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Day 23 – family tahlil, emotional/inspiring songs and another big break

Joined a family tahlil ceremony(ies?) tradition on my father side. Every ramadhan, usually on a sunday. We go to 4 or 5 burial sites in one day, and recite surah yasin and tahlil. I used an a simple pdf based app I made a few years ago. The tahlil and yasin app I created was from a booklet that my brother had printed for our late father. It was because at that point there was none available then that was close to brunei’s traditions, it is surprising to know that different countries have different practices despite having the same language and the same religion, it was only then I found that the practice is considered by some muslims as bid’ah or innovations, at which different xountries have their own customized customs.

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Regardless, I find the customs of yasin and tahlil to be a meaningful practice. For one it gets people to practice the recital of the surah itself. The tahlil, itself is a form of dzikr, or the remembrance or the self reminder towards god, and dedicating it all to the departed loved ones. While the whole practice is also a very good way for relatives to come together. While my uncles like to remind their kids and others of who was who, was buried where, and so on. It makes for a good reminder from where we came, our roots, our commonality.  and it also makes a good reminder of where we all are headed, to know that we will remembered long after our deaths. To be be honest, I feel the whole tradition is for the benefit of the living more than it is for the dead.

The locations we visited were 3 burial sites at Batu Satu, 1 burial site at makam di luba, and finally 1 burial site of my great grandfather at Kuala Belait. I have only started visiting that last site for the last 3 years. I remember my father, often visited that site whenever we were passing by to go to miri. But I had never visited until 3 years ago, where my uncle usually makes it his last stop, but most of us don’t want to make that almost 2 hour trip. That time around I decided I had nothing else left to do, so I went. According to my uncle, my great grandfather, was working in KB, but he got sick and passed away. During those days it would be very troublesome to transport a body that far, and it has always been a custom to bury a body close to the location of death instead of their life.

On a related note, at this point I was already sleep deprived, having only 5 hour sleep. But one trick I learned a while back was to play emotional and inspriring songs. And the feeling I got will usually counteract any sleepiness. Its not heavy metal songs, but meaningful inspiring songs. My playlist that afternoon was Linkin Park, Nickelback, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic and covers by boyce avenue. Songs that I would belt out to, if I remembered the lyrics.

In the afternoon my swimming class cancelled due to the rain, so we proceeded early to my wife’s sister’s home. We bought some grilled salmon to complement the seafood fried rice they were preparing. Being there early I thought I would finally take a nap, but no, I didnt feel the need. Later that night I slept at midnight again, while waking up early for work the next day.

Me and my wife shared a single salmon. My wife decided to make a simple dessert out of some flour, nutella and ice cream to make a simple lava cake, and separately a sort of sardine puff.

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Day 15 – SUP class, the mummy and night hike

Woke up early to send my wife for her SUP class while I watch House of Cards on netflix. then went to office as someone is renting tomorrow and needs it this morning to set up. Since the movie was out, decided to watch The Mummy  starring Tom Cruise in the cinema. I saw a few headlines on youtube and facebook on how bad or pointless the movie was, but I prefer to check things for myself. I feel a lot better doing so, rather than making a decision solely on what someone else says.

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The mummy review. The movie was actually fun, it was action packed, thrilling, and some cases were funny. Tom Cruise is not acting as his usual hero character as in Mission Impossible. His character reminds me a bit of Brendan Frasier in the previous version of the mummy, and a bit of Indiana Jones. A reluctant hero, very rough on the edges, and a bit of a rascal. The mummy herself was quite scary, I feel like they borrowed some feeling of the grudge or the ring into this version of their mummy. The movie starts of with some action comedy, in the middle was action thriller. There was a scene where they museum, or the “prodigium” showed artifacts that show existence of other monsters, which they may plan for future franchises for the dark universe.

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Overall, I like the adventure, but a bit disappointed in the ending, I felt like there was suppose to be something more. But hey, fans of Tom Cruise will watch it regardless.

After watching the movie, we set off to go home, but first a bit of grocery shopping, and buying my wife’s meal. I was planning to attend a Tahlil event, but I dozed off until just before the break fast time. So that was cancelled, and ended up sharing a meal with my wife, which I do feel full afterwards. I really feel guilty when I feel that full.

Fortunately at night there was a hiking group that I could join. It was going to Bukit Laur from Simpang 247. Note to those who are familiar to the simpang, the signboard was down, and the last bend is getting a lot more tight due to land erosion. Despite some light rain, It was a relatively easy hike, the group was suppose to be full of newbies, but these newbies were fast, so it was a good pace. At the top of Bukit Laur, we could see the cloud or mist flowing over the hills. In some cases, we could walk through the trail without our light on, as the moonlight from the full moon was very bright. Drove home and slept at 1am. Woke up at 6am to open up the office.

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Weight update is 87kg. I suspect this is technically my normalize weight. Being well hydrated, and my colon filled with food waste. Tempted to start my 7 day fast early to pick up where I left off. or at least just break my fast with kurma at the most.

