Tuesday, December 26, 2006

You know you've gained weight when...

1. You feel crowded eventhough you are all alone in a room
2. During solat (prayer), you don't feel like getting up after sujud (prostration)
3. The best sitting position is leaning forward
4. All your clothes have miraculously shrunk
5. Going to the toilet is your idea of weight loss


Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Coronary Drama

Having my practical attachment done in the National Heart Institute (IJN), it'd be a crime if I don't share what I've learn there for the past 3 weeks. Seriously, I've learnt a lot, and mostly it is about how my future is likely to be.

Looking at the middle-age men and women, some as young as 41 years old, and the older men and women, some as old as 78 years old, coming in and out of the cardiology clinic, lining up at the dispensary, sleeping in bed in ICU, lying on the fluoroscope table while a doctor pushes a wire into an artery through a hole on their groin and goes straight to their heart with the doctor's eyes fixed on a TV in front of her - phew - made me realize how awfully morbid and mortal coronary heart disease is. I mean, it could be me lying on the table in 25 years to come!

So to do justice to the guilt and fear a feel, I am doing my part to educate the general public on how coronary heart disease begin and ways to protect yourself from this life-sucking disease.

To make it interesting, I shall present it in a form of drama. And it shall be named:

And I have substituted the medical-jargon characters with something closer to us...

So the drama begins...

One fine day, in the happy land of Karut-nary, there was a Road that heads staright to the Used Car Store. Along the road is a straigt row of Cars that are moving in a rather rhythmic, orchestratic and undisturbed fashion to the Used Car Store. The Used Car Store manager is very happy, as constant supply of cars made sure his business runs smooth.

Another fine day, someone opened a KFC restaurant next to The Road. With its doors open, few Michelin Kid gathered in the restaurant. For the time being, The Road is not blocked and all of The Cars can still move to the Used Car Store freely. The manager is still happy. The medical name for this state is called The Fatty Streak.

However, more and more Michelin Kids flock The KFC. At one moment, there were too many Michelin Kids in and around The KFC, and the comotion partially blocked The Road. The Cars became congested before the block, slowing them down, and fewer cars reach the Used Car Store. It affected the business in the store so much, that the cost of buying cars are exceeding the profit of cars sold. So there is a deficit in supply. The Used Car manager is furious, angry and unhappy, but at least he is still alive. The medical name for this state is ischaemia.

One unfortunate day, the Michelin Kids flocked The KFC one person too much, and the restaurant exploded, completely blocking the road with debris and Michelin Kids body parts. Now no cars can go through. Without Cars coming in, the Used Car manager had to close his business, and fearing that loan sharks might go after him, he torched himself and succumbed. Poor guy. The medical name for this state is infarction (heart attack lah).

So that was how the town of Karut-nary fell apart. THE END.

Pretty sad isn't it. Now, let's study the characters. Who are the bad guys in this drama? Obviously, The KFC and The Michelin Kid. So if we can turn back time, how do we prevent the town of Karut-nary from falling apart? Simple. We get rid of the bad guys.

Numero uno, get rid of The KFC.

There are several ways of avoiding The KFC. The famous ones are:

1. Prevent high blood pressure: High blood pressure literally means the pressure in your blood vessel is higher than normal. This high pressure strains the vessel wall, making the vessel susceptible for injury. Once the injury is there, there is a good chance fatty streak ensuing. So exercise and take less salt. Get your blood pressure checked regularly, once in 3 months at least. Once in 2 months is ok. Once a month, your just sinking your doctor's heart.

2. Stop smoking: Smoking makes the blood vessel more fragile and injury-prone. And don't go saying "I only smoke 2 cigarette a day. It won't happen to me." Smoking 1 or 40 cigarettes a day don't make a difference as far as vessel injury is concerned. Of course some backward-thinking moron will take this statement differently by saying "Hey if smoking 1 is just as bad as smoking 40, let's just then smoke 40." But then again, they're morons.

