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BFF Challenge: The End

It’s a Saturnalia miracle! Having not lost a single pound the entire year, I caught up and lost almost 1kg in 3 weeks at the last minute! Thanks to GLOW and the Berry Fruity Fat-loss Challenge. A combination of the product as well as exercise (not so much the diet because I was too greedy over the feasting holidays), helped me through it all!
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I enjoyed the workouts *gasp* led by trainer, Sederick, with my BFF GLOW buddies and kept up with all the prescribed sessions. I am actually quite amazed at how I hadn’t tried to excuse myself and skipped any of the sessions. I’m almost sure GLOW gave me the energy boost that I have sorely lacked. Despite the fact that I huffed and puffed while lagging behind these straight-sized bloggers, I never once felt like I was going to give up or embarrassed that I couldn’t keep up. It really helped that these blogger mates were all very encouraging! (Do read their blogs here –> Daphne / William / Ju-Ann)

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I am impressed by GLOW as a product but as a natural skeptic, I’m going to skip taking the product for 1 month and continue applying what I’ve learnt from the BFF Challenge. Then if I don’t lose any weight by February, I will know for sure.

The best part is, they will be launching a new, improved formula of GLOW soon – this means that when I do go back on the product, I hope it’ll be doubly effective!! Dear new GLOW, help me lose 2 kgs in 3 weeks please!

*All opinions reflected in the post are the blogger’s own. The content of this post is not edited by GLOW. GLOW is an all-natural weight loss supplement. The proprietary blend is clinically designed to maximise fat burning. All rights reserved.


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BFF Challenge: End of Week 1

As I write this post, I’m on my way to yet another workout. It has been a week since we started the BFF (Berry Fruity Fat-loss) Challenge . I don’t know if it works just yet, but I am feeling good so far!

Coupled with the GLOW raspberry ketones pills, we have had the luxury of almost round-the-clock nutrition advice (via Whatsapp) and the guidance of a personal trainer, Sederick, every other day. I’ve locked down my dates early on and made it to all the scheduled workouts. Sometimes thwarted by the weather (but I get my ass there nonetheless).

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We have a group chat on Whatsapp and if you know me, my default status there is “Don’t Whatsapp Me”. I can’t keep up and I don’t have that much time to chat when I’m at work or going about my business. It’s amazing how many hundreds of messages the group exchanges in a single day. Lots of encouraging ones, advice on what to eat etc. It is unfortunate I have little time and content to contribute. I do try my best to read what’s going on and there have been some very useful tips for eating and portion control.

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I have taken our nutritionist Rachel’s advice and tried to eat well. As you can see from above, I eat a variety of foods and it’s not all bland! I try not to think of my favourite things – cupcakes, fried chicken etc. On top of that, I snack on fruit in the mornings. I think GLOW curbs your appetite but not your greed. So I have my work cut out for me. Hahaha!

Aside to the people who have been sending Christmas food hampers to the office… Damn you and your temptations! Stop it already… BOOO

Until next week… Toodles!

*All opinions reflected in the post are the blogger’s own. The content of this post is not edited by GLOW. GLOW is an all-natural weight loss supplement. The proprietary blend is clinically designed to maximise fat burning. All rights reserved.


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Couponing: Meridian Slimming/Full Body Massage at Youth Infinite

Date: 15 August 2011

Deal: 91% Off (1)Full Body Massage OR (2)Facial Therapy OR (3)Merdian Slimming OR (4)Bust Enhancement at $28 (worth $320)

How it went:

Actually I don’t know which treatment I went for. It felt like both a full body massage and possibly a slimming treatment. It was largely painful and scary, and lasted too long for my liking. It’s not that it’s bad but… just something I didn’t like at all. The therapist was from China and spoke in Mandarin. She had other colleagues who appeared to be foreigners too, but probably from Malaysia as they spoke a little more English. I was in pain most of the time and it was difficult to figure out what they were saying to me. I walked away with a good Mandarin lesson on words related to massage therapy and weight-loss terms. (Here’s a funny one: She said something that sounded like “bee hive organisation” in Mandarin when I broke the words up. In my head I had no idea what it meant and I was so confused trying to figure out what all those sounds strung together could be. Turns out, it means cellulite! HAHA!)

Youth Infinite in Ang Mo Kio Central

Youth Infinite in Ang Mo Kio Central

The session started with me having to strip down to my underwear and then being weighed. As usual, they are always shocked to see what I weigh because for some reason I look smaller than the numbers on the scale. The bed was small, the room was a little cramped but well-equipped. The walls didn’t touch the ceilings so you could hear people walking around or talking. There was red heat lamp that shone directly on my belly as she prodded, kneaded, poked, and stabbed (I’m serious! She took a finger and she pressed it all the way down several points in my soft tummy and it hurt like a bitch!). I whimpered.

