I think the best way to know how to act like an adult is to learn from them. I always asks my parents what to do in certain situation and I really learn a lot from them. I observe the way they act and learn from them. My motto to become an adult is to learn from my mistakes. That way I will know what is correct and wrong. And that’s my way to redesign my life from a child to an adult.

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    1. Marvin Lee Tang December 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      My name is Marvin Lee Tang. overweight and unhappy with my present condition, I followed Erwan Heussaff on twitter for quick meals to start my life back on where I want to be, being fit and eating Healthy is a good start and the fat kid inside blog is my inspiration to change.

      I set goals and timetable to Lose weight, but due to quick binge and Eat-all-you can dinner I had a see-saw effect on my weight

      In order to ReDesign my life I need a set of gadgets to make it work, First by downloading calorie counter – my fitness pal on Galaxy Note 3, it acts like my Diary of Calories Consumed and keeps progress of Nutrition and Weight lost, by using the Pedometer Function of Galaxy Gear which I can monitor the distance I run and share it to my friends for opinion effectively

      by using the S-Pen® and Galaxy Note 3 Action Memo I can jot down easily all the ingredients and recipes from the Fat Kid Inside Blog and Place it in the Samsung Scrap booker, tag my friends and wait for their opinion and helpful tips to prepare the meal

      Finally, by using The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, if someone invited me for an All Night eat all you can dinner, I can use the call function on my smart watch to sabotage the dinner discreetly LOL

      I believe I can’t do this alone, by using the right gadgets. Faith and determination, I believe I can inspire people who are willing to Change and Redesign themselves the best they want

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      1. Robbie Chun December 17, 2013 at 3:01 am

        haha, now you’ll be using a Note 3 for another lame excuse to lose weight ?

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        1. Marvin Lee Tang December 17, 2013 at 4:41 am

          @Robbie I admit I have downside and indulge every hour and that’s what these technologies will keep me informed and resist temptations. I believe it’s not a “mere” excuse to lose weight. I guess it’s the support of friends and family with the help of communication through these gadgets really do help and I believe that’s my goal.

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    1. Clifford Ibarra December 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I always wanted to go to school again and gain more knowledge and make myself grow. I want to redesign my life by earning more degree. Its my dream to run my own business but the problem of having a capital and lack of knowledge forbid me to do so. I live a life like any other single guy like, partying, drinking coffee, smoking cigarette, shopping, go to church, and having a relationship without thinking of my future, my health, and my life. I earn not more than enough as an employee and i hardly save from my salary. When I entered a relationship which is so far so good cause my partner has been good to me, I thought of redesigning my life for me to enjoy life more, and at least to please my partner cause I think as a guy, it is a punch to the pride that my partner has a better disposition in life than me. He is a runner and has a very healthy lifestyle. He don’t drink alcohol, nor smoke, neither drink soda. Though he’s not asking me to change my lifestyle but I still want to change it for the betterment of my body, health, and life. First, I want to start to redesign my life by going to school and earn knowledge for me to be able to do more in the corporate world, and if someday I’ll can put a business someday. Second, is to completely eradicate all my vices to be fitter and healthier, and to at least please my partner. Third is to be more picky with what i eat. As of now I do exercises like weight lifting, crunch, squat, but i think it is not yet enough to make myself fitter and healthier. I already started to take lean meats, greens, seafoods, brown rice, and also minimized smoking, avoided fastfoods and able to ran 5k length. I also learnt to cook thinking that cooking my own food is more effective cause I can pick and choose what to cook depending on my taste and preferences, and its more practical than eating somehwere else. Hope someday I can do all my goals and redesign my life and have a healthy, worry free and happy life.

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    1. Randelle Sepillo December 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Hi, this is Randelle again but now I will dig deeper on how to redesign my life and change how I look. I was really inspired how Erwan change from being fat to become fit. So I develop a plan how to also change and redesign my life on the way I look.
      I am 16 years old. I have a weight of 39 kilograms and a height of 5 feet and 8 inches. Just imagine how a bamboo look like and I really look like that! That’s how skinny I am. I tell you, being skinny and tall is really hard. I always have an extremely hard time choosing the right clothes. Medium sized clothes were only ok for my height, but I really look like wearing a duster because of its width. Small sized clothes were ok for my width but it is too short for my height.
      To change that really bad body type, I really need to plan. I read articles in the internet on how to gain weight. I ask people who are also at the same situation on how they do that makes them skinny to avoid that wrong doings. I also ask people who are already fit but were skinny in the past on how they do to become fit. I also drink supplements that makes people fat. And the most important thing that i will always do is to eat healthy foods so that I will gain weight in a healthy way, not like others who become fat because of too much cholesterol and starch they ate.
      I also plan to workout in the gym when I am starting to gain weight. So that instead of gaining fats, I will gain muscles and become fit. This make most clothes fit well to me. And if I can dress and look like an adult, all I need is to learn on how to act like an adult.
      These things or changes will complete my journey on how to “Redesign my life to become a well adult”. All I need is persuasion, discipline and support from my parents to accomplish this. I will also pray to God to help me pass through this journey well.

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    1. Lane Matthew Utitco December 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Being an Account Manager / Assistant Creatives for an events company, things can get pretty heated and are always on-the-go. Client meetings left and right, and ocular visits here and there. Using my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, my phone acts as a personal assistant wherever, whenever I go: check on my e-mails, call suppliers, take photos of the venues, and take down notes just any busy person would do.

      In the evening, when the night is young and I go out with friends, I make sure to capture memories using the same phone and share it to others through various social platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Tumblr, name it and I might just have an account on it. When you think that that’s just about it, my phone triples as the perfect relaxing companion: mp3 player and yoga instructor all in one. I am completely dependent on my gadget that it no longer acts as a mere mobile phone.

      NOW, for me, ReDesigning my life would mean conquering new heights to explore, and uncharted territories to visit. If there was one thing I have a hard time squeezing into my hectic schedule, that would be travel. I have planned that by start of the year, I am aiming into discovering at least a new wonder every month. Now it does not mean something fancy, just somewhere worth exploring that would make me appreciate the natural beauties that I fail to see during my work week. Of course, still using my phone, these would-be trips would be the ultimate chance to hone my skills in photography, and at the same time share the places I’ve been to to others. And the perfect way to maximize the utility of a mobile is if it is a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear that just provide endless opportunities for an adventurer with zany energy, like me! Imagine the countless ways to power-up mundane getaways using the ultimate gadget one can have: an instant postcard from the tip of Batanes Islands, to a good review of a quaint Batchoy house in Iloilo, the possibilities are endless! I can make things happen and make those even better with the help of a very nice mobile phone. Isn’t that just pure awesomeness? I mean, if Robin Thicke and Erwan Heussaff can do extraordinary things with their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear, why can’t I? :)

      ThatHyperactiveKid

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    1. Miguel Antonio P. Garcia December 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      My name is Miguel Garcia, student, and I’m currently 20 years old. For the past 6 years of my adolescent life, I’ve been a regular smoker, drinker, and party animal. Exposed to the different vices at a young age, these harmful substances have become an intergral part of my lifestyle and who I am today. Yet, I do believe that it is never too late to redesign my life. I believe that redesigning my whole attitude and mindset is the first step in making a change. Its about setting your mind to your goal and sticking to it. Having the right amount of motivation and will-power to change certain bad habits is indeed a challenge, but I believe that nothing worth it comes easily. So for me, it’s all about redesigning your mindset and outlook in life. Its about setting your mind to it, redesigning your priorities in life and what you value the most.

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    1. Kristyn Dominique Ang December 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      I’m 19 and a Culinary Student, my life’s practically revolves around food. I love food, it is something that makes me really happy and it is were my passion is at. I love to try new recipes, to cook and taste everything that is new to me. So in my line of work, gaining weight is not new.
      But I want to change that kind of thinking about great cooks and chef, that when you’re in the kitchen expect that they are overweight.

      Working at a kitchen is a very tough job. It is very tiring and we only have one off per week. So jogging and exercising is not really on our priority. Food is. But how could we work properly if we’re too big or too heavy to work right? I’ll redesign myself by having a work out 3 times a week could be good enough and as what I have said. Working in a kitchen is tough, we have to lift things that are really heavy and it’s like I’m lifting weights already.

      And so I’ll redesign my life not only for myself but for all of the people who are overweight and diabetic. You see my dad passed away because he was diabetic and I want to change my lifestyle because I don’t want that to happen to me and to my family. I’ll redesign by trying new recipes at home-healthier but delicious recipes, and writing every recipe that I could make and maybe someday I could publish those recipes into a book for overweight and diabetic people to use.

      I know I can do this and so other people can to. :)

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    1. Richard Allen Arandela December 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Mainstream vs. Indie.

      Never underestimate a nurse, say a nurse of my age, mid-20′s. A youthful one, can’t let go of the party scene, but takes all the responsibilities to the call of career. Time is my enemy, I want to attend all parties I’ve been invited to, because it sucks to say no to a friend, and attend all the needs of my patients, relatives and never let go of that smile, that smile that patient’s will remember through out the course of their treatment. Time is what I’m lacking, the important time I’m not putting to the important things to myself. Time to eat, to sleep and be fit for my daily habit.

      This is how I will redesign myself, as a gift for myself too.

      Never trust how fast food deliveries can get to your hungry stomach, what is faster is a healthy packed lunch, on the go, not needing to wait for that 30-minutes-and-it’s-your-for-free promise. It’s a right now, you can eat it now. Well, of course taking to consideration what you’ll be bringing to work, it should be good for yourself too. I’ll eat the just the right amount of carbs that I can burn while rushing to my aching patients, calling the doctors and switching rooms to see to it all is taken care of.

      No, I won’t totally say no to parties, I will choose which one is essential and which one is a pass by. I’ll take shots less that before, I take shots of one or two, because I’m not that young and going home drunk or on the way of passing out like douche is not a necessity anymore to say I’ve had a good night. Parties does not necessarily imply drinking, it’s about socialization, fun and conversations.

      I’ll sleep when I can. I’ll try to be fit as much as possible. I commute to work, and I take all the ride at my convenience. Even a 10 minute walk, I take tricycle for that, because it’s faster but not realizing the benefits I’m losing. From now on, I’ll make time for exercises. I’ll take that 10 minute walk. I’ll wake up an hour earlier than usual, I’ll set a routine of push ups, sit ups and jumping jacks. It’ll help me for sure to be pumped up at work.

      Let’s end our I’ll-try-my-best. I know what is best for me, and I going to do it.
      Change, it’s about time.

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    1. Gabriel Billones Jr December 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      I personally think that health is a very important factor to be able to pursue the things that we love. And if we are not in the perfect shape to chase our goals, it will be a lot harder for us to achieve them.

      As a travel blogger and social media manager for an American Health and Fitness Channel, I’m in the front of getting all the latest information about health. But at the same time, having a work online, sitting for long hours and having an altered body clock puts me in the very stage of the people that we wanted to help.

      And so in order to redesign my life, I started a healthier living by changing my diet. I slowly incorporated fruits and vegetables into my system until it gets used to it. By the end of this month, I’m going to purchase a new juicer so that I can juice vegetables like broccoli, cucumber, spinach, carrots and many more. I know juicing has a good effect for our bodies since it can be easily absorbed. And I’m also signing up to the gym again. I just bought a new running shoes and I created my own exercise program that is flexible on what I have to work on and what I can do.

