Innovative Workout Techniques To Remain Fit

Attending gym sessions is not always the best idea in your schedule when you decide to work out and stay fit. During the global pandemic, when most gyms are closed, your motivation to exercise diminishes quickly. However, you need to keep yourself fit and healthy to function correctly or face issues like laziness or obesity. Going to the gym is also not that inspiring, as you tend to get bored with the same routine without any innovation. To face this challenge, you need to have a workout schedule that you can use at home without going to the gym.

Going to the gym is indeed one way to stay healthy and fit; finding the time to do so is the tricky part. When you work during the day and need a relaxed time in the evening, you find it hard to motivate yourself. Home workouts give you enough time luxury than gyms as you have a scheduled time for everything else. You can take out a significant portion of your time after completing daily routine activities. Here is a list of some innovative workout techniques that you can apply at home during isolation.

Chair Squats
Let us face it; squatting is not easy. Mastering the form of squat takes time and is an exhausting exercise if not done correctly. However, the point remains that squats have a considerable effect on the strength of your legs, calves, thighs, and gluteus Maximus. Squats are also good for the core, helping your body keep a stiff balance between the upper and lower part. The addition of a chair adds to the correction of posture while giving you enough support to provide maximum effect. Stand with feet hip-apart and knees inside your toes and slowly lower yourself. Keep the torso upright and contracted while pressing your knees to stand back. Repeat this procedure for 2-3 sets with 8-16 reps each. The chair will keep your weight from concentrating on knees and supports your entire position.

Stairs Climbing
Nothing offers good cardio than climbing the stairs. Anytime you take an elevator, you do your body a favor. Besides cardio, stair climbing is also suitable for burning calories, producing endorphins, and improving overall heart health. You can use stairs at home or a climbing machine for your procedure. Climbing machine workout will give you a better chance of mimicking vertical stairs and work towards your major muscle groups simultaneously. An added benefit of the climbing machine is that it burns calories in less time than treadmills or exercise bikes, thereby increasing your metabolism. Vertical climbing machines offer a challenge to your body and push it to the limit. Your body will thank you for the work you provided and better blood flow to the body.

Box Crawl
Box crawling is yet another innovative yet easy exercise that most people discard from their daily routine. What they fail to realize are the effects it has on the body that enhances its core strength. The routing is simple, get on all fours and lift your knees slightly so that your hips elevate marginally higher than shoulders. Take support from the balls of your feet and crawl forward. Step with your right hand and left foot and then left hand and right foot. Additionally, crawl in a box formation with two crawls in each direction: forward to the right and then back to the left. If done right, the box crawl provides equal distribution of effort to the body’s upper parts for strengthening.

Sidestep Squats with Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are essential equipment to give your exercise an added layer of tension. The resistance you face makes you put in more effort and increases your endurance and strength. While standard and chair squat mostly target your Gluteus Maximus, sidestep squats with resistance bands targets Maximus and Minimus. Stand on a resistance band with a medium tension and hold it with both your hands. Keep the pressure on the bar, and take open your legs far complete. Start squatting and keep the stress on the band. Repeat it for 1-3 sets of 16 reps each.

Leg Raises
Leg raise is a simple and highly effective exercise for strengthening thighs, hips, gluteus, and core. Stand with your legs slightly apart behind a firm chair or column for balancing. Raise your leg slowly to one side and keep your back straight. Repeat the process for 10-12 times and then turn around for the next leg using the same procedure. It is a simple exercise that you can do anytime and needs no special equipment.

Acro Yoga
Yoga is a good exercise regime that couples the effects of meditation with workout efforts. Acro yoga combines traditional yoga with acrobatics and healing arts in one package. This fitness routine requires two persons, one of which acts as a base and the other as the flyer. The bottom has to lift the flyer in the air and hold them. It gives them an effective workout for arms, legs, and abs. The flyer has to maintain a yoga position while in the air. Both the partners receive considerable stretch and thrust for maximum training for the whole body. If working solo, use support equipment that works as a base while continuing with your flyer role.

Final Word
Fitness is an essential point of keeping oneself healthy and active in life. Besides the ones mentioned above, variations of different exercises can significantly change your body while keeping your mind sharp. Remember to keep a balanced diet with your routines to keep yourself energized and healthy.

