I have put on weight recently. Lack of time to exercise has ballooned my usual 56 kg to 59kg! That was what I gained in the last 6 months. My pants are tight, my jean are super stretched and the bulges of fat around my waist...Oh its awful. My upper arms are so big I'm now conscious of wearing sleeveless tops and ending up wearing cardigans with them. I know I should do something about it. I have always been an exercise fan. I like walking or running outdoors as it clears my mind and I love listening to my favourite hits as I hit the roads.
Recently, I just don't seem to find the time. I have so many things on my plate right now. Sometimes, I wonder how the top people in organisations still stay in shape. I have tried cutting down calories. I reduced my rice to two small spoons per meal and when that didn't work I changed rice to Basmati Rice because it has low GI and it doesn't make me feel so full. Its lighter on the tummy. I start off the day with 2 tbsps of Apple Cider Vinegar (oh its awful!) with warm water because I read somewhere that it helps in keeping your belly in check.
So, with all those changes I should have at least lost 1 kg? Nope, I'm still hovering around 59kg. My friends and family say I look the same. But when I see myself in the mirror, I don't like what I see. So, I started running last Sunday. Jogged all around Temasek JC, passing by Kew Crescent, then Temasek Sec School and back to my home. IT was only 4km not a long distance. I took 45 mins!! See what has happened to my stamina?
Anyway, I came home, did the usual cooking, laundry etc but by evening, out of the blue, sharp sudden pains started shooting from my lower back to the front near my groin. It was debilitating, I couldn't even get up from the sofa. I took painkillers and tried to sleep it off hoping that it wold go away by next morning.
The next morning Monday 17th Sep, I woke up slowly. The pain was numb but it got bad as the day grew on. After my girls left for school, I sent out a long message to my Book Club members that I couldn't attend the meeting that morning. We are a nice cosy close group and we meet once a month on a Monday morning in a cafe nearby. The moment I sent out that message, a few surprises followed. They immediately postponed the meeting to next Monday (10am Coffeesmith Bedok Mall) citing that the book club meeting will not be the same without my warm lovely presence( so sweet of them)!! Then, Angie immediately started another chat group to see who is available to come and visit me. Two of them came over - Angie and Anu to see me at my house! Anu brought dosa, chutney and podi in case I couldn't make breakfast ! Then, Angie drove me to my GP Raffles Medical at Siglap Centre.
I felt so blessed that just because I had back pains, two friends came over to see me. Riya looked at me said, 'Mama, you can never say again that you don't have close friends. You had back pain and immediately two friends dropped everything and came to see you! I doubt my friends would ever do that for me !!'
Then, it dawned on me, Yes I do have some nice close friends....I'm so blessed. Having friends who drop everything to come and see you when you are ill, one must be really lucky. I always thought I had a lot of casual friends and was devoid of close friends. God has shown me otherwise. Thank you ladies. You really made my day😘
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...