Friday, July 6, 2012



It's been quite a loooooong time since I updated this site. My readers, mostly friends, kept on texting me to update this blog and post some photos because they wanted to see the "NEW ME".

I know there are friends who followed me all the way to finish line and I know that there are some who thought that I already "FAILED" and fall off the wagon because I stopped posting since May. But No! No! No! "Failure is not an option". I was just too busy lately because of some uncontrollable circumstances. Everything is fine now and I'm back. YEHEY! :))

I started on March 1, 2012 with a weight of 140.2lbs. The center set my target weight between 106lbs-112lbs. I was informed to order my REFEEDING PROGRAM (RF) once I am 2kg (5lbs) away from my goal weight.  I ordered my RF when I reached 115lbs, and it was turned over to me two weeks after. My consultant advised me to go beyond 112lbs before I start my refeed. So I started RF on June 7, 2012 at 111lbs and ended June 25, 2012 at 110lbs.

I did RF for 19 days. First 4 days was a breeze. The rest of the days until day 19 were complicated. I made use of my general knowledge in Mathematics: Multiplication-Division-Addition-Subtraction. Whew! Back to basics. He he! And btw, this RF program is basically done to re-introduce food like carbs back into the body and bigger portions are added so the body won't get shock in the maintenance stage.

And yes, due to insistent public demand.. here's my before and after photos. TARAAAAAANNN!!!

This is my picture which was posted in Facebook Support Group the day I started my refeeding program.

This was my photo after the Refeeding program.

From XXL clothes down to Large,  down to Medium and now  I can wear FREE SIZE. New wardrobe. New lifestyle.  NEW ME!!!! 


Thursday, May 3, 2012


The center texted me to go to the clinic to have my second weigh-in, that was Thursday , April 26. Since we are given 10 days grace period to have our self weighed,  I decided to delay it and did it April 30 instead.

Since I have my own weighing scale at home and I get to weigh everyday and everytime I like, I know I wouldn't get surprise to see my new weight using the weighing scale at the center because the figures are basically just the same. What surprised me was when the consultant told me to order my refeed next week. HUWATTT??? ARE YOU SERIOUS??? YOU'RE KIDDING ME!!!

When I started I was 63.6kg or 140.2lbs. Now I am only 54.0kg or 119lbs. My upper limit based on BMI is 51kg. When I reach 117lbs (hopefully this week), I can order my REFEED already. Again, it was really hard to believe knowing that it was just 2 months that I am into the diet. That was really fast.  :))

And BTW, my jeans are basically falling off. From size 33 I am now down to 28.  My belt was from hole 4 and now it's on the 8th hole. My XL blouses  are now literally big on me. I can wear Medium and Small. HAPPINESS IT IS!

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." Walter Elliott
Race 1 (Meal Plan)
Race 2 (Refeed)
Finsh Line (Maintenance)

Almost done with Race 1 and getting ready for Race 2. I can already smell the success in Finish Line. Yahooooooo!!!   :))

Friday, March 30, 2012


It's been a month since I started my cohen diet. So happy monthsary to me and my diet. :))

My official weigh in happened yesterday, March 29. I had my repeat blood test at New World Laboratory in the morning and proceeded to the Cohen Center in the afternoon. I chose that diagnostic clinic over the one where I had my first blood test because of the price. I was able to save less than a thousand. It pays to be thrifty at times.  He he!


I lost 10.78 lbs, say 11 lbs or 4.9kg. It's not a big number as compared to other cohenites who lost between 15-18lbs on their first month, but I understand. My body can not afford to lose that much because I am not that obese. He he! So, it's already an achievement, let's celebrate!

Moreso, I am amazed at how my clothes fit me now. No more tummy sticking out. My pants are loose. My belt is now on the 6th hole, previously from 4th hole. There are few blouses that I can no longer wear because I look lousy on them now. My legs are now back in shape. I can wear short shorts! Weeee!  :))

All the while I thought I am deviation free since Day1. But to my dismay, I have few lapses which I realized upon discussion with the consultant. Awww!

Here are  few tips on how to optimize my weight loss in the succeeding months:

1. Drink water. It must be 2-3 Liters per day. Best to drink a mouthful every 15 minutes.
     - I normally drink water quickly and consume few glasses in one go, which is wrong. So from now on I will drink moderately whether I am thirsty or not.  :))

2. Meal Interchange. 3 main meals must be interchanged from time to time.
     - I basically eat yoghurt for breakfast because it was the easiest to prepare. I just simply follow MEAL123. Again, this is wrong. From now on I will interchange. So it should be MEAL123 or MEAL132 or MEAL321 or  MEAL312 or MEAL213 or MEAL231, and so on. 

3. Food tasting while cooking. (these are the food I cook for the family, not mine)
     - I taste what I cook.  I taste the hot milk I prepare for hubby. Thus, this is a form of deviation. The logic is that you get to ingest the flavor that is not cohen-friendly. So the best thing to do is to spit after tasting. Hmmm. Better yet, I leave the cooking to the helper. :))

These may sound simple and no big deal, but all these mattered. They are DEVIATIONS!

