October 27, 2009

I Dare to Be Fit n' Right Again!

Three years and many pounds ago, I was at the peak of health. Perhaps, I could even say I was definitely Fit 'n Right. I had just won a battle with obesity and my health was in tip top condition. Two years prior to this, I had been diagnosed with a medical condition called PCOS which was being exacerbated by the fact that I was grossly overweight. I went from being almost 220 pounds to about 130 in a span of about 11 months, which left me looking somewhat haggard and old. However, after finding a good balance between diet and exercise, I got to a good place with regards to my health. I was not only physically fit, but I was living a healthy lifestyle. Like I said, Fit 'n Right. Just look at the transition:

at over 200 pounds in 1998

mid -2005. Much thinner but not healthy. Look at the sunken eyes and
haggard look

early 2006: some weight regained but definitely a healthier
and happier me

However, became lazy and careless with my diet, I slowly began to gain weight again. Plus my hormone condition started acting up again, thus the pounds just keep coming on. Before I knew it, I could barely fit into my clothes again. Because of that, I decided it was (correction: IT IS!) time for me to take the DARE TO BE FIT 'N RIGHT challenge. I know it's not going to be as easy as before, especially since I am much older now than when I first needed to lose weight, after all, it is a known fact that weight loss is usually more difficult once you reach your 30's.

Lucky for me, I got invited to the Fit n' Right Blogger Event last October 23, 2009 held in Taste Asia in the Mall of Asia where I was introduced to two revolutionary tools that can help me take on my battle with the pounds.

First is a new workout routine by sports guru and Master Coach Jim Saret. His workout, coined the F.I.T. Workout, or the Fast Interval Training, it is a four-minute workout that makes you burn at least 400 calories. Not just that, this exercise actually continues to burn calories even after the workout! Imagine that! This is a workout that definitely can fit in to almost anyone's lifestyle, especially bloggers like me who find themselves in front of the computer for hours on end. Not only is the workout quick, it also is very accessible to all because you don't need any fancy gym equipment or space for that matter. In some ways, it reminded me of a workout that my sister, who is an athlete, used to talk about. She would talk about burst training and how these sudden intervals or bursts of speed in her strength training made her more fit. I guess the same scientific principles apply to both my sister and Coach Saret's workout. Bottom line: not only is this four minute workout is something I can have time to do, but it can burn more calories than an hour on the treadmill or several kilometers of jogging can do.

Bloggers Earth, Dani and Jeff take on the FIT Workout! The Workout
consists of a series of exercises you do in brief spurts (hence Fast Interval Training).
Exercises include body weight lifting (as Jeff is doing), squats (like Earth),
lunges (demonstated by Dani) and push ups. For beginners, do about 10 counts of
each exercise for as many reps as possible within the 4 minutes. For more
advanced individuals, you can increase difficulty by using
TheraBall, Bands andsimilar accessories.
photo credit: Jennie Aspacio of

A partner to this workout is Del Monte's Fit 'n Right Juice Drink.

