Run with peace of mind

We are days away from the upcoming Spongebob run in which we would participate as a family. I’m a bit apprehensive because I know that the girl wouldn’t last that distance – 5km – and we are ready to get her to hop onto the Hauck Viper stroller while I carry the boy in the carrier.


I thought I should just take advantage of the Customer Care Program that comes with the purchase of any Hauck product.

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So we went down to the showroom last week to getĀ the stroller checked and serviced. Now, we can certainly run with peace of mind. Hopefully, the weather would be awesome!

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An invitation to you

Hello, dear readers, mummies friends, friends,

If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that I am one of the ambassadors for Active Hive. I would like to invite you to a cozy session in which we could just chat about life as a mom/ woman, our kids and leading a healthy lifestyle. I would be baking some sweet treats ( it’s ok to indulge once in a while!) to serve you!

Besides the desserts, you will be treated to a complimentary body composition analysis and to try out the Minus Calories workout which really helps me in my exercise regime. The timing states from 2pm to 6pm but that is to accommodate the trying out of the Minus Calories workout. I understand many of us are pressed for time so I thought I should make this clear. šŸ˜‰

If you are free, do join me! ME time!!

RSVP here.

 

 

Keeping fit with Mizuno

I’m not a professional runner but I have been running (leisurely) for more than two decades to know that running in a right pair of shoes is important. How does one know which pair of shoes to purchase then? You can certainly ask the salesperson in the sports store for advice and recommendation, assuming they are seasoned runners themselves or you can have a reliable diagnosis usingĀ the gait analysis or foot mapping. Through this method, you can understand the level of your pronation and find the right running shoes for yourself.

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I have always been running using Asics because it gives me the best comfort among the shoes that I have tried. Mizuno? Nope. I’m not sure why I have not tried running in one but recently I had the opportunity to try their products (due to a sponsorship)Ā at theĀ store in Velocity Novena Square.

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So many different pairs of running shoes. Which one to choose? As a vain lady, I would want to go for neat designs but being also a practical person, I know full well that choosing the right pair that works for me is still the wiser thing to do.

I did the next best thing – I went to bother the salesperson, for a long period of time. You can’t blame me. I had incurred an injury before because I had run with a wrong pair of shoes and excessive mileage. In the end, I had to fork out more time and $$ to consult a podiatrist and undergo physiotherapy sessions. So, each time I buy a new pair of running shoes, I make sure I do a good job in choosing the right one.

At Mizuno, I went through the 360 degrees foot scan to assist me in finding the right type of shoes for my feet. So even if I like a particular design, I won’t go for it since the pair is not the right one for me.

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I spent one and a half hours (is that long or short for you?) choosing the apparel and shoes and was thankful that the lady who served me was patient and understanding.

 

I have since run two short-distance races with the Mizuno products and am happy with their quality. Am going to sign up for a longer distance next and let’s just see if the shoes will continue to work for me. šŸ˜‰

If you are choosing a new pair of running shoes, try the foot scan at Mizuno at Velocity Novena Square or Running Lab where I used to do the analysis.

Happy exercising!

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Disclaimer:Ā As an ambassador for Active Hive, I was sponsored with Mizuno sports gear. Thank you, World of Sports and Active Hive for the sponsorship.Ā No other forms of monetary compensation was given and all opinions are mine.

Faith’s first swimming lesson

Before the kids came along, I have decided that if I should send them to any enrichment classes, it would have to be Chinese, music and swimming. Faith started her music lessons at 3YO and Chinese enrichment about three months later. We have been sourcing for a swimming class for her for the longest time and we finally found one (via this link) that suits our timing and budget, all thanks to my resourceful sister!

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Morning: All ready forĀ swim class!

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This scene is so familiar it brings back many fond memories. It is the swimming complex where I learnt how to tread water, used the breast stroke and gobbled the bowl of Mee Siam after each lesson. Now my daughter is going through the same thing, minus the food (no more canteen there!).

She started off in the competition pool and my SIL and I were giggling away as our kids got orientated in the water. Faith was uber attentive to the instructor and did everything that she was asked to do. She wore the apprehensive expression on her face and I was afraid that she might give up halfway.

Thankfully, she was all smiles when she got up for a drink and narrated to us what had happened. Asked if she liked the class, she said YES. Phew!

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So yes, she was in the deep waters for her first lesson. I think learning in a group helps a lotĀ at her age since she will be more inclined to want to swim together with the rest. It’s definitely a good source of motivation!

