• The Iron(man) Beauty

    Almost sound like a name for a new bike –?Nah..

    Just toggled my mind over a few things this afternoon (GST was one of it). But I thought I’d share this one –> Ironman. I have completed only 1 Ironman distance when I was still in my 20s, but the memory of it still lives on. The combined effort of planning and commitment level outputs a great result (no matter what the finishing time is/was).

    Preparing (starting from a rough (almost) unreadable sketch of the ‘blueprint’ when I first started having the hint of wanting to complete the event, to the drilling down of plans (oohh I love training plans), and how it fits in my life schedule (then). Next to the logistics of training, taking in races as prelim to the big day, counting down … all the way to actual event week. Suddenly all which happened before falls into a distance past, and its down to you and the finish line to make up the distance. Of course, the desire, passion, knowledge and endurance which you’ve been training all this while comes into blended juice for the mind, body and soul. On the outside, your supporter; family are friends are there to cheer you on, while your training buddies/rivals or foe are on the same track , hopefully to motivate everybody to make that home run a reality..!

    To some Ironman athletes, whatever preparation they’ve done is essential and a great assessment to their readiness for the event. For some, the experience through out the 140.6miles speaks volume not only for the ‘homework’ and ‘revision’ they’ve done. They need and they desire to pass the test, by hook or crook. I find it amazing the different stories I’ve heard, and with the finishers I have met– got kissed by the jelly fish, heel/feet bled throughout the race thanks to the stones weighing down the buoy throughout the race course, or even a bad tummy just right before race start. Its no joke, especially when you have a grueling 226km to cover ahead of you, body + soul !! To the survivors, the fighters and the determined — whatever staged before and during this event, is in a way a reflection of who you (really) are.

    Life principles and values don’t change drastically, and this can be seen through all our actions , including how we respect the distance, and the be humble towards the ‘fighters’ and ‘survivors’ before us. Their experience(s) speak for themselves. And to a certain extent, their results.

    Results (especially the ones above average) can be double edge sword– depending on how you would like to look at it. Previous performance could call for a better and more serious training and effort to roll-out a better result. Some Ironman triathletes use their performance and experience to encourage fellow tri-buddies and newbies to take on the challenge, and perhaps offer more than 1 useful tip for training/race.

    Hate to say this, but some make boasting their past achievements as a full-time hobby. Worse still, if its used for conversations goign along this line ‘Who’s who/ Who are you?’. I’ve heard stories from friends about this and unfortunately this is a reality.

    Some take the back seat, and will mostly talk on their drama-filled experience training/racing for the big event – no matter what the result was. Result is secondary. In the end, how you ‘make up’, and continue your life and flourish your relationships with the people around you is not dependent on the timing result boldly printed on that finished cert. It can be a source of motivation/inspiration for others (and even yourself when you really need it). But Ironman is simply beyond that..

    Somebody recently told me that I’ve to let go my Ironman memory (well , there’s only 1!)..And I agree. What I want to re-live are those positive take-aways from that experience. The whole principle and value thing I was talking about in previous para. 13:42 .. there are plenty out there who’s done (and will do better) than timing. Its not a comforting entity which will take away life’s turbulence/tests nor it is a saviour in times of need.  Nor will I use it for a cheap selling point for myself. There’s plenty more than just this if only we can take a step back to see the overall picture. Same thing applies when you do other performance sports, its how you survived, on and on !

    True Ironman = Real survivor = Rolls through rough patches and ground just like a Toyota 4Runner and like a Jeep Wrangler if submerged. Only exception with us human, we are better !! -missjewelz, April 2015-

    Just me,


    p.s. wishing all the best to all taking part in Sabah Adventure Challenge and Time Putrajaya 70.3 this weekend. Have a safe and fun race ! I have a special announcement to make tomorrow, especially to those heading to Putrajaya this weekend. Please log on tomorrow afternoon for the news !

    I’ve compiled a listing of events remaining for this year, please click here, and scroll right to the end until you see the list . :) Adios !

  • Without You

    Stumbled on this tune recently and got hooked right away. Melodic,easy with a John Lennon-ish feel throughout . Think ‘Imagine’. Makes you want to slow down and rethink those steps you’ve taken recently and play the chess board wiser !

    The singer is Tobias Jesso Jr. ,an up and rising singer from Vancouver, Canada.

    Enjoy the song :)

    Lyrics below:-

    Without YouTobias Jesso Jr.


