The Failed Challenge

It’s time to admit it….my so called BM@40 Challenge failed.  It’s been 4 months since I started the challenge and well, I got lazy.  I’d like to think that I’ve just been busy with so many other things but who am I kidding.  I quit on my own promises.

I’m collecting myself and trying to make a more solid plan.  Hopefully, I can turn things around before I actually turn 40.

BM@40 Challenge Week 1 – 4

It’s been almost a month since I started my challenge and well, I think I’m doing pretty well with the last 2 of the 3 goals in my list.  Moving around more and trying to be healthy through exercise and healthy eating is my top priority right now.  The smoking part, I’m taking slowly so I don’t get stressed out about it.

The first month is all about changing habits.  Instead of going straight for coffee, cigarette and laptop as soon as I wake up, I decided to take my time to do some exercise or a bit of stretching (on days my muscle still ache from the previous exercise).

Nothing is set. All I did is to will myself in moving more, basically.  It helps that I started this challenge this summer.  Because we go the the beach often around this month, I was able to be move active in the water.  I even got the change to get back on the board again.  Well, it would have been nice if I was able to ride a wave, but paddling out and falling while trying to stand up sure gave me a good workout. Continue reading BM@40 Challenge Week 1 – 4

And I’m Back with a Promise

I KNOW!!!  It’s been ages!  And I have no excuse.  Not that anyone would miss me or my writing. LOL!

Well, I do miss writing and still I can’t get myself to shut down my site, so I might as well go back to blogging.

Enough said.  It’s summer now.  The time of the year I usually find the time to write.  Right now, I’ve made 3 promises to myself which I thought I should write here so I can’t back out on it.  This is going to be my 22-month challenge.  The goal is to get back in shape before I turn 40.  The challenge include these promises:

  1. Quit smoking.  I’ve been smoking since I was 16, on and off of course.  I was able to quit when I had my kids and but pick up the habit again when I went back to work.  I was able to keep it low when the kids are young but now that they send more time away from me, I’ve been smoking way too much for my own good.  It’s going to be my biggest challenge but I really how I can kick out the habit for good.
  2. Be healthier.  I’ve been feeling too many pain lately and I really hate it.  But I can only blame myself.  I don’t work out, I have a bad diet and I smoke too much.  Who can stay healthy this way?  But no more…I have a lot of things I still want to do with my Hubby and the kids.  And I have a ton in my bucket list that I want to do once the kids grow into adult.  I have to live long!
  3. Be more active.  I definitely need to get out on my chair and start to be more active.  But let me finish 1 and 2 first before I get into this.  I need to be in shape if I want to keep up with the Hubby with his surfing.  Plus, I want to wall climb again…maybe even rock climb?

So there.  These are my promises to myself and I’m going to make sure I rock 40 after this challenge!


Just Write It

Have you ever had that moment when you have this stuff you want to write about, then you start doing outline, a little research, cropping photos…a little of this and that and the next thing you know your post had been sitting in your draft box for months, years even.

Well, that’s what’s been happening here.  I’m not really sure when it all started – the need to be more informative, more detailed, more entertaining, more…of everything as if people expect it.  That need to sound great in case someone find this blog?  LOL!  What was I think!

Whatever!! Continue reading Just Write It

Back to Blogging Basic

Yup, I’m starting over with this new blog.  I decided to discontinue my hosting subscription and just close my old one, Pinay Mom at Work.  I’ve neglected it for a long time already, and instead of wasting money on it, it was better to just close the site.

I  was initially planning to use free hosting to create a new blog, but luckily, Ms. M was kind enough to cover my hosting.  And so is born.  Thank you, Ms. M!  Now, let’s begin our new adventure.

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BTW, any post dated before this post are memoirs (more like copy-paste) from my old sites.  Although, I made a resolution to start all over again, some posts are just hard to let go so yes, I have to include them here.

My Writer’s Block Dilemma

For years, writing a new post in this blog (and my other blogs) has been a struggle.  At first, I thought it was just the lack of time.  I am mom of two and was working full-time, so there’s always something else to do than updating this site.   I was, after all, able to write for others when I had to.  So maybe this is not a writer’s block?

Since I’ve changed job in 2011 and again this year, time shouldn’t be an issue anymore. Still not enough posts here and elsewhere (except probably in my clients blogs).  So it got me thinking, why it is so hard to write for my own blog?  What’s causing this writer’s block?

Mike Rose defines writer’s block as “an inability to begin or continue writing for reasons other than lack of basic skill or commitment”

I may not be such a great writer but I think I have enough of the basic skills to get by.  Beginning something is not really much of a problem for me, either.  Continuing? Definitely.  I found over a 100 starter post in my computer and several drafts in my dashboard waiting for me to review and published.  Then there’s my idea notepad that I’m keeping with a lot of topics and references to use. Continue reading My Writer’s Block Dilemma