Keeping Fit and Healthy..

OK ladies.. here is the top three questions I get in my mailbox..
1) What skincare do you use?
2) Is Secret Skin White Kawaii any good?
3) How do you lose weight after pregnancy?
Haaa.. now this blog entry will  answer question no 3!!
Will get back to the rest of the question soon ;)
How do I lose weight after pregnancy? Yes, I know I was super huge during pregnancy, I gained almost 30kg over 9 months of both pregnancy. Hahahaha.. MasyaAllah… Thanks to my husband who’s non-stop feeding me! I’m blessed. He kept telling me.. “It’s for the baby..”  and I believed him.. Hnnshh… Alhamdullilah both my girls were born healthy. And now my issue is the post-baby weight.. Who doesn’t right?? Even Britney Spears and Cristina Aguilera had the same issue.. Hahaha..
*seriously I don’t understand how Gisele Bundchen and Miranda Kerr were able to get back to their pre-pregnancy figure in only 6 weeks after delivery!! That’s very inhumane!! Hahaha..*
Anyway, I believe there are three ways to lose post-baby fat (or any kind of fat)..
1) Exercise
2) Exercise
3) Exercise
Definitely no short cut.. Forget all those slimming tea or drink or pill or whatever. You have to exercise. Period.
And do you know when you reach 30 years old, your metabolism rate reduces by 1% every year?!!
*insert loud cry here*
Here I want to show what motivates me..
I know finding time to exercise is… not easy. With work and house chores and spending quality time with family.. Exercising sometimes doesn’t really get the utmost priority. It always at the bottom of “to-do” list.. and somewhere in the middle of “to-do tomorrow” list. Haha…
I found this iPhone app (yes, whatever works!!) called “Argus”
Here is the screen shot of my day, March 17. This app is amazing.. It can track your steps, like pedometer. It can also document your activities like playing badminton, tennis, cycling, basketball, treadmill and yada yada yada.. you get me, right? It calculates based on the average calories burned during certain activity..
 And it also has reminder of your things that you do everyday that is important to your health like amount of “cup of coffee”, “glass of water”, your weight and lalala..
You really gotta check this out. It’s good to at least achieved 8000 steps of walking everyday. And the most important thing, it is free for iPhone user. Not sure about Android though..
Keeping fit is really important. Even you can’t make it to the gym everyday, knowing that you’ve walked at least 8000 steps everyday helps to keep yourself fit and healthy.
If I have extra time, I make sure I go to the gym. Cardio and resistance workout is important in losing weight and building muscles. If I don’t have enough time to go to my power plate training at BodyTone, I’ll still make time to do some work out at my apartment’s gym. 30 to 45 minutes exercise is good enough to make me drench in sweat.
For cardio training, running on the treadmill is my favourite (no not really, I’m just faking it! Haha..)
I usually do this 20 to 30 mins per session.. Now my aim is to run 3km in 30 minutes non-stop. I’m not there yet. A bit slow but surely, insyaAllah.. Hahaha.. By the way, my husband told me, his training in Russia before requires them to run 3km in 11 minutes. Homaigawdd.. that must be like Rocky style.. (you know, Rocky the boxer!!)
I use this iPhone app (again!!) called C25K (i think it stands for Coach to 5K) which trains you (or me in this case) to be able to run 5K in certain amount of time..
Here’s the screenshot of the app. It makes you jog and walk alternately until you are able to run 5km non-stop.
For me all these app helps to guide and push me to do better every time. The running time is longer every next session and the walking time is shorter..
Weight training / resistance is important in building muscles. No, my aim is not to have bulky muscles, I just want a lean muscles. But why having muscle is important?
That is because, muscle works like the engine to our body. The bigger your muscle is, the higher your metabolic rate.. that means more calories your body will burn. Get it? Thats why having muscle is important..
I’m really not good in just carrying weight. It’s so boring and torturing for me. I like to combine weight / resistance training with cardio, also called total body workout. When I’m on my own, I love to follow the instructor video from YouTube. Yes, hahah.. Everything is available on YouTube nowadays..
My favourite training series are “Catching Fire 30 Days Challenge”
It’s only a 12 minutes exercise but it will be an intense 12 minutes training if follow the workout properly (and that means no cheating!! Haha..)
Go figure..
And last but not least, healthy diet!! As what they say… Abs is 30% made at the gym and 70% in the kitchen..
Or the other way round.. Can’t remember.. Whatever it is.. that saying means diet is as important as exercising..
Try to reduce on white rice / white bread cause the carbs in it are the killers. Take lots and lots of green vegetables, fruits and lean meat for protein supplement.
And for me personally, support from your loved ones and friends are equally important as the exercise and dieting itself. I’m lucky to have healthy conscious people with me all the time. Someone to tell me to stop munching on junk food (it’s the hormones ok!).. to compete with me on Argus (the app, remember?).. who has the higher step count, burned more calories.. It’s all becomes a competition now!! Haha..
Trust me, exercise is addictive, once you’ve started.. You’ll really enjoy it because exercise releases endorphins and that is actually a hormones that makes you happy.
“Exercise releases endorphin. Endorphin make you happy. So, happy people doesn’t kill their husband”
- Elle Woods, Legally Blonde-
Haha..
So, ladies, get your cute butt to the gym or park or anywhere and releases your endorphin.
Stay healthy and keep fit.
And have a happy day ahead :)
XO

