Annabelle Rama's "mukha kang matrona" comment about Ruffa Gutierrez's weight was the kind of push the latter needed to start her fitness journey.
But guess who her inspiration was?
At the launch of Rustan’s ActiveWear in Rustan’s Glorietta, Makati City, the former beauty queen told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "Siyempre ang naging perspiration ko ay yung kapatid kong si Raymond kasi he lost almost 65 pounds.
"Ngayon nakikita niyo, halos lahat ng photo niya ay topless siya, kita yung abs.
"Sabi ko, kung kaya ni Raymond, kaya ko din."
Here's how she lost more than 20 pounds.
"Kailangan talaga ay you have to close your mouth and eat only healthy foods.”
Food is "the most important" factor in the journey.
She said, "Kahit anong klaseng exercise mo at anong klaseng treatment mo sa Belo, kung kain ka nang kain ng lechon everyday, which is hindi ko naman ginagawa, talagang tataba ka."
The mother of two had to give up two of her favorites.
“At first ay nag-Ketogenic diet ako.
"And then second, nag-fish, vegetables, and stopped eating desserts.
"Yun yung pinakamahirap, na I stop eating desserts
"'Tapos hindi na ako masyadong umiinom ng wine kasi nakakataba rin yun at nakakamanas.
"Mas aware na ako ngayon. Health and wellness is a trend now!"
She also had to make adjustments in her social life.
Ruffa continued, "I stoped going to dinner na alam kong madaming pagkain na hindi healthy.
"Kailan talaga maging boring ka, you know.
"Ang magiging results naman nun ay wow! Ngayon, kahit saan ako magpunta, marami ang nagsasabi na 'pumayat ka.'
"Ang sinasabi sa 'kin, 'Wow! You lost so much weight!'"
She also got Raymond's trainer: Coach Arnold Aninion.
"Almost everyday or every other day, nasa gym ako now. Basta, kung hindi ako nagtatrabaho ay nasa gym lang ako."
"Pag pumayat ka, siguradong may loose skin ka, kaya isinasabay ko 'yan ng Belo Treatment."
FITNESS GOAL. But she has just begun.
"I’m not yet finish ha, another 15 more pounds pa yung dapat kong ibawas. After that, maintenance na lang.
"Kaya humanda-handa sila, kasi hindi lang isa or dalawang Gutierrez ang may abs, ako, magkaka-abs na rin.
"Kung ma-achieve ko na yung katawang tinatarget ko, kung maganda na yung katawan ko, I’m ready to pose sa mga magazine with the sexy outfit.”
She also wanted to set a good example to her daughters Lorin and Venice.
The unica hija of Eddie Gutierrez said, “Alam mo, yung mga girls ko, dati ay very athletic din sila. Ngayon ay naging studio type na sila.
"I wanna get them back to being more fit, working out. I’m sure pag nakikita nila ako na nagbago ang lifestyle ko, gagawin din nila yun. Kasi kailangan nila yun for school, e.”
Is she going to allow them to join beauty pageants when the right time comes?
The 1993 Miss World runner-up answered, “Sabi ko nga sa Binibining Pilipinas, hintayin niyo yung two girls ko after five years kasi, they are only 13 and 14.
"So after five years, tingnan natin."
Of course, it's all up to them.
"Hindi ko naman sila pine-pressure, kung ayaw nila, okay lang naman sa akin, pero kung gusto nila, I’m here to support them.
"At siyempre, kung gusto nila, kailangan dapat talagang bongga ang preparations."