      I think in redesigning your life, you have to push yourself to your limits and go beyond your comfort zones. And that is what I’m working on right now. #designyourlife @GabrielBillones

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    1. JOSHUA MARI AGUILAR December 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Hi The Fat Kid Inside. I’m Joshua Mari Aguilar. A Digital Artist, Photographer, and Web designer

      Like how you used to be Sir Erwan, I was unhealthy and overweight until I reach the age of 18. I lived a carefree and lazy lifestyle and didn’t care what goes inside my body. My personal appearance was taking a toll on my confidence and social life. That was until I realized that things need to change and got myself into bodybuilding and boxing. For the past three years I lost fat and gained pure muscle due to proper time-management, handwork, dedication, and clean diet. Now I am a 21 year old Buff, ripped and really confident with my body.

      What would I like to change is the fact that I don’t enjoy food and life anymore. I became so obsessed about changing myself that I’ve been eating the same stuff for 3 years; Eggs fried in olive oil and plain oatmeal for breakfast, variations of plain steamed fish/chicken breasts with brown rice/boiled sweet potatoes and mixed vegetables(without dressing) for lunch and dinner. My diet became a good and bad habit at the same time. I live alone because my folks are oversees and separated. I was forced in a way to teach myself to prepare my own meals, so I don’t have that much knowledge cooking.

      I used to believe that the joy of eating is the price for being physically fit until I recently discovered The Fat Kid Inside. This blog enlightened me that one can enjoy eating while being healthy at the same time. For example is this Sweet Potato Hash Pancakes with Green Eggs tutorial video; I eat plain eggs and sweet potatoes in my dull meals everyday. This tutorial taught me that I can turn plain and dull tasting food into something so delicious and satisfying.

      I plan to redesign my life by becoming like Sir Erwan and the Fat Kid Inside Team. People who stay healthy while being passionate about life and good food. With the help of this blog, I will learn all the posted recipes and make sure to feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right ingredients to keep me going and motivate with my career and my workouts. But the thing is, I am always busy and on the go. I’ll have no time to sit on my computer and study the recipes. The perfect way for me to maximize my time is to have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear. I can study and memorize the recipes while I’m on the bus ride or my lunch break. And I can also share this blog to my gym mates and fellow health and fitness enthusiasts.

      Thank You! In Advance! JK!

      JOSHUA MARI AGUILAR
      e-mail: joshmeister_69@yahoo.com

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    1. Ruel Lazaro December 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      This is How I redesigned my life.

      “CHANGE FOR THE BETTER NOT FOR THE WORST” this is my favorite quotation these days. To start the story, I’m just a typical teenage boy who doesn’t care about my health. Junk foods, Street foods, Soft drinks and all of those unhealthy foods are my best friends. When I say best friends it only means that I’m not just addicted to them but they are like my lifeline that when i stop taking these foods ill definitely stop breathing and literally die! I am also a “vampire teen” who are awake during night time and busy surfing the internet and when its already daytime, its the time for me to sleep. So everyone who knows me well is not surprised that I’m so thin and underweight. But everything change when I suddenly woke up and realized that I’m living and torturing my body so I planned to change. First, I surf the internet for tips in healthy living and done those things one step at a time. I focused first on eating proper or eating healthy foods, drinking milk ( which I really hate the most but later on im getting used to it ) and my best friends ( junk foods, soft drinks etc. ) are now my enemies! Next, I am now limiting the hours that i use the internet and made 9 pm my lights off time so I can have a 8-10 hours of sleep :) At first It was hard because I am not used on eating those foods and on sleeping early but there’s nothing hard if you really want to change for the better! Now I gained already 5 kilos and I’m happy about it.

      I wish you would pick me to be the winner of the Samsung galaxy note 3 + gear so that every time I use it I will remember to EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL AND LIVE WELL :) and it can help me a lot. Thank you for reading my story on how I CHANGE AND LIVE HEALTHY ! PLEASE PICK ME :) HI ERWAN, i hope to see u soon, You are an inspiration not only to those who are fat but also for a underweight like me! :) God Bless us all!

      Email: roellazaro@gmail.com

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    1. Ruel Lazaro December 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      This is how I redesigned my life!! :)

      “CHANGE FOR THE BETTER NOT FOR THE WORST” this is my favorite quotation these days. To start the story, I’m just a typical teenage boy who doesn’t care about my health. Junk foods, Street foods, Soft drinks and all of those unhealthy foods are my best friends. When I say best friends it only means that I’m not just addicted to them but they are like my lifeline that when i stop taking these foods ill definitely stop breathing and literally die! I am also a “vampire teen” who are awake during night time and busy surfing the internet and when its already daytime, its the time for me to sleep. So everyone who knows me well is not surprised that I’m so thin and underweight. But everything change when I suddenly woke up and realized that I’m living and torturing my body so I planned to change. First, I surf the internet for tips in healthy living and done those things one step at a time. I focused first on eating proper or eating healthy foods, drinking milk ( which I really hate the most but later on im getting used to it ) and my best friends ( junk foods, soft drinks etc. ) are now my enemies! Next, I am now limiting the hours that i use the internet and made 9 pm my lights off time so I can have a 8-10 hours of sleep :) At first It was hard because I am not used on eating those foods and on sleeping early but there’s nothing hard if you really want to change for the better! Now I gained already 5 kilos and I’m happy about it.

      I wish you would pick me to be the winner of the Samsung galaxy note 3 + gear so that every time I use it I will remember to EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL AND LIVE WELL :) and it can help me a lot. Thank you for reading my story on how I CHANGE AND LIVE HEALTHY ! PLEASE PICK ME :) HI ERWAN, i hope to see u soon, You are an inspiration not only to those who are fat but also for a underweight like me! :) God Bless us all!

      Email: roellazaro@gmail.com

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    1. Patricia Mendoza December 17, 2013 at 12:26 am

      I will redesigned my life the way I deserve to and value the people around me. I’ve been so mean to others and push them away this year so this upcoming year I will treat them right and make them feel special. All I do is to please others so this year, this is for “me”. I’ll do my best to live where I can discover my inner self. I’ll nurture my talents and skills not for them but for me.

      This is common for every student, laziness. Next year, I’ll be in my 4th year college, there’s no time for laziness. I will have OJT and thesis. I’ll do my days productively. Multi-tasking is probably a good idea to get things work done fastly and easily. I’m going to need a great app/device that reminds me the date of my to-do things because I tend to forget them easily.

      I sleep late, eat late and everything that have “late”. Haha. I don’t drink 8 glasses of water so you will the cracks in my lips. Dehydrated. So I will eat right enough food in the right time. I will sleep 8 hours a day and be healthy. The number 1 that should be taken care of is HEALTH. I never consider this before but now I am. This important to everyone. Everything is searchable on the net, I will search the simple tips to be healthy, so I’m going to have an idea how. :-)

      So I will redesigned my life for the best of me: for myself, future career and my health.)

      itspatricialouise@yahoo.com

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    1. Jessa Christia Mae M. Bulanhagui December 17, 2013 at 4:09 am

      Redesigning my Life isn’t that easy, but if I really want it I can surely make it with all my heart and soul. What does this Redesigning means? For me, Redesigning means a change. A change for the better and not for the worst. I am Jessa Christia Mae, 19 years old and definitely I love cooking but I do love eating more. When I was in High School I am so fat, to the point that I can wear again my High school uniform now and it’s kinda loose. But when I step up on college and choose Engineering as my course, I definitely loose weight. Being a student, there are many pressures that may encounter. The subjects that I should pass, the requirements, projects, thesis, and also the pressure to attain my scholarship. There are many problems that I faced these past few months. I came from a broken family and unfortunately my father gave me a financial support for my studies but then again this last July he stopped on giving me my allowance. I feel so stressed and depressed that time but thank you to my mother and friends for bringing up my life. I didn’t notice that this last 4 months I loose weight. For me this is a good sign because my friends, cousins, classmates are all slim and sexy. But then again this second semester I am not able to go to school, I stopped my schooling because we don’t have enough money to support. I worked as a call center agent but I stopped because of the shifting work hours, I got sick. And now I am just waiting for a call to my next job. I just stayed in our house, sleeping, eating, surfing the net is my daily routine. And I always sleep so late and I eat not on the right time. And I found out that I am getting fatter again. That’s why I realized that I need to change my bad habits, loose my weight again, become fit and healthy before I celebrate my 20th birthday this coming December 25.

      How would I Redesign my Life? Redesigning my life would start on a proper discipline and determination, through this everything will follow. I remembered that while I am reading a magazine, I read the article about Erwan Heusaff. I became inspired with his story. I visited his blog The Fat Kid Inside and I found out many interesting things on how to be fit and healthy.

      I will change my perspective about my body not only with my body but with a better perspective and outlook in life. With the help of the tips in THE FAT KIT INSIDE what could I ask for? How would I do to change it? I will just have a proper discipline, determination, faith, self confidence and a positive outlook.

      I want to do extraordinary things with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear like Erwan Heusaff and become Fit and Healthy like him. Not only physically healthy but also mentally healthy and spiritually healthy.

      Merry Christmas Everyone!
      God Bless

      Jessa Christia Mae M. Bulanhagui
      jessachristiamae@yahoo.com

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    1. Maria Aeden Cedes Trono December 17, 2013 at 4:22 am

      Every design is built based on a plan, so as my life. To ReDesign my life means to change and make it better. It means to go out of my comfort zone and do what I’ve never done before. I am designed based on how I see myself and everything around me. My perspective is my core, where my entire life plan originates, and this core is what I would start to redesign.

      I am a pessimist, lacks self confidence and does not easily take criticism. Thus, I tend to over think that bad things might happen, refuse to share my ideas, and barely listens to what other people say. Knowing my flaws is good thing but taking action to it isn’t easy. I have already taken small steps to change my core as I know it is a great factor to make my life beautiful. Daily small steps to change and discipline to avoid going back to my core habits are what I am working on. How do I do this? And how do I intend to do it further? Like what our preacher said, as hard as it is, have a ‘positive’ outlook in life. Say out loud that life is beautiful, and it will be beautiful. The universe gives you the things you focus on so, I should start my day focusing that I am blessed. Of course it will be hard for a pessimist to become an instant optimist I looked for help. I looked, or should I say, focused on my positive friends. And yes, they are the same people who thinks that life is good the moment you wake up. Misery loves company but, happiness is contagious and I strongly believe that so as positivism. I would say that I have made a great improvement compared to who I was a year ago but, I have to go on taking daily small steps. There are times that I step back to my old perspective so I take a moment of silence to be at peace with myself. I never though that I would be capable to redesign my life, make it more beautiful and see things the way I never thought I would. I would love to say that my improvements are accomplishment for me but, I won’t take the major credit. Redesigning my core is was never easy and it only happened because my Creator allowed it to happen. I would say that nothing can compare to the spiritual nourishment I have right now in my life.

      All good habits in life need to be nourished, and nourishment should be done daily. Good habits are high maintenance at first until they become part of your system. Today, I continue to hang out with my positive friends, listen before I talk, overcome anger, and pray daily to avoid going back to who I was before. I can say that I have improved a lot but still has a lot to learn. My core may be something really hard to redesign but I only remind myself of one thing when I doubt myself: “I can make my life beautiful.” Yes, I can, and you can too. Have a good and positive core and you will be amazed how everything else in your life will follow. You will glow with positivism inside out and blessings will chase you. Yep, I was amazed too. And I am working on amazing myself more. :)

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    1. Camille L. Cayabyab December 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

      Discipline and having the right attitude are my ways of redesigning my life. Through these attributes, i can implement the change i want to and i need to.

