Some of you may be wondering how my weightloss journey is going. Well...the 5-month duration of the challenge is finally over and the June issue of Good Housekeeping is out! I can finally share what I've been doing these past months.
Grab a copy of the mag guys with the gorgeous couple Cheska and Doug, so you could also read the story of my fellow mommy challengers. I'm sure you'll be inspired.
And did I finally fit in my wedding dress? Hell yeah!!!!! hahaha.
Well honestly, the gown's still a little bit tight as I still have a pound to lose to be on my target weight but I'm still happy with the outcome. My goal was not to be skinny but to be fit and healthy and not to look like a pregnant woman again.
Before the challenge started, I was 136 lbs. See my before photos here haha. I started gaining a lot of weight after giving birth. I tried controlling my food intake and shed some pounds but as soon as I cheat, I just gain those back. Before, I also tell myself that I don't have time to exercise. I got so overwhelmed taking care of my baby and building my makeup business. I didn't notice that I was getting bigger and bigger and when I reached my maximum weight of 136 lbs, there came a point that I became so depressed when I look at myself in the mirror and when people laugh at my being fat (or I'm just being sensitive).
Why did I join the challenge? When my sister-in-law invited me to join te challenge, I was kinda hesitant. I was afraid that they were going to take a before picture of my belly like the one on the diet pills ads. But it's Good Housekeeping noh! They did it with art :) But as I've said on my post last January, I needed help badly. I tried losing weight on my own but failed a lot of times. And I have a family now who needs me so I need to take care of my body.
And so after a lot of hard work for almost 6 months, I lost a whoooping 17 lbs! I almost accepted that being fat comes with motherhood. I thought it wasn't possible but I did it. It's not easy but doable. These are the things that I did:
1) Exercise - Before I got pregnant, I was very active. I did boxing, went to the gym and walked a lot. But finding time was very difficult if you're taking care of a baby so for almost 3 years, I lacked exercise. When I joined the challenge, Fitness First sponsored our gym subscription and sessions with a nutritionist so my only dilemma was the time. I thought I wouldn't be able to do it but I committed to the challenge so I made it really work with my schedule. As early as 5:30am, I wake up and travel to Fitness First Greenhills for my workout so by 8:30 am, I'm already at home to cook breakfast for my boys. I do cardio workouts three times a week which includes 20 min jog on the treadmill, 20 min on the stairmaster or bicycle and 1 hour aerobics or RPM (which I really enjoy). 2 to 3 times a week, I meet up with my Personal Trainer for weight training. I lost a lot of weight really fast the first two months of consistent workout. It made me stronger and more alert too.
2) Diet - Now this was the hardest one for me because my family loves to eat. I find myself cheating on my diet almost every week. But what worked for me was to not stress myself too much about the diet thing. I eat what I want but not overeat. If I ate a lot of carbs, I make sure that I workout more the next day. When dining out, I make sure that I choose the healthiest option. Like at Kenny Rogers, I order chicken, salad and fruits. At Chowking, I order their Chop Suey Rice. When I'm at home, I follow the diet given to me by my nutritionist usually my main mean consists of a balance of carbs, protein and vegetables. and my snacks are always fruits (3 servings per day). I also exchanged my dinner with my PM snack so my tummy feels very light before going to bed.
And oh....I eat red rice at home and substituted white bread to whole wheat and no more sodas and bottled juice too!
I think that's all. Just a combination of exercise and healthier lifestyle and a balance on everything. I hope you learned something :)