Friday, May 16, 2014

Reality Bites

I have been bitten by reality bug today. I am not seeing the result that I am hoping for. I have been doing so many things and reduce the potion of what I ate to get into my healthy weight, (which is around 58kg) but somehow not matter what I did, I am still not getting anywhere. Being forty plus and slightly over weight is something new to me. I have never face with this kind of problem before. I guess my body works differently that it used to. 

[Image credit: from pinterest]

I need to do something. Maybe workout for just 25 minutes a day isn't enough for me anymore. Maybe I need to focus more on weight training rather than cardio. Maybe I ate a lot than I should, maybe I should cut down on my sugar intake. There are so many maybes comes to mind. I just really need to do something about it. What I have been doing so far doesn't seems to work anymore. I need to reassess, audit what my habits are, experiment and see which approach fits me at this point in time. I just hope that I am not going through menopause. 

So for the first week of my experiment I decided to...
1. Change my diet 
2. Document what I eat and drink for one week. I am going to use my DayOne app for this
3. I will also be documenting how I feel about the food, the workout and anything in between for one week. This will be a good point to start. I need to assess which method works and which method doesn't. It feels like my body is going through some changes and I have no idea what is going on
4. Consume at least one glass of hot green tea at least once day
5. Make a one week workout plan that includes cardio for 25 minutes per day, weight workout and pilates 
6. Fast from Monday to Friday to train my body to adapt to less carbo intake per day
7. Drink at least 2 litter of water even though on the days of fasting

My goal for this week is to loose at least 1kg. It's a little bit drastic I know but I just want to see if I am able to loose the weight. At this point I don't really care if it's water weight or fat. I just want to see the scale moving down instead of moving up.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

#thursday3 [15.05.2014]

This week should feel a little bit short just because we have a public holiday on Tuesday but somehow it still feels longer. I hate taking a day off in the middle of the week just because it's going to be so much harder to start working again



#1. Catching up with some old friends. I wish things could be different but they not. Accepting and moving on mood this week.

#2. I am still dreaming of owning a macbook pro. I am looking forward to this Jun to see what is next in Mac world. I felt like it has been a little bit quite at Apple, no announcement of something new in March or April.

#3. Catching up on Scandal Season 3. I am rooting for Olivia and Jake. 

Think about it this way…If you take one picture and write down three facts each week — at the end of the year you’ll have more than 50 photos of yourself and 150 facts about what life has been like. It would make such an epic All About Me book — and most of the work is already done."


Follow along each week using the hashtag #thursday3 dan tagged me @hanizeyecandy. I want to see your selfie and read about you

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

5 things // Instax Share

I finally caved in and bought myself an Instax Share printer by Fujiflim.  This is finally a polaroid print that meet my specification. Back then I was hesitate to buy an Instax Mini 8 camera just because I am not a great photographer and I can't take a great photos with manual setting. I can't even adjust the lighting to make a photo pop up. And the lack of digital copy of a photo really turn me off.
And then I made a DIY template for making a Instax Mini polaroid, it was fun for awhile but it is still an extra step to take before I get the result.
Now with Instax Share printer, I got the result immediately. I am super duper excited with my new printer and I have been printing like crazy. 


5 things why I'm in love with Instax Share printer

1. Compact and light weight.
I can bring this printer anywhere I go and it fit perfectly in my bag pack. I can put this printer anywhere in my home and print. 

2. It comes with Instax Share app for my phone
I can print the photo directly from my phone. Either I capture the image from the app or I select the existing photos from my camera roll

3. The paper for the printer is the same as the Instax Mini paper
The paper sold everywhere in Malaysia, so I don't have problem getting one but it is a bit pricy. For a cheaper price get them from Lazada and you will go crazy buying like hundreds of them. And they also come with cute borders. 

4. So many projects I can do with these little polaroid prints. 
The first thing that comes to mind is Project Life. This is going to look great in my Project Life album. 
Mixing the photo with different app is also something fun I can do, like in the photo below I used Instant app to create a normal polaroid and add text before I print them out.
I am also adding these photos into my journal and smash book.


