How to eat dinner at Sushi Tei and wake up with flat abs the next day?

Usually, when people have something really good going on in their life, they don’t wanna tell because they’re afraid of jinx. I kinda believe in jinx too, but when that something good is so good that it changed your life, you kinda want people to know about it so it could change their life too, to be better of course.

(Disclaimer! I will talk about fitness and health. If you’re one of those people who think fitness and health matters are craps and that “everyone has only one life so they can eat whatever they want”, you may quit reading.)

First of all, I will make a confession. I’m a perfect example of a bad yo-yo diet. I’ve been in a yoyo diet for almost 4 years… I have my fit moment when I sit up everyday and then go for a mayo diet (suffer myself like hell for 13 days) and then acquired that toned abs; I also have fat moment when my abs are bloated and I binge eat almost every night. Pizzas, fries, endless sushis, you name it. I’m the queen of binge eating. I was even still eating when I knew my tummy was full, just because I felt (temporary) happy when I ate (That’s the definition if Binge Eating, that is to continue eating when you’re actually full to make you happy.)

Thankfully I’m gifted with pretty good metabolism, but ironically it’s also a bad news. Losing weight is so easy for me, so is gaining weight. Thus, I’m a perfect example of yo-yo diet. Yoyo diet is the kind of diet that will ruin your body in long term. One week I eat healthy food, one week I eat junk foods. I could never pass a week (unless the mayo diet) for a certain diet. On weekend I always went back to binge eating.

I was depressed, because I always wanted to be fit. I struggled psychologically because I always tell everyone that looks are not important, that we have to love ourselves, etc, etc. But then why did I feel so guilty and sad the day after binge eating?

Am I a hypocrite, I thought.

I tried drinking green juice, it lasted about a month with binge eating every weekend. Nothing changed on my body.

And then…. I stumbled on a photo that changed my life forever. It was a transformation photo of a girl who lost half of her body weight and became healthy.


I mean, I saw these kind of photos a lot of times, then why did it really strike me so hard that time? It was the motivating words from the person who trained the girl… for free. Her name is Cassey Ho. She’s a pilates instructor. She created an exercise called pop pilates, a pilates that use pop songs. This sounds very normal, but when you watch her video, her positive energy and her perkiness will definitely hypnotized you!

So I googled her that day and read her blog the whooolleee day! I realized something, I’ve already had one of her working out calendar on my pinterest, yet I’ve never done it, or never even bothered to start. I read one of her blog entry that said “don’t start on Monday, start NOW!”

So I opened the beginning calendar and did my very first pop pilates work out. I was sweating like craaaazzzzyy, and guess what? I actually enjoyed it! I couldn’t wait to work out again the next day!

On the third day of my pop pilates journey, I followed what Cassey taught about clean eating. Everything seems so scary and weird at first… But guess what? It was easier than it looked like!!!

What is clean eating?

Let me redefine clean eating with my own words: clean eating is basically eating ONLY the food that’s good for your body. Food that contains protein, good fats, and all the good nutrients. This sounds so complicated, but this is very simple, really!

All the food that comes from the earth are good! All fruits and vegetables are earth grown! All good! All animals are good, but like us, animals could be fat too, so don’t eat their fats, eat their lean meat! Don’t eat chicken wings, eat chicken breast. Don’t eat pork belly, eat pork loin. Eat lean fish like salmons, tunas, snappers, etc (please do google them).

“Can I drink milk?” Yes you can! Drink natural Almond Milk! Don’t drink milk that is already flavored and packed in the supermarket! They’re full of sugar!!!

“Can I drink coffee?” Yes you can! Drink espresso with 1 teaspoon of raw sugar, not FRAPUCCINO for god’s sake!!!

Just follow your instinct! You think it’s good, it probably is, not sure? Go google it.

You can basically eat anything you want… as long as you know it was made/cooked/baked in the “clean” way. So, how to make sure it was made/cooked/baked in the “clean” way? SIMPLE. Cook your own meal! :)

What about the bad food? Bad foods are the foods that make you full psychologically but not physically. Junk foods like McDonald’s are the best example. Cheeseburger, for example: buns are white breads and white breads were made by white grains which are bad carbs. The cheese is processed with god knows what. Dont get me started with the patty, oh god.

