Challenges I faced in this ongoing weight loss

The popular advice from almost all fitness enthusiasts including those who managed to shed many pounds of themselves would say that the secret to losing weight is;

80% food, 20% exercise

After giving birth to my youngest, I am back at square one in the mission of losing fat. Now with 2 kids with the potential to disrupt my eating regime, I need to generate more willpower and determination to make this work. Undeniably, as a working mom I do encounter several challenges in #misiBMI25Minci.

  • I have to fight the urge of finishing my kids food. So it is either I prepare food ‘just enough’ for everybody or I force the kids to eat. Because honestly, most of the time their food is well portioned for them – they’re just being picky. Including the dad.
  • Colleagues at work. The lunches outside is to me fine because then I can pick my food. At times, I do have to refuse certain food just so I wouldn’t tip over my calorie counter. This would usually lead to the unbearable questions along the lines of, “ ohhh? you’re on a diet? ” or “oh? are you doing the keto, the intermittent fasting” . I would say a Yes, I am on a diet and suddenly you’re not invited to lunch anymore. HA HA HA HA. I guess that is kind of calorie saving if you look it in the positive aspect.
  • Having to balance your calorie intake with what the other family members are eating especially if you’re the one preparing the meal. It can be tedious having to make a few meals with different calorie requirements in each. So when it comes to this, it usually means me having to control my portion and supplement it with lots of vegetables.
  • Reminding myself to drink enough water. So, to encourage myself I would bring water bottles of different sizes to work. Maybe a 500ml, 1litre etc. It is a bit of a hassle having to carry them to work but at least I feel accomplished.
  • Making time for physical activity, exercise. I suppose this is a universal dilemma. I get fired up at work to do a workout once I am home. So far, I’ve only managed to do some swimming on the couch on my back. It is so exhausting on certain days. Hence until we get to burn the calories, we need to be selective in our calories intake.
  • Having to give up instant coffee and hot chocolate. I have totally omitted Aik Cheong hot choc from my daily night time routine. I have yet to find a good substitute hence it is only water for now or green/camomile tea. I am also trying to ditch instant coffee. So far, I have managed to cut it down to only 3 x/week instead of having it every morning. I have also restrained myself from getting Avocado Dream from Juicee. I feel rugi taking liquid calories for now. Plus, it’s not the time to do cheat day yet. huhuhu.. I miss them a lot. Like a LOT!

My Upin Ipin fun run just got cancelled. I will need to find a new short term goal for this purpose. Maybe a night run. gosh.

The family is going for a holiday soon. I am anticipating some difficulties whilst we are there in terms of food choices and physical activity. At the same time, I also do not want to become that sucker who is not eating because she is on a diet. *roll eyes*. I have bought a ‘convenient pack’ of bottled water in preparation cause you know how hotels only give you like 2 mineral water bottles per day. I am thinking of packing some healthy snacks too, just in case. I am contemplating to bring my workout shoes. hmmm..

Any tips people?

On a side note, its a Palindrome Day today. 9102019-which of you read it in reverse, it will still be 9102019. I discovered that on FB.

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Hobonichi Weeks MEGA 2020. Making mine Malaysian-ish

As mentioned before , my Hobonichi’s name is HoboMinci regardless of the type of planner I choose to use for the particular year. In 2020, I would be trying the Weeks Mega for the first time and see how it fares compared to my current Cousin Avec. I love that Cousin Avec has the kind of layout I need but in terms of portability, it can be quite a challenge to bring around especially when it’s bulking up. Perhaps Mega Weeks would bring out that more professional look to it as a so called organized person. Duh.

This video is also available on my Youtube channel

As usual, once I receive my hobonichi, I would need to make a few tweaks to it. Most importantly, the public holiday part of it.

I will need to update this calendar once the schedule for school holidays come out
Last year, I used this space to track and plan my blog post here on WordPress. It did not turn out so well. I was not consistent. This year I will be using it to track my studies, classes and courses since I am only getting 1 planner this year.
The monthly spread to jot down birthdays and important events. The space is small. I will have to write in an 8 sized font. LOL.
My emergency contacts!
My 100. I am going to use it to list down my bucket list of various categories. Perhaps a new book, a vacay location, someone famous to meet, or a special event!

Hobonichi also has a few informational pages which looks interesting. Only, I haven’t learn the language. MAYBE just maybe I would try to pick up on it since my friends in school could read, write and speak it in just 2 years. I took Arabic instead of Japanese during that time. Those who chose the Japanese language had really fun lessons and sensei! We, the ‘Arabs’ and ‘French’ were terribly jealous. Haih.. japanese boyfren come translate for me the pages and teach me..

I really hope I got this last page right. The biodata page..

Big Bad Wolf is coming to Melaka soon. It would be a good time to search for language books, coffee table books etc.. perhaps studying Japanese could be on my bucket list next year on top of Mandarin. Until that happens, sayonara for now.

Flowers by the window


Perhaps there was a demand as lately I noticed that my local grocer, Family Store in Kip Mall have been selling flower bouquets in an affordable price range. The choices are not extravagant but it is still a nice feeling to have fresh flowers albeit mild scents in the house from time to time. I picked up a bouquet selection like this one at only RM7.20.

It is now sitting nicely in my kitchen by the window in a thermos vase. I do not have the cap for the thermos anymore hence repurposed as a mini vase. I hope these flowers could last me for a week as it is a luxury I could afford once in a blue moon. Still wishing hard for more local florists to spring up in my area.

Silka Cheras Hotel

I attended a conference at PPUKM Cheras recently. I was not familiar with the area and I basically chose my hotel based on what is available on Agoda, the distance to PPUKM and the nearby amenities that my family could enjoy while I was at the conference.

SILKA HOTEL CHERAS seems to fit the bill and I did not find any dodgy facts regarding the hotel. Perhaps it is because not many people blog anymore hence reviews are limited and quite backdated. Well folks, here is something from 2019.

It is a 2 star hotel in a tremendous location. You could get there by highway and public transport. In fact, it is walking distance to Taman Connaught MRT Station. The Cheras Sentral Mall stuck to it however was nearly dead. nyawa nyawa ikan. There are very little shops and it’s probably still alive because there is a functioning Starbucks, TGV, Old Town Kopitiam and Subway. In a way, you could still have a decent meal at these eateries. We had dinner on the 2nd night at Old Town Kopitiam.

I booked my room through Agoda. com. I made a reservation for 3D2N, DELUXE ROOM , Free Wifi, NO breakfast ( the option was not included) for RM572.40 including service tax and fee. Since we managed to reach Cheras from Melaka before 2100H, I was able to book breakfast for RM15/pax. They also have room service if its your thing.

The size of the room was good and clean. The air conditioning however was a bit unstable. Sometimes it gets too warm and the remote does not function well either. Otherwise, at night it’s cool enough to sleep comfortably. There’s hot shower with complimentary shower gel and hair dryer. No toothbrush though so bring your own.

Breakfast was OK. Plenty of carbohydrates, minimal protein. I think eggs, fishcakes and sausages were the few available. Thank God for nasi lemak. There was coffee, tea and one juice option daily. Toast was also available with butter and jam.

Reasonably priced rooms and breakfast package thus makes Silka Cheras a great option for GROUP TOURS for both local and international tourists. So if you are not in a rush, do have your breakfast after 0800am as the cafe will be really packed! The lobby is packed every morning.

If we were coming to KL for a holiday, SILKA would not be my choice of place to stay. But if I am here for business trip without the kids, I would. It is an easy location for Grab drivers to pick you up or if you prefer, head up to the MRT station to move around KL.