What Exercise Taught Me

I have reached the end of the road with my 3 month gym/personal trainer sponsorship with Amore Fitness. As the cliche goes that all good things come to an end, this is one good 'thing' that I am going to miss very very much. From being someone who hardly exercised to one who looked forward to her gym and personal training sessions...so much has changed in 3 months. Not only have I achieved a much toner, leaner and hotter (heh!) body, I feel so much more energised everyday; which means that I can do so much more in a day, I sleep a lot better at night; I used to suffer insomnia on many nights, and here's my most important take home lesson from my trainings: 

So many times during a 5km run or when I'm halfway through 150 crunches did I want to give up. 'My body's exhausted', I always thought. I forced and repeated this 'mind over matter' mantra in my head over and over, and every single time, I pulled through and completed what I set out to do. My body didn't collapse on me and it always felt so amazing that I didn't give up. I'm going to throw another cliche: 'There's almost nothing you can't accomplish, if you set your mind to it.' I can't agree to this more! Thank you Amore Fitness for toughening me in so many ways. Now I just have to stick this reminder note some place I see everyday:

Here are some pictures of me, mostly looking terrible at the gym. It's almost impossible to look nice when you're exercising! Haha.

Crunches on my favourite bosu ball. Go abs! 

This is the what I call the 'free space' area where you can work with weights, on the mat, ab ball, etc. 

The equipment area.

I finally know how to work with gym equipments on my own now. Yay!

This apparently, is quite a challenging work-out. I feel almost like super woman doing this exercise. I could barely manage even 1 push up when I first started out my training sessions!

My personal trainer, Nani. She's god-sent!

If you read my previous Amore post, you'll know that I chart my weight and muscle/fat mass every month on their weight and body composition diagnostics machine I am so happy that my skeletal muscular mass has increased by 0.6kg this month to 19.7kg. My body fat mass, although is not decreasing as quickly has reduced by 0.3kg. I'm making progress! In 3 months, my skeletal muscular mass has increased by 2.4kg. Hello, a more muscular, toner and stronger me! :) 

And here's an amazing Amore promotion!

For just $88, you get:

·         2 Weeks Unlimited Fitness Pass (worth $94.16)
·         Botaroma Swedish Massage (45 mins, worth $94.16)
·         Body Composition Analysis (worth $21.40)
·         AWDO Entry Pass (worth up to $40)

This is valid for first time female customers above 16 years old only until 13 October 2013.

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Here's a giveaway just for my readers!

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Zipping Around In The All New Ford Kuga

Lucky, lucky me. I had the luxury of test-driving the soon-to-be-released all new Ford Kuga for the weekend and boy, did I have so much fun with the car. For starters, the car being an SUV gave me that added feeling of power and control already just from being slightly elevated and higher than everyone else on the road. The sleek and handsome exterior definitely didn't hurt in helping me feel like one of the best-lookers cruising around. Plus, being almost always the first to go when the lights turned green (it has awesome pick-up speed!) definitely gave that added boost and had me feeling like I was the king of the road. 

Here's the Kuga, looking very ruggard, handsome and sporty.

It was mostly raining really heavily the weekend I had the car and I drove it in really heavy rains with low visibility. Through it all, the car felt really stable and handled really well on wet roads. I wasn't even going at a snail's pace...I was suitably impressed. It must have been the intelligent all-wheel drive system and torque vectoring control that gave the car so much stability and control. I've not felt quite this safe driving in such wet conditions. 

The interior is spacious with ample amount of leg room for the front and rear passengers. The rear seat backs also recline over a 10-degree range, allowing the rear seat passengers to set their seat back to the exact position they want, making their ride in the car super comfortable. I took this picture from the sun roof right above. I've always liked cars with sun roofs. It makes the driving experience that much more enjoyable with the bit from the outdoors.

Here's on to some of the super fun features of the car. This is my absolute favourite. The boot opens and closes with a motion activated sensor! Here's my 'lil video to show off the feature. 


It's so perfect for when you're holding a million things in your hand. The luggage compartment also offers 46-litres more luggage compartment-space than the current Kuga model and the rear seats fold flat in one movement so it's easy to maneuver and free up space when you need it. 

Besides this awesome feature, the Ford Kuga also has a keyless technology (watch another of my video below) and tons of other fun and smart features like the Ford SYNC connectivity that lets you control calls and music hands-free. It was really easy to sync my phone to the system. All I had to do was to turn on my blue-tooth. I was so happy that it could play music from my iPhone with this sync. 

It also has an adaptive cruise control and forward alert safety features that help you maintain a preset gap between you and the vehicle ahead. If the vehicle in front slows down, the system decelerates, vice versa. You can also set and maintain the cruising speed for safer long distance driving and improved fuel efficiently. What a clever car!

