a collection of breaths

14 July 2016
3rd post of the week just because I'm feeling a little extra 100%. My 2nd UY challenge of the year kicked off on Monday, 6 week Body Bikini Challenge. This time there's no deposits so you've got to pay $700+ for the program and there's a little photoshoot with your UY team mates after. If 9in6 was more about getting comfortable with cardio and HIIT exercises, the BBC is about lifting heavy weights and working out till the point of physical failure. 

I've lost a fair bit of body fat through the 9in6, so the BBC will be about toning and strengthening my muscle groups.  

Its funny coz I'm already very comfortable with lifting heavy weights from 2013. Its the cardio part that I used to resent and put off but the 9in6 changed that. Now I'm happy with both. 

Got lots of things done this week too, finally moved my dryer from my apartment balcony to above my house after procrastinating the task for YEARS. So now the balcony area is all cleared and I'm gonna spend the rest of this week decorating the fuck out of it. Hehe. Took my sister to the Dandenong Ranges yesterday for a little drive zig zagging trees and for scones at Miss Marples.  

Anyway, below are some pics I took from end of April onwards and just food, outings etc. 

Enjoy!

fulton family

12 July 2016
If you're wondering what a "Fulton" is, its actually the name of an apartment here in Melbourne. 
On Franklin St, to be exact. Where my apartment, Milano is.  

So funny story. I've been hanging out with these group of people for more than a year now. Last year, we used to congregrate every fridays and weekend nights after uni at a friend's place a few blocks away from mine. Then this year, the whole lot of them (like 7 people) moved to Fulton which is on the same freaking street as me!!! Its freaking great, being so close to your friends. Literally 4 minutes away (I timed myself, from lobby to lobby). Hahahahah. Plus, Franklin St is the shortest street in the city. 

I'm actually the youngest lol. The only one still in bachelors - all of them completed their bachelor's at Melb Uni (except Faiz) but I only started hanging out with them after they graduated.. Most of them have graduated, working or doing post-grad in Melbourne Uni. So the ones with uni have a muuuuuch hectic timetable than I do because they're all doing architecture, chemical engineering, medicine and dentistry.

 I've been spending lots of time with the Fulton family this year. They make me so incredibly happy and its just always nice to see everyone, everyday. 

Its funny coz even though we see each other so often, photos are rarely taken together. So here are a few that I managed to compile from a few months ago. 


shereen / culinary school

Hello, its been a while :) 

Parents flew down 3 weeks ago just for 3 days to send Shereen to Melbourne for her culinary school. I can't believe my baby sister's in college guys. In my head she's always 14. Its been really nice having Shereen around in the house, less empty and lonely. 

I miss my parents so much coz it was a crazy short trip. They're coming again in August hopefully with Faiz's parents so that'll be sweet. 

I'll try and blog 2 posts today so I won't dilly dally with the banter. 
Enjoy!

bella turns 21

03 July 2016
Bella just turned 21 yesterday and threw a bomb party at her place! The theme was "come in your best op shop gear" so the options were endless. You can dress up or dress down and come in a wedding gown, or a golfing outfit - anything! Really fun theme and challenges you to be incredibly creative. 

Happy birthday Bella! You are such a beautifuuuuuuul soul and I'm grateful to have you as a support system. You make me laugh so much and you're always there when I need a shoulder to lean on. You are kind and loving and I hope you start giving credit where credit is due, because its about damn fucking time you realise the beautifulness and perfection, that is, well, you.

Have a 21st birthday baby!!!! I wish we could go back to our 6-7 year old selves and give them a high five for becoming friends at Sutera Harbour Kiddies club while our parents play golf... We've done pretty well as 20 year olds and I can't wait for the years to come. 

You're stuck with me for life. Happy birthday, best friend!!!!
I love us and the way we love each other. 

fiqah's graduation / sydney

30 June 2016
Flew to Sydney a couple of weeks ago for a few days. After 3 years of slaving in the library, Fiqah's finally graduated from UNSW for Jurisdoctor of Law. So proud of my girl!!! 
Ate so much in Sydney (our form of bonding), met up with Shze for a day and went to Vivid

The last time I was in this city was when I was still studying at University of Sydney in 2014 wtf. Its been so long. 

Sorry I haven't been updating, after I came back from Sydney, my parents flew down to Melbourne for a few days to send Shereen off. So I've just been spending time with them. She's here for culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu and I'm sooooo excited to have her here. Been laughing together non-stop since she arrived.

