My Take on Diet Deliveries

Last September, I decided to join the “healthy” bandwagon by trying out the on-going fad called “diet delivery.”

In a nutshell, the idea is to have your healthy meals delivered to your doorstep daily. And for someone like me who’s been living a sedentary lifestyle (sad, I know) and not really into cooking (haha!), being introduced to the concept of “diet delivery” was definitely an alleluia moment! 🙂

To be honest, there are A LOT of options to choose from so I decided to trim down my list to those that I can afford (and like the menu). Most of the brands offer 1,200-calorie meals daily (that already includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack) for less than Php2,000 per (work) week — meaning Monday to Friday only.

Since my recommended daily calorie intake is actually 1,360 calories, I’ll be honest with and tell you that I did have “cheat” food and drinks from time to time to compensate for my calorie balance. Hahaha! But don’t worry, I did lose around 6 lbs. without exercise and so far, I’ve been maintaining it. 😉

Anyway, here are the diet delivery brands I’ve tried so far and what I’ve to say about them:

Delicious Diet

(photo courtesy of Delicious Diet)

(photo courtesy of Delicious Diet)

When: September 1-5, 2014 (Monday to Friday)
How much: Php1,850 for five days with delivery fee in the Makati area (around Php370 per day)

Ah, Delicious Diet was my very first try on the diet delivery fad and it didn’t disappoint! It was really delicious and this was when I lost the initial 6-7 lbs. in just a week! 😀 But since it was my first try, this was when I also experienced the “withdrawal” symptoms of not eating the calories my body was used to. The first two days were really struggles! Don’t worry though, starting Day 3, the whole thing was a lot easier!

Oh well. At least this was also my only well-documented diet delivery experience. Haha!

my Delicious Diet meals! :)

my Delicious Diet meals! 🙂

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT
-the Japanese green tea from Day 1 (the brand is OSK, and please tell me where I can buy it!!!)
-their bread (both the Whole Wheat Ciabatta from Day 2 and the Chicken Asparagus Sandwich from Day 4), which I think they baked themselves!
-the Chia Pudding from Day 3
-the seedless grapes (also) from Day 3
-the “Healthified” Turtle Pie from Day 5
-they texted me the menu every day (which was a good reminder)

WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT IT
-I found their microwaveable containers “thin” and easy to break

After my first week with Delicious Diet, I was planning to take a break. But because of my sister’s convincing powers, I gave in and tried a different brand (for a change) the following week…

Diet Diva

(photo courtesy of Diet Diva)

(photo courtesy of Diet Diva)

When: September 9-12 2014 (Tuesday to Friday)
How much: Php1,520 for four days or Php1,900 for five days with delivery fee in the Makati area (around Php380 per day)

Like I said, I was thinking twice about going on another week with limited calories so I missed the first day of that week’s menu. Luckily, Diet Diva agreed to accommodate my four-day diet! (Diet delivery brands usually release their menus a week before and prefer that customers reserve a slot and pay for their orders A WEEK BEFORE! #PasawayLangSiMika)

Unfortunately, this wasn’t really a good week for me. I believe missing A DAY was a big deal when it came to my “diet momentum,” so I really didn’t enjoy it. This was also the week when I took a sick leave, so that’s a total of two missed days! What I did instead was eat the food the next day (which extended my diet to Saturday). Go figure.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT
-accommodating of my (last-minute) four-day diet
-they used Dona Maria Jasponica rice (brown and red)
-their food didn’t spoil easily, which allowed me to eat Thursday’s menu on Friday and so on

WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT IT
-their tea was predictable (Lipton, anyone? Even our office pantry has that!)

And then the two-week diet delivery “hiatus” of moi began… 😐

Lunchbox Diet

(photo courtesy of Lunchbox Diet)

(photo courtesy of Lunchbox Diet)

When: September 29-October 3, 2014 (Monday to Friday)
How much: Php1,700 for five days with delivery fee in the Makati area (around Php340 per day)

After two weeks, I missed having my prepared “healthy” meals delivered to me and not thinking about what I was going to eat for each day of the work week so I decided to give diet delivery another try — enter Lunchbox Diet. WHEW.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT
-their rice bowls
-the Beef Kebab with Garlic Yogurt Sauce, served with healthy rice from Day 1
-the Grilled Potato Mash and Sole Fillet, served with healthy rice and vegetables from Day 4
-one of the least expensive diet delivery brands
-the three sets of plastic utensils per day (other brands prepared only one set per day)
-they delivery day and night — perfect for my friends who are on the night shift!
-the daily quote that comes with the menu

"With self-discipline, ALmost anything is possible."

“With self-discipline, ALmost anything is possible.”

WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT IT
-the meals didn’t have any labels whether they’re for breakfast or so on (sure, the menu’s already on the daily package but there were times when meat products looked similar and I had a hard time figuring out whether that was this and this was that…)
-the menus weren’t that detailed (be ready to be surprised that a certain meal has rice and whatnot when it didn’t say in the menu!)
-Day 5’s menu said that I was supposed to have TWO crackers but I was given only ONE. Hmm…

Was this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Haha! (photo courtesy of Lunchbox Diet)

Was this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Haha! (photo courtesy of Lunchbox Diet)

Overall, I say give diet delivery a try! Menus change every week, so there’s no room for boredom — taste-wise. Hehehe! 😛

Next week, I’m going to take a break again. I realized that whenever I’m on a diet delivery week, I miss the freedom of choosing my food and drinks — which leads to “cheating.” But whenever I’m on a break, I miss the healthy menus and convenience of not having to think of what to eat and drink! So I thought that the best compromise for my dilemmas is to just have it every other week (as long as I can afford it, of course!).

Speaking of which, I’ve yet to try another brand na pasok sa budget ko… so until then! CHEERS!!! 🙂


How about you? Have you tried the diet delivery fad?
Sound off in the comments section below!

Mukhang MOA :))

I’ve been spending my past weekends at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA).  I even have a “secret” parking space at the parking lot already because that’s where I ALWAYS park whenever I’m at the aforementioned mall.  I swear, dun talaga ako lagi nagpapark!  Kung anong floor at saan dun…  SECRET!!!  Haha! 😛

Don’t get me wrong.  I love going to other malls, too.  During weekdays, you’d most likely spot me at Glorietta or Greenbelt — because my workplace is just minutes away from them!  During weekends, I usually go to MOA and/or Robinsons Place Manila!  Emphasis on the “and/or” because there are really days that I go to both malls in ONE DAY!  I call it my very own “mall-hopping!” =))

But anyway, I think November 26, 2011 tops my “weekend mall gimik” by far.  Why?  Simply because I spent both DAY and NIGHT at MOA!  Hence the title: ako na talaga ang MUKHANG MOA!  Wahahahaha!

SM Mall of Asia Logo.

Image via Wikipedia

MOA by DAY

I woke up extra early that day (3:50AM) to prepare for one of the things in my bucket list:

Yep!  One of the things I want to do before I die is RUN FOR A CAUSE!  And yes, I was finally able to do that by participating in the HSBC Anniversary Fun Run, which raised funds for the Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation (SAS), “a not-for-profit, professional Philippine organization that promotes the love and habit of reading in Filipino children in line with its vision to build a nation of readers. 🙂

It was my very first run, and I’m happy to say that I survived!  Of course I couldn’t have done it without my friends Danica and Tinah:

5K all the way!!!

with Tinah ♥

with Danica ♥

By the way, the (raffle) grand prize was:

Better luck next time! 😉

Of course I did NOT win! 😦  Oh well papel.  At least Danica and I had our consolation prize:

with HSBC Philippines' CEO and President

CHOS!!!  Hahaha!  And that’s it!  But just because I’ve crossed “run for a cause” off my bucket list, doesn’t mean I won’t do it again!  Of course this was just the first of (my) many runs!  Mooore runs to cooome! 😀

MOA by NIGHT

After the run, I went home to catch some ZZZsss.  But when the sun finally set, I went back to catch my friend Marta‘s birthday dinner at Yakimix! 😉

with Marta, the birthday girl ♥

Aside from celebrating a birthday, one of the things I loved about this night was our “instant” college reunion!  Gaawwwd, I simply love these people!  It’s just like college ALL. OVER. AGAIN!!!

♥♥♥

Sooo…  Thanks a lot Henry Sy!  Thanks for making one awesome place where people can spend good times with great people — MOA!!!

Bonus: Did you know that Henry Sy‘s net worth is around $7 billion AND Steve Jobs‘ net worth is around $8 billion*?

Wala lang.  Ang taray lang ng SM!  Lumelevel sa Apple!  Chos! =))

*The aforementioned people’s “net worth” is different from that of their companies’.

The Struggle

Last Thursday, I renewed my driver’s license.***  No big deal, right?  At least NOT UNTIL it was time for my medical examination and I finally stepped on the scale!  When I saw what I SAW, I was like, “WHAT THE F—?!”

You see, the weighing scale and I, we share a very unique relationship.  For the past three years or so, I’ve been weighing myself EVERY NIGHT (seriously!) just to keep track of my weight.  I’m aware that for the last three years, I’ve gained THIRTY FREAKIN’ POUNDS, but on the bright side, I’ve maintained it as well.  This is my HEAVIEST and I’d like to think that THIS SHOULD ALREADY BE MY LIMIT!  That’s why I’m addicted to the scale…  just so I don’t go BEYOND THE LIMIT anymore.  But the LTO (Land Transportation Office) weighing scale really shocked me!  It was like I gained almost 10 pounds overnight!  My weight the night before wasn’t the same the following day!  ANO BANG PINAGKAIBA NG WEIGHING SCALE KO SA BAHAY AT SA WEIGHING SCALE NG LTO?!  Fuuudge!

Going back to my heaviest weight, that’s actually the funny thing!  I’ve been able to maintain it.  BUT the thing that bothers me most is this: how come I wasn’t able to maintain my lightest (at least my lightest in my adult life)???

