New hair. Again.

June 7, 2013  |  Life  |  No Comments

Short is addictive.

Once you go short, you just wanna keep cutting and cutting and trying new styles. I decided to go really japanese and the brightest shade of brown I could land my hands on.

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This is a picture of me just before I flew over to California ;) Loving my galaxy leggings.

A blogpost on my Cali trip will be coming up soon. Sorry for the lack of updates, I have just been overwhelmed by all the stuff that has been happening to me in my life. Trip to Cali, work, friendships, relationship, working out, intermittent fasting, startups etc etc.

Still surviving, and all’s good. I just need to find my groove back. And it will be soon :) Shall end off this quick entry with a close up pic of my hair. Cindy (my hairstylist) has done an awesome job. Love her.

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Promise to get my next blog entry up ASAP!

Cheers
Dionis


Intermittent Fasting Progress Updates! (4 months)

April 15, 2013  |  Getting Fit  |  No Comments

I know this post is super duper like overdue but I’ve been so busy the past couple of months that I haven’t had time to look into the blog. So sorry for the lack of updates!

Nonetheless, I am very excited to be sharing my results and progress in this entry. Interesting results…

My Weigh In:

Date: 24 Nov 2012
Weight: 52.8kg
Waist: 27.3″
Hip: 36″
Arms: 10″
Thighs: 20″
Date: 24 March 2013
Weight: 53.7kgs
Waist: 26.5″
Hip: 35″
Arms: 10″
Thighs: 20″

 

Yes! I’ve put on weight haha!

But the interesting thing is that everybody around me is saying that I am looking skinnier. I’ve also shrunk in terms of measurements, mostly around the waist and hips. Thank goodness I took some before and after pictures so I don’t feel so neurotic about the weight gain.

I actually did balloon up to 55.5kg one day and it freaked the hell out of me. I know, I’m a slave to the scale but I’m trying.  Really! It took me about a week or so before my weight came back down to the 53 range. Anyway check out the arms.


Top row: Taken on 24th Nov 2012 | Second row: Taken on 24th Mar 2013

Although the measurements on my arms are the same, they look more toned, especially the area of flesh underneath the armpit. I was really surprised when I put these two pictures beside each other. Great sense of satisfaction :)

 Left: 24 Nov 2012 | Right: 24 Mar 2013

My back looks significantly better now and I was really amazed by how my waist was starting to get defined. It was almost as if those core exercises developed muscles which pulled the waist inwards. My butt is also less saggy now compared to 4 months ago. Squats baby, squats!

Picture on the left is taken on 24th November 2012, while the right is taken on 24th March 2013. I managed to shave off a layer of fat to reveal some nascent abs. All the dieting and exercise is starting to show some results!

My diet has been pretty consistent: I eat between 12noon and 10pm everyday, I make sure my calories don’t go above 1400 per day. I try my best to eat cleanly and focus on consuming protein.

Exercise wise: I do weight training 3x a week and incorporated a 10-12 minute HIIT session at the end of each session to drain my body of glycogen.  On non weight training days, I try to go either for a HIIT session, LISS session of either a 40 min run or swim, or sprinting intervals in the park. I rest around 1-3 days a week

My body is still work in progress. I would love for quicker results but it seems like my body is very attached to the fats. Afterall they’ve been with me for more than 20 years. Can’t wait to check in my progress again in the next 3 months.

On a side note, I went for my first 10km run on the 7th April 2013. I’ve never ran more than 6km in my life, like ever. I don’t know what came over me, but I decided to sign up for the run. I survived to tell the tale and here are my results! (click to expand)

I completed the run in 1:09:51:63! It was one of the proudest moments of my life because 1) I never thought I would ever finish a 10 freaking KM run. 2) I completed the race relatively fast for a first timer. I really have to give a pat on my back. It was through this race that I realized that I wasn’t actually as unfit as I thought. Training works! :):)

I don’t think I would ever become a marathon runner though, I am not that into long runs, but it would be nice to partake in one or two of these races occasionally for the jerseys hah!

