Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Oh So Sore

Yes, very sore. That was how I felt this morning - achy all over. Monday I had popped back into the gym after a very long hiatus: since the beginning of Ramadan actually, and now it's the last week of Syawal.

With Syawal on its way out, pretty soon I should be rearranging my living-room to it's former minimalist layout of 1 carpet and a 3+2+1 lounge set plus an extra sofa and no coffee table. At present there is another carpet laid with the furniture arranged into 2 separate lounge areas for raya guests. A bit more effort needed to sweep and vacuum that's all, but with the minimalist style it's easier to get round behind the chairs to sweep and to roll the carpet to mop the floor.

Well I had let myself get flabby the last couple of months. Didn't do any serious exercise. I knew I had lost some strength when I could not push the single chair off the carpet. Maybe it wasn't just the whole weight of the chair on the carpet, maybe the carpet itself had exerted some friction on the chair that my puny strength couldn't overcome. Whatever the fact, that was when I knew I had to hit the gym again.

The little weight I lost over the fasting month had returned. Well it was just water anyway. I was so dehydrated and sleep-deprived, exercise was never factored into the daily routine then unless one considers the supplementary terawih prayers a form of exercise. I sweated small buckets, but that was all. Nothing like the totally satisfying drenched t-shirt front and back kind - smalls included.

And so at the gym I only managed half the weights I used to do on the machines. Before that session, 25 mins of easy striding on the strider machine. And finished off with another 25 mins on the stiffer machine which has more resistance on the "pedals".

The 3 poco-poco classes I had taken recently were helpful enough to ease me back into exercising. Otherwise this morning I would not have been just achy and sore, but the more painful achy-breaky as in that line-dancing song Achy-Breaky Heart.

My buddy says we have to set objectives and visualise the target. Well let me declare what my target is:
You see that tall lady in the centre of the stage beside the cowboy in black?

That will be me on the 1st of March 2010 YEEEEE..HAAARRRR!!!



Capt's Longhouse said...

Zendra !! YES!!..go for it.

,,,no bloody road is too long to the one who advances deliberately without undue haste, and no honours are too distant for one who prepares with PATIENCE yoo..Yeop Ooi !!.hehe,,and only by perseverance the snail reached the ark.
,,,remember-lah HAPPINESS is a journey, not a destination..enjoy your journey yaa !

Tok Uban

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Zendra, ha ha, I guess after hari raya women will start try drop off that extra whatever thats causing the needle on weighing scales to make them say, ohhh my God"!

By the way, you not into jogging? 6am and 5 miles? Or swimming. Swimming is very good, can lose weight as well firm up the muscles.

Anyway, I bet you still looking good...don't lose too much...nanti pakai kebaya susa nak stop traffic, ha ha. Lee.

LadyMarko said...


Zendra said...

Tok Uban! Sure will enjoy the journey if I don't have to watch what I eat... That one SUSAH lorr, maybe next month will get serious on the diet part... slowly slowly catch the monkey maah

Zendra said...

Dear Lee, jogging at that unearthly hour??? and 5 miles??? maybe when I participate in the Ironman race hehe

But yes used to do some swimming at the shallow end. Maybe I'll get back into the pool sometime, wonder if 6.00pm at Kelana Jaya is still ladies-only hmmm...

Gotta shed 6 kg Lee, not that much but nowadays traffic still have to swerve out of my way lah

Zendra said...


but you're reed-skinny already... I was like that too at your age

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Hi Zenzibra,

Yeah sometimes I’m very sore from all those ‘hard’ work too. Why lah u worry so much, I’m sure my buddy RA ‘loves u just the way u r’, the bigger u r the better, more to love mah, wink2. Hey Harry Cornick Jnr new album got this song too.

Now be serious a bit ok, jokes aside hor, my doctor says ‘love making’ is the best form of exercise. More effective all round, keep u trim, taut & best is all parts of the body gets a work out. The other good thing is it saves u time & money from running around to the Gym, gym fees, leotards can be expensive too. It is oso good for the environment too, u don’t burn petrol by driving to the gym, true or not? Save on travelling time too, so that u can spend more quality time at home communicating with the better half.

Yes your buddy is right when he said; we have to set objectives and “visualise” the target. Ya, Just make sure u get the name right…..muahaha.

Ok, u can target to look like Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders (she’s gorgeous even at 60, look at those long legs), seen here with RS at Royal Albert Hall;



Capt's Longhouse said...


if you attempt the ridiculous you can achive the impossible hehe !!
,,,plus all that you dream of, all that you yearn for and long to be, will within your reach if you have the power to affirm sufficiently strong. ...just focus your faculties with sufficient intentness on a single purpose !! meh.

Tok Uban

DrSam said...

Salam kanda,
I always fascinated with people who can dance in the tune of a music cos I never had the ability to do that myself, ever.

If poco-poco won't get you into your shapely figure, then tap dancing is your next choice I guess kanda?