Basically, never eat foods that you didn’t know how to make. If you don’t know how they cooked your food, DON’T EAT IT! DO NOT PUT BAD STUFFS ONTO YOUR BODY!

If you think you crave them, this feeling will go away after 14 days of clean eat, because the MSG/sodium will leave your body by then.

This might sound like a lot of work and a lot of non-sense, but let me tell you…. I feel the difference!!!! You should too!!!

My meal plan

The first three days were the adaptation. It wasn’t difficult, really! You just need a huge commitment. Here’s my meal plan for the first three days:

Breakfast | 7 am

Scrambled White Egg (4 eggs)

Banana Oatmeal pancake (recipe below)

Snack | 10 am

Peanut butter wheat bread sandwich (literally wheat bread with peanut butter)

Lunch | 12 pm

Lean meat 120 gr, vegetables

Snack | 4 pm

10 pcs almonds or 1 apple, 1 cup of greek yoghurt

Dinner | 8 pm

Lean meat 120 gr, vegetables

Supper snack | 10 pm

Cottage Cheese or greek yoghurt –> Mostly I miss this because I’m too full to eat.

Working Out

I work out E-VERY-DAY! Yes! I work out every day, following blogilates beginner calendar, you can download here. I have one rest day of work out but I still do stretching. Can I work out when I don’t eat carbs? YES A THOUSAND YESSSSS!!!

Whoever said you need carbs to function was a big fat liar! And it’s not like you eat zero gr carbs! You get carbs from vegetables and oats and wheat bread. You just stop taking the bad carbs!

Recipes for Lunch and Dinner

Well you can find A LOOOOTTTTT of clean eat recipes online, but probably it would scare you because it’s full of things you’ve never heard before. At first I was reluctant, so I followed the simple ones from Cassey’s Blogilates Forum. If you’re too lazy to dig it, let me give you some of my simple recipes to start…

Always remember this: Eat clean is balanced diet, means you have to eat 120 gr of lean meat/high protein ingredients and at least 1 cup of vegetables. You can cook them anyhow you want UNLESS FRY THEM. Cook with only these condiments:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • light soy sauce
  • refined salt / the kind of slat that looks fancy (LOL)
  • all kind of spices: pepper, turmeric, cumin, basil, oregano, thyme, etc.
  • salsa sauce
  • cottage cheese
  • greek yoghurt
  • tabasco
  • apple cider vinegar

If you want to try new condiments, try to read the calories label and think whether it is clean or not. :)

Balanced clean eat: lean meat and vegetables

Balanced clean eat: lean meat and vegetables

That is my usual dinner: I marinate the salmon with lemon, basil, oregano and dried tomato. Leave it for 1 hour and then grill it. It’s delicious!!! :) And for the vegetables, I usually chop them in cubes and boil them, after tender, just sautee it with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt. It tastes awesome! :)

Recipe: The clean cap cay!

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This is my made-up recipe. The ingredients were:

  • 120 gr chicken breast
  • 1/2 broccoli, chopped
  •  1/2 carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 paprika
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 cucumber

Sautee them in extra virgin olive oil, then season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano and salsa sauce. Voila! It’s awesome!

Recipe: The typical Grilled Fish

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Buy any lean fish and then marinate with lemon, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Grill them and add vegetable on the side! Voila! Another awesome dinner!

Recipe: Tumis Toge dan Kentang

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Clean eat goes local! Yes! Bandi cooked an Indonesian dish and it’s clean! Ok, we did cheat with bratwurst but it was because we had to cook the bratwurst or it would goes to waste. :p

Ingredients:

  • Tempeh
  • beansprout
  • chillies
  • seasoning

Just sautee the garlic, onion and chillis, then put in the tempeh and beansprout. Season and then eat! Yum! Yum!

Recipe: Quinoa with prawn/chicken and Veggie

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I cooked this because Bandi was craving for “nasi goreng”. And according to the internet, Quinoa gives a feeling of eating rice. AND IT’S TRUE!

