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16.9.18

{How I manage my food intake/Portion control}

I shared a collage on Instagram on how I am changing up 
the way I watch my diet.
I used to think that 'eating clean' was the only way to lose fat.
It made me very frustrated as I had to restrict myself from eating out 
in order to stick to my diet plans. 
Not only did it made me feel unhappy, 
it was also making the people around me feeling uncomfortable. 
They worried that I will feel uncomfortable with them eating fast food 
in front of me, 
they are concerned about my low body fat percentage as I stopped having periods. 

Now, 
I am counting macros/calories instead of eating clean. 
I am managing my food portions & intake 
instead of restricting myself from eating what I wanna eat. 
I get that counting calories can be quite tricky at first 
& it can be quite troublesome to bring a food scale everywhere we go. 
Fret not, 
I am not doing that hahahah 
Thankfully for me, I have Marcus to guide me along the way 
as he used to bring a scale around to way his food 
so he is able to gauge the amount of calories for various food. 

Here's a simple rule of thumb whenever I eat out:
When in doubt, always over estimate 

You can also try checking with the chef/ waiter if they know the weight of the various food that you're ordering. 
Chances are, they do!
I use the food diary app (MyFitnessPal) to help me track my calories throughout the day.
What I love bout it is that there are already tons of food items 
already keyed in by other users so you can simply 
search for the food item that you're gonna consume at the search bar. 
I have the habit to plan what I'm gonna have the following day 
as it helps to prevent me from overeating. 
However, 
do note that some of the items keyed in do not have proper macros (protein, fats, carbs).
Always make sure to double check!
Besides that, 
I kinda disagree with the calories that it sets for the users. 
It helps you to calculate the number of calories you should consume based on 
your activity level, weight & height. 
The result tend to be under-estimated & may result in under eating.
Instead of following the given calories, 
I am currently eating around 1.8k per day to 'cut'/ lose weight in addition to my weight lifting seshs :)

Anyhoo,
thought I should elaborate more on my IG post here :p
The main takeaway point is to have portion control.
It's not just about what you eat but also, 
how much you eat!


I am a pretty boring person so I'll go back to get the same drink over & over again 
or eat the same thing every single day to the extent that I can rmb
how much calories are in each item hahaha 
Avoid ordering huge cups of drinks as that naturally means more calories.
Ask for no whip cream (I know it tastes great but the macros for that is nasty)
cause there is no need for it haha don't hate on me!
To cut more calories, 
ask for soy milk instead of full cream milk. 


For those packaged items, 
you can easily track the calories from the labels on the packaging.
Make sure to looking at the serving size!
Don't be tricked by the 'low amount' of calories as 
it usually indicates 1 serving & the packet contains 3/5 servings. 


If you have a sweet tooth like me, 
it is always a good idea to share your desserts!
That way, 
you will get to try more things & consume a lesser amount of calories.
(DON'T BE GREEDY HOHOHO is this why bfs are getting fat?)


High sugar drinks are like silent killers to me. 
You may think a cup of 'Boost Juice' is 'low calories' 
but it actually contains up to 400 plus or more calories. 
That's the reason why I have the habit of planning ahead. 
If I wanna get a cup of Boost Juice, 
I will have to cut out my snacks for the day. 
In any case, 
I usually try to avoid 'drinking my calories' as it doesn't really keeps me full. 


One way I try to combat my habit of snacking is by packing protein snacks in my bag. 
I find it really hard to get hold of high protein food in SG
as it is mostly packed with fats & carbs
& high protein food
is usually pretty pricy. 


'If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!'
:]


Grab a glass of water now
& DRINK UP!
Water can help to curb cravings
& keep you full!


I find it really hard to control if I were to eat out of the jar/
the bag. 
One trick is take out a palm size of the food 
& store the rest away. 
Another trick is get rid of all the unhealthy snacks at home. 
If you don't see it, 
you will not think about eating it. 


Hope this lil post is useful for those who are looking to manage their diets better!
Until next time!

xx


6.9.18

{INFINI Acne Scar Treatment w Clifford Clinic}

Was really thrilled when Dr. Gerard Ee shared with me about 
Infini Acne Scar Treatment 
when I talked about how I am really bothered by the scars
on my cheeks. 
It really gets to me cause there isn't anything that I can do to get rid of it.
(Unlike blackheads or pimples where I can just squeeze them out on my own...
that probably explains why I have acne scars :x )
Acne scars are those 'dents' / depressed acne scars on the skin's surface making it look like 
there are a lot of 'enlarged holes' on your face (my definition HAHAHA).
These scars (usually caused by HUGE pimples) arises when there are a damage in the deeper layer of the skin's surface resulting in loss of tissue & collagen in the affected area. 