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RMCO Day 117 ~ Sunday, 4 October 2020

Alycia will be sitting for the SPM Trials in less than two weeks. Her high school teachers are providing additional online classes on Saturdays and Sundays to complete the syllabus. Thus, the poor girl has not been able to join us for lunch for two consecutive Sundays.   And the littlest brat is at the stage where she doesn’t like to follow us adults anywhere, except to the book store or to the nearby outdoor kopitiam to dig into her favorite fish paste noodles. It’s a pain to drag her out of the house to have lunch or dinner with us these days. I actually bribed her to get her to follow us out for lunch.  I remember Alycia went through a similar phase at her age.  Cass is now at the age where I see a lot of familiar hair-pulling scenarios that I had with Alycia and Sherilyn when they were at the hell-raising in-between age of transforming from a little girl into a teenager.

Oh well…

Thankfully Cass is my last and hopefully I don’t have to deal with anymore terrible phases from the 3 girls anymore! I remember their Terrible Twos, Terrible Threes and Terrible Tweens very vividly.  Hopefully it’s now Terrific Teens all the way!

We had lunch at The Museum @ The Starling Mall to savour good old Ipoh food. It’s our first time visiting this mall but hubs had been here several times.

Ipoh Hakka noodles, crackling siew yoke and chargrilled char siew, Wanton noodles and Yuet Koong Hor aka “moonlight-style noodles”.

Teochew style porridge with fried fish head.

After lunch at Museum, we segued into Kam Kee Cafe 1967, a reputable Hong Kong F&B brand to get takeaway for Alycia, a fan of  ‘cha chaan teng’ grub.  Kam Kee Cafe channels the charm of a ‘cha chaan teng’ experience in a collaboration between a family of Malaysians and Kam Kee Cafe,  Hong Kong.

This venue in The Starling mall is the first overseas outpost of Kam Kee Cafe, whose branches span Wan Chai to Tsuen Wan – Kam Kee is the legacy of a Teochew native who came to Hong Kong in the 1950s and started a food shop a decade later, during that era’s birth of Western-influenced, working-class cafes that serve affordable fare, from toasts to tarts. fried noodles to baked rice.

For takeaway, we got this Cheese Baked Spaghetti Bolognese with minced meat @ RM18.80 for Alycia,  a portion of fried rice for our dinner and two Polo buns for the girls’ recess the next day.

We also ordered a Polo bun with spam meat, cheese and egg and shared it among the 5 of us, where each of us (who were already quite stuffed) had a small wedge to try.

When you dine at a Hong Kong ‘cha chaan teng’, you just have to order their ‘lai cha’ aka milk tea.  I love the milky and flavorful evaporated milk that’s used in their milk tea.

The mil shared this almond tea with egg white with me and OMG, it is SO creamy, full of almond aroma and delicious!  I requested for less sugar and this beverage hit all the right notes! One sip and I was sent to tong sui heaven 😋

This might be considered fast food, but it’s delightfully fulfilling here – from the choice of ingredients to the care in cooking.  Now that we are all grounded in Malaysia with restrictions on traveling overseas, dining at Kam Kee Cafe brings you a slice of Hong Kong at prices that are affordable without having to fly to Hong Kong.

After lunch, we went groceries shopping at Jaya Grocer with Cass badgering me to hurry up so that she could have some time at Popular bookstore where there’s a clearance sale.  Our bookworm is the happiest whenever she’s at a place surrounded by books (not academic ones unfortunately).

She found The Complete Stories of The Wizard of Oz Volume 2 selling at only RM29.90 for a really thick book and her mood instantly changed from one of sulky to beaming with joy when she saw all her favorite novels on sale 😅

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RMCO Day 116 ~ Saturday, 3 October 2020

Today is Cass’ entrance exam at the high school of her choice.  This high school (which is Alycia’s high school) is not my choice but some how, I was the one feeling anxious for her while Miss Chillax was as usual unflappable and cool as a cucumber 🤦‍♀️.  I was worried of how she will find her way in the huge school as parents are not allowed to enter the school compound due to the Covid19 SOP.  We could only drop her outside the school and she was quickly whisked away by a female security guard. Thankfully there were many teachers on duty at the school compound guiding the freshmen into the respective classes.

