This was me in May 2014. At 5’3″, I weighed 180lbs. I was class 1 obese. I looked happy, but I was unhealthy.
I also had to battle my weight gain. It just seems that there was no stopping about me growing bigger month-on-month. I tried eating 3pcs of crackers and coffee only for lunch. But my cravings would only grow and I would end up eating a lot during dinner. I tried starving. I became bulimic. Yet, I continued to grow bigger.
Then in June 2014, I decided it was time to try a different approach.
I learned about the concept of calories and balanced diet. I learned that our body grows or shrink based on how much calories we take in. The idea is to take less calories than what my body was accustomed to taking and to burn more calories than I what I used to do.
I enrolled to the gym. I changed my food intake. I started to keep on eating. Oh, yes, I just kept on eating at least 6 times a day. However, I started to eat real food only.
I stopped going to fastfood restaurants. I stopped eating food with high sodium content. I stopped drinking processed juices and iced teas. I stopped drinking soda. I stopped eating rice. Haha. Not eating rice was difficult for me in the beginning. Being Asian, rice is a staple. However, I just thought of not eating rice for 1 day. And I made it. I again decided to not eat rice on the second day, on the 3rd day, on the 4th day, until it just became a habit.
No, rice is not bad. However, rice has enzymes that makes you crave for more when you eat it. Thus, when you eat rice, you tend to eat more causing you to take in more calorie than what your body actually needs.
I stopped eating processed food. No more ham, beef loaf, vienna sausage, deli sausauge, hotdog, bacon, tocino, tapa, and just about anything that’s processed. No more milk and no more cheese.
Any food that’s not real is out of my list. I eat fish, beef, pork, chicken, as long as they are not processed. I eat vegetables and fruits a lot too. I drink coffee without sugar and I drink organic green tea too. Of course, I drink lots and lots of water. In fact, I make it a point to drink at least 2 liters of water per day on a minimum. Water is good. It has zero calories and it washes away toxins out of the body.
I exercise regularly too. I walk and jog at least for 30 minutes to 1 hour 3x a week. I also workout in the gym at least 3x a week, 30-minutes each time. I make it a point to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night too. Sleep is very important.
This is my picture below, taken 2 days ago in The Wholesome Table at Bonifacio Global City.
The results is amazing. From 180 lbs I am now down to 141 lbs. I feel healthier and more alive.
My weight loss continues. My goal is to maintain my weight at 127 lbs – 133 lbs by May 2015. With my current weight loss trend, this is definitely achievable. I just need to continue eating real food. Just keep on eating and exercising.
This is my journey. This is my story.