Thursday, 30 June 2011  |  Healthy Food + Recipes

Here’s my official invitation to TBR 30, a 30-day challenge to eat more nutritious, wholesome food!



TBR 30 is a commitment to yourself that you will take care of your body by making wise and healthy food choices. That’s it!

It was a personal decision for me to focus on eating better in the next weeks and to look at food as fuel for running and other activities. While I eat healthy most of the time, I still fell into major cheat days with my munchies or made poor choices when I was hungry, especially after a long run! So, after getting tired of diets and pressuring myself to train more or eat less, I thought I should just adopt a more positive outlook and take on a healthier lifestyle for life.

Then, I thought of inviting all of you to do the same. Why not?! The hardest part in making this huge shift is to decide to start. So, I’m inviting you all to do it TOMORROW, JULY 1, 2011. Aside from that, it’ll make all of us answerable to each other. Plus, of course, it should be more fun.  (By the way, if you read this late, then just start midway. No prob!)

Again, TBR 30 is open to anyone and everyone. It’s also free.


TBR 30 starts on JULY 1 and ends JULY 30. Why a 30 day challenge?

Well, I know it takes 21 days to form a habit. So, if we reach the 22nd day eating healthy then we pretty much know that by the end of July, eating healthy won’t be a “challenge” but a “lifestyle.”

Whether only 5 or 50 sign up for TBR 30, I’ll be doing this, but I do hope you can take on the challenge with me.  Sige na!


TBR 30 is not about dieting. I won’t give you a detailed, restrictive diet for three reasons: 1) I’m not a nutritionist nor a dietitian. 2) Diets only make you feel deprived, which will lead you to cheat once you’re off it. (Believe me, that’s what happened to me in New York heehee.) 3) I HATE DIETING!  And, don’t tell Harvie, my nutritionist friend, nor Mitch Felipe-Mendoza, but I hate journalling my food intake too!

TBR 30 is not about losing weight.  Repeat after me: Our goal is to eat right, not to lose weight.  But, that’s not to say that we won’t be doing cartwheels if we drop some unwanted pounds or look a lot fitter after 30 days (which will most likely be the case!)

TBR 30 will not sell you any products or gear. Trying out new drugs, shakes, formulas, gear, or exercises to lose weight may work temporarily. But, sooner or later, we’ll tire of it and eventually go back to our old ways. Nope, this is not a sponsored challenge either.

TBR 30 is not a support group, diet group, or run group. We’re just a group of individuals who want to improve our health. If you guys, by any chance, meet face to face or become virtual friends, that would be great.


I thought of only 5 main points that should guide us during the next 30 days. CODE: TBR 30.


T: Take control. Are you hungry? Grab a bite. Are you full? Drop the spoon and fork when you are satisfied, not too full. Plan your meals wisely so you’ll be in control of what goes into your mouth and you have no excuses.

B: Be mindful of what you eat. Stop eating on the run (no pun intended) or tasting your kids’ meals and taking a bite from your officemate’s burger all day. Sit down at the dining table. Stare at your visually appealing food. And savor every morsel. (I’ve started cooking my healthy food myself!)

R: Read the labels. You’ve heard this a hundred times before and I’ll say it again. Choose raw, fresh food that actually come with no labels. Limit processed food. If you must eat them, choose the foods that have the least ingredients.

3: 3 major meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Plus, 2 snacks. Add an additional snack after dinner if you wish.

0: Zero stress over your weight. Zero pressure to stick to a strict diet. Zero guilt over mistakes or mess ups. If you slip, dust yourself off and eat properly in the next meal.


  1. Post a comment below saying: I’LL EAT RIGHT FOR 30 DAYS!
  2. Download this TBR30 which contains the guidelines mentioned above.  (Yes, yes, you can see I am completely inspired to do this and I hope you will be too!)  Print it. Post it in an area in your home where you’ll see it daily: the refrigerator or your mirror.
  3. Last but not the least, practice what you promised: EAT RIGHT THIS JULY!

Good luck to us!

Quit Dieting. Start Living.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011  |  Healthy Food + Recipes


I am so done with dieting. So done!

For the past couple of months, you were completely unaware—of course, I don’t tell you everything here—that I was frustrated about my ballooning weight. I couldn’t figure out why I was getting heavier when I was working out like a mad woman (double my usual training program since I added swimming) and eating much less, yet the numbers on the scale were going nowhere but up. To make matters worse, I got injured so no running and no gym only meant the numbers would soon get higher if I didn’t get answers to my questions.

Was I just getting old?

Did I have to eat even less than the little food I was eating?

Was I eating more than I actually thought I was? (Uhm, on some days I would say yes but what we don’t know—or admit—won’t hurt us, right?)

Did I have to add even more training hours to my already hectic sched?  (I welcome the idea of training more because I love it and it doesn’t feel like work to me, but I have a life too, you know!)

Was my body so used to running that I needed a new activity to jolt my metabolism?

Did I need to add more intense training?

Was lack of sleep and stress causing havoc in my system?

What do I do?!!!