Oh who am I kidding?  I know the answer to that: LACK OF DISCIPLINE! 😐

I’ve always been on the “chubby side.”  But right after I graduated from college, I finally joined a gym — Fitness First — and it worked!  That was the time I achieved my lightest weight.  2008-2009 was my “fitness year” if I may say:

September 2008

December 2008

April 2009

April 2009

Yeah, I still wasn’t stick-thin (not that I want to be!) but I can say that I was finally happy with my weight.  I could already fit ALL of my clothes and my self-esteem improved! 😉  But when I hit the one-year mark, I cancelled my gym membership.  I don’t know…  maybe because I thought it was already enough — and that’s when I got it all wrong!  Exercising can never be enough.  Period.  Just think of Fitness First’s motto:

“MOTIVATION is what gets you started, HABIT is what keeps you going.”

Sooo true!  Once you finally get used to exercising, it’ll be a no-brainer anymore.  But be CAREFUL!  Because once you STOP, well, you won’t be able to stop NOT exercising!  And that’s exactly what happened to me. 😦

Starting from late 2009, I’ve been living a very sedentary life.  I actually decided to join another gym — Gold’s Gym — last year, but that didn’t do any good either.  I did, however, see a lot of “eye candy” there (including Fabio Ide!  Haha!), but I still couldn’t bring myself to find my so-called “motivation” and “habit.”  So after I hit the one-year mark again, I cancelled my membership too.

Right after that, I went back to Fitness First — PRESENT TIME!  It has already been TWO MONTHS since I went back to my “gym love,” but so far…  well, I’m still STRUGGLING to bring back my “motivation” and “habit.”

October 2011; Hello, DOUBLE CHIN! Ampf!

That’s right: it’s ONE. BIG. STRUGGLE!  Para lang akong nagsasayang ng pera! 😦  But nooo, I can’t do that anymore because this time, THIS TIME, I’ve an 18-month commitment and I just hope…  I just really, really hope…  that even before I reach the 18th month, I’ll already achieve what I’ve achieved before!  Tamaaa!  If I was able to do it before, then that must mean that I CAN do it once more!!!  There are already some “action plans” brewing inside my head, so let’s just all hope for the best!  Operation Kalusugan: oh it’s sooo ON!

So there.  I’ve shared with you my so-called “struggle” — my STRUGGLE WITH MY WEIGHT!  I know, I know.  It’s so petty compared to others’ struggles, but please give me some slack!  Next week will be my 22nd birthday, and I just hope that I’ve learned enough lessons in my past 21 years — especially with this particular “struggle.”  I’m hoping that starting on my 22nd year, I can finally GET BACK ON TRACK and stay there for as long as I can! 😀

But before I end this, I just want to say something to all those who’ve been “commenting” on my weight gain…

I know some “comment” on it because they’re concerned for my HEALTH…  and for that, I wanna say THANK YOU.  I’m really, really trying my best to ALWAYS put that in mind.  After all, HEALTH IS WEALTH! 🙂  But for those who “comment” on it for the heck of saying something OR to feel good about themselves, well…  I’d like to say “SCREW YOU!” but I guess I’ll try to be the bigger person (both FIGURATIVELY and LITERALLY!  Hahaha!)  Ah basta, isa lang ang masasabi ko: pare-pareho lang tayong TAO — kaya hindi malayo ang posibilidad na TUMABA RIN KAYO!!!  Wahahahaha!  PEACE!

In the mean time…

…at least I’ve something to smile about! 🙂  My current weight may be common to an average MAN’S WEIGHT, but at least I weigh like one. very. fine. man: Fabio (see my previous post).  No, I’m not saying that I weigh EXACTLY like him (feeling ko kasi i-gooGoogle niyo eh!  Hahaha!),  but you get what I’m saying!  I can finally say that Fabio and I have SOMETHING IN COMMON: our weight!  Wahahahaha!

Besides that, “peg” yata ako ni Fabio noh (sorry, feelingerang frog lang talaga ako masyado!)  In one interview, he shared his type of girl:

“Fabio:  The eyes.  That’s what I first look at in a girl.  I don’t like really tall girls; I like funny girls, very athletic who know how to enjoy life.  I like girls with a big butt.”

Emphasis on the last sentence, please: “I LIKE GIRLS WITH A BIG BUTT.”

A feature in Candy Magazine's March 2009 issue

Ayyy!  Peg na peg talaga!!!  Eu te amoFabio!

October 2011

Syempre chos lang!  Pasensiya na, may hangover parin kasi ako!!! 😛

Hayayayay.  Muy guapo…  ang gwapo talaga

teka, ano na nga ulit yung STRUGGLE ko?!  HA HA HA

😉

P.S: For all the girls/ladies/women who have the same “struggle,” I suggest you read The Plump Pinay.  I just recently discovered this blog and I’ve to give it to Danah and Stacy Gutierrez (the authors) — they’ve been inspiring me from the moment I first set eyes on their page! ♥

***I renewed my license at Ayala MRT Station.  And in fairness, it took me only one hour or less to do the entire process!  Kaya kudos to LTO!  Uyyy, improving!  Keep it up!!!