Healthy sorta life for moi

My blogging life is eluding me.  Gone are the days when I can publish non-stop post after post of interesting topics, gripping even.  Now I have consigned myself to blogging when time permits.  Maybe it is the environment I face every day…or *almost* every day.  Takes every ounce of my energy and faith just to prod myself along.  Sometimes I just want to throw in the towel because I am just too tired to try anymore.I am thankful though, that despite these adversities, I still find solace in the little little things that give me a healthy push in the right direction.  And these are some of the things that I have been doing.  They don’t erase the problem completely, but they do put a smile on my face, in a healthy kind of way.

I used to take evening primrose oil (EPO) capsules on a regular basis, up till the point when I got pregnant.  Then I stopped, because I had read that the oil is touted to make the uterus contract, making it harmful for the unborn child.  I didn’t take it all through pregnancy and breastfeeding since the effects of EPO on babies is still unconfirmed.  Since I stopped taking EPO, my eczema has taken a turn for the worse.  My fingers would crack so bad, it sometimes bled.  It’s painful just to bend ’em fingers sometimes.  Then a few weeks ago, I consulted my Mom and she reminded me of EPO, and how it is useful to cure atopic eczema and psoriasis.  I promptly bought a bottle and have been taking 2 tablets twice daily since.  My eczema has not completely cured, but at least I see some vast improvement in the skin texture.  And I love that my skin is on the way to healing!Last Monday, I indulged in a facial too.  Unwittingly I agreed to have an anti-aging skin renewal facial done (for preventative measures only, what were you thinking??!!), assuming that it was one of the facials I had already signed up and paid for.  The facial was fantastic.  I dunno what they do…they put some vitamin stuff on my face, gave me a head and shoulder massage and I drifted off to sleep, until I was awaken by the therapist.  My skin definitely felt smoother and cleaner and looked brighter than before.  I then discovered I had to pay RM200++ for the facial, but at that time, I was already reeling over how marvelous the facial was, I didn’t mind.  Of course, knowing me, I showed some disdain and remarked that it was a miscommunication in the first place when I thought I had already paid for it.  Anyways…I walked away feeling great.For about three weeks now, I have been taking cold showers in the evenings.  Yeah, you heard me right….COLD showers.  It all started when my hubby told me the story about Ryan Babel remarking that taking cold showers help heal muscle pulls, tears, knocks and bruises faster and eliminates fatigue too.  Well the initial spray of cold water that hits your skin does make you cringe a tad, but after that, it’s really invigorating and I love how my skin feels after the shower.  It’s hard to switch to this routine when we’ve been hot-showering all this while, but I do remember I used to bathe in cold water all day long, when I didn’t have a water heater.  I suppose the cold water constricts and closes the pores making for smoother skin afterward.  Never felt better.  I highly recommend this to everyone.And oh yes, today, I hit the gym!  The one in my apartment, that is.  Been wanting to do so for a long time running, but finally did it today.  It’s not a very good gym, i.e. the treadmills and stepper are all manual (need to use your body weight to move it, no electrical connections wan), so I didn’t touch those.  Instead, I headed straight for the vertical leg lift.  Very good for the abs, arms and butt, aitelyu.  It’s like doing leg curls vertically, you know…so you’ve got the gravity going against you too.  If there is just one gym apparatus in the whole wide world for me, this would be the one.  Ladies, try it and you’ll see what I mean *wink*.  Let’s hope the two vertical toned lines on my abs will be visible soon.  Tee hee!!!  I did some quadricep extensions, lateral raises, tricep curls and some lunges too.  Not bad for a start, eh?But I had this for dinner though….

Can’t be good for those abs of mine, huh?  SIGH… I certainly foresee more left lifting, leg curling, abs tightening and tigressy grimacing to come!

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15 Responses to Healthy sorta life for moi

  1. rinnah says:

    Ah! The gym! The place we willingly go to torture ourselves… but what wouldn’t I give for *almost* free access to a simple gym and swimming pool now!

