my journey of losing 25lbs in 6 months

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First off, I do not want to offend anyone with this post. Every person has his/her own obstacles and adversities. There is no reason to compare or shame each other. What may be ideal for you, is not ideal for others, so let’s be supportive. We should be happy to see the people around us succeed because most likely, that person went through hell achieving it. Let’s not be mean girls (or guys) and be genuinely happy for him/her.

Okay, most of y’all may presume that I’m little or small because I am Asian and that is not true. [Stereotypes do exist.] My family’s build is a lot bigger than most Asians, and it was hard growing up and being compared to teeny tiny Asian girls. I can remember it as clear as day, when I was about 12 years old, maybe during my first year of junior high school (6th grade), my ma told me I was fat. It scarred me for life. I grew up being insecure about my weight, like most girls, and was never happy. I knew it was in my hand to do something about it. Growing up, my weight fluctuated like crazy. I was never persistent with my diet or exercises. I am now 26 and pretty content with myself.

From 150lbs to 125lbs in 6 months

In the image above, I was at my heaviest, weighing around 150-155lbs. I really didn’t think anything of it, but I knew I was gaining weight. Until seeing myself at my sister’s wedding, I realized I had ‘let myself go’ from being comfortable in a previous relationship. I despised my silhouette in the picture. Nonetheless, the image motivated me and pushed me to change instead of crying and complaining. Six months later, my other sister got married. That was when I saw the progress. I lost about 25lbs, weighing around 125-130lbs. [Image is below – Can y’all tell the differences?]

What I did to achieve my goal:

I never starved myself, but I did change my diet drastically! I believe the major facet of losing weight is what you consume rather than how much you exercise. 75% of it is what you eat or even more! How can I make such a bold statement? In the 6 months, I rarely went to the gym or exercised. I relied on my daily activities of walking to school and working at the pharmacy as my ‘work-out’ during college in Boston. The last thing I want to do is advocate a sedentary lifestyle. I hated the gym, the smell of sweat and just sweating in general. I did what worked for me. We are all different. Maybe changing your diet solely will work for you and maybe it won’t. However, a change in your diet is a must!

What I ate:

I eliminated carbs from my diet. I know it sounds cliche, but it really helped me shed most of my weight. I did the Paleo diet with the golden rule of – it is not how much you eat, but what you eat. I ate constantly! Honestly, I eat about 6 to 7 times daily but never a ‘full meal’. I snack more than eating the standard ‘food pyramid’ plate. Most importantly, I ate breakfast. It’s not necessary to eat a grand breakfast or anything. You just need to eat something, so you can kick-start your metabolism. One key thing is never deprive yourself of your cravings. Allow yourself a cheat meal/snack [not day], where you can enjoy a scoop of your favorite ice-cream or a piece of rich dark chocolate. Heck, you can eat a burger once in a while even with the buns, but I tend to pick most of it off and only eat the bottom bun. If you deprive yourself of all your cravings, you will most likely fail and relapse to the not so good eating habits.

Here are the following snacks I eat throughout the day and practically at anytime of the day. These are only ideas, but ultimately, eat what makes you happy. Enjoy!

The Fruit Jar: This snack is very filling and holds me over for several hours. [click on the link to find out more!]

A healthy alternative to snack

Kind Bar: Omg, these nut bars are so delicious that you’d think it is unhealthy. It is definitely different from other granola bars! The only similarity is the convenience – just grab-and-go kind of snack. The low glycemic index (low sugar) makes it ideal to eat as a snack compared to the average granola bar, which has about 10 grams or more of sugar. And rumor has it, sugar is the devil. If you’re worried about the taste, trust me, it’s delicious and savory.

My journey of losing 25lbs in 6 months

**BE AWARE: Not all Kind Bars have a low glycemic index. Please check the box or bar before purchasing. Most will have 10+ grams of sugar, so don’t sabotage yourself and grab the wrong ones!!**


Also, there are a plethora of varieties to cater to several taste buds. [Above are some of my favorite kinds – click image for purchasing details.] However, they are kind of pricey [in my opinion], but the best bet is buying them in packages in comparison to singles. I purchased mine via Amazon, and with the quick delivery of being a Prime Member, this way of shopping is enticing.