This is the second revolutionary tool to fitness. I have to be honest though: growing up I was made to believe anything with juice drink on it was unhealthy. According to dietitians I went to back then, these were overloaded with sugar. However, these juice drinks have evolved since that time. This was even proven by a clinical study conducted by Dra. Leonora Panlasigui and the University of the Philippines. In their study, it was proven that Fit 'n Right can help one lose as much as 16.7% body fat in 6 weeks when combined with diet and exercise. Research shows that Fit 'n Right can actually help in weight loss because of the L-Carnitine and B Vitamins 1, 6, 12 in it. L-Carnitine, which occurs naturally in the body and is found in many of the things we eat such as red meat, helps burn fat by transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria, which is known as our cell's powerhouse or energy sources. These fats are then burned into energy. Vitamin B, on the other hand, helps speed up metabolism. As such, taking Fit 'n Right at least 2 hours before exercise can help maximize it's fat burning potential. Paired with the F.I.T. workout, these juice drinks can help speed up your weight loss. Since Fit 'n Right is the first and only juice drink with a blend of L-Carnitine and B Vitamins, it really is (as their commercial claims) a refreshing way to burn. Fit 'n Right now comes in more delicious flavors and more affordable 1 liter bottles. My personal favorites are the Blueberry and Grape, Watermelon and Apple flavors. For a healthy snack, try out the Fit 'n Right Fruit Snacks too!
One thing to remember, however, is that Fit 'n Right alone is not the answer to losing weight. It has to be taken in with a good diet and exercise. In the same manner, just doing the FIT Workout without watching what you eat does not mean that you will lose weight. Sometimes we tend to think that taking supplements OR doing a magic workout will be enough to burn away the pounds. It has to be a lifestyle choice. This means that you don't just stop when you reach your ideal weight (which obviously I did the last time around!). It means that you have to eat, live and breathe healthy. After all, that's what being Fit 'n Right is really all about! This is why as part of their commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle, the Fit 'n Right campaign will culmuinate with the Dare to Be Fit 'n Right Fun Run 2009 on November 22 at the SM Mall of Asia. There are 3 categories to chose from: the 3K, 5 K or 10K run. Besides the health benefits of running plus the chance to take home exciting prizes, participants also support a very worthy cause: the Men and Women's Open will benefit victims of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng through the SM Foundation.

click on photo to enlarge, or read details below.
Check out the Fit 'n Right fan page in Facebook too!

Fun Run Details:
When: November 22, 2009.
Where: SM Mall of Asia grounds
How: Register at the following areas: CEMG Office – Unit 3A Vernida I Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City/ Look for Marianne Tapales (892.5842/09155498282); Dare to be Fit ‘n Right booths in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig and in selected SM Hypermarkets: Mall of Asia, Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA; Fitness First branches on November 16, 2009. You can also REGISTER ONLINE.
Cost: Php 300 inclusive of race packet with the Dare to Fit ‘n Right Fun Run singlet, race bib, Fit ‘N Right products, etc.
Prizes at stake: cash and gift prizes from Del Monte and sponsors. Plus a chance to win a Lenovo Laptop in the raffle!

96 stars twinkling:

imom 10/27/2009 08:21:00 PM  

You can do it, Ria! Let these photos motivate you to be healthier.
I think I'd love to join this run... See you there? :)

Frances Ang 10/27/2009 08:52:00 PM  

we can do it ria!!! :D let's join the run!! i want to join the run!!

aeirin 10/27/2009 08:54:00 PM  

sis. I think we have the same problem. nakakdepress pag nakikita ko dati kong pics. Anyway, I'm excited to start the FIT Workout. Sana soon we can see the results.

Ria 10/27/2009 09:03:00 PM  

@iMom: thanks :-) your continuous encouragement and cheering me on helps a lot!

@fran and iMom: next year baka kaya ko na mag run...ngayon, baka atakihin ako sa puso!!!

@iris: i will start...SOON...promise!!! *wipes mouth...kakakain lang ng liempo for dinner!!!*

Ed 10/27/2009 09:04:00 PM  

Wow, taking a look at the pictures, i can say you lose a lot and that's an achievements. Let's start being fit :D 10/27/2009 09:08:00 PM  

wow, kudos on your quest to be fit and right again, Ria! :)

Cathie Alhambra 10/27/2009 09:28:00 PM  

Goal: to be Fit n' Right's next model :) You can do it Ria!!!!

The Web Magazine 10/27/2009 09:33:00 PM  

Blogging is a healthy way to stay Fit.

Hotchiqqa 10/27/2009 09:56:00 PM  

for sure it wouldn't be that hard for you. I know you can do it, Teacher Ria!

I love the Four Seasons and Pineapple!! Nag-aaway pa kami ng mom ko nyan sa house when she buys a lot and we're down to the last bottle. Haha! The best thing about it is that it can help you go fit'n'right.. plus masarap pa! :)

And it really doesn't cost much as I remember. :)

I won't wish you luck, you don't need it.. like I said, I believe you can do it! :)

John Paul Manahan 10/27/2009 10:26:00 PM  

i love fit and right.

i will try my best to run.