      I have been rejected most of the time because of my WEIGHT; since my body is not proportioned to my whole structure. May it be interviews and trainings, relationships and social norms, people tend to really eye on me with it. So i really wanted to change my physique including weight reducing into something that would make me look fit and normal.

      Since i’m not employed, I do it my way by doing a routine of chores in the house every day since my resources aren’t that sufficient. I prepare and cook food for the family and make sure it is well balanced and we eat at the right time. Some cleaning inside the house and doing some brisk walking while sweeping the outside helps as a form of exercise.

      Camille.

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    1. Rochelle L. Bata December 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

      I will redesign my life by putting myself first.

      I am 26 years old and I’m the breadwinner of the family. I have been working online for more than 4 years now. Because I want to provide well for my family and since my schedule is flexible (I can work as much as I want), I tend to overwork myself to the point of exhaustion. My life has been sedentary and needless to say, I’ve gained some weight. I also feel unhealthy.

      I’ve come to the realization that to be able to give more, I should take care of myself first. So this time, I’ve decided to put myself first. Hence I’ll manage my time better. I will cut my working hours and spend some on exercise and doing other stuffs that would help me grow. I will use some of my time on developing skills. Hopefully, with the help of the awesome features of Samsung Note 3 and gear, I can realize the change I envision.

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    1. Liliann Marie C. del Rosario December 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

      “How would you ReDesign your life, just as how I redesigned mine? What would you change and how would you do it?” –

      I’m Liliann and I’m 17 years old who weighs about 56 kilograms.
      I will be redesigning myself by starting to tell myself that I can lose weight just as how others lost theirs. :)

      I would change my eating habits and my lifestyle. First by eating right kinds of food with the right amounts. Because I usually eat tons of carbohydrates during meals with lots of meat but without vegetables and fruits. And when 2014 starts, I will change my eating habit and watch how many calories I eat per meal. Second is that I will exercise everyday even just for an hour and motivate myself that I can achieve the body and the weight that i want.

      With the help of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and gear, I believe that I can motivate myself more in losing weight this year and watch the calorie count in foods that I eat. :)

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    1. Mercedes Piol December 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Hi! Good Day! I am pretty sure that I am the oldest who will send an entry to this challenging
      contest. Laurels for Erwan and Samsung. This will awaken the minds of all the people
      especially the Senior Citizens. Some of us view life as too short already especially those suffering
      from chronic illnesses like cancer,diabetes, hypertension and many more. But if they redesign their lives they will receive more blessings and bonus years from the Lord. This blog inspired my daughter and sharedit to me, thus a MIRACLE of HEALING is continuously happening in me.

      Yes, I thought living simply and keeping oneself busy as an ant will be my key to a healthy, long life.
      It was a big NO not until a traumatic incident came to my life.

      During our time food is not a big problem among Filipino families. We had abundant supply of fruits,vegetables and sea foods. No junk foods, not even processed foods either. Maybe these are the reasons why I did not take particular attention on my food not even to other factors that might affect my health. It was one among my greatest mistakes in life.

      I was reawakened last August 2013 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer (Stage 3) and bone metastassis.

      Before that traumatic incident I don’t feel anything bad about my health. I didn’t notice that a big change is happening in me. It is because after my retirement as an school administrator I confined myself within the four walls of our house being a plain mother. As days passed I live in solitude, depression and fear of growing old. Depressed because all my material wealth were lost and my earthly legacy was trashed. I am a nice person by nature but I seldom smile nor laugh.
      These could be the reasons why my health starts to deteriorate. While undergoing medication one of my daughter introduced this blog to me so I can redesign my life if I still want to live. She managed my food which is more on fruits, vegetables,fish especially salmon and anchovies. No to sugar, red meat, processed food and dairy products. She prepared different juices for my breakfast and before going to bed. I too started to listen to meditations on positive thinking and Chakra healing. I watch comedy shows and listen to lively music. These are my steps I did in order to redesign my life.
      I did not undergo chemotheraphy but my condition is getting better and better everyday. My oncologist is so amazed by my fast recovery.

      Yes, though 69 years of age now I learn to laugh, be happy, eat the right kind of food and drop out all fears. Win or lose I am happy to share my experience especially to Senior Citizens. Let us enjoy the remaining years of our life fruitfully. Though we will not live for several decades more at least we can have bonus years. To the young ones may they benefit from my experience so they can enjoy life to the fullest.

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    1. Francis Rhaffy M. Balinagay December 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Here’s my story. When I was little, I dreamed of being a great scientist, It was a folly ambition for a kid when everybody wants to be a doctor, an engineer or a lawyer. Yes, I am ambitious. Growing up then makes me want to be a painter instead, take up fine arts and use the left side of my brain more, I grew up a little more and then I want to be a forensic scientist, months on and I enjoy cooking and want to be the king of a Michelin kitchen. High school ended I fancy myself to wore suit and tie being a lawyer. Scared about the headlines about slain defenders of justice, my father dislike the idea and I was left considering other choices, loving the creative side of me, I want to take up multimedia arts or advertising, I even consider psychology, but what rewarding career will I make myself out of that? My father then wants me to take Dentistry, which I don’t want to work with scary spine chilling things like other person’s teeth. Running out of time of what should I take, I took up Marketing Management, It happened so fast, it was not a childhood dream, it was not a fantasy, not like a wish come true. It was just as it is. A plot twist I myself never expected. I try hard to convince myself to love it the best way I could till I find myself halfway and about to finish my course, realizing it was not really what I want, I was too far, I’ve done so much to start anew, yet so near the finish line for me to quit. The “If I can only turn back time feeling” that cuts through my frustrations and anxieties. That point I knew that I don’t know anything of what I’m doing with my life.

      As of redesigning my life, If someone can invent a time machine I probably can and I will, I will change those decisions that leads to disappointments, lost opportunities, and I’ll follow and fight for the what my heart beats for despite adversity. I’ll do things I love, and make a better self out of me to create a turning point, but then it will be so ambitious to make such a vast change like this, the near impossible that one’s weak faith can easily die in despair. But there’s still one thing I can do to redesign it, one that does not require a time machine. It comes with 3 magic words. Acceptance, Determination and Hope. Acceptance of the situation, determination to change and to exert effort to make that change and to hope when everything tries to test and defy your faith. But you know what? Even If I can’t have Hermione Granger’s Time turner or a Source Code to transform and modify back time I still can and I still will, All I need is to refocus the lenses of today and create the future I want one day at a time, and it is the most powerful thing I have, more powerful than any time machine one can create.

      So enough with the past and lets go back to the present. So here I am today, finished my degree and I do have plans to take up my masters in the coming school year, probably it was my way of redemption from the failure yesterday brought me. Now I’m taking grip of the situation, No holding back from decisions and chances that I never had to manage so well before. Now I am moving on, creating a better me, preparing a version of myself in the future that I know I’ll be happy and satisfied, one that I can call a dream come true.

      For there are reasons, behind why God put us in this direction, just like a dart that pierce to a specific point on the board there are reasons why it landed there just like reasons why I’m here. I may not land in the bulls eye and hit the outer rings more often but that shouldn’t stop me to keep on trying. I may never know how close I am to that one red dot so I’m taking my shots one at a time. Let us be the engineers, doctors and architects of our own very lives.

      -Francis

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    1. Celine Emma K. Ocampo December 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      I just graduated from college and the “real world” scares me to death.

      I guess it’s just that everything happened so fast. One moment I was preparing for my future and now that future is suddenly my present. I am in the phase of my life where I have to build a good foundation for my career as an independent woman. It’s not just that I have to, it’s also because I want to. I don’t want to be a daughter who depends entirely on her parents. I am terrified but I am excited as well because I know that as I face challenges thrown my way, I believe that I will also get to know myself better.

      To sum it all up, I am redesigning my life by moving forward and embracing independence along with the responsibilities that come with it. I want to change my life for the better and start living the future that is now my present.
      And as Jamie Oliver said “My aim is to achieve sustainable change, not just make a cute little makeover.” :)

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    1. Mary May de Guzman December 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Hi! How would I re-design my life? Let me share you. I wasn’t that careful about what I eat, how my lifestyle goes on. But genuinely speaking, the very first time I’ve gotten to watch your video, it was really and will forever be inspiring. I ain’t sure how unhealthy I was because of lifestyle I am into right now, spending too much on anything I crave for. All of a sudden, it hit my mind that I already have to make a change, not only for people who care for me but ofcourse, for myself. I’ve come to realize that discipline should come from within and that I should know how to learn from others by getting inspired on how they truly want to share healthy knowledge to us.

      And so redesigning my life, should I say, comes from within and getting attracted on positive things to have positive outcomes. Thank you! 

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    1. Mary Tagatac December 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Everybody wants a fit and healthy body… don’t get me wrong… I want to have a fit and healthy body too. The key to attaining these is to have self-discipline. It’s really easy to say things but really quite hard to put all the plans into action… and so self-discipline is the key factor. BUT what good is having a fit and healthy body if you have nobody to share it with. I mean, I want to redesign my life by spending more time with my family, be able to share memories together and keeping those treasured memories coming all through out. I will be able to do this through self-discipline as well. I have to manage my time the best possible way so I can spend time with my family, be able to eat together during meal times, to laugh and relax together, and so much more. I want to redesign my life so I wont regret any missed moments with them and most importantly, I want to redesign my life to make them feel loved and be happy.

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    1. G Najera December 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I’ll hire a designer. Lolwhut. Nah, seriously, I”ll sacrifice my unhealthy hobbies to have a healthier body. After all, life is all about sacrifices. Heck, even Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for us. And through that sacrifice, he was able to free us from our sins. That’s how effective sacrifices can be. Therefore I conclude, I am so gonna win this note 3. Hahaha. Jk. But yeah, all bs aside, through sacrificing my unhealthy wants for a healthier life that I need to have. That’s how I plan on redesigning my lifestyle.

      Sincerely,
      Thefatkidoutside, Lol.

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    1. Robert Francis C. Fernandez December 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Appreciate tiny details that could eventually make a big difference.

      As a kid, I would always look forward to Sundays. It’s that seemingly special day when all my uncles, aunts, and cousins would gather in my Lolo’s home just to have lunch. I never really knew what that meant. To me, it was a weekly routine where my mom would serve her week-long prepared dish. She’d be scheming thru recipe books beginning Wednesday. Listing down her eyed menu on Thursday. Grocery shopping come Friday. Watching re-runs of Henny Sison’s cooking show on Saturday. And brilliantly whipping up a full course set just before 12 noon on Sunday falls.

      She’d occasionally call me and make me observe how she cooked. She’d make me taste her sauce, to see if it were too sweet, or spicy, or sour, and whatnot; try the meat if it were stone-hard, or well-done, or raw on every strand. I would always say, “I think it’s fine.” Then she’d put in a little more salt or pepper or some herbs and spices. I’ve always seen my mom as a kitchen master.

      At the age of 12, I was orphaned by my mother. Who would have thought that a business woman, wife, mother, and kitchen master, has been battling cancer for 2 years, and yet, be able to bring smiles on the dining table when lunchtime at Lolo’s comes? This caused a grave change in our routine. Well, there was still lunch at Lolo’s on Sundays. But even a stranger can sense the big space despite the filled seats. Lolo, being a man of few words, subconsciously looked for new recipes — which only mom could offer.

      Seeing this, I tried filling in for mom — or at least that was what I thought I was doing. Potato patties smothered in caramelized onion and mushroom — or potato burgers as what I simply called them then — and sweet and sour fish fillet were the first dishes I prepared. Relatively amazing for a 13 y.o. kid. Wink. That gesture painted a smile on Lolo’s face. That same smile he’d give on Sundays, as if mom had never left. That same smile occasionally shows up, every time I’d cook.