As usual, 
I have tonsssss of question & Dr. Ee was really patient with answering my questions &doubts.

Here were some of the concerns I had:
1. What is Infini Treatment 
Infini is a Radiofrequency Microneedling treatment where the penetration depth is up 
to 3.5mm below the skin.
This is why it is able to treat even deep acne scars.

2. How long is the down time
Dr. Ee reassured me that downtime for Infini is low,
about 3days with mild redness. 
Was really relieved when I heard this cause my skin tends to take a longer period to recover 
as compared to others. 

3. Does it hurt
As y'all probably know by now, 
I have very low pain threshold so the pain factor is always one of the top few concerns for me.
Dr. Ee mentioned that the pain should be mild to slightly painful (depends on individual)
& they will be applying numbing cream prior to the treatment. 
YAY! Thank goodness for numbing cream haha

4. How many sessions are required to see results
Visibile results can be seen roughly one month after the first treatment. 
Results will continue to improve up to 3 months. 
The number of sessions needed is dependent on the condition of the individual's skin. 

5. Any precautions for post-treatment
They mentioned that I will need to avoid sunlight for the next 3days or so to prevent 
pigmentation & the skin is more sensitive after the treatment. 

6. Is the treatment permanent 
It helps to stimulate productive of collagen in the deeper layer,
making use of the body's ability to recover & restore. 
With Infini, the scars will be remodelled & the only way this is possible is by 
stimulating the skin to remove old scar tissue & create new, healthy & organised collagen fibres. 

More answers to FAQs can be found here

Hookayy, time to share bout my personal experience w the Infini treatment by Clifford Clinic!

There are 2 diff entrances to the clinic.
My first thought when I saw the clinic was that it looks really professional
& welcoming.






There are comfortable sitting areas & the decorations were simple & sophisticated. 



After filling in the forms, 
I was asked to cleanse my face before they apply the numbing cream.



They applied two layers of numbing cream on my face 
(which I am really thankful for cause I do not have god tolerance for pain :x).

Had a short consultation with Dr. Ee about my concerns 
& my skin before we move on to the treatment.
Below's the machine that he will be using to treat my skin.
He will be able to control the length of depth that the needles will be 
penetrating my skin w this :o


& here's the 49-needle tip that Dr. Ee will be using.
(Can you just imagine me panicking inside rn? HAHAHA)



The needles have a variable depth of 0.5 to 3.5mm to treat different depth of acne scars.
To ensure hygiene,
each needle tip is disposal & a new one will be used for each treatment. 


Depending on the severely of the scars, 
Dr. Ee may also inject local anesthesias on top of the numbing cream.
He informed me that my skin did not require anesthesia as it not a very serious case 
that we can proceed straightaway.

Dr. Ee focused mainly at the area around the scars.
He performed about 4 rounds over the damaged areas,
using different needle depths at different areas. 


The nurse helped to wipe away little spots of blood in between each rounds. 
Slight bleeding is normal at the treated area is normal.
This treatment took only about 15 minutes.


Was prescribed a tub of Foban Cream which is an antibiotic while helps to soothe
& cool the treated area. 


Here's how my skin looked like with a layer of numbing cream on:


You can see the scars are at a concentrated area on my right cheek.
I felt a slight, tingly, burning sensation at the treated area after the treatment 
& this lasted for about an hour or so. 


The area was a bit swollen & red post treatment but it subsided throughout the day. 


Pain factor? 
6.5/10 
HAHAHA ok, honestly, it was pretty painful for me. 
i have low threshold for pain & a few drops of tears did roll down my eyes.
It felt like tiny needles are poking the skin.
However, 
it wasn't unbearable to the point where I had to get them to stop the procedure. 
My tactic to countering the pain is to take deep breathes 
& focus on breathing instead of the pain :p

Are y'all ready for the after pic?
:]
Noticed that the scars aren't as deep as before &
the right side of my skin looks smoother & more even.


Overall, 
it was an interesting experience for me & I am happy to see results from the treatment.


Until next time! 
xx


For more information:



24 Raffles Place
#01-03 Clifford Centre
Singapore 048621
(Exit A from Raffles MRT)
Opening hours:
Mon to Fri: 10am – 8pm
Sat: 10am – 2pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
For appointments or enquiries:
thecliffordclinic@gmail.com /
 (+65) 6532 2400

13.6.18

{Gaston Luga Clässy Mini, Swedish Backpack}


Gaston Luga is a brand known for it versatility  & functionality. 
They offer a huge range of backpacks suitable for many occasions: work, school, travel & even as a gym bag!
There are many different models & colours to choose from for both mean & women. 






