It all started with a top that I wore before I had Yaya. I was going out and thought I would wear it, only to find that it was a bit tight. It was the same with couple of the skirts.. and I knew there was no point trying to escape from the inevitable…And I found myself walking to the washroom and checking my weight on the weighing scale.
I weighed 55 kg last year and I now weigh 63.
I have no words to describe the devastation I felt.
Part of the weight is due to the medications I take. Part of it due to lack of exercise. Before going to Manila, I walked 10 km everyday and it was impossible to walk in Manila and I kind of gave up. Once back home, I was bogged down with work and didn’t have time to go for a walk and often ate out. It wasn’t a good combination. Weight gain is a bane of middle aged women and I had allowed it to happen.
Few months ago, I needed to jump on to a boat from the ground (low tide) and I couldn’t lift myself up. Few days ago, I saw a youtube video of an elderly lady on monkey bar.
I felt it is time I got my acts together.
The first thing I needed to accept was that this was a long process. There was no quick remedy. I allowed this to happen and I just have to work and get the weight off. So, I now walk everyday for 60 minutes. My aim is 6000 steps/ 5 + km and 60 minutes. If I walked really fast and managed 6000 steps in less than 60 minutes, I continue, till I reach 60 minutes. The same with the distance.
After a successful month of walking, I checked my weight. I gained an extra kilogram.
The only way to lose weight is to create a caloric deficiency. ie, you reduce the calories you consume and increase the expenditure of the calories by exercising. I did the exercise part right, but not the food intake part. I love good food!
I met with a friend who is a dietitian and she found a few things wrong with my diet.
- I don’t drink a lot of water. I don’t like the taste of plain water, so every time I am thirsty, I have tea.
- I eat a lot of chocolates and cheese
- I eat out a lot
She suggested fruit infused water. Every morning I make a pitcher of fruit infused water. (lemon slices/orange slices/strawberries/mint etc)
I only have tea twice (and then cheat and have a coffee when I really need a hot drink..and convince myself that I am not really cheating as the coffee is still berry infused..coffee berries!!)
I cut down on the chocolates. I like cheese too much
If I have not lost much weight in the next couple of months, I will have to take off cheese from the menu.
My aim is to get back to 55 kg by December. If I didn’t lose my weight by then, I will just have to start going to the gym.
As for the upper body/arm strength, currently I use my son’s chin up bar and so far, I have managed to get my feet off the ground.
I know hindsight is a bitch, but I wish I hadn’t been this lazy.