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I think she did well for her first trial session. We went down as a family to support her. Yes, her brother too. We make it a point to have the siblings encourage each other in their achievement, no matter how small that could be.

Psst. Have you been using yourĀ FREE ActiveSG $100Ā for sports-related activities?Ā Don’t forget to use it!

Jogging with Hauck Viper Pushchair

If you have been following this blog for a while, you would know that I like jogging a fair bit. In fact, it used to be my favourite past time before I had kids. I would jog five days a week, ranging from 5 to 10km per session, depending on how much time I had.

After I had my first kid, exercising was drastically minimised. In order to jog, itā€™s either I get someone to look after the kid or I could jog with her in the stroller. We didnā€™t have a jogger stroller but we have a sturdy standard-sized one that could do the job all right. Jogging with that stroller was fine but not great.

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Credits: hauck Singapore

On Motherā€™s Day, I was gifted a hauck Viper Pushchair which is a three-wheeled buggy for sporting parents. After jogging with it for the first time, I realised the great difference it makes to jogging (the run is so much smoother) and would recommend parents who like running (especially) or want to exercise with the baby to consider buying a jogger stroller.

And you might want to consider theĀ hauck Viper Pushchair.

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SinceĀ receiving the hauck Viper Pushchair, I have been using it to jog with Daniel on different terrains like the gravel, sand, track and road. I find that it is easy to steer and the ride is smooth. IĀ can definitely feel the bouncy benefits of the rear-wheel suspension, especially when pushing it across grass or gravel paths. It is definitelyĀ a great contrast to the previous stroller and if you look at the wheels of the hauck Viper Pushchair, they are big and that means less effort to push when you are jogging. Ā The result is a more enjoyable jog for me. Ā I find myself more motivated to exercise with the cool hauck Viper Pushchair. It definitely looks and feels more right to work out with this jogger stroller!Ā #notmakingthisup

Letā€™s talk about the specifications.

The hauck Viper Pushchair weighs 9.5kg which is considered lightweight in the category of jogger strollers. But to be honest, it did seem heavy to me when I first handled it because I was used to my 7kg standard stroller all these while. After using the hauck Viper Pushchair for a few times, it does get easier to handle so itā€™s not a big problem.

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The hauck Viper PushchairĀ requires a 2-hand flat foldĀ to collapse and comes with a neat folding mechanism that tucks the front wheel underneath.Ā When folded, it stays compact and is easily kept in the car boot. Personally, I find opening of this stroller easier than folding it. I just need to hold the bar handle and use my leg to push the metal bar at the bottom which acts as the lock for the stroller. Oh yes, the front swivel wheel is lockable which is helpful if you areĀ travelling on rough ground.

The hauck Viper Pushchair has a very roomy basket which is truly awesome because I could put a baby carrier and my handbag in it and thereā€™s still room for more stuff. This is a plus point for the auntie in me since I use it to do grocery after the morning exercise. The purchases go in there!

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As with most strollers, the hauck Viper PushchairĀ comes with theĀ multi-recline functionĀ (you adjust it at the rear using a toggle)Ā and the hood is on the generous side which provides a decent amount of shadeĀ for the baby. It seeks to offer maximum safety with its 5-point harness and provides a spacious and comfy seating ( lying area is 85 cm with its seat width as 33cm). It is well padded and the foot rest is easily adjustable. However, I do find it a bit fiddly to adjust the 5-point harness so after I have done it properly, I left it as that until it needs to be readjusted again.

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Sadly, the seat of the hauck Viper Puhchair is forward facing only and if you want your child to look at you as you jog, this is not quite possible. However, it doesnā€™t seem like a real need as Dan was mostly asleep when I jogged with him in the stroller. Maybe heā€™s too comfortable in the stroller? In fact, there was only once when he cried for me to pick him up and that was the second time that I used the stroller. After that, he was mostly quiet as I pushed him.

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So far, I am really happy with the hauck Viper Pushchair but if there is one thing that really gets to me, it is the possibility that I would get theĀ foam-covered single bar handle dirty when I rest it this way (see pic above). There was once when I placed it on a puddle of water (blur me!) and it got wet. I suppose I could wrap it with a cloth or some wrap.

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Apart from this, I find that the viewing window at the back of the canopy to be a bit on the smaller size and at times I couldnā€™t tell how the kiddo is doing unless I stoop down to see him. Besides these, I see no major problem with the design of this jogger stroller. More importantly, it has been a smooth ride for us!