"One reason God created time was so that there would be a place to bury the failures of the past".

So learn from the past, work hard in the present to taste success in the future....

Monday, March 26, 2012


WOOOHOOOO! I Love it! I lost another 2.7lbs this week. With the grand total of 9.9lbs for 3 weeks. Not bad!  :)) And the best thing about it is that there's no exercise.. Yes, you read it right. No exercise while on this program. Happy me because I am such a lazybone. Weeee!

There was a birthday celebration in our family last week. I didn't cheat. But it was an utmost torture eating with them at the table with all the delicious food. I pitied myself. *Sniff* *Sniff*. To make things worse, the food I cooked or should I say experimented, did not turn out as expected. It was kind of depressing munching on my awful food while everyone else is enjoying theirs. Poor girl! So I promised myself to cook a deli to make myself happy. Next day, I went to the grocery and bought ricotta cheese. And look what I made!!!


It doesn't look like a diet food at all. It was a yummy tasty treat! It set my mood! :)) 

C is for the Calories that I exonerate
H is for the Happiness I embrace
E is for Each slice that adorns my dinner plate
E is for Every indulgence of its taste
S is for magnificent Satisfaction
E (when I don't share) is for the Envious reaction
C is for Confiscating the very last piece
A is the grade I give this Amazing feast
K is for the Kismet of this phenomenon
E is for Empty (sigh) when my slice is gone

Put them together and it spells ‘Cheesecake,’ it's true…
but it's the last piece! Hey! Sorry, there's none left for you.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


It's my DAY 20! Time flies so fast. It feels like I just started. But I'm losing more and more....  YEY!

Last Sunday, March 18, I had a terrible headache. I know the culprit. I took my breakfast at 8:00AM and did not take my midday snack coz I went to the church and attended the mass. Had my lunch at 1:00PM. That's it. The hunger had passed me by. It's not a good idea to skip meals/snacks. Good thing there's a Facebook Closed Group. I asked them if I can take a pain reliever. I took advil and was relieved.  It pays well to have support group. Thanks for their prompt reply. I am loving the group now. WOOOOT! 

Moral of the story: Don't skip meals or snacks. Don't go out without eating food for so long (5hrs). Bring "baon" if possible.

Enough for that. And here are some of the food that kept me going...  :))

 This is baked mozarella cheese with mixed veggies (mushroom, green bell pepper, tomatoes). paired with apple slices and some Jacob's crackers. Yummy!
Chicken and mushroom cakes. Seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. I made a shrimp version of this. And I can say that shrimp cakes are way better than chicken cakes. Wasn't able to take a picture though.
Pan-fried chicken fingers on a bed of pechay and pechay baguio. This is quite good! I normally simmer the veggies and overcook so it would shrink and totally look mushy. I like it this way.
This is my favorite. Cauli rice and beef tapa. Special thanks to a fellow cohenite for introducing this recipe. I cook this often because it's very easy to prepare especially on lazy days. BIG THANKS!

I am nearing my WEEK3. I wonder how much weight will I lose this time... I am excited! And BTW, I am still DEVIATION FREE!!! I hope I can still focus until the end. Fingers crossed!  :))

Thursday, March 15, 2012


GREAT!!! I lost 2.7lbs this week. With the  grand total of 7.2lbs for the 2 weeks. My clothes are getting loose. I'm feeling lighter now. . COOL! One satisfied COHEN customer here! :))

Of course it wasn't easy. Cravings are still there but reduced. It will not vanish. You just have to have the courage to control it. Discipline is the key.

Here are some of the pictures of my food the past few days. They are a little blurry because I just used my phone cam.

Grilled Chicken Fingers with Fried Cauli Rice. Mayo and lemon sauce for my dip. Fyi, cauli rice is cauliflower turned into faux rice. Since we can not eat rice, a fellow cohenite experimented and came up with this version. Kudos to you!

This one is Beef Steak Tagalog. I used sukiyaki cut for easy cooking. Stir fried veggies for my sidings. Good enough. :))

Chicken-Mushroom Nuggets. I just minced chicken breast and straw mushrooms, seasoned with some spices and baked them. This was soooo fun to eat. I like it! :))
Adobong Pusit and Cauli Rice. My first time to cook squid and it turned out great and tender. I was scared at first that it might turn rubbery. I'm glad it did not. I had this for 2 days. I love it. :))

Until now, I am still battling with my veggies. I have hard time eating the huge allowance 3x a day. For now I'm trapped. There's no way out. I need and I must eat my veggies whatever it takes. Awww! And besides, this DIET WORKS!!! That's the most important thing! CHEEERS!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


It's been 5 days since my last post. It's not that I have nothing to write but because of my monthly discomfort. Hormonal imbalance strikes in. Call it an excuse but it's so true... I really am LAZY whenever 'Red Flag" is up. What I also dislike is my sudden and drastic increase of appetite. I am hungry all the time. Girls can relate. I'm sure!

