Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Mizuno Wave Creation 9

I bought these Mizuno Wave Creation 9 shoes for RM204.90 only! Fantastic deal, original price was RM485. It's the older model, Wave Creation is now at no 10.It's my first Mizuno ever.

Took it out on a 6km run this morning...outer soles feel great - my only complaint is the cutting is narrow - feels a bit like Saucony Triumph. I should have bought half a size bigger. The first 2km was uncomfortable. I hope it will expand over time.

Saucony Hurricane is still my favourite.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Arnie arms

My Linda Hamilton / Michelle Obama arms are becoming more like Arnold Shwarzenegger shoulders. Yup, am bulking up.


Big shoulders, big thighs.

What a life.

Longer Life

oh great.....read this article below from BBC. People with larger thighs are supposed to live longer.


I'd rather have small thighs and die fast.


Friday, August 21, 2009

Fast Track

Linda Hamilton arms mission going steady. Despite sleeping only 4 hours, I managed to wake up for gym this morning. No not that I have a new laptop but I was out with a friend til pretty late as we had not seen each other in a year and we had lots to catch up on.

Was on the elliptical machine for 45 minutes, after which I did:

2 sets x 20 push ups (i picked this up from Suzy Favor Hamilton's book Fast Track which I am currently reading - check out her arms on the cover!)
3 sets x 10 reps dumbell press
2 sets x 12 reps dumbell
3 sets x 10 reps tricep dip
2 sets x 12 reps barbell clean and press

After doing the pushups my arms were quite fatigue, so during the second set of my dumbell press (using 10kg weights each arm) i suddenly dropped my left 10kg weight on my chest! Thank God for extra adipose tissue to protect any damage! Good thing it did not drop on my ribcage. So for the 3rd set I reduced to 8kg each side.

WHile I was working out, there was another lady at the free weights section talking to me. She was groaning about how she gained 1kg. What she wore was super tight, revealing no love handles and a great figure, and there she was sighing looking at her non existent bulge on the mirror. I was rolling my eyes as usual. And then another aunty came along and told her "oh i like your arms" to which she replied "Thanks, that's all I've got".


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Central Park Routes

Another lonely night without the computer last night, so I was off to bed early.Woke up this morning to continue my pursuit of Michelle Obama arms. Ok maybe I don't want Michelle Obama arms....I want Linda-Hamilton-in-Terminator-arms.SO Wednesday is my usual interval and back day.

30 min walk/run on treadmill
30 min elliptical machine.

My arms feel like falling off after doing:
*Lat pulldowns
*Upright row on cable pulley
*Bent over dumbell row
*Bent over fly
*Lateral raises
*Bicep curl

Aside from my Linda Hamilton arms pursuit, I am also on the quest of a running route in Central Park.here are some routes I found on the internet. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the area so I don't really know what to expect.

Central Park, with 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan, is one of the world's most popular places to run. Whether you're a Central Park regular or you venture onto its roads and paths only occasionally, these guidelines will help you navigate safely and keep an accurate count of your training miles.

For tips on staying safe while running in Central Park, click here. Please be considerate of other park users by staying in the innermost recreation lane when running or walking.

Loop Courses

Full loop—6.0273 miles on roads
Start on East Drive at East 90th Street (point 1) and head north. Pass the 102nd Street Transverse on your left at approximately .75 miles (point 2), and Lasker Rink and Pool on your right at approximately 1 mile. Continue around the north end of the park to the 102nd Street Transverse on your left at approximately 2 miles (point 3). Continue south on West Drive, crossing the 72nd Street Transverse at approximately 3.75 miles (point 4) and Tavern on the Green on your right at approximately 4 miles. Continue around the south end of the park, heading north on East Drive and passing the 72nd Street Transverse on your left at approximately 5 miles (point 5). In the final mile you'll pass Loeb Boathouse on your left and the Metropolitan Museum of Art on your right before returning to your starting point.

Lower five-mile loop—5.1432 miles on roadsFollow the full loop course, but turn left/west onto the 102nd Street Transverse (point 2), then left/south onto West Drive (point 3). This transverse is closed to vehicular traffic, but be aware of bicyclists and in-line skaters.

Upper five-mile loop—4.9280 miles on roads
Follow the full loop course, but turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse (point 4), then left onto East Drive (point 5). This transverse is open to vehicular traffic at designated times.

Four-mile loop—4.0439 miles on roadsFollow the full loop course, but turn left onto the 102nd Street and 72nd Street Transverses.

Three-mile loop—approximately 3 miles on roads
Start on East Drive at East 90th Street (point 1) and head north. Pass the 102nd Street Transverse on your left at approximately .75 miles (point 2), and Lasker Rink and Pool on your right at approximately 1 mile. Continue around the north end of the park and turn left/east onto the 102nd Street Transverse at approximately 2 miles (point 3), then right/south on East Drive (point 2) to return to your starting point.

Lower loop—1.7153 miles on roads
Start on East Drive at the 72nd Street Transverse (point 5) and head west across the transverse. Turn left/south on West Drive (point 4), passing Tavern on the Green on your right. Continue around the south end of the park to your starting point.

Reservoir loop—1.57 miles on cinder pathway
The pathway around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, just over 1.5 miles, is marked at 100-yard and half-mile intervals beginning at 90th Street and East Drive. The pathway is well maintained and offers sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Stay to the right and run counterclockwise.

