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Friday Can’t Wait

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Udah nyanteinyantei, baru inget kalo besok pagi janjian ama PT buat di”siksa“. Akh!! ūüėĖ
Dari data timbangan terakhir, berat ideal perlu turun 2-3 kilo lg. Wheew. Glad though that most of my old dresses and pants are wearable again (without having a visible tummy, lol).

Having a flat stomach is not easy, but not as hard as well!). We just need to stop saying these three things: kenyang!”, “males”, “pesen delivery yok!” Lol.

1. “Kenyang

Never ever let your body experience this. You know that bloated feeling when you’re going with friends to an all-you-can-eat buffet back in college? Well, those days were gone. Stop eating before you feel full.

2. “Males”

Nothing good comes out of laziness. Lazy people are pathetic and deserve to be fat.
I’m just agreeing with comedian Bill Burr, who said he has nothing against fat people but can’t seem to understand why we can’t say someone is fat. “Why? It’s not a race or religion, and it’s totally curable!!” “Do you know what one’s gotta do to get a six-pack stomach? It’s freaking hard. Now, what does one has to¬†do to get fat? Nothing!” Hehehe, brilliant.

3. “Pesen delivery, yok!”

A¬†recipe for disaster if you are trying to maintain your figure yet living alone. Ordering food with Go-food, Grab food, etc, requires you to order a minimum portion of food (usually above Rp 50k) and it will force you to finish it. Catering is just as worst if we can’t pick the menu. As results, we lose more money AND gain weight. It’s a lose-lose situation! Cooking is way cheaper and healthier. Don’t have time? *Bullshit* There are so many Buzzfeed tutorial videos out there on how to cook in 5-10 mins ūüėĄDon’t have a stove or refrigerator? Buy one or move to a new place. You can still have just either one, but can’t survive without both. At least if you have a refrigerator, you’ll be able to eat only half of portion and then keep it in the fridge, right?

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The Will to Exercise (Bicycle Story part 1)

There’s gotta be some connections between cerebral cortex and the will to exercise. Or else why do some people love doing it but some just never will?

I love #sports since I was very young. From badminton, ping pong, squash, swimming, surfing, wake boarding, kayaking, wushu, taichi, yoga, to cycling. They are all fun things that give me the¬†#adrenaline rush and in the end, endorphin to stay happy. I like water, gymnastic activities, as well as steering/riding things (horse, bike, kayak, surfboard, motorbike, boat… you name it!)

The first time I rode a bicycle was probably when I was 5 or 6, and I didn’t need anyone to teach me how to do it. One day, my mom just watched me rode my tricycle with the two extended wheels already lifted. I lifted that thing up because they made it difficult for me to move around. My mom saw me and yelled at my dad, “Look, she got rid of¬†the small wheels! She can ride a bicycle!” And then, at 14, I taught myself how to ride a motorbike and it was just oh, so much fun. I took one of the motorcycles at the house and just got out of the street. That’s the perks of not having so much parental control in the house, I suppose. Lol.

Research reveals, “those who were already active at the beginning and had high levels of psychological well-being tended to stay active even as they got older”, which is very true. There were times in my life where I wasn’t involved in any sports¬†routines, but once I’m hooked, they’ll be like “drugs” and I’ll stay doing it for years, e.g. I started practicing #yoga regularly in 2011 and 6 years later, I’m still loving it. I got bored easily too, so I need to find a new sport to like. I also notice that I always come back to sports whenever I’m in a “soul-searching” or crisis mode. They don’t act like an answer or diversion, but they help me stay alerted, focused on finding my solutions. Most of the times, believe it or not, we already know the answers, but we just need time, clarity and confirmation.

After Two Weeks of Cycling

I have recently started riding my bicycle within 5 km distance to save time, money and get fitter. Needless to say, I quickly found my childhood joy of cycling! (even though I often got trapped in the middle of heavy polluted and congested traffic or got teased by male passersby. GRR!)

Spent absolutely Rp 0 for 3 roundtrips to the gym and grocery stores a week (which usually spent on Uber/ Gojek + multiple tiring phone calls to the drivers). I could reach 2 km distance in 10-15 mins (after finding nice shortcuts), in comparison to 30 mins waiting + travel time if I use Uber/Gojek. The downsides are I have to shower as soon as I reach a destination (cuz this is NOT a 4-season country like Italy), and run my washing machine more often.

“I noticed that I was spending huge money on things I didn‚Äôt really need: trips to the bar, pretty clothes, takeout coffee, and so on. And all this with a mortgage and other big expenses to take care of,” said the girl in the article.

Yass, I agree. Apparently, I can live without (Doohh, of course, you can!) buying new clothes, fatty snacks, fancy meals or even cut my lifestyle spending by 90%.

Things I miss the most:

  • Salon treatment (seriously, biweekly pedicure, hair spa, massage routine is nice)
  • Traveling to a new country
  • Mingle with friends in fancy cafes (I limit social meetups only with small circle of friends at a time)

Things I don’t miss at all:

  • Buying new clothes, shoes & bags
  • Eating out after work (I like cooking for myself, cuz I can listen to music & think about other stuff while preparing the meals)
  • Hipster food & drinks (Rejuve, Kopipapi, Kokonut, Shilin, MisterPotato, etc)
  • Starbucks (bought a coffee maker instead. One cup brewed from good coffee beans only costs like Rp 1,500)

Things I still hold on to:

  • Investment & insurance
  • Platinum gym membership (it’s almost like breaking off a long relationship with your gym buddies, teachers, etc. Plus, I still need the yoga classes & hot showers in strategic malls around the city)
  • Netflix (reduced it to 1 screen viewing, but I still like to see their original shows & I have committed to eliminate piracy within the best of my ability)
  • Books & digital storage purchases (paperback, ebook, cloud server)

I will slowly get back to my old routines once I get the right full-time job, but I think I’ve learned a lot through this frugal living experience and will continue to ride my bicycle for fun & health reason. After all, I’ve lost like 3 kilos within 2 weeks. Not bad at all.

When life gives you lemon…

when_life_gives_you_lemon…don’t just make lemonade!! Lemon is antioxidant, refresher and fountain of youth. Every part of it is good and useful, and I have developed a routine for this. My brother is also having his own routines with lemon (and it’s not like we planned it together.. LOL).

I started this after I thought about getting Vitamin C injection (which is quite expensive… well, at least it would cost me Rp 500k per shot). Now I have been using lemons for 2 weeks and have felt the result on my skin and digestion system. If it’s like this for a month, will increase my dose in consuming lemons and increase budget for lemons (Rp 15k/ piece). I think it can replace chemical mask and night cream, but we’ll see. #lovinglemons #healthylife #secret