    The Giddy Tigress says: I feel so ashamed because even though mine is free (well, in a way la….I do pay condo maintenance fees monthly), I hardly go gymming or swimming. SIGH.

  2. Jemima says:

    I did think of closing my blog a few times.. but my friends discourage me. I used to blog daily too.. now I don’t.
    Just blog when you want to.. after all it’s your blog.

    I used to hit the gym daily but circumstances doesn’t allow me anymore.
    These days, my exercise is just walking.. park my car in one spot & walk around to do all my errands & when I am at work, I only take the stairs.

    I don’t take EPO anymore. I’m taking grapeseed antioxidant & it does wonders for my skin.

    Wishing you & your family a Blessed Weekend!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, I have decided to take it a day at a time. I have not heard of grapeseed antioxidant though, but it sounds good!

  3. ehon says:

    phwoarr!! good food takes away all the pain, stress and time!! 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: You can say that again!

  4. Chen says:

    cold shower?
    those were the days when I dun hv water heater facilities.. 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yalor…but you know….it feels good la..

  5. ablogaway says:

    Exercises did wonders for us, though I haven’t been doing so for ages… Well, I’m in one of these moods too, hmm…maybe what I need is another lunch with you, wink wink 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: I love exercise, but I only wish I had more than 24 hours in a day!

  6. Maybe you can try taking Flax Seed Oil and also Fish Oil. They are very good for skin inflammation. I have the same problem which is triggered by bad nutrients, alcohol and smoking *grin*.

    I always do a whole vegetarian diet whenever I have problems with my skin. That never fails to do wonder.

    Great that you are doing a whole lots of stuff besides blogging!

    The Giddy Tigress says: I take fish oil daily too, but not flax seed. I did a fruit cleansing diet once before…and that was superb!

  7. mistipurple says:

    tiredness is contagious. *yawn*
    glad you’re doing something positive to counter.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Can spread through blogs anot?

  8. parisb says:

    cold showers! :O I’m told that if you have eczema a mild soapfree shower gel is in order. I like Eucerin 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: My shower gel is finishing soon, maybe I can try Eucerin. Thanks for the suggestion.

  9. zara's mama says:

    Wah.. your shower switch so changgih one ah? I thought some latest Osim gadget.

    Haih.. I also sometimes feel so tired just want to give it all up.

    The Giddy Tigress says: No la, not OSIM la….it’s Panasonic wan…hehehe…

  10. Alamak! Sayang lah! After all the exercise you eat that meal! Put back what you work off lor. hehe….

    I also feel less incline to blog these days…… 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: But that dinner so tempting wor….see la, when I have time to exercise again.

  11. Pink Cotton says:

    way to go!

    it is all going to be very rewarding when you step onto the weighing machine again after a while 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: I know what you mean! But you know, sometimes I do freak out looking at the scales!

  12. cbenc12 says:

    for de epo, can we take it when we having menstrual? i am not so sure what days i should take and when i should not..

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes, you can take it all through your menstrual cycle. That’s what I do anyway. I only know that it is not good to take it when you are pregnant.

  13. shireen says:

    Thumbs up to you for hitting the gym. I cannot extol more how beneficial exercise is. Good for you, don’t slack ar……

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes ma’am…errr…… *runs away quickly*

  14. LB says:

    Wow! How did I miss this post?!! Oh my! I am so sorry.. I must have missed the RSS somehow! Or thought I did.. but nevermind! Ryan Babel’s good. I like the way he plays. Now I am thinking of going for more cold showers too.. It’s amazing how you’d think there’s just no way you’re going to cold shower in winter, and yet, it’s really really invigorating!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh…the RSS feed-eating syndrome that plagued your blog feeds on my reader must have moved to yours now! Help!!!! Never mind, you’re here now….I’m glad you agree with the cold shower thingy….after a good shower, more appetite for lormaikai eh?

  15. LB says:

    Now I know why I missed this post… I just got the RSS feed for it now, along with your latest! Eek!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Why so late wan? Told you it’s the same *virus* that’s infecting your feed la…Now I have to manually go to your blog…can’t rely on the readers!

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