How to cook:

  • Boil one cup of Quinoa with one cup of water inside the rice cooker. Put in some chopped onions.
  • When boil, add in carrots and paprika.
  • 10 minutes later add prawns or chicken and some chillies!
  • Season and serve!

Recipe: Clean Chilli Con Carne 

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Have you eaten a bowl of Chilli? It was soooo good that you thought food this good must be unhealthy! But guess what, we could cook the clean version of Chilli and I tried it last night and it was soooo damn good Morganfield’s and Applebee’s can suck it! LOLOL.

I wrote the ingredients on the top picture. Basically just add the ingredients to the pan. Tomato paste came in last. Just stir them for 1-1,5 hours and let it soaked. It’s delicious!!! :)

Recipe: The Ultimate Breakfast!

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This is the one that I talked about. BANANA/BLUEBERRY OATMEAL PANCAKE!

I can’t believe that healthy food can taste good! And it’s not only guilt free, it’s high of protein could help you burn fats! Yes! Right! High protein diet can help you burn fats! isn’t that awesome?!

Ingredients:

  • 6 white eggs
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • blueberry (optional)
  • chia seeds (optional)

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them. And then pour them in a pan! VOILA!

Serves: 4 pancakes / 2 persons.

Anyway… these are just some samples of easy clean eating recipes. You can find thousands of interesting clean eats recipes out there. :) I just want to show you that it’s not that difficult to cook a healthy and clean meals. :)

How did clean eat change me?

First of all it changed my stomach. :)

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Everyday I wake up, my abs get harder and harder. I don’t sit up regularly anymore. I just do pilates everyday. But trust me even you do pilates everyday, it won’t pay you unless you eat clean!!!

Working out and eat well are two things that can’t be separated. The two of them must run together in order for your life to change! TO BE BETTER!

There’s nothing wrong with you, yes. But if you can improve your life to be better, why not? I don’t wanna sound so annoying. I might think this is non-sense too, but once I finally realized I’ve been living my life in the wrong way, I’m so glad I’ve tried this clean eat lifestyle.

So, will I stop eating ayam penyet? Of course not!!! I can eat “dirty” meal once in a while. However, one or two bad food every month won’t hurt. :) Don’t be too hard on yourself.

But for now, I don’t even want them. :)

I want to have a killing bods on my honeymoon! :D Awesome motivation, huh??

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I feel better and better and better each day. :)

The best thing about my new diet is that:

  1. I’m always full.
  2. High protein intake helps me burn fats even when I sleep!
  3. The meals taste delicious!

Should I compare with Mayo-diet?

No. Mayo diet is a 13 days super clean diet that can make you lost a LOT of weight! You can lost 6 kgs in 2 weeks with mayo diet! It’s okay for you of you want to do it. I’ve done it too. :)

Clean eat is more like a lifestyle. It continues for the rest of your life. :)

To be honest, I didn’t lost a lot of weight. I lost 1 kg every week. But suddenly all my dresses are too big to wear. Yes, it changed my body to be more toned and fit. :)
What if I’m lazy to cook? Well I just go to Subway! :) or go to western food stall and order blackpepper dory fish with steamed veggies on the side. :)
If I can cook everyday, then all of you who have maid should have no excuses! ;)

And then I went to Sushi Tei…

Yes! We all know sushi is full of rice and rice is bad carbs and I looooooooveee sushi!!! How did I survive that?

I went to Sushi Tei with my friends and ordered beef salad, 10 slices of sashimi and lobster salad. Guess what? I was full like craaaazzzy and the best thing was… I woke up the next day feeling awesome! All the high protein from the salmons helped my muscles to grow when I slept so I woke up with toned abs!

WHY DIDN’T I DO THIS BEFORE???

I’ve been living in a lieeeee! Noooo!!! LOL

So yeah, that’s how I realized… I should tell everyone that I’m actually on a diet! A GREAT DIET THAT CAN CHANGE PEOPLE’S LIFE!!!

So?

You wanna start eat clean too? =)

Cheers,

May, happy and fit

 

 

How did I get my toned abs in 13 days?

Last Sunday I posted a half naked photo of me on my instagram. Okay, half naked sounds so exaggerating LOL. (so much for attention, May?) I posted a photo of me showing off my toned abs.