Meeting Amenakin

Hi all..

How’s 2014 has been treating you?

Hope everyone is doing great!

I’m oncall today, blogging from maternity OT oncall room right now ;) Please God let me have a quite call today. My plan is to google more healthy recipes to cook at home. Haha.. Yes, that’s part of the new year resolutions!! I’ve been a good girl still (girl??). Attended my gym session regularly. Thank you S for taking care of the children while I’m away!! He has been so understanding and helpful. And keeps me motivated! (P/S I love you, S!)

On the other hand, last week I attended a ‘meet-and-greet’ session with Amenakin. For those who doesn’t know her, Amenakin is actually a Youtuber (is that what you called it?) She has her own youtube channel called Amenakin. Her real name is Amena from the UK. She vlog (vlog = video blog, I think so!)) mostly about muslimah fashion, how to wear tudung, make-up, cooking and also issues related to us, ladies and religious issues as well.

I started to watch her Youtube channel when I wanted to learn how to wear tudung.. Yup, Youtube was my guru! Haha.. To my surprise, I actually like her personality. If you watched her videos, you know she is a beauty with brain, kind-hearted and a mommy too! She’s just a good role model for young ladies out there.

Did I tell you she runs an online scarf business as well?  She designed her signature scarf called hoojab! It’s very simple, practical and covers our aurah. Click here to find out more.

Amena came down to Malaysia last week for a meet-and-greet session with her fans. It was hosted at Food Foundry in SS17, in PJ. That’s Amena. Beauty inside out, masyaAllah!And this is her husband, Mr Osama.

Both of them are super nice and friendly and humble. They have been married for 7 years and this is their first time leaving their children at home back in the UK. And they are still like lovebirds!! And fortunately, our seats were in front of her seat! Thank you Za for dragging me to sit in front! (Yes, that’s Dr Zahilah Filzah of doktorbudak.com) Haha.. Yes, she insisted to sit there. She dragged me! Haha.. and that beautiful lady on my left hand side is NOT Amenakin. But she looked like her (for God sake, I thought she was Amenakin initially!). That beautiful lady (did I mentioned that before?) is MyaZulkifli. She’s a student, model and make-up artist herself. Interesting isn’t it? And to be honest, she does look like Amena!!

Owh, and that empty white chair where Amena was seated before she was stolen by other fans! Haha..

I thought of waiting till the end before snapping pictures with her but OMG, it was too crowded and the rest of the girls didn’t seems to want leave her at all! I had to leave the place considering it was almost 10.30pm at that time and my husband already sent a picture of him and the children having fun at home! Haha.. (Yes, that’s how he hinted me to come back! Funny right? But it works all the time!!)

So, Amena, we shall meet on Youtube again, InsyaAllah!

XO

The Best Birthday Gift!!

This is the best birthday gift ever!

I asked B to sing for me again  and again and again until she got fed up and changed from “mommy” to her name.. Hahaha..

I’m so blessed. Alhamdulillah..

