Hi, guys! Today I want to share with you my personal story on how I lost weight. I know every one of us has this goal but only some of us actually push through and commit to it. I am hoping that by sharing my story you will get inspired and believe that it is doable.
If you’re new to the blog, I actually started blogging to motivate myself to lose weight. I used to post recipes and tips to help me lose weight. That didn’t help my weight loss but instead motivated me to blog, lol. Early 2017, I had an appointment with my doctor regarding my missing visitor. I had PCOS and my OB-GYNE told me that it was because I was fat. (READ Weight Goals)
My weight never really bothered me. In fact, I didn’t really care. I was confident enough. Weight was just a number on the scale. However, after reading more about PCOS and how it can cause cancer (my dad died of cancer) or infertility, I knew I had to step up my game. This was the one greatest motivation for me. I had to do this for myself.
At first, it was very difficult to lose weight because I wasn’t used to limiting my food intake. It was also a long time since I had any physical exercise. But surprisingly, I found myself registering for a 5k run. This decision motivated me to run daily and make sure that I would be able to finish 5k in under an hour. This was the start of my road to exercise.
After finding the motivation to exercise, I turned my attention to food. I knew I had to limit my food intake because no amount of exercise can ever cancel out all the bad food I knew I would eventually eat. At first, I started with the less diet. It was basically the same diet I had but with controlled portions. I just ate less! This worked great especially with all the rice I was eating. I found myself losing weight easily after going on this diet!
But all good things come to an end. I hit a plateau. No matter what I did, I wasn’t losing weight. I was disappointed especially since I still needed to lose ten pounds at this point. I tried everything – stepped up my exercise routine, cut down on my food, ate more veggies – and still, nothing happened.
My friend who was also trying to lose weight shared her diet tips with me. She was following Dr. Berg on YouTube for her diet. To be honest, I don’t understand Dr. Berg’s tips and diet. I think it’s basically keto but some of his concepts were just too different from what I know that it was hard to accept it. (One concept I found too baffling was eating fatty foods. If you’re on a diet why eat fatty food, right?)
One thing Dr. Berg was advocating for was intermittent fasting. You basically eat only during a certain period of the day. He says I should fast for 16 hours and only eat during the 8-hour window. It’s quite daunting at first but when I tried and stuck to it, it did help me lose some weight. Would I recommend intermittent fasting? Yes, but only if you’re the kind that doesn’t faint or get headaches from fasting. As for me, I honestly switched it up and just followed the concept. Instead of doing the 16:8, I do 12:12. What matters most to me is I fast. (WATCH How to do Intermittent Fasting for Serious Weight Loss)
Another concept Dr. Berg was advocating for was eating more greens (there’s also a deeper explanation on what kind of food you’re supposed to eat based on your body type but I won’t be going in detail for that because I honestly think Dr. Berg’s advice should always be taken with a pinch of salt). I tried it as well by adding a portion of greens to my normal food. I consider this one of my biggest victories because I honestly and passionately dislike vegetables!
After trying all these things, I was surprised to find myself at my weight goal! The whole process took me a year. This isn’t something I was able to do overnight because I was more focused on creating a better lifestyle for me rather than just losing weight. I tried different diets and physical activities to find one that I could add to my lifestyle with the less amount of effort.
Starting weight: 150 pounds
End weight: 125 pounds (sometimes I go up to 126 but I’m aiming for 120)
Inches lost in Uniqlo pants: 1.5 inches (27″ waist feels a little loose but 26″ is tight)
T-shirt sizes lost in Giordano: 1 (Now back to an L)
Holes moved in watch: 1
Holes moved in belt: 2 (I actually need a new one cause my old pants are falling when I use my old belt)
ps. I honestly wish I took more before photos to share with you guys but looking back at the start of last year, I was confident this couldn’t happen. I didn’t believe that I could lose all that weight. 11 months later here I am in shock but definitely proud of myself.
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