34 is the new 21 – Living better and fitter with Absolute Slimming

You know how you become an adult officially when your gifted “the key” to life at 21? That’s when you feel liberated to do everything differently and experience life as a real grown-up.

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Well, that was me 13 years ago. And the photo above, probably the roundest I’ve been pre-pregnancy, at almost 70kg and those flabby cheeks and arms… and thighs… and tummy… well you get the drift.

Now I’m 34, mother to two beautiful girls and co-founder to Getgo Parents; life couldn’t be better right? That’s what I thought couple months ago, but now that I’ve been through #TLMgetfit journey with Absolute Slimming, I think it can get even BETTER and more awesome! Because of my new found confidence and self-awareness, I feel that I can do so much more at 34. Just like what my parents always say “You are still young, go out and fight for your career, fight for your future!“.

You know when you watch those reality makeover show on TV where the lady getting transformed is always so emotional and all teary yet excited when she revealed her new self to her family? I thought they really damn drama lah, really that emotional meh? Look better only really mean so much more confidence and different in life meh? Well, now that I’ve gone through my own mini extreme makeover (well almost lah, except that damn plain face I don’t know what to do with it yet), I really do feel the same kind of emotion although less drama than those on TV. With a fitter body and looking better in dresses and clothes really does make one feel more confident! This is almost like giving me a second chance to live life like 21, be able to cheong again!

Slimming has never been in my mind since I popped out a watermelon from my factory. Looking through all the photos I took since 4 years ago, there were just that handful of myself, all the rest were of my two girls. And the reason was because I was just too fat and ugly to even bother to take a shot with my phone. Only when necessary, I’ll cameo in the shots. Like the one below just before we enter LEGOland in December last year. OMG! You now know why you don’t see photos of me that often in those days right?IMG_5469.JPG

And then there was those days just a few months after the second watermelon was popped, and we headed to Penang for a short getaway. This was the round round me then… look like a maid or not? Wahahahahaha!

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All my clothes were loosely fitted for a very good reason. And the pants from my pregnancy days followed me through 4 years in my wardrobe. Until now. It’s finally time to get a total wardrobe overhaul!

The now less shy and more confident me is ready to face the world again. Literally. Putting my face and OOTD shots on Instagram, flaunting it like I just don’t care (even if it caused others to puke out their lunch); just because I can!

 

I am truly thankful for this long awaited opportunity to try out and review this slimming plan that works! It’s like a dream from a random post I published in 2007. Before I started the program, I was asking what if it didn’t work for me? You know how any slimming or dieting plan result differently for individuals. Because of their no result no publish agreement, I went ahead with it. And now because it WORKED for me, I am more than happy to share and share and share about it. If you’re wondering, no I am not paid to say any of these ok! 101% all my own opinions and experience.

If you are like me, done with the baby factory and ready to conquer the world again with more confidence and fitter you, give Absolute Slimming a call and ask all the questions you have. If you want some preliminary questions answered, check out my Q&A post here. And you might also want to read what other customers of theirs said about Absolute Slimming here.

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Your Questions Answered, My Experience with Absolute Slimming at Holland Village

What I thought was a personal slimming journey has turned into a series of Q&A with friends and readers of The Loving Mum. Am a little overwhelmed by the attention received and the more enquiries I get, the more stress I get because I really really need to continue to stay trim and fit to uphold my personal reputation. This probably a good thing too coz these attention acts as a push factor for me to want to reach my ultimate #TLMgetfit goal! To help you (and myself), here are the most commonly asked questions from you, answered by me!

What did you do to lose those weight and drop your size?

I have previously shared my slimming routine in this post, do go read it before you continue with this Q&A. In short, I changed my diet and started a slimming program with Absolute Slimming which uses Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques to help improve metabolism and to trim and tone my body.

How was the treatment carried out?