    [Verse 1]
    Why can’t you just love me?
    Should I move on or should I wait?
    How’d you get so high above me?
    I reach higher every day
    But nothing changes
    No, it all just stays the same

    I can hardly breathe without you
    There is no future I want to see without you
    I just don’t know who I would be without you
    There is nothing out there for me without you
    Without you

    [Verse 2]
    I feel like I just hit the ground
    Wish I could show you what it’s like
    But you will never come down
    And I’ve been staying up at night
    To face the changes
    But they all just stay the same


    Oh, what have you got to lose?
    Oh, what have you got to lose?
    Oh, what have you got to lose?

    I can hardly breathe without you
    There is no future I want to see without you
    I just don’t know who I would be without you
    There is nothing out there for me without you
    There is nothing out there, there is nothing out there
    There is nothing out there without you


  • Not a Sayur-day at all !

    Alhamdulillah manage to complete the course for a 10KM run last Saturday (actual distance was slightly shorter). Finished energetic despite lack of training. Took it easy, maintained a moderate heart rate and walked steadily up steep hills !

    Some pics below :-

    Preparing for race day is always fun ! Check out my gears (top to toe) : Zoot cap, Capster sport hijab (dri-fit), Karrimor long sleeve (drifit) and Moving Comfort running pants

    Me and a friend. She’s super fast !

    Part of the crowd heading to start line

    School buddy since 1997 ! Congrats Najwa and thanks for the support !

    Posing with the event backdrop !

    Just happy to get moving again ! Finisher medal is bonus.

    One word : Salute ! More and more parents can indulge into their hobby and passion for running without leaving em babies behind. Run together ! Here’s a father and his son after crossing the finish line (and waiting for mummy to arrive)

    A few friends and I :) Congrats Komi on the podium !

    Starting from scratch (yes, months and months of being dormant) is not easy and I appreciate new runners who are starting of in their goals of becoming a fitter and healthier person. It is always a good thing to start something positive, no matter how small or short the steps.

    To last a certain distance requires a commitment pre, during and after the event. Same applies sports other than running. The discipline built within will endure a person to last and achieve better satisfaction in future sports events. I have enjoyed this simple sports of running since I was a little child. It is the most basic form of sporting (unless you seriously consider sitting down playing competitive chess a ‘sport’ ) which can be picked up by anybody. Not much gears involved. Perhaps some basic knowledge on running, and the experience which comes with it.

    Anyway, I made it to the finish line , happy, and that is all that matters to me. Knee and legs badly needs conditioning and I look forward to become fitter than the current stage I am in.

    To all taking part in the Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya this weekend, my best wishes and luck ! Race smart and see you on race day, InsyaAllah. I will be there to support :)


    On the side, upcoming 2015 sports events** in Malaysia :-


    3-5 April – Sabah Adventure Challenge 

    5 April – Time Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya

    11 April – Shape Night Run

    12 April – Kapas Marang International Swimathon 2015 (registration closed)

    12 April – Kemensah Krazy (Trail run)

    12 April – UNISEL Fund Run

    26 April- Bidor Half Marathon

    26 April – Hulu Langat Trail Run

    26 April – Colour Run 

    26 April – Harumanis Adventure Trail Run


    3 May – Kenyir Lake International Triathlon

    3 May – Borneo International Marathon

    24 May – Klang Premiere Century Ride 2015


    6 June – Terengganu 12 Hours and Turtle Beach Run

    12-14 June – Cycle Asia Kuala Lumpur

    14 June – Penang Bridge Half Marathon


    29 August – Borneo 100K Ultra Trail


    6 September – PJ Half Marathon


    8 November – International Nuang Jungle Marathon

    14 November – Ironman Langkawi, Malaysia

    **sources : Triathlon Malaysia and Pacesetters Malaysia official website

    For cycling events please proceed to this link .

  • A belated new year’s shout out !

    New Year shout out 

    Dear all, I am not sure what exactly has been lingering my attention that I have not been a good blogger the past 3 months but I hope it is not too late for belated New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai shout out to everybody ! 2015 is speeding by like nobody’s business any slowmo will be left behind. So, let’s buck up the pace and work (and play) for the best year of our lives this year regardless of the turbulence(s) which we have or will go through.

    Pretty much focused on family life nowadays and grooming a 2 year old become a good and respectful human being. And of course, other life responsibilities. Somehow lagging on the sports and races front, I still somehow manage quick lunchtime workouts in the comfort of the gym in my office. 30-40 mins per session is all it takes for me to burn some quality calories.

