I’ve been reading inspiration stories from the Fat Kid Inside since it published its first real-life story. I’m really glad that I finally got the chance to write and share mine with everyone.
I’m a 28 year old Filipina from Parañaque and I work nights in the call center industry. While it may not be as huge a difference as other weight loss stories already published, I’m still proud that I lost 45 lbs in a span of 11 months (from the end of August in 2013 to the end of July this year). In fact, I’m about to celebrate my weight loss anniversary on the 31st day of this month.
Like most weight loss success stories, I lost the weight through portion control, smarter eating options, and exercise. But my motivation wasn’t a pleasant one. I was actually depressed and I felt that my weight had a lot to do with how I felt about myself. I binged whenever I was tired or stressed so my food choices were usually poor because I had so many cravings.
I documented my weight loss journey through pictures on my phone. I never posted them online because I was scared to fail. But I kept going. I weighed myself every day. It kept me motivated.
I went from being overweight at 165 lbs to my lowest weight at 118 lbs. I’m 5’4 and now maintain a healthy and fit weight range from 118 lbs to 120 lbs. I went from shirt size XXL to XS. I went from jean size 34 to 27. I have shifted my workout from mostly cardio to a combination of toning, some cardio and majority strength training. I now focus on toning my body to tighten the skin due to the weight loss.
My fitness routine is simple: I workout 4 to 5xs a week, keep myself hydrated, and started by cutting my food intake in half, gradually. Making smart choices with what I eat is an everyday battle at the start, but it was all worth it in the end.
I still have cheat days, but not too often. I believe that our body is a creature of habit, and you can always train it the way you want to, so that you’d choose to eat healthy most, if not all the time.
For those going through a weight loss journey, celebrate your small triumphs and even your weight loss anniversaries as a yearly (or even monthly) reminder of your hard work to a healthier and more fit life.
Weight Loss Lessons:
You have to be serious about wanting to lose weight to be healthy. And you need to decide that you want to do it for yourself and not for somebody else – it’s the only way to stick to it. There will be days that you will be lazy to go to the gym, you’ll be exhausted. But keep moving. Just remember why you started.
There are no shortcuts to weight loss. Everything that is worth anything takes time and patience, and anything worth keeping doesn’t end at the goal. You would have to work hard to maintain it.
Top 10 Weight Loss Tips:
1. Plan your weight loss journey. If you are a working mom like me, your schedule would be packed. You may find yourself in a situation where you’d have to choose. Make time for exercise. Whether it’s an hour or 15 minutes, keep moving. Make it a habit.
2. Watch what you eat. It doesn’t mean that you’d have to count every calorie, just make good choices. Eating fruits at the start of the meal worked for me. Avoid fast food and soda at all costs. I keep in mind that if it’s something I can’t make at home, it should not go in my body.
3. Drink lots of water. I personally drink a full glass once I wake up. I also drink lemon water for variety. I bring my water bottle everywhere I go. I think that the body tricks the mind that it’s hungry but in reality it may just be thirsty.
4. Do not starve yourself. Ideally, have small frequent meals throughout the day. Snack on fruits.
5. Eat a high fiber breakfast. It will ensure that your digestive system is on track for the rest of the day.
6. Keep your cheat meals to a minimum. I personally allowed myself 2 cheat meals per week when I was starting, and now I can actually just have cheat meals when I go out with friends about twice a month. I felt that it stunted my weight loss goals at the start, so keep them cheat meals at bay!
7. Read and be informed. I owe about 50% of my weight loss to self study. Read up on how to prepare healthier meals and how to squeeze exercise in 7 minutes.
8. Keep moving. Doing cardio exercises is the best for weight loss. Jogging, running, Zumba, etc will help you shed those pounds. Just make sure that you don’t forget about making smart choices about the food you eat after each workout.
9. Once you’ve shed the weight, you will be faced with the reality of loose skin. So vary your workouts to avoid the plateau. Do not let your body get used to the same routine over and over.
10. Get enough sleep. As I work the graveyard shift, I really try and get enough rest even if it means I sleep in the daytime. Your body will not feel like going to the gym if it feels exhausted.
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