Review: Urban Retreat Onsen Spa – First Private Onsen In Malaysia!

It is said that the first spa was invented by the Romans, consisting of a large public bath where people went to relax and recuperate – not unlike the modern spas of today. In Japan, where there is an abundance of hot springs or ‘onsen’, soaking in the mineral springs dates back to ancient times, as the water is believed to have curative properties to help cure or reduce various ailments.

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The good news is that you won’t have to travel all the way to Japan to experience an onsen – we have it right here in Kuala Lumpur! Newly opened in February this year, the Urban Retreat Onsen Spa at 163 Retail Park in Mont Kiara is the first in Malaysia to offer private onsen services, in addition to luxurious treatments such as body polish and wraps, as well as massages.

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Tucked in a quiet corner on the second floor of the mall, the spa is designed to provide a holistic, pampering experience, offering the ambience of a traditional Japanese onsen with a local touch.  Bamboo and wood accents, coupled with warm lighting, immediately puts visitors in a state of Zen, as the hustle and bustle of the city melts away.

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The experience begins immediately upon entering the premises, where there is a cosy waiting area with comfortable pouffes and seats. A menu of bath salts (for the onsen) and scrubs (for the body polish treatment) is displayed on one side of the wall. You can try some of the samples and rinse it off at the sink.

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All the salts are imported from Japan, each with specific properties. The Hinoki (Japanese cypress), for example, has a refreshing vibe and scent, while the Relaxing, which features lavender, is designed to calm and soothe. There are also salts for Smooth Skin and Shoulder and Back Pain. I went with this since I’m constantly hunched over a computer screen at work.

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Also picked out the scrub for my body polish – I went with Jasmine – but they also have variants such as Tropical Spice, Hinoki Mandarin and Coconut.

Once done, I was ushered into the locker room and changing area. Time for my 45-minute onsen session!

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There are separate facilities for men and women, with lockers to keep your valuables and an electronic bracelet that you can tap to lock and unlock your unit. Toiletries such as face wipes are provided, as are combs and hair dryers.

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A beautiful woven basket is provided for you to carry your clothes and towels into the changing room. These are made by local Penan women as part of a social enterprise – you can also buy them if you’d like to support the initiative!

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Stepping into my spacious but cosy private onsen, it felt like I was experiencing a tiny slice of Japan in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Smooth stones littered the base where the huge wooden tub was, and the shower area came complete with a wooden stool and bucket – just like how I’ve seen in Japanese films and TV shows! The tubs are specially crafted and imported from Japan and are made from 200 year old hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood, as it is believed that the wood has natural oils and a soothing fragrance which are released when in warm water.

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Iced water on the side, and there is a call button nearby for emergencies.

For those who have never tried onsen, it is recommended to have a cold shower for five minutes to clean the body, before going in the tub. My water temperature was at 40 degrees Celcius, but you can request for warmer temperatures if you prefer. Soak and relax for 10 to 15 minutes, then take another short shower before soaking again. Your 45 minutes will fly by!

The hot water is great for relaxing tired muscles – I could feel the tension easing from my legs, shoulder and back. The warm temperature makes you sweat, but once you’re out of the tub and after you’ve had a shower, your body feels super refreshed and loads lighter.

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The cosy ladies waiting room where you can chill and relax in your yukata with a drink, while waiting for your next treatment.

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For my Body Polish (45 minutes), I chose the Jasmine scrub, which had a nice, sweet scent that left me smelling like flowers. My skin also felt extremely smooth and soft after the session, especially since the therapist worked meticulously on areas that are usually hard to reach.

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The room had everything for a guest’s comfort – shower area, comb, mirror and even hairbands (a lot of people forget to bring hairbands when going for spa/massages). The bed had a heated blanket so I was warm and toasty throughout the session. It’s in these little details that I think Urban Retreat shines, because it shows how much thought they’ve put into ensuring a guest’s comfort.