Bridle path loop—1.66 miles on dirtA bridle path encircles the reservoir just below the cinder path, making for a slightly longer loop on soft surfaces. Horses have the right-of-way on the bridle paths. If you cannot move out of the way of approaching horses, slow down or stop until they are well past you.

Full bridle path loop—approximately 2.5 miles on dirtStart on the bridle path at East 90th Street and head north. At approximately East 96th Street make a hard right down a short gravel hill. Bear left and continue north, following the trail as it loops around the North Meadow ball fields (they'll be on your left), passes alongside the 102nd Street Transverse, and continues alongside West Drive. Rejoin the reservoir bridle path loop at approximately West 93rd Street, continuing around the south end of the reservoir to your starting point

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Semi Amish Lifestyle

It's been a week over since my laptop died. So far, and surprisingly it has been quite alright. Although a sweet sister lent me her laptop, I don't use it everynight as I used to with my own laptop.I'm quite used to it really, I just get online at work, and I spend my nights reading the Bible (sounds really Amish right?)and sleeping early. Which is the biggest plus point - sleeping early. I find that I am getting enough sleep these days and I've also been boosting my immunity by taking Vit B, C and echinacea. Although there are some days I am really tired like last Saturday, I find that I recover much faster with sufficient sleep and the supplements.

As such, I had such a fantastic run this morning. Only 6km but it was fast and energetic (okla nothing like Usain Bolt but it felt fast to me..at least i didn't feel tired)Some mornings I wake up tired but once I start running I am ok. This morning I woke up feeling energetic, and I felt I could keep my pace throughout the run and not slow down on the last round.

I've also been eating more lately (hence weight hasn't changed) but I do feel a bit more streamlined and compact.Also stronger. Oh I just hope it is muscle!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

My Michelle Obama arms are coming along fine. Not that I have even achieved 50% of that but I notice my arms are a little more shapely than say 3 weeks ago :) The needle on the scale hasn't budged though after 3 weeks of hard work :( but at least the hamster cheeks are gone :)

In my pursuit of MO arms I am now incorporating some upper body work together with my lower body work.

Today I did:

30 mins run on treadmill
30 mins on bicycle

Adductor exercises
Abductor exercises
Seated leg curl
Sumo squats with shoulder presses

Oh i also noticed there is a new Treadwall in the gym, but it's only for those who take personal training sessions :(

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Finally got some motivation to run on weekends..Woke up late as usual...since our new cell group started we've been ending a bit later than usual...that's because we start later as well, and plus supper included, most times it's nearly 12 midnight by the time I get home.

Thank goodness the weather was lovely today. Ran around Damansara Heights, about 15km. Slowed down a bit on the second round, especially going uphill. Even the lorry stalled uphill!

I've got a bit of a tan now, and now I am just waiting for dinner..that totally negates all my hard work this morning!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Asian BMI

Had some lovely strawberry cheese ice cream cake at Dad Baker's yesterday. Right after gobbling 2 slices of the lovely cake and 3 pieces of pizza, Dad baker whips out a BMI Index chart...special one, catered for Asians.And of course, moi was categorised as PRE OBESE. (ya ya i know i should stop eating those cakes but Dad Baker keeps making 'em?? :D)

Anyway I googled Asian BMI and here's a link I found, WHO's BMI criteria for Asians. It says:

So the Asian "overweight" criterion is >=23.0 kg/m2. But "obesity" body mass index criteria is up to each Asian nation to decide for themselves.

Hmmm typical Singaporeans la.

THis is the standard one:

So I've renamed myself "Her Royal Tubbiness, Queen of Cellulite" since I am obese by Asian standards.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Becoming Amish

My laptop died on me. So I have been sort of cut off from the world... This is posted from the office desktop but it isn't really convenient to be online all the time here as it is a central computer used by everyone.

Anyway speaking of being Amish, my friend sent me this link...looking through it I SHOULD become Amish, so i won't be tubby and have all those lovehandles which I have been shamelessly displaying ( I got 2 tight tight shirts for my birthday).

To be more thinnish, try being more Amish

As noted here recently by Sarah White, scientists have found that there is a common gene variation that makes people more likely to be overweight, but three or four hours of moderate exercise each day can nullify the gene’s effect.

In fact, persons with the fat-inclined variant gene who got lots of physical activity were no more prone to excess weight than those without the variant, and weighed an average 15 pounds less than those with the variant who didn’t exercise.

The scientists suggested that those with the fat-inclined gene need, almost literally, to exercise their butts off. Unfortunately, this raises the question of just how people are expected to add three or four hours of workouts to their daily schedule. In fact, there may be at least a partial, practical answer.

The key is that the scientists who made this discovery did so by studying the Amish of Pennsylvania, a people not renowned for gym memberships or extended workouts or sophisticated exercise equipment…or indeed, sophisticated equipment of any kind. And therein lies the key to their physical fitness.

The Amish do not avail themselves of the labor-saving devices and electronic diversions that the rest of us enjoy. They labor. And when not laboring, they don’t sit and gape at a video screen. They work off calories simply by hand and foot: house cleaning, gardening, walking, athletics, and so forth.