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Jogging with the hauck Viper PushchairĀ has been truly enjoyable and knowing that there are not many pieces of it on the streets (yet) makes it even more special. Hah! You see, hauck strollers have just reached Singapore shores a few months ago even though itĀ has been making quality products for babies and young children since 1927!Ā Originating from Sonnefield, Upper Franconia in Germany, hauck is a family businessĀ that started from handcrafted basket bassinets in 1923. Christening robes wereĀ added to their collection and strollers and cots were added in the 1970s. Now hauck products have been offered on all continents in over 86 countries.Ā It remains a family business till today and the family has passed its experience and knowledge from generation to generation.

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All of hauck products were tested by renowned national andĀ international testing institutes, such as TƜV, SGS, LNE etc., and comply withĀ international safety standards. Their products are awarded with a TƜV sign fromĀ certified testing institutes when the safety of the device has been tested accordingĀ to the respective standards.

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So, yea, it sure feels good to know that Iā€™m owning a quality and exclusive jogger stroller!

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And itā€™s really quite a darling, you know?

Iā€™m posting this video of the hauck Viper Pushchair to help you understand the features a tad more. If you are looking into buying a jogging stroller, do considerĀ this as one of your choices?Ā The purchase of every hauck Stroller or car seat comes with the hauck Customer Care Program. It entails:

::Ā  1 year warranty for factory defects
::Ā 4 complimentary hauck Servicing Sessions
::Ā Complimentary beverage during your servicing session
::Ā Exclusive invites to events and promotion
::Ā Advance preview of new arrivals

So yea, when you purchase a hauck product, you actually buy it with a peace of mind. You will beĀ assured of quality products and excellent customer care. I like!

This particular model comes in caviar grey now and more colours and new models would beĀ coming in. So do get yourselves updated via hauck Singaporeā€™s Facebook Page.

Alternatively, view hauck products (they have really beautiful strollers!) at the following places:

1.Showroom
65 Ubi Road 1 #02-88 Oxley Bizhub Singapore 408729
Tel: 63842758
Mobile: 92364678
Mon to Fri ā€“ 10am to 8pm
Sat and Sun ā€“ 10am to 6pm
Public Holidays ā€“ Close
(BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

2. Online store: http://activehive.com.sg/product-category/hauck/

3.Ā BHG departmental stores

4. Ā www.littlebaby.com.sg

Every hauck customer will get to receive an exclusive hauck ā€˜Gift of Loveā€™ Ā delivered to them when they register their new hauck purchase and this will commence from 7 July 2016.šŸ˜‰

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Where shall we go next?

Do follow us on Facebook andĀ InstagramĀ as I continue to go places with the kids using the hauck Viper Pushchair. I will continue to give honest review of the jogger stroller (because I like to read trustworthy review myself) and you can be updated on the running routes available in this city in the garden.šŸ˜‰

Disclaimer: We are gifted the hauck Viper Pushchair by AT Marketing Consultancy on behalf of hauck Singapore in exchange for a user experience review. No other forms of monetary compensation is given and all opinions are given in true honesty. Should you have any questions about the stroller, do feel free to email me and I would be more than happy to share my experience with you.Ā 

[Motivational Monday] First run of the year

Last Wednesday, I attempted my first race of the year. It was a 5km race and while many of you may think that it’s just a small thing, I treat it as a milestone.

I ran rather regularly before the kids came along. Since having children, running has become a low priority. I mean, we only have 24 hours per day but it seems like there’re a million and one things to attempt. Something has to give.

But I’m glad to be back. I try to squeeze in at least one 4km run and 2 sessions of Minus Calories 30 min workout per week.

My secondary school friend had asked me if I wanted to run this 5km race with her. Since I’m all ready to have a buddy to push me towards my goal, I agreed. We did our own ‘training’ and met up to run!

So these two mothers did our best to complete the race.

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I love this race route. It was very scenic and since this was not a major race and was held on a weekday, there were not a lot of runners. The result was a smooth and pleasant race.

I did my best for the run because I wanted to know how my stamina was after all those workout.

I took 32 min 24s to complete 5km. Way to go, considering the fact that I didn’t train much in terms of running! I’ll aim for a sub 30 timing for the next few runs!

Till the next race!

[Motivational Monday] A new beginning

The end of the confinement period signals the beginning of an adventure for me. By that, I mean going back to exercising. “Chey”, do I hear you say that? But exercising is important to me and there are certain sports which I love such as running, swimming and cycling. I would love to attempt triathlons again but l have to be realistic.Ā How can I find the time to train?