Numero due, get rid of The Michelin Kid

Simple math. No cholesterol, no cholesterol deposit.

1. Take low-fat diet: Cholesterol comes from 2 sources. The one that our body makes by itself and the one you eat. But those you put into your mouth are the ones that matters. Try using less fat in your food. Boil it, steam it, barbeque it, grill it, eat it raw. Just hold the butter/oil/fat aside.

2. If you have to take fat, take the healthier ones: Yes, there are such thing as healthy fat. Polyunsaturated fat is healthy. Trans fat is not. As a matter of fact, trans fat is evil. What's trans fat you ask? Well, Planta, Dorina, Crisco, Daisy are trans fat. Simple test, if the margarine doesn't melt and remain in firm-to-soft consistency in room temperature, there's a high chance it's trans fat. So throw those in the dustbin. Use vegetable oil, olive oil or even palm oil instead.

3. The only way to lower down your LDL (Life Destructing Lipoprotein) cholesterol is by exercie (of course you can use statins, but those are for sick people. Cool people don't pop pills). So exercise your way to a wide open coronary vessel. An adequate health-preserving exercise should total 150 minutes a week. That is either 3 days a week 50 minutes a day, or every day for 25 minutes. Make sure you sweat when you exercise. Sweating indicates you are working above resting metaboism. Walk on the park while smelling roses ain't gonna work.

So now, are you looking for a group to run with? Join the pipot primates weekly Saturday run. Info is available here http://www.swimbikerunmalaysia.com/


Thank you.


Saturday, December 09, 2006

An Advice From The Man Himself

As I was checking updates on my blog, I noticed a new comment was up on the 'Losing Isn't So Bad' entry. First glance through the comment, I thought it was another spam. There were www, @ symbol, relatively long and I turned the blog spamguard off a month back. Everything pointing to spam, until I read it carefuly.

It was a comment posted by Adam Tice himself!!! I couldn't believe it!!!

Here is the message he left, put here for the sake of convenience:

Adman121 said...

Hey! It's funny what you find when you google yourself. Adam Tice here. Thanks for noticing I was a stubborn jackass. My wife would totally agree! No lipo for me. Here is what I did. 1. Decided I was going to become an Ironman. 2 Found a planning that would prepare me for the race. 3. set the weight loss goal and come up with a plan on how to acheive it. 4. Made thousands of small decisions on the way to my Ironman. You can do it. I am just some average Schmoe. I am a member of www.OnTri.com It is a community of triathletes that suppport, chat, and answer questions for each other about Tris. I wouldrecommend joining. If there is anything I can answer/do for ya, let me know.

There are some more pics @ www.flickr.com then do a search on "ironadam" GOOD LUCK. YOU CAN DO IT MAN!!!!!


3 weeks left before the year ends, and what better way to start a new year with a newly polished, gleaming motivation. I'll remember every word he said.

Note to Adam: Thanks for the advice. And I'm reliefed you took the 'stubborn jackass' as a compliment. It's a quality I noticed shared by most big achievers I came across; they are most certainly irritatingly stubborn.


Ultraman IMU

This was recorded earlier this year during IMU Seremban Music Night. We rocked the hell socks out of everyone!!!

I'm in the white helmet. That's a FOX mtb jersey I'm wearing.

I try to minimize the use of youtube in my blog, this is so far the first. But since it is about me, I get to keep my quota.

This dance was adapted and modified from the Original Ultraman Dance. Am told by a very reliable source that these guys are from Universiti Teknologi Petronas, and not MMU, as popular belief. Since their video appear on youtube sometime in Feb-March 2006, many other family of Ultra sporadically appear around the globe. But the Original Ultraman Dancers still do it the best, in my humble opinion.

No posts on training, pasal I've been doing minimal training. IJN elective attachement is too mentally draining!! Tak sempat nak lari pun.. Maluuuu... Got to snap out of this. 60 weeks to IM Langkawi 2008. Yea man!!

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