The body polish session was followed by a 30-minute back massage to undo tired knots: we all need this once in awhile, since most of us are always hunched over our desks at the office. My Thai therapist, despite her small size, was extremely strong, delivering powerful strokes to reach deep into the tissue. Well, as they say, no pain no gain – but if you’re sensitive to pain, always communicate with your therapist. 😀

For those looking for luxurious and pampering treatments, Urban Retreat Onsen Spa comes highly recommended. Not only will you get to experiencing bathing in Malaysia’s first private Japanese onsen, their range of treatments are excellent as well, as is the warm and professional service.

URBAN RETREAT ONSEN SPA 

 Lot 2F-02, Second Floor, 163 Retail Park, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11AM – 10PM (daily)

Bookings: 017-8814486

Website 

 

**erisgoesto was invited to Urban Retreat Onsen Spa in exchange for an honest review. Views here are entirely my own.

I Went for Laser Eye Surgery

It started off with a black spot at the bottom left corner of my right eye.

At first I ignored it, because I thought it was a regular floater –  common among people with advanced myopia (short-sightedness) like myself. But as the weeks went on, the spot slowly progressed to a bunch of cobwebby strands, which flew across my field of vision,  especially in daylight or against a backdrop of white.

Of course, I did what everyone would do in this situation: I went on Google. There were a few possible outcomes, but the most serious one was retinal detachment (where your retina becomes detached from the back of your eye wall, causing blindness).

Me being me, I freaked out and started playing the worst scenarios in my head. I immediately scheduled an appointment with an eye specialist, Dr Ranu. His clinic is always filled with patients because it happens to be the only eye specialist in Puchong – a township of close to half a million lol. Got there early, had my pupils dilated and then finally got checked. I was crossing my fingers and toes, hoping that he’d tell me there was nothing wrong, but unfortunately, there was.

“You have a small hole in your retina,” he said. My heart sank to my feet. Thoughts flitted through my mind – I’m going blind. I will never be able to game anymore. I will never be able to look at Jepp’s glorious fat body and his shiny fur anymore. I will never be able to see the beauty of nature when I go travelling anymore. My life is over. 

But then the doc reassured me that it was quite a common occurence, and not to worry. I could leave it, since it was a small hole, and hope that it won’t progress to a tear. The other solution was to do a barricade laser surgery, a minor procedure which would create scars around the hole, thereby sealing it (like how you’d seal a wound). But it would cost me over a thousand bucks, which I wasn’t sure the insurance would cover.

I went home, and my parents promptly freaked out (my mum, mostly. You wonder where I picked it up from, lol). After discussing it with them, we decided to go for the surgery, and try to claim it back from insurance later, or else, I’d pay my dad back in installments since I didn’t have that much cash on hand.

So later that night, it was back to the clinic. The surgery actually took less than 15 minutes and involved me just looking at a flashing laser machine. It didn’t hurt, but was definitely very uncomfortable as the light was very bright and I could not move my eye for fear the laser might point in the wrong direction.

Once it was done, I didn’t feel any different and the doc said I could even go back to work tomorrow (aw, I was hoping for a break :x) but that I had to come back for a follow up the week after. I just felt relieved that the hole was sealed, and I hope there won’t be further complications. I never realised how much I relied on my vision until after the morning check up, when I couldn’t see sht (they dilated my pupils and it took four to six hours to get back to normal). With blurry vision, I couldn’t watch TV, or go on the computer, or even look at my phone or read, which left me bored out of my fking mind since I’m constantly reading/doing something.

I have to take better care of my eyes. No more reading in bad light or playing with my phone before bed time!

I feel super grateful to my parents for being there for me. Love you, Mi and Pi.  ❤

Trampoline Jumping at Jump Street Asia, PJ

If you’re bored of going to the same ol’ malls every weekend, here’s a suggestion: go trampoline jumping. 

At Jump Street Asia in Section 13, Petaling Jaya, both adults and children alike can work up a good sweat while having loads of fun, with hundreds of their interconnected trampolines and obstacle courses housed within a factory building.