You know what's most awesome above all? The auto park assist feature! It helps me parallel park!!! For those who know me well enough, parallel parking is my achilles heel. I just can't get it. Period. I usually avoid parallel parking like the plague, or have someone park my car when I have no other parking choices. So this super feature helps me parallel park without me having to even turn the wheels. All I had to do was activate this switch and it did the job perfectly!!! The Ford Kuga with the auto park assist and me is like a match made in heaven. It was complete bliss driving the car around. 

Here's where the park assist button is and the screen that displays the sync function.

Some other smart features are the automatic dimming rear view mirror - you know how you get almost blinded sometimes when the lights of the car behind you is super bright? This mirror helps dim ultra bright lights so you don't get dazzled by those super crazy bright headlights! 

Ambient light with multi-coloured LEDs. Below are just a few of the many different LED light changes you can choose from. Very pretty! 

Here's a short video of me and the Kuga.

This car's got swag.

With a tinge of sadness, I returned the car when the weekend was over. I told the sales manager over the phone that I was going to run away with it! The stability and smart features made it such a fun car to have and a breeze to drive. I mean, what more could you ask for in a car? Sleek ergonomic design, fuel efficiency, outstanding safety (more than 5,000 virtual and real-world crash tests were done), smart and fun features to keep you entertained whilst you're on the roads, good pick-up speed so you can cut and switch lanes quickly, spacious interior...I'm definitely going to recommend the Ford Kuga to anyone who's thinking of getting a car!  


My Strip-a-licious B-Waxing Experience at Strip

Whenever I think of Strip, I think of witty, quirky ads and copy. I love their cheeky humour. I mean, with a name like Strip: Ministry of Waxing? And who can forget this tongue-in-cheek ad visual below?

Strip's mission is to help girls get comfortable with the idea of waxing and hair removal, and to take the embarrassment factor out. I went for my first brazilian wax with them a couple of days ago (it's not my first time doing brazilian wax, but it's my first time with Strip) and after the session, I seriously wondered why I never went to them any earlier.

The biggest drawback for me when it comes to b-waxing is the ouch-factor. Seriously bracing myself for pain before the session, I was slightly awestruck to come out after the session unscathed. It was a lot less painful than I expected! If I were to rate it on a pain scale of 10, I would rate it a max of 6. For those who have done b-waxing, I'm sure a rating of 6/10 is nothing short of super amazing. 

The b-waxing session that I went for is called, Strip-a-licious Sundae. After years of pruning bushes down under, Strip has come up with the perfect formula for the best waxing experience ever. Strip-a-licious Sundae is made up of Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla in one smooth sweet serve. Doesn't this sound so super yummy? 

Developed specially for first time Brazilian virgins, Strip's strawberry wax packs the healing powers of Chamomile and Aloe Vera to calm and soothe even the most tender skin. Especially creamy and easy to apply, it removes hair with minimal discomfort and leaves skin enveloped in a comforting strawberry scent.

Formulated with Titanium Dioxide, Strip's Chocolate Berry Wax is super efficient, removing even the shortest and most stubborn hair with gentle ease to leave skin completely smooth and fuzz-free. 

The perfect topping, Strip's very own Ice Cream has been specially formulated to comfort and calm skin, making it an excellent after-care product for post-Brazilian skin. Menthyl Lactate, a deritive of menthol, cools and soothes skin, while Ice Cream's moisturizing properties also help to hydrate and soften skin simultaneously. Just a light application immediately relives and revitalizes. 

I was given a Strip and b-wax 101 with Strip's 'Virgin Forest Rescue Book' when I first got there. 

These are individual packs of waxing equipment. Strip practices the 'No Double Dipping' commandment. This is so important for hygiene!!

Before I started my session, I was given 7 drops of Bach Flower Essence to calm and cast out any negative emotions. 

 They even have squeezy toys for you to squeeze the pain away! 

The room.

 There's the squeezy toy and a visual of the Strip-a-licious sundae on the pillow in the room.

Me with the squeezy!

 More quirky ads in the room. 

Words of bush wisdom on tee-shirts.

The entire b-waxing session was super fast - 30 mins tops. My therapist, Eva was very professional and my whole b-waxing experience at Strip was very comfortable, even relaxing I might say(!) and as I mentioned above, almost ouch-free. 

This is Ice Cream, the 'perfect topping' cream for b-waxing after care. Even their creams sound and look yummy!

 With my therapist, Eva (in purple apron) who worked on me and the girls from Strip, Mandarin Gallery. 

Take a picture of this Strip-a-licious sundae at any of the Strip outlets, post it on Instagram and tag @stripsg, flash it to the counter and get a $10 voucher! 

Indulge in a serving of Strip’s Ultimate Brazilian Wax Combo at $25 (U.P. $62) by purchasing a voucher here!

Apply promo code 'JeneenG' during check out and get additional 10% off!