The room and the bed. Functional. And a Chinese acupoint chart.

The room and the bed. Functional. And a Chinese acupoint chart.

The other side of the room and some torture devices at the sink

The other side of the room and some torture devices at the sink

The worst thing was CUPPING! OMG! It hurt and I teared involuntarily. She told me it was going to be ok and that I hurt because I was weak. Glass jars were placed on my belly, thighs and arms. After that I flipped over and it was placed all over my back. Before that, she took a glass jar and heated the inside with a cotton ball of flame, then slid it up and down my back as it sucked at my flesh. IT HURT HURT HURT!!!! I was told the marks would go away in 3-4 days. Nope… mine took almost 14 days to completely disappear. GGgRrrr ggggRRrr!!!

Apparently I am sick/weak so the discolourations were darker

Apparently I am sick/weak so the discolourations were darker

I did some research and I read HERE that athletes do this all the time. Apparently these are not bruises because a bruise is the result of broken capillaries from impact traumas while these marks are the release of toxins. I don’t know and I don’t quite understand BUT if you can take the pain, I suggest you try it at least once. I suppose it can’t be that bad, it’s probably my own personal reaction to it. The massage hurt like mad but the day after, I immediately had better bowel movements (maybe from the vigorous prodding) and I felt better. Is it psychological? I don’t know.

So was it worth $320? NOPE! But it was definitely worth more than $28 if you understand that Chinese Physicians usually charge more for such treatments. So it’s a good deal, despite the torture, because it was an interesting experience. I was also offered a package deal which was quite expensive at $180 per session but then a 30% discount was thrown in because I came via a website (i.e. streetdeal.sg). The funny thing was I didn’t understand what she was saying and I was wondering why she told me that she’d give me a discount for a night stand. Turns out the sounds for “night” and “stand” together means “website”. HAHA on me again!


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Couponing: 1 Session of ProUltrasound + 2 Sessions of PowerLite Slimming Treatments @ Expressions

Date: 8 August 2011

Deal: 95% off Bundle Deal – 1 Session of ProUltrasound + 2 Sessions of PowerLite Slimming Treatments @ Expressions. Only $49 instead of $1000

How it went:

When I called the Compass Point outlet, I got cancelled twice before I managed to get to an appointment. The first time was when they called to tell me 3 days before the scheduled appointment that they didn’t have enough therapists and someone took leave on the day I was supposed to go. I tried rescheduling but it didn’t work till after 2 weeks later. This time, about a day before my appointment, I was told they were doing some renovations and repairs. That the machine that I was supposed to be using wasn’t available yet. They tried booking an appointment for me at the Orchard branch but they were full. So about a month went past before I actually went to Compass Point to do these 3 sessions of whatever slimming.

Super small 1st room where I was just told to lie on the bed in my underwear

Super small 1st room where I was just told to lie on the bed in my underwear

It’s a con. The deal sounds like they were doing a lot on me for $49. Here’s what – I spent about 20 minutes at their very small reception listening to the very tired and uninterested receptionist/consultant talk about the various packages they had (she wasn’t trying hard to sell them to me) before I went into the back areas where the treatment rooms were. I was just left in a room and told to wait. So I waited. When she came back she was surprised and I looked back at her surprised. She then told me to change out of my clothes and lie on the bed in my underwear. And I did. Then the 1 and only therapist I saw (there were no other people besides the 2 of them) came in and proceeded to put some gel on my belly. There was a machine involved and then a 20-minute massage. Well it was kinda like someone using the flat part of a bowl making circles on your belly, except this bowl was attached to the machine and it was warm. So that was soothing and I almost fell asleep.

The strange machine with the warm paddle (extreme top left) used to massage my belly

The strange machine with the warm paddle (extreme top left) used to massage my belly

Then I was abruptly told to put on a robe and carry my things to another room – shoes, bags and all. This was a larger room and it had some strange equipment. I was told to lie on the bed. It looked like someone had just been in it frankly. There were also some used clothes hanging on the wall. It was all quite messy too. There was like a tanning bed panel (red light tubes) directly radiating heat at my belly and thighs. She turned off the lights and left me there for about 20 minutes. After that, the session was over. Which was the ProUltrasound and which were the 2 PowerLite Slimming treatments? What the hell just happened?

Doesn't it look like someone just slept in the bed & used the room?

Doesn’t it look like someone just slept in the bed & used the room?

Was it worth $1000? Yah right! What a con! NO WAY! It wasn’t even worth $49! No wonder Expressions International is a company about to collapse. I read that the founders have been plagued by financial troubles and it looks like even their employees are not interested in their job. Tsk! Slimming centres are all con jobs! For those people desperate and naive enough to fork out thousands of dollars (or even $1000) to do this… I’m so sorry, why don’t you just join me on the treadmill at the gym?