And if you thought it was only for kids, think again. A good 10 minutes on the trampoline is equivalent to the cardio you get from a 30min jog – minus the impact on our joints!

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I came here twice in two weeks; one for a media challenge, and the other with my brother over May Day weekend. Jumping sessions are by the hour, which was more than enough for us to get our heart pumping. If you’re an amateur, no worries as they have staff on site to give you a quick 10min warmup + basics.

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The place is massive, with five different sections. The Cage is for children below 110cm, while Foam Pit is where you can dive into soft foam from a platform or from trampolines. Slam Dunk features three lanes of basketball hoops, there’s a Dodgeball Court and the Main Court which is the general trampoline area.

After an intense workout, one can then head on to the Cafe upstairs for some drinks and food.

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Cool graffiti sprawled on the walls.

They have locker facilities (RM4 for two hours), toilet but no shower.

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Kids area.

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The High Performance area features Olympic-spec trampolines with extra bounce, so it’s recommended for jumpers that are more advanced.

DodgeBall Court is fun when you have a big group of friends along, or if you’re willing to play with strangers. A judge will be on court during the game.

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Be aware of your own capabilities! I thought I could do this air bag thing, which I did, but almost broke my foot in the process when it snagged on that little concrete space between the bag and the trampoline lol.

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The Foam Pit was really fun. You can either launch yourself from the trampolines, or from the elevated platform. Doesn’t look that high but when you jump into the soft foam, you really feel the drop. The foam is squishy and hard to get out of so it works your muscles when you’re trying to ‘swim’ onto the surface.

Also, beware of annoying jumpers who hog the platform. I met this family of kids who went on so many times without allowing others in line to play, and the staff did nothing to stop them. In the end I got fed-up and just jumped from the trampolines instead.

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Scoring a hoop while stationary seems hard enough; try jumping on a trampoline while at it!

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Overall it was a really fun experience and more interactive than just jogging or going to a gym. If you’re an advanced jumper, you can even do various tricks and stunts on the trampoline, like backflips. I’d recommend going on an off-peak period though coz it gets crowded on weekends with screaming children, and you might have to wait your turn to go on some trampolines.

Prices: RM22 (off-peak); RM27 (peak -weekends, public holidays) – same price for children and adults

JUMPSTREET ASIA 

8A, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone: +603 79691051

Opening hours: 10am – 9pm; 10pm on weekends

Staying Awake Through Brain Surgery

*First published on EFY.com.my on April 17, 2016 

Going through brain surgery sounds scary enough. But what if you could choose to stay awake during the procedure?

We speak to Sunway Medical Center consultant neurosurgeon Dr Syed Abuddlah Al-Haddad on the benefits of awake brain surgery, and why some patients choose to go for it.

The Experience

We’re seated in a small room at Sunway Medical Center, where a video of awake brain surgery is being shown.

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The patient is Syed Laeeque Hussain, a Pakistani national working for the Iranian embassy in Malaysia. He had an eight-cm tumour in the frontal lobe of his brain, which was causing him speech problems.

The video showed that for most of the procedure, Syed Laeeque was awake and aware of his surroundings.

A team of medical experts – neurosurgeons, speech therapists, neurophysiologists, neuroanaesthetists – were all on hand in the operating theatre.

While neurosurgeon Dr Syed Abdullah Al-Haddad worked on removing the tumour, speech therapist Cecilia Santiago ‘tested’ Seyd Laeeque during the surgery.

She showed him photos on a tablet, got him to name places and things, string sentences together and sing a song. He even spoken in Urdu to his family through video call, and was asked to move his fingers, count, raise his arms and feet – all while his brain was being operated on.

It was a fascinating insight for members of the media, but it must have been surreal for the man himself as he sat next to his neurosurgeon and watched the video of his own operation with the rest of us.

Though, judging from his broad smile, Syed Laeeque is just thankful to have a new lease on life.