Had fun doing up this progress entry, once again, sorry for the lack of updates, will try to step up on it!

Till the next entry,
Dionis!


New year, new hair.

February 2, 2013  |  Ramblings  |  2 Comments

I’ve always had long hair almost all my school life except for that one year when I was in Primary 3 and during high school time because of our strict school rules that only allowed hair to be 3-5cm below the ear. The moment I graduated from high school, I started growing my locks and have kept them beyond shoulder length for the longest time that I can ever remember.

This year, I decided to take the plunge and snipped off all my locks just before my Hong Kong trip. Hence in the Hong Kong entry, I was spotted with hair slightly above the shoulders. People have been asking me why I decided to cut off my hair. Did I undergo some kind of trauma? Nah, I’ve always wanted to do the short hair look but I never had the courage to. The ex also preferred long hair, so I never had the motivation for short hair..

Now that I am single again, I find myself with a lot of freedom to do the things that I want to. And so on a random friday afternoon, I took me to the hairdresser and told her to cut it all off.

Here is a picture of the transformation:

The entire tail-end of my hair was bunched up and snipped off in one motion. My hair was later collected by my hairstylist to be donated to the cancer society to make wigs. At least I know that I’ve done something good with my hair and it felt pretty meaningful to me.

I probably saw the cutting off of my hair as a symbolism of a new start to the new year. And since I’ve lost a bunch of weight or rather toned up quite a bit, I can finally wear short hair without hearing my hairdresser go, “Aiyoh, your face is too fat la, it is better that you have long hair.” I know, I know. I’ve had mixed reviews of the first cut though, people were receptive to the cut except for a few who generally loves long hair on women.

I was happy with my hair for approximately 3 weeks, nice airy bob and then I decided to cut my hair again just yesterday. This time opting for a bright color and sporting a Victoria Beckham inspired sloping bob….

I really like the new hair as it is so light and refreshing on my head. It is pretty amazing how I now have volume and my hair actually seems more. Although part of me is wondering if it is cause of the increased protein I’ve been eating for my diet. I can’t wait till my next hair cut … maybe a dolly hair style with a fringe across… Hair cuts can get pretty addictive eh ;)

Just a question to end off this blog entry: If you were going for a new radical haircut, which hairstyle would you want to try?

Yours truly,
Dionis


My food and exercise

January 24, 2013  |  Getting Fit  |  No Comments

I’ve been getting some inquiries about the type of food that I eat for my diet as well as the exercise that I do. I try my best to follow the macros for Intermittent Fasting, like high carb-low fat days and higher fat-low carb days with protein being high on all days. I eat practically anything that I can get hold of. For exercise wise, I do 3x strength training a week and try to lock in 2 days of cardio.

Picture on the left was taken at Christmas Party @ Charles‘. That’s me posing with my Popiah. I usually eat everything but I am mindful of my portion sizes. I always believe that we can indulge in a controlled manner. An analogy would be like setting aside $200 for frivolous spending where you can buy anything you like with hopeless abandon as long as it is within $200. This way you feel happy and yet don’t feel guilty.

And so I eat my chocolates, icecream, sweets, potato chips, fries, pizzas, cheese, pork belly, noodles, rice, bread, candy, soda, Milo … I don’t eat them all the time, but I pick the right time to eat. ;)

 Pasta

Just the other day, I wanted to look for some clean food. It was high carb day and so I made a bowl of pasta with peas and sardines. I picked the sardines with the lowest fat percentage. I weighed the wholewheat pasta and made sure I did not overbudget my portion size. Throw in some tomatoes, olive oil and Italian herbs and we get a simple healthy post-workout meal. (Although some might argue that canned sardines are not that healthy but we can always substitute with another protein ;))

Pasta is generally better than white rice and bread because our body takes a longer time to break it down and we don’t get as much of an insulin spike when we ingest pasta.

Cottage Cheese

I eat a lot of cottage cheese because they are low fat (pick the low fat variants), low carb but high in protein. The fitness industry calls this the bodybuilding food.