Mind as well try it for free! So worth it! *click the link below*

Hard Boiled Egg: The traditional morning snack. During college, I boiled about 3 to 4 eggs and left them in the fridge to sleep in a bit longer in the morning. Imagine boiling one egg every single morning – how tedious! My perfect method for cooking the perfect hard-boiled egg is: [only works electric stove tops – tried gas stove stops & no bueno]

  • Put all the eggs in a saucepan. Fill it up with water and place it on the stove top on high. Do not put the lid on.
  • Wait until the water comes to a roaring boil, then turn the stove top off and let it sit there for about 12 minutes.
  • The result – the white is fully set and the yolk is mostly set with a tender center or slightly runny in the middle.

My journey of losing 25lbs in 6 months

I would peel the shells off, break it in half and sprinkle some freshly ground pepper on top. Yummm!

dearly yours,
the food enthusiast & the chatterbox


I will update this blog once a week with ideas of delicious, simple and healthy snacks for your diet! Losing weight is tasty.

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  1. Author Brandi Kennedy

    February 9, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I thought you looked totally beautiful in the first picture, but you definitely looked much more confident in your body in the second picture. Your entire posture was different, and you looked in general much happier! I’m glad the diet changes worked so well for you!

    1. thi

      February 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you so much, xoxo.

      I was a lot happier because I finally became comfortable with my body. If I look better (in my eyes only), I feel better.

  2. Twin Pickle

    January 9, 2017 at 9:26 am

    You look amazing! I like many are trying to eat better int the new year, thanks for the tips 🙂

    1. thi

      January 9, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Thank you xoxo

      Yes, New Year’s resolutions, but ease yourself into it! Gradual change to make it a lifestyle change rather than a crash diet. Good luck on your journey! 🙂

  3. diadarling3

    January 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Congrats on the weight loss. I am down 6 pounds and have more to go. This is the first time I’ve started a new lifestyle change and didn’t feel starved or hungry. So I’m optimistic that I will be able to keep it going. It’s also amazing how much better I’m sleeping.

    1. thi

      January 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Right?! Don’t you feel like you have more energy when you’re eating right? Woot Woot! Congratulations on your weight lost!

      Thank you for reading! Please keep me updated on your journey. I would love to read about it if you blog about it. 🙂


  4. GingerGoose Boutique

    January 8, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I absolutely love the fruit jar idea! Congratulations on your success!

    1. thi

      January 8, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      thank you! xoxo

      Yes, give it a try! You won’t regret it! 🙂

  5. Barry

    January 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Stories like this really motivate me and totally agree when you say you are what you eat. I completed in the Australian Spartan Race a while back and was training religiously 6 times a week for the 12 weeks before the race. At the time I was around 91Kgs (200 pounds ish) and fully expected to get rid of a little extra weight.

    Although my fitness improved significantly during the training, guess how much weight I lost? Zero.

    Looking back I was eating like a machine, OK maybe horse, because of all the training. During the training I was constantly hungry, sore and tired.

    It was only while travelling around Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia later in the year that I dropped down to 78Kg (171 pounds). Of course I was ready happy, I looked healthier and I even had a six pack going on for the first time in years.

    However, I was totally confused. I was still running barefoot on the beaches in Asia (same as in AUS) and I was doing deadlifts and squats at gyms in Asia (same as in AUS) so couldn’t understand why I had lost the weight. I was actually training less. Sure Asia’s hot, but so is the Gold Coast in summer.

    When I examined what had changed in few months it was my diet. I was consuming much smaller portions than before, more greens, less junk food and less sugar. I read a comment recently by a gymnastics coach which sums it up ‘exercise is not a substitute for a bad diet’

    Congratulations on loosing weight. You look much happier in the second picture.

