More Fitness Movies

Nothing beats an inspiring video when you are puckering up to kiss lady fitness on the glutes… 😛  Well, just came across these couple of video’s which I’ll sink my teeth into and have some inspiration rubbed off on the edge of my sweat laden gym towel… 😛

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FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves. (IMDB): MOVIE DETAILS

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FORKS OVER KNIVES

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. (IMDB): MOVIE DETAILS

Movies like these are great for post workout, post shower while enjoying a protein shake and balanced on top of an exercise ball… 😉

Circuit Training

As fitness was always my primary goal, I couldn’t help to sometimes look at the potential weight loss from my exercises.  And after much reading and researching, the clear winner for a fast track fitness programme are good sets of circuit training – the idea is to constantly keep the different muscle in your body activated and the elevated heart-rate results in a good cardio workout.

Although I still need to keep up with my cycling and running programmes to ensure that my muscles for those are kept in good condition, I will see results faster if I keep a frequent schedule of circuit training.

One thing great about circuits is that, you get to mix it up to keep your workouts interesting.  Right now, I’m still quite new at it but I’m going to have to keep a couple of circuit sets in my pocket first to kick off the whole routine.

Here’s a set which I have started out with thanks to Jordan Yeoh’s circuit training video tutorial. (Jordan’s a fitness traiinng and a body-building Guru whom I’ve been following on his blog and FB Page) It certainly helps to get the best ideas from successful fitness experts.

FAT BURNING CIRCUIT

  1. Squat x 20reps
  2. Push Ups x 20reps
  3. Scissor Leg Raise x 20reps
  4. Jumping Jack x 20reps
  5. Jumping Lunges x 20reps
  6. Side to Side Push Ups x 20reps
  7. Cross Crunch x 20reps
  8. Burpees x 10reps
  9. High Knees Ups x 20reps

(Repeat 4 rounds)

I’ll just be happy to finish 3 complete circuits! …well, for now.. 😉

Getting Back to Routines After the Holidays

I seem to always dread breaking routines. Of course I love the holidays and vacations round about the end of the year as well as coming into the new year, followed by Chinese New Year, but I fear the repercussions of breaking habits and routines.

Some people just have it down pat, about how they would work around this.  But when you are like me, a “converted” fitness beginner, you find the challenge in not reverting to old habits of binging and laziness. So hence, my fears would not be unfounded.

But nearing the 15th day of the new Chinese Lunar New Year, the celebrations are just dying down and the clear horizon of fitness and exercise routines can be seen clearer.  I’m starting this next round of carefully planned programme and routines from now.  This includes physical, motivational, dietary as well as supplementation.

The fact that friends and family was asking about how I still had my physical built since I worked out so much, was a good and a bad thing. It didn’t help in cheering me over the holidays but it certainly did gave me the motivation to do it again and this time getting there.

So, I’m starting the conversion with this blog. To be posting more updates on my fitness and activity progress.  This is what I should have done since the beginning, but for this moment, I need all the help I can get, and i guess regular postings will be a good reminder for me to keep it up.

Sunday Wheels is Back!

Wow… this whole comeback thing is great.  A couple weeks ago, I did say I was gonna bring back a lot of my old routines (including blogging, thanks to the reminders of some very persuasive friends and their wonderfully knowing cynical smiles…)

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Well, anyway I ended up psyching myself up for a ride on Sunday!  It helped a bit that I was back on this exercise and diet routine that I started since the beginning of the month.

I was actually suppose to ride on Saturday with Team IR on a newbie ride, but unfortunately, woke up late.  (I know ‘no excuses’, but give me a bit of time while I strengthen my ‘will-power’!)… lol.  Nevertheless, the Sunday ride was on! 

I got out of bed promptly got my bike into the car and met up with Francis in Taman Tun… we started our ride at 6:15am… and made our way to the Curve where we were suppose to rendezvous with a few more friends… but lo and behold, I was surprised when it was actually the special appearance by team captain, Ewan… oops… I haven’t been riding for a while so I expected a good talking-to.  lol… But, there was none of that and it was actually just like old times. 

and I felt good!  great even!  We rode via Sg Buloh up to the Guthrie Highway and took a ride on the motorcycle lane (a famous starting route for weekend riders).  We knew other riders would be around, ie. BJCC as well as the PCC group along this route and 3 of us proceeded to ride to the Ijok exit and there we grouped up with several other riders.

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It was wonderful to meet familiar faces… perhaps the surprise was more on their end as they saw a person who has been missing for quite a while now. Midpoint through the ride, I felt really good.. all the fears about not being able to keep up was unfounded. 

We rode up to the petronas station of Ijok where about 20 over cyclist was gathered as well.  A brief 20 mins stop at the station allowed us to catch up and me to rekindle with old friends about what I how I was doing.

But you’d be surprised at how that small moment just gave me enough spark to light me up inside, getting my motivation back.  A lot of encouraging words was exchanged between fellow cyclists and even just for the fact that they still remembered me and asked about my activities, gave me some really serious motivation.

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The ride back to where we started was filled with lots of happy thoughts and excitement that I was coming back to something i really loved.  And at the end of the ride as I was packing my bike up, thoughts of many more exciting and fun rides to come, filled my head and I was already planning for future longer rides!  Won’t be missing a weekend if I can help it.