“It was my own decision. I didn’t want to take any risks, and I felt this was the safest way,” he shared when asked why he chose to get awake brain surgery.

“I knew what was going on, I was counting and doing everything they asked me to. After the surgery, I went back to normal without loss of personality and recovered well. I’m just grateful for this second life,” he said, beaming.

Awake and Aware

Brain surgery is often fraught with dangers. When you’re operating on something as delicate as the brain, which controls the core of our functions, one small misstep could have disastrous effects.

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“Tumours can be located in sensitive parts of the brain. The last thing you want is to tell the patient that a surgery is successful but they are unable to talk, move or do a lot of things,” said Dr Syed, an experienced neurosurgeon who has over 28 years of medical practice abroad.

The whole point of having awake brain surgery is to reduce the risk of such things occurring, as well as lessen harm from complications; or in rare circumstances, death.

While less common in Malaysia two years ago, Dr Syed shared that it has picked up in local hospitals.

The surgery is usually done for tumours or lesions in the sensitive parts of the brain, namely those controlling speech, motor movement, sensor, memory, visual and hearing.

As they can monitor any complications in real time, awake brain surgery can help to prevent long term complications and subsequently save on hospital stays.

Dr Syed highlighted that one of the things often missed out in medical journals is the patient’s sense of autonomy. “Surgery is a daunting experience as you have to rely on experts, doctors and therapists to look after you.”

“In awake surgery, I could even ask the patient during surgery as to what he or she wanted to do with a specific complication,” he revealed.

He shared an experience operating on a patient who had a tumour located in a part of the brain that controlled motor functions.

“Halway through, the patient told me that he had difficulty moving his arm. I looked at my operative field and the tumour was still there, so the question was, what do I do? If I left it behind, the whole procedure would be for nothing,” Dr Syed recounted.

He decided to ask the patient, and got a resounding go ahead. Later on, Dr Syed vividly recalls the patient’s words – that he was grateful for the chance to make his own decision to determine his own future.

However, awake brain surgery is not for everyone. Patients who are agitated or unable to lie still are ruled out, as the procedure requires them to be still for four or five hours. Those who fall asleep after a few minutes are not eligible, as they need to be continuously assessed on their speech and motor functions throughout the operation. As tubes need to be placed into the patient’s airways before and halfway through, those with large body sizes are also not suitable.

Not all tumours can be done with this surgery, such as those located in a painful part of the brain such as vascular tumours, ad those adjacent to the dura, as it will stimulate pain fibres and cause significant discomfort.

Before they get the green light, patients have to go through an extensive preoperative assessment that includes an examinatino of their history, MRI, Dti and spectroscopy.

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Most of it also came down to mental preparation. “It’s a big psychological burden for the patient. If things happen, such as massive blood loss or weakness in motor functions, they will know immediately. It’s not something you can just share with people as it’s not very common,” he added.

Both doctors and patient agreed that family members and a support system was very important in recovery.

Syed Laeeque said that he was thankful for his wife for struggling through the days with him. “Initially during the first month after surgery, I still had issues with my motor movements. I took a teacup in my hand and went to the washroom with it without realising!” he laughed. “Dr Syed assured her that I would eventually recover and go back to normal.

Santiago agreed, saying that the patient’s family came with useful information that the doctors could work with and ultimately help the patient out. “Counselling and support beyond the operating theatre is important,” she stressed.

 

Binging

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Food has always been my greatest hurdle when it comes to being healthy.

I don’t mind working out, but it’s so hard to control what I eat – especially when the fried, the fatty and the sugary stuff are always the ones that taste the best.

Since I started work, I’ve turned to food as a means to relieve stress. This was why my weight ballooned to 76kg in the first place. Once I quit my old job, I got it down to 68  – still some ways to go, but an achievement all the same. I work out at least three times a week, but food is still a struggle as I’d sneak in a couple of snacks here and there, and way too often: causing my weight to plateau even after months of working out.