    1. thi

      January 8, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your personal journey with me! I really enjoyed reading your comment, a lot. 🙂

      Yes, small portions frequently is great and never deprive yourself! I love food too much to give it up entirely. I still eat ice cream and cookies. I have a sweet tooth!

      Congratulations on your weight loss! Good luck on your endeavors!

  6. Rachel

    January 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    That’s so awesome! Congrats on the weight loss. Food is the biggest hurdle for me. It was inspiring to read about your journey. Thanks for sharing.

    1. thi

      January 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you for reading! xoxo

      Food is always a struggle. Just don’t deprive yourself and allow to yourself to ‘taste’ different foods, but in moderation! Good luck on your journey! I’m in your corner 🙂

  7. Paula Wesson

    January 8, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I think you’re right that weight loss is more about changing your diet than changing your exercise. Exercise is important for other reasons, though, like building muscles and even strengthening bones.

    1. thi

      January 8, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Yes, I do exercise once in the blue moon because I don’t want to be jiggly and need to tone up! Thank you for reading xoxo

  8. CreativeTravelGuide (@CTGTravelGuide)

    January 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Sounds like you’re doing a fantastic job! Keep it up, it is amazing! 😀

    1. thi

      January 8, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      thank you for the encouragement! 🙂 xoxo

  9. Loudy

    January 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Congrats, I’m proud of you I will definitely share this with my friend she wants to lose weight and this will be inspiring for her 🙂 thank you for sharing and by the way you look amazing

    1. thi

      January 7, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you for the kind words and reading this post. 🙂 Tell your friend that I am wishing her luck and rooting for her in her personal weight loss journey! xoxo

  10. jujevyleujevyle

    January 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Wow! Thanks for sharing your insights on loosing weight. I found this helpful especially that I am also struggling my weight these days. So, I probably give it a try and lessen my carbo intake as for us Filipinas can’t get rid of carbs in our diet but I am going to have it in moderation now. Thanks.❤❤

    1. thi

      January 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Oh, I completely understand because I am Vietnamese and rice is my family’s staple! Luckily, I’m not a big fan of white rice, so carbs is an easy goner for me but BREAD is a completely different story! Good luck on your journey! Be patient and love yourself, mostly. Please let me know if you try any of these ideas and if you like the taste and so forth. Thank you so much for reading. xoxo 🙂

  11. Elizabeth Phoenix

    January 7, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I agree with everyone else! LOL. The fruit jar looks yummy! I’m not really trying to lose weight but I am trying to eat a bit healthier so I really appreciate the ideas!

    1. thi

      January 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      LOL, I think all the bright pretty colors are enticing! But they are DELICIOUS! Thank you for reading xoxo

  12. Plushy

    January 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I love the beautiful fruit jars. You can do similar for salads. Good luck on your journey!

    1. thi

      January 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      I never thought about a salad, but that’s a great idea! Just shake and mix everything together 🙂 thank you for sharing! xoxo

  13. Miss Melissa (@Melissamchee)

    January 7, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Great work – the fruit jar looks delicious!

    1. thi

      January 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Oh my, it’s a must try! So delicious, filling and healthy! thank you for reading. xoxo

  14. Carla Castro e Silva

    January 7, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Congrats on the weight lost and the inspiration! Cutting carbs and reducing meal sizes helped me lose weight in the past too!

    1. thi

      January 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you! I am still trying to continue this lifestyle, but it’s challenging around the holidays! Good luck on your journey! xoxo

  15. evasfootprints

    January 7, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Congratulations! What an amazing article full of tips and advise. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. thi

      January 7, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you for reading. xoxo

  16. Joe Forrest

    January 7, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Absolutely wonderful guide to eating healthier! Congratulations on your success. You’re a very beautiful person and you should be proud of your accomplishment. Have a wonderful New Year!

    1. thi

      January 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you. Eating healthy can be super delicious and easy! Happy New Year! xoxo

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