As mentioned in my previous posts, I've started on my quest to lose weight and have a healthier lifestyle. I figured, after six months, it would be the perfect time to update everyone.
For those who are new to this post/blog, here's a brief recap.
I wasn't fat when i was younger, not skinny but was rather slim.
I had gained a tremendous amount of weight after Poly due to my unhealthy lifestyle of sinful suppers, binge drinking and the lack of exercise. Having a desk-bound job and the many temptations of snacking only helped to add on more numbers on the weighing scale.
By January this year, more than eight years since i've graduated.. I realised that i've gained 12kg. I had noticed that i gained weight throughout the years but at that time i kept shrugging it off, thinking to myself "it's just 1-2 kg. i'll lose it off soon!" the years passed, the weight increased and i kept making excuses to/for myself.
I used to wear tubes, short skirts but after the weight gain, i started to feel very conscious of my body.
i felt fat and unhealthy. I tried back then to go on a diet. Less carbs, less fatty food, soup everyday and it never did lasted. Looking back, it could be because the diets were too severe to upkeep. I would give myself cheat days and indulge which only helped weaken my resolve to diet. Soon, the diets were forgotten and i started to eat more than ever.
I tried exercising. I signed up for a gym membership and even went for personal training sessions. Back then, i used to go to the gym 5 times a week! But i had eaten unhealthy food and i only lost 2kg which only served to demoralise me after all the efforts. Needless to say, i soon stopped gyming.
I told myself to be happy the way i was. Pudgy chubby fat obese. Whatever you call it. Hate comments saying i was short and fat only helped to make me feel worse than ever.
This year though.. After everything, i decided to give it my last shot. I told myself to give 100% effort. If it doesn't work, fine but no more half-fucked efforts from me.
Two years i said. I gave myself two years to lose 10kg. If i can lose all 12kg that i've put on, it's a bonus but 10kg was the minimum target. I figured 5kg/year was doable.
As some of you guys may know, i started going on a low carb diet. I cut myself some slack during the last two months but the first four months, i was really tough on myself.
No rice, no potatoes, no bread. Less sweet stuff.
Cardio 2 - 4 times a week. Static exercises on days i don't run. Weights everyday.
As mentioned in my last progress update, I lost 6kg (technically it was 7 but i kept hovering from 6 to 7kg) in 4 months. I was ecstatic, elated, happy, that it worked. And yet, i was also afraid, i would gain it back.
I decided to test my body by reintroducing carbs and cutting down in my exercises. Honestly 6kg was good enough for me. I was happy and just wanted to maintain.
I started eating a bit of carbs everyday. Sweets, cupcakes, chocolates, snacks. But i practiced portion control. For example, i would nom on half a muffin. Nothing more. I didn't allow myself to binge.
I started running lesser. Both on distance and frequency. I now run twice a week and do static exercises twice a week. Weights still continued.
I still dropped 3kg and by the end of the fifth month, it was a total of 10kg down from my initial weight.
For the sixth month, my weight remained the same. Always hovering +- 1kg and it was there where i realised, i have hit my plateau.
Friends started to notice my weight loss and honestly, it felt good. Makes all the effort worth it.
I am still pudgy. Lots of flabby areas but i am happy now. My bmi is now 21.62. I feel healthier now and i feel good. I'll still continue with my portion control and exercising twice a week as i feel that a healthy lifestyle is way better than any diet.
I've also been blessed by kind sponsors. Phillip Wain saw my blog post and recently kindly sponsored 24 x PT training sessions for me to help tone up. Did a body analysis with them recently and when they mentioned i was healthy and in good shape, i nearly teared. The effort was worth it. I finally did it. I will be blogging about the PT sessions which has been designed to help me tone up. Went for one so far and boy.... Did it hurt!
The only bad thing so far? Spending a lot of money buying new clothes 😡
While I may never be as slim as i was previously or have awesome abs (i still have a jiggly tummy), i'm now happy with how i look.
And i'm grateful for the amount of support and encouragement given from my friends, colleagues, readers and of course, my loved ones.
Now... Time to make sure that i don't put it on again! :X
Previous related posts:
- My weight loss progress
- The low carb diet works for me
- Off the weight loss train, time to tone and maintain!
- Going for Anti-oxidant treatment sessions and Revive Wellness's LX7 sessions
- 6 types of irritating people that I've encountered during this weight loss journey