Life is like a Gym.

The STRUGGLE is REAL! Let’s talk #progression and #motivation. A lot of people ask me how I stay motivated, if my abs are real, are they fake and so on.. And this photos like this are exactly how (NO FILTER/ NO PHOTOSHOP).

My motivation comes from my #goal to beat who I see in the mirror everyday (both physically and mentally). I don’t compete with others, I only compete with myself. Comparing my pictures like these from 2013 to now, reminds me why I find it easy to be motivated and to have an active lifestyle.

2014-2015 I suffered from severe depression and anxiety, it was the hardest and the toughest thing I’d ever encountered in my life. I wasn’t afraid to do anything- something stupid. I was a party animal, I was an alcoholic, I smoke weed and I do drugs like overdosing myself with xanax, oxycontin & sleeping pills so I won’t feel the pain. I didn’t care about anyone. I didn’t care about life. To the point I ended up hurting myself.

Comparing myself from the past helps me to improve myself to be the better version of who I am. It takes a lot of work to get what you want. It takes a lot of understanding, acceptance and embracing the sacrifices to be a strong individual. Of course, I am lucky enough to have a beautiful family and amazing friends that help me get through this. It’s always good to have someone that inspires you💖It’s easy to forget that progress takes time.

Every time I look in the mirror, I always tell myself: April, you are worth it! I encourage everyone to take pictures so you can look back and compare yourself physical and mental states at certain points in your journey to help you keep motivated. Remember, it takes a lot of #dedication and #hardwork to be able to see the results. If you want to have a nice body, have a good grades and getting a degree? Putting into #action is the key to get what you want😘🙏🏼

We all have different purpose but believe me when I say, once you find your reason for your goals. It becomes so much easier and more enjoyable. We all start somewhere, set goals, track your progress and get to it! If I can do it, so can you!❤️

Always stay Humble☺️🙏🏼


“Life is like a gym. It is a journey. Every single steps of a new challenge, we must face it and learn how to deal  with the new situations.

Life is full of disappointments and surprises. We must learn how to be mental and physically prepared. We must learn to embrace the obstacle to be wiser and strong enough to face all the challenges. Every day is a new learning process. We must learn to accept from our own mistakes and fully understand our own being.

Life is about keep moving forward to be the better version of yourself.

Life is like a gym. The more the pain, the more glory to it!”

-April Mae (quotes to myself)

How to get a Six- Packed?

Hello Everyone,

Sorry for the late post. I had been busy in school. I will upload more fitness and other blogs to keep you guys posted.

Anyway, this is my recent picture (last month- October 2016). Let’s talk how to get a 6-pack. Getting a really nice abs is very hard because due to a busy lifestyle or how is your eating habits.. As for me, I do abs workout 2 times- almost everyday. In the meantime, I am very health cautious of what I eat. I focus on eating more meat and vegetables. Drinking habits, I certainly hydrate myself at least 2-3 liters a day of water and before bed time I will have a detox tea which it helps to eliminate your body waste products in your systems. Of course, your muscle need rest. You can have at least 1-2 days off not going to the gym but do not exceed over 3 days. You also need a good sleep so that your catabolic system won’t wear out.

Here are my favorite abs workout:

  • Bench Leg Pull-in: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Bench Knee- up: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Leg Raises: 3 sets/ 50 reps
  • Reverse Crunches: 3 sets/ 20 reps
  • Crunches: 3 sets/ 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raises: 4 sets/ 12-15 reps
  • Cross-Body Crunch: 3 sets/ 15 reps
  • Bench Oblique-Side Crunches: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Inclined Russian Twist: 3 sets/ 15 reps
  • Mountain Climbers: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Toe-touching: 3 sets/ 30 reps
  • Flutter Kicks: 3 sets/ 20 reps
  • Knee Tuck- Roll in swiss ball: 4 sets/ 15-20 reps
  • Leg Lifts: 3 sets/ 50 reps
  • Bench Side or Oblique V-Ups: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Elbow Planking: 1-2 minutes
  • Side Planking on each: 1 minute
  • Flutter Kicks: 3 sets/ 12-15 reps

Remember, when you do abs workout you need to squeeze and contract your targeted muscles. Don’t forget to carefully watch you back posture. Too much crunches is not good for your back!

Hopefully this helps! Talk to you guys soon🙂

 

Love and Everlasting Life of Dean Emiritus

The reaction paper is about the 34th Vitaliana G. Beltran Lecture Series of Dean Emiritus- Ester A. Santos, “Living the Legacy”. It also emphasizes the common shared values of Dr. Dean Gisela D. A. Luna and Hon. Leah Primitive S. Paquiz with Dean Santos about their life lessons and experiences.

