Monthly Archives: April 2012

Making NEW choices


We need to make a deal. We have to do something together. This is going to set you free and make you reach goals you never thought possible.

Forget your story. Period.

It does not matter how many diets you have tried in the past. It does not matter what week “you usually fall off the wagon.” There is no such thing! There is no pattern unless you create and let there be a pattern.

Your past is only the result of past choices. That is all. It has no power over you or your day. Now you are making new choices which will give you new results. Learn from what choices didn’t help you get to your goal and move on.

I need you to commit to me and yourselves that you will forget your past story and CHOOSE A NEW STORY.

Say this out loud to yourself:

“I will no longer repeat stories in my head that do not fuel, motivate or improve my life. From now on I get in front of my life and write a new story. I do not look back I only look forward. The past has no power over me”.



Say these to yourself often and let them be your New Story:

“I always bounce back after an ‘off-game-plan’ meal”

“I’m always committed to my goals and creating my best life ever”

“I take each day as it comes and do my very best within each day with what I can”

“I am good to myself and only tell stories that improve and energize my life”

“I am in the driver seat of my life and decisions”

“I let go of all excuses. They do not empower me”

“I am the only one in control of my happiness, decisions and actions”

“This is my time! I am going to make my goals/dreams happen! I can and I will”

“I am achieving things I never knew possible”

“I am grateful for the ability to make new choices.”

-Amy Layne is a Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist and Lifestyle Expert at DAMY Health.




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ReDesign in 90 Challenge

At the beginning of April, Mark decided to accept a challenge from our partner company. The Challenge is called: ReDesign in 90. It’s a 90 day weight management challenge. These are Mark’s results after the FIRST month. Yes, you read that right- 30 days. Check him out!!Image

Month 1 of 3 in the books!!! 22 pounds lighter and I’m just getting started! The best part is that every pound I’ve lost has meant that a starving child has been fed for a day! Can’t wait to lose more in order to feed more!

I was living an unhealthy lifestyle and in the past 30 days I was able to transform my life, my health and my body. Excited to share my progress with all my friends and family as I complete the program. Many friends have already begun asking me to help them start their own transformations, so I’ve decided to start mentoring an exclusive group of 8 people this month who are ready to lose weight for good, the right way, while being part of a global effort to end hunger for starving children. This mentoring program is open to anyone regardless of where they live.

Message me. Share this post with anyone who might be interested.

– 90-day weight management program
– Guaranteed results
– One-on-one mentoring and daily online community support
– And much more…

Let’s do this!!!

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Goal setting and Weight Management

Mark and I have recently undergone a complete overhaul on our health. Our entire family has been affect by our new choice to be healthy and aware of how we treat our bodies. Even our little girls have caught the fever. They’re learning how to make better choices when it comes to foods and at a young age they’re both learning that a healthy lifestyle is totally attainable. That being said, here’s some helpful advice for those who have been struggling with their weight, or managing a longterm healthy lifestyle.

There are no substitutes for eating healthy and regular exercise, but experts say that your attitude can make a huge difference to your weight loss success. We’re talking about cutting out the “mental fat”—the negative thoughts keeping us from shedding the physical fat. Just as losing weight won’t happen overnight, improving your thought process will also take time. Be patient with yourself and work at it a little at a time.

It’s easy to make excuses for not losing weight but changing our own thinking will help us lose weight faster an easier. It is all in the mind.

Visualize yourself thin. Imagine how you’ll look 6 to 12 months down the line. If you have old pictures of your thinner self, dig them out and put them up in a prominent place (like the refrigerator or on a bulletin board in your office). Remember how you felt back then. What habits did you have then that allowed you to be healthier? See if you can incorporate your better habits from the past back into your lifestyle now. Remember to see yourself in a positive light. Having a positive attitude and being happy with yourself will be helpful in achieving your health goals.

Make a list. List specific reasons why you want to lose weight. Perhaps you want to be more attractive to a certain someone, maybe you want to be able to fit into your old clothes again, or maybe you’d just like to have more energy. Whatever your personal reasons, great or small, write them all down on an index card. Look at your list every morning and carry it around in your wallet or purse. On the back of the card, write down motivating phrases to give yourself encouragement.

Think about activities you wish you could do that you can’t do because of your weight. If you can, cut out a picture of that activity from a magazine and hang it near your desk (or somewhere else that’s visible), so that you’ll have something to look forward to.

Identify self-sabotaging thoughts. Pay attention to your negative thoughts. We all have them. They may be something like “This is too difficult,” “I’ll never be able to lose this much weight,” or “I’m too tired.” You can’t stop them from entering your head but you can learn to respond to them constructively.

Don’t be overly critical of yourself—focusing on your negative aspects while minimizing your positive ones. Just because you feel or believe something doesn’t actually make it true. Of course, there are no wrong or bad emotions, but identifying why something makes you feel bad can help prevent those situations in the future. If you get in the habit of identifying your self-sabotaging thoughts, you can nip them in the bud before they blow up into an ugly depression.

