Jul 1, 2017

Getting over my fear of needles for the sake of beauty

If you told me I would be injecting myself two days, or more ago, I would have told you you were stark raving mad… No 1, I am so terrified of needles, and I have got into countless arguments with the nurses when I was pregnant every time I had to get jabbed and I was just so super stressed when I had dengue and was subjected to blood tests…


When the doctors or nurses told me having an injection was definitely less painful then even childbirth, I retaliated and told them how did they like someone stabbing them there as childbirth was natural and cannot be helped.. childish, and not my best moments but….. hahahah, that was me, and that was how deep my fear of needles was..

picture of me 15 years ago....hahaha

Anyway, now…which woman alive do not want to look her best.. Sadly though, for me, it has been just so hard to lose all the stubborn weight.. whatever I lose, it comes back up.. My weight have always been yo-yo ing between 75kg and 85kg.. Terrible and such an embarrassing thing, especially when I was only about 60kg in my younger days… yup… younger days..

Yes, I am one of those with a big frame, thus I am a lot more heavier than other petite and dainty ladies out there…besides that, I have just celebrated my 21st birthday for the 2nd time.. and turned 42… and  I have 3 grown up kids… and yes, admittedly, I am Malaysian with a love for great food..  though I have tried controlling my food intake quite a lot…

Exercising does not quite help.. and countless treatments and dieting sometimes help but eventually it is just the same… anyway, I was over at Nexus Clinic at UOA2, somewhere just opposite the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre… for a review, so when Nazish, one of the consultants there at Nexus Clinic asked me what my concerns were, it was naturally to slim down…. And I told her I hope it did not involve any invasive treatments… hint, hint… no needles, scalpels and so on….

Pic credit to Nexus Clinic and Dr Douglas

She referred me to one of the doctors at Nexus Clinic, the ehem, good looking and macho Dr Douglas Yuen, a pretty good Aesthetic Physician/ General Practitioner who also happens to moonlight as a Lesmills Bodystep Instructor… be still my heart… - sorry, might be old, and married, and some of you might term me ‘gatal’ but like I am not blind and I still appreciate good looks… hahaha.. naturally, both the pretty flower boys type as well as the tall, dark, handsome and macho types also.. Ok… stop gushing, Miera..

However Dr Douglas Yuen did the unspeakable… he told me he was recommending that I start the HCG plan… my heart sank when I heard there was injections involved and even further when he said it was every morning…. It was my deepest darkest fear… huhuh

Yup, big fat mom of 3 but with an irrational fear of that needle… He was explaining the procedure and the plan but all my mind could dwell on was INJECTIONS… EVERY MORNING…

Help…… Isn’t there like another way, please… pretty please…  He assured me that it did not hurt at all.. and asked if I had any questions…and all my mind could dwell on was… INJECTIONS…

Ok…stop the drama…

Pic credit to google.com

Anyway, about HCG.... HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced by the placenta when a woman gets pregnant... It is believed the presence of HCG in our bloodstream can lessen our appetite, a lot...since  HCG often causes feelings of nausea in the early stages of pregnancy. Thus HCG reduces feelings of hunger and allows us to eat very little comfortably. 

HCG is also a pro-hormone which helps the body make more hormones. This would be because usually it is the case of hormone deficiency or imbalance that causes weight gain...

Only HCG injections have been shown to raise blood levels of HCG, it is the only acceptable way of taking HCG. However, injections should only be taken with a prescription from a doctor, and under medical supervision, like what I am doing under Dr Douglas Yuen at Nexus Clinic...

HCG is pretty awesome as it keep us from losing muscle while we diet by creating an anabolic state (muscle-building) which counteracts the catabolic state (muscle-breakdown). There are hormone receptors on muscle fibers that respond to the increased hormone levels in patients taking the HCG hormone.

