It’s almost been a year.
Friends and family had commented, praised and asked what the secret is.
Of course, I don’t mind sharing what I know. I’m no expert as I still am learning myself but I happily answered their questions. Yet, most seems disappointed by my answer.
Because most still wishes that there’s that one ‘magic pill’ who will magically tighten, toned and make your arms, your tummy and your legs, smaller. Yes, instant gratification is human’s instinct. I was once that way, on the lookout for an instant result.
Sorry to burst your hopeful bubbles, there is no shortcuts, no magic pills, no secret formula. There’s only had work, commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and tons of sweat.
CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK
Sadly, I did fell for those sweet tempting ads promising this pills or that pills could shrink your tummy, will make the numbers on my scale get smaller.
Guess what? Those were all just that…empty marketing gimmick!
Yeah, sometimes you’ll lose weight fast taking one of those stuff but did you know those are water weight? Easy comes, easy goes!
Sometimes last year, I fell ‘victim’ and tried one of those ‘magic’ shakes guaranteed to make you lose weights, I’ve heard even some celebrities here are using them. I forced myself to buy the expensive shake. Took one in the morning to replace breakfast and one at night for dinner. Lunch was my only food.
Granted I lost weight but I felt lethargic because I was starving!
As soon as I ran out of the shake, my weight went back up. Do you want to be addicted to something that may cause your liver any damage in let’s says 5 to 10 years down the road? I wouldn’t touch any of those stuff ever again!
I had to re-train myself to choose healthier food. This is not an easy task. It is very easy to get deep fried foods here for the snack. They cost almost nothing too. Let’s not even go to the instant noodles, for we have plenty of them here that sadly it has become part of the culture to eat instant noodles.
All of these times I thought you’d have to starve yourself, you have to ‘suffer’ to lose those weights. Big mistakes! I once only ate papayas for breakfast and dinner for months! Yuck, I still stay away from papayas now if I have other fruit options.
Turned out by starving myself, besides the obvious of being hungry all the time, my metabolism got screwed up. Why? Because when you starved yourself, your brain will think the body is in danger, it will then hold on to that fat we want to get rid off. Starvation mode = body will hold on to your fat. This is a fact!
I was wrong! If you want to lose weight, you better start eating!
All of us know how important exercise is by now so let’s skip the talk about working out and focus on the fuel aka the food first.
I’ve been working out seriously since April 2012, almost a year but it wasn’t until sometime in July 2012 that I started eating healthy.
Do you want flat abs? Toned and not flabby arms?
The biggest changes you could possibly do is by cleaning up your diet.
NO MORE STARVING YOURSELF TO BE SKINNY!
I don’t count calories – gah, I can’t stand numbers! – and I don’t weigh what I eat but most importantly, I don’t starve myself anymore since I adopt this new way of eating. The healthy eating. This is a sample of what I eat during the day:
Breakfast (7:00 AM):
- Coffee with low calories creamer with 1 sachet of stevia (I’m trying to wean myself out of the creamer tho!)
- Egg whites omelet loaded with veggies such as mushrooms, kale/spinach, tomatoes, etc). I make my omelets with 5-6 egg whites and 1-2 yolks.
Morning Snack (10:00 AM):
- A cup of hot green tea with 1 sachet stevia
- A small bowl of edamame
Lunch (12:00 PM):
- Red rice, veggies and chicken breast. Note: Although red rice is healthier, portion control is still a must here. I’d rather load up on the protein aka chicken boobies!
Afternoon Snack (between 2:00 – 3:00 PM):
- Greek Yogurt (or other Low Fat Yogurt just pay attention to the sugar content) or fresh cut up mixed fruits with hot sauce. (It’s an Indonesian thing called rujak).
- Green tea or Coffee with Stevia
Dinner (between 6:30 -7:00 PM):
- Red rice, veggies, chicken/fish.
This just a rough estimate of what I eat on a daily basis. Sometimes I’d eat up to 6 times a day! Lately, because I workout at night after work, I barely had dinner. What I would have is my protein shake mixed with all kinds of adds on such as banana, peanut butter, etc right after my workout then I’d be too tired and just went to bed.
Healthy eating doesn’t mean I stop enjoying good food. Actually, a lot of my friends at work got shocked to see how much food I haul to work daily. They didn’t believe it at first that healthy food can taste good without being loaded with MSG or salts. Most of them still think that healthy food is bland, no taste like the kind of food you will get at the hospital. Some even thought I’d only eat boiled stuff. Hell no!
My best friend? My beloved oven! I barely cook with salt these days, even if I do it’ll be using sea salt and no sugar or MSG (yes people still use these stuff here). The results? I’m fine, my taste buds are normal; actually, I can’t stand too salty food anymore.
I basically had said NO to all white stuff when it comes to food. White flour, white bread, white rice, white sugar. All of these are being replaced by the healthier kinds. Whole-wheat flour and bread, brown/red rice or my current favorite, coconut flour. Which is cheap here!
Reading label has now become a habit too. At first, I couldn’t care much about ingredients label but not anymore. Processed foods are something I try to limit lately. Why? Because they are loaded with chemicals and preservatives. Unfortunately, here for imported items, a lot of the ingredients labels are being covered by local stickers that had nothing to do with the ingredients. Whenever I went groceries shopping, you bet I’d peel those suckers out to see the labels. It’s my damn rights as a consumer, no?
Not everything with “Low Fat” or “Healthy” labels is actually healthy. You’d be surprised! Try to pick up a pack of Low Fat Yogurt, and read the labels. Believe me, I was shocked to see some low-fat yogurt can packed up to 22 grams of sugar!
Let’s start to read those labels; it can help reducing your waistline.
So who says to lose weights you have to starve yourself? Since I know better now, honestly? I would never go back to my old ways and starved again! Heck, NO!
If you follow me on Pinterest, you’d see by now how much I pinned healthy recipes. I’m addicted to trying them out or trying to make a healthier version of the Indonesian food.
An old friend just messages me the other day. She has two children and had shed 22lbs. Bravo! But she lamented on her stomach, real trouble spots for us moms, isn’t? She asked if she have to do so sit-ups until she rolls around the room. Hah! I told her nope. I hate sit-ups and crunches, plus with my herniated discs I really am not allowed to do those.
I asked her how her diet is. She said she had stopped eating rice and sugar which is great but she confessed she loves her noodles and meatballs too much.
Oh no! Noodles are simple carbs, so if we eat them we would feel full so fast but we’ll get hungry again so fast. Meatballs? Luckily, I found someone who makes homemade meatballs without any preservatives so I never buy them from the store again.
She coaxed me to share the secret on how to have flat abs. Funny, because mine isn’t flat. There are improvements of course but I don’t have a six-pack – yet!
I explained to her that we cannot do spot reduction. We can’t pin point our body parts and hoping they will get toned, tighter, smaller. There are only two keys to losing weights: healthy eating and exercise consistently. You can’t expect great results if you didn’t give it your all. That’s it, the weights will take care of itself.
We put on the weights not overnight so please don’t expect an overnight result. This is not a magic show. Remember this: Nothing worth having is easy to get!
Wanna lose those extra weights? Wanna have flat rock hard abs? Let’s start living healthy, say no to junk & processed foods and start exercising. It took me years to realize there are NO shortcut, no magic pill…only dedication, hard work and most importantly self-discipline.