Distract yourself from cravings. Create a list of things you can do to distract yourself from tempting food. Perhaps you can read a book, flip through a magazine, or play a video game. The next time a craving comes up, do one or two things on your list. You may have to do more, but eventually the craving will pass. Cravings will pass 100 percent of the time.

Create small goals for yourself. Write down a list of tiny things you can do to improve your lifestyle. We all know that it’s difficult to make huge changes to our lifestyles. So try accomplishing smaller goals. Try doing some of the activities listed below.

Take a 30-minute walk in the afternoon.
Eat one more serving of fruits or vegetables today.
Forgo that soda or glass of wine and just have a tall glass of ice water.
Order a side salad instead of those french fries.

Replace old habits with new ones. It’s easier to replace an old habit with a new habit than it is to break an old one altogether. For instance, if you have a sandwich every day for lunch, choose low-fat turkey on wheat and skip the mayonnaise. Have plain or sparkling water instead of a regular sugared or diet soda. If you like to have an afternoon snack, grab an apple or a handful of your favorite nuts instead of a candy bar. There are so many ways you can replace even entrenched bad habits with healthier good ones. Be creative and have fun with it.

Keep a journal. Get a little notebook and keep a log of your weight. This way you can determine what is and isn’t working and track the progress you make. Also, write down what you eat. Keeping track of the foods you eat will help show patterns. You may not have realized that you eat ice cream right out of the freezer every night after dinner, but your journal will keep you honest. Just knowing that you’re going to write down what you’ve been eating may keep you from reaching for that extra serving of mashed potatoes.

Plan for the future. Every night before you go to bed, plan for the next day. Whether it be scheduling exercise in your calendar or prepacking healthy snacks (like fresh fruit, cut veggies, or low-fat popcorn), get ready for tomorrow.

This also applies to grocery shopping. Make a list before you go grocery shopping that includes fresh fruits and vegetables you like. Replace calorie-heavy, fatty foods like chips and cookies with baked crackers or dried fruit.

Armed with a plan and tools to help you maintain that plan, you’ll have an easier time meeting your goals.

Be nice to yourself. When you’ve been good, do something nice for yourself. Reward yourself with something you enjoy (but not with food rewards, of course!). Perhaps you can enjoy a trip to a movie theatre, buy yourself a new book, or go for a foot massage.

For instance, if you walked up the stairs to work this morning, treat yourself to a bit of Internet surfing or an online game before tackling your job. If you’ve lost 5 pounds, reward yourself with a new haircut. Whatever you do, give yourself rewards proportional to the goals you accomplish.

Surround yourself with support. We all need emotional support, especially when times get tough. Find friends and family to help you. You may even be able to find a diet buddy or join a support group Many studies show that having a healthy social network is better for your overall health. Dieters who have friends and family pulling for them achieve better success than those who try to go it alone.

So pick up the phone, call a friend, and flex those mental muscles.

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My story

This may be a long-ish post. It’s been a while since I blogged all about myself (blush)

And I guess that there are good reasons for it. One being that I have two kiddos and they’re much more fun to bloggy blog about… and two being- well, I probably didn’t want to bring much attention to myself in a way. But it’s about time that I share my story with you and tell you where I’ve been and where I’m going.

I should probably start way way back..

Awww! Look at me then…. bowl haircut and all..Image

I’m the oldest child in my family of 3 kids and the only girl. I have an amazing family. I love each of them dearly and wouldn’t trade them for anything in this world.

I was a happy kid, always active and loved being outside. I played sports as a little girl and also learned the art of polynesian dance… see me showing off my belly already?

My parents never denied my brothers or I any opportunity and we got to experience so much. I loved learning new things and mom and dad always supported me.

I was a normal weight all the way through middle school and into the 9th grade where something happened (I discovered cake for breakfast?) and I began to gain weight steadily. I had some really amazing friends (hi girls!!) who would eat any and everything in sight and never gain an ounce (so it seemed) and then there was me.

No one ever directly talked to me about being “chubby” or overweight. My parents would tell me I was beautiful and my friends would say the same.

I think i always half believed them.

Fortunately for me, being chubby didn’t ever really hinder me from doing things. I was ALL ABOUT high school. I was in ASB, I swam on the JV swim team and I even sang in show choir… yep.

So I wasn’t a introverted closet eater. I didn’t ever cry myself to sleep at night about my weight. It was just there- and I think I just lived with it.

One things I DO always remember was people saying was “you have such a pretty face”

I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t really take this to heart too much- like, the rest of me wasn’t pretty- just my face?

When I turned 16, I met a very handsome guy… 🙂 Who later (5 years later) became my handsome husband. I recently asked Mark if when we started dating he noticed my “chubbiness” and if he was at all bothered by it, he was, afterall an avid cross country runner with a 8-pack of abs..:)

And you know what he said?