I was worried of Cass’ health the most as she’s just recovered from a UTI attack. If she’s not careful and does not practise frequent peeing and hygiene, it’s very easy for her to get another UTI attack as the bacteria that’s hiding behind her bladder walls are just waiting for the right condition to attack and multiply.  Honestly, I am not worried at all if Cass passes the exam or not.  I’ve been praying everyday to God for Him to choose the high school of His choice for Cass. So we’ll wait and see. The results will be out in a week or two and parents will be notified via SMS.

After an hour of being stuck in the massive traffic jam caused by the mass admission of freshmen into the school compound, we finally reached home. I took Alycia and Sherilyn to Family Mart for a sofuto treat!  Belgium dark chocolate sofuto is finally back at Family Mart. How I miss this flavor!

At 6pm, I drove back to the school to pick Cass up.  I told Alycia to follow me so that she could get down to look for Cass inside the school. We waited for over half an hour.  Cass had to camp half a day in school for the exam, comprising of 4 papers.

While Alycia and I were stuck in school, our very capable in-house chef Sherilyn dished out Tonkatsu ramen with ramen egg and homemade Japanese Chashu. The pork bone soup was boiled for over 5 hours, thus was really flavorful and creamy.

This time, after warning from me, she did not overcook the ramen eggs. Last week, she put the eggs into a pot to prep Onsen eggs but she was too absorbed in playing with her phone and forgot all about the eggs 😆



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Health Freak Cass

Lately Cass’ taste buds seem to have evolved. After a recent hospitalization for UTI with strong antibiotics administered intravenously followed by a few days of oral antibiotics and an extremely uncomfortable bout of constipation with IBS recently, her gustatory cells seem to have shifted towards healthier tasting food.  She no longer craves for meat or eggs, though she still eats them. Instead she prefers instant oats (which she now eats daily), fruits, grilled vegetables and non-meat foods.

Perhaps the good bacteria in her guts are now replaced with good ones from the probiotics that she’s been consuming daily and this could have altered her taste goblets? Whatever it is, I’m glad that she now prefers to bring fruits and vegetables to school for her recess and this is something that she’s never done before! 🥰

We prepped this together on Sunday evening – grilled carrots, potatoes and onions for her recess on Monday. She’s been having a sudden craving for potatoes and has been hounding me to cook potatoes for her to bring to school 😆

Steamed then oven grilled root vegetables and seasoned with just one small pinch of salt, thyme, black pepper and olive oil.

Cass told me to just prep plain boiled potatoes and carrots with nothing added for her recess next week.  Seriously? Is this even tasty?  But this girls begs to differ.

Potatoes have no sodium, no cholesterol, no fat, has good source of Vitamin B6, vitamins, minerals and resistant starch.

Resistant starch functions like soluble, fermentable fiber. It goes through your stomach and small intestine undigested, eventually reaching your colon where it feeds your friendly gut bacteria.

On Monday, she brought an apple to school for recess:

I sure hope that her healthy taste buds stay with her for good.  I always pray that our girls will be health and fitness freaks because it is only through a healthy lifestyle that we can inherit good health.



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Personal Trainer Preparation

Whether your goal is to lose weight, increase your physical fitness or pursue an athletic career, personal trainers can help you reach your goal. They not only provide you with guidance in your physical fitness, but they support and motivate you to reach your desired objectives. Therefore, before searching for a personal trainer Novato CA, consider preparing for your personal training.

Define Your Goals

Not only should you define your fitness goals, but you should also identify your training goals. For example, what do you want from the training experience? Is your goal to increase your knowledge and learn exercises you can do yourself, or do you need more focused training to reach a physical milestone? Your goals should be realistic and quantifiable.

Lifestyle

You will discuss your lifestyle, including your daily schedule and favorite exercises, with your personal trainer. Your diet should also be discussed. Therefore, you should write down anything in your lifestyle that is pertinent to your training. For example, when and how long do you sleep?

Fitness Level

Your fitness level will help your new trainer prepare a training plan. For example, have you been training for years, or are you a novice? Are you able to do heavy, focused workouts, or do you need to start with light training? Be honest with your trainer to prevent injuries and get the most out of the experience. In addition, you will choose a trainer who has experience working with individuals at your physical level.

Budget

Personal training can be costly. Therefore, review your income and expenses to determine how much money you can pay a personal trainer. Stay within your budget.

Schedule

You will have to set aside time to work with your trainer; you will waste money if you miss appointments. Creating a dedicated, regular schedule will help keep you on track. You may also ask your trainer about how much notice is necessary for unscheduled appointments.