Zendra said...

Dear Tommy, I tell you RA's a worse gym rat than me, actually we signed up on a hubby-wifey package lorr. In fact he just emailed out an article on strength training. I'll forward it to you.

Anyway, why should a doctor advise you on "lovemaking"?. Been neglecting Ah Soh too much lately kah with your youtubing? Tsk,tsk,tsk... hehe At your age lah, you take Ah Soh to gym better. Balik you try and do that other workout - see the difference - I highly recommend one - trust me hohohoh

Chrissie Hynde, Chrissie Hynde lah tapi itu face kalau pakai Hillary Clinton hair-style lagi attractive mah!

Zendra said...

Tok Uban, keep those motivation coming - sure need them lah. Attempt the ridiculous? In my instance like what arh? Eating only salad? Aiyohh .... takut jadi bunny lah nanti...

Zendra said...

Dinda DrSam, if poco-poco and gym won't do it, I guess I must go for the more vigorous tap-dancing indeed - provided my ankles don't twist themselves into one another.

Glad you're back on-line. Hit the gym, you'll get those six-pack, in no time!

Capt's Longhouse said...


,,,yaaa !! do note that in every success story, you find someone has made a courageous decision..and you yours!! YEEEEE HAAARR WATCH YOUR DIET HEHEHE ,,,just cook less ??.
,,,plant your own veges. too at the grassy patch, get RA to plow the garden of its weeds. Or just do it yourself as an exercise haha.

Zendra said...

Whoa Tok Uban, gardening pulak dah hehe. Slowly2 lah OK?

Capt's Longhouse said...

value added exercise meh !! haha city folks must learn not to waste time and money hehehe !!

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Haiya, I worked so hard each day, considered exercise oreadi mah. Ah Soh lagi kesian, she have to lay ‘bricks’ (or was it tiles) each weekend to build the Great wall of China, sometimes walk miles & miles looking for a pair of new shoes (she’d got Imelda’s disease lor)…muahaha.

I think your RA just enjoys watching the fairer sex sweat mah.

Hey here’s summore Chrissie Hynde 4U, this time she’s singing abt Tor mee ‘so @&*%$* special’ one (Look like something I would had written meself) ;)
*** Warning to sensitive ppl: pls don’t view ok is u r easily offended one***



P/S - Despite my warning, all those getal ppl sure open one ;( human nature so sad!

Zendra said...

Capt: city folks are too busy rat-racing, toll-avoiding, lane-cutting, queue-jumping, so as not to waste time and money. What a life...
Anyway sawi, kangkung and bayam are less than a ringgit for a big bundle at my neigbourhood mall....

Zendra said...

Aiyoh Tor Mee, your Ah Soh surely not playing Leggo haha. Wah so good lah you and Ah Soh both like same kind of thing *wink,*wink

I don't think I can ever learn to like that Kissie Hind lah. What a creep haha.

I'll stick to safe country music yeeeehaar!

Capt's Longhouse said...

Zendra ? What does a teacher make ? (hope you don't mind me using your name ?? hehehe)

Well, the actual answer is...teachers make tonnes of heartache n sorrow, some success n
gratitude but no moneys.


The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"

He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."

To stress his point he said to another guest;
"You're a teacher, Zendra. Be honest. What do you make?"

Zendra, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began...)

"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I make a C+ feel like the Agong's Medal of Honor.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make?" (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table.)

''I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding isn't everything.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in math. They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from all over our states learn everything they need to know both in English/Bahasa while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the Rukun Negara, because we live in Malaysia.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life."

(Zendra paused one last time and then continued.)

"Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant... You want to know what I make?

I MAKE A DIFFERENCE . What do you make Mr. CEO?"

His jaw dropped, he went silent.


Even all your personal teachers like mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and your spiritual leaders/teachers - or even the human coach/mentor i.e. KapasPirateKing HoHoHoo !!.

Tok Uban

Zendra said...

Hear! Hear! Salute to all teachers/coaches/mentors!

Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "When a man dies, all his good deeds come to an end, except for three cases;
1. the charity of continuous blessings,
2. beneficial knowledge which he leaves behind
3. a righteous child who prays for him."

[Saheeh Muslim]

Red Alfa said...

Yea Tommy

Why I have to go to the gym, I know for sure!

But what I can never understand is why would so shapely and svelte SYTs would come to my gym and really sweating it out in their leotards or thights.

I can but guess they want to make gym rats of us grey beards?!

Mat Cendana said...

I rarely click on video links but somehow I did for this one. The lady in the middle? I don't know - the one on the right, I think, is the most elegant. Her steps throughout the video shows a natural dancer here... so relaxed, knows what she's doing and in total command.

Zendra said...

Dear Mat, I guess you're right, the lady you prefer looks all subtlety-and-burning-embers, macam mek kelate hahaha but I'm talking structure here and I identify with the lady in the middle-lah.

Hey you must drop by more often, bizzy man.