XO

Self-Love Notes

Few more days before the new year!!
I just love New Year resolution!! There is just something about starting a new year and telling yourself “I’m gonna make this year about bla, bla and bla..” I don’t know how long it will last but at least I have my objectives.. and ALWAYS aim high!! Yes, that’s what I always do.. Aim high! Like an old saying…” Aim for the stars, you might end up with an astronaut!” Haaa.. I just made that up! What I meant is.. aim for the best, if you don’t get it, you know you’ve tried your best..!
Or maybe you can say.. “At least niat tu ada…” Hahaha…
There are few things I need to focus this time.. and the most important thing is to slow down the aging process. Not that I don’t want to grow old.. but I just want to grow old gracefully. I don’t want to look like I’m still 19, I just want to look appropriate for my age. Is it too much to ask for..?
Two of the few things I want to do this year, my skin and fitness level!
Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Always make time to exercise.
That’s my new mantra. Health is wealth (except that you can’t buy handbag with health! Haha..) but seriously, your health is important in long term run.. It helps to prevent you from lifestyle-related disease like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease… (that’s the doctor-side of me!!) If you’re not healthy, how can you take care of others. And the perk of being fit, is that you’ll lose all the baby fat.. hello toned body!! This baby fat that clings to my body is killing me… If I gained 5kg after every delivery, can you imagine me after 10 children?!! Haaaa…
And then, comes the skin care part.. the most common question I get in my email, blog, tweeter. The number one principal of skin care is always prevention is better than cure (well, that is applied to medicine too!) So, it’s always better to do something today than waiting for it to happen.
As you get older, you’ll notice you need more ‘maintenance’ than when you were in your 20′s!! I can get away with just basic stuff like cleanser, moisturiser and sunblock in my 20′s.. But now, I have to add serum, eye cream, skin supplement and God knows what!! Hahaha.. Yes, as much I hate to admit, that is the fact. I need all the help I can get.
My favourite serum is the SKII Treatment Essence aka the Miracle Water.
I have been using it for almost 10 years, I still remember my first bottle of SKII, it was in 2003, I was in my fourth year medical school and my boyfriend-now-husband bought for me!! Hahaha.. I was so into it until now.. And yes, I spent my JPA scholarship on SKII Miracle Water!! :D
Favourite eye cream… Haih.. I’m not really sure about that. I haven’t found anything that I’m really fond of. I notice that the skin around my eyes looks good when I have enough sleep (which is rare!!) I still haven’t found anyone sell “enough-sleep-in-a-bottle” serum yet.. So, right now, the search is still on…
And skin supplement.. Currently I’m taking this Secret Skin White Kawaii Collagen which has high content of anti-oxidant and stem cells (I need all the help I can get, remember?)
Yes, anti-oxidant is very important in slowing down aging process, in fact it is very good in preventing cancer. Considering our daily lifestyle is highly exposed to free radicals in the environment, supplement of antioxidant is definitely the answer. You can get yours from here..
Of course there’s also new resolution for my career, mommyhood (that includes reading books for B and T every night when I’m not oncall!!) and being a wife (does a promise not to wear ugly but comfy t-shirt at home considered as a resolution?? Haha..) and probably I should be more consistent in writing in my blog!
OK, enough of my new year resolutions. We have a few more days to go before starting fresh in 2014. I’m soooo in my holiday mood right now. Getting together with family is definitely in my agenda.
Happy holiday to all of you!
May Allah bless us all.. InsyaAllah…
XO

My Lucky Day!!

I have been a Nike person all this while. All my sport attires are from Nike. Unlike my husband.. he’s definitely an Adidas person. But today, I’m a convert!! Hahaha.. I’ve converted from Nike to Adidas!!

Wanna know why… ;) Here’s the story..

This afternoon, I went to The Curve to go to Nike Women there.. Since I’ve been doing some training on my own, I need to buy new socks. That’s all I want!! (That’s what I always tell myself before going into a boutique/shop.. hahaha) Little that I know now there’s no more Nike Women. The shop has been replaced by Adidas Women!! OK, as long as it’s for women.. I don’t mind.. After all, I was just looking for socks.

So, I got this…

Then I saw their sports attire.. It’s all in bright, happy colours.. they have bright yellow, bright pink, bright purple.. OMG!! How can I resist..

So I ended up with these too…

Biaser lar.. pompuan..

Then the salesgirl told me, “Akak, akak dah beli lebih RM300 ni, buleh ambik lucky draw. Akak pilih je mana2 card kat board ni *while pointing at a board in front of the counter* ada amount 50 ringgit sampai 500 ringgit Adidas voucher. Akak buleh pilih satu jer card “

Me: ” OK, ambik jer kan…”

Salesgirl: “Ambik je kak.. RM500 belum ada org menang lagi.. RM300 pun ada lagi..”

Me: OK.. *I took one of the card on the board* saya nak yg ni..

So the salesgirl opened the card that I chose.. “Akak menang RM500!!”

Me: Ah.. Awak jgn main2 dik..

So, she showed me the amount on the card. Sorry I forgot to snap it because I was too excited :D

Yes!!! I won RM500 voucher for FREE!!

*chicken dance*

After that, I happily walked away with this..

Adidas Women Adizero F50 Runner 3 in yellow!! Woot! Woot!!

Hahaha.. I am one happy Adidas woman y’all!!!

XO

Pantang Day 45!!

Acah jer, I only pantang until 44 days!! No day 45!

So, today I’m officially free!!

Guess what I did today?

Running on the treadmill :)

I have to do this.. I can’t be gaining 5 kg for every child I gave birth to!! Kalu anak 10, nak add lagi 50kg ke?? -.-Besides, fitness is definitely an issue. It was quite tiring during my second pregnancy as compared to the first one. I definitely have to work on that.