I remembered the day I flew to Sydney was hectic af. I was writing my final essay for uni at 12am (from scratch bc procrastination) and I was done at 3ish am, napped for a bit, woke up at 530am to pack and left the house at 6 am for my flight at 7. But it was too late so I missed my flight then had to get on another flight at 11 am. LOL. #hektik

Ok enough talking. You know the drill. Enjoy!

9in6 challenge

14 June 2016
Lets get the important facts out of the way: 
I SMASHED THE 9KG IN 6 WEEKS CHALLENGE!

I lost 9.3kg, going from 70.4kg to 61.1kg. 

Its been 4 days since I weighed out of the challenge and I'm still struggling to find the words to perfectly describe the feeling I felt when I hit the 9kg mark. It was undescribably phenomenal. Ecstatic. Overwhelmed. All time adrenaline high. Comparable to skydiving. I was on a rollercoaster high of emotions. I'll come back to this. Before we go any further, let's start right from the very beginning.

Ultimate You's approach to the 9in6 is a combination of mindset, nutrition and fitness. No shortcuts. I've signed up for many gyms (Fitness First, Melbourne City Baths, True Fitness, KLGCC etc) and yes, they're perfectly equipped but nothing is really personalised? They don't care about what you do outside of the gym. You just ate a whole cake after a 2 hour gym session? Go ahead. You're feeling crappy and you don't feel like gymming? Ok don't go, we don't care, as long as you've paid your membership fees.

But UY is different. It realises that you need to master your mindset before you can set yourself goals to do anything. They can give you a perfect exercise and nutrition program, but if you're feeling lazy and undetermined? You'll get nowhere. Not having a good mindset means you're just setting yourself up for failure. I've experience this first hand. I feel this in my soul. 

You can have the best membership to the best gym with the best equipment, you can buy hundreds of workout dvds, you can have the best nutrition plan - but if you don't have the mindset to carry on any of these things. Whats the point? 

I love that I found a program that teaches you how to empower not only your body, but also your mind and spirit.

You might ask, what was the mindset I was in before the challenge?
 Since I came back to Melb in Feb, I was feeling inconsistent and lost with my fitness. I was doing Kayla's BBG still but not as regularly and definitely not on schedule. It made me so frustrated. Sorry, I made myself feel so frustrated. Going from a good roll of consistency from last year to not having that much at all.  It drove me crazy. I felt so disappointed in myself. 

So at the start, the driving force behind my efforts has been determination to get my health back on track. I wanted consistency. I didn't want to feel lost, frustrated and angry at myself anymore. 

With the 9in6 challenge, the program doesn't accept everyone because if you're doing the program for free, they're putting their reputation on the line.  They'd also like to meet you to see if you're suited for the program, or put simply, even have the 9kg to lose. 

When I went for the interview, I told them why I wanted to do it and I told them I'm sick of being in my comfort zone and I wanted to see how far I could mentally/physically push myself. They said they'd love to have me and then asked I put a deposit down for $497. 

At the end of the 6 weeks, if you hit the 9kg mark, you get your deposit back, no questions asked

This is a major incentive for most of the people on the challenge. $497 is a lot of money.. Do you know how many eyeshadow palattes I can buy with $497? Dude... A LOT! Hahaha. 

When I signed the contract (ya it was legit af), I had to go through 3 pages of RULES of the challenge. These are the main ones:
  1. 5 days of doing group classes (Minimum of 1 class a day to as much as you want, as long as it's 5 days a week). 
  2. You have to check in on Facebook everyday after a class. You must have 30 check ins at the end of the 6 weeks.
  3. You have to weigh in every Thursday and send in a report to your coach. Fill them in about how your week went, what classes you did etc. 
  4. FTDP! Follow The Damn Plan. They've given you exercises and a nutrition plan. Follow it down to the T and you WILL see results. 
  5. Change your profile picture on Facebook for the whole 6 weeks. Its probs for marketing but for me, it acted as a really good accountability strategy. 
  6. No fruits, no carbs, nothing processed, no dairy or dairy alternatives. Only protein (chicken, fish, beef, lamb etc) and whole vegetables (spinach, broccoli etc). 
  7. NO CHEAT MEALS!

Before you go any further, I'd just like to say 9in6 experience didn't feel like a one-off thing for me. It felt like a lifestyle change. So I'll be covering this post from all aspects, skin, food, health etc.

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