This may not seem like a serious exertion program, but the Amish are prodigious eaters of food as fattening as anything at KFC — pork, gravy, black bread, more gravy — and according to the scientists, it certainly works for them. Perhaps it will work for you as well.

The Amish exercise plan — no shunning of electricity required
This doesn’t mean that you have to buy a mule for transportation and cut the power lines to your home. It means that there are ways you can, let’s say, “Amish-ize” your lifestyle with potentially good results for your waistline.

We’ll start with the obvious measures. The Amish do not drive. Probably half of their lack of excess poundage can be traced to that alone. There are surely certain places that you presently go to on a regular basis by car that you could get to without great inconvenience by bicycle.

This would actually give you bragging rights over the Amish, who generally travel by horse-drawn conveyance rather than bike. There’s not much calorie burn when the horse is doing all the work.

In addition, the Amish are largely an agricultural community. They grow their own food to a significant degree, which means they are engaged in digging, weeding, furrowing, tending, and harvesting crops to a great extent. In the process, they simultaneously get exercise, raise healthy, nourishing, low-fat produce, and save money. How can you pass up a deal like that?

And you needn’t make a big, onerous deal out of it. A few tomato plants, a few zucchinis, a row of snap beans and one of lettuce, and you’re in business. Just keeping them healthy, productive, weed-free and watered on a regular basis will keep you moving.

For that matter, if you have a yard, you have a number of calorie-burning possibilities. Start with the lawn. If someone else currently mows it for you, discharge them and mow it yourself. And no Amish no-noes such as a riding mower or motorized push mower; get yourself a sturdy manual lawnmower and go to it.

Similarly, if you currently use an electric or gas-powered hedge trimmer, replace it with a simple pair of hedge shears. Sand things by hand rather than by power tool. And so on. In general, the idea is to abandon the use of electrical or gas-powered tools in favor of manual alternatives wherever possible.

Exercise during chores, and no games for you
The same with household appliances. You can’t be expected to hand-launder everything, for example, but eschewing the clothes dryer and lugging the clean wash into the yard and hanging the items on a clothesline can provide a good 15 minutes of physical activity.

Hardwood floors needn’t be vacuumed; they can just as easily be swept. The same goes for driveways, sidewalks, patios, walkways, or other outdoor surfaces that you currently just clean with the hose.

And finally, to repeat: The Amish do not have TV sets or video games. Study after study has linked the amount of time spent glued to the tube or console with the amount of excess weight on the gluee. The more you separate yourself from these electronic sloth enablers, the better.

Go for a run. Rake some leaves. Shoot some hoops. If you’re really serious, get yourself a butter churn.

Adopting a more Amish lifestyle could do wonders for your health and weight. And you don’t even have to go to the prayer meetings.

(By Robert S. Wieder for CalorieLab Calorie Counter News)

Source: http://calorielab.com/news/2008/09/12/amish-exercise-obesity/

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Torturous evening run

Just got back from an evening run…nearly suffered the same fate as the KOTR runner….it was way too hot, I was dehydrated. I felt quite alright while running, but when I stopped to cool down, I felt a bit spaced out..the nearly passing out type of feeling. I’m sticking to my morning runs, definitely.

I squeezed in an evening run today because I missed my Saturday morning run yesterday….we ended bible studies pretty late on Friday and I was too exhausted on Saturday morning to wake up for a run. Could not run this morning either as I was singing in church. In my desperate attempt to clock in some mileage over the weekend, I decided to run in the evening.

Things I have observed about evening runs:
1. I don’t sniffle as much as from morning runs. My sinus tends to act up in the morning.
2. I much prefer to run on an empty stomach, the only exception I make is Power bars before runs. Nothing else. I was still burping from my soft shell crabs for lunch just now. Yucks!
3. Too too hot. I am really heat averse. Whole reason why I never run in the evenings.
4. Takes me a longer time to cool off in the evenings
5. I feel more energetic in the morning. Feel sluggish for evening runs and tend to drag my feet more

Think I got a bit of a tan from the run just now. I have sun kissed cheeks now! But I am still sweating after a cold bath..yucks!

Friday, August 07, 2009

Michelle Obama Arms

Earlier this year there was so much rant and rave about Michelle Obama's arms.Honestly, I dont think her arms are that nice, I much prefer Madonna's. Some beg to differ as they think that Maddie's is too masculine..but I like. But to achieve Maddie's arms you probably need 0% fat...which is like absolutely impossible..so yes I'll settle for Michelle Obama arms anyway...more realistic.

So this morning I started my pursuit of Michelle Obama arms...After a light cardio workout on the elliptical machine for 40 mins, I started weight training on the chest. I've put off tricep dips for a long time now (laziness..) but I'm starting again.

Here's what I did today:
Push ups (using fitball) - 2 sets x 20 reps
Dumbell press (using fitball) with 8kg dumbells each arm - 2 sets x 20 reps
Dumbell fly (using fitball) with 6kg dumbells each arm - 2 sets x 20 reps
Tricep dips - 2 sets x 12 reps (AIYOYO! Need to improve.)
Lateral raises (4kg dumbells each arm) - 2 sets x 12 reps
50 crunches only (slack today. :P)

My arms feel like falling off already..gosh need to work extra harder..I don't want my arms to be wobbling still after I've stopped waving...