Jennie 10/27/2009 10:38:00 PM  

Ria baby! I believe in you! The fact that you were able to do it not so long ago should give you hope.:-) I love the early 2006 picture! Perfect shape. Aja sis! kaya natin to. Mwah!

Flow Galindez 10/27/2009 10:39:00 PM  

I know you can do it kaw pa. Sali tayo dito magiging healthy ka na,makakatulong ka pa sa mga Ondoy victims.

Meikah 10/27/2009 11:17:00 PM  

If there's a will there's a way! Just do it, Ria! ;) I'd like to know more about this FIT Workout. Perhaps you can share it with us step by step. ;)

earthlingorgeous 10/28/2009 12:00:00 AM  

You can do it sis! :) We will be here to be your cheering squad and workout partner too!

julie 10/28/2009 05:51:00 AM  

Kaya mo yan sis :),  10/28/2009 10:58:00 AM  

you've done it before, you can do it again! :D aja teacher ria!

will join the run on the 22nd. ;) and yes, i like fit n' right pineapple. yum yum!

Sire Arevalo 10/28/2009 11:23:00 AM  

Sis, your post really inspired me and I know we can do it. Think positive as I always say!

Fit 'N right four seasons was my favorite before the bloggers really works plus the 4-minute/day regimen woohoo hopefully Christmas pictures will be kinder hehe!

Good luck..Cheers and God bless to all of us! =]

SandyE,  10/28/2009 11:45:00 AM  

It's great that you take much effort to live a healthy lifestyle!!! Keep it up!

Ria 10/28/2009 12:08:00 PM  

@tweena: go!!! and i hope you win the laptop in the raffle hehehehe!!!!

MC 10/28/2009 12:11:00 PM  

First off think about your health. To lose weight you have to start with your daily work out. You can get motivation from friends and from within that you can do it. Take your daily does of Fit N Right along the day when your at it.

Ria 10/28/2009 12:11:00 PM  

@flow: di pa ata kaya ng powers ko mag run. magpapakahealthy muna ako. the right healthy!!!

@meikah: will update post today with the workout, just need to verify details first hehe! baka mali masabi ko!!!

@jeff: salamat!

@jennie and @earth: pag payat na ako at seksi makikisali na ako sa inyong beauty bloggers!!!!

@sire: *blush* good luck to us both

@sandy: i like the way you said "take much effort" makes me realize that "trying" and "doing" are two different things.

edelweiza 10/28/2009 12:26:00 PM  

the FIT workout was impressive. go ria! we can do this! :)

Animetric 10/28/2009 04:40:00 PM  

Let's go for it! We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying the FIT method. :)

Anonymous,  10/28/2009 05:10:00 PM  

Ate Ria, you CAN do it... I admire you for having the courage and strength to face whatever "obstacles" you had/have... And not let katamaran take over you... Go go go! =)

Lei 10/28/2009 05:15:00 PM  

The visible signs of progress in a weight loss program are often very slow to come. Healthy weight loss takes time, but that can be very discouraging. Be encouraged to know that for each day that you exercise and eat healthy foods in moderate quantities, you have made progress.Joining the Fun Run is a great idea to help you get started why not try Walking briskly first then it starts getting easier and more comfortable within a couple of weeks. Keep moving - every day will be a little better. Good Luck!!!

jennai,  10/28/2009 09:14:00 PM  

Welcome to the healthy lifestyle bandwagon! : )

Cher Cabula 10/28/2009 10:22:00 PM  

Hi Ria! I'll back you up on this one. The first step is taking the dare and the next one is keeping up the healthy lifestyle. Don't give up. Believe in yourself that you can do it. :-)

Dani Salasalan 10/29/2009 11:53:00 AM  

ang seksi naman ni teacher ria doon sa 2005 photo! *woot!* (gym) (gym) (gym) hingalin kasi ako kaya mahirap sa akin mag-workout e! baka bumalik ang hika :( haven't tried the FIT sa bahay, pero baka ituro ko sa tatay ko :)

mee-i 10/29/2009 12:56:00 PM  

for a healthier lifestyle teacher ria :) go fit n' right *kampay

MerryCherry 10/30/2009 08:57:00 PM  

You joining the run? The picture brings back LOTS of fun memories :)

Miss you Ri.

