Monday, April 29, 2013

[GIVE-AWAY] Anlene's Gift of Strength (S$30 worth of products)




Yes, we all know exercising and having a balanced diet is the way to go. However, eating clean really requires that extra effort and determination. It's so easy and tempting to reach out for that chocolate brownie or seaweed fries. That happens to me most of the time and I ended up doing some exercises after that to make myself feel less bad. It's a constant battle haha! So really, just eat in moderation, exercise and don't forget your calcium intake daily!

Also, incorporating MILK products into your diet is extremely important as it gives you the calcium you want to strengthen your bones. We all walk, jog, cycle and swim so it's really important to protect these delicate bones! Bone mass peaks by your 30s and we all start to lose mass after that. Without sufficient calcium intake on a daily basis, we are just depleting our “calcium reserves” and run the risk of weak bone health in the later part of our lives.  That's why it's really important to build and maintain bone strength at an early age before you hits 30s! ;)





In the morning before running, I usually have fresh strawberries and oats dipped in a bowl of milk. So so good and I can never get tired of eating that! That is usually my post gym fuel food as well and I like my yogurt with kiwiberries too. If milk is not your thing, fresh yoghurt with fruits can give you the energy as well!



Through the lives of inspiring women, Anlene’s “Stay Strong”campaign hopes to inspire women to stay strong for longer to embrace life, to pursue their passions and to be there for their loved ones.

So when I read about this, the first thought was Why Anlene?

All ANLENE products contain nano-calcium, an innovative ingredient that that is 100x smaller than normal calcium. This helps nutrients get right to the core of the bone, to build it from inside out.

We are all busy people and sometimes it's so easy to forget to consume it. Well, Anlene Concentrate comes in conveniently tiny packs you can enjoy any time. Every pack contains 4 times the calcium of regular fresh milk. And with 3 delicious variants, it’s perfect for getting a shot of goodness at work or in school to supplement your daily diet.

Give-away (20 sets to be won!)


Anlene has kindly offered a give-away to my blog followers so that we can all stay strong together! ;)

There will be 20 Anlene Gift of Strength (S$30 worth of Anlene products) to be won. These products are for females and can be stored in your hand-bags or clutches!

Steps to win!
1) Do like their Facebook page HERE for tips on staying strong!
2) Fill in your particulars HERE & share with them on what strength means to you ;)

It's that simple and the best answers on what strength means to you will get the Gift of Strength! Anlene will be contacting you directly and will send you the gift pack!

Give-away will start on 29 April and end on 3 May (11.59pm)

 

Good luck and let's all stay strong by exercising and eating well! Girl power and fit is the new skinny!

Don't forget to get your Anlene milk products HERE before 3rd May!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The never-ending pursuit of fitness

Fitness is a never-ending pursuit.

I love love it and feel lethargic if I do not sweat for more than three days. I get excited when I see new exercise regimes published and would want to try it. But yet sometimes, I can wake up in the morning and declare to be on strike for a week or so. Such irony. The point is, life is short so do not treat it too seriously, loosen up, smile and love it!

When I first started working out years ago, I treated it very seriously like part of my homework, with a fixed regime to stick to. I would visit the gym on a certain 3 days per week and run on certain days according to the route I mapped out beforehand. I went straight to pump for strength training and combat for some indoor cardio work-outs. Of course, it got boring for me after a while as my body would know what to expect and soon I reach a plateau. I could even predict the kind of music or the next move in the next minute. I felt that I was obliged to work-out because I have slotted it into my weekly schedule, and that made me dread it. Just like housework. So the point is, always have fun and relax. Exercising is supposed to be FUN and not a chore. Of course it's hard to smile during sprints, but do relax and don't take it too seriously! It's really important as once you LIKE it, you will end up incorporating it into your lifestyle and losing weight will come naturally.

