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.

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.

September LRP Order & Consistent oiling tips

My lack of updates with regards to using doterra on social media, especially Instagram does not mean I have stopped using it. In fact, I am still on a roll discovering new items to use in my everyday life. I am overly excited for the newer products released at the convention in US recently. My only concern is that, not many of them will be available in Malaysia.

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I hope that at least citronella will make it into the local market and of course its many diffusers. Dah kenapa kedekut sgt nak bawak diffuser yg comel belako tu masuk sini ehh.. The Adaptiv range looks really exclusive though.

In September, the only repeat purchase I have on the list are the Grapefruit (which I am using in my drinks to encourage me to drink more plain water and hopefully curb my appetite) and Peppermint DT. I gave away my previous Peppermint DT roller to my sister since she’s having flu and also work-related stress. It helps to relax and maybe bring down her blood pressure a bit. I am considering to give her the Original Lip Balm as well for a refreshing touch up because of its sizzling, perky, minty effect.

Roman Chamomile has a surprisingly very sweet scent. I have only taken it as tea before so it was pretty difficult for me to imagine it as oil. I anticipate Cedarwood to go well with my citrus selections to diffuse after a tiring day. It smells very masculine. I picked up Correct-X to hopefully keep my blemishes at bay. The bodywash was a must this month to complete my doterra bathroom look. I need OnGuard toothpaste next month. ha ha ha.

TIPS TO BE CONSISTENT IN OILING/ USING ESSENTIAL OILS

  1. Identify your purpose in using the oils. If you are doing doterra solely for business, you will not be able to see the beauty of doterra as a company and as a product. It is a way of life.
  2. Take your oils out of their packages. Display them so you could see them and reach out for it. So that you will learn more about the oils and how to use them effectively. Some advocates have an Oil of the Week sort of thing on top of the regular ones they use.
  3. Start small. Do not aim to straightaway being able to concoct a blend of 5 different oils in a bottle. Explore each oils strength and weakness. Absorb their scent and healing properties. Experiment safely.
  4. Get your family involved. As the more you use them, the more you’re likely to try new things and share with other people the goodness of it.
  5. Follow social media accounts of fellow advocates for ideas, guidance and motivation to use the oils. Furthermore, this keeps you in the circle and in a ‘tribe’. Better still, find advocates in different countries so you can gather alternative ways of utilizing your oils.
  6. Consider a mini project revolving around doterra. I am personally working on my spa-like bathroom hopefully equipped with doterra bath products and such.
  7. Apply on yourself daily. Especially if you are unsure of what to do with it. You cannot be wrong with a small stroke of peppermint on the temples of your head, lavender behind the ears, frankincense in your face serum or lemon at the soles of your feet.
  8. Join online or physical classes related to using doterra products or diy items using these oils. These opportunities allow you to connect with other advocates in your region on top of widening your knowledge regarding the oils.

I hope the new doterra products reach our shores soon. I cannot wait to get my hands on them.