1/2 cup (125grams) of cottage cheese can give you about 15grams of protein in a day at a cost of only 100 calories. I like to eat it on its own, or simply mix 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of blueberries and 1-2 teaspoons of sesame seeds. This combination is absolutely delicious, you guys should try it!

Big Breakfast

My version of a big breakfast looks like this:

A bowl of K-Cereal, low fat milk, blueberries, 2 eggs (I eat only 1 yolk), sliced cucumbers, 1 tablespoon of bean dip and aioli and green tea to drive up my metabolism. Clean food that costs 600 calories. This is a great meal for my work out days and super easy to prepare.

Fast Food

Yes, I still eat fast food on diet days but mainly just KFC and Carl’s Junior. KFC is simple, I eat the chicken without the skin and at Carl’s Junior, I would order the low-carb burger without sauce. I could still have the sauce but I thought it was unnecessary calories that I could spend on something else .. like criss cut fries and chicken tenders :P

Exercise

I do strength training 3x a week where I will hit the gym and work with free range weights. I don’t do a lot of machine stuff, maybe 1 -2 exercises like the leg press or lat pull downs. Other than that I can be found pressing, squatting, lunging, deadlifting with dumbbells. I hope to be able to incorporate exercises that involve barbells and other weights once I sign up with a personal trainer. (Yeah I am currently still untrained ;)) I will then finish off each strength training with a 10 minute HIIT exercise to drain the glycogen stores in my body. This way, my body is more primed to tap into the fat stores of my body.

Guys are lucky such that they can drain they glycogen stores just by doing strength training, but we girls need to do this extra step to get the same effect. Oh well, no pain, no gain I suppose.

Just the other day, I was messing around with the Vipr at Fitness First. Pretty good exercise and I felt like I gave my arms, shoulders and core a good workout. I must say that it gets pretty intimidating when you’re the only girl in the weight room of 20 guys but I just focus and blast my music to keep the awkwardness off.

On non-strength days, I simply go for a run in the park, do long walks, or 20 minute HIIT sessions. :)

Thoughts …

It is not necessary to eat extremely clean but it is better to do so as it complements your workouts and helps you get your ideal body shape even faster. As you can see, my diet isn’t all that strict, I don’t eat like this all the time and I allow myself treats. I find that this system works better for me as I mix it up because I don’t find myself bingeing that often and that is very important.

The results may be slower than if I eat very cleanly but I definitely can stick to this diet I’ve designed for myself, and that’s half the battle won.

I am still about 3% body fat off my goals. Hope to be able to reach it soon! :) Here’s a pic of Charlie and I after our grueling gym session. Poulet is absolutely delicious I must say.

Till the next entry,
Dionis


Lei Ho Ma?

January 18, 2013  |  Life  |  No Comments

I just went to Hong Kong and back and I must say that this was a fantastic trip for me. I had a lot of fun in the process and was totally recharged from it. I went with my bestie, Jannis and we decided to do the touristy stuff and see Hong Kong for what it is instead of just shopping and eating as usual. I am so proud of myself that I spent less than S$100 on shopping. A total feat for myself, I must say.

We managed to get a great deal for our air tickets and paid only S$400 for a pair of return tickets to Hong Kong. I also went on to book our accommodations on Airbnb for 4D3N which set us back by only $240. We visited the Big Buddha, Avenue of the Stars, The Peak, Madame Tussaud’s, Ocean Park and my friend’s Raw Food Kitchen – Anything But Salads.

Nope, not much shopping at all. I bought a couple of wishing stones for myself and my friends. I realized that I have been living in a life of excess and this would be good training for me to take it down a notch.

Hong Kong has been great. I got a 3G prepaid card from PCCW Mobile and was impressed by its service. I actually thought that my iPhone 4S wasn’t functioning properly as I had terrible connection back in Singapore. But I was surprised that when I popped the prepaid card in, the connection was f-l-a-w-l-e-s-s. I could get blazing fast connection and reception in the MTR tunnels and the mountainous areas. This really made me reflect on the service I was getting in Singapore.