      If I were to re-design my life, it would start with appreciating tiny details that could eventually make a big difference. I did not give a hoot on mom’s special tips. I easily shrugged them off just by saying, “the recipe would tell me how to naman eh.” In life, some things are not meant to be played by the book. Some need the use of skills, a bit of talent, and a bit of luck. This is one real deal I would have learned earlier if I just had appreciated the tiny details that could eventually make a difference.

      With the Samsung Note 3, I would be able to carry mom’s recipes, anywhere, everywhere. As if she had never left. Heck, who would want to carry dozens of personal recipes all over town, eh? Samsung Note 3′s a perfect getaway, to be a part time food lover despite being full time law student. Matched with the Galaxy Gear, keeping track of time, efficiently and productively, has never been easier. Waiting for Sunday, to see smiles gather around the dining table has never been more self-fulfilling.

      Mom, this one’s for you. Signed: A Mama’s Boy Inside

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    1. Karen I (karen imperial) December 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      i noticed a lot of the changes people described when asked to ‘redesign’ their lives focus on losing weight. and it just dawned on me, this is the ‘fat kid’s’ blog after all. i did post something about change a couple of nights ago, but more on how it feels when it comes to you, when you seriously want to bring about change. but i thought, as long as we’re all here lusting after the samsung phone, i might as well write something that is informative. i participate in an online forum and on the diet
      thread this is all i yak about. especially when someone goes: i’m on a diet and all i ever eat is a sandwich.

      i was really obese 5 years ago, i think i tipped the scales at more or less 240 lbs. in 3 years due to traveling and the stress at work, i got down to 205 lbs without even trying. at 5’6″, this is still obese. but no matter how much i went to the gym and starved myself, i never lost anymore weight.

      and then the middle of last year, i chanced upon this article in the new york times:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/opinion/sunday/what-really-makes-us-fat.html?_r=1

      it is a 1 page short article and it gets to the heart of what is wrong with how we eat today. for a few months after that i was obssessed with reading literature of every sort concerning nutrition and problems brought about by insulin as a result of improper diet. it led me to doing atkins or very low carb, then after that i went gluten-free. after that i went paleo.

      i’d like to say eating gluten free is one of the best things i’ve ever done in my life. and this is not just because of the weight loss. i’m down to 170 lbs now, which is still overweight, but i’ve added exercise and hopefully i will get down to my normal weight soon. but more than that, i am just in awe at how my body and mind function better now compared to when i was feeding myself burgers and pasta. if
      you read mark’s daily apple on the internet, or the wheat belly blog, this observation is repeated over and over again by hundreds of people. they changed their lives just by changing how they eat.

      i’m a very mental person, i used to tell myself, why should i be so concerned about how my body metabolizes food, or how it feels after i run 2 kilometers. i’m a human being, i belong to the species that is on top of the food chain, that understands higher math, the only species that paints. but even so, we have to learn about the nitty gritty of what our body does with the food that we eat. in a
      world that is highly mental we still cannot ignore our physicality. we are creatures much like a horse, or a fish.

      for instance i read an article about how we evolved our brains thru endurance running. yes, we grew large brains that is 3 times the size for our species by outrunning zebras and cheetahs and eating their meat. but now we sit on our desks from 9 to 5 it is no longer evident that we are in fact, the greatest endurance runners on earth.

      i commute to work, and maybe 2 out of 3 people i see on the way to the office are overweight, and maybe 1 out of 3 obese. people today are fat in all the same ways. notice the flab on the arms and the belly, where fat accumulates. this is not about judging how people look. this is not about genes or slowing metabolism anymore. this is about the scary truth that the conventional wisdom about nutrition and all the artificial food that is readily available is poisoning us little by little and pretty soon a whole lot of people are going to be sick with diabetes or heart disease and they won’t be able to see the obvious connection with food.

      my point is just 2 things really. food is medicine. and exercise is the only other thing apart from coffee that helps with neurogenesis (BDNF, google it. very interesting stuff), plus, it is a natural anti depressant. and it’s free. just run, whatever.

      and what does it really mean to have a healthy mind and a healthy body. it only means that you only have 24 hours in a day and if you’re functioning at optimal level you will have enough energy to use all 24 of them as best as you can. you will have enough energy to cook your meals, to go for a jog, to actually be productive at work, to see your friends, to study, to travel, to learn something new, to plan for better things, to read and enrich your mind. in short, you will not just take up space on god’s green earth, you will actually have a meaningful life.

      :)

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    1. Ralph Rafael C. Celino December 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      I am not fat, and Im also not healthy. I’m skinny. And when you’re a guy, it’s not good.

      From childhood up to now, I was never healthy. I am very picky when it comes to food, and it would still depend on my mood if I want to eat or not. I don’t know how I adapted this kind of attitude, I wish I never did because it sucks. At school, whenever we have check ups or if we need to determine our BMI, it would just remind me of my being malnourished. What I’d like everyone to know about my situation is that it does not just affect your physical health. It affects a lot of things. It lowered my confidence a lot and it makes me limit my social interactions. As a child I’d always get teased by my friends and “payatot”, “palito” and “chicken legs” are just some names they used to call me. Since then I’ve always felt the need to change my lifestyle. During my high school, I would always watch cooking shows especially those about healthy eating and stuff, and I would enjoy it. Not only did I become more aware of the what and what nots but I also learned a lot of recipes. But even with that drive that I had towards healthy eating, I still had a lot of problems.

      Many times, stress would get to me. I would have to stay up until midnight to finish school works and wake up very early to prepare for the day. Many times I would skip breakfast or lunch because I had no time and I knew it wasn’t good. What I realized then was that it was really very hard for me to try to be healthy. I lost the determination to be healthy because it was very hard, and because I wasn’t seeing any progress with my body, so I just gave up.

      Now, I’m already a college student and yes, Im still skinny. Im still this chicken-legged guy. And it sucks more than ever. Ranting aside, I am now more determined to live healthy because of the fat kid inside. I’ve read your story, and although its not the first success story I’ve read, it felt different in a way because I see that you’ve become very successful not only in your aim at losing weight but also in your career (and you know Filipino culture and food). On the question as to how I can ReDesign my life, I’d say I’d go back to that time during my high school (as I have narrated above) when I encouraged myself to diet (not to lose weight, but to gain weight through proper nutrition), to gain knowledge of food including the what and what nots. Now that I have my draft, its time to redesign! One problem I noticed from before was that I was very limited in terms of my creativity and resources when it comes to cooking because even though I watched a lot of shows, most of the recipes are very hard to make. Now that I’m living independently, I am forced to learn new recipes which I think is a good thing so I know what comes in my body. To solve that sense of limitedness I developed the art of substituting. “Substitute this with that if you don’t have it, not a problem. Its still as good.” And tell you what, I was able to develop my own simple recipes because of it! Another problem I encountered is before, whenever I find a good recipe I’d write it down in my notebook or at times at any piece of paper closest to me. It is a problem for me because I get careless oftentimes and it happened once, it was finals week, I was very disorganized with all the cramming and stuff, that I lost some of my recipes. It was very disheartening. So, the good thing from your video is that I see that you’re keeping all your recipes on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It won’t get misplaced and you can access and share it anytime and anywhere with friends. It is also more convenient if I just photograph recipes, no writing required. I wish I thought of that before with my smartphone. Anyway, another problem that I had (and by now you may have realized) is that I have a bad eating habit. Compared to high school, college is a lot more demanding, and I know you know what I mean. So oftentimes, I still have to skip breakfast or lunch to finish school works or attend to school in time. What I want on breakfast is something fast, easy, nutritious, and delicious (what I only wanted before though was something fast, easy, and delicious so you have to give me credit for that one, right? Hahaha), and one food that fits that category are pancakes! One reason how I got here is because of the pancake recipe. I was getting tired with plain and banana pancakes so I started looking up other pancake recipes on the internet and here I am, lucky me! You’re recipe is a bit different though, because it is less flour more potatoes, so I’d love to try it together with your take on green eggs. Using the gear, it would be easier for me to keep track of time too. Not only that, the Note 3 would also help in reminding me of important notes such as my current eating schedule and cooking tips. With all the smart features of the Note 3, I won’t have to touch it when cooking, voice commands work really well I bet.

      To sum things up, I know I still have a lot to go for me to be physically fit. That is why Im starting new again. But I cant do it alone, I need help from the fat kid inside! So please keep posting new recipes and cooking tips and ideas to help me with my goal. Deal? You’re a big help, haha just had to write that.

      Yours truly,
      SkinnyKidNoMore

      akosimrcelino@yahoo.com.ph

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      1. Ralph Rafael C. Celino December 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        Btw, Im up early today because Im going to try out your pancake recipe!
        SkinnyKidNoMore

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    1. JC Glifonea December 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Redesigning a life will never be easy. Changing your lifestyle will be difficult at first, more difficult sustaining it. But I think, what’s most difficult is to learn on HOW to redesign your life. Here’s how I do mine. :

      Being a very busy person that I am, I thought that would be enough for me to lose weight since I’m kinda overweight for my age and height. I have my day job that feeds my wallet and I also have my charity work that I do on weekends, something that feeds my passion. Not to mention I also have to go out with friends to feed my social life.

      I thought those activities will make me tired, burn calories and make me fitter and healthier. But of course, no. I mean, yes I get tired and get stressed but what happens after? I resort to eating more. I tend to eat junks that my body don’t even need. Salty foods that do nothing but make me look bloated.

      I know that having that activity is no good. As I plan to redesign my life, I’m planning to motivate myself more especially on the health area of my life. Living in the part of the metro where running and working out is so accessible, I can’t afford NOT to be healthy anymore. With the advent of media and technology, everything that we need to know is, like what they say, is just right in the palm of our hands.

      I’ve been running for, I guess, a couple of years already but I was never consistent. I only run whenever I wanted to, whenever I have time or whenever someone asked me. It was never part of my schedule. Pursuing it and finding time to do it is my first step to redesigning myself. Consistency will always be the key and I will always remember that. Running and avoiding sedentary lifestyle will make a long way for me.

      Also, cooking is part of redesigning myself. Whenever I get hungry, I cook whatever I want since I know how to cook basic Filipino viands. Way back before, I tend to blame my Mom and Dad for teaching me how to cook, which resulted to gaining more weight since I cook and eat a lot. But I realized that I should use that skill for a healthier me. With this kind of blog, and other any nutritional blogs in the web world, it is impossible not for me/everyone should have an access to have all the nutritional information we need.

      But to top it all, I am planning to redesign my life by surrounding myself with good people. It is important that you are with people who believes in you and influences you to be a better version of yourself. Who doesn’t want to be with people who will uplift you, right? People who will teach you to have a lifestyle that makes you a person everyone look up to. 

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    1. Ruel Lazaro December 17, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      How did I redesign my life ??? :))

      “CHANGE FOR THE BETTER NOT FOR THE WORST” this is my favorite quotation these days. To start the story, I’m just a typical teenage boy who doesn’t care about my health. Junk foods, Street foods, Soft drinks and all of those unhealthy foods are my best friends. When I say best friends it only means that I’m not just addicted to them but they are like my lifeline that when i stop taking these foods ill definitely stop breathing and literally die! I am also a “vampire teen” who are awake during night time and busy surfing the internet and when its already daytime, its the time for me to sleep. So everyone who knows me well is not surprised that I’m so thin and underweight. But everything change when I suddenly woke up and realized that I’m living and torturing my body so I planned to change. First, I surf the internet for tips in healthy living and done those things one step at a time. I focused first on eating proper or eating healthy foods, drinking milk ( which I really hate the most but later on im getting used to it ) and my best friends ( junk foods, soft drinks etc. ) are now my enemies! Next, I am now limiting the hours that i use the internet and made 9 pm my lights off time so I can have a 8-10 hours of sleep :) At first It was hard because I am not used on eating those foods and on sleeping early but there’s nothing hard if you really want to change for the better! Now I gained already 5 kilos and I’m happy about it.