Now, you are prepared to find the right personal trainer for you. You are on your way to a healthier life.

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RMCO Day 109 ~ Saturday, 26 Sept 2020

The entire evening today was rife with residents in our Taman Facebook group and our Whatsapp groups talking about a Covid-19 positive patient confirmed in our neighborhood. He lives in one of the condos in our Taman.  Our Taman has been a Green Zone with only 1 confirmed case so far, in March this year.

The latest patient had just returned from a diving trip in Sabah on Monday and on Thursday, he went to several places in our Taman – to a clinic, a supermarket and a road-side Chee Cheong Fun stall to get takeaway food.  Whatever for when you’re unwell?! And now he’s caused so much unnecessary distress and worry to the entire community.  But till today, our Taman is still not listed in the Covid-19 alert list in KL and nothing of it mentioned in the newspapers. And I wonder why! The supermarket hasn’t been disinfected by the local authorities in Hazmat suits except by their own staff. Our condo management has taken proactive steps by putting up a notice on the lift wall to inform residents to report to the management office should anyone of us went to the said supermarket on Thursday.  Other than that, none of the residents who went to the supermarket has been contacted by the authorities for contact tracing.

In recent days, multiple prominent malls in the Klang Valley have put up announcements for Covid-19 alerts, for shoppers or staff who have tested positive and visited the malls.  The silent and invisible enemy within us is now back and lurking around very near us again, ready to cause another wave.  And new cases are climbing up to triple digits again.  I can’t take another MCO anymore!  😭

In the past two weeks, another two restaurants in our Taman became economic casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic. One is my friend’s home-cooked food eatery (I’m devastated as I love the food she cooks, especially her Black Vinegar Pork Trotters) and another is a Thai, one of our favorite Thai restaurants. My friend’s eatery opened at a wrong time. About 2 months into opening her eatery, our country was plunged into a partial lockdown and business has been slow and she could not make enough profit to pay rental and staff salaries.

Back in the early days of the pandemic in April this year, economists have warn the business world’s greatest casualty will be small and medium-sized enterprises. That’s a big problem in Asia, where they account for 90 per cent of firms and employ half of all workers. I cannot imagine our country’s economy turning off again in the event of another country-wide MCO.  So many financially vulnerable people will be in danger of the most severe hardship if another lockdown were to be imposed on our country. Perhaps they won’t die of Covid-19 but of severe financial stress and anxiety.

Anyways…..

There’s no point worrying over something that I have no control of, right? This is a world war and everyone is affected.

So let’s talk food now 😋

Our in-house chef dished out Japanese Chashu  (sometimes called “Nibuta”, which literally means simmered/braised pork).

I accidentally bought the wrong part of pork (pork shoulder instead of pork belly) and as a result the Charshu was a tad dry as there’s very little fat. Nonetheless it was delish and the entire chunk of Charshu was polished off.

Charshu rice bowl with overcooked onsen tamago.  Our chef forgot that she was boiling the eggs in the pot and played with her phone.  When she realized it, the egg yolk was already overcooked 😂



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2 Tips To Boost Your Chances To Get Into Med School

For many students who love science and aspire to pursue a career in medicine, a four-year bachelor’s degree is just the beginning of their collegiate journey. Instead, the bulk of these students’ professional experience will come from med school. Students such as Rachel Tobin Yale were successful in earning a seat at medical school and getting involved in senior class council. However, if you’re considering if a career in medicine is for you, here are two tips to make your application stand out and better your chances of getting accepted.

1. Have a great overall GPA and a strong science GPA.

Colleges want to see your capability and high achievement in undergraduate courses. This lets them evaluate your academic astuteness and ability to thrive in rigorous courses. You have to do well in all aspects of your GPA. Both your core and science-heavy GPAs need to be strong in order for your application to get noticed. If you thought you could cruise through college with little to no effort, think again. The mindset that C’s get degrees doesn’t work when you’re hoping to head to med school.

2. Earn a high score on the MCAT.

You need to shoot for a 505 or better on this standardized test. A lower score may hurt your chances of getting in. It’s best to study a lot and for a long period of time, so you don’t end up cramming at the last minute. Look for study books and practice tests that will leave you well prepared for the test before taking it for real. If you struggle with standardized testing, here are some tips to check out.

