Some good news

I was finally given a clean bill of health by my doctor, thanks Dr. D. He said all of the tests conducted on my blood sample were top normal. So my worries about having diabetes or kidney problem were gone. But still curious, Dr. D said I should get another urinalysis just to make sure the trace of blood on my urine sample was just part of what was supposed to be my monthly period. Although I did inform the lab personnel that it’s my “first day” just so they will not mistook the discoloration (pardon the graphic description) to something else.

He said I should continue my vitamins and prescribed another medicine to lessen the discomfort and pain on my legs brought by what appears to be swelling vein. It’s not really swelling; I just forgot the term he told me. He said a pair of stocking should be worn to allow the circulation of blood from my legs to the heart.

I asked Dr. D what could be the reason for the numbness and pain on my abdominal and back area, and recently the swelling of my feet. He said it could be that I gain weight and the “heaviness” is taking its toll on my abdomen, back and feet, thus the swelling.

You know what, I knew all along that the long hours of sitting in front of the computer will do more harm than good to me. I remember hubby once told me to give it a break, lessen the time spent in front of the computer, and take a walk (which means exercise). I should learn my lesson now (keeping my fingers crossed). I should be thankful that nothing is wrong with me (based on the blood test) even if I don’t look healthy, but heavy.

Before my birthday next month, I will have a Pap smear and mammography. The idea of mammography test came from my cousin, who is unfortunately operated on to remove her right breast due to cancer. I’ll write a different post about it. Sigh.

Going organic

My maternal grandmother took care of me when I was a baby. She introduced me to natural products found in our backyard like guava leaves and coconut oil for treatment and good grooming. Boiled guava leaves, she said treat and heal wounds faster. It is also best to ease skin itchiness caused by common skin infection. Coconut oil (the extract of toasted coconut meat), on the other hand, is best use as leave on hair conditioner to make the scalp and hair healthy and shiny. On rare instances, I still apply coconut oil on my and daughter’s scalp to soften dirt and dandruff before we wash our hair. Since coconut oil strengthens the hair stands it act like an anti-hair fall shampoo as well.

There are several beauty clinics and even spas nowadays that offer organic shampoo. I’m not sure just how much percentage of the natural ingredient was put in the actual product. My former office mate, who is brand conscious, is currently using a coconut shampoo which she describes as the best natural shampoo. I ask her why it is so. She said that all the ingredients, the wrappers and other materials used in the packaging are made from recyclable or reusable materials. I realized that my fashionista friend is also aware and actually taking part in the campaign to save the environment.


She said she bought the organic product because she believes in the thrust of the company (use and preservation of natural products). I researched about Body Flavors Enterprises and found that its founder (Ms. Azenith C. Badana, or simply Zeth) is a nature lover and advocate of programs that help preserve Mother Nature. The company takes pride in their products that are pure organic, 100 percent natural, Virgin Coconut Oil-based (VCO), safe on the skin, has faster results, products are available in natural flavours, are eco-friendly, and recyclable.

If you are interested to find out more about coconut shampoo and other organic products, you may visit their shop, the HEALTH BUFF WELLNESS SHOP, located at Unit 212 (2nd level) Doña Anita Building, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City (across St. Luke’s Medical Center/ Burger King).

The best way to start the year right: DIET

Somebody from the office gave hubby this Hollywood Cookie Diet. Does  the giver knows I need something like this?  I haven’t visited my former office for two years now? No one from PJI, except my husband, have seen me as big as this. I want them to remember the slimmer Miriam. 🙂 

The box contains 12 meal replacement cookies or let say a three-day supply for the serious weight watchers. But hey its only one box.  I might be needing tons of this to shed my excess pounds. Oh, boy.

cookie diet

So what do the experts say about this chocolate chip cookie diet?

The First Delicious Way to Lose Weight.

Eat a cookie – Skip a meal.

Lose weight with delicious meal replacement cookies.

Each cookie is individually wrapped for eating on-the-go. Take a tasty meal with you to the office, on the road, on the plane, to the gym, or anywhere else you go.

– Delicious
– No Trans Fat
– Convenient and Easy
– Lose and Maintain Weight
– And…it works!

Perfect for active individuals, busy professionals, anyone who wants to lose weight.

We all know that to lose weight we have to restrict calories, but that is easier said than done. When hunger strikes, diets fail.


The Hollywood Cookie Diet works by satisfying your hunger while providing essential vitamins and minerals. Each cookie is a delicious meal. The Hollywood Cookie Diet is a good source of fibre and protein and contains more than 13 vitamins and minerals.

This may be the last diet you will ever need, because you can use the Hollywood Cookie Diet for as long as you want until you achieve your weight loss goals.

Jumpstart your weight loss with the Hollywood 24 Hour Miracle

Suggested Use
Enjoy four cookies per day in place of breakfast and lunch.

Suggested schedule: One cookie for breakfast, midmorning snack, lunch and midafternoon snack. Eat a sensible dinner. (4 A Day)

Exercise regularly- it’s good for your heart and good for your figure.


There are other information here if you want to discover for yourself how this diet cookies work.  But before you do that health experts are warning prospective dieters to “always consult a physician before beginning any weight loss program.” They also cautioned pregnant women, those who are nursing, diabetic, taking medication or have a medical condition to avoid eating this cookies.

If I’m serious about losing weight I need to exercise and watch what I eat. If I consider exercise, that would be physically taxing for me since I can’t really move as fast as I should.  I need to cut down my carbohydrate intake especially rice. I also need to take enough rest. A six-hour of sleep a day is not bad for a busy mom like me. Now, I have something to look forward to in 2010…something to work hard for the New Year. 

I should begin motivating myself and set a goal. I’ve made my own mantra this morning. This is a good motivation to start with.

“I am aware that I’m stout.  I will begin to exercise and watch my diet.  I will do this for my health. I will do this for the love of my family.  And so it is!”