Lo and Behold, It’s March 2013!!

It has been the longest time since my last blog entry!

And I haven been truly busy since then …. Way busy during the last 4 months!!

Let’s take a peek at the bucket list of a busy mummy:

  1. Babysitting – keeps you perpetually busy
  2. Christmas and Chinese New Year – time of the year for lots of catching up and gatherings with families and friends
  3. Bringing 20 students on an overseas climbing trip
  4. Attending classes and seminars for personal development
  5. Sitting for exams
  6. Picking up basic skills on website design
  7. Getting lost while at it
  8. Housework

And I wonder why I have so little time.

This year, I have taken a big step in adjusting my career. The main motivation came from the twins, as my mum can’t manage them by herself while I’m at work. The Great-Grand has officially declared her retirement plans from the twins, thinking my mum and I should be able to handle them. It’s good that we learn to be independent of her, but we do have to make major changes to accommodate the change.

And so, I have taken a year off school to better manage the twins and their schedules. Aasha used to have to wake up at 6.30am with me when I was in school, because the school morning assembly is at 7.30am. I always dreaded the moment when I have to rouse her from her deep sleep!  Now that I don’t have to rush for morning assemblies, she can definitely sleep in later!

After the kids get dropped off at playschool, Mummy and Grandma scoots off to busy themselves with numerous tasks on hand! I keep myself occupied with the numerous items listed above. My mum turns her attention to quality marketing and re-organising her whole house. You can imagine how much work gets done when the twins are not home! A luxury only mothers will understand ….

There will be more entries coming up on new knowledge that I have picked up, as well as updates on new changes to come!

The Power of Intermittent Fasting

It’s funny how the world works, where the right people and things are attracted to you at the right time.

 


Just these two weeks, I’m trialing a new programme called Intermittent Fasting. I have journalled my experience in the previous posts. The first Trial Day last week had left me with a nagging headache throughout the day.

And as I was surfing and doing my work tonight, I chanced upon this article from BBC News, on the Power of Intermittent Fasting! Is this coincidental or what? It was an interesting read because I learnt new scientific evidences for the benefits of Intermittent Fasting.

I just completed Trial Day 2 a few hours ago. It was another 15 hour fast which began the night before.I was pleasantly surprised that the experience today was vastly different from that of the first day.
1. I did not have bad cravings for food throughout.
2. No sign of any headache
3. I did not binge on food at the end of the fast.

Trial day 2 went by smoothly for 15 hours!!

If you would like to understand more about the benefits of Intermittent Fasting, go ahead and understand more from BBC News here!

 

Intermittent Fasting – Plunging into the Deep

Yeah I’d say I plunged myself right into the deep ocean,because I made up my mind to go for it just over the weekend. I didn’t spend a long time planning for it. Nor did I spend an adequate amount of time reading up more details on the process of it and how I can better prepare for it. Nope, I kind of assume I will be able to handle it and just started doing it!

Like I mentioned in the last post, the chosen day for Trial Fasting was Tuesday, 9th October. So I started my 24 hour fasting cycle at 11pm on the night of Monday, 8th October.

11pm: Full of optimism and anticipation of the Trial

12md – 6am: Sleep

7am: Stomach growling but easy to ignore (busy getting twins and myself ready for school)

9am: Stomach still growling but still easy to ignore (busy at school); Drank 500ml water

11am: Drank 8oz water mixed with 3 teaspooons Greens+ (Definitely prefer eating my real greens!)

1pm: Still going strong ignoring the hunger pangs and drank more water. Started feeling a headache welling up in the head.

2.30pm: Headache still going on. Got unbelievably hungry while doing video editing! Decided to have a snack bar to tie myself over the afternoon rehearsals (wasn’t sure if there is a possibility that I’d faint from hunger later on in the midst of rehearsal)

4pm: Tummy still rumbling, headache still going on. But was still able to ignore due to distraction from rehearsals. Drank water throughout the rehearsal.

6.30pm: Done with rehearsal. Got unbearably hungry and snacked on a tuna bun. Drank more water. Got hungry again in a jiffy.

8.00pm: Snacked on two slices of rock-melon and felt significantly better. Got hungry again soon after.

10.30pm: Made myself a multi-grain chicken breast sandwich (from leftover chicken). Completely satisfied with my meal, though I didn’t feel particularly full.

And my 24-hour Fasting Trial Day ended when the clock struck 11pm.

My Conclusion

Progressive Fasting

I should have started with Intermittent Fasting in a progressive manner. I was perhaps too ambitious to try to achieve a 24-hour stint on the first ever Fasting episode in my life! Perhaps starting with a 15-hour fast once weekly for the first 2 weeks would have been more appropriate for my body to adapt to this new nutritional strategy – which is about right since I surrendered and snacked at about 2.30pm (15.5 hours). After 15, I could then progress to 18, then to 20, then to the final 24-hour goal! The nagging headache might also have been avoided if Fasting was done progressively.

Thank God for the Distractions

This is so true for an amateur in Fasting! The hunger pangs were perpetually present the whole time! If there were no distractions that came in the form of work, activities or the environment, my mind would constantly be reminded of the rumbling tummy and I would need a higher level of persuasive skills and mental strength to rid my mind of the feelings! So yes it was indeed a sound strategy to choose a busy day where it was easier for me to focus on other stuff than my tummy.

Starting Afresh

Though the nagging headache persisted for a good part of the day, it was gone by the time I woke up the next morning! Not only was the headache gone, I was largely aware that I felt exceptionally refreshed the next day! You know how sometimes your head feels clouded and blinded with numerous issues when you are at work? Well, I was feeling this way for the last couple of weeks. And yet I was clearly aware that I felt so different after the Trial Fasting Day – refreshed, light and energetic! I must say I cannot confirm if this feeling can be attributed directly to the Fasting Day, but I’d very much like to think so =0)

Is this what people call Detox? haha