I’m super excited to talk about today’s topic, simply because it has made quite a significant change in my life for the past 1.5 months! ❤
The truth is, ever since I was in a stable relationship, I’ve been lax in taking care of my diet and body. I simply must blame the food loving boyfie! Anyway, fast forward 5 years later, I’ve put on about 4-5kg, which isn’t a lot, but from my original 40kg, I felt it was quite significant. Also, I noticed some flabs here and there, mostly on my bum, thigh & tummy. Now, nothing against chubby people, but I’d actually DIE before I put on weight, and go from an XXS to an XS. #firstworldproblems
And exercise was never in my books. Exercise was basically going up and down the stairs once in a blue moon. I always had excuses, I was too busy, too tired, too sleepy, etc. I always had a reason for being lazy. That was the problem.
It didn’t help that my boyfie was taking the mickey outta me, and me vice versa, lol! Hence I decided to do something proactive about my body & weight and start taking better care of myself. I didnt want to lose so much weight, I just needed to start eating healthier, and start exercising to tone up those flabs.
First things first, I got rid of all the unhealthy food in my house. By getting rid, I meant I ATE IT ALL. Well, I cant throw them away now cant I? And I really didn’t wanna give that ice cream tub to anyone else 😀
Second thing I did was to look for some motivation. I did some reading on healthy eating (which I mostly was aware of, but just to remind myself of what a proper diet should look like), and also starting watching a lot of exercise & yoga videos on Youtube & Instagram. The second step took me a whole 2 weeks to be honest. To actually get my butt out of the chair and to start exercising was so difficult. I just couldnt. Call me lazy. But after 2 weeks, I was super gung-ho about the whole getting toned & fit idea.
Third thing? Actually doing some exercise. Now I didn’t have the money to join a gym, (I still don’t have the money lol) so I started off doing exercises in my house. I didn’t have any equipment either, nothing at all. Not even a yoga mat. So what exercises could I do?
These are examples of exercises I’ve been doing. Look out for more on Youtube.
I usually aim to do 30-45 mins each day, and I’d pick a few exercise that I want to do for the day. Like today, its was all about the legs, so I do only leg exercises. And these are simple exercises you can do on the floor, just with a towel as a mat in case you don’t have one. I alternate leg, love handles, belly, abs, arms, push ups etc.
How I started:
Week 1: I did my first 15 minutes on a Friday & Saturday, and my body ached throughout the whole of the following Sunday. I couldn’t move, literally. I hurt all week. But it seems that I am a sadist, so I continued with the exercise routine nevertheless. The pain subsided with hot showers after about 3-4 days.
Diet wise, this is what I ate.
Breakfast: Fruits with plain yogurt.
Lunch: Half rice (about 6-7 tablespoons of rice) with vegetables. No fried stuff allowed. Also add on some fruits for dessert.
Dinner: Biscuits, or oatmeal, or soup.
Also, lots and lots of water, and no other drinks.
Week 2: I continued with my exercises, and amped up the exercise time to 30 mins a day. Sometimes I miss a day or two, but that’s ok. As long as you get back up the saddle the next day, you’re good. to go Diet wise, still the same as week 1. I did slip up on my diet now and then as well. Whacked some curry noodles & a slice of cake (both my ultimate weaknesses)
Week 3-6: Still with my exercise & diet. Not much changed. I even continued exercising during the time of the month. I now was doing 30-45 mins at home, & 15 minutes at work too. At work? How? Me and a friend decided to use the empty storage room at the back, and turned it into a makeshift gym/yoga room. We usually do 15 min of yoga, stretches, planking & random exercises that we feel like. Its fun, and we can gossip & catch up while doing exercising. Also, PMS kicked in sometime during this period (geddit haha?), and I ended up eating a pint of Haagen Daaz all by myself. Sugar, why you do this to me??
Week 7 (Now) : Some difference noticed on the rear end & waist. I think the squats are working. My butt feels firmer, and the love handles are shrinking. I see my face looking a little less chubby. Le boyfie who visits once a month commented that I’ve lost some weight. And yes, the scales confirm I’ve lost 2kg already. AWESOMESAUCE! I can even fit into a pants that I couldn’t fit into before. So much win! I’ve also maintained 30-45 mins every weekday, and 1 hour to 1.5 hours on the weekends.
I’m not gonna post before and after pictures yet, because I want to wait until I’ve been doing this for about 3 months at least. So far, I’m feeling good about this whole diet and exercise thing.
I look forward to the day I look at least 40% like this:
So that is my long story of how I turned my diet & lifestyle around. It was not easy in the beginning, but after 1.5 months, its become part of my everyday routine, and I look forward to exercise time now!
What is your stance on diets, healthy eating & exercise? Do you exercise? If no, why not?