Hiking at Bear Hill

It was my 1st time to Bukit Beruang to hike. Our clinic has this health programme to combat obesity among staff by organizing activities such as running, Zumba and sports. This week we went hiking and Ya Allah.. nak terputus nyawa. I could feel my heart rate elevate and then my body heated. It was a good workout and I am considering going there again sometime in the future, maybe with friends but not kids. It is a bit too strenuous for the little ones.

There are a few entry points to the hill but we went to the one in the residential area which is Taman Melaka Raya. When we arrived at 830am, there were a lot of elderly Chinese folks already going down the hill. They must have started early which is like Wow. It makes me wonder what the other non-Chinese elderly folks do in the morning for their exercise. What would be their chosen activity? Would you know?

We went up the hill using the easy-intermediate level tanah trail and made our way down by the tar trail. Even then, we were already very very exhausted. I could sense the euphoric sense in completing this feat though especially when you’ve gained enough stamina to go on longer and more challenging trails.

Excited chipmunks.

A friend of mine shared a few tips to help us with muscle recovery. Some of her suggestions include;

  • proper warm-up, stretching and cooling down
  • wear appropriate clothes and shoes
  • eat a light breakfast and bring water
  • after the hike, bath in cold water to decompress
  • have high protein food
  • sleep with the legs elevated at night

The next day I did not have any muscle aches at all. It was amazing.

Snippets of moments at Bear Hill in this video

Weight loss – hoping to create my own success story

To me, Korean food is palatable. If only they could serve it less spicy for this Sarawakian. ha ha. I wonder if it’s because of the diet that makes most of them looked less than overweight, never mind obese. I can certainly vouch that their water-drinking habits do give them good hydrated skin!

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I started my weight loss journey sometime in November last year. My aim was to shed a few kilos so I wouldn’t have to buy bigger clothes and also gain the stamina to endure the hectic hours working in the Emergency Unit. My motivation was further fueled by the need to be at an acceptable baseline pre-pregnancy weight prior to conceiving again when the time comes. This further hinders the risk of being diabetic or hypertensive during pregnancy.

However, just like our menstrual cycle.. I had the perks and troughs throughout my journey. Sometimes I get so high in working out that I’ll do it more than 3 times a week. At times, when my oncall schedule or work commitments start to disrupt the routine, I would go back being a couch potato for another week.

Hence, Consistency was never Constant in my weight loss dictionary – but Motivation and Persistence was always there.

Despite a few stumbles and shortcomings, I was keen to continue with my mini war. In fact, I’m still on it. A staff once asked how much I was losing in a week,

I replied contently, ” about 0.5 kg at least – sometimes none at all if I’m not doing it right”
She wasn’t impressed. She said “oh.. that’s not much”

I should be angry and upset that she couldn’t see the struggle I faced to lose that 0.5 kg but I choose not to. I knew I was on the right track. After all, I am seeing results within these 9 months with the hiccoughs and all. I am always checking into KevinZahri’s website to find new weight loss inspiration. If  you were to read the success stories on the site, you would have realized that the weight loss did not happen in a month or few weeks – some took over a year but look at the tremendous change. Aren’t they inspiring?

I am more cautious of what I eat. I also try to squeeze in more minutes on my treadmill and bicycle. I still have a few more kilos to go but looking back, knowing that I have taken the first step to try was good enough. I want to make my own success story.