The insider's guid to losing 12 kg (25 Lbs)
I look at my pictures as a teenager and I think about how I was considered chubby in my family. I was always trying to lose weight. I look at them now and think I wish I can be that size again. Now I am chubby!
When I was pregnant with Joe I gained about 15kgs (33lbs). I started to work on losing the weight when Baby Joe turned 6 months. At the time I was very unhappy due to my size. Abe supported me and started taking care of Joe while I worked out at the gym. I lost all the weight in 6 months. I looked and felt great. That lasted about 2 months before I got pregnant with our little Bill. This time I gained 20kgs (44lbs) and I am still working on losing them.
Losing weight is a commitment. Like a marriage even like parenthood, it takes time and effort. You have to give it a lot to get something in return. I did some research and made myself a plan to follow. I tried to follow it to the best I can. There were days that did not work so well for me. When my kids get me mad I like to eat my feeling. It is hard to diet while dealing with the horrible threes Joe was going through. He was struggling to find his place in the family after Bill was born. It is taking a lot longer to lose the weight this time but it is in progress and I am seeing results.
To lose the 9 kg (19.8Lbs) I have lost so far, I did the following steps:
- Calorie counting:
Adults need about 1900-2000 calories a day to maintain their weight. I ate 1500 calories a day for most of the week. Couple days a week I would eat more calories. I would aim for anything above 1500 but below 1900 calories. Also, once a week I would aim to eat about 2000- 2100 calories a day. My reasoning for this fluctuation was that I didn't want my body to regulate itself to need only 1500 calories a day. When I was trying to lose the weight after Joe was born I got to a point where my body stabilized. I stopped losing the weight and that was very depressing for me. It is very hard to be on a diet and not eat all you want but still not lose weight. I looked into why this happened and realized that our bodies are very smart. My body understood it was only receiving 1500 calories a day so it adjusted its needs to hold on to the fat. Apparently, your body would drop secretion of unnecessary enzymes to lower its calorie needs to hold on to its fat storage. By dropping unnecessary work your body would need the 1500 calories you are providing to maintain its weight. In your mind, you feel and think you are dieting but in reality, you are providing your body exactly what it needs. This is why cheat days are very important to the process of losing weight. You want to keep your body on its toes.
Took a break from added sugar:
I decided to challenge myself and cut off any added sugar. Experts, saying that sugar to the brain is like heroin. It activates the same receptors and is very addictive. I wanted to test this for myself. What would you happen if I stopped eating sugar? Is sugar really added to most products to create this addictiveness to the product itself?
The first couple of days I stopped sugar were hard but totally do-able. I got a bit of a headache but by the third day, I didn't feel it anymore. It was also very eye-opening to how much we depend on sugar in everything. I would walk around the house hungry looking for a snack but unable to find anything but fruit. It got me back into the habit of relying on a nice juicy fruit for my snacks. Shopping became difficult. I was reading labels for everything. Almost all had sugar and this limited what I can buy. It took me longer to shop but I came out with less stuff. I decided to be off sugar for two months and on for two months. This is because I love sweets and desserts but at the same time I want to be in control. I want to cleanse my body from it. Being off sugar also played a role in my weight loss. I am less attached to sweets and eat less of it even when I am back on sugar.
I fasted Mondays and Thursdays:
This is a personal choice. I do it for religious reasons but noticed that it was definitely playing a role in my diet. Not being able to eat anything until 8 PM and sleeping at 10 PM limits the amount of food you can eat. The below website lists 20 health benefits for fasting. Feel free to check it out for more details and information. One of the benefits related to weight loss is fasting improves the body composition and fitness. Another is that it boots your metabolism. A third one is fasting supports fat loss and ketosis.
I am a person that forgets to drink water. I can go all day and not drink one glass of water. Then I read somewhere that our bodies can't differentiate between hunger and thirst. Sometimes when you feel hungry you are actually thirsty. I started drinking water everytime I felt hunger. If 5 minutes later I still felt hungry I would eat. The times I do not feel hungry then I realize I was actually thirsty. I also downloaded an app to keep track of the amount of water I am drinking. The app had a reminder as well which was very helpful in keeping me on track.
Honestly, This really helps but I did it for like a week. I am a stay at home mom for 2 kids. I don't have the time to go to the gym and I prefer not to keep my kids at the gym daycare. I tried it few times and it did not go well. I decided to go every day after Abe came from work. I would put the kids to bed and get dressed. When Abe got home, I left right away. This is usually around 8:00 PM. I would work out for about an hour to an hour and a half. I got home around 10:00 PM. I cleaned up after the kids and took a shower. Then I sat with Abe 30 minutes before I passed out. Towards the end of the week, I could not wake up at 5:30 AM with Bill. I was so cranky and tried I had to stop. It was not fair to my kids.
Weighing myself daily:
If you weigh yourself every day you will notice that the weight is not stable. It fluctuates a lot. what actually matters is the weekly average. The average gives you a better understanding of your bodies general trend. I weigh myself every morning before I eat or drink anything. I also make sure I am in PJ's because Jeans is heavier. This makes my results more consistent and credible. The above picture shows my weight since I got my Fitbit in 2015. I love looking at it because it shows the big events in my life and how they affected my weight. I lost a lot of weight after Joe turned 6 Months. Then My weight went up while I am pregnant with Bill. The big jump was followed by a fast dip and that represent's Bill birth. Since then I have been working on losing weight.
When I lost the 9 Kgs (19.8Lbs) my body started holding on to the fat and I started losing weight slower. I even got to a point where I did not lose anything at all. The calorie fluctuation did not stop my body from getting into survival mode. It helped by making it take longer to get there. I was able to lose more weight before everything stopped. I took few days to get upset and frustrated. I cried about it quite a bit. Then I formed another plan that worked perfectly. I took a 3-week break. No more dieting. I ate enough until I gained 1 kg (2.2 Lbs). When I gained weight again I knew my body is not in survival mode anymore. It is not going to hold on to the fat. Now I went back to my dieting plan. Since then I have lost another 3 kgs (6.6Lbs) and I am still going. I am happy and excited. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. It makes a big difference when you make a plan for yourself and follow it. It feels like you are in attack mood. You are ready for anything that is going to come your way. You will reach your goal because you know what you are doing it and how you are doing it.
It makes a big difference when you make a plan for yourself and follow it. It feels like you are in attack mood. You are ready for anything that is going to come your way. You will reach your goal because you know what you are doing it and how you are doing it.