Weight Goals

Losing weight is probably the hardest thing to do for me. It’s not easy – having a weight that so high up there above anybody else does give a lot of psychological pressure when it comes to socialising. I know that this is something that need to change, but yet I have not taken any concrete actions in the recent years. Partly because I am so engrossed and busy with work and kept my health unchecked.

It’s so sad because I spent so much time exercising, but always killed it by eating rubbish foods. I need to change – I need to motivate myself to make myself better. If I don’t do this, I will end up dying – not happy.

I am not young either, turning 40 this coming year. I need to make a change that will turn to a better me. How will I do it, I guess the most important thing is of course discipline. Discipline is the core of everything. Nothing can motivate myself better apart from me seeing results as I go on. There are so many things that I want to do now but I failed to do because I keep falling off the bandwagon.

I read this book recently during my trip to London. It’s all about habit. I need to find the root of my problem and fix it. There is always a trigger point, and once I fix the trigger point – I would be able to change it.

Can I do this? Of course I can – its the question whether I am pushing myself to the next envelope better. I have no choice but to take action now before my body starts to disintegrate to something which do not want to happen. There are so many things that I want to do – primarily travel the world, see the world for what it is. All the adventure that I want to experience are put on hold because I am not fit enough to do.

Giving myself another year for this. Every single year I tell myself I would do this and every single year I will fall off the bandwagon. The longer I put this to the side, the more damage I would do to my body. So – I am transforming this blog into my weight loss blog for the year. This is something which generally I keep it to myself but I guess its something that I need to be open about, so that I get more help and support from the readers. Not that I have any but this is something that I can push myself to be.

Motivation is extremely important, and this will be the platform that I will garner motivation apart from my friends and families which I believe will support me. I want to be healthy, and to be healthy I need to make investment to myself. And this would be one of it. I need to lose approximately 65kg this year to reach my target weight. It is not going to be easy but it is something that I need to do.

Batch Cooking

I recently read this article on Huffpost on batch cooking. It speaks about the rules of batch cooking. Batch cooking is a way where one will cook in advance (typically weekly) and eat it along the week. I have been wanting to do this for many years but failed to do it because my days are typically packed and weekends are meant just lazy!

I know I have been struggling with my weight for the longest time. It has been going up and down and up and down, and in recent years it has been at its worst! Despite spending a lot of time working out in the gym and taking fitness classes, I still fail to keep to the weight down, and I attribute this to food. I believe food is 90% of the factor for weight management. Yes workout is good, but without a proper diet – your weight is still an unknown factor.

Moving to the new year, I have been looking at various ways to control my food, I know that I need to reduce/eliminate my processed food and carbohydrates, but the question is why. Back in 2008 where I lost a significant amount of weight – what I learnt from that journey is that proper portion of food is important. I managed to reduce almost 60kg! And you know what – I gained most of it back again now. All because in the past 8 years I have not been discipline enough 🙁

 

The strategy for this coming year is to control my food throughout. I remember when I met my British colleague – he was saying he could not eat the carbs for lunch during that day, and will only eat light meal for the week because over the weekend he indulged on a banana leaf rice, and yes he kept his weight down even though he was in his late 40s. For me – if I were to have banana leaf over the weekend, there’s probably some sort of guilt on Monday, and it’s probably will last until lunch time then after that hell will break lose.

The funny part is that I will have my “seasons” where I will have a stretch of couple of days of good controlled food and once I fell off the bandwagon, that’s it – it’s gone. Its quite annoying yet I am not the discipline guy that I used to know 🙁 So sad indeed. Moving to this new year I need to change, I need to buck up, I need to be more discipline.

So back to the topic of choice which is Batch Cooking. I guess this is a good strategy for me to undertake. What I need to do is to cook most of my meal in advance on Sundays for consumption throughout the week. In fact, I will start the cooking today and for the rest of the week. And see whether I could eat what I cook. Generally I do think I am a good cook – where I can cook even the most complex dishes with the most exquisite taste. It’s not necessarily healthy but its super tasty. I avoid to cook most of the times lately because I know the food that I cook is the not the most healthy – but perhaps the most sinful! Example – pasta that I cooked few days ago – apart from full of carbs, it’s also laden with butter and truffle oil. Not to forget the parmesan cheese that gives that added flavour!

Following are the rules that I need to follow, I guess based on my various experience:

Use disposable containers and cutleries – I know this is not the most environmentally friendly thing to do, but if I don’t do this I would be pissing myself off for not washing dishes and losing expensive containers. I also want to avoid buying too many plastic containers because I don’t have any place to store them.

Refrigerate Half, Freeze Half – Based on the few articles I read, it’s best to keep half the in fridge whilst the other half keep in the freezer and defrost along the week. The defrosting process can be done in the fridge so that it keeps it from being contaminated by bacteria.