Standard routine of each treatment is done in the following steps:

  1. You will need to undress and be in your under garment for the treatment. Your total weight, fat %, muscle % and water % will be measured first so that you will know your progress, and also so that you know you’re losing fat, not water. On the first and every alternate sessions your arms, waist, bottom and thighs will also be measured. All measurements are recorded into their system where they will share your progress with you before every treatment.
  2. Treatment will first be done on the back, you will be laying down on a bed (similar to those at facial/ massage parlour). The trained therapist (sometimes one or two of them) will use a smooth plastic comb-like piece (without the “teeth” of cos) to scrub your thighs, arms and back. This process is known as Gua Sha. Special cream will be applied before they scrub.
  3. After the scrub, about 20-30 suction glass cups will be placed along the arms, thighs and back, these cups are positioned on the accupoints that are focused on detoxing, improving blood circulation, increase metabolism and also help tone down your body mass. These accupoints are first marked with cream dots to ensure accurate positioning of the cups. The cups will be left on for less than 20 minutes. During this treatment time the warmer below the bed will also be turned on, and the heat and smoothing music makes one wants to doze off. I look forward to my weekly treatments as it gives me almost 40 minutes of undisturbed rest (and sometimes sleep)!
  4. After the treatment is done at the back you will be asked to turn around and the therapists will proceed with same treatment process on the front – along your arms, thighs and stomach.

Each standard treatment takes about an hour, and I’ve observed there are some ladies who did theirs during lunch time. For faster result, it is recommended to have two sessions of treatment every week, that’s what I did.

Is it painful?

Tolerance of pain is really subjective. Like how some women can go through child birth without epidural! Well I had epidural done and have experienced post op pain, this is nothing compared to those! You may experience slight discomfort during the first few treatments if you have never done Gua Sha and Cupping (also known as baguan) before. But eventually you will get used to it, and then it becomes rather relaxing for your body. As the saying goes “No pain no gain” right?

If I were to describe the pain, Gua Sha is more painful around sensitive area like the inner thighs and arms and feel like a good scrub on the back and tummy. As for cupping, it feels like having 20 over lips over your body giving you lovebits. Go imagine!

Is there any other treatments done beside Gua Sha and Cupping?

Absolute Slimming has got one other treatment that uses heat to penetrate into your fats to loosen them. This treatment is optional add-on you can choose to top up for. I did it once and it helped loosen fats around my arms and upper back, where the fats are most stubborn. I have overhead other ladies doing the treatment and most of them love the feeling of heat over their body, few even commented it is very shiok!

A feature in 8 Days magazine about the Heat Treatment at Absolute Slimming.
A feature in 8 Days magazine about the Heat Treatment at Absolute Slimming.

This heat treatment is done with utmost care and preparation. You will be completely covered with blankets and towels. Special liquid is then spread over the treated part and then fire will be lighted up over the liquid. The fire will then left to burn until your body feels the heat, and you said Ok to it (at the maximum heat you can tolerate) the therapist will stop the burning with another towel. This is repeated and done six times per treatment.

Each of these optional heat treatment cost between $90 to $150, depending on which part of the body is to be treated.

Heat treatment can be done for the arms, tummy, back, rear, thighs and calves. The price ranges from $90 to $150, depending on the size of the area going through heat treatment. Pricing as follows:

  • Arms – $90
  • Back – $100
  • Tummy – $100
  • Thighs – $120
  • Thighs and calves – $150

The therapists don’t hard-sell at all, but they will recommend heat treatment if customers want faster spot reduction in certain areas. For example, if you’re pear-shaped and you want faster contouring, doing heat treatment on your thighs 3 or 4 times over the 8 sessions will help quite a lot!

Any pills or medication required for intake?

No. No pills nor medication whatsoever is given.

What about the diet? What can and cannot be eaten during this slimming period?

Diet for slimming is very strict, study has proven that slimming or toning is 70% affected by the diet and 30% by the sweat and hard work. Just like how I used to try jogging to lose weight, I ended up gaining more as I was super hungry after every run and ended up eating more to replenish the hunger. Likewise when I did cardio workout in the gyms, I lost a little and than everything I lost came back to me when I stopped the workout. So how does a daily meal look like during my slimming period?



Breakfast: A small cup of non-fat yogurt and 3-4 tablespoon of high grain high fiber cereal.

Lunch: Fresh lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and a portion of hand-pulled chicken breast meat.

Dinner: Grilled portobello mushrooms and vegetables.

And here are the no-go food list for those on Absolute Slimming program:

  • No processed food, including beancurd
  • No soup of any kind even home cooked, due to high sodium content
  • No nuts and seeds, grains such as oats are not recommended too
  • No processes carbohydrate – rice, noodle, pasta, bread and whatever that contains processed carb
  • No juices, sugared or carbonated drinks, caffeine is small amount with no/less cream and sugar
  • Fruits to avoid – durian, grapes, mango and other fruits that with high sugar content
  • Reduce red meat such as beef, mutton, pork and salmon (need not totally avoid)

That’s very strict diet! Did you follow it 100%?