Cross Campus in autumn

Getting into med school is no easy feat. It takes discipline, determination and a lot of passion to earn a seat at the nation’s top med schools. With the right preparation and mindset, though, you can achieve your dream of helping people through medicine starting with your med school acceptance.

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Assisted Living Offers Safety and Health Benefits

An aging parent’s safety and well-being may prompt you to consider a senior residence with skilled assisted living nurses Denver.

What Is Assisted Living?

Among housing options, assisted living homes provide more personal and health-oriented care than independent senior communities.

The levels of medical and personal care, and the costs, vary among facilities. Typically, assisted living homes provide meals, help with dressing and medications. Recreational activities and educational and religious programs may be offered. The accommodations can be individual rooms, shared units or apartments.

When Is Help Needed?

Some areas of daily life become challenges with age. You might be concerned about how your parent is managing day-to-day life. An assisted living home also can help residents cope with a lack of companionship, loneliness and depression.

Happy seniors eating ice cream at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus in Denver, CO

Signs that your parent may benefit from living in an assisted living residence involve:

  1. Meals: Grocery shopping and fixing meals may become a burden. Frozen meals and fast food can translate into poor nutrition.
  2. Medications: Medical treatments call for taking prescription drugs on time and in proper doses. Misplacing and forgetting to take medications can have a negative impact on health and chronic conditions.
  3. Self-care: Showering, dressing and other personal management may be hard to do without assistance.
  4. Household hazards: Stairs may be difficult to manage. Stoves and other appliances may pose dangers. A cluttered room presents tripping hazards.

If these issues are worrisome, it could be time to talk with your parent about moving into an assisted living residence.

Why Is Assisted Living Beneficial?

Finding a residence where your parent is comfortable and safe can result in a better quality of life.

The search for an appropriately licensed facility involves looking into costs, suitability and speaking with staff and residents about particular homes. The process can be complex and time-consuming.

Helping a parent consider options for assisted living care before an accident or health crisis could lead to a happy and safe homelife in later years.

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RMCO Day 108 ~ Friday, 25 Sept 2020

After getting our cars washed, hubs, mil and I went for brunch at a nearly cafe.  Today is the first time in half a year that I brought my car for a wash at the car wash center run by Bangladesh workers.  As the number of Covid-19 cases recently involved many foreign workers, we have been very wary of being in close contact with them.

Our car wash during the pandemic is a whole new experience with us seated inside our cars respectively while the workers washed our cars.  We told the staff that we didn’t need vacuuming, washing of mats or interior cleaning. After a snow wash and rinse with drying, hubs paid the workers and left. It was a contactless transaction.  When I got back to our condo, I cleaned the interior of my car myself, which ain’t that difficult.

Our brunch at  Doiffee, an old new cafe.  It’s a 6-year old cafe but recently bought over by new owners with a brand new menu and better tasting food this time.

Sherilyn dished out Mille Feuille Nabe aka Beautiful Japanese Hot Pot or A Thousand Leaves Hot Pot for dinner today. It’s an easy one-pot dish with lots of fiber and protein. Mess and oil-free too. We used dashi from sachet (Melaleuca brand) which makes it even quicker to prep. Even if you use fresh ingredients to prep the broth, it’s not difficult. Sherilyn loves making dashi from scratch.  This dish is perfect for a cold rainy evening. It’s been raining almost everyday here and pretty chilly on most nights.

Dashi broth ingredients:
Dried anchovies – 10
Dashima  or Kombu – iPhone-sized piece
Radish – 50 grams
Shiitake mushroom stems – 3
Water – 6 cups
Soy sauce – 1/2 teaspoon

We used whatever ingredients that were available in the fridge:
Chinese cabbage – quarter head
Round cabbage – half head
Shimeji mushroom – 1 punnet
1 carrot cut into flower shape
Organic soft tofu – 1 packet
Seafood tofu 3 pieces, sliced
Sliced pork belly – palm size

Dipping Sauce
Soy sauce – 2 Tablespoon
Vinegar – 1 Tablespoon (we used bottled organic lemon juice)
Cooking wine – 1 Tablespoon
Honey – 1 Tablespoon

Instructions

Assemble Pot
Arrange the cabbage leaves in a circular path with the sliced pork belly in between leaves of cabbage.
Finish the pot by placing the mushrooms in the middle.
Scatter sliced tofu, carrots and seafood tofu on top

Dashi / Broth Preparation
Boil the Dashi sachet OR fresh ingredients for Dashi if made from scratch for 30 minutes.
Gently pour the broth into the pot of assembled vegetables and ingredients and simmer until pork belly is cooked.
Serve immediately.