Thursday, August 06, 2009


No I am not talking about the psychedelic experience from drugs. I'm talking about tripping, as in falling over something.Went out for a short 6km run this morning, and at about the 5th km, I stepped on a long twig with my right foot, and somehow it momentarily got lodged between both my feet and nearly caused me to trip. I was then reminded of the times that I actually tripped and fell while running.

I have fallen twice in my entire running career. The first one was back in 2002 (I think), where I fell down and scraped my left knee badly. I still have the keloid to remind me of it. (I actually took a picture of my keloid to post on the blog, but the close up looked so disgusting even after touching up the picture, so I decided to spare you from seeing it). It was one of the most painful experiences I've had, a superficial cut hurts even more than an internal injury. I could feel all the nerves on my skin being ripped or something like that. What made it worse was the cut was right on the kneecap, so there was no way of it healing properly as the cut would open everytime I flexed my knee.It took quite a long time to heal. What a nightmare. THis happened at the Power Run...I remember I was quite tired that day, and this all occurred before I started running any marathons. At that moment in time, I was just praying to God that I would be able to finish the run..and guess what, I tripped and fell over RIGHT IN FRONT of an ambulance. So, I DIDN'T get to finish my run, but there was DEFINITELY some divine intervention there....how coincidental can that be, falling down INFRONT of the ambulance? I was trying to be a hero and finish the race anyway, but it was too painful and I was bleeding too much to finish the race. So that was the one and only time I ever got back to the finish line IN AN AMBULANCE. How embarrassing!

THe second time that I tripped was a few years back...think I was dragging my feet and then whoops, suddenly just tripped and fell....this time RIGHT infront of a bus. Good thing the bus didn't run me over!

But today, no I didn't fall infront of any vehicle. Definitely no psychedelic feel either!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Interval Workout

Had a blast of a workout today. It's interval day, with 30 mins of run /walk on the treadmill, keeping heart rate between 140 - 160bpm.

Also did my own spinning for 30 mins, starting with Level 7 on the bike for about 4 minutes, then increasing 2 notches up every 2 minutes until I reached about Level 15, then I brought it down to Level 7 again. Repeated second cycle until I hit Level 16, and for the third cycle, max level was Level 17. Kept heart rate at between 140-160bpm.Was dripping buckets!

After cardio, I went on to do back exercises:
Lat pulldowns (managed to increase weight yay!)
Reverse fly
Upright row
Dumbell pullover

Was supposed to do 100 situps but only managed 95 today. Sore!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Penniless Celebrity

My Celebrity Fitness membership is expiring soon. I've been offered 3 packages:

Package 1
buy 18 months and get another 18 months free

Package 2
buy 24 months and get 24 months free

Package 3
buy 48 months. After 48 months you pay RM120 per year
(They call this Lifetime membership but i dont call it that coz it's not like you get it free for life..you just pay significantly lesser)

I heard that Celebrity Fitness has bought over California Fitness. According to them, this is the last Lifetime Membership that they are extending to members, as in the long run, lifetime memberships do not make a lot of money. THat's why places like California Fitness and True Fitness (according to this staff ..dont quote me!)are having financial liquidity problems.Sounds quite logical..if you look at Fitness First, they dont offer lifetime membership and they seem to be sustaining pretty well.

The monthly fee at Celebrity has increased from RM149 (which is what I paid before) to RM169...but at this new fee i will be entitled to passport membership - which means I can use any Celebrity branch here. (And that includes the California Fitness in Mid Valley which they took over)

However $$$$ is the problem (isn't it always?:P) While the lifetime membership is a lot more worth it, it's also A LOT MORE $$ upfront.

I've worked it out:
(48 months x RM169) + RM120 (procesing fee) = RM8232

Of course they have some installment package tied up with some credit cards, but it's still a lot of money.

Previously they had approached me on lifetime membership at a cheaper rate, but I was reluctant then as I was worried that they would foldup overnight, plus their service was crappy.Now that they have bought over California Fitness, I see that they could stay for long - especially if they are considering scrapping lifetime membership in future in order to sustain better. Also, their service has improved (but it took them a LONG LONG LONG LONG time - ah well maybe they are slightly - only slightly better than our country which is REGRESSING)

SIgh....bills bills bills...I'll be a penniless B grade celebrity.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Runner Dies at KOTR

I found out on facebook that a male runner died from heart attack after completing the 22km at the Adidas KOTR run yesterday..

This sounds really insensitive but I wouldnt mind going this way..quick, and doing something I like.

RIP Gary Leon Robert.

Updated: Oops, was told the cause is not known yet.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Fitness Test on Polar

I finally tried the POlar heart rate monitor. I did the fitness test last night, but forgot that i had had a cuppa coffee before the test. Anyway, my resting heart rate turned out to be 61bpm (which is pretty good considering I had coffee!) and my VO2 max was 47.

I was kiasu and decided to test it out in the morning again, and this time my resting heart rate was at 58bpm, with a VO2 max of 49! According to the chart and the heart rate monitor, my fitness level is ELITE (hurrah!)! I guess one can be fat and fit at the same time...oh well, if can't be skinny at least can be fit... Also, this result is that of a female in her mid 20s :) :) Double bonus!

