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I’m Half-way There!

The latest stats show that I am half-way to my goal! And it feels so rewarding.

The road to my halfway was not easy. I worked hard on my appetite, keeping myself from eating too much rice during family meals or devouring the lot of my own Weekend Cook creations. On countless times, a chocolate bar or a bag of chips called out to me and it took all my determination to resist! On those times that I took the bait, I simply forgave myself and moved on. (People, the keywords are “move on”!)

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Weight Loss Update 2

I’m back with more updates on my weight loss project.

I did the inevitable.

I signed up with Fitness First.

Whoa!!!

I did not see it coming too! My mommy-friends in school have been convincing me to join. In fact, I went on a free trial day recently. Being a work-at-home mom (“work” referring to various paper work for husband – such as research, correspondence with suppliers and a few clients, preparing documents – of course pro-bono), it took me a lot of selling skills and detailing (thanks to my marketing background) to convince my husband with regard to the additional cost my membership will entail to our monthly expenses. I even showed him a list of items that I will do away with to lessen my personal expenses.
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Weight Loss Update

(Photo by Walsh on Flickr)

The official weigh-in
this morning
showed that
my total weight loss
since 13th February
is now
6 pounds.

Hoooraay! *jumps up and down and all around with glee*

Losing Weight….Slowly

Self-love is the only weight loss aid that really works in the long run.

(Jenny Craig)

I started my own weight loss program 2 weeks ago. So far, I was able to shed off 3 pounds. I know it’s not monumental, but at least it’s a start.

In the past, I have often relied on slimming pills to aid in my weight loss. From the OTC research-based med Xenical, to prescription-only phentermine, to various Chinese herbal capsules. Name it, I’ve probably tried it.

The good thing with those slimming aids is that they bring fast and dramatic results. By dramatic, I mean 15-20 pounds lost in 2 months. The downside is that the rebound is just as dramatic, if not more. As a result of my yoyoing weight (and 3 pregnancies, by the way), the pounds have piled on.

For a change, and for my health’s sake, I have decided to do it the old-fashioned way – sensible eating and exercise. I figured I need to finally try these two options (which used to be at the bottom of the list) if the weight loss is to be long-lasting.

I have reduced my rice and other carbo intake dramatically, and added more fruits and veggies instead. Save for a few glitches (darn those Reese’s PBC whites!), I’ve been able to skip snacking on sweets and chips. Actually, I don’t feel that I’m starving myself because I’m not. I still eat, but not as much as I used to. Moderation is key. When I go out, I bring fruits for snacks so that I’m not tempted to drop by some fast food.

I also try not to miss the thrice-weekly brisk walking, though it’s sometimes hard to wake up early because I co-sleep with Magnate, who has been waking up at 2 or 3 am lately. As soon as the girls get off school for the summer, I will be joining an aerobics club in a nearby subdivision.

My goal is to lose 25 pounds by June 2007. Is this mission:impossible? Wish me luck, friends.

Related post: Losing Weight….Again

Losing Weight….Again

Finally, I have grown tired of seeing my big, flabby self on the mirror. I really do not know what hit me. But I am once again trying to lose weight.

The last time I was 2030 pounds lighter was in mid-2005 when I put myself on the South Beach Diet. The Diet really worked for me because I lost about 20 pounds. No, I did not subscribe to those catered SBD meals that were delivered right at your doorstep. Too expensive! Instead I downloaded and Filipinized the recipes and cooked them myself.

After 2 months on the Diet, though, I got pregnant! My obstetrician explained that the healthy lifestyle must have regulated my hormones, making me extra-fertile!

So here I am again, 7 months (and 9 years!!) after giving birth, trying to shed off about thirty pounds. I really have no strict diet plan this time. I found a free weight loss diet plan on the net, and realized that all it usually takes to lose weight is some common sense. I say usually, because for some, the weight gain has organic or hormonal cause. But for most people who are trying to lose weight, the issues are always bad eating habits and lack of activity. I’m the classic example. 😀 I would not even go into how bad I eat and how much of a mouse-potato I am.

From that website, I learned that each person has a certain daily calorie maintenance level, depending on her weight, height, age and lifestyle. In order to lose weight, one has to eat 500 calories below that maintenance level. So that is what I am doing right now. I have been limiting my intake to 1,500 calories per day. I sometimes get hunger pangs and giddy, but the secret is to eat frequent but small meals. Uhm, the “small” part is quite difficult.

Keeping track of calories would have been a challenge I would never take up. But now, there is a website that does that too! FitDay is a free weight loss and diet journal, with a huge database of food caloric equivalents. There is even an entry for Pinakbet!

I have also been doing thrice-weekly 30-minute brisk-walking around our village. Hopefully, I’d be able to do regular crunches, which I only occasionally remember while watching TV. And oh, I’ve been taking Fitrum too! LOL!

So what has hit me? What’s going on? I really don’t know. But I hope I to finally be able to sustain this and make healthy living a life-long habit (especially now that I can’t get pregnant anymore! That’s another story for another day). Cross my fingers, legs and eyes!