Back to weight, reducing the weighing scale figures should never be the objective and it's the biggest misconception out there! Those figures do not really mean anything as a 52kg toned girl will look much better in clothes than a 50kg girl who does not exercise. It all boils down to your diet and exercise regime. Once you start exercising and become fitter, your fat % will drop and be converted to muscle mass. Muscle mass is much HEAVIER so do not be fooled if you see that your weight is stagnant! Also, girls DO NOT bulk up unlike men (unless you are doing it excessively) so do not stay away from weights training. The dumbells and weights are extremely good! It is extremely important to incorporate them into their regime instead of just doing cardio. When I started out exercising, I was about 52kg and felt demoralised not seeing the scale going down below 50kg even after 3 months. However after cutting down my fat mass from 19.2% to 12.%, my clothes fit much much better! I am now fluctuating between 49-51kg and it's good enough for my 163cm height. So do not get demoralised if you do not see a change in the weight figures, just keep exercising and be confident!

The flabbier days at the same weight


Same weight and not so flabby anymore


So really, a balanced diet and exercise regime is the way to go! You do not have to starve yourself or restrict yourself to a strict no-carb diet. I love my food too much to eat oat for every meal. On cheat-days where I crave in to my fast foods or bubble teas, I ended up running an extra round to burn them off. Diets are not effective in the long-term as after a while, your body will crave for more and you tend to binge more in the end. Also, your body need nutrients so it's not healthy as well.

So enjoy the process, you will find yourself glowing and looking toner!
Always remember, weight is not the most accurate representation so do not be fooled by the weighting scale! Love your body, be confident and good health is gold!

For me, these motivators work wonders so just sharing!

1. SUPPORTIVE PARTNER/FRIENDS/FAMILY

Somehow, I feel it's important to have supportive friends or partner around you that understands how you feel and do not call you crazy. Thankful to have a group of friends/ exercise inspirations who work out and motivate me with their regime as well.
Glad to have a supportive partner who doubles up as my personal trainer (as well as partner-in-crime for food hunts!). He inspires me with his enthusiasm for working out and he understands that need-to-exercise feeling after a buffet or  the disappointment by a race timing. Blessed to have him to support all my runs, to share fitness tips with me and didn't call me crazy for joining so many runs or waking up so early on weekends.
(Barefaced and all ready to sweat at 7am last weekend!)


2. SPORTS APPAREL

I will not lie and say "what you wear doesn't matter because it's all in your mind" because to me, it's NOT true. Pretty sports apparel is quite important in my opinion haha! Of course, I can wear a huge tee but I wouldn't be as motivated as compared to donning on a cute yellow Nike top. My sports cupboard is flooded with race tees from various races and bra tops/sports bras/ sports tights/ shorts in various colours and combinations. -life of a hoarder- I have lost interest in online shopping and stopped buying from blogshops for a while because somehow, the items look the same to me after a while. Chanced upon Onemoremile.net and I decided to place my first order! It came prettily in ribbons (SCM's colours) and I'm so so excited!


Look at how cute those tanks are! Dri-fit!


I was so excited that I went to run with it to test-drive it the next day even though I wasn't feeling too well. So sports apparels really MAKE a difference! Wear your favourite colours or slogans.. if you look good, you will feel good!


3. WORK YOUR CORE!

A good core is extremely important for sports and the best way to achieve it is via planks/side-planks/squats in my opinion. Pilates and yoga helps alot too! Somehow crunches or sit-ups are really NOT as effective. I've been doing #aplankaday daily since Feb. Initially, you will find it difficult holding the plank position and it's normal for the body to shake. After doing it daily, you will see a huge difference. I started out with 40 seconds and can hold it till 2-3 minutes right now.





Another way to work the core and one of my favourite fast work-out


4. CROSS-TRAIN

It's important not to have just one fixed exercise though it's the easiest way out. Try something new and you might like it! Yoga, spinning, cross elliptical trainer, running, body combat etc. Not only will you get less bored, it also help to prevent injuries as you do not keep exerting the same pressure on those muscles! I love spinning alot as it burns alot of calories and you get shapely legs plus an abs work-out. Also, time flies very fast because you are having fun as well!


4. OFF-DAYS!




Yes our body needs off-days and adequate time to recover just like our Annual Leaves! So work hard, eat hard and rest hard too!

