Inspiration comes in many ways

Posted: 11 October, 2010 in Babbles & Rants

I came across this youtube video while researching for running shoes. I usually don’t click on video clippings in articles, but this time I did …

I was glad I did.

Go on, click the  PLAY button!

The beginning of the video showing a normal young Ben reminded me of  … well … me.

Then, the video goes on to show that Ben got big … well so did I. I started to put on weight since my high school years and the weight gain really picked up during college, courting and marriage. I was lucky, because unlike Ben, my relationship with the love of my life remained strong … from courting to marriage to now raising a family of four boys!

I am blessed with a loving wife, a wonderful family.

But, like Ben, as I grow larger, I became unhappy person. I became sickly. I became sick so often that people are surprised to see me at events and functions … because they expected me to be sick at home. I guess the stress, the anxiety, the emotional breakdown made me slip into obesity more and more.

I tried to be happy. I make some friends I go out and have fun once in a while … but that’s it. Once I get back home, I became the unhappy me again.

I don’t know what inspired Ben to start running. In my case, it was my being sick too many times. December 2009. I had a muscle sprain on the left part of my chest. It was so painful that I went to the hospital to consult a physician. Being fat (the doctor categorised me as morbidly obese) the hospital quickly put me through some procedures to check my heart. The doctor at the Accident and Emergency department thought I was having a heart attack!

It scared me! A LOT!

I was okay. It was just a pulled muscle caused my bulging tummy. The doctored said, “Your heart is fine … for now. But, I don’t know for how long if you choose to keep that weight you are carrying”.

THAT was my turning point.

At that moment I asked the doctor what should I do … How should I start.

Ben ran … I started to walk.

 


My son, holding my old pants ... 48 inch waistline

 

I forced myself to get up and go out and walk on Boxing Day 2009.

To date, I  had not loss as much weight as Ben has, but I shed some pounds … errr … kilograms. Each gram I loss made me feel better. I don’t get sick as much nowadays. My morning walks picked up pace. I became speedier. I am still fat but I feel more capable, more energetic than I was a year ago. All the fat was eating away my energy, I guess!

Back to the video … I was able to walk and jog 5km, then 10km. Later on, my friends, seeing my progress persuaded me to run a race. My first race was a 1oK night run. I did not care how fast I ran at that race. I just wanted to finish the race. And when I did, the feeling was wonderful.

I have 4 children and I do not want them to go through what I went through. My healthy and active lifestyle is not for me alone but extended to the whole family. Yesterday, to commemorate the 1oth day, of the 10th month of the 10th year of the millennium, I signed up the family for the 10!10!10! Fun Run. It was a fun family weekend.

Next week, there’ll be the Mizuno Wave Run, which I’ll be running with my my eldest son.

To Ben … Congratulations. Keep up the good work and hopefully what you do will inspire many more people to live a healthy and HAPPY life.

And Ben Davis ….. Thank you.

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Always check the receipt!

Posted: 1 October, 2010 in Babbles & Rants

This is not the first time. A similar situation happened to me before … at the same Hypermarket.

I went out to buy an electric thermoflask to replace mine which broke a few days ago. I saw this 5 litre capacity flask tagged as special for RM129.00. A good deal I thought, so, I took one off the shelf and straight to the cashier.

"Ka chingggg" … and the cash register shows a figure of RM149.00. I immediately highlighted the error but the cashier told me that I might have checked out the tag for a different model. Giving ther the benefit of the doubt, I paid for the electric thermos and went back to the shelf to double check on the price.

I was right, the price is tagged as RM129. I made a complaint at the customer service counter and was refunded the RM20 that was overcharged to me.

Good …

This is a friendly reminder to always check your receipt after every purchace. In this case, if I just paid and keep the receipt in my pocket. I lose RM20 and the store gained an extra profit of RM20.

Always check what you buy and how much you pay for them.

See The Difference

Posted: 1 October, 2010 in Babbles & Rants

See what I mean. The real thing and as shown in the menu pix …

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Not many restaurants or other eating establishment serve their food as shown in their menu. Even a Big Mac at a local McD here is flat and soggy, not like the promotional photos where the two beef patties are stacked tall with fresh tomato slices and lettuce in between the fluffy burger bun.

"Indah gambar dari rupa …"

I was very glad yesterday when I was served a smoked salmon sandwich with garden salad and it looks gorgeous … Just like in the menu book. I can even say the real thing looks better than the photo placed behind the counter.

Where was this?

It was at a Délifrance outlet at Ampang Point.

I really enjoyed the sandwich. The presentation made the food taste extra delicious. I ate slowly enjoying the food … Both the taste and how it was presented.

It doesn’t have to be only one thing a day, but doing one thing at a time. Focus on what is at task and complete it. Give 100% to the task at hand. Once done, move along to the next “THING” to do …

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Hopefully I can squeeze in at least another 20km of walking/jogging before the end of the week.

I lost 3kgs during Ramadhan and gained back 2kgs within 1 week of Eid celebration. So, I have to work extra hard to maintain the weight that I have lost.

I managed to walk a total of 14km yesterday and today. Just hope the wet weather forecast won’t dampen my spirit!

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