    Balance is the word

    There are many races out and about which I see people sharing and posting on Facebook and other social media platform, so 2 thumbs up to all who are taking part in these healthy activities. I am slowing down competitively at the moment as I have other ‘competition’ to run ! Yes, being a mom, wife, full-time office job — is more than enough that I can ask these days. It is tiring (now that I know) and I really respect those moms out there who hold both a full-time job at work, and as a mother to their children. And thanks to their hubbies to in understanding and supporting their 21st century wives.

    Still, nothing has stopped me hitting the outdoors sometimes with my little one. I took her to Taman Negara where we went on the canopy walk and a very adventurous hike up Bukit Terasek and also through the Kuala Tahan river to visit an Orang Asli settlement. And since FRIM is not too far off, this has been a regular weekend stop for me, my daughter and a couple of friends. Do-able.

    What’s next ?

    Next up, my company is organising a 10km run this Sunday. I have not ran a 10km for (…cricket sound…)..So, all the best to me and I will just put my best Brooks shoe forward and complete the course running, walking or crawling of need me. Oh by the way, I am selling of my Scotts Contessa mountain bike.  Anybody interested, please contact me by hitting the ‘Contact’ link you see above this post. Meantime please be patient until I have the photo of this bike up in my next post.

    Till then folks !

    ps: some photos from my disk space !

    Coz its a National Park kinds day !

    Coz its a National Park kinda day !

    Bukit Terasik, Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan, Pahang-- hiked and conquered. Pack leader in pink tshirt.

    Bukit Terasik, Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan, Pahang– hiked and conquered. Pack leader in pink tshirt.

    The 'Yes I still got it' kinda pose. Amazing view of the nature !

    The ‘Yes I still got it’ kinda pose. Amazing view of the nature !

    Lil munchkin found a new friend  at my high school picnic gathering at the Lake Gardens, KL.

    Lil munchkin found a new friend at my high school picnic gathering at the Lake Gardens, KL.

    Recent CNY get together. Raymond and Michelle enjoying the company of a few cute and adorable kids. :)

    Recent CNY get together at Brickfield’s renowned Annalakhsmi Vegetarian Restaurant. Raymond and Michelle enjoying the company of a few cute and adorable kids. :)

    Can't find a clearer group of everybody, but this is the best. Yours truly on the left hand face half covered by my daughter's cute hands. heheh

    Can’t find a clearer group of everybody, but this is the best. Yours truly on the left hand face half covered by my daughter’s cute hands. heheh

    Me grinning in my pink-black Karrimor drifit top from Sports Direct ! Taken during a recent hike up the Kiara Hills

    Me grinning in my pink-black Karrimor drifit top from Sports Direct ! Taken during a recent hike up the Kiara Hills

    Preparing healthy meals should not be seasonal.. *self-reminder*. This was homemade brekkie last weekend. Omelette with cheese !

    Preparing healthy meals should not be seasonal.. *self-reminder*. This was homemade brekkie last weekend. Omelette with cheese !

    Shall hashtag this as #throwback #campakbelakang #campakdulukala ? haha..there will always be  a time for everything, but not every time for everything..Sounds familiar? Shall see to this once my  progeny are older and bigger enough ! Mean time, I'm making sure mummy does a good job being a good mummy and example. (p.s. its not exactly harder than Ironman or SAC)--just lots of patience, commitment and perseverance.

    Shall hashtag this as #throwback #campakbelakang #campakdulukala ? Taken 2011 during a training session with the rest of the now-veteran Ironman gang. haha..There will always be a time for everything, but not every time for everything..Sounds familiar? Shall see to this once my progeny are older and bigger enough ! Mean time, I’m making sure mummy does a good job being a good mummy and example. (p.s. its not exactly harder than Ironman or SAC)–just lots of patience, commitment and perseverance.


  • Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (5-16 December 2014)

    If you have not thought of going, or still in between on giving this book sale a shot, I would highly recommend for you to go. This year it is held at the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

    Do not be put off by the location or the fact that the convention centre looks like it need some touching up, as the book prices will certainly beat whatever facts you have on the venue location and condition. But it really doesn’t matter as the building still serves its function and have been used for many trade fairs and exhibitions, forums, launches, annual dinners, weddings and even a chef competition !

    Reaching the place

    For first timers, all you need is Waze and some sense of direction. Key in ‘Mines International Exhibition..’ and let brother Waze lead you the way. The exhibition center is not too far off from the Golden Palace Hotel, Mines Waterfront Business Park and The Mines Resort & Golf Club (think Sungai Besi Expressways/Lebuhraya Sungai Besi/E9.