The mil also cooked a braised fish head dish with brinjal and fermented bean paste.

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RMCO Day 107 ~ Thursday, 24 Sept 2020

Yesterday evening Cass gave me a scare. She told me that when she was in school, she had a sudden burning pain down there, momentarily. Just once.  However, there were no other symptoms of a UTI.  Rattled that another UTI is brewing, I told her to skip school today.  I know all too well  the bacteria’s modus operandi, having dealt with Cass’ UTI attacks since she was an infant more than 12 years ago.  Many UTIs in the bladder return after treatment with antibiotics as some bacteria hide in cells lining the bladder, where they cannot be reached by antibiotics.  The small number of bacteria that survive antibiotic treatment because they sneak into the lining of the bladder come out and start to multiply again when there’s an opportunity, i.e. when the condition is acidic, when one doesn’t pee frequently enough or when hygiene is lacking.

Since last night, Cass has been craving to eat pancakes.  After my run this morning, I gave Cass a short tutorial on how to make pancakes. We made low-carb banana pancakes and regular pancakes using Organic Wave Japanese high quality cake flour – the only flour that I could find in the kitchen.

The low carb banana pancakes were so delish and reminded me of my favorite Apom Guan @ Lebuh Burma in Penang. Whenever we go to Penang, hubs would queue up for almost an hour to get 20 pieces of apom. I could chomp down 5 pieces at one go.

I used 4 bananas, 2 eggs and only 1.5 tablespoons of flour with a tinge of vanilla essence. Butter for greasing the pan.  No sugar or salt is needed and the pancakes are naturally sweet from the bananas.

The regular pancakes are made using 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons of flour, some fresh milk and vanilla essence.  Butter for greasing the pan.

Cass’ breakfast – a stack of pancakes, drizzled with maple syrup.



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Keeping Track Of My Steps on My Fitbit Charge 4

I never really bothered to keep track of the number of steps I clocked in daily until we were in a partial lockdown during the MCO recently. With our days locked up at home everyday for months, I was terribly worried of being sedentary and later had to suffer from the consequences. It was then that I strapped on my 5-year old Fitbit Charge HR throughout the day to keep track of my steps. I tried to move around in the house as much as I could and did exercises outside our unit on the corridor. Later, I started to climb stairs daily from our unit on the 5th floor to the 18th floor and descended to the ground floor before walking up to the 5th floor again.  When the number of steps I clocked in increased, I got motivated to move even more. For a ‘kiasu’ health and fitness freak, it gives me such a lot of satisfaction whenever my Fitbit vibrates  and confetti rains down the screen of my tracker to congratulate me for achieving 10k steps😁

I exercise 5 times a week from Mondays through Fridays. On some days, I exercise twice a day – once from 6:20 am – 7:00 am after sending off Cass up the school van and another time from 7:30 am – 8:00 am after dropping off Sherilyn at school. On days that I exercise twice a day, my total step count for the day exceeds 18k.

My step count yesterday as of 7:50 pm was 17,116, totaling approximately 12km, as shown in my new Fitbit Charge 4. I’m loving my new tracker to bits!

With a mission accomplished, I had the allowance to buy my favorite Nyonya kuih from the roadside stall after my run this morning 🤭

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Where To Find Cheap Bridesmaid Dresses?

For brides-to-be, the deluge of wedding details and planning can be totally overwhelming.  Between finding the perfect venue and photographer, hunting for your dream wedding gown, there’s scoping out for bridesmaid dresses too. All these have to fit into a budget and this seems to be a tricky affair.

Bridesmaid dress shopping is not as easy as one might think as you’re dealing with different budgets, body types, and style preferences.  But while it’s a challenging process, it doesn’t have to be a stressful one.  Here are some tips on choosing bridesmaid dresses to help you get started with some things to consider:

1. Consider different body types.
If your bridesmaids have a variety of body types, you might not want to stick them all in the same dress design. Your bridesmaids will look most comfortable and happy chaperoning you when they feel flattered in the gown they’re wearing. You can stay open minded to a mix of dress styles, which can totally be in different or the same color, to your preference.

