Virgin Coconut Oil Body Lotion 

It’s circa 2.30 am now my side of the world, and I just made my first batch of natural body lotion. Since I was having insomnia again I decided I might as well do something – so I went to the kitchen and took out the half cup of organic virgin coconut oil that I had put in the refrigerator earlier, and started whisking away using my hand mixer. Apparently that was one way to make natural body lotion with just one ingredient – the coconut oil – so I had to try it out. 

It was quite a bit of work because of the solid state of the oil after refrigeration, but after some huffing and puffing I ended up with two mini jars of rich, luxurious, fragrant creamy coconut paste.  I think it qualifies more as body butter than lotion, considering its thickness. No thanks to the tropical climate in my country, though, the result of my hard work soon started showing signs of melting, returning to its original liquid form. Virgin coconut oil melts at temperatures over 24 degrees Celcius, and the average room temperature in Penang is 30 degrees. 

So I placed the two jars in my refrigerator, and will find out later in the morning what whipped coconut oil looks like in a solid form. Nevertheless, I hope it works as a rich luxuriant body butter as I am eager to replace my existing conventional body lotion from the Body Shop, which contains paraben among other synthetic chemicals. 

 

Excuses Galore!

Badge by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

Badge by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions


We all know the common excuses people make for not sticking to their exercise plan. Why not turn the tables around and take a look at the excuses we can make to actually exercise? Here’s the list, flowing out of my stream of consciousness:

1. The TV is not having anything interesting on anyway
2. My high-school anniversary is coming
3. There are a few good songs on the iPod to make the workout fun
4. The skinny jeans may stop threatening to burst at the seams if I do this three times a week for three months
5. Think long term! Exercise is an important but not urgent task, to use the four quadrants of time management by Stephen Covey
6. Happy people exercise regularly
7. I can go running while waiting for my laundry
8. I can learn a foreign language on my iPod while running
9. The sleepiness and lethargy will disappear the moment the momentum picks up and I get into the groove
10. Dinner tastes better after an exercise

This post is part of SoCS:
http://lindaghill.com/2014/12/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-december-1914/

My Running Journal: 6.5K Now!

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget9th of December 2014, Saturday

Today I Googled for tips on running in cold weather because it won’t be summer in New York in November, and came across an excellent blog, Running and the City,  by a seasoned New York City Marathon participant.

She helpfully describes the route starting from Staten Island all the way to the finish line at Central Park…and that was when I found out that there would be some uphill paths…but then again, what else could I expect? 42 kilometres of smooth, even roads? And apparently it would be quite cold, because she recommends wearing layers of cheap or throwaway clothing that we can shed along the way, as we get warmer during the run. Oh oh. A challenge indeed for a consummate tropical babe like me. I live in a hot Asian country and I don’t even use my air-conditioner, so cold weathers are always a bane to me. But no one signs up for a marathon (especially one in a foreign country!) expecting an easy life.

All the descriptions of the challenging route and weather left me with such an urgency that right after reading the post I changed and went straight down to the gym to train. Since I managed 5.5 km (3.41 miles) during my last run at the park, today  I wanted to beat my record yet again by aiming for 4 miles. As a testament to the motivational power of a blazing clear goal, yes, I achieved, oh no, surpassed that target! So today it’s 4.01 miles(6.5 km) in around 41 minutes.

Slowly but surely, I will get myself all fit and sprightly in time to conquer the 42 km come November next year.

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!

My Running Journal: My First 5K…Woo Hoo!

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget6th of December 2014, Saturday

This is a belated entry as this run practice took place yesterday evening. The best thing about running is the satisfaction and confidence that come from discovering the limits in ourselves that we can surpass…with every step made, every deep breath taken, the sense of possibility just grows – that maybe, maybe nothing is really impossible. Almost.

Yesterday there was a light drizzle when I reached the park where I had decided to practice. But the other runners and walkers carried on, so I decided to brave it after hesitating for 10 minutes. I am glad I did because the drizzle stopped after a while, and I ended up surpassing my target to run 5 kilometers. So woots, that was my first 5K. It was quite an interesting run because of the landscape at the park. I could choose to run on level ground, or do rounds near the field at the lower part of the park where I had to run slightly uphill at some points. Observing the humanity present also made the run a lot more interesting. There were families running together, a father-and-son pair taking a relaxing stroll while chatting with each other, a group of senior citizens practising their Tai chi to traditional Chinese music, and a good number of serious runners with their earphones on.

Running outdoors certainly beats the staleness of the gym! And the verdict: 5.48 km in 39 minutes. Yay!

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!

My Running Journal: I Deserve a Burger Reward for This Round

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget4th of December 2014, Thursday

Back to the running track at the Science University of Malaysia again, and this time I ran amidst wafts of deodorant, hair gel, and clothes detergent from fellow runners who cut past me and I, them. The sky was clear at 6 pm and I would have enjoyed myself more had my bangs not get in my eyes every so often, no thanks to the wind. Time for a hair trim or at least to get a headband.

I decided from the moment I began my run that today the target was simply to at least match my last run on Tuesday evening. So when the Nike run app showed 2.70 miles and 30 minutes (vs. Tuesday’s 2.70 miles in 33 minutes) I felt like throwing my arms in the air and thrusting my torso forward as if crossing an imaginary finish line. But I simply stopped and did my warming down moves and wiped my sweat.

It’s fried rice for dinner tonight. I decided the burger would be more suited for tomorrow–because it would then be Friday. Yippie! To both Friday and breaking my own modest record.

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!

My Running Journal: Getting Bored of the Gym

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget27th of November 2014, Thursday
This morning, I ignored the dullness of the gym and my longing for the rejuvenating outdoors to clock 3 km in 28 minutes on the treadmill.

My body, it seems, has also adjusted to this new running routine. Gone are the extra hunger pangs, water retention, thunder thighs and bloated stomach. It’s a myth that running makes one lose weight–not that that’s my aim. I still make sure I eat heartily and do some weight lifting. This is to make sure all the running doesn’t leave me all skeletal and skinny.

I promised myself that this weekend I will run outdoors. Oh green green grass, here I come.

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!