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I Take Control and Live the A!life!

There was a point in my life when I was actually slim. I had a 26" waistline, no bulges or love handles, and wore size M, sometimes even size S clothes.

I was at my slimmest in 2007. 

Despite being a chubby kid who grew up to become an even chubbier adult, I somehow managed to achieve what my husband would call a 'vavavoom' figure. Thanks to Chinese herbal medicine (aka diet pills), football, dental braces and jaw therapy that made eating difficult, and three gum surgeries that made eating next to impossible, I was able to attain this 36-26-36 figure.

See that awkward smile on the left photo? This was during our company Christmas party back in 2006. 
I just had gum surgery two days prior, and I couldn't even eat. Let alone close my mouth properly!

But alas, this svelte-ness was short-lived!
I got pregnant in 2008 and gained a lot of weight in the process. I was so huge that some people actually thought I was carrying twins! And despite shedding some of those pregnancy pounds, regaining my pre-homemaker figure had been an uphill battle.

Hubby and I, plus our nephew Cholo at Yue's Christening, 2009.
Curly hair (plus unwanted fat). Yue's First Birthday, 2009.
Although I'm not the kind of person who lives with regrets, there are days when I wish I still had that body from 2007. In fact, I still keep my size 2 jeans (they've been relegated to the bottom-most drawer of my cabinet) with hopes of wearing them again one of these days. If I was able to do it before, then I can definitely do it again! All the more now that I TAKE CONTROL.

A!life Control is a food supplement that contains Phase 2™, an all-natural extract from white kidney beans. This breakthrough ingredient has been proven in multiple clinical studies to minimize the absorption of carbohydrates, the major culprit of our miseries - weight gain, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome to name a few.

A!life Control reduces the caloric impact of starchy foods, while lowering one’s glycemic index. The glycemic index is a ranking scale and system based on the effect of food on blood sugar. And while carbohydrate-based food have the greatest (negative) effect on blood sugar levels, it is rather ironic that some of my favorite food (think pizza, pasta, donuts, cinnamon rolls) rank very high in the glycemic index. Even rice, the staple food of Filipinos, is at the top of the ranking.

Thankfully, there's A!life Control to do the trick - one tablet taken five to ten minutes before eating a meal containing starch or carbohydrates. Combined with proper diet and regular exercise, I am well on my way to regaining my size 2 figure!

Join me as I live the A!life, as I Take Control and embrace a healthier lifestyle!

This is how I 'aegyo'. And I just had to squeeze this in. :)
Got an A!Life Control story? 
Share it on Facebook and be the next A!Life online ambassador! You get to win these amazing prizes, too!
1. Six (6) boxes of A!Life's complete supplement line
2. Cash prize worth Php 10,000
3. One (1) A! Life Umbrella
4. One (1) of the three gift certificates: 
  • SM Gift Certificate (worth Php 2000)
  • Executive Check- Up (valued at Php 2000) 
  • Gym Pass (valued at Php 2000)
5. Professional makeover and photoshoot
6. Spread and feature at together with A!life Brand Ambassadors Martha Sta. Barbara (The Beauty Junkee), Dominique Tiu (Konichiwear) and Czjai Reyes-Ocampo (yes, that's me!)

To join, all you have to do is:
1. Like A!Life on Facebook AND follow them on Twitter.
2. Go to the contest app on the A!Life Facebook page.
3. Submit your best photo, with a description of how A!Life Control has helped you live the A!Life.

And do take note of the following guidelines when you join:
  • Submission of entries is from August 20, 2012- September 14, 2012.
  • Voting begins on September 15, 2012 and will end on September 28, 2012. Votes are equivalent to Facebook 'likes' on the contestant's photo. Voters must be fans of the A!Life Facebook page and Twitter followers as well.
  • Two winners will be selected based on Facebook 'likes' and through the discretion of the event organizers.
  • Winners will be announced on October 5, 2012 via the A!Life Facebook page.
  • Winners will also be notified via email regarding the schedule of the photoshoot and claiming of prizes.
Looking forward to see your photos and read your stories! Best of all, I can't wait for the makeover and photoshoot session with you! Best of luck, everyone!

Disclaimer: This sponsored post is part of the Live the A!Life Campaign. Thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Rest assured that I use/have used the aforementioned product/s, with no adverse reaction afterwards. 

25 replies:

Icar said...

go mars!

Franc Ramon said...

It's great that you are still able to overcome the chubby figure and have a sexy figure from various means. Our metabolism slows down as we get older but it still doable with a lot of effort.

YANI said...

As a registered dietician I am not actually pro to using food supplements especially those that will hinder carbo absorption. But you really looked great and it seemed that the product has a positive effect on your system. Just live well and be well.

Istin said...

inspiring! :)

mail4rosey said...

I think you looked great even in the picture w/the little one. I'm glad you found something you like and that works for what you want to achieve.

Unknown said...

I have found it so hard to loose the weight, especially after my third child. I'm glad you found something that works for you. Thanks for sharing!

Laura said...

I was a size 5 when I got married, but after 2 kids, both c-sections, I am no longer a size 5 & I probably wouldn't look good that small again. But I do want to shed a 10-15 pounds, but I have always been leery of trying diet pills, so I'll have to do it the hard and exercise :)

Stopping by from VoiceBoks!

Unknown said...

you're in good shape now and looking pretty! didnt know Alife has this pacontest, I would love to join! :D

sigrid @beautylicious tips said...

ay ang galing! ngayon naka lose na din ako ng 5lbs but would like to lose at least 10 lbs more. not really to be sexy but healthier. thanks for sharing this. will check this product out. you look good sis! :D

MrsMartinez | said...

Losing weight is really hard especially if you reach the age of 30 ; ( I hope you can reach your ideal weight! Fighting!


Unknown said...

Very impressive! I choose to live a healthy lifestyle, too. The hubby and I are doing our regular runs and we're eating just right all the time. Congrats with your success story!

Pepper Tan said...

Congrats on being a brand ambassador, Czjai!

I guess motherhood does distort our body in unpleasant ways, but we can always go back. Yes we can :) You're on your way there, Czjai!

I somewhat agree with the dietician who commented above. Don't we need carbohydrates? Hail to Twister Fries!

Hezzi-D said...

You look great! Congrats on being a brand ambassador!

Badet said...

I went through 2 jaw surgeries (thanks to impacted teeth) and braces, it's a sure way to make anyone lose the appetite. Magpabrace nga kaya ulit ako.

Grabe, big time sis! I hope to meet you on Saturday ha =)

The Mommy Roves said...

congrats!! im so proud of you and a lot has changed. wow! Thanks for sharing :)

Rovie, The Bargain Doll

tatess said...

Ang sexy naman dati but for sure you will be sexy again with A! Life

jared's mum said...

wow! you look really fab! i would really love to lose a few more pounds + yes those nasty love handles, not for anything but for my health + my peace of mind! i am too scared to try those pills + would rather opt for exercise + stretching, though, but i hardly have the time.

Unknown said...

I need a pill that does exercise for me! This looks great though, and I'm so glad it works for you. Everyone is different on everything. I keep hearing to cut gluten, which might be my next venture.

Unknown said...

I guess I really need to check this out.

Anonymous said...

You look great! I think I need this one too. Where to buy this?

Anonymous said...

You look great! I need this one too. Where to buy this please?

Czjai said...

Hi Jhess! You can purchase them at Mercury Drug. :)

Anonymous said...

pwede ba per piece or need na per box? TIA

Anonymous said...

pwede per piece or per box talaga>?

Czjai said...

Hi Jhess! They can be bought individually.

They have an ongoing deal at Living Social: