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Sunday, February 19, 2017

My road to fitness with ACE personal trainer Coach Dominic Samoisette (Coach Domi)

I actually dunno how to pronounce his last name. I haven't asked him how. I haven't thought of asking him how. It's only now that I realized that. But, well, your guess is probably as good as mine.

That's me (I'm not so much into posting photos of myself here on my blog so consider this as something rare and special) with my fitness coach, Coach Dominic Samoisette (or Coach Domi in short).

And, yes, believe it or not...I'm now trying to lose weight! I'm turning 30 this year and these past years I believe I've really gained so much weight from too much stress from work and heartbreaks from dating all those models and celebrities.


So, yeah, it's about time I bring back the old me. The old 20-year-old me, but a healthier and fitter version of me. Balik Alindog Program 2017 it is!

I had a consultation with my doctor November last year and she told me that my health was deteriorating. LOLZ! I have this. I have that. And I don't wanna talk about those sicknesses that she mentioned anymore. She said that I'd be lucky enough if I'm still alive by 40. And I was like...ok....


It's as if she told me that I was close to dying a decade from now. So, fine, I had to something about this. I mean...I don't wanna die just yet. Not until I get to have a boyfriend. You all know that I've never had a boyfriend. Ever. No boyfriend since birth. LOLZ! And I'm still hoping to see someone again....

And so as I was browsing my social media accounts one time, I came across Coach Domi's post saying that he just had his business cards printed out. I read it and it says that he's an ACE (American Standard on Exercise) certified personal trainer. It had been a while since I had a personal trainer. The last time was when I was still a member of Fitness First Platinum. My trainer was ok but it stopped at that. At just being ok.

Deep inside I felt a little afraid to contact Coach Domi. I was afraid that he might not take me seriously. I was afraid to make a commitment on this. I was afraid of men. That's also one reason why I didn't renew my Fitness First contract anymore. I felt uncomfortable with how some of the guys there looked at me. It's as if I was gonna do something bad to them. Whenever I would take a shower or go to the sauna, I always had this uncomfortable feeling deep inside and I'm the kinda person who always trusts her gut feel. More often than not, it's always correct.

But, I just kept in mind that my goal was to lose weight and to be a better version of me. Come what may. And so I decided to take the chance and I contacted Coach Domi. I asked him a few questions and good thing that he was very kind and accommodating in responding. I felt so pleased and relieved. I wanted to ask him if it was ok for him to train an openly gay individual like myself but I didn't bother anymore. I realized that my profile photo was shouting an all caps "GAY" all over it so...yeah....no need. LOLZ!

We didn't start right away. I think I waited for over a week before we started. I tried to delay it as much as possible. LOLZ! (Sorry, Coach Domi!) Because deep inside I was still a little afraid. But I knew I had to do this and I knew that I needed to do something right with my life and that this was it. I just had to take a leap of faith and trust a complete stranger to help me achieve such goals.

And, lo and behold, this total stranger didn't just become a very effective fitness coach/trainer to me, he also became a very good friend whom I could trust wholeheartedly knowing that he wouldn't judge me. During our first week, what he first told me struck me the most. He said, "I'm not here to judge you. I'm here to help you achieve your goals and with your help I know we can achieve it."

I could go on and on in mentioning the many life-changing things that Coach Domi has been teaching me but it will just all boil down to one thing....

Coach Domi changed my life during the first month that he became my fitness trainer. And with that, I'll always be grateful to him.

And did I also say that he's really very good looking? Teehee! That's because he's also a model. Just look at him.

My friend saw a photo of him and she was like, "VinVin, I know you're in good hands because your trainer looks like Jesus Christ. God Bless you." "Amen," I said. (The photo above is for an ad campaign that he did for Spyder.)
And this is Coach Domi pushing a chair. LOLZ!

I started on my program with Coach Domi on January 12th this year. I'm not gonna go into detail on the things that we did and that he made me do (don't worry, there's nothing Fifty Shades there LOLZ!) because those are his intellectual property as a trainer. But, no joke, it wasn't easy at all. It was really difficult for my standards (knowing me, the all demure, prim and proper me) since I hadn't been doing any physical activity at all until I met him.

What I also appreciated about him was that he's also constantly helping me with my diet and my meals. He wants me to send him photos of the things that I eat everyday. And he wants me to eat broccoli. Like...elk....I don't eat broccoli at all. But now I do. He's the only person who has successfully made me eat vegetables.

Though, sometimes when I'm at Starbucks, I no longer inform him about it. Teehee! CHOZ! Well, he said I could reward myself from time to time.

From time to time. *insert evil laugh here*

A month later, I've already experienced a few changes in me. I actually need to lose over 40 kg and Coach Domi suggested that I could actually lose 1 kg per week with proper diet and exercise. I initially signed up for 12 sessions with him so that's like for 4 weeks already. I started at close to 113 kg pre-January 12th. And then it went down to 111.7 kg after 1.5 weeks. And then to 110 kg on my second week. And then....

108.1 kg on my 3rd week....
And then 107.3 kg on my 4th week.

I still have a long way to go. I know. But I'm getting there. I know it.

But what really validates this is what my friends have been noticing about me lately as well.

"VinVin! Pumapayat ka na!"

Teehee! Music to my ears!

But, like I said, I still have a long way to go and I'm not gonna stop here. I've promised myself that I'm gonna make this a habit, a good one at that, as long as I live. I'm gonna make "Love Down Under" proud of me so that when he gets to visit me here in Manila from Melbourne, he'll also be able to appreciate my achievements. (I miss you so much.) But, more importantly, I'm doing this for myself.

So, to you Coach Domi, thank you. ♥♥♥

Right now, we just do our training outdoors. Most of the time we're at a park in Makati where it's breezy and there are trees. Just like in the photo above. I do hope our country can have more of these parks.

At first I was a little hesitant to work out outdoors. I was shy. I knew some people would make fun of me. But I've learned to just brush those all off. My goal right now is to lose weight, be healthy, and be a better, newer version of me through Coach Domi's help.

So if you also have the same goals as I do, and if you need a qualified trainer to achieve these goals, why not drop Coach Domi an email?

Contact him at samoisette.dominic@gmail.com.

I highly recommend him.

I will all keep you posted on my progress in the coming weeks. And don't worry, I'll also be featuring Coach Domi here on my blog from time to time not as a trainer but as a model. Teehee!



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Who is that "gay" I see staring straight back at me...?

Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Must I pretend that I'm someone else for all time?

When will my reflection show...who I am inside?