Anyway, I used the heart rate monitor at the gym, and it could sync with the treadmill and elliptical machines because they are Polar ready. The treadmill was quite accurate in its readings, whereas the elliptical machine was not accurate as my heart rate tended to fluctuate between 130 and 160bpm when I hadn't changed my pace at all. In any case, the training zone that was set on the watch was quite low, about 70-80% of my max heart rate. ( My max heart rate is 183 - so for those of you who know the formula you can guess my age!) I usually workout to about 163-165 bpm which is about 90% of max heart rate. This morning I even went up to 170bpm..which is about 93% of my max heart rate!!!!That's crazy!!! Unless of course...my heart is actually younger than its physical age..:) :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Polar RS300x

This is one of my birthday presents - a Polar Rs300x watch with a heart rate monitor. I should be able to sync this to the treadmills in the gym , but I've been too busy all week to test it out.

More later!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Pleasant Day at BB

My brother booked me a one night stay at Swiss Garden hotel yesterday. I got to the hotel about 4ish, the first thing that I had wanted to do was check out the swimming pool and gym. Alas, I turned on the tv and saw Eric Bana, so got side tracked for a while. The movie being shown was “Lucky You” starring Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore.

After the movie finished, I went down to check the pool and gym…the pool was so tiny, slightly bigger than a Jacuzzi pool so I did not bother to swim (plus too many people at the poolside sunbathing – I hate crowds). The gym overlooks the pool and is quite tiny too. It had 2 treadmills, 1 elliptical trainer, 1 stepper, 2 bicycles, free weights and some benches. I was happy enough with the treadmill.

Right after that I went gallivanting on Jln Bukit Bintang, and shopped a bit in BB Plaza. It’s like a whole new world as I very rarely go to that area with so many neighbourhood malls now. Saw a lot of cheap clothes, but they were mostly Ah Lian looking thingy. Only got myself a nice cheap halter neck top (which would probably last a few months only). As a teenager I used to frequent a poster shop in BB Plaza for Duran Duran posters, and much to my surprise I found that this shop still exists today!Only it mostly sells posters of football celebrities and movie posters. Later I met up with a friend and we went to Jln Alor for dinner.

We went to a restaurant called “Happy Lim Eatery”. We ordered:
Fried kangkung with belacan
Grilled stingray
Chicken satay
Marmite ribs (yummmmy!!!)

We were so tired we just went back to the hotel to chill out. Later that night some of my staff came to surprise me with a cake! It was very sweet of them.

We called it a night by 12 midnight, and slept until 8am. (The gym only opened at 8am so this was one of the rare occasions that I got to sleep in  ) We headed for the gym at 8.30am but the treadmills were all in use. So I’d started with 20 mins of the stepper, followed by 10 mins of the elliptical trainer before I got to use the treadmill. It was unbelievably hot – of all days the aircon did not work.

After I finally got on to the treadmill, it was so hot, like running in a sauna. I had to stop after 4km as I was all soaked and dripping onto the treadmill! It was also very uncomfortable and could not breathe. It’s supposed to be outdoor running day today, but I guess working out in that sauna-like room was enough!

After about an hour of workout, I showered, then we headed to Pappa Rich on Bukit Bintang for breakfast. We had the traditional toast + butter+ kaya, 2 half boiled eggs and coffee in the traditional cup and saucer. The ambience was pretty nice, except for the stupid tourist bus across the road infront of Federal Hotel honking with the loud horn and the stupid people smoking. Don’t understand why the best seats are always given to smokers. They should just ban smoking in restaurants.

It was a lovely morning, and it rained so it cooled the day. I hope the haze clears so I wont feel awful when I run outdoor.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mid Life Crisis Ramblings

I don’t understand why I have love handles when I don’t have anyone to handle it.

I don’t understand why I have child bearing hips when I won’t have any children to bear.

Ho hum, such is the life of a middle aged lady with middle age spread and mid life crisis!

Been good with my diet and exercise whole of last week (with the exception of yesterday’s dinner) but the scale needle won’t budge. Feel a bit smaller but the scale needle still did not move. No I am not buying that “it’s muscles” story!

Anyway it’s usual legs day today on a Monday…had to run off the extra calories from the yummy dinner last night!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rain, Shine or Haze

Finally started my Saturday morning runs again. Been lazy, tired and sluggish for a while now..It's been a few months since my absence for Saturday morning runs. Woke up late this morning, about 8am, but decided I needed to run anyway since I've committed myself. Hazy morning, but I went nevertheless.

I think runners are delusional people. They will either kid themselves into thinking that its ok to run in the haze OR they run early in the morning when they cant see the haze!

So anyway I ran 8.5km this morning....was going to do 10 but my throat was rather itchy because of the haze, so i thought I'd cut it short. Plus my left foot hurt a bit so I thought I'd better take it slow and increase distance another time.

Feeling more energetic now with the run :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

New Mantra

Must have a new mantra to get out of this sluggish mode.

I MUST....

....motivate myself.

I must keep reminding myself that I am beginning to look like the Digi yellowman.
I must keep reminding myself that the only similarity that Miranda Bailey and i have is the ass.

I've committed myself..but can I do it?

Monday, July 13, 2009


I've been lazy to blog about my exercise regime. Actually I've just been lazy - whole of last week especially. It's back to the clapper this week.