I put on a total of 11kg during the second pregnancy and as of today, I have 1kg to 2kg more to shed, depending on which part of the day i weigh myself. Numbers aside, I’m more interested in gaining back my stamina and fitnessĀ and to adopt a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating well through wholesome food.

During the confinement period, I scouted for doable exercise regime that can be done at home. From previous experience, it is a complete waste of my money to sign up for a gym membership because I can only visit the gym once a week and for a short period of time (since I’m breastfeeding = the need to rush back home to pump or feed). I need to exercise from home and one that does not require too much time.

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I found a programme that might suit me. It is Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body GuideĀ (#bbg)Ā Don’t get me wrong. I’m not aiming to flaunt my body. I chose that programme because it can be done at the comfort of my home and it takes about 30 minutes of the actual workout. I also like how the community of ladies encourage one another to press on in the journey so YWNWA.

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The programme can be pretty intense (if you study it) and I know for sure that my body is not ready to be beaten up…yet. So for these coming few weeks, I would be toning and conditioning my body so that I can eventually attempt it and not have to give up halfway through. I’m also waiting for the haze to clear so that I can jog with Dan in the stroller. Just a few more weeks to go before I embark on the programme!

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Meanwhile, I have been doing a lot of stretching and conditioning exercises using the Loopz band which I have acquiredĀ five years ago.

My ultimate goal?

To participate in a 10km run in 2016 with a sub 1 hr timing, which is where I have left off before I became a mother. Bleh.

Ready for more sports?

There is nothing more joyful than to see the little one enjoying what she is doing. It’s no surprise that Faith is better in terms of her physical abilities. She startedĀ walking rather early and has a good sense of balance (maybe because she’s short!). Now at 22 months, she could walk a fair distance (from our place to the playground at the reservoir) and run steadily.

Today, we had our playdate at the new sports hub and two of the kids brought along their skate-scooters. Faith tried scooting and in no time at all, could scoot! You can imagine my joy!

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I have always wanted her to be able to do that and am ever ready to spend on the scooter. The time has come! Skate-scooting is a good form of sports because the kid needs to have hand-eye coordination and a sense of balancing. Always good to sweat it out too!

Apart from that, we have been getting the little one to swim. Although she was afraid of the waters in the beginning, she wasn’t afraid of getting her head under the water now. Yay!

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I’m still waiting for Faith to be taller so that she could try on her balance bike which she has won through a contest! Yea, triathlon is very much on my mind. That’s the grand plan. Haha!

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Disclaimer: Opinion does not reflect that of my hubs. It’s purely mine. šŸ˜‰

[Tuesday Thoughts] Getting back to fitness

20130604-131153.jpgMore than a month ago, I went down to the gym to get my fitness assessment done. The numbers were rather encouraging. I had 2kg more to go before reaching my pre-pregnancy weight and I fall into the normal range for both the body composition and fat analysis. Then, there was this obesity diagnosis and oops, my Percent Body Fat and Waist-Hip Ratio were far from ideal. In fact, they were over the normal range.

My only consolation is ‘I just gave birth’.

I realised I cannot use that as a reason (excuse) all the time. Staying at home during these few months has caused me to develop some bad habits:
– Indulging in sweet stuff to reward myself after taking care of the baby. This is daily affair, mind you.
– Getting the hubs to buy ice-cream for me and this was never in my diet before and during pregnancy.
– Not making a point to exercise when in the past, I exercised for at least 3 times a week.
– Indulging in Gong Cha whenever I am out and when the outlet is within sight.
– Not drinking enough good o’ plain water.
– Not eating well at times since it can be a hassle to cook a decent meal when the baby is fussing and when you are so tired after doing the household chores. So, in times like these, I just snack.

Am I alone in this journey or do I hear ‘Amen’ from some of you out there?

Instead of whining and procrastinating in my ‘Getting back to fitness’ plan, I thought I should just pen down some of my goals and work at it:

1) Train for and run a half marathon by the end of the year.
2) Eat less meat and I will go Meatless Monday on the first day of the week.
3) Attend Pilates at least once a week (till my gym membership ends).
4) Eat at least one fruit each day.
5) No more ice-cream on normal days.
6) Gong Cha is only allowed once a week at most.
7) Cook healthy meals and in smaller portions.
8) Drink at least 2 litres of plain water each day.

Will you join me in this journey? Starting from TODAY!

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