2. Coordinate with your wedding gown.
Be sure to have chosen your wedding gown before deciding on your bridesmaids dresses as you do not want your girls to be in dresses that will outshine you.

3.  Keep to a budget
Don’t even bother looking at dresses that are above your budget. Wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses are something that will only be worn once, so make affordability a top priority. At Alfabridal, it is the shop’s mission to offer affordable bridesmaids dresses at only $99 a piece. Yes you read that right!

4. Shop and order early
It is advisable to order your bridesmaid gowns 3-4 months in advance of the wedding, to allow ample time for exchanges or alterations if needed.

You really don’t have to spend a fortune on ​dresses for your bridesmaids. There are many top online shops that offer amazing wedding dresses for different budgets. At Alfabridal for example, you will find thousands of styles sold at factory prices. The dresses are so pretty and elegant that you may even consider choosing a bridesmaid dress as your wedding dress!

Aim to be a budget-savvy bride. With the money saved on wedding attire, you and your groom can splurge on a romantic honeymoon or spend it on your new house.

 

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Ways to Save For Your Children’s Future

3 Ways to Save for Your Children’s Future
Did you know that a child will cost its parents around $22,000 every year from birth until they are 18? This is, of course, an average, and it takes into account all kinds of different costs including housing, food, health care, transport, vacations, and hobbies. However, this figure doesn’t include any savings you might want to have for your child’s future, and when you think about this, it is an important figure to know about. After all, having a saving’s pot to help your child start their adult lives in the best possible way is something many parents are keen to do.

If the cost of doing this seems as though it is an impossible extra, there is no need to worry. There are many different ways to save for your child’s future; read on to discover some of them. 

Create a Savings Account
Before you can start saving money for your child, you are going to need a good place to put it. Leaving cash under your mattress may have worked in the past, but there are now very secure banks, many of which you don’t ever even have to visit because you can do all your banking online, and this is a much better idea to keep your child’s money safe until they need it for college, or a down payment on a house after speaking with the experts at Azembel.com.

If you set up an automatic payment every month, you will be able to save money without even having to think about it, and the sooner you start, the more you can save. If you don’t want to be tempted to use that money before you can give it to your child, you should find an account that can’t be opened for a set amount of time, or that comes with penalties if you withdraw money too early. 

Sell as They Grow 
You might not have any ‘spare money’ to put into a savings account right now, and if that’s the case you’re certainly not alone. Many people have just the right amount of money they need and no more, which makes saving hard. However, it does not mean it is impossible. 

If you sell your child’s clothes, books, and toys as they grow out of them, and put the money you make into a special savings account as mentioned above, this is a great way to gift them saved money once they turn 18 or 21, and it won’t leave you out of pocket in any way. It will also help to clear your home of clutter, so there really is no downside to this idea. 

Teach Good Financial Sense 
Saving money and giving that money to your child when they are old enough and need it for something important is a wonderful thing for a parent to do. What’s even more wonderful is to teach that child good financial sense so that they understand more about saving money and don’t necessarily go out and spend the whole lot all at once on frivolous items. 

If you can help them as they grow and teach them why saving is good and how not to get into debt, you will be doing them a huge service, and even if you can’t save money for them you will still be giving them a very important and lifelong gift.

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Foods to Avoid for Good Dental Health

Though they are the primary tool used in eating, your teeth can be damaged by the foods you eat. Tooth decay or gum disease can lead to changes in your teeth alignment, requiring the services of a Queen Creek orthodontics office in order to chew and swallow without discomfort. Cavities can be caused by poor oral hygiene and a diet filled with foods that are high in sugar or contain ingredients that erode the enamel from your teeth. If you want to focus on oral health, here is a list of some foods and drinks that you should avoid.

Sour Coated Candies

Candies, because of their high sugar content, are bad for your teeth, but sour candies are the worst. There are several different acids in candies that have a more damaging effect on the teeth. They are also a lot harder to chew, leaving the coating from the candies on your teeth for longer periods of time. Snack of a square of dark chocolate if you are in the mood for something sweet.