Oh forgot to blog about this issue - in Celebrity Fitness, initially they placed the clothes hooks outside the shower cubicles. So you'd have to expose yourself a bit to reach out to grab your garments etc. However, after 2.5 years of operating in Bangsar Village, now they've finally fixed a hook INSIDE the cubicle. On top of that, it's a fancy hook in the shape of a dolphin. DOn't understand - it took the management over 2 years to fix this? They sure take a long time to fix small things. They took more than a year to fix the heaters as well.

Been trying to get back to RPM - but it's always too much of a rush before work...so i've started swimming again. Gotta motivate myself!!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Irresponsible Pet Owners

I can't understand people who don't put their dogs on leash when walking their dogs - AND especially so when they know their dogs don't like runners. It's such irresponsibility which leads the dog to attack people, and they blame it on the dog and put it to sleep.Animals don't have the capability to think whether an action is right or wrong - unless they are put through some positive or negative conditioning - they mostly behave on the defensive when they are scared.

The reason why I am bitching about this is because I nearly got chased by a dog today while running. Small dog, but nevertheless terribly irresponsible of the owner. I love dogs but owners need to take control of it. If your dog doesnt like to be leashed, then dont bring it out!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Haze + heat = HELL

ok....i have decided not to run the Stanchart KL Marathon. Have been lazy, unmotivated.

Drained by the heat.

Lazy because of the haze.

Excuses, excuses.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Getting to the Core

Last night I decided to bring out my Core Board. I've had it for a few years but all I've ever used it for was to collect dust. It's been sitting under the coffee table in my hall for years. I'd decided to go back to my daily abs routine which I havent done in a while. For now I've just been doing abs 3x a week, that is whenever I go to gym. Gave it a good cleaning and used it while watching Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives.

I've never had such a good abs workout in a long, long time! Did about 45 minutes of squats, balancing poses and crunches.

Today I woke up late and missed 45 minutes of workout time. Nevertheless within an hour, I had a blast of a workout, with 30 minutes of cardio - interval training walking and sprinting. Followed with back exercises and 100 situps. Finally my abs are showing signs of concavity again!

PS my core board looks a little different from that above - instead of a flat base it actually stands on 4 legs.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Outdoor & Indoor

Woke up this morning to the sound of thunder....Hmmm was feeling a bit lazy and thought I'd sleep in. BUt since I've been told that I've gained weight beyond recognition PLUS I need to get my act together to start training for the KL Marathon. I've rested from long distance running for 3 months - my left hip was sore and all but now it's better although on certain days it still feels tight, especially if I dont exercise and stretch. Woes of a wannabe runner.

Anyway, we started running even though the sky was dark. We managed about 2km before it started raining. Just as we'd started running our second loop we felt raindrops. My girlfriend and I decided to turn back while the guys (being macho of course) carried on. In any case the guys were much faster so they were already further ahead whilst Julia and I could still turn back. We continued our run on the treadmill..Did about another 4.5km indoors.

WHile we were at the gym, one of my friend's husband who is a Dutchman came and used the treadmill beside mine. He is a marathon runner and has the physique. Here I was sprinting on my treadmill and when I looked over to his, he was running at 15.2km per hour!!!! And when he slowed down to a slow jog, he was at 9.9km per hour..gosh that is like sprinting for me already! BUt he is tall, and his 1 stride is probably my 5 strides.

'Twas a good run!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hip Hip Hooray!

Ever since the Singapore Marathon I've been having this niggling hip soreness. It's not a sharp pain but a dull ache, and it throbs sometimes. I've been stretching and stretching my hip flexors but somehow they were still sore. It gets worse when I don't exercise and actually improves when I do! It stretches from the front at the hip flexor all the way to the lower back, and it's only on my left side. There have been a few times where I laid off exercise for a few days but it never went away.

Strangely, after laying off for 4 days last week, and missing the Wild Wild Run, my left hip is finally beginning to feel normal!It is still a teeny weeny tight but it doesnt feel so bad - previously it would still feel tight even when I am resting in bed. It's been feeling more normal the last 2 days, and I hope this lasts!

Hip hip hooray!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Battling Body Dysmorphic Disorder

I often make a joke about my body dysmorphic disorder(BDD) but seriously, it isn't really funny. I've just discovered that BDD actually does fall under OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) I guess it's the same thing that

1. it is a mental disorder
2. it is irrational

It's funny that although I have a distorted image of my body shape, I could never be anorexic nor bulimic. I could never be anorexic because I can't imagine starving myself, knowing that I won't have energy to run...I love running too much to give it up. (unless if I have to because of physical or health reasons, that is a different issue alltogether). And I can't imagine sticking my finger down my throat after every meal - that is disgusting.

So it remains a mental issue to me.

It's also strange because as far as I can remember, until I turned 18 I never worried about the way I look. Media and people around you have such great influence. I began to be more conscious about my body shape when I was in college, when boys used to tease me about my weight. Actually looking back I wasn't that fat, chubby yes, but I'd seen fatter people. BUt all the teasing has scarred me and still goes with me until now.