Healthy Portions Now – As per my learnings from the massive diet that I did back in 2008, its all about the portions. The right amount of healthy carbs, protein and fat. I will also need to reduce the amount of salt that I use because I am borderline hypertensive.

Don’t forget desserts! – dessert is also an important aspect of my food. Because it provides a complete fill to the food so that I enjoy my food. Desserts are not like black forest cake (which I totally love!) but its just a combination of cut fruits. The type of fruits is extremely important because if I choose the wrong fruits it’s not going to last long. The types I am looking at is probably melons and bananas.

Cheat Meal – weekly I should give myself a cheat meal, which consist of a drink, a main and dessert. I can and should eat what ever I want and this will ultimately gives me the ability to try what ever food that I want.

One of the problem that I always see with batch cooking is that I am unable to eat or socialise with my friends. But I guess I can always sit with them and drink coffee. I remember the days back in 2008, I was so discipline that I hardly go out. And if I do – I would just eat some fruits and refrain myself from eating main meals. In most cases – I will eat later at home or in the car. Its total discipline. Amazing to see I was able to do that back then. That’s why I guess I was able to lose that many kilos. In fact back then, lunch time is used for gym (second time in a day). I would run on an average of 10km so that it keep my mind off the diet and lunch. Amazing… I should do this.

I guess by this time – I have thought on what I am going to do, the question now will I execute this plan?

Burgers and Lobsters

Yesterday – after driving back from Johor Bahru (reached home at 6am) – I decided to drive out up to Genting Highlands for dinner. The reason why I went up is because i saw a post from a friend that he drove up to Genting Highlands with his new car!

To be honest – what I was interested on was to drive in a chilly weather – and of course the fog. Something stupid but I guess its fun to do a random thing 🙂

Once I was up there… 🙂 I went to Burger and Lobsters.. this is the same one as the one in London. The price is OK – comparatively its about the same as Pince and Pints.

The original lobster roll is shown below. Not bad at all.

Its quite sizeable portion to be honest. Definitely will comeback again (if i have the money of course!).

London Trip – Shad

Shad Thames is a history riverside street along the Thames River. It starts from the Tower Bridge and goes along. It is not opened to traffic (I think!) and has an array of pubs and cafes that’s popular with the public.



When I was there few months back, it was quite empty and was pretty pleasant to stroll around. I was going around to the backlanes and did not stopped for coffee at all.


The photo below shows the typical lane from the other side. Its not so pretty come to think of it. But I guess when it is all covered, it’s pretty awesome.


The photo below shows the view of the Tower Bridge that can be seen from the back lanes of Shad. It goes along the river and provide good vantage point to have a nice perspective of the bridge.


Whilst going thru the photos, saw this photo. Thought its also a good photo. Maybe more of advertising for EY 😂😂


Travellers

New show on netflix – Spoiler alert too!

 

There’s a new show that has been released by Netflix called The Travellers. The link to this show on IMDB is as A here

 

The show is about 5 travellers that goes came from the future. A future that is at risk of being destroyed due to events that had happened in the past. The term traveller is coined from the fact that the person travelled from the future to the present. What they did was to take over a host that almost died. The concious mind of the future takes over.

 

I have watched only about 3 episodes and counting. The first episode focused on how the travellers took over the body of the host. When I first started – I felt quite confused until towards 3/4 of the show. Partly because I didn’t really focused on the show (was watching this while replying email!). In anyway – I managed to rewind back again to the start of the show and rewatched the entire episode 1! 😂😂

 

The rest of the episode is about the mission that they had to undertake as part of the greater good which is to save the future ✌️.

 

What was interesting is that the way the mission was communicated by the so called Director to the team. The Director takes over the mind of a particular person – where in this case for the first few episode is a child for a brief moment in which the child will explain the mission to the team. Quite interesting yet spooky and scary.

 

There’s about 12 episodes and I must say it’s quite well made. Let’s see if its get boring and hopefully I will continue to watch it till the end – LOL 😂.

 

 

The five travellers are as follows:

    • Agent Maclaren – FBI agent – leader of the crew.
    • Marcy Warton – a doctor from the future who took over a person that couldn’t speak properly.
    • Carly Shannon – a housewife that’s married to an abusive cop. She is in relationship with Agent Maclaren.
    • Traver Holden – a troubled youth, who was supposed to be killed during a fight.
    • Phillip Pearson – a drug addict, supposed to be died together with the best friend/roommate.

 

In summary – it’s quite a refreshing to see a new show. Will continue to watch this till this end (since I am on leave anyway!). Note – I have yet to finished House of Cards and Narcos!