This photo!

This photo! (took on 25th August 2013

I also posted it to close friends on Path and got the attention. (yeah you all know I’m an attention whore) however I am seriously delivering a message here.

I am fed up with people complaining about their bodies. If you are not happy with your body, change it!!! If you are too lazy and lacking of motivation and using thousands of excuses, then DON’T COMPLAIN!

Here’s an important note: I am not achieving to be skinny. So if you think I’m not skinny enough to show off my body then you can go to hell. This is the body that I want. I am happy with my body now.

My colleague commented “Yeah you lost a lot of weight but your ass is still big.” WTF? I like my ass! I see my ass as an asset rather than a liability!

Problem?

Problem? Photo was taken on May 2010.

That’s my ass and I LOVE IT!

I love being curvy and sexy, thus I don’t starve myself. And I remind you all to enjoy life, embrace everything life offers, including the delicious food but learn about SELF CONTROL.

I have started to do sit-ups 100 times a day from 1st January 2013 because it is my new year’s resolution to change my body to the way I wanted.

From 1st march 2013, I realized it wasn’t enough so I started to do 150 sit-ups and some push-ups and start the morning run. But the most important thing: I started to watch what I eat. What do I mean by “watch what I eat”? I tried to eat less carbs and more vitamins. I drink banana-strawbery-bluebrry-kiwi-yoghurt smoothies for my dinner for weekdays (but seriously failed most of the times) and then went food fiesta on weekends. The fiesta of course not total pigging out but I eat good food, the food I love like sushi and sushi and sushi… Hahahaha! Sometimes I go for Buffet too! You see I still post foodies on my instagram, it was probably my weak moments.

However, I lose weight bits by bits. During 5 months I had lost 2.5kgs. That’s what I like, I don’t suffer from hardcore diet, I still enjoy life and I lose weight. All I have to do is just watch what I eat and control myself.

And then August comes, and it’s time for MAYO DIET! What is Mayo Diet? Read more about diet mayo from my post last year. Yes, this diet is a detox diet that makes you lose 5-7 kilos but only allowed to be done once a year.

I’ve known this diet since my college year but I’ve never completed it because I was skinny back then, I never struggle with weight problems until my mid-twenties.

However, the most amazing thing happened. This mayo diet makes your body release the fats through urine (yes you pee a lot) and all the hard work I’ve done since new year paid of!! My abs muscle shows up! During my mayo diet, almost all my fats I used to gather on my belly is gone and there it is, the sexy muscle that’s been hiding all along. Come out, you!

Never get tired to see the great muscle no matter how many times I see it. :p

Never get tired to see the great muscle no matter how many times I see it. :p

If you are not a big fan of exercises, you probably will have the flat belly too but not as ripped as mine. But I’ve always been dreaming of ripped abs forever. (I had it once too when I was 19 years old — 200 sit-ups a day for 4 months and morning run) Okay lahhh my abs hasn’t even close to be a ripped abs, but seriously it’s PRETTY AWESOME!

But let me tell you something,

MAYO DIET IS NOT EASY.

You will find yourself hallucinating about eating cheeseburger, I even had so many dreams about indomie! I’m serious. You are physically full but psychologically starved. Because you are craving for MSG and SALT.

And one more thing, You must clear up your social schedule for two weeks for this diet. I did. You have no idea how hard it is to blow of Ramen invitation, sushi invitation. etc. And don’t tempt yourself! Don’t go out to shopping malls or crowds, it’ll make you want to buy food! Stay at home, watch TV, do crafts, or whatever. Put your diet as your TOP priority. Trust me, life is easier with sorted priorities.

If you can’t commit to the diet for 2 weeks, THEN DON’T DO IT!!! Because the ruined mayo diet will make your weight even more than before. Don’t commit if you can’t do it.

Yesterday Bandi and I were discussing about why we were doing this diet. What motivated us and when to stop. (Bandi does the diet together with me btw)

I told him I will stop when I lose the fats on my thigh and that is why I’ve been doing squats everyday and why I keep running (and thank god I love running). I told him not to worry because I won’t lose my curve (Bandi loves curvy girls) because I love my curve too and the only thing that motivates me is because I’m competitive with myself. I like to challenge myself and see how it turned out.