Unknown 10/31/2009 10:43:00 PM  

Take it one baby step at a time so you don't feel overwhelmed. Cut down on the sugar fix that pretends to be fancy coffee. Skip the junk food aisle in the supermarket. No calorie-laden desserts in the fridge; load up on fruit instead. Before you know it, you'll be Fit n Rite again.

Jay and Marge,  10/31/2009 11:36:00 PM  

It is clear the determination is there. We are excited about watching the progress and sharing in the joy of your success. Best wishes as you travel down this path.

tahoys,  11/01/2009 09:54:00 AM  

You can do it Ri! Gabbie was on Fit n Rite before, and she certainly lost some weight. I am glad you got into this weight-loss program. I had been wanting to see you fit and healthy again, looking as beautiful as ever. Hang in there! love ya!

Ang,  11/01/2009 11:53:00 AM  

You just have to put your heart into it Ri. I have faith in you. Kaya mo yan! Let me know if you wanna join the race, Jun and I can run with you. :-) Good luck!

Ang,  11/01/2009 11:55:00 AM  

Sama din daw si Lui!

MommyBa 11/01/2009 01:12:00 PM  

Good luck! Bear in mind that you're doing this for yourself and not for anyone or anything else.

Go for it!

theworkingmom 11/01/2009 01:51:00 PM  

If you've done it before, you CAN do it again!



Diane,  11/01/2009 02:20:00 PM  

bru you can do it.. i believe in you! tc!

11/01/2009 05:04:00 PM  


Anonymous,  11/01/2009 05:42:00 PM  

looking forward to a more fit you :) good luck!!

Bob Imperial,  11/01/2009 08:22:00 PM  

They say success comes after many defeats. That makes failures a poor choice of words. Better they are steps to success.

Unknown 11/01/2009 08:24:00 PM  

You have the will and you know the way. JUST DO IT! Will be watching you... cheering... GO RIA.

Tito Bob,  11/01/2009 08:26:00 PM  

Good luck on this and all your ventures.

cristina,  11/01/2009 08:33:00 PM  

I must admit that i have selfish motives. When you're done, you gotta teach me, ok? I wanna be fit & healthy too......GO RIA!!!

clarence,  11/01/2009 09:45:00 PM  

woohoo!!! GO RIA!!!

and share share share ha :-)

I'm with you all the way sistah! *mwah*

fjordz 11/01/2009 10:47:00 PM  

ang galing ng transition mo teacher ria! apir! ayos yang Fit N Right na yan!

summer 11/02/2009 03:12:00 PM  

woohoohooo! go ria! i know you can do it! your blog is such an inspiration!

Eka,  11/02/2009 11:56:00 PM  

sis, you CAN do it!! good luck, and love you!

Unknown 11/03/2009 09:54:00 PM  

kaya mo yan ria. ikaw pa.

Caring Tarroja,  11/05/2009 11:27:00 PM  

Dare to be fit 'n right ... great goal Ria not only for you but for all of us! For our physical and mental health!

Wish you luck!


Cherry,  11/06/2009 07:00:00 PM  

I'm glad you decided to get back in healthy shape Ri. Kayang kaya mo yan.