Despite that, I consider this day a BEAUTIFUL DAY! Yes it is!

One of my neighboor went out of her gate when she chanced upon me passing by. She said: "Ang payat mo na". There was this surprise look on her face. Ha ha! And there was this big smile on my face. I enjoyed her compliment. I really do! I'm losing weight! People start noticing it for barely 2 weeks. A for Effort! Good job!

I'd like to show where/whom I draw my inspiration. She is a COHEN graduate. I hope she won't get mad at me by posting her pics. Besides, it was once featured in a local magazine. I always look at her when I feel like giving up. Amazing transformation!!! Let's do this!  :))

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cohen Diet: Week 1 Report (Day 8)

I Jumped off from my bed upon waking up. Pulled out the weighing scale from under the bed. Stepped on the scale. Whoah! I LOST 2kg in 7 days! It's no joke, believe me! I hope my weighing scale is not playing tricks on me! Ha ha!

I was 139.7lbs when I started. Now I am 135.2lbs. Though 1 week is just a fraction of the long journey, but I am delighted to see progress. The diet is working! Yay!

Happy and content, I head off to the kitchen to prepare my food. 

On lazy days, I just eat mango yoghurt, crackers, and coffee. And today is a lazy day. I rant about this combination in day1 but I am liking it more as days go by. 

Hubby went down to check on me while I was cooking for lunch. He said he can smell it from our room up the 2nd floor.  It was “Chiken Adobo” marinated overnight. The remaining adobo sauce/oil from the same pan were used to sautee the sidings. Perfect! Definitely there will be a repeat! :)

For dinner, "Baked Tuna". This time I put lemon for the twist and some mayo light. I wanted to put some more but I am restricted to 1 tsp level only.. darn! But all in all, it was yummy!

With my weight loss today I am more inspired to continue what has been started. This is just the beginning...... I know! But I am more determined to finish till the end.

Aim high and hit the mark!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cohen Diet: Day 7

Just One More Day and week1 is over. I'll show my newest stats tomorrow! Oh, I can't wait!

For now, I'll just show what food I ingested.

For breakfast I had egg omelette with mushroom and chinese pechay. My midday snack was tangerine orange (ponkan) and coke light.

For lunch, I wanted something soupy, so I cooked "Nilagang Baka".  The greens on it were plenty and I had hard time finishing it. I was sooooo full! The supposedly 3:15PM afternoon snack was delayed to 4:00PM because I was not hungry yet. I can't push myself to eat. Beef dishes normally are the hardest to digest. Well, that's just my opinion. I don't know for others. :)

For dinner, I had "Sinigang na Sugpo". Oopppps! I noticed it was a soupy day today. I guess I grew tired of eating dry meals (fried or grilled) since day1. For a change perhaps. Ha ha!

Even if I am entitled to have 3 more crackers before 9:00PM, I did not eat my cracker allowance as I was still full at 9:00PM. Maybe because my body is now adjusted to the small servings for the past 6 days. I don't easily feel hungry anymore. YEHEY! I LIKE! 

That's all folks! See you tom for the week1 report.. NUNINUNINUNI!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cohen Diet: Day 6

I'm not in the best of health today. Had I not taken a cold shower late night after a long hot and humid day, I won't get colds and runny nose. Sigh! 

Since nobody would cook for me, I got up and went straight to the kitchen to prepare my food.

Here are some of the photos of what I  have been eating today and the past few days. 

Egg omelette with mushrooms and tomatoes and some spices. Though I ate them alone without crispbread, I was full! Yummy!

This was my mouth watering "baon" when we had our lunch at my in-laws. Sauteed veggies with mozarella on top and some  basil leaves. Thank God there's cheese on earth! Craving for lasagna and pizza was satisfied! Thanks hubby for this recipe. Thumbs up! :))

Pan-fried tofu on a bed of pechay with cucumber salad. The absence of pork makes it imperfect, but it's ok anyway. I am not deviating! I AM NOT!

Tuna with zucchini and cauliflower. This was my first grilled food since Day 1. Though it doesn't look enticing and so dry in the picture, but it was good enough to satisfy my hungry tummy.  Maybe I should have added a little lemon for the twist. Next time I hit the supermarket, I will definitely buy one.

Because I enjoyed my first cheese recipe from hubby, I repeated it but baked it this time. It was heavenly! I assure you I'll never get tired of doing and eating it over and over again. This would be my staple for the rest of the program. Yum! Yum!

I wrapped enoki mushroom and cucumber strips in thinly cut beef and throw them in the griller. This was really good! Got this idea from Sambokojin. Weee!

I am losing weight, I know! But I'll just post my new wight after the first week is over. Excited much! :))