Dr. Dean Gisela D. A. Luna- her goal is being a “resilient and make a strong amidst waves of changes in Saint Luke’s College of Nursing”. She is a former professor at University of the Philippines in Diliman. She was very involved with various activities such as facilitate work, committee chair person, accessor in commission of higher education, psychiatry in nursing, published research, work as a staff nurse in Saint Luke’s College of Nursing, assistant professor in Trinity University of Asia and so on.

Her topic is about what lessons that pass on and Dean Santos do?

Dean Ester A. Santos passed on to you that you are continually doing in running the nursing program. Nursing faculty and students should stand strong to make a resilient and to have a core foundation and values. There are 4 categories of values according to Dean Santos- service, integrity, individuality and the value of shared experiences.

Service- serves as a coworkers of health in taking care of the sick. Serve the hospital and the community. Saint Luke’s College of Nursing is established to serve. The main objective is ensuring the patients not to be in harm.

Integrity- following your moral, doing your responsibility, wholeness of character, being true to yourself and doing no harm. Doing what is right for the students, nurses, faculty policy and doing what is and what it should not be.

Individuality- selects the students at its best to screening process. Experienced the level of anxiety, excitement and battle of competitive to passed the battery exams in nursing. SLCN from history is very selective to come from its importance. SLCN envisions development of graduates to have this brand- mission, vision, and values. Each student is respected as individual and guided as the best they can be. Encouraged to motivate and discipline to comply.

The value of shared experiences- the common experienced. It is the school spirit that you may feel welcoming with an open arm. Giving you the bounded experience, common stories and aspirations with the alumni.

Highlights of story with Dean Santos: her goal is to put Jesus first and others next.

J.O.Y. is the acronym of Jesus, Others, and Yourself. Meaning, we should continue to serve as long for the community with full of love. Dean Santos is a caring person, volunteers, inspired others and help many people lives. She was a faithful servant and compassionate.

Honorary Nars Leah S. Paquiz- she is a former President of Saint Luke’s College of Nursing in 2002-2012. She is known as the “Legacy of Unity” because of her an outstanding background. She was part of the nurse party list, a registered nurse, public health nurse and an outstanding teacher. Her accomplishments are publishing a reform act in the community services, the right of overseas of Filipino workers, 4 bills act laws, implementation of ecological system and managed nursing houses. She also published exploitation, depression and oppression.

Her topic is about the legacy of unity.

Legacy means something received from the ancestors and deeds that has been done. It is a dream, motivation and changes the lives of people. Some people may have lack of presence, undecided and some of them doesn’t know what they want. Legacy is to have goals and visions in our life.

One of her example is “the life and times of an ants”. She explained that the ants worked really hard together as a team, they served righteousness and reap the fruit of an unfailing love. In nursing, we should work together as a team, being responsible, a faithful servant and humble.

MY OVERALL REACTION:

The purpose to attend the alumni is to have a great learning experiences and know the important highlights of their life values. It shares about social health, development in curriculum in the 60’s to present. It gives you this humbling feeling and daunting experienced.

They have greatly impacted my outlook and how to set my priorities as a student nurse in Saint Luke’s College of Nursing. My interests and commitment to field became even more strong. I enjoy the difference I can make in the field of nursing, working in my academics and clinical experiences. I also had the opportunity to meet new people, elders and nurses who can give me such a great satisfaction to invest my time in expanding my horizon as a better individual. Their life stories had me influenced with a broad of expectations, questions relating specifically in nursing and how it can give me an advantage to review and prepare myself for my future references.

Dean Santos, Dean Luna, and Dean Paquiz are the good example of a good mentors. Because there past and experiences can teach us good for the present and future. They have so much self-discipline and respect in the profession of having honor and dignity. I am greatly inspired and motivated by their work ethics.

SLCN philosophy of applying nursing search your soul in the matter of your bones in the practice of nursing. It aims for accomplishments based in parameters of quality and adversity of personality. We must know our right and what we want to be as a profession. We must love nursing and love of what we do.

The value of a nursing educator. They must seek for excellence, authority and discipline to be a great model to have an excellent students and achieved their best.

One of my favorite topic was- “How the Student Nursing Association to reignite the spirit and unite the foundation?” My response would be, we need to take an actions and make new challenges. We can make suggestions from students and faculty members to create new things, do the work and feel the school spirit. We must be socially and culturally diverse in the society. We must be open to new ideas.

A great way to connect with others is to start with a social group. A helpful way is to stay preoccupied and proactive. We must work together as team or as a family. One of the best part of nursing school is bonding with other nursing students.

I choose nursing because I love learning new things. I am always challenging myself to keep current on my academics, training and medical trends so that I can provide the better care for my family and my patients in the future. Every day in school, I learned something new from my colleagues and professors which motivates me to explore deeper knowledge and being compassionate to others. Being a student nurse is a privilege and a wonderful experience. Yes it can be hard, yes you may struggle, but every moment is worth it. As you learn, you will acquire valuable memories that will stay with you throughout your career. The most important thing to do as you embrace this new stage of your life.

