I-Lipo

(Repost from my other blog)
For real. No, I didn’t go under the knife…well the traditional way of doing liposuction because I don’t have the courage to do that. And yes, I am doing regular work, walking distances and I don’t need time to spend recovery at home.

How does i-Lipo work?

The i-Lipo emits low levels of laser energy creating a chemical signal in the fat cells, breaking down the stored triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol and releasing them through channels in the cell membranes. The fatty acids and glycerol are then transported around the body to the tissues that will use them during metabolism to create energy. This process of fatty acid release is a natural response of the body when the body needs to use stored energy reserves, thus i-Lipo is not creating any unnatural reaction in the body nor does it affect or damage any surrounding structures such as skin, blood vessels and peripheral nerves. Some post exercise will ensure the complete metabolism and thus elimination from the body of the freed fatty acids.

My appointment was at 10 in the morning so I took precautions of being early waking up, preparing the kids to school and bringing them there and I even asked my son’s teacher to let him stay for another hour in class in case I came late. (He doesn’t attend the remedial classes scheduled at 12 until 1pm.)  Unfortunately, hubby asked me to deliver a package to Orange telecom (and I was hesitant because I don’t like this company but I’ll write about that another time.) Anyway, I was late so I called to apologize prior to being late hehe.

 

The friendly voice at the other end of the line said it’s ok since it’s my first time so off I went with the errand and hurriedly to the clinic. Schöner Körper (beautiful body) is located at the 4th district, about 40 minutes travel from our place. I got lost again and had I not remembered that hubby installed MAPS on my phone, I’ve been all the more late for my appointment.
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So I finally found the clinic just across the Naschmarkt, my favorite spot in ths city to buy fresh salmon…ironically. Dr. Angelika was very friendly and she didn’t take offense about my being late nor my asking questions, both about the procedure and about life or as always when I am not sure, the German language. She offered me water and I readily accepted because I was walking much and really felt tired…
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Long story short, I was there lying down (side photo courtesy of Schöner Körper), had my tummy rubbed, chemically marinated and plastic-wrapped. 😀 The procedure took 20 minutes, and it was done exactly how it was in the video. I had a good feeling about it…
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The effect is of course not yet to be seen, I have to do it for 5 or more times, depending on how my body responds. And since I got another discounted price from the ever reliable I really hope this procedure would be effective. Since I started going to the gym again and have been doing some interval trainings at home, I really think I’ll pull this off. To lose at least 5 kilos in the process would be a great achievement. That way, I won’t need  any diet pills, crash diet programs…instead, have an ideal weight I’d be comfortable with.
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On Acne

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Pimples, and a lot at that! You must be kidding! That was my initial reaction when I first had a breakout, that was 2 years ago..my stopping from taking in contraceptive pills triggered not just acne but weight gain as well. Frustrating – that’s how I feel. Imagine your clear skin suddenly looks so dirty and unhealthy! I’ve been through many different adult acne treatment even heeding advice from acne treatment reviews here and there, some recommended by those who experienced the same, some from what I read from online forums, then there’s also the teraphy given by dermatologists and I even underwent facial treatment from a skin expert. None helped, and for a whole year, I had to face my embarassing face with contempt. I shed money (not weight) for the topical lotions, creams, toner and all that and for the supplements that I thought would help stop the breakout. (See photo)

I finally found one that has helped me…..in all honesty…Vitamin C & E 😀 . It didn’t only stop the breakouts but I now have glowing, healthy skin…There are still occasional pimples coming out but I know, soon this will pass. 😀

*What may be effective for me may not be to others. I’m only sharing my experience.

Infrared Sauna

When I was still a regular gym attendant, I’ d see to it that I visit the infrared sauna room even for 30 minutes a day. Sitting there and idling could be the most vigorous activity I actually had all day. I sweat the most there than when I do some actual training. Outwardly one is relaxed, but the inner organs gets acive active like one is jogging.

There are lots of healthy benefits we gain even from saunas ..it might not be too different from the traditional Finnish sauna. As a matter of fact, it is more comfortable.

The oldest known medical document, the Ayurveda considered sweating so important to people’s  health that it prescribed the sweat bath and thirteen other methods of inducing sweat. Physicians throughout time have pushed and recommended the medicinal value of sweat bath in its various forms such as the Finnish sauna, Russian banai, Islamic hammam, or the American Indian sweatlodge. Today, enthusiasts say that apart from getting relaxed, the sauna gives relief from the common cold, arthritis, headaches, hangovers and “just about anything” (read: asthma, sore throat, nose bleed, sunburns, scarring and more)

It is all the more convenient nowadays, one can have a far infrared sauna in the comfort of his own home. Means, relaxation, healthier skin, weight loss and pain relief rolled into one at your reach.

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Muscles

I’m determined to really lose them stubborn fats so I’ve been building up muscles….I learned that the best way to do that is to consume the right amount of protein especially after a workout. Consuming protein after a strength training workout is critical to muscle recovery and hydration and would help build muscle fast.

I also read that because the body is in a state where it metabolizes the food digested quickly, protein rich foods are best digested at this time. My choices would be tuna and egg sans the yolk…and lots of water of course. Experts suggest whey protein, a mixture of globular proteins isolated from whey, the liquid material created as a by-product of cheese production; which can easily be purchased at the gym, I’ve yet to try that. A whey protein shake will be digested by your body much quicker than a whole food because it will be a liquid. And, not to mention, whey protein is the fastest digesting protein there is. This is what makes whey protein pretty much the official choice of most people as their post workout meal protein source. I however, prefer tuna most of the time. Here’s a tuna dish I really enjoy.

So let’s see in some weeks where this would take me. I’m glad that I don’t need diet pills to actually lose some weight…I’ve yet to look at the fit yummy mummy menu to add a bit more healthy food into my diet. Tata!

Power Plate for Starters

I finally went to try the Power Plate last week. After ten months of postponing I went to the gym and tried this new exercise machine for 30 minutes. It takes only that to sweat the same amount that I normally have in 1.5 hours on other gym machines.

When I stepped on it and the trainer pushed the button as I squat on the platform holding on the handles, I felt like Woody of Toy Story when he was blown away by the wind and his face was deformed. ^_^

Power Plate is a vibrating machine, where one steps on the platform, squats, do a situp position, feet up on the platform, hands or knee up on it and vibrated at 25 to 50 times per second. It is highly publicized alright but I feel my muscles totally reacting well to it on my first try.

At the beginning of the session I can already feel the vibration reaching up to my neck…it was a really good sensation like getting a whole body massage in one go.  The trainer showed me different positions and made me do it…I felt I need more core training as I did….

Will I try it again? Of course, I still have 9 sessions to spend and I will surely squeeze all of them in to my schedule this month.

This is the very first post on this blog and I hope to continue writing about my daily routines to keep fit.