Alcohol

It has long been recommended that you avoid high consumption of alcohol for heart and liver concerns, but alcohol also has an impact on your oral health. Your mouth becomes extremely dry when you drink liquor or alcohol, removing the saliva that helps naturally keep your teeth clean. Saliva is instrumental in preventing oral infections, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Bread

Many who are struggle with their weight have been told to give up carbs, with white bread being one of the more well-known culprits of delivering too many carbs. However, bread is also damaging to the teeth when saliva breaks down the starch and convert it into sugar. The pasty conversion sticks to all the cracks and crevices of the mouth, increasing the risk for cavities. If you can make the switch to whole grain bread, you will do your teeth a favor.

Carbonated Drinks

Ranking as terrible as candy is the category of carbonated drinks. It doesn’t matter if you choose a diet soda or prefer a caffeine-free, the effects of carbonated drinks on your teeth have considered as damaging as using crack cocaine or methamphetamine. Plaque forms more easily and acid from the beverage attacks your tooth enamel and increases the risk of tooth decay. Sodas can also be very drying, repeating the saliva problem found in alcohol.

You can prevent cavities and a buildup of plaque from causing pain and sensitivity by choosing your foods carefully. Put these items at the top of the list of foods to avoid.

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RMCO Day 103 ~ Sunday, 20 September 2020

Feeling disappointed that my craving for sublime sugar-reduced banana loaf couldn’t be satiated after Sherilyn’s failed banana loaf, I succumbed to ordering from a homebased seller on our residential garden Facebook group 🤭

At RM18 for a 500gm loaf, the banana loaf was simply amazing — less sweet, fluffy and with lots of bananas inside out. Even the two most critical foodies in the house complimented on how tasty the cake was.

With so many homebased bakers that popped out during the MCO, I am now spoilt for choices. I can have a taste of homebaked cakes and at the same time help these people ride out this very trying period.

The banana cake was scarfed down by the second day and I only got the chance to try one miserable slice. With two homebased bakers in our Taman Facebook group now on my favorite list, I am now tempted to order another banana cake but can’t decide which type to order – from an old aunty who makes old fashioned sugar-reduced banana cake or from this millennial baker who makes sugar-reduced stunning banana loaf with lots of bananas 🍌



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Where to Buy Inexpensive Bridesmaid Dresses

Congratulations on the proposal!  Tell the world that “We’re engaged!”  Stare at the engagement ring and post lots of photos on the proposal on social media.  Contemplate the many wonderful days ahead of you.  Kiss and hug each other a thousand more times. Bask in the moment and make your engagement special.

After the joy and thrill have sunk in, it’s time to plan your wedding!  Planning your wedding is a mammoth task, especially if you are hoping to have a fairytale-like wedding. Family members and friends have advice and opinion. If you were to read just half the books, web sites, etc. written in the last decade about wedding etiquette and protocol, you’d be reading and planning for months on end! Different races have different custom and traditional practice. From the altar to the wedding banquet, what to wear, what your bridesmaids should wear, who should pay for what, establishing your bridesmaids’ responsibilities, among others.

Outfitting the bridesmaids comes with cost and who shells out for their attire? The lines can sometimes get a little blurry!  Is the bride responsible for purchasing all of the bridal party dresses, or do the bridesmaids buy their own dresses? What about the alteration costs—or what if one of the bridemaids doesn’t have the budget for the gown? Where should you shop for your bridesmaid dresses – online or from brick and mortar bridal shops?

Typically, bridesmaids are expected to pay for their own dresses and accessories, as well as hair and makeup appointments and transportation to the wedding. As a bride, if you’re asking your friend to be your bridesmaid then the chances are you want them to be assisting and chaperoning you on your big day. So forking out some money for that shouldn’t be an issue. It’s also a gesture of your appreciation to them for their time, help and friendship.

If the bride can afford to, it’s a very thoughtful gesture for her to pay for the dress or a portion of the cost for each of her bridesmaids. These days more brides are paying for their bridesmaid dresses, especially if they pick a more expensive dress for their bridesmaids to wear.

If you’re looking for inexpensive and good quality bridesmaid dresses, look no further than at Alfabridal, an online store that specializes only on bridesmaid dresses. Alfabridal has their own factory to sew the bridesmaid dresses and there’s such an extensive choice for you to choose from.  At Alfabridal, every piece of elegant bridesmaid dress is sold at a factory price of only USD99! The dresses are so exquisite that you may even consider choosing a bridesmaid dress as your wedding dress!

Planning a wedding is a big undertaking; it may as well be the first big test of your marriage. It’s a long but rewarding journey that you both will cherish forever.



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