my journey of losing 25lbs in 6 months
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.
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!]
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.
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.
I would peel the shells off, break it in half and sprinkle some freshly ground pepper on top. Yummm!
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.