      I wish you would pick me to be the winner of the Samsung galaxy note 3 + gear so that every time I use it I will remember to EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL AND LIVE WELL :) and it can help me a lot. Thank you for reading my story on how I CHANGE AND LIVE HEALTHY ! PLEASE PICK ME :) HI ERWAN, i hope to see u soon, You are an inspiration not only to those who are fat but also for a underweight like me! :) God Bless us all!

      Email: roellazaro@gmail.com

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    1. Aire Balba December 18, 2013 at 12:31 am

      Hello Erwan!!! I would redesign my life as per my definition of happiness—doing something that makes you a better person inside and out—and as for me my happiness is just simple, I want to be a mirror of happiness to myself and to other people, how would I do that? By simply taking care of yourself and having a good health is a happy perk that I can possess.

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    1. Irene Justin Santos Maligat December 18, 2013 at 1:12 am

      I redesigned my life with two words: GOD & GRATITUDE.

      I’ve been overweight since I was 6 years old. Through the years, I’ve always set in my mind that each year will be the year that I will get thin but for almost 17 years, I have not yet achieved that goal. But this year, my mindset has changed. I changed my diet and my activities. I do boxing and bikram yoga.

      It is very very very hard to lose weight. Changing a lifestyle that you’ve been accustomed to for most of your life is not easy. It takes a lot of will power, discipline, support, control, faith, gratitude and most importantly, prayer. My goal is to get fit! And when I reach that goal, the next step is to maintain it. A lot of people inspired and empowered me to do this, but in the end, it was all up to me and God. Once I’ve fully achieved this dream, the next part is to inspire and help others reach this dream as well. It takes passion and love for one self to fully achieve anything.

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    1. Nicholas Joshua del Rosario December 18, 2013 at 2:25 am

      How would I redesign my life just as how you redesigned yours? Well Im a 4th year college student studying food technology. I was once just like you a fat kid especially in High school. I weighed greater than 80 kilograms before.

      I would just like to share how I redesigned my life and how I am continually redesigning my life. When I was in high school being the fat guy even though I am involved in sports. I am having a hard time to lose weight maybe because of my studies and yes, eating habit is the main culprit why I gained more. Eating instant noodles at lunch and dinner. Soo its all just carbohydrates. As summer reached, I started to realize that being the fat me would not help me further as I study more and approach college. It was hard at first because I need to set my goals for my studies and then for weight loss. At first I was playing tennis every afternoon 2hrs a day but then I cannot see the results soo I asked my friends on how should I reduce some of my pounds. Through time they invited me to the gym, I was still a “newbie” back then but hey, I feel the burn, soo I hit the gym then played tennis everyday and weekends are my rest days, I could see the progress from then. I started to reduce my rice intake and ate more fruits and meats, I also decreased my intake of powdered juices and softdrinks because of its high sugar.

      One day when I was working out in the gym, a guy complemented me that I need to workout because I was actually looking healthier compared before. I think that was the time that boosted my confidence to workout and try another sport.

      3 years have passed and I am still aiming and going with the correct lifestyle. Still playing tennis, hitting the gym at times, studying and I learned to love a new sport which is running. Currently I am in the varsity of athletics in our University and I am still pursuing, training harder than before to have a fit lifestyle and in order to compete in the upcoming year for Run United’s half marathon. Truly it was a blessing from God that he has given me the knowledge, strength and perseverance to partake of this transformation.

      For now, I am still young, at the age of 20 currently at 67 kilograms, learning new stuff on how to stay fit and motivated. I still keep on running and doing activities, watching my diet (It is still really hard but I know its worth it) and studying. But one thing that I am glad that I always do is sharing my experience to others who want to have a better lifestyle. Now, I am encouraging some of my friends and giving them tips to never give up on having a better lifestyle. Sometimes I even used my experience on getting fit in my speech communication subject.

      In the end I would still improve myself, trust God and continue to inspire others of what we can achieve if we put work and effort on it.

      Email: ojdelrosario@gmail.com

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    1. Robert Francis C. Fernandez December 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

      Forgot to leave my email add. So here, rob.fernandez888@gmail.com

      *fingers crossed! :)

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    1. Condrad Dominic Abellanosa December 18, 2013 at 3:36 am

      I am very much aware that being healthy is a must most especially in our very busy lives today. And I am much more aware that I need to lose some since I have my own body fats. However, I will not redesign my life towards that path because I might just break it again but I will try my very best to do it probably next year. But if I would redesign my life I would make myself a better person. Well, I definitely agree that it is a tedious thing to do and being a better person involves a lot of factors but who cares, if one is committed then it will not be difficult.

      First and foremost, I want to instill in my mind that money is a non-renewable resource. If it is possible to engrave it there, I would. Why? Basically because I spend too much money and I end up bankrupt. I usually spend my money on things that I want and not on my needs which I believe deserve a spanking. I would always think that I am single and I am not supporting anybody yet so why bother. But then, I huge wrecking ball, minus Miley Cyrus, would come out from nowhere and hit me with the truth that I am not getting any younger and I need to save up for my future. That is a cliche but hey, that is also a cold and hard fact of life whether we like it or not. But for the record, I was not born on a silver plate; I am just an ordinary employee.

      For me to become a better person and eventually redesign my life, I also want to make myself more forgiving. A lot of people have caused me pain in the past but I think I have forgiven them all since I already forgot what happened. But one close friend of mine did something that I am not sure if I can forgive her for that or not. I will not tell what exactly happened because the Samsung Note 3 is already waiting for me. Kidding! But to make the long story short, she made me at fault of something which I definitely did not do. In fact, I do not have anything to do with it. For me, it is beyond unfathomable since she has not enlightened my thoughts regarding this matter. So hopefully, the universe will conspire so the seed of forgiveness will start to grow in me and bring everything into place just the way we were before.

      Lastly, I think I should make myself more optimistic to be a better person. Both my parents are actually not in good shape and I am somehow expected to support their needs especially their lifetime medications. Warning, this is the part where it becomes dramatic. Humans as we are, sometimes we feel exhausted and anxious of similar situations in our lives. And that does not exempt me. But I guess that is how it really is. We just need to be stronger for our loved ones and for ourselves. We also need to think positive and shout ALL IS WELL!!!

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    1. Krist Anthony Almario December 18, 2013 at 3:38 am

      How would I Redesign my life?

      It all begins with attitude. In my line of work, attitude counts more than your skills, more than your knowledge of the field and even more than the years of experience that you have in service. Attitude can get you a long way.

      I admit that my life is still a mess when it comes to my health, and my fitness, and to redesign it, I have to change my attitude, towards life, towards health and fitness. That is where I will start.

      How will I change it? There’s no better way to start something life changing, than to start immediately. I know it’s going to be a lot to take in, changing something abruptly. But I would change things gradually, making sure that I had done something more significant today than yesterday, taking baby steps if you will.

      Attitude is first, then action comes second. With the right mind set, anyone can go miles, without stopping. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do. With the change in attitude, planning for the physical begins. Planning for meals, planning for a more active lifestyle and planning for a change in habits.

      After the action planning, the actual carrying-out of the plans comes next. Will power and dedication, and even determination comes to play. As I kept on saying, attitude is very important, and these three values or traits fall under attitude.

      This explanantion, does not necessarily only apply to redesigning my life, but it also falls in every aspect of ones life. Either wanting to achieve a goal, or finishing a lifelong project. Hope this will help.

      Thanks Erwan

      Yours truly,
      Krist Anthony Almario,
      kristanthonyrn@yahoo.com

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    1. Airedolf Balba December 18, 2013 at 4:24 am

      Redesigning your life is all about hardships and commitments, it’s a process that can be done in an instant because it is a continuous process, as for me I would want to redesign my life on appreciating things that I already have, sharing my happiness to others, and be a symbol of happiness for them if possible. By means of posting happy thoughts and photos online is a very efficient way of spreading happiness, it can make and change the peoples thought on how can they also bring happiness to them.

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    1. Kristine Palmares December 18, 2013 at 5:29 am

      Hi Sir Erwan,

      I’m on the process of redesigning my life. I’ll try to keep it short. Two years back I was a happy go lucky girl/ student. But reality hit me. So I chose to stop my study and let my brother finish his course and yes he did it last March.

      As I wanted to change my life for the better, I decided to continue my study this semester. So far am doing it responsibly. I learned a lot from my mistakes. I know now what is the true value of education. I’m proud to say that next year will be my intership and thesis the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear will be a perfect companion. It will be a big help for me to do my research and manage my time working and studying. Ps. Its my birthday sir on the 25th of December.

      Godbless sir, Merry Christmas.

      Thank you

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    1. Reina Heart December 18, 2013 at 5:35 am

      How I would redesign my life? I would redesign it by changing the person I have become. Ever since I have become an adult I found myself not smiling like how I use to when I was a kid. Now that I have become an adult I have become too serious for my own good and I want to change and smile like how I use to when I was a child. What I would change would be to stop stressing about the little things in life because in life there are bigger things to worry about and try to live a little and do something nice and how I would do that I would do things that would make someone else day bright like giving someone a compliment and I would get up early and look at the sunrise because in one life when you get to busy in your life you don’t noticed the things that make life so wonderful and interesting anymore. So I will take the time to do things to make someone else happy and in return hopefully it will bring happiness to me and I’ll be able to smile again like how I use too.

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    1. Rae Dantes December 18, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Who am I? What am I for?

      I am a multitasker; student, daughter, confidante, writer/blogger, fashion enthusiast, aspiring entrepreneur, and an adventure-seeker all rolled into one.

      People around me always say that I’m being too hard on myself. The OC person that I am.. when I do things, I never stop. My laptop is filled with post-its and to-do lists. I always make sure that everything will seem perfect (Well, at least for me). I’m afraid of doing the wrong things.. again. Yes, I’ve made some mistakes before. I know, we all do, but I can’t help punishing or more of pushing myself (for the better) because of this.

      I had a very active social life before. I hang out with a lot of friends, org mates, school mates, even acquaintances (Name any group. I’m most likely a part of it). I belong to almost any circle a regular student in college could ever have. With these circles, I have equal share of responsibilities too. I remember the many times I juggle my academic subjects and extra-curricular activities. I even have time to party at night.

      I forgot my family.. the people very close to me. I had no time for them, not even for myself. Some instances in my life taught me to realize this the hard way. I had to leave school for a while and work.

      My life turned upside down. Then I realize, too much of everything is bad.

      When opportunity came knocking on my door, after five or six months of being out of school for work, I grabbed it. I was offered a scholarship (more of support for my schooling) from my uncle abroad.

      Going back to college was never easy. I had to make friends again, get into the habit of studying at night (instead of partying and working all day or all night) and renew my passion in writing. In short, I had to start anew. No complaints for this because I was lucky enough to be a student again. I never wished to be anywhere else because I learned to live by the saying, “Seize every moment!”.

      We don’t know what might happen tomorrow, the next day, a week from now, months and years after. So as long as you have that moment – whether with your loved one, your job, your term paper or your college thesis – seize it and make the most out of it! My secret in getting back on track is keeping a checklist (some people call this a bucket list). I am very particular with my long-term and short-term goals.