It was this whole reason that I'd started exercising..I've been exercising for 18 years now, and I love it. I exercise not just to lose weight but it makes me fitter and healthier. But sadly my mental health is not as good - I have to get rid of this perception that I am fat. I know that sometimes when I lament about this to friends, people find it hard to understand - especially those who are bigger than me - and they may think I'm insensitive, but it really is a psychological issue. I have double standards against myself. There are people who are bigger than me, but I don't see them as fat but I see myself as fat. And for people who tell me "oh be happy with yourself", I think "yea right, easy for you to say when you are so slim".

Although I know that my physical body will not last, yet I am still preoccupied with it. I know I should be thinking of a more eternal perspective, yet I am still caught up with earthly matters.

I seriously have a problem, but I dont know how to get out of it. I know what I'm supposed to do, but it's such a struggle.

Getting Better

Had to give the Wild Wild Run a miss...caught a bad bug from my colleague, I've been waking up to very stuffed up nose and phlegm every morning. Even though I didn't catch a cold or had a bad cough, I just felt very very tired and worn down, the same kind of feeling that you get when on medication. The funny part was, I wasn't on medication.

I believe that when you get a viral attack, the antibodies are working very hard, that's why you feel so tired even though you aren't really that sick. You tend to feel extremely sluggish and groggy. Well at least I did. Not to mention 4 days of no exercise, and my energy just plummeted.

I also made a day trip to PD on Sunday, which was another reason why I had to give the run a miss - I knew I would be driving back alone at night, and could not afford to be tired and sleepy while driving.

I started running again yesterday, a slow and easy one, and you would not believe how much of mucus i had in my nose (ok, too much information i know..) Today I feel much better, although still a little stuffy but I regained some energy and could run as normal.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

So That's What It's All About!

My shop has just been relocated and I've been at our new place for a week. For the past week, everytime I went to the back of my shop, I kept hearing Hindi music being blasted from the shop behind ours, and not only that, I kept hearing men grunting (sounded pretty obscene..) I asked my colleague if he knew what shop was behind ours but he didn't know, and he attributed the grunting sounds to men carrying heavy loads during the shift. BUt i thought it wasn't possible, since it wouldnt take them a week to shift..

Today I decided to check out the shop behind us..and ah, it all made sense!

It was a Bowflex exercise equipment shop.

No wonder - all that grunting! The shop assistants must have been doing some resistance training during work!

Ran 6km today.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Motivated to go Wild

Ok, it's obvious I am lacking motivation to blog. Nothing exciting has been happening on the exercise front, except that I have been lazy and skipping my Saturday runs. Gym and short outdoor runs are ongoing but I haven't even run more than 8km in a while now. A case of going from fit to fat. That's not phat :P

I have to buck up soon, I've got my eyes set on the Standard Chartered KL Run...although there's a lot of expectation on this run, I doubt it will be anything like the SIngapore one - considering there is always pilferage happening with the water supplies - the people involved usually nick the water and sell it. Awful isn't it??? How can we ever go international if this continues? (*roll eyes*)

In any case, I've signed up for "Der Wild wild Run" which will be a 10km run on 8th march in Zoo Negara. It will be a nice change of environment, although I'm not so sure the air will be very fresh! I hope I won't be too tired, as I'll be watching Sarah Brightman the night before, plus I am planning to make a day trip to PD on the 8th..

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

There's nothing like..

There's nothing like a great run to release stress.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Five Ways to Spot a Lousy Personal Trainer

Two of your best friends hired trainers and now they love their workouts. And there's another story in the gossip magazines about an amazingly fit celebrity who thanks her trainer by name. It's about time, you decide, that you get some help yourself. But before you choose your coach, make sure you know what to look for. Yes, it's nice that a prospective personal trainer looks healthy (or handsome), but that's not enough. If you spot any of these five danger signs, physiologist Cedric Bryant of the American Council on Exercise suggests you keep looking.

1. Unprofessional Business Practices: If your trainer doesn't explain his cancellation policies, can't provide references, or doesn't have liability insurance, walk away. These are all signs that a trainer isn't a professional. Most importantly, ask where your trainer got his or her certification: Besides the American Council on Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association are the leading fitness certification organizations.

2. The Cling Factor: When you ask how many sessions it should take before you can work out on your own, if the trainer gives a vague answer or tells you about clients he's been seeing weekly for a year or more, be wary. A good trainer will teach you to be independent, he won't cling to your business. After four months, you should be able to set up and operate equipment on your own, use proper technique and monitor your exercise intensity. You can always have a tune-up session later if you plateau or get bored.

3. Diet Know-it-All: The trainer tries to sell you vitamins or protein powder, recommends unusual products, or tells you, you can't eat meat. Trainers are taught basic nutrition and weight-management techniques, but they shouldn't be pushing an agenda about diet or supplements.

4. The Marine: The trainer pushes you too hard. You need to exercise past your comfort zone in order to build stamina and muscles. But it is possible to overdo workouts. If you start to hate your workout, feel chronically sore, or your heart rate stays high well after a round of exercise, you may be over-exercising. Losing your appetite, sleeping badly, or becoming depressed are other possible symptoms of overtraining. If you're not feeling better as a result of your workouts—stronger and more energetic—complain. Or move on.

5. Personality Clash: You just don't like or trust this person. You need to feel comfortable and sure that he or she won't gossip about you or overstep boundaries by talking about other clients, flirting, or telling you more than you want to know.

