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Friday, February 22, 2008


I had a health scare last year. From high cholesterol to high uric acid to acid reflux. Due to the taxing nature of my work (yapping in full volume as I run around the rougher parts of this city in full throttle and costume almost six times a week), by December 2007, my body sent me signals and began turning itself inside out. So after an executive check-up and spending a night in ultra creepy Makati Medical Center (above), I have learned that I'm still a salvageable creature and am now determined more than ever to lose some weight and get back in shape. Not only just to recover the waifish figure I left behind (below at the age of 17 wearing a medium sized Island Spice shirt with friend Mawi) but also to avoid ever spending another night in Makati Medical Center again.

And thanks to the folks at Mad Crowd Media, Gold's Gym and Rogin-E, I have been given a two month gym subscription and all the Rogin-E Multivitamins that I can wolf down to see how fast I can get into the shape that I want. Actually, I already work out at The Manila Peninsula but I don't have assistance from a personal trainer. For the last couple of years, I have just been making up my own workout program simply because I hate taking instructions from anyone. Now I am finally ready to allow some guy at Gold's gym named Jopet to tell me what to do. And let's see what happens. Wow. Look at that side view below taken last June. That has GOT to go...

This is all part of the Rogin-E's Bloggers Showdown to see how fast Paul, Anton, and I lose weight and get into shape. So may the best man win. Bring it on. This are the "before" pictures below. The "after" will be posted in two months. Sorry if the following pictures offend anyone out there. Truth be told, they kinda offended me too.

Thanks Juan For the reaaaallly scarily clinical pictures of yours truly above. Whoof... Ow.

I also heard myself referred to as "the fat guy who tours people" by some stranger last week.

Well, let's just see about that, shall we?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You look thinner in the corregidor pictures below. Are the b n w pics above old?

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tour guide porn.

they have a banksy kind of quality to them.

maybe we should turn them into stickers and adorn metro manila with them.

best of luck on the tummy-reduction project.

1:20 AM  
Blogger christine said...

I'm rooting for you, Carlos! You've already got a head start. Kaya mo yan. Now if I can convince myself the same! :)

2:20 AM  
Blogger JeannieTheDreamer said...

you can do it :) you will do it!

4:00 AM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Getting back into shape and be healthy again is probably the most intelligent thing you ever did in your life.

Life is definitely too short to make it even shorter by living an unhealthy lifestyle! As you point out, it is never too late to change habits.

Go for it, Carlos!
Fantastic pictures from Juan. The best photographer around !
Look what artsy pictures he did with an ugly guy like you ! ;-)

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOO la la,

Now we know you inside out!

11:15 PM  
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7:10 AM  
Blogger Urbano dela Cruz said...

Sorry Carlos, I couldn't resist.


2:08 AM  
Anonymous joan said...

Good luck! Walking is the best exercise after all so keep it up. health is the most important thing.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

You certainly weren't kidding about the "Before" pics you told me about!

It was great meeting you last week and I hope we all get into shape!

6:23 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Frankly Carlos, I don't think anything about you needs to be changed, except for the belly. Trim it down a bit with a good diet and some exercise and you'll be good to go. The most scary picture in this post I thought, was the cover photo. One night in any hospital would have me looking the same way, too.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous ginger said...

hey carlos! wow...MMC is always a scary place to be in (*shudder*) glad you're letting jopet boss you around for awhile ;-) working out can be a pain in th a** but in a month or two, you'll feel better...promise!

decided to post because i recognized the people in the photo from your tour! 'twas me and my in-laws from pittsburgh!

10:09 PM  
Blogger Shan Abellaneda said...

i wish you all the best in your weight loss. i stumbled on your blog thru anton's. coincidentally, i am also going thru a documented weight loss regimen in my blog. hope you can share with your readers :)

10:51 AM  

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