The passion and dedication to helping others have motivated me to seek numerous opportunities to make a difference. Reaching out to those in need is as simple as extending a hand. I witnessed the power of a united organization and know the amount of dedicated work that goes into being in a leadership position. I strive to succeed and learn. Learning is fun, and keeps people alive and alert. I have the will, skills, and strength to excel.

I have seen the spirit of nursing reflect back at me through the eyes of those just beginning their journey into nursing. They do not know that they already possess the qualities they need not only to survive, but thrive and succeed.

Love is in the Air…


They say, love is in the air. The right relationship should bring you closer to your family, friends and purpose. The right relationship should help you grow as a better individual.

In love, there is compromise… there is understanding and there is a common ground where we learn to accept the other.

We swallow our pride to avoid arguments. We stay mute at times to avoid the bickering and the nagging. We may even do something we don’t like – see a movie we never thought we’d watch, eat something our palate doesn’t appreciate, try dancing, go hiking, master a sport or even learn a new language. And through the course of what we call “building a relationship” we either find ourselves becoming better or questioning whether or not we made the right choices.

One thing that we ought to remind ourselves more when getting into a relationship is this: Do not lose yourself in the process of falling in love. True happiness come within yourself.

The key to love is Self-love.

I hope you like my little message. I will be posting more blogs soon! Sorry for my very late post. Hope everyone had a lovely week ahead🙂

Yours truly,

April Mae❤️

Be A Goal Digger

#GoalDigger. Do not be afraid to chase your dreams.

I believe in the saying, “If your dreams don’t scare you then they are not big enough.” When we’re young, we have ambitions for a reason. They’re there to motivate us become the best of ourselves. If you fail, learn from failure again and again. Remember that one does not reach the grandeur of success without enduring struggle. It is a matter of a leap of faith that separates us from who we are and who we wanted to be.

Do not compare your journey to anyone else’s.

When you read a book or watch a movie, do not assume that the life of the fictional characters is the same as yours. It’s not. You gotta learn to face reality. Expect the unexpected. You may find a few similarities here and there but your problems and it’s outcome will always give you a diverse result to other’s. Every life is different. Make the best out of yours.


If you love something, fight for it! If you want something, go get it! 😃👌🏼

Here are the lists of my favorite quotes that remind myself in everyday life:

  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to a people or things.

  • You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

  • Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week. Be proactive!

  • Never settle for less. Know what is best for you.

  • Take one-step at a time. Starting from small goals to a bigger goals.

  • Knowledge and responsibilities makes a person famous and is helpful in achieving the desired goal.

  • INVEST YOURSELF!

  • A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your body and your life. Learn how to take an action and control it.

New blog post, upcoming soon!

Hello everyone! I hope all of you are doing great, safe and sound.

I haven’t been posting new blogs for about 4 months due to my school works and been busy running errands. Sorry.

But anyway, I have been writing a lot of journals within those times. I will posts my upcoming blog soon and some of my fitness tips and travel experiences. I hope you will enjoy reading it☺️

Until next time! 

How to Shed Fat daily?


Hello everyone! This is my actual result from losing weight. I was 126 pounds 2 months ago and now, I am 110 pounds.

I did not exercise daily. My secret is drinking a detox tea. I drink it 3 to 4 times daily. A detox tea that was made in a fined raw ginger tea. I mixed it with raw honey and an apple cider vinegar.


I’m a healthy eater too, which it made me more leaner and skinnier. I’ve lost a tons of fat and even muscle as well.

Now, I am trying to gain my weight back (gain muscle). I have a crazy schedule for school so I tried to have time management to get back into working out and adding more rice or bread in my meals.

I still drink detox tea but is not 3 to 4 times daily instead one or twice daily. I drink detox tea because it helps to release the toxic waste in our body systems. It helps you sleep better, have a good digestion, it prevent acne and other healthy benefits. Our body responds differently. It’s okay to experiment and explore your diet that best fit you’re result.

My best advice is.. You can eat whatever you want. It’s how you control yourself and what you put inside your body. You are the reflection of yourself. So, make it a good one.

I hope this helps!🙂

8 Beautiful Of Self- Discovery

Self- discovery is discovering your own individuality. The act or process of achieving self- knowledge. The act or process of learning new experiences in life on a daily basis.

Here’s my 8 inspirational quotes that will gain you’re self-discoveries:

1. “The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.”

– Arnold Palmer


2. “After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”

– Sophia Loren


3. “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

– James A. Froude


4. “The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”

― Thomas Merton


5. “Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself to become a new person.”

