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Posted by / Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / 2 Comments

MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY

Hmmm.

I have always struggled with my weight and weight loss in general, so this isn't me talking to you like an expert or nothing, it's me sharing with you what I've done so far, at the same time trying to keep myself accountable.
 
If you ask some people, they'll say I'm not fat. Others look at me and ask how I added so much weight...and I don't blame them. I used to weigh about 75kg back in school and I never particularly had to watch my weight or pay attention to what I ate. I just ate whatever I wanted to whenever I wanted and I was fine. But I guess getting older considerably slowed down my metabolism, plus having a steady source of income. Now I get to choose how I spend my money (translation: I spend pretty much 70% of my money on food).
 
If you ask other people, they'll tell you I'm always on a diet. Which is true, but I start something today and stop tomorrow...I never really follow through. All of that changed this year. I was tired of the losing and adding weight cycle, I just wanted to lose and maintain a stable weight.
 
In March 2016, I was at my highest weight of 91kg...I remember this because I track my weight with the MyFitnessPal App...and Lord knows I was depressed. I didn't look good in sleeveless tops/dresses...I felt like I was rolling around when I walked and I was so uncomfortable in my own skin.
May 2016
 
Fast forward to the present...I currently weigh 81.6kg; in total, I've lost 9.4kg (20.7lbs) since March 2016 and I want to share with you a couple of things I did to get here. I still have a long way to go (I can't tell y'all 'cause you'll think I'm crazy) so if you're interested in this journey, please join me.
 
May/June/July 2016
 
 
 November 2016
 
1. Exercise: Not just for weight loss, but to look toned, strengthen your heart and build muscle. I won't lie, I started doing it for the weight loss alone, but it has become a part of me and I love the adrenaline rush I get from spending time in the gym in the mornings. Also, exercise helps firm up the skin especially for those who lose a whole lot of weight...nobody wants saggy loose skin; that ain't sexy. I joined a gym close to my office and resume there at least 3 to 4 times a week at 5:30am and workout until about 7/7:15am, shower, get dressed and head to work. A lot of people tend to go to the gym in the evening but I've found I'm very tired by then and just want my bed, so I'm a member of the AM crew. You don't need to join a gym, especially if it isn't budget-friendly or you don't have a job. You can run around your neighborhood and do cardio or HIIT in your room. Google up and you'll be surprised at how much you can get done without any equipment.
 
 
 
2. Watch what you eat: I purposely didn't use the D word because a healthy lifestyle should be a part of you and not a 1 week or 2 week cycle but darlings I like to try a lot of things. I've done the Military diet, Egg fast, GM diet, low carb high protein...name it, I'm willing to try it. Not because I'm looking for quick fixes, I'm just really very inquisitive and want to see if things people talk so much about actually work. Also because sometimes, I hit a rut and stop losing weight...these diets help to jumpstart the process again. Regardless of where I'm at, I always eat as clean as possible...more veggies and protein and less carbs.
 



 
3. Drink a lot of water: Water helps boost weight loss, gives you great skin, flushes out toxins from the body, reduces headaches/dizziness/fatigue...so many benefits, so drink up.

4. Count Calories: Use a Calorie Calculator to determine how many calories you should consume in a day in order to meet your weight goal. This is determined by a lot of factors...your current weight, height, lifestyle...so don't just assume you know. There are a lot of these calculators on the internet. Once you're sure of your calorie intake, download a calorie counter on your phone and track everything you eat/drink so help ensure you stay within your calorie goals for the day. I use My Fitness Pal and it's literally my most used app; it has helped me a lot and shown me how much calories are in seemingly small foods and even spices that I thought were "safe".

5. Meal Prep: Planning my meals help soooo much; I'm more likely to eat well when I pack my meals than when I just freestyle. When I don't, Í will easily eat jollof rice for lunch or toast for breakfast but if I do, I'm less likely to ditch my already packed meal and waste money in the process. Make a food time-table where you list out your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the 7 days in the week. List out all the ingredients required to prepare those meals and then go shopping for those you don't already have.

6. Track Progress: When you decide to begin this weight loss journey, take a picture of your body in fitted clothes. As you progress, keep taking pictures. Sometimes, comparing these pictures will be the only thing that keeps you going on days you feel like giving up.

7. Be accountable: Speaking about giving up, trust me, you'll want to do that a looooot of times. Find ways to be accountable that work for you; drag a friend along on this journey (Lord knows I did this) or join fitness groups.

8. Allow yourself a cheat day: I believe in cheat days. I've tried doing things other people do and they either didn't work for me or were unsustainable. So, to achieve a balance that works for me, I allow myself one day of the week, usually Saturdays, when I literally eat one cheat meal. It might be a burger, cheese fries, Ice-cream, Pizza...whatever I've been craving all week basically. The great part is, I don't even feel the tiniest bit bad when I'm eating it, it's like my reward for good behavior all week. Just don't turn your cheat meal into a cheat week.
 
9. Believe in yourself: This should probably have been the first point. All you need to begin this journey is a little faith in yourself. Nothing is impossible, this definitely applies to weight loss. You can do it, other people have and they're not better or smarter than you are. It might be a bit hard, but it's such a fun journey, plus the end result will make it sooooo worth it.
 
 
Hope these tips helped; hope I've found an extra partner on this journey.
 
If you have any questions, tips, get at me in the comments box.
 

xxx

Belinda.
 

2 comments:

  1. Good tips there, Belinda. I am also on a weight loss journey, and one of the factors that has helped me is not skipping breakfast. I realise when I have a big, healthy breakfast, I feel full and energised all day, and make do with just drinking water and snacking on fruits for the rest of the day, and having veggies later in the evening. Btw, you don't look fat.

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    1. That sounds like a good plan...plus it seems to work for you. I'm actually kinda doing lunch as my main meal now and snacking the rest of the day.

      @not looking fat, thank you! :D

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