Last year, when my height of 5 ft and 3 in packed in a total of 180 lbs, obese, unhealthy, and somewhat sickly, a glitch in my brains all of a sudden electrocuted my desire to eat my favorite hot and spicy salty corn chips and removed my desire to eat big servings of Pan de Manila’s pan de coco, ube bread, and giant ensaymada. This glitch caused me to only want to eat healthy food and shun sugar. And as if by magic, my weight started to drop. From 180 lbs in June 2014, I shed of a total of 52 lbs in May 2015.
Me sometime in June 2014
Me in Tagaytay last September 2015.
Well, I wish my healthy weight loss was caused by all that – by magic! But no. The truth is, the secret to my losing weight is not complicated. There was one important decision that caused me to lose 52 lbs of unwanted weight. And that decision was …
The decision to be happy
Yes. It was the decision to be happy, love myself, and feel good about myself that made me decide to sit down and think through what happened to me. I started to ask myself. How did a 110 lb 21 year old ballooned into a 180 lbs 30-something?
The answer it turned out was: sadness, depression, and sulking into the past that I could not change at all.
I was missing my smile. I was missing my confidence. And most of all, I was missing the joy of being able to wear the clothes that I like. Ha ha. I know, it sounds so trivial, and yes, my joys are trivial. But the simple things that I was missing out are the simple things that makes me happy.
The decision that made me love myself
The decision to be happy made me realize that in order to be so, I have to love myself. And a big part of loving myself is to make myself feel good and to pamper myself with the joys of the trivial and simple things that make me happy. I started to pamper myself with the joy of listening to Sarah Geronimo and Janet Jackson on my MP3 player while walking or running. I started to not care about what people say when I don my runners while I wore my black A-line dress. I started to enjoy buying new clothes once a month just to feel good about myself.
The result of my decision
The result of my decision to be happy is the conscious choice to be picky on my food. I stopped drinking soda. I stopped drinking powdered juices. I ditched the milk. I shunned sugar.
I started replacing rice with sweet potato. I ate lots of sweet potato and fruits. I ate lots of apples, pears, bananas, papaya, water melon, and pineapples. I replaced cheese with peanut butter. I replaced my thousand island dressings with vinegar. I dropped the processed food and stopped eating hotdogs, corned beef, spam, bacon, and ham.
I started regulating the portions of the food that I ate. I stopped eating with my eyes and started eating with my stomach. I started to listen to my body and gave my body the pampering it was always aching for.
I started to exercise. I loved the sweat as it drenched my skin with salty waters. The sweat was the trophy of my hard work in the gym and in the running field. The sweat felt good. And the muscles on my legs taking firmer shape inspired me to exercise even more.
I lost 52 lbs in 11 months
The secret to my losing weight is no secret at all. My decision to be happy made me lose 52 lbs in 11 months without spending money on diet gimmickry. I dropped my weight to the healthy range without having to starve myself and without putting myself into the diet yo-yo.
I’m glad that I made that decision. I’m enjoying my healthy body now. And I am taking care of it.
I’m keeping myself — HAPPY. 🙂