The True Cause of Obesity and How to Deal With It

I haven’t been concerned about my weight since i was able to reduce from 110kg to a stable/plateau of 93kg that I am now. But now in my training, I seem to have reached a plateau as well on my speed in cycling and running. A few people have recommended reducing my weight while maintaining my muscle would increase my speed, as I would then be able to push harder and faster and may even be longer. I recently completed an official 42km at the Borneo International Marathon. The pain I experienced in my legs reminded me about the pain I felt running a 10km when I was 110kg. So now I am stongly considering of reducing down to my supposedly Ideal BMI weight of 79kg. (I don’t actually trust the BMI or body mass index, I will share why eventually)

So now for the first time ever. I will be having a category on my posts on Diet and Nutrition, in addition to the sports categories. Previously I was successful in my reducing my weight by using a Slow Carbohydrate Diet that was shared by Timothy Ferriss in the book 4hour body. But now I am looking into High Fat Diets recommended by Tim Noakes, and Fasting recommended by Dr. Jason Fung. The last 2 authors/experts have similar research and opinions/philosophies/science on diet and obesity.

For this post I will be mostly referring to Dr Jason Fung’s Videos. It is a series of 6 video, each more than 1 hour long, in which he entitled the aetiology of Obesity. When I first watched the video I was thinking Tim Noakes would have loved this guy, but then I found out that Jason Fung published a book entitled the Obesity Code, which had a foreword from Tim Noakes!

Through out all the video he extensively cites the research that supports his points.

he covers mostly on the most common misconceptions and what is the truth on the causes of obesity. Here is my summary of the 6 videos, but please check out the videos for more details on the research that was cited. its a 6 part series. A kidney specialist’s research on cause of obesity.
What doesn’t work:

  • dieting or calorie restriction or calorie counting doesn’t really work. When body is given less calories, the body will adjust by lowering down the metabolism, often resulting in loss of body warmth. what is worst is as the metabolism is lower, the moment more calories come in, the body starts to store again.
  • increased exercise doesn’t work. one research was based on a 1 hour perday every week for a year study, I guess it is without controlling food portions. as the test subject may eat more to compensate for loss in energy. I guess more than 1 hour exercise may work, cause it works for me in my cycling, running, hiking and triathlon training.

The real cause of obesity:

  • food type – refined carbs without fibre E.g. Glucose and fructose) that raises blood sugar and activates insulin, E.g food high in glycemic and insulemic index.
  • eating time (having snacks, having breakfast in morning, have late dinner at night before sleep) keeps insulin up,
  • hormones (high insulin stores sugar as glycogen and fat, high stress/cortisol produces sugar that activates insulin.

So his cure for obesity and diabetes is

  • low carb, high fat, high protein.
    And
  • intermittent fast (generally no breakfast and have late lunch), or water fasting (dont eat just drink, some religions practice for a few days to a month), there are several versions of this which I will share in future posts.

Viewing his presentation gave me a huge insight on the true cause of obesity, and what’s interesting is the knowledge isn’t really something new, it is more like it has been forgotten, covered up by the food industry marketing, faulty research and its interpretations, but mostly the food culture that we have been brought into. I invite you to watch and learn his youtube series on the truth on obesity, he shows facts, and some even common biology knowledge, knowledge I remember learning in A’level Biology on hormones, knowledge put together to find the truth. I invite you to suspend your current knowledge on obesity, listen to what Dr Jason Fung has to say, and then make up your own mind.

What interests me is the idea that if he does his job right in terms of promoting the truth on obesity, he may put himself out of a job as a specialist doctor.

You can just search Dr Jason Fung on youtube, or you can go to his website at https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/ where he may have other articles that you may have concerns with.

Enjoy enlightenment regarding the true cause of obesity, and finally be armed and ready to deal with it. for yourself and for those you love.

 

Caffeine as a performance enhancing drug

As an amateur endurance athlete, I often for ways to improve my Speed and stamina.
It seems to me that nutrition, training and technique is the key. Of course looking for the right ones are the challenges.
I do not consider doping as an option, considering the side effects that it may have on the body in the long term, as most drugs have negative side effects. In addition, I prefer not to put anything synthetic into my body.
Caffeine is interesting though, it is part of most people’s daily diet. I wont drink redbull or livita, I have seen some athletes drink this before an event. But i do drink the occasional tea.
Found article online that briefly describes how caffeine pills are allowable in certain doses, and the effective use of it. Generally the people who would benefit most are those who rarely take them. So dont take them during training, but take them for an event or competition.
I personally have tried drinking caffeine in the forms of tea and coke before a run. In my 70.3 ironman it was my first time I saw coke prepared at the water stations. I admit there is a boosting effect, I do push myself harder to the point I am faster for longer,  but i noticed that it felt more hotter, and I was more thirsty,  I felt more hotter as well. And my body does hurt more the day after the run.
If anyone wants to try to get a personal best, or to train faster, then go ahead. I personally might not do it. Plus I am not that competitive. But if you are, caffeine is the one legal way you can do it.
http://www.runnersworld.com/rt-web-exclusive/how-to-boost-long-distance-performance-with-caffeine