Ugh. I know. Two months without a post. This no-internet-connection is seriously cramping my style. I think it could be one of the reasons why I'm having an even harder time sleeping. Too many thoughts in my head with nowhere to go.
In desperation, I'm now trying out melatonin. It was Night No. 3 last night. So far, so good. I'm sleeping more, but still not enough.
I've been a total disaster this year. I only recorded three days of activity last September. THREE. And I haven't done a single thing since I left Siargao on October 29th.
What I have done is get sick. Again.
I went to see my folks and ended up getting whatever bug they had. It must have started around the 3rd of November, when I accompanied my dad to the hospital for a check-up. At first, I thought it was some minor throat irritation, until my voice completely deserted me at a party that weekend.
I went for a check-up, and the doctor prescribed some meds for a viral infection. He said I should go for an X-ray if my condition didn't improve in two weeks. It's only been a week and a day. The voice is back, although I sound like a frog going through puberty. But the cough and cold are still present.
So I've stopped smoking. Again. Hopefully, this time, for good.
My diet, predictably, has been appalling.
In Siargao, when I wasn't partying, I was obsessed with cooking up the most calorie-laden obscenities I could think of. I actually considered battering and deep-frying a lasagna - that contained rice and mashed potatoes, as well as the pasta - to illustrate the sick and twisted mind that I possess.
Soooooooo... I wish I could say I'm back where I started, but I really am quite the overachiever when it comes to fucking up.
… with a link to Paleo Manila.
I had literally just been checking out their website upon the recommendation of fellow foodie, Margaux Salcedo.
Since my illness - and the monster APEC traffic jams - forced me into hibernation, I was thinking of finally getting back on track with Paleo, but was discouraged by my lack of access to a proper kitchen (- I am still squatting at a friend's tiny studio along Katipunan) and overwhelmed by the food temptations in this university town. I had been ordering Asha Peri's parfaits, but needed something more substantial to sustain me throughout the day.
These are excellent. Cost is P350/jar, with a P100 rebate if you return the jar. From Asha Peri's Dahon Kusina.
While I just found out that Isabelle's family owns Savory, the 1950s institution known as much for its fried chicken as its widely mispronounced name, I didn't know that she herself was behind Paleo Manila.
I first met Isabelle during a quick visit to Manila in 2013, while enrolled for a short stint at the CrossFit Libis box. She introduced herself and said that she had joined CrossFit because she had read about it in my blog.
I was just chuffed that there was someone, outside my circle of friends, who was reading my blog, and taking it seriously too!
When she found out I was interested in trying out Paleo Manila, she immediately offered a free trial.
What a sweetheart!
Note that she did NOT ask me for any publicity in return. But am doubly grateful to her for giving me something immediate to write about that doesn't just involve me lamenting my failures.
I'm only on my second day, and I've already signed up for a second (PAID) week.
This was breakfast yesterday:
And this is today's menu:
I've already Googled recipes for Squash Lasagna because it was damned good. Am getting a lot of ideas for cooking healthier when I get back to Siargao next month. (Isabelle says that their menus change all the time and that they rarely repeat recipes because most of their clients have signed up for monthly plans.)
I'm glad that Isabelle has totally embraced this CrossFit/Paleo lifestyle and is making it possible for others to join her on her path to fitness. I especially love it that I played a role in getting her started with CrossFit, and now she's helping me get back on track with Paleo. Thank you, Isabelle!
(FYI, Paleo Manila's website isn't mobile-friendly, but Isabelle assures me that they are already working on a mobile version.)
- Sleep: √
- Not smoking: √
- Diet: √
- Exercise: Slowly, slowly. After I beat this cough and cold. When I get back to Siargao this December.
Who would have thought that I would have taken this time in Manila to get back in control? Illness is a strong motivator. How long I stay this course, of course, is anybody's guess...
Now to publish this post and get out of this cafe before the grilled cheese sandwich starts calling my name.