This matters a lot to our body because if we lose our weight dramatically without HCG, there is a  huge amount of muscle that is lost. When this happens, it is bad for our body, shape, and metabolism. The metabolism slows so much that dieter regain weight quickly, often regaining all the weight that was lost and then some. And, it also takes quite a bit of work to build back the muscle that has been lost.

With HCG, there is more of a pure fat loss, which causes a shrinking in inches and size of clothing and along with that we can become leaner, in a smaller clothing size, but with more muscle, with a stronger metabolism and this helps us maintain our weight loss long after the diet is completed.

For lazy bones, HCG diet is pretty heaven sent as you really do not need to exercise. The extra fat deposits we have been desperately trying to rid ourselves will be broken down easily with the presence of HCG in our body. 

I heard it said that once you start the HCG diet, you will actually be training your body to eat clean and healthy as well as eliminating bad foods that do nothing but cause inflammation and create free-radicals and these antioxidant rich foods, can fight free-radicals, help heal inflammation, and slow the aging process.

I however still did not feel convinced I could do it... and so Nazish and another pretty Malay nurse took me to a treatment room and filled up a syringe and told me to poke myself.. and I was like uh-uh.. I am not crazy... I was pretty damn close to a combination of tears and hysterics... Nazish coaxed me and swore it won't be painful and that I won't even feel a single thing.. NOPE... not happening..

Finally, the pretty Malay nurse took the injection syringe and gently jabbed me and told me done... and I was like... WHAT....

Since it really did not felt painful at all, I hesitantly pick it up and finally got over my irrational fear and managed to jab myself, feeling half relieved and half silly all at the same time... so yaayyy.. another fear conquered...

And that was it.. the pretty Malay nurse prepared and packed 7 dosages for me and put it in an cooler bag for me to bring home with a huge ice cube in it to keep it safe and cool..

So I officially began my HCG treatment today after pestering a couple of friends who had went through the treatment.. surprisingly with no drama at all, I jabbed myself this morning...but well, I am allow to binge this two days, the first two days before starting on my real strict diet on Monday... and this would go on for 3 weeks...

So wish me luck....hopefully I can look fabulous on my step daughter's upcoming wedding in August...

Do check it out with the friendly consultants, nurses and doctors at Nexus Clinic, and psst... if you mention 'miera nadhirah' blogger, you could get some pretty neat offers and discounts...

Address - LG 10, Lower Ground Floor, Wisma UOA II,, Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Tel - 03 2163 5699 or 017 216 3569


  1. OMG... that clinic got vacancy or not? :P Anyway, I also really can't imagine me jabbing myself every morning as wel. Yikes... run for my life!!

  2. I wonder whether HCG treatment would work on me or not? I never had morning sickness when I was pregnant.

  3. Ahhh...I am ok with doctor or nurses to jab me. But I can't bring myself together to inject myself. You are very brave!

  4. Hhahaha..kakak so comel!! But yeay for conquering your fear!! Wooohoo! Oh and good luck kak...hopefully we can see the results soon...

  5. I hate needles personally but i honestly think all you need is to control your food intake and be consistent with your workouts rather than the shortcut. As i heard after HGC you'll gained back your weight fast too

  6. So scary to inject myself like you did, hahahaha.

    Beauty is pain right? Btw, it's good if we know how to treat ourself for our own good especially at the well known and established centre like this.

  7. Hahaha i will definetely NOT inject myself..... so scary....

  8. Wow, you are brave Miera! I know the feeling. I dont like needles but I have to endure it when i had my fillers on my cheeks, hahaha but it was tolerable and the needle is so tiny. I would scream if its too thick!

  9. Omg... i am afraid of needles too. I have not try this diet yet.

  10. Omg i never liked needles. youre so brave miera. I cannnot T.T

  11. Whoaa. You have to poke it yourself every morning? Looks so scary, like an insulin-dependent people. I am afraid of needle too sis. haha

  12. OMG I can't wait to see your results, I have heard a lot about this treatment and I was tempted to try.


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