    I parked within the exhibition centre and the entrance fee for parking is RM4. Once you have made the payment (please bring small change), you will be ushered to the indoor parking. I kind of lost my way searching for the parking entrance I ended up parking near the entrance lobby.

    And that was how I found out that the organiser has organised for book collection (you drop your books at with the porter, get your car, and collect your books at the drive through collection point near the entrance lobby).


    There will be thousands of visitors and assuming thousands of cars, please do not bring any valuable items. Leave them at home.

    If you know you will be having your hands full with books, small children perhaps, keep your belongings to the minimal and secured. I will prefer a zipped bag than an open tote bag to keep my cellphone, wallet etc. If you are coming with friends, colleagues, plan a meet-up-point ahead so that you do not waste time looking for them in the exhibition centre. (Think Where’s Wallie ?!).

    I heard at least 2 announcements of mom/child looking for child/mom. My guess is one of them did not have a cellphone with them, or the ring volume was just too low for the very large and loud hall :)

    There is 1 entry point, and 1 exit point into and out of the main exhibition hall.

    The exit alley !

    What else to bring ?

    A grocery-trolley big and sturdy enough to place the books which you will be carrying. I even saw small suitcases on the floor ! The organiser have also prepared cardboard boxes to help visitors carry their books around while browsing the alleys and blocks of books !

    Credit card/cash which ever preferable. Official credit card is Hong Leong Bank

    Cardboxes for the book hunters ! VERY handy.

    What books do they have there?

    I found out on this a tad too late. The list of books at the sale can be found here at their website. So you can sort of plan what to look for.

    One thing that the organise can do in the future is to place the location of the books (ie which alley/row) on top of which categories the books belong to. And even those e-kiosks/apps where you can browse the books/location of the books . The books at the sale are generally divided into these categories ; Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic novels, Children, Malay Books — marked by big and visible signage hooked from the ceiling of the hall.

    But if you do not have anything in mind, the section markings will work fine enough to lead you to the sections which you might be interested in.

    Notice the section markings with the Big Bad Wolf orange logo ?

    What books did I get ?

    Most of the books I got were for my daughter, school-going nieces and nephews. The children/picture books section is located right at the entrance so naturally those will be the sections any visitors with kids will skim through before visiting rest of the section.

    All stacked up for this young reader to sit on it !

    I spent a great deal of time at this section entertaining my dearest daughter — from Hello Kitty picture dictionary to sticker books. And yes, I had to quietly put back some which was a bit too advance for a 24 month old to digest ! Prices ranged from RM2, RM6, RM8 and RM12. I stocked up on the RM2 books to give to my nieces and nephews.

    For myself? 1 self-help book, 1 audio cd (self-help also), a book on EQ, on cycling, comfort food diet cook book and a man Darin Chinese learning book (with CD) — in total 6 books for myself earning my wallet only RM51!! Regular retail price would have costed me at least 8 times more of what I paid last Saturday !

    How cheap were the books ?

    Darn cheap you can stock up for years of reading and referencing. The prices are slashed from 75% – 95%.

    There are no books such as old books as I believe knowledge last forever and the only thing that makes a difference is how much will the knowledge change/improve you or your views/skills (from reading)  — what I am saying is, its totally worth the visit. You know where to get the cheap bargain for valuable reading now ! Its here at the Big Bad Wolf book sale !

    Satisfied with the purchase, organisation and customer service?

    Yes, definitely ! The support staff and cashier were friendly. When I asked if somebody could help to send the books to my car, the cashier quickly signaled a colleague to assist me.

    Home delivery service counter located after exiting the cashier/main hall

    How was the queue at the cashier?

    I think I came before the peak hour, and I made the stay short enough to beat the incoming readers traffic. The cashier will put up a placard reading ‘Next’ once he or she is ready for the next customer. Yeah, its was pretty good and fast.

    Trolley at your service !

    Will you recommend the Big Bad Wolf book sale ?

    Definitely !! I have no complaints. Only recommendation for the event’s improvement mentioned in this article.

    Where can I get more info on the Big Bad Wolf book sale ?

    Check out their website here

    The Big Bad Wolf welcomes you ! Very carnival-ish !

  • Greetings from missjewelz

    Salam and hello everybody !!!!!! I hope life is treating you good and you are all in the pinkest of health. Its been a hectic year so far, enjoyable at most and tiring at times but generally my eyes are opened wide enough to understand the true meaning of dedication, commitment and passion– the similar you would hear when talking or referring to something which you like or serious about.


