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Interesting Facts?

Been stuck at home the past 2 days no thanks to a not-so-mild case of food poisoning. Been resting and re-hydrating as best as I can, but haven’t been able to sleep properly. Thought I’d make good use of the extra free time (not that I don’t usually have plenty of that) by updating here. And thanks to Melissa aka ms. sgrmse, I don’t have to wreck my brain coming up with something to post.
Got tagged for some kinda blog award. And from what I see, I’m supposed to share 7 things about myself, then pass it on. So here goes . . . . . . . . 
– I feel short compared to most people, even though I’m probably not. I’ve just always wanted to be so much taller. 
– I ran away from home once (in my teenage years). I don’t remember exactly how long I managed to pull it off before my parents found me. My guess would be anywhere between a week to 3. And yes, I believe it was worth the trouble and punishment. 
– If I had the chance to start again, I’d do almost nothing differently. I fully believe that everything that has happened in the past has put me here today. And I’ve never felt more at home than right here, right now. 
– I’ve never been stereotypically cool. I kind of go my own way and do what I want to do.
– I get along better with some men than I do with most women. I generally prefer hanging out with men solely for the absence of drama. I hate all the bitching and backstabbing that is part and parcel of most female-female friendships. (Although I have on occasions came across men that would put any bitchy woman to shame!)
– I’ve always wanted a BestFriendForever. Someone I’ve known for a bajillion years whom I’d do everything with and would not be able to go a week without. Unfortunately, I’ve never found someone who’s on the exact same wavelength as I am, and until I do, I refuse to fake such a friendship.
– I am always behind in the music department. I don’t pay attention to what’s “new” and it takes me a while to warm up to a new genre of music once I discover it. 
That wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I guess I love/know myself well enough to put it into words.  Throwing in an extra one, just for fun.

– Sometimes when I’m using my laptop, I end up spending a good amount of time staring at my own before and after photos. It’s just taken me a lot of hard work and self control to get to where I am now, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with appreciating it.

Feb 2011                                                 Feb 2012

I now pass the award on to :-

One way train to Thinsville!

Just because I feel SO full of myself today after taking that photo. 
Getting closer to my weight loss goal! Yay!

Fatty Fat Fat!

When I started exercising again 3 months ago, I told myself I’d write a post if/when I got to my goal weight. Guess what. I have! Today, my weighing scale finally showed me 46.9kg. The lightest I’ve ever been in my life. And I can finally fit into shorts I haven’t been able to wear since 2009. Downside to it is, I can no longer wear any of my other shorts now. But who cares?! I have officially moved out of fatsville! 
I’m not exaggerating. Since I’ve started talking bout losing weight, people (including my mum, who was around to see my progress) have told me that I didn’t really have much weight to lose in the first place. WRONG. I was so chubby, I didn’t want to go out and meet people. Here’s humiliating photo of the day year.

Me, at I-was-too-scared-to-weigh-myself kg.
Thighs that could feed a village. 

I don’t intend to keep the magic formula that allowed me to stop feeling like such a fat pig, a secret. I’ve been in such a good mood today that I’m gonna share what I’ve been doing over the past 2 and a half months.

I owe a whole lot of it to my mum, who took me to her gym and signed me up within the first week of getting to Perth. Just because the suburb she lives in is a little boring and that’s what they do in their free time. Never really knew much bout classes til I got there.

Body pump is the original barbell class that strengthens your entire body. A 60 minute workout challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight-room exercise like squats, presses, lifts and curls.
I never lifted more than 6kgs really. My legs are pretty strong. But I could barely even handle 6kg when it came to the biceps curl. Also, I don’t plan on ever looking like Ms. Olympia, so lighter weights work perfectly for me.

          
            
Body step is the energizing step workout that uses a height-adjustable step and simple movements on, over and around the step. Cardio blocks push fat burning systems into high gear followed by muscle conditioning tracks that shape and tone your body.
Hands down my favourite type of workout. An hour of exercise has never felt shorter than when I was doing this class. Good music. Steps weren’t hard to pick up either.

4-5 classes a week. Swimming whenever we had the time to. And running. Something I never really enjoyed because I’ve never had the stamina to run. But cutting out smoking and going for classes took care of that. By the end of my two months in Perth, I could run 5 kilometers, non-stop, without passing out. Huge achievement for me.
Many people say that gyms here can be expensive and/or not convenient enough to get to. And it’s really hard to keep up a good exercise routine without the gym. I say that’s bullshit. Since getting back, I’ve actually worked out more frequently than I did in Perth. More or less an hour and a half a day.

I bought myself cute little dumbbells (don’t know why the photo rotated when it uploaded. too lazy to try and fix it). And I’ve got my own little routine worked out now. 
Running, to cover the cardio side of it. At least 20 minutes a day. And the twister thing. Not really sure what it’s called, but it looks like this.

I think it works your whole body. Can’t exactly be sure, but I’ve been using it on and off for years and I think it’s the reason why I have curves. That and maybe good genes. And then I rotate the rest of it. I don’t count the sets I do, it gets boring that way. I have specific songs/tracks I use for each exercise, and I adjust the playlist according to what I want to do.
Arms – Tricep kickbacks, hammer curls.
Shoulder & back – Lateral raises, upright rows.

Abs – Basic crunches, elbow to knee crunches, leg scissors

Butt & thighs – Lunges, squats, hip extensions.