I bugged so many experts and friends with all my questions. I asked my nutritionist friend Harvie de Baron of Hammer and he told me to eat more to lose more. I bumped into Coach Jim Saret of The Biggest Loser and asked him to reveal his secrets on dropping my extra weight.  He said I should intensify my training.  I even met with friend, nutritionist, and contributor of TBR Magazine, Mitch Felipe-Mendoza. She was so baffled with my weight gain that she even wrote an article about it on Philippine Daily Inquirer to answer all my queries…hah!  (Here’s the LINK)


Last week, I said to myself: enough is enough. One should not spend this much time worrying about the calories and fat, especially not runners like me!   After all, one of the reasons why I fell in love with running was because it gave me freedom from the scale!  It allowed me to focus on my passion for running while fitness and weight loss were simply bonuses for me!  I thought: Life is too short for thinking about numbers on the scale when I should be savoring healthy, wholesome food, enjoying my long runs, and living life to the fullest!

So, last Sunday, I made a pact with myself to quit dieting and stressing over the scale. I made a promise to myself to eat healthy, train wisely, and enjoy life more. I started eating more (oh boy, a lot more!), show up for regular training, and stop weighing myself. I did this all alone and, much to my pleasant surprise (and relief!), I dropped 4 lbs! I’m sure most of it is water weight but allow me to say: Wooohooo!

I still have 4 more to go to reach my regular weight. (Yes, I gained a total of 8 lbs that wouldn’t budge since February)  I’m committed to sticking to my commitment to myself. It’s not a diet. It’s not a training or nutrition program.  I didn’t use a new product.  It’s simply a promise to myself to nourish my body and subsequently nurture my mind and soul.

So, yes, I started this alone and did it on my own. But, I thought, it could be so much more fun (and perhaps a whole lot easier) if we all did it together virtually. Just a group of us promising to each other that we’ve committed to living better.

Are you game?  I’m thinking we can try a 30-day Challenge to ourselves to simply eat better.  I’ll work out the details and post it tomorrow.  We can start on JULY 1, 2011, the start of the month. Use the time from now until then to let the idea sink in and let me know if you’re up to it!  How exciting!

Download all TBR Magazines for Free

Wednesday, 29 June 2011  |  News + Promos

Did you miss any of our old issues of The Bull Runner Magazine?  Not to worry. All issues are now available for download…for FREE!

Just click HERE.







– TBR Magazine Archives since our first issue in March 2009. How time flies! Top (L to R): Apl.de.Ap, Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, Coach Rio de la Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Mark and Doray Ellis. Bottom: Karylle, Yong and Donna Larrazabal, Ani de Leon, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Drew Arellano, Sen. Pia Cayetano –

Guess Who Signed my TBR Magazine?!

Thursday, 23 June 2011  |  News + Promos

…our cover runner Apl.de.Ap of Black Eyed Peas of course!



This goes into my collection of other TBR Magazines autographed by Jeff Galloway and Piolo Pascual!  Thanks to Jamike and Mayi Lopa for not being too shy to ask him for me hah!


Download the latest issue of TBR Magazine with APL.DE.AP on the cover by clicking HERE.  It’s FREE!

To download other issues or find out where you can get a hard copy, please click HERE. (Other past issues—Mark & Doray Ellis, Piolo Pascual, Coach Rio de la Cruz, Maricel Laxa, Christine Jacob will be uploaded within the week. Thanks for your patience guys!)

Are You Running Away?

Wednesday, 22 June 2011  |  Bullish Insights

I received this comment from Wonderwall on one of my most popular posts: Date a Girl Who Runs

I always feel like runners are running away from something- don’t like this article at all. Blah.

No worries if Wonderwall didn’t like the post; each one is entitled to his/her opinion.  But, I think his/her first line is worth discussing.  It’s a question I’ve asked myself in the past (hey, you never know what goes on in our subconscious, right?) and raised with friends a couple of times.  Have you asked yourself the same?

“Do I run because I’m running away from something?”

My answer: Every time I hit the road, I’m almost beaming with joy.  There’s no doubt that I run simply because I want to.  Most of the time, I am running TOWARDS something and not away from anything at all.  I run towards a goal: a race I’ve targeted months in advance with a training program that I follow to a tee, a new PR, or a specific distance to achieve that day.  Sometimes I run for what others may think are more mundane reasons but are important to me just the same: to be with friends or even to enjoy the breakfast and great conversation after.  And, yes, there are times when I also run to burn off the Cheetos I munched on the previous night and, if possible, to flush out the guilty feeling that comes with it.


Admittedly, sometimes I do run to get away.  To escape.  To unburden myself of the loads of life.  It’s no different from an artist painting on a blank canvass to express his despair or a musician banging on his drums to ease the pain.  It’s simply a way to cope.

When my dad had his surgery, I ran like there was no tomorrow and, when he passed away, I ran even harder.  I run when there’s too much work, when there’s conflict with a relationship, or when I’m just fed up with something or someone.  I run hoping to leave behind all these issues and problems and hope to the high heavens they can never catch up with me.  Is this wrong?  Not at all.  For some reason, I end the run feeling empowered, energized, and ready to take on the world.  Eat my dust, I usually say to all of life’s challenges.

I guess the only way to really know if you’re running TOWARDS or AWAY from something is to look at where you’re standing now.  Ask yourself: Has running taken me farther than I could have ever imagined?  Or has it driven me to isolation and cowardice? Has running made me stronger, fitter, and better?  Or has it made me more arrogant, obnoxious and self-centered? Has running transformed me into a better person?  Or has it taken me further away from who I really should be?

So, what’s your answer?