I know.

Anyway, enough of that. Here are the picture collages from the trip. :)

We took Tiger Airways and floated above the clouds. The clouds looked just like cotton candy and it made us into 2 very happy girls. I looked like I was sponsored by LeSportSac, carrying their hobo, weekender and a deluge of pouches.

We met Noel, my good friend from college days for dinner. He brought us to Causeway Bay where we had “Car Boy Noodles”. 车载面。It is something like the Yong Tau Fu that we have here, we basically pick the ingredients, soup base and noodles that we want from a list and the chef will prepare it for us. Set us back about HKD$60 per bowl. After dinner, we went on to stuff our faces with Hui Lau San, a mango based dessert shop. *burp*

The next day, we made our pilgrimage to Ngong Ping, Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha. I’ve always watched HK drama serials about it, but never had the chance to visit until now. (Yes, I always only ended up shopping in HK)

We took the MTR and bought cable car tickets up the mountain. There was some kind of spring water beancurd dessert that everyone was having. We absolutely had to try it. Beancurd was extremely smooth and nice. We also took the chance to walk around the village and went to explore the wisdom path that had inscribed words on the pillars.

We spent around 5 hours walking around and felt very recharged just being in the area. It was a great visit to the temple! Later on at night, we made our way back to Mong Kok to visit Noel and Callie’s Kitchen – Anything But Salads. They started this really awesome raw movement where they provide delicious nutrient rich raw food.

The food was fantastic! I have never tasted anything like this before and the best part of it all – they were all raw stuff. The sushi didn’t have a single grain of rice and was replaced by parsnip. We had “bacon” that was made from egg plant strips, there were even nacho dips and vegetable chips. Oh and the pizza was lovely, although it was made from vegetables, but it didn’t taste “green”. I could taste the freshness of the ingredients. Basically the maximum temperature that the food can be cooked is at 45 degrees Celsius and all the nutrients are retained in the food. Hence we really didn’t need to eat much to be filled up.

To end it all, we had raw desserts that tasted as good as normal desserts, without all the sinful stuff. I was very impressed by how everything came wonderfully together and was very grateful to have tried out their kitchen. If you guys are in Hong Kong, do check them out :)

The next morning, we woke up early and made our way to Tim Ho Wan @ Sham Shui Po. Tim Ho Wan is a Michelin rated restaurant and everyone who goes to HK must try! The SSP branch opens at 8am, and we wanted to be the early birds to avoid the queue. In the end we reached at 9.45am on a Monday morning but was still pleasantly surprised that we didn’t need to queue. I guess most people were working on a weekday.. so lucky us. The total bill only came up to 100 HKD and we ate around 6 items, including the famed baked BBQ pork bun which was absolutely amazing. *burp*

After breakfast, we made our way to the peak and visited Madame Tussaud’s …

The sights were beautiful and we felt very carefree just overlooking the entire Hong Kong skyline. After a quick tea and hot chocolate, we made our way to Ocean Park to playyyy….

At the end of the day, we went to Tsim Sha Tsui to look at the Hong Kong skyline again and the avenue of stars. It was an action packed day and the both of us were exhausted to bits …

The last day was really spent free and easy where we went to eat the famed steamed custard milk and basically just did light shopping before coming back to Singapore. Oh, and we chanced upon Angela Baby’s cafe and thought that it was quite an interesting concept. We had a tea set for 2 that cost us only HKD$120? Which was like around S$20 for 2 people. It was really affordable but it also made me think if our cost of living in Singapore has shot up so high that I find Hong Kong affordable these days? :s

All in all, it was a great trip. I felt that I really accomplished a lot of stuff and seen quite a bit of Hong Kong this time round. I came back refreshed and ready to fight my battles back home again. Am grateful that I managed to get such a great deal for this short little holiday with my bestie.

Can’t wait for my next one!

Till the next entry,
Dionis