It has been almost a year since I started changing my lifestyle. It was definitely hard at first to change everything – my routines, my food, and even my mindset. Seeing my progress since day 1, I’m finally ready to share with everyone an update regarding my weight loss journey.
WOW. That’s definitely all I can say. Upper left photo (me wearing that green shirt) is a photo some time back in April 2013. I didn’t even know how much I weighed back then because I was scared to know the reality. As the months pass by, I was still in denial of everything. But one day, I just had to step back and say “NO” I can’t continue living an unhealthy lifestyle.
I started back in August, at first of course it was hard to change everything – cutting back from junk food, less drives to fast food chains, and yes, adding workout/exercise as part of my every day routine. Some were asking “why did it take you months to lose weight?” Well, here’s my answer: LOSING WEIGHT IS A LONG PROGRESS. IT’S NOT AN OVERNIGHT THING NOR A ONE MONTH WORK. WHY DID IT TAKE ME SOME TIME TO LOSE WEIGHT? BECAUSE I SLOWLY CHANGED EVERYTHING, I DID NOT RELY ON SLIMMING PILLS BECAUSE 1.) MY DOCTOR SAID IT’S NOT GOOD FOR ME CONSIDERING THAT THEY SAW MY MEDICAL HISTORY AND 2.) THE ADVERSE EFFECT ONCE YOU STOP USING IT ARE A LOT, ONE OF WHICH IS GAINING BACK THE WEIGHT THAT YOU LOST.
Okay, intense explanation back there, I know. I am not a doctor, a nutritionist, nor a gym trainer and so I can’t say much on what YOU should do to lose weight. The routine that I have worked for me and is still working for me and yes, it may or may not work for you.
It took me some time to lose weight because, let’s be honest, it’s hard to change lifestyles. Yes, there were moments wherein I cheated on my diet and my trainer, and even lost hope thinking I won’t get to the goal that I have set. But with positive people surrounding me who pushes me to reach my goal, with the motivation that I have, and with the determination that I have within me – I started to become more disciplined.
To all those who are planning to change their lifestyle, here are some tips that I’d like to share:
- Determine why you want to lose weight – is it because you want to feel good OR look good?
- Set some realistic goals – keep in mind that losing weight means months and months of hard work, it’s not an overnight thing honey
- Gradually set limitations to your food intake – remember that if you immediately deprive yourself to foods that you’re used to eating, chances are you’re just going to be frustrated and end up cheating
- Look for an inspiration or something to motivate you during your journey – do you want to prepare your body for #LaBoracay? Or do you want to wear that dress you haven’t worn for more than a year now?
- EAT and don’t starve yourself – others think that when you go on a diet, you should stop eating. NO. That’s the wrong way to do it. Eat healthy and in proportions. The more you deprive yourself, the more you’re just going to cheat and binge eat.
I’m excited to share more about my weight loss journey. Do let me know if you have questions or what kind of posts you want me to do to help you in your weight loss journey.