When the love affair with food has gone wrong...
That's when I think I really gained more weight. I mean, I've always loved food. It's just that the love has gone from good to bad. It became an outlet for relieving stress. Finding comfort in food became a nightmare because I couldn't get into my nice clothes anymore, commuting became really awkward and what's worse is when people think I am pregnant. ~_~ GUUUUUH. And then special occasions come and go. Weddings I attended required me to wear formal outfits. I seriously found it horrible to try on dresses with designs I didn't like one bit but I had no choice because I was too big for everything else. My tops are usually US size 18 and bottoms are usually US size 16. It made my self-esteem much worse.
But one can bounce back from the dumps and become better!
One of my friends posted this on her Facebook timeline today:
Image Credit: flabbytofit.tumblr.com
Most of the things on the picture were the words I've heard from my friends and colleagues who have been getting into a fitness routine. It helps that these people around me are aware of these things and we get to talk about it freely. Now it doesn't feel bad to drink less soda and eat less pizza. I don't feel deprived because I am eating better now and I am more active.
Current diet and exercise routine
Like what I said on my previous blog post, I have no strict diet. But I usually take a heavy breakfast, with protein rich food: eggs, ham/tapa/fish/etc and 1/4 (or sometimes 1/3 cup of rice). Why do I do this? We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. ;) I also have the rest of the day to burn the calories.
Lunch is generally sandwich or salad with fish. (Because the Korean lady is out of the country so no kimchi until next week!) But I sometimes give in to eating rice and a soupy viand like chicken curry or sinigang. I just lessen my rice. Dessert is generally fruits. Sometimes I eat banana, sometimes it's melon, and these days I like pineapple. :D
Commuting home takes forever so I usually eat dinner outside my home. I go for a sandwich or fresh lumpia. :)
When I get home I exercise. But nothing too heavy or intense because I don't know if I could handle it yet. It's usually 30-45 minutes of hooping or poi. Or a little bit of both. Poi is wonderful for my arms. And it is challenging to learn new poi moves that look cool. Hooping makes me sweat more though. Now I understand what they say by hooping is like a gentle massage around your body! Totally loving it and some of my friends have sent me messages that they're interested in taking up hooping too. I guess the video I shared helps in getting them interested.
A woman's hooping adventures and her amazing transformation. :)
Hooping won't let me lose the pounds fast but it's fun. :)
What about other ways to get rid of the fat?
Well, I've thought about it time and again. Maybe someday if I have the budget I'd look into Belo's Sexy Solutions. Losing the flab around the belly and thighs is really a bit tougher. When I measure my body, it seems like I've been losing inches but not much in those areas ahahaha. Gosh. I've been worried about having smaller boobs because they used to be bigger but I think that they're still proportional enough to my body hahaha. After all, Sexy Solutions is a non-invasive fat reduction clinic that has machines that can (1) melt fat in stubborn places, (2) tighten loose skin and (3) tone muscle. Plus they say that they have fitness and nutrition coaches who could tell me if I am doing something wrong. Right now, I don't have an analysis of how much of my body is fat, etc. And if I need to make my activities more intense, I need guidance on that too. Sexy Solutions has experts so why not, if I have the resources? ;)
She looks gorgeous, doesn't she? Well, I don't really aim for anything like that. XDDD Something that's appropriate for my height and build would be enough. After all, I've never been a skinny girl and I just want to become more fit and healthier.
Someday maybe? I'd think about it really hard. But for now, I will keep on reading about healthier food and learn some new poi and hooping moves that will let me know myself in a different way. After all, through hooping and poi, I've met new friends and have found new things to share to my old friends.
At the end of the day...
It's all about becoming healthier. It really helps to have friends to cheer me on and help me through these challenges I am facing. I am just thankful that so far, things are looking good and I love it. Some of my old clothes fit me again and somehow there's a little bit more confidence than usual. Here's hoping I could keep at it forever and pass the things I've learned to other people as well. :)