Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sharing is caring

Okey... so  i'm sharing my activities.   again, after a long long break.  nothing remotely interesting about the ramblings of a macik trying her best to keep fit and active after 50  but who knows, maybe there is someone out there who might feel activated enough to try something, anything hehehehe.

But then where do i start?  again?  lol

I guess for now lets just continue with my cycling 'escapades' rather then my running.  it makes better reading since me & my bike get to go to further places than what me & my sneakers can achieve.

Other than my occasional rides round shah alam and my sad attempts at training along guthrie & kesas highways & the streets of shah alam, i've had a couple of satisfying misadventures with my cohorts lol.

Kayuhan Macik to Kuala Selangor - my first 100km.

Kayuhan Macik to Genting Sempah - was initially part of my training to climb up Frasers hill and to date, i've done it three times.

Kayuhan Macik to Fraser's Hill - i remember feeling so relieved that i actually made it to the top.

Kayuhan Macik to Kg Kampuchea - its a piece of kampuchea in the middle of nowhere

Kayuhan Macik to Morib - the start of the beach series lol

Kayuhan Macik to Tanjung Sepat - we cycled to the very end of the jetty lol

Kayuhan Macik to PD - without doubt, a very interesting ride involving a boat trip and ferry.

Kayuhan Macik to Genting Perez - which included an invirogating dip in the river 

Kayuhan Macik to Kuang - part road part trail and a secret mini waterfall.

Macik Ronda2 Kayel edisi KLCC - hopefully, the start of the city series

Macik  Ronda2 Penang - finally my first cycling event after 2 aborted attempts in the likes of ocbc ride 2012 & janamanjung 2013.

I've managed to recap a few of it already in my 'cycling diary - the macik series' (highlighted in red) and all i need to do now is settle down quietly somewhere and pen it all down, which is actually easier said and done lol.  but have no fear, i WILL perservere!!!

At least i hope so lol.

So see ya soon insyallah :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Finding a new balance

This year has certainly proven to be a challenging one for me.   its a milestone in my evolution as a woman and every day is a stark reminder that i am aging regardless of what i think or want.

In a life full of ups & downs my body was the only thing safely within my area of control. i could use it or abuse it any which way i wanted, but not anymore.  mother nature has a way of reminding us that time is relentless, it moves ahead no matter what and ravages everything in its path.  and in the end the only one truly in control is our Maker.

Now while my body struggles to find a new foothold and my erratic hormones scramble to stabilise, i am at my weakest.  until such time that i am totally entrenched within my menopause, i should expect such instability to continue.  this year alone marks the greatest number of times i have been down with some ailment or other. starting off with acute gastritis, to a serious bout of shingles, to virulent viruses, right down to the common cough & cold. to date i hv exhausted my allowable quota of 15 days for medical leave from private clinics, something which i have never, ever, done before.

Yup, its a time to reflect, reassess and reinvent.

I have always been active, the degree of which varied throughout the phases of my life.  interspersed between my early years, launching a career and starting a family, i had to make do with the situation and whenever i had no other option, i turned to reading bcos at the very least,  my imagination could still run wild lol.

I love to read, the written word holds a special allure for me.  be it fiction or truth, it frees my spirit to wander wherever i chose.  sadly these days, i'm starting to stay clear of novels and stories.  why? bcos i find myself losing focus and cant seem to sustain the excitement.  if before i could finish a book overnite, now it takes me almost forever bcos i keep forgetting the storyline & the characters.  so thats why its mostly facts & non-fiction for me.  usually self-help, hobbies, interests or the occasional autobiography.

Its the same with movies.  almost gone is my ability to enjoy a good dramatic storyline, especially the one that is wrought with conflict.  my mind automatically shuts down at any sign of emotional overload.  so i put a huge distance between me &  movies.  instead i seek enlightenment thru nat geo, animal planet, cartoons, sports, news or any of the investigative series.  informative, save, relaxing and with minimum drama.  Yup, i have a problem with conflict resolution & emotional entanglements.. it stresses me out, big time.

Which leaves me with very few options to occupy myself.

I could eat myself into becoming an oversized blob.

Or sing myself silly.

Or shop till i drop.

Or just lay myself down pretending to be dead.

None of which is the least bit desirable, obviously lol.

Which of course brings me back full circle to the one thing, apart from my children, that makes me happy.... and that is keeping active.

Whether its running or cycling or climbing hills, dancing or hopping or jiggling butts, as long as i'm sweating it all out, i know i can get through another day, shitty or otherwise.

So, here we go again, menopausal or not, lets keep on staying active lol.  and even though it'll  get a whole lot tougher to do so as the years pile up, from this day forth, i will try my best to share as much of my struggles as i possibly can.  bcos by doing so, i will have to confront my own demons and deal with them head on.  and bcos maybe, just maybe  it'll also help others who are in my shoes ;)