So, I have been showing off my abs, and I have shared my mayo diet secret, what is the purpose of this post?

This is to motivate you, to inspire you that…

YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR BODY THE WAY YOU WANT TO!

Oh god knows how much I love food! I live to eat! But I can learn how to do self-control and if I can, you can too!

I don’t remember how many times I cursed, “Fuck this shits, I don’t care if I’m fat!” and then go binge-eating on McDonald’s but then I inhaled all the guilt and the shame and bounced back.

I’m not saying that being fat is not good. It is okay to be fat as long as you are comfortable with it. If you don’t like dieting of exercising, THEN STOP COMPLAINING YOU’RE FAT!

Was I comfortable being fat? NO.

Yes, it’s an honest answer. NO.

Let me show you the photo when I was fat:

Photo taken on May 2012 on Halong Bay Vietnam.

Photo taken on May 2012 on Halong Bay Vietnam.

I’m not comfortable and I hate it. I won’t talk crap about being fat is unhealthy and I exercise to be healthier and all the shits. NO! I exercise to have a ripped abs, for vanity, not for health. Health is a bonus!

Don’t be hypocrite. NOBODY GOES TO GYM TO BE HEALTHY (Unless you’re 40 years old uncle with heart problem), THEY GO TO GYM TO HAVE A GOOD BODY! So you will be comfortable being naked or in bikini.

I deserve this abs!

After millions of sit-ups, waking up at 5 am to do the morning run, blowing off Ramen for Berry juice and those horrible 13 days of Mayo diet, I DESERVE TO WEAR TANK TOP and look good on it!

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Focused on the tummy! Photo taken on 29th August 2013, the last day of Mayo Diet.

The AfterMath

I have completed my last diet mayo yesterday. Let me recap for you.

2012 Mayo diet: Lost 5 kgs, then binge-eating and gained 2kg, then started to watch what I eat and lost another 2kg. 2013 Mayo diet: Lost 4 kgs. TOTAL weight loss: 9 kgs. (during 1 year timeline)

Let me tell you something amazing: From the very first time Bandi came back from US until yesterday, he HAS LOST 21 KG’s (during 2.5 years timeline). How awesome is that? He has done mayo diet twice and done regular exercise like football and running. (Even though most of my friend said Bandi lost weight because he couldn’t handle the stress living with me. WTF!)

I will might as well embarrass Bandi too since everything is revealed. Here’s his photo of before and after the never-ending lose-weight journey:

Where did those 20 kilos of fats go?

Where did those 20 kilos of fats go?

I just wanna to tell you that… It’s not easy, and there is no shortcut. You just got to work on it. I guess Bandi didn’t really work hard on it anyway because he barely watched what he ate. He loves food too much. But he did commit for 120 push-ups everyday and regular football and regular run. (But he loves football so it’s like win-win for him)

Enough about him, I don’t want him to steal my thunder. LOL

I usually heard people said it’s impossible for them to lose weight because [insert millions of excuses]. Think again, do you think it really is impossible to get the body you want?

The only thing that separates you from what you want is YOURSELF!

I don't. You should not too!

I don’t. You should not too!

Never give up until you get what you want. If you failed once, TRY AGAIN! Don’t be a wimp! TRY AGAIN until you get what you want!

So, after 13 days of torture, living without salt, what is the first thing I ate this morning? On the day of my freedom?

THIS!

Egg Benedict with no poached egg.

Egg Benedict with no poached egg.

Apparently my super awesome boyfriend didn’t want to waste even one meal to enjoy today so he cooked me Egg Benedict this morning. He’s been talking about wanting to try Egg Benedict for so long and now he said the moment was right. I’m so proud of him that he didn’t break his Hollandaise sauce! (It’s his first time) but however he couldn’t make a poached egg so he replaced it with half-cooked omelette.

