Monday, January 13, 2014

2013: Reviewing resolutions

Each year, I'll make a list of goals and resolutions that I'd want to achieve/work on over the next 12 months. This year is no different. After all the unexpected changes in 2012, I knew I wanted to do more in 2013.


Career growth has got to be the highlight of the year. And despite an unfortunate incident which left me with a minor case of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, this year has got to be one of the best so far. There's so much more to look forward to in the new year and I just can't wait to share it out.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Unfolding a new chapter

Another 6 more weeks to go and we will be done for the year. Some would be wondering where in the world did all the time went. Yet some would be reviewing their list to see if they could check off as many resolutions as they can before the year ends.

Some of us on the other hand, would take some time out to be thankful of our blessings and to reflect on our year before we start listing down the things that requires more work. I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now and have found it to be really effective, especially when it comes to taking a step further on my past year’s goals.

As much as I had wanted to keep this blog alive and kicking throughout 2013, I’ve somehow manage to not do so for whatever valid/no-valid reasons/excuses. To be honest, it’s been about 3 years of contemplating on which direction this blog should take. After much thought and a whole year spent working towards a career I’m passionate about, I’ve decided to settle (Finally!) on Fitness and Love.

Throughout the next few weeks, I'll filter through the archives and sort out the labels and tags. This blog deserves some spring cleaning to make way for better things to come. Besides, there's so many exciting things to look forward to in the year ahead!

Fingers crossed that this transition will be a smooth one.

Monday, March 11, 2013

2012: Year of Unexpected Changes

Looking back at the past twelve months, I'd say that it was indeed a year of tremendous changes. My 2012 started out with me wanting to achieve more than any year before, and ended with so many unexpected changes.


Traveling is one thing that I'd never leave out of my resolution list. In 2012, I made it a point to cut back on travel miles and went only on super short getaways with the other half to Malacca, Cameron Highlands, and Kota Bharu. Hopefully, we might be able to conquer more miles this year.


There's always something about us and adopted furballs. 2012 was the year we brought home two kittens from the vet's after the cousin said that she wouldn't mind having furballs in again.

And yes, we still have our 2 cats and a blond dog.


2012 was a year of huge career change for me. After speaking to an old friend from the industry, I made the decision to venture into fitness. He sat me down and told me that I'd better get myself certified if I'm serious about getting myself into this career.

And so, I signed myself up for the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer Course and spent my weekends preparing myself for the exam. The best part of the course was getting to know a whole bunch of super awesome course mates and course facilitators. It has been such a privilege for me to be able to spend my weekends going through the module with them. Honestly, their kindness and willingness to share and guide has filled me with so much enthusiasm to achieve more.


Throughout the course, most of us worked really hard to ensure that our time and efforts did not go to waste. Our results were announced in September, and eight of us are now officially ACE Certified Personal Trainers.


2012 was also the year that I started running. Thanks to an old bet to lose 5kg, close friend Jamesie then suggested that we should do our first 5km together. I said yes, and that was the start of our journey to run more miles. Growing up, I never understood how people could find joy in running. Close friend and former room mate of mine use to run during our school days and have always invited me to run along with her. I've always declined, not knowing the joy that it brings. More than a decade later, I somehow found joy in conquering more miles. Ironic indeed.


With the initial intention of wanting to lose a little weight and feel a little better, my eating clean efforts started in late 2010 when I made it a point to add more fresh/healthy foods into my diet and cut out processed food or any junk that's harmful to my body. I've no regrets making such efforts cause I've never looked better or felt more energetic since.


Never in this whole life have I imagined myself working at a commercial gym as a Fitness Instructor, but yeah. It happened. It was really about getting the feel of the job and the industry. 7 weeks of tolerating everything that came with the job, I quit.

Good thing is, I have a new found appreciation towards this job. Truly dedicated professionals are always under appreciated, and the low job entry requirements makes it even worst. Enough said. Basically, I felt that my dignity was at stake and decided that enough was enough.


One of my 2012 resolutions was to be a better person. The main aim was to learn to love a little more, to not sweat the small stuff, to make the best out of everything, and to keep on going even when times get tough. I was quite fortunate to have found relevant books and articles to guide me through. Not to forget also all the wonderful friends who never gave up on me and held my hand through thick and thin.