5. No wires
Finally a batteries operated (2x CR2)  and wireless printer is in the house. It is a relief to see a technologies that are not hooked up to any wires. Such a pretty sight in my book


I highly recommend this printer if you...
 - want light weight printer
 - love polaroid but you want to have more control of the photo you take
 - love something cute and mini
 - want an instant satisfaction
 - and you have budget for it (it's a little bit expensive)

The Price between RM600 - RM700 for the printer alone. The paper normal price for 10 pieces is about RM32.00. Try and hunt for something cheaper than that because I'll tell you 10 pieces is not enough for the speed of printing like crazy. And the batteries also not cheap - 2 x CR2 is about RM50.00. I am still hunting for the power adapter. This might come in handy if I run out of batteries faster than I can replace them. 

Currently I am still using the batteries that comes with the printer and I have been printing for more than 50 photos and the batteries are still good.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ABM photo challenge #abeautifulmesschallenge

I am excited when I saw Elsie and Emma is hosting ABeautifulmess photo challenge. 

The most exciting thing about this challenge is the price - iPadAir and Canon Pixma iP8720 printer. These gadget will definitely look good in my home.

Anyway, the other thing that get me excited is the chance to explore this app more than what I usually used it for. The contest will close at the end of the month.

"How to participate:
1. Take a photo or photos with your phone.
2. Spice it up with the A Beautiful Mess app and/or any other photo apps you love.
3. Post it to Instagram with the hashtag #abeautifulmesschallenge.

Easy as that! You can enter as many times as you want. Get creative! We’re super excited to scroll through the hashtags and see all the ideas you come up with! The contest will run until May 30, and Emma and I will choose our three favorite participating Instagram accounts and reach out directly.

Anyone with an Instagram account and a phone that takes pictures can participate! " excerpt from the ABeautifulmess blog.
Ever since I found out about the challenge, I have been using the app like crazy. Here are a few photos enter for the challenge.

iphone_photo iphone_photo iphone_photo iphone_photo #ABeautifulMess #abeautifulmesschallenge #love #holiday #ipad #photooftheday #ABeautifulMess #abeautifulmesschallenge

So what are you waiting for, get your phone out, snapped some photos, edit them with ABM app, upload to instagram, hashtag them #abeautifulmesschallenge.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Project Life [Week 19]

Alhamdulillah, I have managed to survive week nineteen. I am not the kind of person who response easily to change especially when it comes to things that I am not fond of. My son celebrate his seventeen birthday. I just realised that I have not buy anything for him. I usually bought a new t-shirt or outfit on every birthday for my kids. It's just something I love to do, dress them up and take photos.





[I am still using Plus One mini kit by Amy Tangerine from digital project life site]
Project Life™ is a system created by Becky Higgins. To learn more about this approach to saving your memories, click here.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Project 365 [Week 19]

A very busy and not so normal week days. My journey to work was a little bit adventurous facing a morning traffic. Anyway the changed was a little bit stressful at first but after the first day, I am getting used to it. And I like it.


day 125 - It's the day my son turn seventeen. Happy birthday to him, may all of his wishes comes true.
day 125

day 126 - This week I have to go to INTAN Bukit Kiara for four days workshop. Hemmm not so sure about this workshop, it's just above my pay grade.

day 126

day 127 - More discussions and creative thinking day.

day 127

day 128 - This little boy makes my day. When I thought I was so tired to face the reality, I just realised that he is my reality that I don't mind waking up too.This little boy melts my heart. He gave me this special pose when I asked him to look at the camera.
day 128

day 129 - The lipstick I bought this month. A new line from Loreal - Color Moisture in My First Pink lipstick. Love this colour. I bought it at Watson, Alamanda.
day 129

day 130 - I am happy to spend the day with him
day 130

day 131 - Another Sunday morning having breakfast with these two boys.
day 131

These are my life in photos for week nineteen. So many things happened and if I don't take the time to document them I might miss a lot. I still believe when you took the time to document the every day and the good things that happened in your life, you will be more grateful. Just saying.

Do you join Project 365 this year?
 If you do linked up in the comment, I would love to
see your work and a glimpse of your life in 2014 
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