Weighing Issues

Last week out of my desperations from hitting writer’s block, I reached out on Facebook and asked my friends what would be a good blog topic. One of them suggested that I blog about my weight loss journey.

Well…I think I’ve always have issues with my weight since as long as I can remember.

Growing up, I’ve always feel fat and my weight has been yo-yoing a whole lot and being not a typical Asian really doesn’t help. Did you know I was once a fat girl in High School? Fast forward till the crazy college years I slimmed down a lot but I still feel fat. Looking back at my old pictures, I realized I wasn’t THAT fat. Here’s a picture from 2004 just a year before I got married:

I didn’t gain a whole lot during my pregnancy believe it or not maybe about 22 pounds, that’s all. It was after Lil’ A was born that my weight went up a whole lot. Maybe it was the undiagnosed PDD? Not sure, but I am an emotional eater. Tried a bunch of things including not making New Year’s resolution this year but loosing weight has been on the back of my mind a lot for years.

Going through divorce was like a roller coaster ride for my waistline. The first few months after I moved out and moved back in with my parents, my family nearly had to force feed me because I just didn’t had any appetite. I lost around 30 pounds in just a few short weeks.

Then as I settled into being a single mom role, my emotional eater side made a comeback. I eat when I’m sad, I eat when I’m lonely, I eat when I am bored! How pathetic is that? So the scale shocked me when I once again had ballooned up.

Fed up with myself, I decided to change my lifestyle altogether. I started dragging my ass to do power walk since I hate hate hate jogging and gym memberships are just too costly and the timing just wouldn’t match my long hours at work.

So I started walking before the crack of dawn. Yes, you read that right…some days I’d be up by 3:30 in the morning and started walking for an hour starting at 4:00am. Am I nuts? No, because it actually the only time of the day where I can be free to do that much needed exercise as I left for work at 6:00am nearly daily.  And I began to fall in love with my new routine. Of course the first few days my body was aching from the waist down!

Not only I found an exercise that I honestly enjoy, I started changing the way I eat. Said  farewell to the beloved deep fries snacks at work – we Indonesians love to deep fried just about anything – and I loads up on fruits and vegetables.

Without naming a brand, I started to drink this healthy/diet supplement for breakfast and dinner which looks like cereal in a cup. Lunch, as usual I bring my own lunch to work and that’s the only time where I’d eat rice. Did I tell you Indonesians main food staple is rice? For dinner I switched between Indonesian style of mixed fruit salad with spicy dressing or plain chilled papayas or other fruits I have at home. I had eaten so many papayas that I feel like a bird sometimes! I’m not a diet Nazi tho’, when there are unavoidable events where dining out is involved, I cut myself some slacks and had dinner.

Then the magic happens…or the scales lie to me! I started to lose weight. My pants are starting to feel loose; I feel more energized and people starts to notice that I look slimmer.

Here’s what I look like just last January – notice the chubby cheeks? Ugh….

And here’s what I look like 2 weeks ago, still have these chubby cheeks but oh well…

My two best friends and I started using this iPhone app from MyFitnessPal which is a great app but sadly I had fallen behind because it’s a little difficult adding the Indonesian food there and to exactly calculate their calories, etc. Maybe it’s an app that will work for you?

Ever since taking this whole stuffs more seriously starting in late July to this day I had lost 11 pounds. Not bad huh? I still have more to shed and I’m still keeping up with my regime but so far I’m pretty happy with the result. Now, if only I can have a flat abs!

What’s your exercise regime? Any dieting secrets you care to share?




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  1. September 2, 2011 / 3:37 am

    I think you look awesome now as you did then … In fact better now … always feel women look nicer with some flesh on them rather than all skinny like .. so keep it going and thanks for sharing your story. Following on GFC as well
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    • Maureen
      September 3, 2011 / 6:51 pm

      You are too kind. I realized I will never be as skinny as my fellow Asian friends – I blame the Dutch heritage somewhere up the blood lines LOL. Thank you so much 🙂

  2. September 2, 2011 / 11:36 am

    Don’t claim Cheeky with me!

    Girl, you look great – you ARE great. Weight is always an issue with us gals, regardless of race. Too much – too little…it’s always in the wrong place. Our minds. But I love what you’re doing. There’s nothing like accomplishment and our body is the only physical gauge of that, sometimes.

    Keep on truckin’. You will have GREAT days, you will have BAD days but there’s always tomorrow. Now, how many clever girls have said that either in film or song? I wonder…
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    • Maureen
      September 3, 2011 / 6:52 pm

      Aww Nami…I LOVE YOU!
      I’m with you that weight is always a problem with us women, I have friends whose already looking drop dead gorgeous and sexy but they still thinks they need to lose weight. I’m feeling good so I’m gonna keep doing what I’m doing and makes me happy 😀
      PS: Love your quote!

  3. Emmy
    September 2, 2011 / 12:46 pm

    You look great oyen ! Keep it up girl !

    • Maureen
      September 3, 2011 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks Em! Still a long way to go but I’m pretty happy 🙂

  4. September 2, 2011 / 1:10 pm

    You look great. Changing eating and exercise habits is difficult but good for you for sticking with it.
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    • Maureen
      September 3, 2011 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! The first week was the toughest especially to give up on those fries lol

  5. September 2, 2011 / 8:13 pm

    Oh girl, I hear ya with the fluctuating waist line! I gained 50 (yes, 50) pounds with EACH (yes, each!) of my pregnancies. I have done just about everything out there to get the weight off and keep it off (aside from any crazy weight loss drugs.) I just now FINALLY got back to a weight I am semi happy with.

    You look fantastic and, as a fellow “chubby cheeker”, your face is adorable and it looks more like really great bone structure than chub to me anyway! 🙂
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    • Maureen
      September 3, 2011 / 6:55 pm

      Get out of here!! You are looking absolutely gorgeous. See we really can be our worst critiques when it comes to our waist lines huh? You are too sweet, thanks Jess!

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