Idea Crib’s Well-thy Pinoy Profiles is a blog series that features healthy and happy Pinoys. The ultimate aim of the series is to inspire more individuals to take care of themselves by taking care of their health and their bodies.
Well-thy Pinoy Profiles: Get to Know Michele Delgado Sison
Occupation Fashion designer
Public social media profile Facebook: Michele Delgado Sison
When did you decide to live healthy?
What sparked your fitness journey? Was it because of a weight loss concern? If yes, what was your beginning weight and/or measurements and what is your current weight and/or measurement now?
In 1999, I left for London to take up short courses in Central Saint Martin. I gained 20 pounds in three months. I felt awful, looked sluggish, and was very unhappy that I let it happen. I was not willing to completely let go and give up. I wanted to be my best self and I knew it would take a lot of willpower for change to happen.
My cousin encouraged me to try boxing. I enjoyed it and it made me feel good. I joined membership gyms, lifted weights, and joined group exercise classes too.
Feeling good and losing weight and inches is addictive. Eating mindfully became a habit, a lifestyle.
I used to look for serenity and calm in food when I undergo stress. Not anymore. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins are the chemical quartet that I can intentionally cause to flow through exercise and it immediately makes me feel good. How I work out has a significant impact on my motivation, productivity, and well-being.
How do you stay healthy?
If your fitness journey was sparked by a weight loss concern, how long did it take for your weight loss transformation? What physical activities did you do then? What is your favorite fitness activity now?
It took me six months to lose the 20 pounds I gained in three months. I felt great and continue to feel good every time I see myself progress in strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and balance.
I lift weights 3 times a week. I progress with dumbbells and I regress with body weight.
I easily get bored on a treadmill or cardio machine. I prefer boxing to running or biking. I enjoy using the KettleBell, TRX, ViPR, stability ball, BOSU, and lifting weights. I enjoy trying different fitness toys; it makes me feel like a kid. It drives my enthusiasm to keep discovering and continue playing. It gives me a surge of youthfulness. I feel old when I stop playing. Playing makes me feel young and makes me stronger.
I enjoy trying different fitness toys; it makes me feel like a kid. It drives my enthusiasm to keep discovering and continue playing. It gives me a surge of youthfulness. - Michele Delgado Sison Click To Tweet
How has your eating habits changed?
What are some of your diet staples? What are your favorite indulgences/ cheat meal treats?
I don’t believe in deprivation. The rebound is much worse than where you started. I prefer to commit to eating habits that are sustainable. I am mindful of portions, trimming fat, and choosing lean meats.
I learned to roll sandwich fillings into lettuce instead of bread. Discovered that anything I used to eat with rice can be eaten with diced vegetables or with a bed of lettuce. I refrain from eating too much carbohydrates and sweets.
When there are gatherings, I eat what is served. I drink wine when it’s time to celebrate. I indulge and engage in parties. The following day, I resume with mindfulness. (Boldface mine. – Ed.)
Why do you keep healthy?
What do you do now to maintain your health and fitness level? What keeps you going? Who or what is your inspiration?
In the past, seeing no change in the scales was enough to make me sometimes give upon exercise training, not realizing that I actually improved my body by gaining muscle mass and accelerating my metabolic rate. I am turning 50 years old on August 2018 and it feels great to have the metabolic age of 23 years old. (Wow!! – Ed.) I have 14.5% body fat and 17.7 Body Mass Index. I weigh 84 pounds at 4 ft. 10”.
Knowing how much fat and muscle I have in my body is much more important than knowing how much I weigh. When I focus on weight alone, I miss the improvements achieved from exercising. (Boldface mine. – Ed.)
Check out these great workout vids from Ms. Sison!
In your opinion, what’s the one thing people can do to kick-start their journey to wellness?
What piece of advice can you give someone who wants to be healthy but is unsure of how to begin?
Find a lifestyle diet that is sustainable. Don’t believe in fad diets. Find an exercise program or sport that you enjoy so you can commit yourself to being good at it and giving it your best.
Don’t mind the weighing scales. Listen to your body. Love your body. You can control how much you eat, sleep, rest, work, and work out, even though our genetic composition is not under our control. Never lose your enthusiasm, it will never wrinkle your soul.
Michele Delgado Sison is a talented fashion designer and one awesome fitspiration. 🙂 This is what 50 years old can look like!! #goals I also love that she indulges and engages in parties and then resumes her sustainably healthy lifestyle with mindfulness the day after. Thank you so much for this interview, Ms. Sison! I learned a lot and I’m sure my readers did too. What can you say about her journey to fitness and wellness? Who else can I feature in this series? I’d love to hear your comments below.
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