Monday, August 22, 2016

#ItTakesCourage: Ray-Ban Launches New Empowering Campaign

For years now, I have been so used to Ray-Ban's #NeverHide campaign that it seemed absolutely bizarre to me that they would even think of changing it. After attending their #ItTakesCourage event last week, though, I don't just understand why they did it; I absolutely love that they did.

Before we get to that, though, check out how cool the Ray-Ban event was first:

There were cute Ray-Ban scooters.

Foosball! (I beat Jules, of course… I am Monica Geller, after all. :p)

A display of all of the different Ray-Ban styles.

Ely Buendia providing the live music.

They also had an open bar! Score!

Heck, they even had free portraits and free (yes, free!) tattoo sessions - real ones, not Henna ones.

Of course, their amazing sunglasses were also on display and ready for anyone to try on and take pictures with.

Which I, of course, gladly did… :p

They also had this cool wall of Ray-Ban's History:
I never noticed until then that all of the iconic movie stars wearing glasses all wore Ray-Ban styles!

And now… back to the campaign. Now, you've probably seen the many posters of Ray-Ban's Never Hide campaign - colourful pop art that  exuded the carefree spirit of Ray-Ban and their love and encouragement of individuality.

They eventually moved from pop art to real life situations where people truly stood out and, as mentioned, I loved everything about the message of that campaign. However, there is much to love about the new campaign, too.

The It Takes Courage campaign doesn't actually replace the Never Hide campaign, but instead builds on it. Instead of just being yourself, why not take things up a notch by being courageous and stepping out of your comfort zone?

Face your fears and do something you've always wanted to do. Unplug from your devices and actually talk to people. Fight perfection, speak your mind and stand for what you believe in.

Being courageous doesn't necessarily equate to massive gestures, either. It can be something as simple as talking to a stranger at an event or being the first one to apologise to someone. As long as you are doing something new or doing something that makes you feel better, that is already an embodiment of #ItTakesCourage :)

What's the most courageous thing you've done lately? :)

Friday, August 19, 2016

#RelationshipGoals: This Married Couple Works Out Together All the Time

Many a time have I been in relationships where fitness was never a part of the equation. In fact, the biggest reasons why I gained a ton of weight in the past is because of the relationships I was in.

In one particular relationship, the guy I was dating resented me for spending so much time at the gym… so I stopped. Looking back, it is one of the worst decisions of my life. I ended up gaining a whopping 35 pounds after that and the next guy I dated also didn't like it when I spent time in the gym than with him.

Fortunately, I discovered MySlim and ended up losing a ton of weight and then I discovered pole dancing, kettle bells and aerial hoops and was able to maintain my weight since then. During that journey, I also met an amazing man who is very supportive of my current gym-going habits - so much so that he waits for me at the gym sometimes and continues to support me even when I leave the gym covered in insane bruises sometimes.

And I think that's important: to have someone by your side who supports you in your fitness endeavours. After all, why should someone try to hinder you from staying fit?

This married couple takes things up a notch higher by working out together to spice up their relationship. Watch their story here:

Cute, huh? Do you have any fitness routines of your own with or without a partner? Share our stories with me. I love inspiring fitness stories! :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

WATCH: This Disabled National Athlete Proves Na #WalangImposible

Before I started my weight loss journey, I weighed a whole lot and didn't really have any time to work out. I truly felt like there was no hope left for me and had even begun to throw out all of the 'skinny clothes' I had been saving for 'when I got skinny again'.

Although I no longer weigh as much as I used to (huge thanks to MySlim for the help in the weight loss department!), I now have a hard time finding motivation to stay fit and keep going to the gym.

I always find myself coming up with excuses not to go, like menstrual cramps, a busy schedule, a headache or a fever… and then I watched this video, and all that changed:

Raul is the ultimate inspiration to motivate anyone to get moving and keep going. Although disabled, Raul works hard to make his dreams a reality and while weight loss and staying fit may seem like such small and meaningless goals compared to his, it doesn't change the fact that they may feel impossible every once in a while.

Raul is the epitome of MySlim's hashtag na #WalangImposible and thanks to him, I feel more motivated now than ever to reach and eventually maintain my dream weight. I can't wait to see more inspiring MySlim videos in the days to come.

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