By Temma Ehrenfeld | Newsweek Web Exclusive


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Jessica Simpson's New Look

I've never been a fan of Jessica Simpson - infact I can't stand her. I hated her in the "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" video, where she was such a tart and slutting around in her bikini washing the car. But with her recent weight gain, my heart goes out to her.

She's been getting a lot of bad publicity and horrible comments on her weight gain, but at the end of the day it only goes to show she is human, and we all have moments where we gain weight due to depression, slow metabolism etc. And people can so SO CRUEL about other people's weight gain.

These pictures above are of course totally unflattering. The high waisted jeans are just a no-no and the thick belt is totally 80's. I've seen other pics of her with her weight gain and she looked far better as she camouflaged it well.

As much as I don't like her, I hope the media stops focusing on her weight gain - there are far better and more important issues to focus on, plus creating the idea that "thin is beautiful" is UNHEALTHY for women.

Indulgent weekend

Ran 5km this morning. Feeling wee bit dizzy, as I had a pretty bad bout of diarrhoea. Spent the weekend overeating: on Saturday I had the English breakfast at La Bodega's, the pigged out at a friend's place. She made lovely Indian food, and her husband made his version of Daim cake, which I had 3 slices. Talk about greed. He used dark chocolate, which i really really love, and could not resist...

Then on Sunday, I had a large bowl of curry laksa for lunch at Gurney Drive @ The Gardens, and in the evening I pigged out at Ole Ole Bali. FElt quite alright until Monday morning, when I woke up for a run but decided the stomach felt a bit weird.

I had some gastric pain as well, I think it was from the tummy upset and not from under eating (obviously not!) As a result, I had plain white bread diet all day yesterday (bleah!). I just cant wait to eat proper food again but am being cautious...

Well, I hope I've lost some weight from all that!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Here's what I've been up to...

Emperor Chicken
Fried prawns
Fruit meringue
Tiramisu cake

They say a picture paints a thousand words. This is what I have been up to....eating and eating and eating and eating...

So you know what that means...?

FIrstly, I've gained all that I lost whilst training for my marathon.

Secondly, it's punishment time!! Been taking it easy lately (due to my sore illiopsoas)..ocassionally it still feels a bit sore so I daren't push myself much. I am hoping to train for the KL Stanchart marathon)

Took a break from gym yesterday but started again today...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

back on my feet

I'm back on my feet again! It feels so good to run again! Ran 6km outdooors. Yes, I can still run the hills! :)

WHat i enjoyed most this morning was having the wind in my face and the surge of adrenaline...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Going Nuts

Hey look what I found on a packet of Tong Garden cashew nuts. I can't believe a chinaman product actually made references to Kelly Holmes on it! She was a gold medalist in the 2004 Olympics.

I've just had some cashew nuts, and I guess this is the only time I can feel good about snacking since Kelly Holmes supposedly gave a testimony on it on BBC!

So what's good about cashew nuts?

1. Good source 0f:
  • iron (essential for red blood cell function and enzyme activity)
  • magnesium (promotes energy release and bone growth)
  • phosphorus (builds bones and teeth)
  • zinc (essential to digestion and metabolism) and
  • selenium (has important antioxidant properties, thus protecting the body from cancer).
  • protein

2. lower fat content compared to other nuts

3.contains significant amounts of phytochemicals with antioxidant properties that protects the body from cancer and heart disease.


how much to eat??

1 serving (30gm) = 18 medium sized cashews

We are to eat no more than 3 servings PER WEEK.

Oops, I've just busted my quota.


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Beware of what you wish for!

For the last 2 years I've been lamenting about how Celebrity Fitness hasn't fixed their showers - ie hot water was only available in certain cubicles, and water in the other cubicles was just freezing.

Towards the end of last year, they finally fixed the showers, and now not only is the water hot, but it is SCALDING!

I guess I finally got what I asked for!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Injured Lame Duck

Yup, I'm injured. And injured from that pleasant 20km run which i did 2 Saturdays ago. Whilst I felt no pain while running, I had a dull throbbing sensation on my left iliopsoas the week after...and although I did minimal exercises (ie only walked on Thursday and Friday, the rest being rest days), the pain continued to be present.

From the symptoms I experience, I gather I have iliopsoas tendonitis. Hip pain could result from iliopsoas tendonitis or iliopsoas syndrome. While the 2 terms are sometimes used interchangeably, they are both different in nature. I-tendonitis usually results from overuse of the hip area or repetivive hip flexion and it is a gradual build up, resulting in inflammation; whereas I-syndrome usually refers to an acute muscle tear or rupture, and usually feels like a sharp pain on the side.

I've been experiencing dull throbs and aches on my left iliopsoas, in actual fact it was sort of niggling while I did the Singapore Marathon, but I guess I went back to long distance training too soon. I took a week off from exercise the week after my race and did only short runs the week after, and a 12km run 2 weekends after, but I think I pushed my body to the limit 2 Saturdays ago when I ran 20km.

I guess I have to lay off from running for a few weeks, as the area feels tender, and it pulls a little if I walk fast..so I guess I have to do slow walks just to keep the muscles warm. I dare not even lift heavy weights.

SIgh! Guess I also have to watch my diet as I will be relatively sedentary compared to normal days.

Guess I will have to give the Great Eastern 30km a miss..I had wanted to do it very much.

Sigh I just want to heal fast.