This past week has been really hectic, and I’ve gone back to that dangerous habit of binging. I’d grab McDonalds for breakfast, get some carb-loaded mixed rice and fried chicken for lunch, and then roast pork and instant noodles for dinner. And then I’d work out out of guilt.

I know this has to change. I need to find a stress reliever that isn’t food. I need to rewire my brain to tell itself that ‘reward’ is not a giant bag of potato chips. I’m 25, and we all know the body’s metabolism and functions all go downhill from here.

If I’m to start living healthy and changing my lifestyle, it has to be now.

Jom Botak 2.0 – Bald for Cancer

Would you part with your hair in a show of support and solidarity?

It was already hard enough for me to chop off my long hair to my current length, so I admire the courage of these individuals who came together for Jom Botak 2.0 – Bald for Cancer –  organised by the National Cancer Council of Malaysia in conjunction with their twentieth anniversary. The event was followed by a night marathon with cancer survivors, where more than 5,000 participants took part.

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I was assigned to cover the event, which also attempted to break their own record ofMost Shaved Heads in a Day that they achieved in 2012 with >300 people taking part. Sadly, this year they failed – but 167 still turned up despite the rain and muddy field.

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It was heartening to see that people from all races and ages came to take part – and there were a lot of ladies in the crowd as well!

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I spoke to dance coach Liew Mee Peng (left), who parted with her waist-length hair as a pledge to her students and friends, some of whom were battling cancer. Her story is an inspiring one.

“As a dance coach, my job is to motivate and encourage others. I have seen some of my students who have suffered cancer and are traumatised as to whether they will ever be the same again, even after treatment.

“For those who have undergone chemotherapy or lost a lot of weight as a result of cancer, I know it is not easy to look in the mirror. Which is why I promised my friends that if I can do this, they should come back and join my dance classes,” she said.

I wondered if I would be able to do the same if I were in her shoes.

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Brave lady Nurhidayah Zainal, who shaved her head to show her support to her friend’s child, who is undergoing treatment for cancer and battling for his life.

I had family members who have passed away from this disease of the 21st century – and I know how much pain and suffering both they and their family go through, so it’s good to see people coming together to show their support and donate both their hair and money for the cause.

Would you go bald for cancer?

 

 

Do You Like You? – Perceptions of Beauty and Self-Image

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Cute? Wait til you see how the foot looks like underneath the wrappings

In ancient China, women bound their feet in an elaborate and painful process since birth, breaking and re-breaking the toes so that they form perfect ‘three-inch golden lotus feet’ – a mark of beauty, grace and wealth.

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If this isn’t painful, I don’t know wtf is

In Victorian times, English women strove to achieve the ‘wasp waist’ via corsets, some of which were tightened so strongly that they would break several ribs in the process.

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But no matter….. all in the name of beauty, right?

I think human beings are imbued with a natural instinct to seek out ‘beautiful things’. Since we first clothed ourselves and started civilisation, our perceptions of beauty have evolved through the ages. What is beautiful in one era, or in a particular region, might not be for another.

The bottom line is people, especially women, have gone to extreme lengths to achieve this ideal of beauty and perfection. I’m not saying men don’t, but in most societies, it is always women – because despite progressing tremendously from being a patriarchal society, we are still deeply-rooted with a caveman-like tendency – where women seek out those who are able to ‘protect’ them. Since most men are visual beings, it is only natural that women will want to look ‘the best’, to beat out competition and secure the perfect mate.

What have we learned a few hundred, a few thousand years down the road? Nothing much has changed. In my opinion, technology and connectivity has only intensified the impossible quest of achieving beauty ideals. If you were a woman in medieval England, your ‘latest fashions’ would probably mimic what the court ladies in London have on – and that was that.

In today’s world, however, we are constantly bombarded with ‘latest fashions’ and images of ‘beautiful women’, which are further manipulated by self-serving corporations so that you will continue spending money on trying to reach that ideal. The fact of the matter is that you are not meant to achieve it in the first place.Case in point? Watch the video below on Photoshopping models.