    SO mine is about prioritizing my family life now. This is not a qualifier for anything else, just a simple statement on its own :) My daughter just turned two a few weeks ago. Little girl is very chatty and attached to both my husband and I, alhamdulillah. Prioritizing and giving the right amount of focus is important to keep up with a very fast-paced life. Day in and day out, and its back to awesome Friday once again, and next thing you know it you’re dreading Monday morning. Cycle continues.

    The wider you open your eyes through the life experiences you have, the less judgemental you should become, and appreciate the people around you more. Nobody wants a bad ending to begin with.

    I’ve written before on slowing one’s pace in life so that we can take in, absorb and appreciate the people around us, and celebrate the love and friendship which are given to us. For some, and for me in the past, all was good enough to be true. The awakening happened after I gave birth. Responsibility comes along and there are no room to mess around. I have to keep up being a mom, a wife.. a household manager, a small struggling fish at work, and all these roles which are (not surprisingly  suddenly sitting on my plate. There’s nothing scary that I want to bring forward to you here — this whole experience is a development path for me. In my life. Something which no certification or crash courses can give me.


    Still doing what I used and loved doing — sports, balancing time away and with family is always always top priority. ‘Its not about me anymore’– this line seems to ring in my head all time. Yeah, it is not about me as in myself, but it is about being and adjusting being a more wise and responsible person. It is still me, same face, same smile, just the I am extending my arms to my loved ones and those under my responsibilities.. so actually, it IS still about me.

    Just turned two :)

    I am learning, and will continue to learn and change for the better. Life as I see it now, is too short for sweet words and red cherries *hahaah, did I just say that..?*. Yeah, either you succeed or fail. There are many aspects of life which we take for granted causing us to be in the average (somewhere between success and failure), depending on how you see it and can absorb my words. For the folks of similar faith to me, we know the ultimate success is to enter our whole family to Jannah (heaven)  and we know that this success binds everything that we do during our life time in the name of Allah. I would say its easier said than done, people take a whole life journey just trying to find that true path, getting the right guidance, ‘alim (the wise) and companions. Some take the middle path while some just take the easier path which does not guarantee an ending in Jannah.

    Ping Pong Anybody?

    This whole life is a journey and platform where we discover ourselves– the road seems to twist and turn. At other times we feel like a ping pong ball batted from one end of the table to another, sometimes likes a hamster running endlessly in the wheel in its case, some like a bird who sores higher and higher without an aim as the internal magnet/sense has been lost *well, apparently — to fit in my little story here*.. We may go to where the road may take us to, ideally, discovering in the end, this place where you have arrived is not the place you imagined, or even worse, the place you wanted to go. We’re err to human, so always forgive always for making mistakes, the way we beg for others to forgive us, the way others expect forgiveness from us. Al-Ghaffar –> The All-Forgiving. This is our true fitrah , similar to the another names and attributes of Allah Ta’ala. Perhaps I should go back to revisit the list of names/attributes , as I know I am lacking a lot of those despite trying to be a better person !

    See, life is more, really, than just achieving amazing feats which we can be proud of, or for everybody else to be amazed from. Yes, of course  you should be amazed with success stories from all aspects of life, what I am saying, success should be all-binding across the different aspects of our lifes. If you are a sports person, a business owner, a father and a husband, be successful in all. If you feel there are not enough success stories out there, strive to be the one !!!

    The measuring tools

    I did a personality/career kinda test once. Can’t really remember which one.. It basically said, for work (as in career), I am compatible with data/figures, and also that I like to help/give service to people. Looking at where I am right now, I am doing HR Analytics, and supposed to be helping whoever who needs my expertise (not that expert lah, but whatever I can do to assist), uhmm.. yeah, i like to work in organisation/charity bodies which enables me to be near people, or simply I create that chance to help. I have been doing sports massage for almost 6 years now, that puts together my passion for sports and people :) Well, nothing major or deserving for a place on TIME magazine, People and what not. But I am happy being somebody who is able to contribute in my own little way.

    But what about life in general… ? You know , the things which are really subjective and not readily measurable.. happiness, satisfaction , responsibilities. We have all the functional aspects in the company HR to measure KPIs, performance, giving the right rewards, recruiting, hiring and retaining the best talents. Come on, you even have a team to spool people data and medical records and come up with trending and analysis.  Do we have these tools in life? Are there consultants to cater to every thing that we feel that is lacking in say,..our social life? Well, that’s why its occurring to me, hey I have Islam. But getting t the correct and meaningful guidance on how to take all there is to put into practical use takes pure and honest dedication. No shortcut about the push but certainly there are ways.