― Gerard Way


6. “Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he/she is.”

– Jackson Pollock


7. “Outside, the ocean was crashing, waves hitting sand, then pulling back to sea. I thought of everything being washed away, again and again. We make such messes in this life, both accidentally and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn’t really make anything neater. It just masks what is below. It’s only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.”

― Sarah Dessen


8. “It’s daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here.”

― Luci Swindoll

I hope this inspirational messages will give you an insights and motivations to help you and others. Until my next blog post! I hope everyone is having a lovely day🙂

Allowing Ourselves To Truly Experienced Our Emotions

Allowing ourselves to truly experience our emotions is a beautiful thing and is the first step towards becoming a well-rounded and emotionally balanced person.

As simple as it sounds, it’s not common practice. Especially with young people. Somewhere along the way, we were told to plaster on plastic smiles while posing next to a mountain for our profile pictures and pretend that everything was always okay. We were told that we should bury ourselves in the “hustle” or self-medicate with sex and booze until our feelings are stifled to the point we think we don’t need to face them. Yes, dealing with ourselves hurts.

Acceptance

Admitting to ourselves that we have trust issues or that we hate being alone is hard. Dealing with a breakup without numbing the pain with rebound hookups can be scary. While I understand that pouring yourself another glass of wine is easier than pouring your feelings into a journal, understand this, being open to embracing your deepest emotions, no matter how raw, is not just a catalyst to emotional growth – it’s a requirement for it.

Yup, Dr. Phil wasn’t lying – you gotta face your demons’ sooner or later. However, throughout my own journey, I’ve gained a few key insights that has made the process a little less shitty to deal with.

Don’t Interrupt the Process

When we’re going through a period of emotional pain, we must allow ourselves time to heal or there won’t be any growth afterward. We tend to overestimate how much we can handle and hinder our own process by going back to the thing that caused the pain in the first place. Let’s keep it real, this is mostly referring to relationships. It’s funny how the very person that made us feel shitty is the same person we can’t resist going back to.

Every time you re-open that scenario, it’s like ripping the bandage off a cut that’s still bleeding. Yes, it will serve as a temporary salve but what it’s really doing is taking us back to square one. This is one of the hardest things to follow but remember – growth can’t happen unless you release the thing you need to grow out of. You can’t properly dissect and reflect on a situation when you’re still in the thick of it.

Vulnerability Isn’t Weak, It’s Beautiful

I repeat, vulnerability doesn’t mean that you’re weak, it means that you are brave as hell. As an introvert and an emotionally guarded person, this concept used to be foreign to me. It was so damn scary to allow people to see what a complete hot mess I am under the cool exterior I tried so hard to project. But as I got older, I realized that being transparent with the people we care about is one of the joys of life that so many of us miss out on. Instead, we try to manipulate and re-adjust ourselves according to who we think others want us to be.

This is wrong for two reasons. A) We’re all deserving of love exactly as we are and B) when we hide the things about ourselves we deem as “undesirable”, we’re building shaky relationships that eventually collapse due to the weak foundations they’re built on. But honestly, who are we trying to kid? The sooner you realize that we’re all a collection of beautifully broken souls doing our best with the cards life dealt us, the easier it becomes to accept and be yourself. Repeat this over and over again, you’re beautiful and worthy of love. God loves you, somebody else loves you and you should love you. Any improvements you’re making to yourself should simply be extrapolating on that ultimate truth.

Growth Has No Expiration

I turned 30 last November 2015. I was living in Orlando, FL and under the impression that I had “arrived” in terms of emotional growth and balance. I had great relationships with my friends and family, I knew what I wanted to do as a career, I felt comfortable in my own skin and had the checklist for my “ideal mate” all figured out. Then I got an opportunity to move to the Philippines and all the “life lessons” I thought I had conquered went to shit. It took me moving to a new city, switching career paths and leaving everything I knew behind to make me realize that growth is a cycle that starts all over at every stage of your life.

Yes, I’d had a great handle on my life in Florida but complacency can trick us into thinking we don’t need to strive to be better. Moving to Philippines made me realize that I had so much more to learn about myself and others. It challenged me mentally, emotionally and physically to the point where I had to reevaluate everything I thought I knew about myself. It wasn’t fun but re-starting the growth cycle has shown me that there’s far more potential within me than I give myself credit for. And even though I will be just as disoriented and clueless at the next stage of my life, it’s okay, because it’s all just part of the process.

But don’t take it from me. Just breathe and allow yourself to embrace your emotions, good or bad. But simply allowing yourself to feel isn’t enough. Dissect it, reflect on it and spend time alone and meditate on it. The most beautiful human relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself. And always ask yourself a favor and commit to yourself whether this is good for you or not.😉


“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

-John Wooden