To be very very honest, the first two weeks I followed the above diet 100%! But the temptation and lack of discipline (also because of the school holidays) I failed to follow, and only managed half of the meals to be what was required. All other times, I ate more meat including beef and salmon, and I snacked on chips and cheese sticks (together with my girls) and even had slices of pizzas and fried chicken on some occasions.

Every time I failed to maintain the required diet, I make sure I eat only till I am 50% full and avoid rice, pasta and noodles at all cost.

What happens if diet is not followed through during the treatment?

For me, when I followed the diet plan strictly in the first two weeks, I lose almost 4kg and my size dropped significantly. But when diet got messed up over the following two weeks, ther was no weight loss but I managed to maintain the same size around my body. Eventually the toning and shaping around my stomach, thighs and arms were reduced. See the photos below where I compare the difference from day one, week two and week four.

How much is the slimming package?

The standard package is for 8 treatment sessions, and cost $1,600 nett. Payment can be made by cash, nets or credit cards. No instalment plan is available. Optional heat treatments can be top-up at any sessions.

How many sessions will I need to go?

8 is the minimum and you should see results once you start following the diet. You can top up more sessions if you want to reduce even more. 

What if I did not lose any fats after treatment?

Absolute Slimming stated they have a money back guarantee on their website, so I checked with them how that works. Below is the reply…

The money-back guarantee applies to the group of people who lose less than 500g and experience no toning within the first 4 sessions despite following the diet. We will know whether you’ve been dieting because our scales can measure your caloric intake. Now, this group of people is about 1% of our customers (hence our 99% success rate). The first 4 sessions are strictly non-refundable, so we will refund them the balance of their remaining 4 sessions ($800).  Please keep in mind that such a clear-cut refund policy is not an industry practice. Our stand is that if you do not experience reasonable results within a certain time frame, you should probably not waste your time here!

They also have got a cooling period for those who have signed up for their standard package for the first time. The cooling period refers to the 12-day window during which you can request for a refund because by 12 days they will be able to identify if you belong to the 1% who is not suitable for such treatments.

My wedding is coming, when should I start my treatment at Absolute Slimming?

If you ask me, I would say start two months before the big day or your planned photo shoot. Some people lose the fats quicker than the rest, so it depends on your own body and how much you follow their diet plan. I was told some ladies see a big drop after the 6th sessions while I personally experienced the huge different after the 3rd.

Is it suitable for man?

Yes, man are welcome.

Did your weight rebound after you stopped your treatment?

At time of writing this post, I am still undergoing treatment as I want to try hit as close as I can to my ideal 60kg. But as mentioned above, I am getting lazier as the day passes in terms of my diet. I am eating more forbidden food and not replacing my meals with fruits as told. And I am starting to snack on some days too! So far my weight is hovering and will have +/- 0.5 to 1kg when I weigh myself every day, but my trimmed off fats around my body didn’t expand back. Old clothes all still feels very lose and I do not feel bloated after too heavy meals.

Many places will push customers to buy more sessions and buy other treatments, will people at Absolute Slimming do the same?

From my super hearing and kayponess, all the times when I had my treatment done, I do not hear anyone hard selling nor pushing for anyone to do their optional heat treatments. On the contrary the customers are the ones requesting for heat treatments and they know exactly where they want it done! This can only mean one thing right? It really works! And you know how we woman can be very greedy, wanting to be as slimmed and beautiful as all super models. So when we know what works, we will want to do it more to help speed up the slimming process.

So how much did I lose in total from my treatments at Absolute Slimming?

I have completed my eight sessions and below is what I have achieved (measurements taken after my 7th session at Absolute Slimming)…

Weight loss (kg): 71 to 67.5
Fat loss (%): 33.4 to 31.3

Measurements (cm):

  • Right arm: 32 to 30.5
  • Left arm: 31 to 30
  • Right thigh: 59.5 to 57.5
  • Left thigh: 58.2 to 56.5
  • Waist: 85 to 81.5
  • Tummy: 93.5 to 87

Well, though I’ve lost quite a fair bit, but it is still far from my ideal weight of 60kg, so I have extended another 4 sessions. I will update on my progress again after I completed these additional treatments, biggest challenge moving forward is to control my diet and yet give myself more variety so I do not get bored with my food. Any tips for quick and fuss free dieting meals?

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“Wow you have lost weight!” This is why – Absolute Slimming

Wow Claudia you look different! What did you do?” from a lady who I last met couple months ago at our club networking lunch.