It is scary that this is the sort of stuff that young girls and adult women are being exposed to everyday, even subtly. The fashion and retail industry thrives on using these images and subliminal messaging, to encourage people to buy their products. From skincare to weight loss, everything is about being beautiful so that you may live a happier life, so that others may like you and treat you with respect, so that you may be more successful, etc.

Anorexia and bulimia cases have been documented since a few hundred years ago, but it is only intensifying today, in this modern age. And you can’t say that media and society’s pressure against its women do not play at least a small part in it.

Growing up, I have always been confused about my self-image. Somewhere along the line, I must have inherited a big-boned gene, because my parents were super tiny Asians and I was, well.. broad-shouldered and chunky. Am I adopted ?  I wasn’t an outstanding looking person either – just your average, bespectacled Plain Jane. Having to grow up among skinny classmates and friends was tough, and being told that I wasn’t thin enough was tougher. Despite being healthy at that time, I was constantly told by (well-meaning but doing it in all the wrong ways) relatives that I was gaining weight, that I shouldn’t be eating so much, etc – just because my body was slightly bigger than theirs. But hey, that’s what I was talking about earlier – about how it is partly society’s fault that we have such fucked up views about beauty these days.

As you have probably read in my previous posts, I gained a lot of weight this past year, which made it even worse because now my relatives can openly chide me about being fat (I was lingering between being average and chubby before). Of course it is hurtful to hear those things. Of course I am pressured to lose weight partly because I want them to shut up. But my main motivation now, as compared to in my teenage years, is that I want to be healthy. Looking fab is a plus. I realised that back when I was of average weight, I was pressured into believing that even though I was healthy, I was not thin. When I was thin, I was pressured into believing I did not have the right skin tone (I’m quite tanned for an Asian), and if I ever became fair from hiding from the sun everyday, I guess they would have talked about something else.

The point is, people will always, always tell you that you are not beautiful enough. The Media will always tell you that you need to be thinner, be taller, be fairer, be skinnier. The point is you should not let them pressure you into hurting yourself or going to extreme measures to conform to a standard of beauty that is impossible to attain.

That being said, the phrase ‘love yourself for who you are’ is important. BUT. It is not an excuse to let yourself go completely in the name of ‘not caring what everyone else thinks’. If you are overweight and at risk of diseases, ‘loving yourself’ should be hitting the gym and losing the extra pounds so that you can live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

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By the way, I was at a clinic for my dermatitis treatment the other day, and what inspired me to pen down these thoughts was basically this poster, which had a model with an impossible waist. She looked like she was going to snap into half if the wind was a little stronger. And this was at a professional health and cosmetics clinic, so I felt that they could have given a better message. This is what women walking into the place strive to achieve by spending thousands on cosmetic treatment, and then feel bad about themselves when they can’t achieve the impossible. But until the day that society itself realises that we are not perfect and we will never be, our women will continue puking into toiletbowls, going for skin whitening, starving themselves, all in the name of beauty.

Week 9 – 5.6kg

Hi guys! I haven’t posted a weigh-in a longgg time – mainly because I’ve been busy + a teensy bit embarrassed because my weight hasn’t been going down as much as I thought it should. .___. Sometimes it’s really frustrating that you’re following all these rules to healthier eating – portioned meals, balanced nutrition, lots of water, etc but it doesn’t show up on the scales. Anyway, it’s still amazing that I’ve lost this much in a short time, considering that I’m almost in my mid-twenties now and my metabolism is slowing down.

Since then, I haven’t even lost one kilo. In fact, I gained weight again because that was my grandma’s birthday week and I went for a holiday so I didn’t control my food intake. The past couple of weeks, my weight has been fluctuating. Last Monday, I went for my weekly weigh-in and breathed a sigh of relief that I finally seem to be moving in the right direction again.

