So last night I posted this picture on my instagram as a teaser to this post. Back in late December 2014, I’d set up my mind that enough was enough and that I needed to do something with my weight. But before I get into the nitty gritty details as to how I’ve achieved consistent and permanent weight lost; let me share with you my battle with my weight.
I truly believe that each individual are build differently and we got to all accept ourselves for who we are and work with what we have to begin with. I was a “skinny kid” my entire life never voluptuous or chubby. I’d never experienced the chubby kid phase and my weight has always been consistent for the first 20 years of my life, always hovering around the 45-46kg mark. The words to describe my body shape was slender and lean.
When I was 21, I started contraceptive pills to mainly control my acne issues and to help clear my skin and it worked for my skin but not so much with my weight. I then bit the bullet and told myself, I’d chose good skin over being skinny, after all being in cold Melbourne I get to mask my forever bloated tummy and consistent weight gain for years to come in layers of dark attire. This was also how I managed to pile on all that weight without many people noticing it.
Yes, I was capable of bursting my stretchy pants through my thunderous thighs
Not to forget, I am also not a particularly active person (actually I take that back, I am NOT ACTIVE at all) and the last thing in the world I would do is to give up #valfooddiary and go on a diet. The only thing I guess I am blessed with is pretty alright metabolism hence I could eat and sleep on repeat without much weight gain until of course after 25 on wards it was down hill for me. So the combination of the side effects from contraceptive pills + getting old (turning 31 this year!), I managed to top the scale at 55.5kg at my peak which was December 2014.
Me at my fattest, can you see how round and fat my face is? Also note the forever layers of clothes + black attire to cover all the weight. Oh, who am I kidding?
Now for many you might think 55.5kg is no big deal but may I remind you I am also very short and for Asian ethnicity and one who has been around 45kg her whole life, piling on that 10kg made the world of a difference to me. I went from being a size 4 to size 6, size 8 and end of last year I could barely fit into my size 8 clothes and burst not one pants but also two tops from being fat. A visit back home recently, my mom (who gave birth to 3 kids mind you) was only 55kg and here I am steadily gaining weight exceeding her weight for the first time in my life.
That was pretty much a wake up call for me to get my act together and do something it. I was hovering at a point where Size 8 were too tight for me and Size 10 were too loose. I hated how I look for a while there.
So instead of whining and complaining about how I looked, I decided in January 2014 to stop taking the contraceptive pills that I was taking for more than 8 years none stop. It did a mixture of things to me, instead of the weight lost, I gained weight. I started to break out and had crazy water retention issues. I started swimming 2 – 3 times a week, eating healthier, doing regular sports (badminton) and running but my weight gain continued.
Many would say it would be muscle weight but it also made me feel constantly bloated and fat. I did some research and found out that a minority of women do in fact experience weight gain no matter what they do when they get off the pill. I was devastated as I have not been this active in my entire life and instead of losing weight I was gaining weight like no tomorrow.
People would joke that I was “drinking too much water” from all the swimming or that I was eating too much which I wasn’t. Needless to say 2014 was a tough year for me and I continued the sports and whatever exercise I could get my motivation to commit to. In July 2014, I also wrote this piece about being consistent and doing core/toning exercise at the comfort of my own home.
For whatever reason it was, God must have noticed that I didn’t give up despite the change in lifestyle and fitness level and I still out grew my Size 8 clothes and my body took a sharp turn in December 2014. At this point, I was running consistently 1 – 2 a week around the tan track.
It helps to have a dog as a runny buddy to keep you motivated. Belle was always there for me despite me running so slow. And the weight started to drop 0.3kg – 0.5kg at a time.
I also maintained my weekly badminton session for couple of hours, as I enjoy how it helped me to work out a sweat, rain, hail or shine. More importantly, it also helps with my reflex (I’m slow) and sprints (motivates me to run around).
There’s no two ways about it. Fitness and being active was one of the key reason why I could lose weight in a consistent manner -usually 0.5kg per week and some weeks it gets stagnant but remember this – NEVER GIVE UP! Hike, run, walk, climb and keep moving. It was between not making an effort and making an effort, I chose the latter. Along the way, I was teased consistently for being slow, being unfit, being unable to do basic exercise but I powered through at my own pace and heaps of positive enforcement from Shizuka.
Surround yourself around people who are positive and are into fitness, helped me to get it going.
Okay, I suppose this is really the secret to my success weight lost is that I do very hot bath 2-3 times a week. Especially after an exercise session to keep the heart pumping going and to increase blood circulation to the whole body. Each bath session last about 30 minutes, 15 minutes of soaking and another 15 minutes of massaging (especially around the calves, thighs and tummy area) to get the lymphatic drainage going.
At the beginning it was uncomfortable (from the heat) and can get quite sore/painful from the massage but personally I find it really works and it helps me to relax as well. By the end of the 30 minute mark, you should be dripping from sweat and slightly red. Just be sure to drink lots of water after to prevent dehydration.
I’ve gotten so used to it now, I love it. I also utilise this 30 minutes by applying facial mask, hair mask, teeth whitening strip and so on. I find body oil really helps with the massaging as well.
I also take Defat health supplement regularly. Six pills each time before bed. I bought this in one of those Japanese drug store, so I am assuming it it safe to take. I can’t read Japanese so I don’t actually know what it does? lol #fail
After shower/bath everyday, I also take 5 minutes out to massage problematic areas like tummy/thighs with Thalgo Stomach & Waist Sculptor. This gel cream helps to firm up my skin. Remember consistency is key. You don’t get good skin by using one bottle of serum, you don’t get results by being fit for a month either. These small little steps have all incorporated into my daily routine.
Now, everyone who knows me knows that I do not cook and that I eat out almost everyday. I love my food and I love discovering new restaurants hence my instagram also document a lot of these yummy foodie pictures. One thing I wasn’t ready to give up for weight lost was certainly food and changing my diet. Of course, I firmly believe that everything should be taken in moderation, so portion control is key for me.
For Monday – Thursdays, I start my day with a big breakfast/lunch and end my day with small dinner. Also remember to have dinner as early as possible. I did not cut out carbs entirely or anything like that. On the weekends, I do not limit myself, I just go out and eat whatever I want but instead of finishing my meal, I’ll share it with a friend. Or opt for multiple entrees over one big main. I never deprive myself from any food I wanted to eat or crave. So I guess the Defat health supplements that I’ve been taking must be miracle pills?
So there you have it, my tips on how I lost all that weight and I’ve not felt this good in ages. I can now wear clothes confidently and be happier with my body. I am maintaining my weight by still do daily core exercise at home via Youtube videos on TV (my fav are XHIIT as they only take 15 minutes max), daily abs exercise (I want toned abs!) and shall start with some muscle building to get some definition.
I also do know that weight on the scale shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but since this was a personal journey for me, I was determined to lose all that weight before I start building muscle that way I know that I am building muscle on lean skinny me rather over fat. Well, this is my thinking anyway. Now that I’ve made my goal weight, I am happy that I am feeling myself again but #firstworldproblem now I need a new wardrobe none of my size 8 bottom fit any more.