Dieting is not an option because I’m still breastfeeding. Tasha needs her nutrients. So, compromising her meal is a big N.O. I don’t believe in those commercial supplements that claims you can lose weight. Most probably you’re just losing water. Besides, again I’m breastfeeding, no funny drugs should go into my body. The only option that I have is exercise!! And liposuction!! ;) But I’m scared of any surgical procedure..

So, back to square one.. Exercise!! Dgn hati yg cekal (dan berat and malas!!) I forced myself to run today.. it has been a while since I last run.. Lucky I still remember what button to press on the treadmill :D

I run for 2.87km in 25minutes today!! Yay!

(Somehow I just couldn’t finish until 3km, already half dead by that time)

I cheated a bit. I didn’t run the whole 25minutes, I slowdown on running quite a few times.. or shall I call it “power walk” ;)

So, wish me luck mommies.

Who wants to be my trainer? But you must train with me ok!!

Love, X

Keep Moving..!

Yes, that is true!!

Keep on moving!!

That’s why today, when I got some me-time in the washroom..

I showered, did some online shopping (I bought a handbag!!) and paid my bills from my iPad in the washroom!

Keep moving, people!!

Keep moving..

;)

XO

Malaysia Social Media Week 2013

I can’t believe this!!

Barely Supermommy is nominated in the Favourite Lifestyle Blog for MSMW 2013!!

I have no idea what’s going on, I was googling for some other lifestyle blogs, one thing lead to another and I landed on this page!

*gulp*

What if I win??!!

Then I must write more often.. cannot be lazy blogger anymore! Alaaaaa..

Hahahah..

Guilty Mommy

I went for ultrasound scan for my second baby last week, and to my shock,he/she is underweight and looks small for his/her age. At 33 weeks, the parameters are only at par with a 29 week size baby!! Oh my God!! Have I been a bad mommy?? I know it’s not the end of the world but I guess there are few factors that I would like to share with all of you mommies out there..

Up until now, I’m still breastfeeding Lil B, not regularly but usually at night before she goes to sleep. The nutrition that should go to the new baby might have been taken by the breast milk… Well, I just can’t say “No” when Bella said she wanted “shushu”. She did it with the cutest face ever!!

Besides, I’m not eating very well during this pregnancy, that’s the different between this current and previous pregnancy. I just don’t have that much appetite like before. I just eat for the sake of eating.. Alhamdullilah there was no vomiting or feeling nauseous but my appetite is just so-so. Besides, taking care of a toddler and carrying a baby at the same time is really no joke. Work is as demanding as ever. We moved house, packing and unpacking.. A lot of crazy stuff is going on during this current pregnancy. There was just not enough time to lie down and put my feet up. Husband has been a great partner. He helped me in every way he can but I guess progestrogen really effects your body more as you get older.. It makes you tired and sleepy, it retains water, makes you forget things, stretches your ligaments (OMG!! Thats the worst!! Sometimes I feel like I left my pinggang on the chair when I tried to get up!! Hahahha… Husband comes handy around this time to pull you up without complaining I’m too heavy!! Haha..) My weight gain is good coz my body retains water easily (thanks to progestrogen!! I’m like a sponge retaining water!!) but baby’s weight gain is a little lagging..

My point is.. (not to blame anything here!) I missed taking my multivitamins!! *insert regret face here!*

Don’t get me wrong, I love this hectic life.. I just hate the progestrogen!! Hahah..

From now on, I have to force myself to eat and takes my multivits regularly..

To expecting mommies out there.. do NOT take things for granted. Take your nutritious food regularly, multivitamins. Just do it for your unborn child. No excuse!!’

P/S: Pic credit goes to Hasninuraini Hasan who we met at Pavilion wandering around with her canggih camera. Thank you!!

BFF Get Together

I was out with my BFF yesterday after work (L-R : me, Dr Elly, Dr Rey) it has been awhile since we met up with each other.. work, family and more work delays our get together sessions. It was just a short session cause we only manage to meet up after finish work, around 5pm until maghrib prayer time before rushing home again..

Back at home, I knew there was no more frozen food for B but I just had to meet up with my girlfriends!! It so hard to catch all three available at the same time. So I decided to just let her daddy feed her with bottled food from Heinz! Hahahha… (Hey!! everyone screw up sometimes, right?) Daddy said ok coz he knew I haven’t been seeing my girlfriends for quite sometimes..

Poor daddy had to face all the drama.. Bella refused to take the bottled food. Penat daddy pujuk Bella ngangan mulut nak makan but she just refused!!

Hahahha.. I don’t know who to kesian.. daddy or Bella :D I reached home around 7pm, cooked for B her favourite meal and She’s a happy baby!! Hehehehe…