I initially started off weighing 76.3kg (168lbs). For a 1.61mtall person (about 5’3), I was definitely obese. Now I don’t mind being slightly tubby, but I was really unhealthy. My body fat, which should have been 16% at healthy levels, was a whopping 40.1. That’s almost three times than normal. It wasn’t a surprise then that my heart felt like exploding every time I climbed a flight of stairs. And because I used to be athletic in high school, my muscles were ‘solidly built’ – meaning that the fat would have burrowed right underneath them, making it harder to lose weight compared to really obese people. To break that down, apart from proper nutrition, lots of exercise. Which, I admit, hasn’t been easy squeezing into my busy work schedule.

When people say that ‘fat is a choice’ (discounting those born with genetic problems, etc)… as far as the saying goes, I believe in it. At least in my case. I was once a slim, lithe and athletic person in high school. I played basketball and Taekwondo. But then I sprained my back muscles during practice and dislocated my backbone (ouch!), and was bedridden for two months. It wasn’t the same after, coz I couldnt’ play such high-intensity sports anymore. Then I let myself go by stress-eating…not even attempting to exercise at all, making unhealthy food choices… and winded up where I am today.

Just like I believe that sometimes, people choose to be unhealthy, the inverse applies.  WE make the choice to be healthy. Right now, I am making that choice.There are times when my willpower weakens, when I want to stuff my face with fried food and doughnuts and whatnot, but that is where moral support plays a huge part. I’m glad that I have supportive coaches, family and friends. It’s hard to do it on your own.

Anyway, I’ve been rambling a lot haven’t I? Back to the topic at hand… my latest weigh-in clocked me in at 70.7kg (156lbs). So close to falling below the 70 mark!  I hope that by Monday (my next weigh in) I’ll have shed that few hundred grams. So close, yet so far.

Although weight-wise, it hasn’t shown much improvement, I’m still happy because there has been a significant drop in my body fat percentage (1 percent! That might seem like peanuts, but that’s a lot to me.) Which means that I’ve lost 2.6 percent of my fat.. just one step closer to 16 percent. yey. Water… needs improvement. It’s hard to work when you drink so much water and have to constantly pee. My boss might think I’m slacking off. I do try to drink lots of liquid while in the office, but I cant’ do so when I’m out on assignments… I can’t be always looking for a toilet while interviewing people, can I? Visceral fat hasn’t dropped.. but still an improvement from the previous 8 to 7. And finally, inner age has dropped from 49 to 45. Whoop! I’ve gained a whole four years of life.

Do you understand how significant that is? When I was first told that my inner age was that of a 49-year-old woman, I almost died then and there……. Okay I didn’t, but my heart sank from the thought. My mum is 55, and here I am, her daughter, physically 24 but only a couple of years behind internally. As much as I whine about stuff, I like living. Life has a lot of things to offer. I want to live to a ripe old age and gain lots of experiences before I clock out. It was that moment, when my coach told me that I was 24 going on 49, that I really decided to change. 

It hasn’t been easy, but I’m gonna continue working til I get back to my own ‘age’.

Anyway, if you’ve been wondering how my nutrition plan is. It’s not for everyone – coz I know some people don’t believe in eating supplements and stuff – they’d rather just go for plain ol exercise and healthy eating. For myself, I take Herbalife Nutrition Shakes for breakfast and dinner, everyday. Without fail. It is costly. The three month set of shakes and protein cost me RM2,000. But I believe in it, because I have seen results. The way I see it, the shakes have helped me to stave off hunger while providing me with the nutrients my body needs, and I don’t have to worry about prepping breakfast due to my busy schedule. It suits my lifestyle, but understandably, not everyone’s.

The point of this post isn’t to promote to you stuff, but I just felt like I should mention it since people would be wondering how I came to lose weight. Of course, it would be impossible to drink the shakes, then gorge on fried chicken and salami during lunch time. (doesn’t work that way!) It has to go hand in hand with eating healthily, plus exercise.

I’ll be glad if you can share with me your weight-loss/healthy lifestyle tips in the comments section below, and hopefully this story has helped to inspire you a little if you’re planning on losing weight.:)