Credits to Run Society for the tips below, on some recommended practices that are beneficial to your heart without the risk of causing long-term damage::-

1. Demanding, yet short training sessions with alternating rest periods, such as interval training.
2. Circuit type strength training, which helps to strengthen your muscles and elevate heart rate.
3. Training must not exceed four days per week; include recovery days in between to allow time for the body to heal.
4. Train progressively, increasing the number of bouts and intensity of effort gradually.
5. Stop training when you sense extreme exhaustion and do not continue until you are fully recovered.

5. INCREASED ENDORPHINS & CONFIDENCE!

Nothing can boost your confidence like exercise! The endorphins and adrenaline rush instantly make your feel good after a good work-out. When you feel good and fits better into clothes, you will tend to dress up more (and maybe buy more as well haha)!








Thursday, April 18, 2013

Eatplaylove Cafe

Rejoice foodies!
There's a new cafe in town right now - Eatplaylove Cafe



It was Shaun's birthday celebration so we took the chance to check out the one-month-old cafe! We have been celebrating together for a few years and this time round we thought it would be fun to have a Doraemon theme party! However, it was really difficult to find any Doraemon helium balloons, so we bought an alternate blue balloon with Mickey Mouse printed on it! Here's our birthday boy for the evening ;)



Eat Play Love Cafe
28 Aliwal Street, Aliwal Arts Centre #01-07
Tel: 6444 6400
Opening hours: Daily (except Tuesday) 12pm-10pm

Back to the cafe, Eatplaycafe is tucked at Haji Lane beside Arbite Cafe and it's hard to miss this really cute place. I'm reviewing this not because it's my buddy's family business but this is a really whimsical and cosy place that everyone (adults & kids included) will like. It's the perfect place to chill at during weekends with your friends or special other!

Just as the name suggests, you eat, you play and you love! This is not your usual brunch cafe as this cafe is extremely kids-friendly with the many craft & activity corners. Which means that mothers can leave their kids there to play and do crafts while they can dine and watch them! 

So we made our way from Bugis to Haji Lane and here's a mandatory girls shot! Even the red exterior is so pretty which makes a good backdrop for photos :)






The cafe offers Thai infused dishes, western food, soups, desserts and drinks. I would say that it's value-for-money as most set meals were under $15.




Lychee frosty drink


Dory fish 





Here's my yummy spicy beef burger set! Love the beef especially, very tender!
Would love to try the Thai food dishes out next time :)


Dining with my favourite people :)






Evan is too cute and he was so fascinated with the balloon!


There were lots of old school snacks and toys sold at the counter, so high school! Even the cups used were old school metal cups while water is stored in thermo flasks! This kinda reminds me of Coastal Settlement as well.




The biggest surprise that day was the cake that Rene baked! It's a DORAEMON cake and seldom found in stores! We had to keep the secret from him and beside looking super cute, the chocolate cake is absolutely yummy as well!








Love this group shot, best thing that happened to me in Jc!


Here's a virtual tour throughout the cafe! :)
You can DIY your necklaces, bracelets or even a doll!




Also, you can adopt a monster or buy some kit to make your own monkey!!




Check out the poster-filled wall against the tiffany green wall!




Here's the crafting corner for kids and the walls were filled with art pieces and craft work by kids. The charges were $5 per kid for two hours, how affordable!


There were a huge variety of materials like rainbow papers, crayons, markers etc, endless possibilities for kids to show their creativity.


Craft books for reference on the wall


Cute animal stools that kids/adults to sit on!






Wore the $5 black skater skirt from Hongkong's Agyle Centre! It's of good quality just that it's on the short side so I had to skip the heels/wedges.

Mango top // HK skirt // F21 Necklace// Zara bag

Fav Scorpio babes!






We sat all the way till 11.30pm that day and didn't want to leave even hahaha.




Making our way out and will be back soon!!


Priceless friendship and how much we have grown so much together. Group picture of Shaun's birthday celebrations over the years!

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My talented friend, Serene who baked the above Doraemon & Tigger cake has started out her home-based bakery called "The Cream Confection"! The Doraemon cake was about 16" and all 4 of us finished half the cake after dinner because it's really yummy!

The Cream Confection
thecreamconfection@gmail.com 
Quote "eyeletskirt" when ordering for special deals

Get your customized cakes today for your loved ones esp when Mother's day is around the corner!