    By the beach with these 2 and enjoying the background

    A-maze-ing ain’t it?

    To anybody who is lost through this maze of paragraphs, well, please read again. :) But to those who got the message, please never give up hope on the dearest things in your life. Just gotta be more honest with yourself and see the facts. Faith may have it for you or against you, but in the end, its all for the better. Forgive wisely , and forget, that’s one of the hardest thing anyone can do. Be ‘young’ again to learn and discover. You are never too old remember that.

    Thank you for taking time and neurons to read and digest. Its just my way to keep the system going.



    I have this one to thank for innocently and honestly keeping it real. Love you long time munchkin…mmmmuuahh !!!!

  • #julie28dayschallenge

    The #

    For those following me on IG, you might have noticed this hashtag. I was recently on a 28 days-to-lean-meal plan where I do 5 meals daily consisting mainly protein, fiber and greens. It was a very interesting journey of consciously paying attention to what enters the body, thanks to the lean meal plan which I easily looked up on the net.

    The primary goal of the plan is to achieve fat-loss without compromising other valuable bodily needs and nutrition.  It didn’t take me long to decide that I will go all out to make this #julie28dayschallenge a real one.



    Anything with pushing off a cart and going down racks of food and down the fresh section is fun (and you sorta can go on and on). Anything which looks good will land into the cart and out of the cashier. For the #julie28dayschallenge, I’ve got a list with all the ‘raw’ stuff that I need to make the plan happen. My first stock lasted me for about 2 weeks (times 5 meals to 14days) a. This plan is more than a lean-meal to the body..its also lean to the pockets considering the net averagewas spending on each meal.

    A few things had to be sacrificed temporarily for this challenge, but I was mentally set (well that’s what I thought how I should be gearing up mentally) when I first started.

    The 1st week

    Hubs was away and it sort of complimented the fact I shall be preparing my meals for myself. Lil one had her own meals (confined to dinner after I pick her up from school). So it just so coincidentally happen that the kitchen space will be mine. I stayed up a lil to make sure  I have the food prepared according to meal (the first few session it was literally up to the milligrams!)

    The thing about this plan is the meals are all healthy, tasty (if you can make them taste better even better), and healthily satisfying. No second thoughts on that. Remember its not really on the amount of food you eat but rather what your food intake is really consisting of.

    The plan provided me no more than 2000 calories/day. I could have been more calculative but the general feeling which I got as I started my 1st week of the #julie28dayschallenge is that I am already consuming much lesser calories, and not just that I am eating healthier too!

    And to make things more motivating for me, I decided to post my meals on IG !


    The 2nd week

    Looking at the plan daily was really fun (I know.. I should have just printed them). Some photos below from the challenge :-



    I am not a natural cook hence every single bit needed referencing ie how to grill steak , how to make the perfect omelet, et cetera and et cetera. Along that line I actually got myself a steamer, so that I can steam the greens (and chicken!). I even got the hang of preparing my own lean steak. It was fun in one sense, but sometimes when you’re alone at home and have to juggle different house chores, it can be tiring ! So time management is important too !

    Preparing the meals in batches worked well for me (ie steam all the broccoli/chicken breast for 2 days meal in 1 shot). It saved the hassle having to wash so many dishes. And oh, the Tupperware suddenly became my best friend, and the tea lady at the pantry in the office becomes my regular spectator watching me unpack my food stock and placing them in the office fridge !

    Before this I didn’t know it is super duper easy to prepare some of the meals I’ve mentioned. Of course these are not the regular ‘masak rendang’ or ‘masak kari/merah’ meals – they’re not messy and meal prep time is quite short :)



    The 3rd week

    I’ve gotten the hang of this #julie28dayschallenge.

    And 1 of the rules which is allowed in this challenge is at least 1 cheat meal per week (recommended: the 5th day of each week depending on when you start the plan). I couldn’t really plan my ‘cheat meal’ day as sometimes I had to attend lunches with colleagues (colleague farewell, team lunch etc). The fix was to just burn off the calories accordingly.

    Since week 2,  trips to FRIM, Kepong with friends and colleagues became more regular Lil one tagged along as well. Or at night/early in the morning, I go out for a short run. Minimum of 30mins, and 40mins at max.


    1 of the many #julie28dayschallenge IG post !