Calves – Toe raises

I now have muscles I didn’t know existed. Okay, that’s a little lie. I have muscles I didn’t think I’d ever see on my own body. Starting was always the problem, but once I began working out so often, I stopped feeling that exercise-related-laziness I was so used to. And believe it or not, I actually enjoy it now.

I can’t give much advice on food. I’m not following a strict diet or starving myself. I’m eating what I used to eat (at reasonable portions) and just burning it off I guess.

Me at 49 kg. About 2 weeks ago.
I’m not fully satisfied at the moment. Still want a nice flat tummy. But the goal’s not to lose weight anymore.  Got to be careful now. Don’t think I’d ever stop feeling like the unattractive chubby kid, coz that’s what I was. Can’t keep trying to be lighter. Just have to shift my focus to health and toning up for a while.

Big is beautiful?

Why is it alright to tell a skinny person to eat more, but not a fat person to eat less?
I’ve always been of normal/average weight. 53kg at the moment. 46kg at my lightest, 65kg at my heaviest. People never seemed to have a problem telling me to eat more when I was thin. It was always, “You’re too skinny, eat more!“, “You’re tiny, eat more!“, “Have you been eating anything lately? Here, have some of my food“. You get the picture. It’s like, being thin was such a problem, people were so afraid of me being bulimic and hurting myself.
But at my heaviest, no one had anything to say. Well, not to my face at least. I’d ask the boyfriend and he would say that he didn’t notice a difference. Or that I was as beautiful as before. And friends didn’t get upset with me for going on the munchies and devouring breakfast, lunch and dinner at a seating, and then some. No one ever pulled me aside and went “God you’ve turned into such a fat pig!”. I had to look myself in the mirror and do that. And then decide to make a change on my own.
So why did people literally shove food into my mouth when I wasn’t eating, and not grab food away from me when I was eating too much? 

Being fat has become such a sensitive issue. People find ways to tiptoe around it because fat people by right, already know they’re fat. And you don’t want to bring down their self esteem by saying it to their face. 
It shouldn’t be about that though. Being fat isn’t bad because it makes you less attractive. Being fat is bad because it’s unhealthy. The same reason being skinny is bad. Eat too little or too much and you’re exposing yourself to all kinds of future, if not current, health problems. Isn’t that cause enough to make a change?
People need to stop thinking that the biggest issue with weight is how it affects appearance. Then maybe there would be less overweight people because people in general wouldn’t be so afraid of stating facts to their face. 
I’ve heard a lot of people say that they’re proud of being big and beautiful. Like it’s something that you teach yourself to be proud of. You do that with height, or race issues. Teach yourself to accept it, and love it, because those are things you can’t change. Being unhealthy is not the same thing.

I have unhealthy friends. I love some of my unhealthy friends to death. I constantly tell the thin ones to stop dieting because they don’t need to lose any weight. But I don’t call the fat ones fat because it would bruise their egos. I have tried, subtly, but it’s not like I could even go up to them and say “Hey, I think you’re unhealthy and maybe we should work on improving that” without them thinking I’ve just called them fat.

I think everyone should just get off their lazy asses and at least exercise at least a little. Go ahead and stick to small meals if that’s all you need to survive. Or keep eating, if food is what you love. Try to eat less if you find yourself eating more than what your friends are, combined. But claiming to love the way you look is definitely no excuse for not being healthy. You can be healthy and love yourself more. 
I know some people say they try, but they never lose any weight, then they stop. Well I say, don’t give up. So what if you think you haven’t lost any weight in the end. I bet you, you wouldn’t be as out of breath after a couple of months at the gym as you were before signing up (Or just plain simple jogging if you don’t have time/money for the gym). And that’s really the results you should be looking for. Not all chubby people are unhealthy. But all unhealthy people are lazy. Too damned lazy to make that change that they so badly need to be making.

It’s time to stop waiting for tomorrows. Go do something today!

p/s : This post was not meant to offend any of my thin or fat friends. Just the lazy, unhealthy ones.

Bootcamp!

No, it isn’t some empty diet pill promise. It is…
Chief’s Original Bootcamp. Or Original Bootcamp’s Malaysia Corps Training. A military inspired, outdoor group personal training program that utilises discipline based motivational techniques.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wasting my time away, not doing anything physically productive. I normally go through what I would call an “annual workout phase”. A month or two of exercising like crazy mad and dropping back down to my ideal weight. It fluctuates like nobody’s business! I was 65kg at my heaviest, and 47 at my lightest. Now I’m closing in to 60 again and freaking out! It’s because I slacked a whole lot last year, exercise wise, and didn’t even do the usual month of workout.
I’ve heard of these bootcamp type things, and I’ve had friends go for it, but it never really occurred to me to go and register myself. It can be pretty pricey to some people. RM300 per month. That’s a whole lot more than most gym’s would ask for. So yeah, you can see why I haven’t really bothered. Until I saw this.
That’s right people! 30 friggin bucks for a month’s worth of training sessions! All you do is go to the MilkADeal page HERE. Follow instructions on the website. And once you’re done go to Chief’s Original Bootcamp‘s website and look for
It’s been scientifically designed to achieve serious results, seriously fast, no matter what you current fitness level is, so don’t worry about not being able to handle it. Or if you’re unsure, go to the recruitment page and enroll yourself for a Free Trial! Don’t have any excuses now, do you?
The trial is next week. And the MilkADeal ends in 5 days. I’ve already registered myself and a friend for it. So what are you waiting for????? Go ahead and