Monique 11/08/2009 04:58:00 PM  

Ako nga rin nahihirapan magdiet eh.
Pro kya mo yan, Ria!
Go go go!!!

angela,  11/09/2009 01:43:00 PM  

signed up for the run already. shall I sign you up as well??? sige na! Kat, Jun and Lui running the 3k also. Kaya natin 'to.

meL 11/10/2009 01:08:00 PM  

ang saya naman ng pictures mo, esp looking back at the 1998 picture: ang babata pa natin (kahit wala ako dun haha!)! Anyway, I don't really need to wish you good luck, because I know you can do anything you set your heart out to do. ;) Go Ria!!!

Ria 11/10/2009 06:41:00 PM  


Great! Pass ako...i am in no shape to do this yet! Next year!!! Anyway, update about claiming your race packets are as follows:

1. If you register online on or before Nov. 15, you will get your race kit at the CEMG office on Nov. 16-21.
2. If you register in SM Hypermarket MOA on or before Nov. 15, you will claim your race kit in SM Hypermarket MOA on Nov. 16-21.
3. If you register in SM Hypermarket Pasig on Nov. 17-19, you will get your race kit at CEMG office on Nov. 20-21.

SM Hypermarket Sucat
SM Hypermarket Pasig
SM Hypermarket Mall of Asia
SM Hypermarket MOA
SM Mall of Asia (beside Toby's)
CEMG - Unit 3A Vernida I building, Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Del Monte office - B-3, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig (between Crumpler and Nokia)

kuting 11/28/2009 12:50:00 PM  

hi teacher! i was so inspired by your post! Sayang nga lang I wasn't able to join the fun run. goodluck!

lai,  11/28/2009 01:34:00 PM  

the race was quite disappointing. maybe del monte should try another more experienced organizer next time.

Ria 11/28/2009 11:20:00 PM  

@kuting: salamat! baka next year may run uli...sali ka then!

@lai: sorry to hear it was a disappointment. since this was the first time perhaps the organizers learned valuable lessons which will make their next venture better. im sure the feedback will help them. you can also leave comments/suggestion in their facebook page so they know what you think they could do better :-)

FEDORAN 11/28/2009 11:38:00 PM  

Just remember sis, being slim doesn't really mean one's healthy.. It's important to feel right, feel good about yourself..

Alvin,  11/29/2009 12:06:00 AM  

Go hit those goals, Teacher Ria! So many of us are backing you up! =)

Anonymous,  11/29/2009 11:22:00 AM  

You did it before you can do it again! I'm proud you are doing it the healthy way.

Ria 11/29/2009 11:27:00 AM  

@Fedoran : thanks sis. you're right, being skinny doesnt mean healthy. i just want to get back to a good healthy place. right now hirap na ako to do a lot of things coz of my weight

@Alvin thanks!!!! the moral support is great!

@ Anonymous aka Anamie: thanks for the update in FB that you dropped me a comment. I am determined to be successful in getting back in shape. Malay mo, pwede pa ako mag before and after for Fit N Right hahahahahaha!

Unknown 11/29/2009 12:24:00 PM  

hi ria!!! go for it!!!! i recently had the same realization that i need to lose weight--from being less than a 100lbs thru out highschool & early years in college and after giving birth to 3 boys and almost 40lbs heavier its time to move. i started with walking then eating healthier. i have to agree with you thats its harder bec of our age(secret na lang yun!!!) but nothing's go for it!!!! hope when see each other again we'll be both in our tip top shape:)

Niel Steve 11/29/2009 12:55:00 PM  

GO GO GO RIA! Kaya mo yan! Let us all be fit and right! =)

Unknown 12/01/2009 01:32:00 PM  

You look wonderful and healthy. Your journey to this point should be a good lesson for your students, as well as your contemporaries. Good luck as you continue down this path.

The Web Magazine 12/01/2009 01:38:00 PM  

Hi Ria. Im sure kaya mo yan. More power to you. Keep Striving.

L,  12/01/2009 03:36:00 PM  

Kung kinaya ko, sigurado akong, mas kakayanin mo. Umaasang makita ang iyong maalindog at malusog na pangangatawan sa August pag nag-Palawan tayo at sigurado akong mag two two piece ka na naman..... ;)


cescadear 12/01/2009 06:00:00 PM  

i'm learning to enjoy getting FIT the RIGHT way too by running Ü here's to a healthier us soooon!