Eh you slimmed down! Like really really slimmed leh!” from the lady boss of a cafe I last went a month back with my girls. This was the third time she met me and she noticed! Super pleased with myself can?!

Over the past two weeks, friends and family I met has been telling me I look slimmer and different. I’m very happy they noticed it, my time and effort is paying off well. And I am on the speed up journey towards a slimmer and healthier me!

My progress so far…

I started my slimming routine on 18 May 2015, weighed myself for the first time in almost 2 years. I put on more than 10 kg during my last pregnancy with Zara, the last weigh in was at my final Gynae appointment, weighing 83 kg! Zara was about 3 kg at birth so technically I was 80+kg after popping her.

As I progress a week into my routine, the number just gets smaller… 

When you believe you can. You can! #TLMgetfit

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So what happened? What have I done to myself to lose those fats?

Here’s why…

No Time For Exercise And I Did None!

If time and energy allows I would love to workout every week, but I didn’t. The only extra “exercise” I did was to walk and climb more stairs. So instead of taking travellators at MRT stations or malls I walked, while on escalator climb on the right side, when there’s stairs I climb when I’m not with my girls. So I pretty much didn’t try hard enough to enhance my slimming routine with any form of exercise, if I did, the result might have been even better I guess. But really no time!

Controlled Diet

Since two weeks ago, I started cutting down on my diet. Strictly no carbohydrate – rice, noodle, pasta, bread and whatever that contains carb. I also stopped drinking sweetened drinks (my fridge is always well stocked with packet and canned drinks) and hydrate only with water. Instead I introduced lots of vegetables and a portion of white meat for lunch and dinner. Finally I cut down on snacks; I used to consume at least two packets of tidbits or cookies a day because I like to snack while I work, now I snack on cherry tomatoes or a small apple instead. My daily meal in fact looks much better and healthier as compared to what I would usually feed myself with. 

Wait! No carb diet doesn’t mean fats are lost! Some will debate that the weight drop is due to lose of water and may not mean that I am losing fats. But hey! My clothes do feel bigger and I managed to wear a very old pair of pants without much effort. So I’m happy this whole slimming routine is working for me. And it’s more than water I’m losing, I’m shredding off stubborn fats too!

Slimming Sessions with Absolute Slimming

I have read and seen the effect of traditional slimming methods online for a while and had always wanted to give them a try. The only thing stopping me is the commitment, unsure how many sessions I will need in order to start seeing results. When an opportunity came for me to try out traditional slimming treatment at Absolute Slimming, I jumped into it. And OMG! IT REALLY WORKED! When they say “See result after the first treatment“, I really didn’t believe much, but it did happen! And I witnessed it myself! I kid you not ok see the comparison below. Left is the day I started my treatment and the right side is me one week later. ONE Week!

You lazy bum! Slimming sessions are for lazy people.”

There’s a common misconception that weight loss programs are for lazy people who don’t work out, but that’s not true! I have tried exercising with controlled diet too but it just didn’t work as well as cupping and guasha. I blame my metabolism. When I start eating my usual meals after I lose some weight, the mass returns and once it even doubled!

Based on my understanding, the cupping treatment done on the right acupoints helps suppresses our appetites hence we do not feel hungry even when meal size is greatly reduced during the treatment period. Because your body is being tuned to be more in control with the amount of food required daily, even if you go back to good food after the treatment, your weight will be much, much easier to maintain.

Treatments at Absolute Slimming is done in an hour and the trained therapist will carry out cupping and guasha. Their treatments help increase your metabolism by stimulating your acupoints, which are located in various parts of our body, including your back, stomach, thighs, calves and upper arms. And I noticed that these areas that are treated gets more defined and toned as I progress through my sessions.

With cupping, it tones up everything evenly, especially the stubborn areas like my shoulder, thighs and tummy! By the 4th session onwards, my bottom half starts shrinking – this is not something to take for granted, because the progress is accelerated by proper treatment. Toning of these area with dieting alone is usually an extremely slow process. Personally I never felt this much change ever from my previous dieting routines.

I am at half way through their standard 8 sessions treatment with Absolute Slimming. I will share more about my experience and thoughts about my slimming journey in another post. Will I ever hit 60 kg? The last time I was 60 was some 15 years ago! Very hopeful I am.

Follow me on my journey with regular updates on my Instagram. If you are considering slimming and toning yourself too, go try it with Absolute Slimming, quote my blog at registration and get an extra session free!

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