For those who have always been there, I just want you to know that I'll love you and treasure you always, just like how you have never stop loving and being there for me.


It has always been a pleasure of mine to host and attend warm little gatherings. My brother and I managed to gather some close friends for an early Thanksgiving potluck dinner. We were also fortunate enough to gather with another bunch of good friends for an early Christmas potluck dinner.

Note to self. Must spend more time with close friends in 2013.


On the night our relationship turned 28 months, the Boyfie asked me to marry him. And I said yes. This has got to be the best thing that has happened to me throughout my entire relationship history so far.


Dedicating more time to improve my personal health and fitness has got to be one of the best things I've done in 2012. It wasn't easy, but totally worth it. Not only am I feeling healthier and stronger these days, I look better too. Good news is, I've not gained back the fat that I've lost so far.

More on that later.


And finally, I'm definitely looking forward to achieve more in 2013. The past year was a year of unexpected changes, and I'm really thankful to be blessed with more good than anything else.

May 2013 be an awesome pawsome year for me and the people I love.

Cheers!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2012: 7 out of 10 resolutions done

Exactly one year ago, I've made a list of humble resolutions to achieve. Twelve months later, I've managed to cross out 7 out of 10 on the list. Each year, I'll make it a point to review my the past year and make new resolutions for the new one. And each year, I'll somehow exceed my own expectations and achieve things that I would never in the world thought I'd achieve.


At the beginning of the year, I knew I needed to achieve more in 2012 than any other year before. Never have I thought I'd end up doing what I did. That I shall elaborate more in my next post.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Milestones

The past 7 weeks has been all about the milestones and changes for me. Bad news is, I think I've lost my blogging mojo along the way too cause composing this quick update is getting rather challenging.

Let's start with me celebrating my 24th birthday. The Boyfie brought me out to dinner and we got to spend some quality time together. One thing good about not having a major celebration is that it didn't felt like I've just turned one year older. There were a couple of times when I was asked about my age and I had to actually recall/recalculate my actual age.

Me and the Boyfie made our first trip together to Kelantan for a short break and some good food. We didn't get to explore much this time though.

We celebrated our second anniversary together as a couple in August, and went on a short break to Ipoh and Cameron Highlands for some fresh air. It was such a blessing to be able to take time off and spend some quality time with my love, especially when I had classes to attend on weekends for the past 5 months. Thankfully the course that I was taking has ended and I'm currently waiting for my results to be announced.

As for my aim to run for my first 10km this year, let's just say that I'm keeping it on hold till my knees are strong enough to train for long distance runs. It got injured when I was training for my 5km, and the doctor advised that I should do shorter distances and remain at a comfortable pace.

There's also been a change of direction in my career. I've been recently hired as a Fitness Trainer at a commercial gym and will be starting work real soon. I will also be adding some fitness related updates on an occasional basis.

Let's just hope for smooth sails ahead.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Men's Health and Shape Night Run 2012

Finally completed my first 5km run last Saturday night. It took me about 2 months to train from scratch with a week or two of rest to heal some injuries. Thankfully my injuries were not too bad till the point that I couldn't participate. Let's just say that ice, cool rubs, heat rubs, and hot packs practically became some of my closest friends as the date drew nearer.

Am also very thankful to have friends with running experience, who were generous enough to share some tips and tricks on preparing for the run. Not to forget a colleague who taught me how to ice my knee properly. Much love to you guys if you're reading this.


Close friend James insisted that we need some photos for keepsake.


Here's another photo after the Men's Health and Shape Night Run 2012, complete with goodie bag and a mini cup of Yoplait. Me and James then headed off for some post run supper with the Boyfie.

I also met and caught up an old friend from Outward Bound and a course mate who did the 11.8km run on the very same day.

The experience was indeed pleasant and I have no regrets in making the decision to start running. The whole idea of training correctly for it and completing it feels pretty damn awesome. It is even more fulfilling to have friends and family who are there to support and guide me always.

James got so excited after the run and signed up for his first 10km on the very next morning. He messaged me about it and I signed up almost instantly too. I also convinced my aunt to bring her two kids along for their first 5km fun run.

Here's to training for our first 10km in October!