    The plan iup the 3rd week is to really focus on following what’s in the meal plan . And towards the end of the 4th week is to slowly start a training routine (signed up for a small race in November). I did not even track my weight regularly. I just step on the scale whenever I feel to. Alhamdulillah the biggest difference with my starting weight (56.6kg) is at max a 4kg difference. Again, the objective of the plan is to guide me towards a lean-meal diet, and not weight loss though ultimately it might as well end to that. Just say it’s a bonus which will finish up as quickly as it came if I continued eating the way I ate before starting this #julie28days challenge.

    A couple of friends have asked if I was on an all-natural diet (ie no processed food). I mentioned to my buddies that the plan gears up for a lean-meal diet and at the same time fat-loss (not necessarily weight loss). The higher protein intake gears up the body for a higher metabolism and help maintain muscle mass, all of which helps with fat burning (www.bodybuilding.com). I can’t remember how many egg whites I’ve consumed for this challenge !


    The 4th week

    I’d like to just reiterate that being practical with the meal plan and preparation is important. One is to avoid disappointing family members and colleagues just because…’..’, and secondly to make sure you own craving for that chocolate bar doesn’t backfire on you and spoil the rest of the remaining weeks. If you really have to accept that ice-cream offer, bubble tea idea and (lets just face the fact) you really had no time to prepare your meals, than do with what you have(and have to). Remembers this is an act of getting to know your own limitation. Just like how you thought you would never climb that hill and one day you realise that you are looking down from that hill ! You can. Your potential is tuned in your attitude and mind. *sounds familiar?*

    By the 4th week I’ve already felt a sense of achievement in me which I can take on to a different level after this. Try another type of plan perhaps? But the standing ovation came from the office pantry when my colleague (who I never really discussed) on my meal plan began describing my breakfast menu to the bosses who came and take a look at my fruit salad meal I was preparing.

    So being healthy (what you do, eat, think..) is something which should be a part of a lifestyle. Not just a passing zone which you enter, experience, exit and forget.

    Incorporating healthy eating habit should never be confined to just a ‘plan’–. But beyond that, with enough knowledge and fact, you can always tap on the healthy food and cuisine which you can find (and source) around you. It is easier said than done, but think again..its all in the mind. Give and take is the rule of the game. Eat and burn !


    The 5th week

     So now the big #julie28dayschallenge hoohaa is now over. What next ? What next is accepting the fact that I’ve learn something from the 28days experience. One of the take aways is that I can happily now pay attention to what I eat before I consume them. Like the Snickers bar this morning.. Flipped the packet..and ‘makk aihhhh 24g of fat !’ *pengsan*. But it was okay, I was celebrating my 29th day , yeayyy ! That followed by invitation to Kudu (a famous nasi kandar line in Jalan TAR, KL). So double that celebration. Of course I had to pay for my own meal lah. Had a very nice catch up with old buddies from the cycling and triathlon scene. Met Aini Zakaria after a long hiatus !! She’s expecting her 5th by the way if you know her. Memang super mummy. Hancik (silap, IM Hancik) lost so much weight . Congrats Hancik on the 14:22 ! Awesome feat !

    Azmar (another tri/cycling/kudu gang) is away in Langkawi for his MTB marathon (bak kat Dicky ‘marathon) with his team. Good luck Azmar !

    Yeah, so back to the question ‘What next ?’ Well, I’ve been started running lately—earlier for fitness… and now for that little race next month. I shall be travelling again soon insyaAllah but will try to eat as healthily as my #julie28dayschallenge. Perhaps experiment with more delicious and healthy recipes. Sapa ada, please share !


    Pic taken on Day 27 of the #julie28dayschallenge. First ride after so long. That’s lil one in my way (so we decided to turn it into a photo opt!) before I rode off. This was the  bike I used at IM Langkawi in 2009! *yellow submarine is thy nameth*winkss*


    So if you’re thinking to…

    If you think you want to give this 28 days challenge a shot, I’ve uploaded the document file right– >>  5 day meal- 28 days plan which I’ve formatted in table format to ease viewing (original source: here). There is a nutrition fact summary in the last row which tells what/how much you’ve consumed based on that particular day meal plan :

    Example :

    “1,959 calories, 254 g protein, 132 g carbohydrate, 39 g fat, 17 g fiber’.


    I’ve also included a groceries listing to ease my shopping spree at the supermarket !


    Lean meal shopping tips

    1- Sort out your list first according to the plan

    2- Tell your household/housemates that you’re on this plan and not to touch your stock in the fridge (unless they’re on the same plan as ya!)

    3- Buy enough fresh goods to last 1 week. Coordinate from there as your fridge may/may not fit everything

    4-Eggs are staple in this meal. Buy them in rack to save more $$

    5- Go organic/natural/healthier option whenever  you can (think organic sea salt, brown sugar, low fat peanut butter spread)

    6- For fresh good stock up for a good 1 week and see how it goes from there unless asparagus and butter heads can stay fresh for 3 week !