“I never noticed it, you were so ultra confident that it never showed or seemed to bother you”..


Well, I guess that’s where I have a leg up on girls that are challenged by weight. I knew that my body wasn’t functioning at it’s ideal weight, but I carried on anyway and lived life.


(this is me in 2001)

FAST FORWARD a little bit…

Right after graduating high school I put myself through Cosmetology school. sixteen-hundred HOURS of practical and written work so I could get my license to cut/style/curl/color and whatever else you can think of! I hated the process of going to beauty school and was determined to finish it asap.

Luckily, I had some really amazing friends who I were with me on my journey. (hi girls). But once again, I was not the picture of perfect health, often times- skipping meals ALL day long only to get home at 9 at night, starving and eating everything in sight. Not ideal. I finished school and started working in a popular salon right away and loved it. After a few years at that particluar salo, I realized that I wanted to exercise my new license and learn more about aesthetics and skin care, I ended up becoming a skin care specialist for a very exclusive destination spa here in Souther CA.

tiny fast forward…

Mark and I got married in 2004. Wedded BLISS I tell you! Mark is my biggest fan! We enjoyed the newlywed life and while I vowed to learn how to cook and clean and do everything a good wife should do, I also enjoyed being take out to dinner…oops.

Mark and I would eat out 5+ times a week, not always fast food, we would try to be healthy (sometimes) and I gained weight. Some people gain the freshman 15… Mine was like the Newly Wed 20.


Two years later, we had our first daughter. Isn’t she sweet? Here on the blog were going to call her Ms S.

She is so sweet. And has brought so much love and joy to our hearts. (she’s now 5 years old)

But being overweight and pregnant on top of that was really hard. REALLY hard. I was in constant pain and definitely uncomfortable. I went 2 weeks and 6 days overdue with Ms S. Yes. I could have killed someone. 🙂 I was borderline high risk and very close to developing gestational diabetes.

I was scared.

So when she was born, I took really really good care of my body. I loved her so much and wanted to be a good mother to my new baby, so I ate very healthy and did everything I could to help her grow.


I struggled with weight again after Ms S was born because I wasn’t used to having a “mom” body. Things change a lot when you have a baby. And I was still not happy with myself. But I was a busy mama. I decided to be a stay at home mom and I started my own photography business. I love photography. So I kepy myself really busy and never really thought much about my health.  would eat dinner sometime VERY late at nihgt after baby went to sleep. Mark was studying late into the nights and I would stay up with him, eating all the way up until the time I’d go to bed.

Nothing like going to be with 2 or 3 slices of pizza in you- right?


When Ms S. was about 18months old, Mark started running again, not just “running” but training for not one, but 2 marathons. WHOO HOO! I was SO proud of him! And also very envious of his rapid weight loss. He looked amazing. I felt yuck! and then guess what?

We found out that baby #2 was on the way!


I love how sometimes when you think you’re in control, you get little reminders that you’re definitely NOT.


So 9 months later Little Baby F joined the Baddas party! We couldn’t be more excited. Ms S was a big sister and we were the parents of CHILDREN! lol!

Life continues to be sweet. Lots of things happen, like, Mark graduates from UCSD and we moved closer to our home town to be near both of our families. And I continue to enjoy my girls and my family. Food is comfort. We’re Filipino… do you know what the FIRST thing a filipino mother asks you when you visit them?

“did you eat?” “are you hungry?” “can I make you something?”

I said yes to it all .

Fast forward again to this January (2012) I decide this is MY year. I decided that no matter what, I was going to get into shape and FINALLY be happy about myself.

I started cutting calories. Like in half.

I started walking on a tredmill. It felt like my legs were made out of lead. I felt so heavy and so slow. But I did it.

4-5 days a week I walked/jogged for 20-30 minutes, that was my limit. And in 3 months I lost about 10 pounds! I was excited because it was working!! I was losing weight. All the while this was happening, Mark and I started our own business and that was keeping us very busy. Mark was out of town for most of January, and so the girls and I were on our own! We made it BTW. 🙂

And then through Nu Skin (our new adventure) I found the R90 program. And I thought to myself, I need to do this. I just need to do it.

It took a lot of courage, because I was so unsure of myself, but I did it and guess what?

This girl dropped 11 MORE pounds in 30 days. WHAT?? I was over the MOON excited! I decide that my life will never be the same again. R90 has changed the way I think about my health.

I’ve decided that I AM WORTH THE WORK. I am!

This weight management system has totally changed me as a woman. It makes me feel amazing- and I know that if I can do it, anyone who’s willing to put in the work will be able to do it as well.

And that’s ME.

Thanks for taking the time to read. I am truly an open book, so if you have any questions about my weight loss journey with the R90 program, please ask away!! You can email me any time:

Much love,


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