Will be sharing with you my latest collab w Gaston Luga today :}
This is probably the cutest & prettiest one yet!
It is their latest Clässy Mini backpack which minimalistic yet luxe & functional. 
What I really like bout this series is that every piece comes with
customizable with the flap top!
You can choose between pink, burgundy or brown :o
It's like having 2 for the price of 1!


Was so spoilt with choice that I did a polling on IG
to help me decide on the second flap colour HAHAHA



Got the burgundy one & there was absolutely no regrets!
Interchanging the flaps was simple & fuss-free.

TADAHHH!
It's like a completely diff piece hehe


Would like to add that I like that each item comes with a dustbag!


Plus the gold plate of their logo is a really nice touch!


They even pay attention to the little details on the interior with the maroon colour & logos.
There is also a mini compartment inside to compartmentalise your items ;p


Thinking of getting your very own Gaston Luga Clässy Mini?
Guess what!
YOU can get yours now with 
Free shipping (DHL Express or Fedex) 
plus 20% off as tax rebate (from non-EU country)
AND 15% off with my discount code on the remaining price after tax rebate!
:o
DISCOUNT CODE: Georgina 

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

OH YES!
For every Clässy Mini purchase, 1 additional flap top will be given for free!
woohoo



#GastonLugaSG

16.3.18

{Plantronics BackBeat FIT 305 Review}


Was really thrilled when I received my Planltronics BackBeat FIT 305 (Retails at S$149)
as I am always on the lookout for a good set of earphones for workouts. 
Music is essential to help push pass the last rep
& it is scientifically proven that listening to music during your workout
actually improves work performance!
For me, 
it is always a chore to workout with the wire connected to my phone
as it hinders my movements 
& I will also need to make sure that my workout pants has 
a compartment to hold my phone in place. 
Therefore, 
going wireless during workouts is the way to go for me!


These are the various components included in the package:
Plantronics Backbeat FIT 305 Wireless Earbuds 
Sports mesh pouch
Charging cable 
Silicone ear tips
Cord stability clips
Quickstart guide 




Eagerly tested out the Plantronics Backbeat FIT 305 during my workout sesh
& here are some of the key features that I like bout this set of earphones: 

1. Sit comfortably in my ears
It has an extra loop at the top which allows it to sit securely in the ear.
This is an important feature for me as it is stable & secure
even during high intensity exercises like Burpees. 




2. Sweat-proof Design
I dont know bout you guys but I sweat buckets, esp when I am working out. 
You don't need to worry bout them getting wet from perspiration or when you're caught in the rain 
as the earbuds were built to take on sweat, rain & spills!
Water-resistance protection is def one of the key features that I am looking for in 
selection of headsets. 

3. Compact & Ultralight
I really looove how this set is really portable & it even comes with a pouch for storage!
It is lightweight & sleek. 
Even the control panels for volumes & switches is simple & compact. 


4. Blocks out majority of the noise 
The base & sound is pretty decent & majority of the noise from the environment 
is also blocked out when you have your music on. 

5. Wireless Range
I tried testing out how far I can go till it disconnects from my phone/ the music is muffled 
& I am pretty pleased with this pair!
I tend to leave my phone in a corner while 
doing walking lunges so I was pleasantly surprised at how good the connectivity was!
Went to look it up & realised that it has up to 33ft /10m wireless range :o

6. Charing Cable
This is another thing that I pay attention to when looking at wireless headset.
It uses the common charging cable 
so there's no need to worry bout losing it & needing to look for a replacement. 

These are features are basically what I look for in a good pair of headset.
Comes with experience from using different of earbuds hehe  

Here are more key features of the Plantronics BackBeat FIT 305 that I think really improves the user experience:
- 6 Hours of battery life
- Reflective sport-weave cable (provides visibility at night. Eg. evening runs)
- Wideband enabled mic
- Battery voice alerts

I am pretty pleased with this pair of headset 
& the user experience has been very smooth thus far. 
It is easy to set up & user friendly. 

NOW FOR THE EXCITING PART!
You would have probably heard bout me doing a giveaway!
YOU can win yourself a set of Planktronics BackBeat FIT 305 (courtesy of the good folks from Plantronics).
Will be sharing an IG post for the giveaway & stay tuned!

#MyFitMyWay #Plantronics


xx