I discovered the Tesco Order and Collect Programme while doing the Tabung Minci Covid-19 initiative

Throughout MCO, Tesco Malaysia introduced this programme. The ORDER AND COLLECT PROGRAMME. I would send a watsapp message to the Personal Shopper in charge at local participating stores. So do check first, if your store is involved. Once the PS have confirmed your slot is available, you send them your shopping list.

Each customer is limited to only 25 items per slot and these items need to be picked up on the same day. Since I am a TESCO fan, I can kind of remember where the things are in their respective aisles. So I would group my items accordingly so that it will be easy for the PS to find. On top of that with specific grams and such. We want to make their lives easy. If items on your list are not available, they will let you know and change as per request. Once the order is finalized, they will calculate the total, send it to you with the respective bar code.

All you have to do now is to walk over to TESCO, get in touch with their customer service personnel and your trolley is there for pickup. Wheel your trolley to the cahsier, pay for your groceries and voila.. settled.

I wish I used it earlier.

For the past 2 weeks, as part of the Tabung Minci Covid-19 initiative.. I offered help to get groceries or baby items for families in need. They contacted me via a Facebook Post stating what they needed. Alhamdulilah, I managed to help 3 families. This is a different experience altogether because instead of just donating money, this time I am buying things and getting them to where they need to be. I meet them in person and hand it to them. It puts into perspective the time required for a volunteer to make things happen.

In the beginning, I was shopping in a rush in between Speedmart and local kedai runcit because sometimes things run out of stock at one of these presmises. I did not go to any hypermarket because of the long long queue especially when I had to squeeze these errands during lunchtime because now is Ramadhan AND MCO. Hypermarkets close early too. Often, a single groceries list may take up 2 or 3 lunch hour sessions because I don’t finish my work on the dot at 1300H. A clinical case may require my attention exceeding 1300H. Plus, I need to be back at clinic by at least 1345H to pray and get ready to see patients by 1400H. So,minus driving time and all.. there is not much time to complete this in less than an hour. Weekends are confined to my husbands working time. If he is at work, I cannot bring the kids with me to shop. And no, I will not leave them in the car. So, my limitations are there.

So having this service really helped.

I was thinking that maybe in the future I could collaborate with a local kedai runcit or maybe smaller market like Ikhwan and KGrocers (I don’t mind if they charge me a small fee) with the intention of helping their business and these families at the same time. I will plan better for my next initiative.

I have compiled other Tabung Minci efforts in various post (still in draft mode) which I will share by the end of 2020. InsyaAllah. Please pray that my efforts are blessed my Allah and that the pahala can be given to my parents and husband and that my kids will have someone to look out for them too should I be gone someday.

Al-Yateem Islamic Relief update

Al Yateem Islamic Relief is a programme where one can choose to sponsor an orphan to get a bright future. Monthly cost vary by country and pledgers need to be willing to commit for at least 2 years.

I signed up as a sponsor in 2014 and was assigned a beautiful young girl as my benefactor. Her father had died leaving only the mum to raise her and other siblings.

It is now 2019 and I realized that I have been her sponsor for already 5 years! I am happy to learn from her annual progress report – that now she is old enough to go to school and most importantly has an ambition! She wants to become a doctor.

Her house now has gas and electric supply on top of having access to safe use of water. It wasn’t like that when I first received her biodata. I hope she would continue to do well in school and I look forward to see what she will become in many years to become. InsyaAllah.

Islamic Relief is one of the few charities I try to help in terms of funding depending on my budget. One other I contribute monthly is Mercy Malaysia. My budget for this comes from my elaun keraian of which its use is spread across other charitable purposes such as for tabung kematian, jamuan at work, presents for staff, sponsoring items, a learning course or providing money for activities or events. It can be anything as long as I deem it as a form of sedekah. I aspire to be like Uthman bin Affan even though I am not earning millions. Amin.

You don’t have to be too rich to give. Just practice giving with what you have.

Exchange and substitution

Heyya.. I am still in the BLS2020 programme. The 6 month agonizing but hopefully fruitful journey to lose weight.

I knew a nutritionist. My sister that is but she has forgotten almost everything she learnt during her undergraduate years because she is not practising. She is now a teacher by profession. Ha ha.

Fortunately, the internet especially my fav go to for infographics, Instagram has a lot of things I need to know about diet, exercise, weight loss. I just need to choose my hashtags properly and double check to see if the ones dispensing advice are certified trainers/nutritionists. Yup, not doctors cause the advice is superficial and very textbook. I know because I’m one. I did not even know that there’s a thing called a Food pyramid for vegans!

credit to original IG account the.rich.fam

Recently I’m learning more about food exchange and substitution. Like, if I don’t want to use sugar in my drinks – what can I safely replace it with. Or if I want a recipe for low calorie choc chip cookies – what would be the secret ingredients.

part of my food diary pictures. Trying calorie deficit but I think I am on a plateau

When it comes to exchange, it’ll be like ‘if I drink this bubble tea now, my calorie bank would shrink. Am I willing to sacrifice my fist of rice and palm of broccoli for this?” – on most days, I am proud to say I am able to walk away from those hip drinks. But I do have my bad days. Especially when my nephews and nieces come by to the house!

It is also interesting to note that food products marketed as healthy may not be as healthy you would think it is. I learn to read the labels. Still making mistakes but sis cuba.. lol. Take this for instance, a tablespoon (15g) of this St Dalfour marmalade is only 47kcal whilst a tbs of this healthy spread ranges from 84 to 96kcal.

We have 4 months to go. Indeed, I feel lighter although the scales are not showing it. I am drinking more water. I am more selective with my choices of snacks and timing of meals. I am lifting weights. My husband has this multi function home gym fitness station which has been redundant for quite a while. I have painstakingly moved it to my personal craft room for my own use. I hope to see results at the end of this 4 months.

I plan to practice belly dancing at home and just wiggle for cardio purposes since being on a treadmill can be boring. who knows I can get a figure like Shakira. HA HA HA HA.

I am still optimistic of what I hope to achieve out of this 6 months of restrain and pushing myself. This is because as one successful weight loss instagrammer puts it,

“I hate having to omit myself out of pictures which marks milestones and memorable moments in my life. I am tired of removing myself from my own life story”

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.