      Some of my long-term goals are as follows:

      Bond with family – ✓
      Have some me-time – ✓
      Do well in school – ✓
      Get a worthwhile internship – ✓
      Gain new friends – ✓
      Perform on stage – ✓
      Visit art galleries – ✓
      Start a blog – ✓
      Learn a sport – ✓
      Reconnect with old friends – (in the process)
      Graduate college – (in the process)
      Weekend getaway with college friends – __
      Study or work abroad – __
      Take an MBA – __
      Start a business – __
      Be the boss of my own company – __
      Get married in my 30s – __
      Raise a family of three kids – __

      Of course, they are a lot. There’s no harm in DREAMing BIG! However, you have to take things ONE STEP AT A TIME. Know your PRIORITIES. You gotta make sure that you stick with the PLAN (Plan A B C).. and WORK HARD for it.

      I am for… CHANGING FOR THE BETTER. 

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    1. Anne Ferrer Canoy December 18, 2013 at 7:23 am

      .TODAY I REDESIGN MY LIFE.

      Today, I will live my day fully, without worrying about how to work out all my problems in one day.
      Today, I will take care of my physical appearance. I will eat right and exercise.
      Today, I will be kind and polite to others.
      Today, I will try not to be better than anyone else. I will just be the best me.
      Today, I will be happy.
      Today, I will adapt to the tasks I face, without expecting the tasks to adapt to me.
      Today, I will dedicate 20 minutes to reading something constructive. Reading is good for my mental health.
      Today, I will perform a good deed, without telling anyone about it.
      Today, I will plan what I need to do, putting my most important activities on the top of the list.
      Today, I will follow my plan carefully.
      Today, I will not feel afraid.
      Today, I will be able to enjoy life, and believe in kindness.
      Today, I will start redesigned my life for the best of me.

      Name: Anne Ferrer G. Canoy
      email: canoy.anne@yahoo.com

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    1. Jessa Marie Balingasa December 18, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Hi I’m a 21 year old Architecture student, and I’m currently #redesigning my life. Unlike you I’m not fat or was fat but I have fat that I need to lose (does that make sense? lol), I’m actually more on the fat loss and not weight loss. Last Sunday (December 15th) I started to workout using a chart of a 30-day abs and squat challenge which I found on twitter. You see I don’t have money to go to the gym but I have my computer and internet connection so I made the best use of it by googling and youtube-ing ways to workout. The next day I skipped cos my body was in pain I can’t hardly walk and climb up and down the stairs. my classmates and friends asked me why I was like that but I didn’t tell them what I did cos I want to train in silence, I want my results to speak for myself the next time they see me :) I don’t mind the pain. My sore muscles are actually giving me happy pain.

      Well I’ve already thought of redesigning my life before but won’t do it in effect and I have never considered working out. To be honest and without sugar coating, after watching your 5-minute animated video, it just hit me. On that day I decided I don’t wanna feel uncomfortable anymore with myself (cos I have always been), so I changed. Just like that. I decided I didn’t wanna wait for the New Year to have #redesigning my life as my new year’s resolution. I wanna do it now and give myself a better me this Christmas. I know I can do this. I actually have a jar to keep me motivated and every time I complete a day of workout, I put 10 pesos in it (that’s all I can, for now). And I’m planning to treat myself with a new pair of jeans and clothes by the end of next year (Yes. Next year. Cos I’m planning to continue working out even after the 30-day challenge that I’m into right now). I’m currently on my 3rd day and so far so good, I actually added a few cardio and arm exercises on my sets and I’m planning to add more in the coming days.

      I know that a healthy and fit body is 30% workout-made and 70% kitchen-made so I’m trying to fix my meals too. The bad news is I don’t eat much vegetables and that’s the thing I need to work on now. Anyway, I’ll share to you this list I need to start doing to achieve the better life that I want.

      1. DRINK A LOT OF WATER. I started to control the things I drink. I stopped drinking sugar (soda) and alcohol and anything sugary.
      2. EAT A BIG BREAKFAST, AVERAGE LUNCH AND A TINY DINNER. I don’t usually eat much during breakfast and I usually have ‘brunch’ but now I try to wake up early and eat. And by the way, I’ve noticed that since I started working out, I always feel hungry like every damn hour. Why is that so?
      3. EAT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES + NATURAL FOOD. I don’t have problem with eating fruits but vegetables? I’ll work on that. And yup I’m saying no junk foods now.
      4. GO FOR A WALK/ JOG/ BIKE RIDE. I’ve started riding bike a month ago and I’ve started jogging since I worked out (for cardio)
      5. READ. I now read blogs and websites (including yours) and I do watch healthy youtube vid’s to know more about healthy living (healthier meals and more workout tips)
      6. GO TO BED EARLIER. This one’s a bit hard since I’m into architecture and use much of the night hours to work but I’m now working on reviewing and re-managing my time.
      7. STOP THINKING NEGATIVE THPUGHTS ABOUT MYSELF AND/OR OTHERS. Enough said.
      8. DON’T DWELL ON THE PAST. I’m turning it into art now :)
      9. ENJOY LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE.
      10. DO NOT JUDGE OR COMPARE MYSELF TO OTHERS. Yes I need to remind myself with this.
      11. BEGIN YOGA OR MEDITATION. (For clearer mind)
      12. DO NOT PUT THINGS OFF.
      13. AVOID PROCESSED FOOD.
      14. STRETCH DAILY TO IMPROVE FLEXIBILITY.
      15. LISTEN TO PEACEFUL MUSIC.
      16. LIVE IN A TIDY SPACE.
      17. WEAR CLOTHES THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY. (And comfortable)
      18. THROW AWAY THINGS YOU DON’T NEED.
      19. REMEMBER THAT ALL THE EFFORT YOU ARE MAKING TODAY WILL PAY OFF IN THE END. Big yes!
      20. GO OUTSIDE MORE. Breathe and unwind.

      To you who might be reading this and is not starting with #redesigning yet, what’s stopping you? START WHERE YOU ARE. USE WHAT YOU HAVE. And DO WHAT YOU CAN. If you’re still looking for reasons and motivations to do it, DO IT FOR YOURSELF. Do it for a stronger heart, a fitter body, a clearer skin, toned muscles, calm nerves, happier soul and a bigger smile. (I’m talking about working out and eating healthy) :) Yes, I may not be there yet but I am closer than I was yesterday and I can’t wait to be blown away by how much I’ve improved in how I look, feel and perform in the next 30 days.

      I don’t actually expect to win the contest but I write here as a pledge to myself. I’m just happy to know that a new me is coming soon. Thanks Erwan for the vid’s specially the 5-minute animated one. It was indeed an eye opener. And btw tell Samsung that that Note 3 + gear is hella dope! (I’m actually a loyal Samsung customer from my phone to my camera and to my monitor. Very reliable yet affordable products) Kudos to the company and to you!

      Have a great and healthier day!

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    1. Jessa Marie Balingasa December 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Email: balingasajek@gmail.com

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    1. Yves Philip B. Nicdao December 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Angry driver on the way! I’m here! Make way! My car horn’s overworked and my blinkers are always on their HAZARD blinks. Maybe it’s time i get to bring change on my attitude, thanks to your Blog!

      I Plan to :

      Accomplish in order these strategies for change :

      Level 1
      +Blinkers on their normal states
      +Refuel just once in a while so I can get more social interactions with them service staff

      Level 2
      ++Improve my parking skills, this gets into my nerves really fast
      ++Practice counting 1-10 when my hulk sense is tingling

      Level 3
      +++Distance myself from other angry drivers
      +++Be a better defensive driver by assuming predictions 2 vehicles in advance
      +++Less use of swearing, not just because it’s overrated, I’ll just use this voice to sing my frustrations. Care for a mixtape? :)

      It’s time! :)

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    1. Ericson Felipe December 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Life is full of surprises, that when it knocks on my door i have to make a descision and pick my choice.

      I failed so many times in my life, I accept, I’m not an achiever. That’s why many hates and down me, specially those people who I expect to cheer me in times of troubles, because of my disappointments.

      But, I will never give up! I need to be strong and love myself in order to prove them wrong.

      Now, this is my plan on how I redesign my life, in 3 BIG Steps to bounce back:

      1.I must be more specific about what i want in life and from life.
      2.Then, i will take the risks and don’t leave thing to chance.
      3. And finally, enjoy every moments of my life to the fullest like there’s no tomorrow with humility and respect. ;)

      I think, I would change now my NEGATIVE PERSONALITY. Being SHY, as one, because i missed many good opportunities that knocks my door once. The second one is MAKING A CONCLUSION without trying it first. And the other one is LACK OF SELF-CONFIDENCE.

      I believe that LOVING MYSELF AND KNOWING MY IMPORTANCE is the key to change it!

      But, atleast by going through this exercise of designing my life, im in control of my circumstances, rather than allowing myself to become a victim of them. So, i will not hesitate to change my path, if the circumstances warrant.

      I change because I learned a lot! If I will win this Galaxy Note 3 + Gear, I can now share how my life change day by day. Merry Christmas everyone! ;)

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    1. Michael Lacson December 18, 2013 at 11:38 am

      A Prime Minister named Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Man is only great when he acts from passion.” I’m not exactly sure what a Prime Minister does, but if Mr. Disraeli were still alive, I would give him a fist-bump. He was definitely amazing to verbalize the philosophy I want to live on. What he said speaks a lot of how I want to redesign myself. I want to define my own path in life by rediscovering my passions, improving them, and using them to find my purpose and benefit the world. I am so done with blindly following what others dictate me to do simply because I want to meet their expectations. I know it sounds too idealistic or even pretentious, but I am quite sincere. That task is easier said than done though because as I’ve learned, the society loves enforcing its own preconceived notions of success, and it doesn’t always include “doing what you love” in its list. Maybe studying what a Prime Minister does is a hell lot easier.

      People will try to dictate you what you should achieve in life, especially in terms of your career. They are probably well-meaning individuals who want the best for you, but see, success is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. The definition of success varies from one person to another. It’s not always about how expensive your properties are, or how much cash you have in the bank, or how Donald Trump-esque your title is. There is nothing wrong about those, but they’re not always for everyone, and people should accept that. Maybe some individuals do not want to have 9-5 job, but one that involves a crazy adventure around the world. Others probably just want to keep learning through the pillars of higher academe. Or maybe there are those whose greatest dream is to immortalize their ideals through a legacy that deserve a standing ovation and a shower of confetti. Mine is to keep doing what I love (which is writing and visual arts), and use it to influence even just one soul (though more would be cooler). Maybe for now that won’t be enough to give me a nice car or a 6-figure salary or a limestone castle and a flying dog. Heck, maybe it will NEVER be enough to get me the sparkly stuff that consumerism offers. But I think as long as I’m doing something that my heart speaks of, I’m on the right track. Passion, after all, is a strong force; an earth-moving, adrenaline-pumping, Gordon Ramsay-enduring gift from God that will give you the spunk to finally live life in your own terms and experience that blissful high that comes along with it. Probably the same bliss that inventors feel when they give birth to a new frontier, or what soccer players feel when they score a goal, what swimmers experience when they swim, or when singers sing, or when our friendly neighborhood Spiderman swings from building to building. In my book, that happiness is priceless. And that happiness that I get from writing for hours and drawing surreal things in my notepad fuels my own meaning of success. Even better, passion brings out the best in people. It amplifies your good traits, which radiate to others and create a difference. Sort of like a blasting heat from a dying star’s explosion, only that it is made of a sincere desire to help the world. Mr. Heussaff, for instance, is passionate in health and food, and look how that lead to Fat Kid Inside, a craft that greatly affects thousands of people towards better living.