Sunday’s ride : Taman Tun – Ijok – Taman Tun
Distance : 92.5km

A New Weight and Fitness Milestone

Today is a big part of my life changing experience.  I have returned back from the dreaded line, crossing from three figures to two figures.  I’m below a hundred kg!!!! Oh my, you guys can’t begin to imagine my excitement to have achieved this new milestone.  That’s a total of 17.7kg weight loss… which I never ever want to be back to ever again in my life!

Happiness is knowing that this time, it’s for real.  Sometimes, I wonder how you don’t begin to appreciate the things you have just like a healthy body and for some people, it’s just so hard to come by.  This is by far the longest I’ve ever been so focused on getting healthy and fit… and I know it’s not ending here.

My goal is to go down to 80kg and even beyond, that’s a loss of 37kg++ of what I initially started out with… Life really can’t get any better when you become so healthy you get to enjoy it with family and loved ones!

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I DID IT, I’M DOING IT, AND I’M GONNA KEEP ON DOING IT, TILL I DO IT!!!!!

On Two Wheels

Should I say I’ve gotten really passionate about the 2 wheel kind of mode of transportation.. Yup, no the kind with big-ass motors but rather foot pedalled power kind… Thanks to my sis who have had the keen sense to try in out in Amsterdam during her stint there, I dusted off my 2 year old yellow 2-wheeler.  Sadly, that mountain bike has seen less than 3 times in action.  So, I happily took it to the repair shop and the very next day, headed out to try it out.

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Safe to say, the wind in my hair, the splashes of dirty water puddle, and the sights that looked so much different as compared from the glass of your 4-wheeled vehicle sparked a new passion.

I was beaming and the wifey could feel that.  So, when I told her that I would take it up seriously (seeing as I was already doing my gym workouts daily in the mornings), she suggested the idea of me getting a better bike.

With my new bike, from BH, I started to pedal for an hour to an hour and half every morning around our home…

The rest was history really.. or rather.. present and future included.  Let’s see where I go from here! 🙂


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Of Calories and Cardio

Ok I’m calorie counting…

Damn, just saying that makes me feel so feminine!  Well, damn it, so what if I am, I know guys who go for facial, so does it really matter if I took a bit of time to make sure I eat right?  Perhaps now that I’ve put it that way, it doesn’t sound too wrong.  Actually there isn’t anything wrong with it.  Challenge whoever of you who says it does.

Yeah, I’ve been on this fitness regime lately… if you’ve not read my last blog entry here!

Well, the calorie thing started when I began having to count how much I was eating… and watching "The Biggest Loser" did strike it in further into my mind and soon enough, all I was thinking was that.. "How can I take less…?"… Mind you, if I’ve never learnt to count before, I sure learnt to do so quickly.

Imagine counting calories in your head, as a "humpty-dumpty" of a waiter stands looming above you staring down at you moving your lips trying to get the numbers right.

Well, after a month, nowadays when it comes to counting calories, I can smugly smile and pretend like I’m an expert. 

Well, when people say it isn’t easy… I think it’s half-true.  It isn’t, of course when you start counting but once you get your subconcious to go a long with it, your body seems to be directed by your subconcious to go towards healthy low-calorie stuffs and move away from calorie laden items.

Wow… did I just sound like a health junkie?  … 😉 I hope I did, cause nowadays, that’s something to be proud about.

The calorie thingy gets strike in further at the gym where the cardio machines all have calorie counters.  Last Sunday (yesterday) I had to endure the push of a mad man, to go for 450 calories burnt in 30 minutes… Well, he broke that barrier… (not to say that I was a virgin on the treadmill lah… hehehe…) but it certainly shown me that I was only held back by my mental beliefs.

Anyway, I just had 2 pieces of 90kcal (each) popiah this morning and combined with a 350kcal lunch of chicken rice (half the rice), a couple of low-cal fresh fruit slices, and I’m already anticipating reservations for dinner…

…safe to say, I think I’m already waist deep in this wonderful form of health awareness… so laugh at me all you like, suckers,… cause I’m in a quest for health!

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"New" Quest for Fitness & Health

If you knew me well, you’d probably heard me saying this a lot of times, and yes, I bow down to your cynical remarks that I’ve been more talk than walk…

Well, the "trend" is back again.  I guess it’s more than just a trend this time.  Where last time, it was about getting in shape and looking good, this time around, I focused on health and getting in the right shape (not just literarily). 

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Yes, a couple of us in the office did indeed sat together putting together an "official" plan of committing ourselves to our very own "Biggest Loser" contest. An activity that would have me put in RM200 every month for 3 months into the contest "pool"… and the end of it, the biggest loser who’s the biggest winner walks away with a clean sum of money!

But, guys, you know what?

That was a wake up call. With dread and fear I started the whole programme having to get proper measurements at the gym. Needless to say, at my current state, the result left me speechless.

That little piece of paper with my results on it is the beginning of lots of physical and mental work!  To me, it’s 70% mental and 30% physical! 

Why mental?

…cause my emotions are mental…
…cause getting myself up in the morning to get to gym is mental…
…cause having a good eating habit is mental…
…cause having the willpower to say no is mental…
…cause visualising being happy with how I will eventually look is mental…

Yup… last time around I did a bit, but not being quite there, I was celebrating my achievement, perhaps a bit too much… Was suppose to have been a celebration of progress rather than of achievement… And then I took the step over the edge and straight down a spiralling slope into a cavernous black hole of denial!

And that’s where I was before now… the denial phase is over…

Here’s where a "second" chance begin…

I did dream about a 6-pack before… It now looks a bit far in the distance, but perhaps it’ll come by soon to be within reach..

6pack…and no, I wasn’t talking about the sinful 6xers above….

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