It might seem pretty shocking for you but if you’re friend with me on facebook  you’ll know that most of my home-cooked meal was done by Bandi. Yeah, he has passion for cooking and he’s good with it. =)

he loves to cook and I love to eat! What are the odds?! XD

So, what are we having for dinner? Hmm… I’m thinking of Best Ramen in town and Apple Crumble as dessert. And probable chocolate milkshake from Max Brenner. What? Maintain my tummy? Hey! I deserve a food fiesta today! =D And tomorrow, since I’m coming to Bandung!!! Batagor here I come!!! WOOTTTT!

My conclusion is…..

If you feel comfortable with your body, NO WORDS CAN BRING YOU DOWN, even though you’re overweight. If you’re comfortable with that, YOU DON’T NEED TO STARVE OR CHANGE ANYTHING.

But if you’re not comfortable with your body and you need to change it, STOP WHINING AND START EXERCISING!!! A journey of thousand miles begin with first step. Start the little step today, no matter how little.

It’s not about how fast you lose weight, it’s about how much you want it. NEVER GIVE UP! Hey it took me one year to have the body I want, don’t pressure yourself, take it slow. Nothing good comes instantly. It’s all hard work. =)

P.S. DRINK MORE WATER! =) If you need to ask anything I’ll be glad to answer! email me or ping my LINE. =)

P.P.S. Bandi is no longer Mr. Grumpy now that he can eat salt again. Yaiy!

P.P.P.S Quick link to may Diet Recipe here –> Diet Mayo.

Cheers,

May, The lucky bitch with awesome abs.

Lose Weight Diary #1

Since I moved to Singapore and worked in the office (mostly sitting down), I’ve gained about 10 kilos for one year span. I didn’t really care before because my weight was still considered normal and I wasn’t obese. But when my weight was about to hit the number I was so scared (I won’t put my weight even if you begged me like hell), I felt THIS IS IT! I must change my eating habit.

There is never a problem with my exercise habit because I hit the gym twice or thrice every week, sometimes run or cycle or play badminton, so I can call myself active. But it turns out it’s not enough when your eating habit is just like pig. You have no idea how I eat. I eat so much and love to snack unhealthy food. This lifestyle is supported by my loving boyfriend who gained so much when he lived in the U.S. (mother of junk food).

Since we moved to the new house, I always cook myself, and never eat hawker food anymore. Hawker food is so oily and has big portion. During the first month of the cooking habit, I lost 2 kilos without even trying. I wasn’t satisfied as I needed to hit my target before new year. So I remembered this diet which was very famous along my college friends. I tried this diet 6 years ago and lost 4 kilos for only 5 days! I stopped because my weight hit 49 kilos and I looked like a bulimic bitch.

So, this diet is a very simple diet. It’s called Diet Mayo. I will pin-point the explanation for an easier understanding.

  1. This diet is 13 days diet only.
  2. Cold water and Salt is a big No-No. Once you eat salt, start over from Day 1. (trust me you don’t want that.)
  3. Must follow the menu and can’t eat any other things.
  4. Possibility loss between 6-7 kilos at average. (however Obese people could lose up to 10 kilos)
  5. You will feel tired and light-headed during this diet.
  6. You will pee a lot!
  7. You can only do this diet once a year!

If you are skinny, you can do this diet to lose all your fats, because this diet will trim all your fats. I don’t lose too many kilos maybe because most of my body contains muscles as I hit the gym quite often. I lost 5 kilos total during 13 days. (There I finally said it) Well those 5 kilos really make a difference because instantly all the tight pants become very loose.

Pre-Diet

This diet is guaranteed not to make you gain back all your weights if you finish the 13 days menu. However if you stop between these 13 days, you will likely gain back the loss that you have lost. So, think about it before you want to start. Will it be there any party or celebration that you have to attend on the next 13 days? Because this diet can’t be pause-and-resume. Plan your diet accordingly.

Pasca-Diet

Don’t pig out after you finish that 13 days of hell. I know you would want to eat so many things, but try to control your appetite. However, I feel my craving started to fade away after the 12th day. maybe because it’s habit. I hope everyone will also make eating well as a habit. Try to eat home-cooked meal and stop snacking.

If you are already sure you want to do it, then you can download the menu here. Unfortunately the menu is written in Bahasa. So I translated it to English here.

I will be more than happy if you wanted to ask me anything.

Good luck with the 13 days of torture! =)

 

Love, May.