    7-Don’t forget to vary the greens and fruits :) If extra, throw em in your salad mix ! Or share them, y’know

    8. Look for the fat/sugar measurements in the nutrition info table printed on that low fat milk carton. Some brands have lower measurement/serving/box (ie HL has lower fat % compared to Dutch Lady low fat milk).


    Some things to stay away from (in order for this challenge to succeed!)

    1. Stay off the scale (unless you’re doing it once a week )

    2. Snacking on chocolate and sweets as regularly as before you started this meal

    3. Not ever treating yourself once a while (you can reward yourself with a cheat meal at least once a week), or have that Sara Lee ice-cream. Just remember to ‘pay back’



    If you have any health issues or are expecting, best to consult your physician before starting any meal plan for that matter. This is not a weight loss program. This is a lean-meal-plan or ‘burn-fat-fast-eating-plan’ according to musclefitness.com.


    Feel free to give feedback, or if you have any questions do drop me a line. I shall be responding as a ‘user’ of this meal plan .


    Thank you and all the best !!


  • Waking up from blog-a-hibernation

    Salam and hello world ! It feels good, fresh and crispy to be back writing ! I have been happily  moving along with the real world and life outside this screen I almost don’t have the time to share with you folks any updates. I have been out and about !

    Work as usual

    Work is as usual, and I would like to maintain that the real job is really with the people whom you care most ie parents, spouse, children and all your loved ones. Planning to have a balanced and fulfilled work-life is an art which which needs patience and practise in order to become a master. I’m novice but hey, I am taking a step at a time to learn this. Not everything was ‘handed’ down or asked in exams eyh ?

    Working out as usual too (yeahh !!!)

    I have to admit that I was through plateau stage the past few months where the day-in and day-out seems to mirror each other the same way, every day, for every week and every month. It was a struggle getting a pair of sneakers on, what more clicking that helmet underneath my chin ! Good news is I have finally managed to break through (think a pupa morphing) this shell and I am on it again , yeahh !!! Heading out to the parks and forests was the best thing my family and I could do — so both eventually benefit. Lil one gets to meet mother nature and mommi gets to burn some extra calories climbing those hills. Real fun ! *check out pics below*

    Park and slides

    Ahhh yes, not forgetting the land of children kingdom – where all kids rule. This is simple one of the places where babies and kids become lesser cranky babies, and happy kids happier ( and adults ..’man I wish I was a kid again!).  I’ve been getting the signals from the soft and cute tug on the hand every time I come home from work with her. So instead of heading right to the door, its now the slide ! *LO can’t pronounce ‘slide’. Ends up sound more like ‘shide’..

    The great outdoors

    Frequenting FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia) in Kepong has never felt better. This month alone I have made 3 trips with my little one :) First trip (if you are familiar) was through Rover’s Track – short and sweet despite somebody having a careless fall because she was running a tad too fast for her size and couldn’t balance. The next 2 visits were basically up Steroid Hill and the Helipad. It was fun and not stressful at all as I took the pace easy. Carrying her was part of the work out. That’s how I mentally kept going ! I will be organising another trip this weekend, and if you happen to got to Helipad/Steroid, I hope I bump into you ! Say Hello! Oh and I saw Shanaz, Nik and Richard Tang (Ironman) too.

    If you happen to look for natural parks where you and your family can stroll along, I would suggest FRIM. Its within the vicinity of KL/Selangor. Plenty parking space , walker/runner and mountain bike friendly trail with different difficulty/technical levels to choose from. There is a canopy walk too if you like to enjoy the beauty from above ! I’ve never tried it but look forward to it one day insyaAllah. note: you have to purchase the access ticket from the FRIM Info Center@Souvenir Shop. There’s a limit to how many visitors are allowed on the canopy walk/day. So better come early to get your tickets. More info on the canopy walk here.

    Some pics from my recent trips to FRIM below :-

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    Hashtag #julie28dayschallenge

    I’ve been on a 28 days challenge to achieve a lean-meal diet and fat burn loss (please don’t confuse this with a weight loss program, I am fine with my weight for now ! Look up for the hashtag #julie28dayschallenge to see what its all about.

    Some pics from my IG postings below :-

    Will catch up in my next post ! Adios !

    Lil miss A and missJeweLz

    Lil miss A and missJeweLz #lovethestairsbehindme


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