Unknown 12/01/2009 06:03:00 PM  

Ria, you've been fit and healthy before, so all you got to do is do it again :) Enjoy the journey towards good health kahit mahirap!

cigarette-girl 12/01/2009 08:21:00 PM  

So are you almost down to your goal weight by now??

Iris 12/02/2009 12:09:00 AM  

Hi Ria!

Finally! Hope I could improve my weight, too! I'm 10 lbs overweight so I am counting on exercises and DM PJ =) kaya lang nagpa-contest ka, patay na naman ang diet ko haha

Berny,  12/02/2009 12:17:00 AM  

Go! Go! Ria! I will definitely watch out for the new and healthier YOU!!!

LN 12/03/2009 04:49:00 PM  

Will try FIT n RIGHT after my pregnancy. I sure hope I can follow your lead! Best of luck! I know you'll be fitter and healthier soon enough, just keep your eyes on the prize :)

Unknown 12/04/2009 01:47:00 AM  

Update please. Have you made any progress yet? Within what time frame?

Ron,  12/09/2009 03:06:00 PM  

Nice Ria! Magiging Beyonce ka na ulit! Ayuz!!!!

montsch 12/09/2009 03:13:00 PM  

kayang kaya mo yan Ria. bsta tuloy tuloy mo lng ang FIT workout..

kiss 12/09/2009 03:13:00 PM  

wow. ako din gusto ko pumayat. we can do it yapatoots

Lace Llanora 12/09/2009 09:22:00 PM  

You can do it! There are many healthy and yummy food out there :D

Mauie Flores 12/10/2009 08:34:00 PM  

Glad to know we have something in common, Ria. You can do it. Kahit hindi payat na payat. Just healthy.

Anonymous,  12/10/2009 08:42:00 PM  

i believe you can do it ria. ikaw pa.

wheng,  12/10/2009 08:47:00 PM  

GO! ate ria u can do it =)

Patrick,  12/10/2009 10:17:00 PM  

Go ria!!!you can do it!!!=)

angiebunjee,  12/10/2009 10:35:00 PM  

wahahaha! I was shell-shocked when I saw the first picture! Extra pala ako dito! Go Ri!

Cherry,  12/12/2009 05:01:00 PM  

Kayang kaya mo yan Ri

T. Jam,  12/13/2009 10:15:00 AM  

Hay naku Teacher Ria, sayang di kita nakita nun! Pero kaya mo yan! Go Teacher Ria. Sabay tayo!

Betsy,  12/13/2009 10:19:00 AM  

Ay super sarap nga ng Fit n' Right! Meron silang yung parang fruit cups e... something I always snack on in the office pag naubusan ng chocolate chip cookies. Wehehehe.

Go to fitness and health na!! Kaya mo yan, Ria!

RA,  12/13/2009 10:32:00 AM  

Go Ms Ria! Discipline and persistence :)

Anonymous,  12/13/2009 10:37:00 AM  

Go Ms Ria! You can do it! :)

Entrepremom / Iris 12/13/2009 10:50:00 AM  

OMG Ria! I want to be slimmer like you :)

I can no longer bear being 150lbs at 5'6", alam ko nasa threshold na ako eh.

Iris M. 12/14/2009 02:11:00 AM  

Ria, you can do it. Nothing is impossible dba if you put your heart in it.

Unknown 12/14/2009 03:03:00 PM  

Go Ria! You can do it! It's great to be Fit and Right :)

mizteryouze,  12/14/2009 05:26:00 PM  

i'm also in the process of losing extra poundage and i know how much sacrifice it entails. you are an inspiration. go, ria!!! you can do it!

Unknown 12/18/2009 09:30:00 PM  

Go ria! Knowing you, I believe you can do it. Miss ya friend.

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