Let me give you a low-down of what happened the past weeks:

  • I walked through flood which I think is the cause of my fever
  • I developed a cough
  • I went to Makati Medical Center and was diagnosed with Systemic Viral Infection (thankfully, it wasn’t Leptospirosis)
  • My cough hadn’t subsided after a week
  • Shortly after that, I had high-grade fever (39.1 degrees Celsius)
  • I went to the hospital again and I was told that I have Upper Respiratory Track Infection/ Bronchitis
  • My fever continued til about 4 days after that until I was fit to do normal people stuff again.

Consider this an explanation for my absence.

I am usually not a sickly person. Apart from having simple cysts, fibroadenomas, and several food allergies, I don’t get sick often.

But I think I know why it got that bad. There were several probable reasons:

First, the most obvious — I got exposed to a virus/ bacteria most likely from traversing the flood or maybe I could have been in contact with someone who’s sick.

Second, I am under a LOT of work-related stress lately. Stress = compromised immune system, right?

Last, I currently weigh 60.8 kgs. which is about 133 lbs. I’m pretty sure I don’t have muscles so 133 lbs for a 5-foot tall person means I am considered overweight. But in online BMI calculators (I do know, they’re not very reliable), I am classified as pre-obese. It’s obvious that I’m not in the peak of health, making it all the more difficult for my body to fight common ‘intruders’. I blame hormonal imbalance as the cause of my overweight-ness. Unfortunately, I haven’t consulted a doctor to affirm that. But I know I am imbalanced because of my very irregular menstrual cycle. It’s so irregular I can’t even consider it a cycle.

I eat way less calories than when I was at a weight range I am comfortable moving in (95 to 105 lbs). I was also exercising. It was really seriously very discouraging because I felt like a victim. I keep thinking that no matter what I do, I’m stuck here because of the hormone shizz. Of course, that’s not the best way to look at it. Give me a break. I’m human.

Anyway, after getting sick for that long, I decided to try again. I’m leveling up my life folks.

This time though, I have no goals. At least not strict targets.

I don’t have a goal weight anymore, it is just not me to have a S.M.A.R.T. goal.  Plus, I have always wondered at what weight I naturally would be in if I just sleep well, eat healthy, and exercise. Technically, my goal is to be able to do the above-mentioned three things consistently as opposed to aiming for a particular waist size or number of lbs. And, I just want to feel more energetic coz lately, I’ve been very lethargic. I feel like I’m dragging myself all the time.

I started on November 1st.

I kick-started with a session of Nerd Fitness’ Beginner’s Body Weight Workout because it’s idiot-proof. I usually read a lot before I do something, but oftentimes, I end up reading more than doing. So for now, I’ll just do the workouts and research on other workouts when I’m back to the habit.

I also decided to go on a low-carb paleo-ish diet. It’s not because I’m following a philosophy of some sort. I just chose a diet that doesn’t require me to count calories and isn’t very restricting. Also, I need rules this time around. Sometimes when I set vague guidelines, I become more lenient as days go by until ultimately I’m back to old habits. The paleo diet is quite specific so I hope this strategy helps.

I’m also thinking of making a food journal and writing recipe posts over at my other blog: Little Everyday Stuff. But if it gets too overwhelming, I might drop that.

The objective for now is to… just DO.

And anything that will keep me from doing that will be pushed aside.


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: scatterbraintures@gmail.com | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. ngayon lang ako ulit napadaan dito sorry! but i do hope you are feeling better now sis :)
    ingat parati!

    • Oh, that’s ok. I haven’t been writing a lot lately since I got sick.

  2. Oh no, that sucks but I’m glad to hear you’re on the mend. I’ve been making it a point to be a bit more healthy, too. I think that’s really the more important issue here, too, instead of just setting goals to lose weight. Good luck! :)

  3. Glad to know you’re feeling much better Rae! You’re inspiring me to exercise. My weight has gone overboard after getting married. I should really start focusing on being healthy again.

  4. sounds like youve had a hard week, get well soon :) and i encourage you for changing your lifestyle, i am trying to do the same too. having a hard time sticking to the new sleeping and exercise daily routine. i think i need to read a book to completely change my mindset about health and lifestyle. do you maybe know any good ones? :)

    re : lush – do they have it every year sis? when is it exactly? thank you thank you for sharing this i might just wait na lang :)

    • Grabe, yun ata ang pinaka-mahirap — sleeping well.

      Currently reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf coz I find it interesting.

      Yep. Usually they have it on the first quarter of the year :D After the holidays na. They have several regular items for sale, pero majority are seasonal items. Almost everything at 50% off

  5. Glad you’re better na. You can do it, Rae! I must have that conviction too since I am obese (Yikes!) but even if I have the goal set already, I can’t retain the discipline to continue. *sigh* I need a weight loss coach. :))

  6. Lakas maka-Nike. ;) Just do it! Aja! :D

    I want/need to lose weight too but have little to no inclination to go to the gym. Thanks for the heads up about Nerd Fitness’ Beginner’s Body Weight Workout. Might try that too. :)

    • Buti na lnag may ganun, lalo na ngayon tag-ulan. Sobrang kawalang gana mag detour pa para mag-gym

  7. Before anything else, give your body a time to recover. It’s good that you are listening to your body. Eat right, sleep well, drink lots of water, have a dose of sunshine, exercise, smile and meditate and pray ;) you can do it!

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