      Following what you love is not easy though, and at times, it’s not even pleasant. It will ask a lot from you. My word! Good sir, it can be even bloody painful. It will require discipline, commitment, and hard work. It will make you sacrifice some things of lesser priority, but priorities nonetheless. These seemingly-unattractive things will actually be my catalyst. They will be my weapons in hunting down the ever-elusive creature that I call ‘passion’ and its even rarer offspring, the cutesy ‘happiness.’ I will persevere and never quit in devoting my energy and talents in what I love, no matter how many times I fall flat on my face. I will learn how to manage my time, become organized, continue my education, and look for people to be inspired of (Galaxy s3 would be very handy on these things *nudge nudge wink wink*). I will only listen to people who genuinely want to support me on this journey. This time, shouts from angry mobs of haters that can deter me or flattering praises from obsequious crowds that can make me complacent wont affect me very much. They dont have much difference anyway, what matters is how I take them.

      I think I am ready for 2014 to define my own road in life, paved with a strong conviction to be honest to what I really want to do. It is sad that we often have to sacrifice the things that we would rather do if money was no object, for the sake of practicality. It is even sadder that we sometimes get pushed into something we don’t even wanna do, simply because we were forced to decide too early. Still, I think it is never too late. And if that means waging another bloodshed battle against self-doubt and stagnation, tuning out the noise of a world that demands conformity, and getting back to square one, then sign me up baby!

      P.S. Sorry for the very long answer. I just caught up. I enjoyed the challenge so much. :P

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    1. Catherine M. Del Valle December 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

      I always thought that I’m healthy cause I don’t get too much fat. I eat a lot but I’m not working out and also I can’t make time to work out due to busy schedules on my business. Years passed and my body changed people noticed I gain weight but I didn’t feel insecure about my body because i think that if I get fat and ugly my boyfriend will still loves me as he always assured me. Your blog is like a turning point for me, I know now that I’ll look and feel better if I’ll be active and eat healthy. I’ll redesign my life through discipline and always be motivated to be a better me. I don’t want to be always on the safe side. I have to get out of my comfort zone and push myself to be a better me, a better body and a better living. :)

      NAME: Catherine M. Del Valle
      email: catzz_28@yahoo.com

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    1. Mariko del Rosario December 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      All my life, my only concern is maintaining my double-digit weight. I am a female, and there goes my insecurities. I don’t go to the gym nor do exercises but I make sure I do not eat too much. I never listened to anybody telling me that I should eat more to look healthier. I never knew I looked that bad until one day someone asked me if I’m sick or something bad happened to me. I mean, do I really looked that bad? And then I realized I really looked unhealthy. All these prominent bones in my clavicle, ribs and pelvis.. I looked weak. Yes, my body is not fat but I know I am also out of shape. I do not feel it but my body cannot hide it. Since then I gradually increased my food intake. More vegetables and fruits, less junk food and fast foods (honestly, the hard part), more proteins and carbohydrates, and a lot of water. I also engaged myself in running 4-5 times a week. Also, consistency is the key. Fast forward to 1 and a half years, here I am now at 130 lbs. I sure did gained a lot of weight, but these muscles and a healthy body gave me the best feeling that I ever felt. It gave me a whole new perspective in life.

      Now I can confidently say that I am fit. I have never been so happy. I have never been so healthy.

      Mariko D. del Rosario
      marikodr@yahoo.com

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    1. Ofelio V. Villanueva, Jr. December 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      As an Engineering student, this year was definitely a heck of a roller coaster ride. The need to sacrifice a lot of my waking and sleeping time just to finish a nearly-hopeless projects, demanding presentations and at the same time study for sets of deadly examinations and quizzes. This years is literally the most physically and mentally stressful year I have experienced as a student.

      Being stressed, I find ways to cope with it all to be able to function in the best way I can. And I noticed that my way for coping with all the stress I received is to eat and eat and eat it all away. And this has lead me to my current problem, an astounding 212lbs of a problem and honestly still growing and growing horizontally. To add to this dilemma, I find eating as the best way for me to socialize: going out, cooking and parties, the ways I know how to be with friends. Making “eating” a major double treat.

      This is the thing I want to ReDesign in my life, to correct and change my eating habits* in the best way I know how. *Good Eating habit – right calorie in-take each meal, timely and schedule eating time and proper understanding of the word “Hungry”.

      So, how should I deal with this problem? These are the ways I know how i should tackle my journey to ReDesigning my life (eating habit):

      In changing this habit: First, I need to ACKNOWLEDGE, that this habit is bad for me and my health. That this habit is the reason I am what I am right now, a FAT person. I need to internalize and really accept that my method in eating and my way of determining the time I should eat is definitely wrong and there is a need to address and change it for the better.

      After accepting the wrong habit I have, I need to UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE on why I need to change my eating habit. I need to understand that my eating habit is putting my health in danger and if I don’t change I might put myself in risk and acquire diabetes, high blood pressure and worse even lead myself to my death. I need to understand that what I’ll be doing is for the betterment of my body and myself, and this change is necessary for me to evolve and be the person I want to be and what I should really be.

      Having fully understood the purpose of the change I want to implement, I should CONDITION MYSELF and my environment that I really what to change. Coz I believe that change is a group effort, if I really want to change, I should share it to my family that they’ll be able to help me and keep me away from temptations and things that will tear me away on the road of change I’ll be tackling. And never forget to BELIEVE in myself that I am able to do this change and I should never expect that this change will be easy and fast.

      After conditioning and really believing in myself and the change, I should set a REALISTIC GOAL that will keep me MOTIVATED in the process of changing. Setting goals considering my abilities and sense of responsibility: A goal like setting my eating habit right, by recording the time I usually eat and adjust it little by little until I’m used to the new time and new way of determining when I should really eat, developing a routine. I should also remember to reward myself to keep my moral and motivation high.

      After all this, I should keep a POSITIVE ATTITUDE and KEEP ON THINKING the future I’ll have when I finally reach the change I want to have. This is to keep myself motivated, excited and interested in the process of changing my habit.

      And this is how I’ll change my eating habit! Also, this is with proper mind-set that I need to give a conscious effort in monitoring the food I eat to be lean and healthy, avoiding sugar, fats and junk foods

      To end my ways to change, I would like to share my simple trick in doing this. I can follow this step by adding the advice James Clear has shared in one of his article: “If you can do things in less than two (2) minutes, then do it now.” This statement had opened my eyes to the unlimited things I can do in less than two minutes, and let me realize that most of the trivial and important thing we do in our daily life will take us less than two minutes each, making the job lighter and less stressful to do and think.

      Putting the concept of change in James Clear’s perspective makes things easier and a lot more fun. So, that is all the ways I will do to implement the change I want and the I will have :D I hope I can inspire others to push-through the change they’ll plan and help them in conditioning their self in the process of change!

      Thank you and God bless!

      Email: yantanfishie@gmail.com

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    1. Benjalyn de Isidro December 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Yay! I’ve finally come up of an idea on HOW TO REDESIGN MY LIFE. I know from the very start that redesigning isn’t easy as it sounds. I’ve studied engineering for five years and when we need to redesign a system, it would usually drain the juices of my brain at first. How much more redesigning my life… but I’m taking this challenge not for the benefit of others but for myself.

      I’ll need TWO BLUEPRINTS to redesign my life.

      The first blueprint will have my objectives and actions to be taken. Basically, I want to redesign my life because I WANT TO BE PHYSICALLY FIT. I’ll need to do SOME CHANGES in my current LIFESTYLE. I’m not getting any younger anymore so having a good health is definitely a priority. Being physically fit would also get rid of my insecurities and of course, I would have the freedom to wear the clothes that I want (in small sizes!)

      To do this, I’ll have to be:

      1. DISCIPLINED IN MANAGING MY FOOD INTAKE AND IN DOING REGULAR EXERCISE.
      – I’ll have to learn how to read food labels so I would know what to include in my grocery list.
      – Learn various cooking or prepping methods for my food and that’s the time that I’ll be needing the SECOND BLUEPRINT which is the http://thefatkidinside.com/ page. I’m not going to skip gym period anymore.

      2. ENJOY “TEA” TIME WITH FRIENDS.
      – Laughter shared with friends is one way to sweep away negative vibes. i say “tea” time because I’m going to encourage them to live healthy too.

      3. HAVE “ME” TIME ONCE A WEEK.
      – This will be my “treat” day. So expect this day to be stress free and ice cream day.

      4. MORE PRAYER TIME EVERYDAY.
      – This will give me courage and strength to be DISCIPLINED in pursuing my objectives to redesign my life.

      Thanks to THEFATKIDINSIDE for inspiring and poking me to cross the line. Cheers!

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    1. Philip December 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Redesigning my life? Hmmm… Every year I always keep a promise to myself that I will lose weight. I just thought it was easy as like counting 1, 2 and 3. I tried everything such as going to the gym, jogging and diet but nothing works. I just noticed that I am just gaining more weight. And then, recently I just realized that I am just doing this because I want others accept me or to be belong to their group and hate myself that I am fat. But I was wrong. I should do this for myself and not for others. It just came to me that how will I redesign my life without accepting who I am and what I am. Change, it is something that is good for you something that will make your life for better but it is also a decision and a commitment; it’s just realizing that the only thing you truly have control over is yourself, right here, right now. It’s a necessary process of adapting to the ever-changing realities of life – leaving behind the past to make way for the present.

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    1. Romel S. Gudes December 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      I will redesign my life simply by mind-setting as I do believe we are in control of our thoughts that will results in our actions. One of my favorite quotes from Napoleon Hill says “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

      As a young adult, I am very jealous and intimidated with others’ successes. I felt like why I am not successful as they are which results to blaming and being hard to myself. It also came to a point that my goal was to be like them, be a complete imitation that I forgot that I am me and a unique individual. That I am capable of doing great things not just for myself but for others as well.

      2013 is a tough year for me, indeed. Lots of challenges, ups and downs, tears and I even thought of giving up. But, asking myself some questions if I really just let those bad things make me quit, do nothing and just continue on whining. That proves, those negative thoughts are just ALL in my mind. It’s hard though to completely divert my thoughts to positive one. It will take courage to decide and commit to it as a man.

      2014 is approaching and I have made a decision to change my mindset and to focus on what I am capable of and doing more on what I am good at, enhance and amplify that burning passion within me as well as squeeze all opportunities out of it. I will definitely commit and pledge to it as a man. Surely, for the upcoming years will be a total & drastic change to become a better person.

      Redesigning my life through mind-setting is what I want to achieve. How would I do it? I’ll just make it the habit to do it everyday. Little things, everyday decisions and claiming that I am a better me than yesterday.

      Thanks Erwan for continually inspiring me and lots of people. More power to you and your endeavors!

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    1. Stefanie Lim December 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Hi, I’m Stefanie, 24 years old and I enjoy sketching, reading, writing, teaching, and I am also learning how to cook. I am currently working as a part time Editor and a full time English Teacher, so basically I am working 13-14 hours a day. Because of this, I don’t have enough time to do other things that I like and that are essential for me, my work out time became less, and I had lesser time spent with my family and loved ones. In addition, there are other things that I want to do and achieve especially as days, months, and years pass by. Cliche as it may sound, but I still want to pursue my dream to be an animator.

      I want to redesign my life in a way where I can be healthy, be able to help my family, and be productive at the same time. I am planning on quitting the morning job, find a good and affordable school for masters, and if I have enough time to squeeze in my schedule, I also want to learn and start animation. I know it will not be easy, but I’m hoping that things will work out according to plan even though I know that all of these things will demand a lot from me. “Nothing worthwhile comes easy,” as they say. Still, I am willing to do everything that I can and in my ability to achieve and embark on this journey. I know that failure will always be there, but I’ll take it as a challenge. I have already decided and I am eager and determined to pursue this. I am very willing to leave my comfort zone and work hard for the kind of life that I want. ^_^

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    1. Mares Palma December 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      I am currently ReDesigning my life by focusing my energy in developing good and healthy eating habits. Since I’m undergoing chempotherapy, I now have a balanced diet. I switched to eating lean grass-fed meat and more servings of fruits and veggies.

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    1. Michael Jordan S. Toledo December 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      I can only think of one thing to redesign in my life, that is, to put a premium in my academics way back in college. Back then, I put most efforts on extra curricular activities. I have just thought about it on my graduation day, that indeed, it is rewarding when you make your parents proud when you have that Latin honor attached to your name.

      Yes, I have enjoyed college because I got the chance to participate in all activities that I want. But I reached that point where I had to sacrifice time studying or concentration on the academics. It really pays when you graduate with flying colors coupled with sheer talent and abilities developed from school activities. It could have been my best surprise for my mom and dad, who have been very supportive ever since.

      I am constantly learning how to plan my life well, to achieve my goals and prioritize what is more important. I hope I just realized it earlier.

      With the multi-tasking features of the Samsung Note 3, I would be able to make career meet half way with leisure — something I neglected back in college. Why put business ahead of pleasure, or vice versa, when one can have them both? The Samsung Note 3 can be a business partner. It can be a buddy. Coupled with the Galaxy Gear, I would have the power of time in my hands. Losing track of time will never be an issue. It would be valued even more.

      The power to redesign my life lies in me. It starts within. It starts now.

      Michael Jordan S. Toledo,
      jordtoledo@gmail.com

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    1. Stephanie Sol December 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      To ReDesign my life I WILL TURN MY PASSION INTO PURPOSE, just like how you did it. :)

      The Fat Kid Inside as your brainchild is genius. Your first love, food, has been transformed into a brand and turned into a source of daily inspiration. They say to win in life: you’ve got to find a career that intertwines spot between what you love, what you are good at and what pays well. I say, you’ve hit alpha and I want to achieve the same.

      What food is to you, acting is to me. As a kid, I had the habit of talking to myself in front of the mirror, reenacting scenes from my favorite shows. I knew I enjoyed acting but I never knew I could take being an actress as my profession. So in college, I took up Industrial Economics, thinking it was something that would help me land in a well paying, institution-changing job. I was both right and wrong. I was right about the path of my degree, per se, but I was quite wrong about pursuing it- because I didn’t love it. What honestly made me survive university was doing theater. It was the main thing that kept me from failing. I’d finish doing all my homework during lunch and I study for my tests during breaks in between classes so that I would have time to memorize scripts and attend rehearsals by night. Passion truly fuels you.

      The goal is to turn my passion into purpose. I have been joining workshops, reading books, watching movies and mini tutorials on acting to further my knowledge in the field but that is only one side of the coin. The flip side is where I create a venue, which allows me to interact with people- where I can share my latest discoveries or experiments in acting and people comment.

      Since acting, like cooking, is learned by doing. I would follow your footsteps and put up a blog that’s all about my first love- acting! I would write about what I learn from the workshops I attend. Perhaps share some acting exercises. I would post screen-captured photos that show a particular emotion I’d like to study or insert short video clips of interesting acts. To make it more relevant as a lifestyle blog, I would incorporate movie, TV series and short film reviews, with the bonus of acting notes. I could even include TV commercials with catchy acting storyboards. Finally, using the power of social media, I would tweet and Instagram daily quotes from the notable actors or the latest films. I’ll probably name my blog: TWINKLE TWINKLE, TWEETING STAR. SOMETIMES LAUGHING. SOMETIMES CRYING. ALWAYS ACTING.☺

      (Haha so much for originality. Please don’t sue me for plagiarism. I’ll think of a better name. Any suggestions? I’d be happy to get a Tweet or InstaGram comment @iamstephaniesol :)

      PS. My childhood nickname is Twinkle so it is personalized too.
      PPS. Writing this entry is eureka moment! Thanks Erwan! Thanks Samsung ☺
      PPPS. I hope I give justice to the adage, “save the best for last.” :)

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    1. Leslie Kirsten Flores December 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      How would I redesign my life? I think this is not an easy question to answer, but just by thinking of how I would answer this question made me realized of how should I start changing the way I live my life today and make it better.

      I believe that redesigning my life should start from me, from my inner self. Changes in one’s life should start from accepting that there is something not right and the willingness to make those things right. This is how I would like to start redesigning my life, accept the fact that there is something wrong the way I live my life today and being willing to have changes in my life.

      I admit, I am not a healthy eater. I eat whatever I want, whatever that is available in our refrigerator, without even thinking if it’s healthy or not. And Yes, I would like to change that. I want to live healthy, not just to have a sexy figure, but also because I don’t want to regret someday that I didn’t at least try to make a difference in my life.

      I would also like to change my behavior which is being shy. I am the shy type of girl, and I always want to change that. I know that it is one of the reasons why I don’t have the guts to achieve my dream. My shyness becomes a barrier towards my ultimate dream and I would like to destroy that barrier and have the courage to achieve my dream. And just recently, I realized that there is no such perfect timing for everything, you should be the one to make that moment right. So now, I will try and start by doing little steps until I achieve my dream, succeed and make it the perfect moment of my life.

      Just like you said, “You are the only one between you and your goals”. And the change that I want is only between me and my goals, so I will do something, start something and make the change that I want. :)

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    1. rona iyza garcia December 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      hi,
      I am 29 years old and a breadwinner to my family, From then, I’ve been always thought that i have to be strong and focused to what i need to do. I have a boyfriend as well and despite of my priority is my family, he is always there to support me. Then one day i decided to work abroad, as a domestic helper in hongkong. i knew that he is not agree but still he let me go for my family. Time goes by until i didnt realize how i am losing him, we broke up on our 8th year. Sa panahong naghiwalay kami at nawalan ng komunikasyon sa isat isa, pinagpatuloy ko parin ang pagsuporta ko sa aking pamilya even it is so heart breaking and exhausted.. Now that our path meet again i realized how i still love him, then we start all over again. As i redesigned my life, i want to create a new life with my boyfriend as we are planning to get married on coming year . I ‘ve been working hard for my family for the past years of my life and this time i want to be with my boyfriend which i know i deserve after all. Im going back to Philippines to finally meet again my boyfriend, to plan for our future and i want Samsung to be part of this Redesigning our Life,,
      Thank You and God Bless Us all!!!

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    1. Rosette Adel December 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      It’s pretty inspiring to see someone like you who was able to overhaul a life by following a well-disciplined routine. Those kind of success stories encourages me to often change for the better. I may not be fat or oversized, but I have a lot of insecurities. As a lady who looks like a 12-year-old-girl with my height and stature, I could not help but feel insecure and worry about my future. I experienced being teased because of these insecurities all the time but I try not to mind them. However, it sometimes cause me to think negatively about myself which leads to poor decisions and low esteem. But I have decided that redesigning my life needs to be done by being self-motivated. After all, I have my own life and other people who belittle me do not determine mine and there is no one that could help me but myself. I will redesign myself by starting with my mental state. I should keep in mind all the positive things so that I could work on other areas other than physical characteristics such as career and building meaningful relationships. By being optimistic, I believe that it is not only my life perspective that will change. The good things I’ve been thinking may reflect to my health to my work and to my relationship with people around me. By starting little with positive thinking, everything else will follow. It will make change happen and it will unfold a beautiful result.

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    1. Rouinna Venturina December 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

      I used to be one of the typical college students who eat at fast food chains, spend most of my time in front of the computer and basically living a unhealthy life. A year ago, a friend of mine started working out at the gym. She invited me and I liked it. I never imagine myself having fun while working out. And then, I signed up at the gym and worked out after our classes. But then, She moved back to her province and I was like what am I supposed to do now with my 1 year contract? Because of guilt, I worked out alone. To be honest, It was a drag because my first impression of working out is fun and It seems like It’s just a fun activity. But with no familiar face It was really disappointing. As time pass by, I realized that to exercise isn’t an option. It’s a must. In my 17 years of existence, I asked myself. What have I been doing all these years?! One day, I find myself on this food blog, fat kid inside. And It actually fueled me up on how will I re-design my life with all those wasted years of being active and fit. Like a lightning bulb, I realized I am a graduating Culinary student which most often than not have the power to influence people through the dishes I serve on my future restaurant!! From that day on, with the principle of “Making delicious food without sacrificing the nutritional value” will be forever engraved in my heart.

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    1. Madonna De Mesa- Filio December 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Erwan,

      Last year I married,got pregnant and gave birth in January.After I gave birth, my life was completely twisted from what it was before. From being a meticulous person when it comes to how I look, and being an active career woman , I became a stay at home mom who doesn’t even have an ounce of time taking care of herself anymore.(Even writing this blog was a bit of a struggle..hehehe!)Please don’t get me wrong. I love my child and having a baby was the greatest fulfillment I had in my life.But I didn’t have the priviledge to have a nanny for my son because my husband and I are living abroad,my husband goes to work and gets home very tired leaving him empty handed with my growing son. Yes, having a 30 minute time for bath is already a luxury for me.Getting my makeup done and having my hair blow-dryed in an hour is even a miracle. To cut it short, I NEGLECTED MYSELF.
      That being said, FOOD HAS BECOME MY NIRVANA.From 60kls I gained a whooping 86 kilos which made me feel alot heavier than I was. I was breastfeeding so I couldn’t go on a diet. It has always been my excuse whenever our friends would ask why I haven’t lost my pregnancy weight.But the truth is I never made an effort to lose weight. Whenever I look at myself in the mirror, I see a totally different person and that made me lose my self esteem and feel so insecure.
      It’s only been a year since having a baby but I feel very exhausted and very depressed with how I have become. I have been saying to myself that “being fat comes with motherhood” but all along I was in extreme self denial.As my son got bigger, I got way bigger too.
      I wouldn’t be awaken from my delusion if not for my husband who is a constant follower of your website.He told me about your blogs, food you cook,and your success in losing weight and your transformation to a healthy lifestyle.
      From then on, I started reading your posts,and the recipes you cook.
      Redesigning my life is never an easy task.It took me alot of guts and MOTIVATION to try to change especially my lifestyle.
      I want to redesign my life because I want not just to look good, but to feel good inside.I want to become a better person, a better mom and a better wife by becoming healthy.That said, my family is my motivation.
      How did I start? I began modifying what I eat,and how I eat. I started choosing food which you suggested and adding them up to my grocery list.We live in a very humid country in a small rented flat/apartment so it’s a struggle to stay active and exercise.But upon reading your blog about the significance of exercise and the difference it makes, I started doing atleast a 15 minute cardio workout everyday (even 30 minutes if my son is not having tantrums). .These simple steps, made a huge impact not only to me but to my family’s wellbeing.
      Even though the physical results are not so evident yet,I plan to continue and put more effort as I can see how it’s transforming my outlook in health.I downloaded this fitness app to keep track of my diet and exercise, and keeping posted with your blogs which are of big help to me.

      My perception about myself has been renewed, and from my heart, Thank you Erwan,you are my inspiration. :)

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I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.

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