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In the early stages of my diet, I convinced myself that I wanted to do it the correct way. As a frugal freak, I thought about how to loose weight without spending a lot of money, or going to the gym, or hiring a personal training, BUT achieve the same goal.

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From my experience, I found out that the only way to loose weight comes from within you. Mind set, willingness and attitude become the biggest part of the successful story of my loosing weight goal. That’s why before starting your weight loss program, ask yourself whether you want to do this journey to the end or just half way?

My recipe for loosing wight was “Don’t torture yourself” . Change your life style and just be who you are.

I started my loosing weight program by throwing away all the foods that tempted me, not to the trash can but to my tummy (heheh….. . I actually ate them all for the last time, because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to eat all the junk food again soon. After eating all those foods, I then said to myself “Done!” Goodbye seal and welcome a mermaid.

I cleaned out all the unhealthy foods from the refrigerator. That also helped me become better organized. I cleaned out all the clutter in the refrigerator. I found expired foods, sauces, salad dressing, spices and unnecessary things in my refrigerator that I never paid attention to. I started reading all the labels on food packages carefully before I bought them. Not just the label but the ingredients are the most important part. The food has to be low in fat, calories, sodium, and with no preservatives or sugar.
Purged of unhealthy foods, my refrigerator was now full of food that is good for the body. I bought a few kind of fruits that are high in fiber. Red apples, pairs, banana, grapes, blueberries, kiwi, and my favorite vegetable, sweet potatoes. I bought broccoli, kale, snow peas, tofu, Tempe, fish, natural grown chicken (without hormones), brown rice instead of white rice. For seasoning, I love low sodium soy sauce and sea salt.

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This is my diet plan:

I always have something to eat in the morning for breakfast. I started off with rice crispies (even though, they are not a good source of fiber, but I would do my diet gradually). From rice crispies, later I changed to the healthier cereals like: Kashi, oatmeal, toasted 100% wheat bread with cheese, scrambled eggs. I just substituted them as I like each day. Or if I was tired of those foods, I ate baked sweet potatoes.

I ate a lot for my breakfast and drank a lot of water everyday. It’s easier for me, because where I come from, water is our main drink. For my snacks I had blue corn chips, Baked Lays, and dark chocolate. If I was really tempted to eat junk food, I ate chips no more then 5 chips, or 1-2 small dark chocolate. It’s just enough to fill my craving and I STOPPED. I knew my tummy wouldn’t like that and would beg for more. The easiest way to confront that was put my mind back onto my People magazines and all those skinny people.

Before my lunch and dinner, I made fruits smoothie (it’s a combination of fruits. You can mix any fruits you like it + soya milk (organic one. I like vanilla flavor) + ice cubes). I drank fruit smoothie before I ate and that filled me up. It helped me eat much less than I used to. I snacked a lot though (healthy snacks of course). I ate every 3 hours but just fruits or sometimes oat meal raisin cookies or chocolate cake that I made. I got this chocolate puding cakerecipe which is low in calorie but tasty. Yummy! I bought low fat ice cream and ate no more then 3 spoonfuls if I wanted them so bad (but I refused to eat it everyday).

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I loved steamed broccoli and fish. I made up my own recipe using fish, tofu and tempe. I tried to be creative so I could eat as delicious as possible food and healthy at the same time. My principal was: I don’t want to torture myself. A diet has to be happy.

Losing weight won’t be a success without doing exercise. I started doing my exercise 5 times a week. Tired? YES!!… But, practice makes perfect. Exercise was really hard for me at first because my body fat was screaming whole at me “Don’t torture me please!!” I didn’t push myself to much. If I could go a mile today, I took it. The next day I would try 1.5 miles. After while I got used to it. First I started doing basic exercises then after while I could do the advanced ones. Don’t be discouraged!! keep going :) …it’s all about the progress.

Want to know what I have for my exercise? …….. continue reading my Losing Weight Diary Part III

There’s a point in my life at which I started becoming a lazy person. The only thing I did was lay on the couch like a walrus, watching my favorite TV show until I fell asleep. Then I would get up and open the refrigerator to find something to eat. I ate a big bowl of ice cream every night. I ate cheesecake and fries regularly. I could eat 3 – 6 corns on the cobb. Like a baby, I took my nap 3 times a day–morning, afternoon and evening. My favorite hobby was eating and sleeping.

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With my small build ( 4’11 and size 2) I’ve gained 25 pounds in 3 months. I remember that I always made a joke to my husband every time I showed him my belly fat. The first and second time he laughed with me. The third time and onwards, I noticed his laughter lessening. Until one point when he couldn’t stand it anymore, I guessed. He tried to be honest with me and told that I was fat. Fat wasn’t a joke you want to laugh at. I was so sad for a while but my passion for food was bigger than my sadness. As long as I was happy, who cares, I thought.

Sometimes, there’s nothing good on TV and I ended up watching the Style Network or some celebrity show. It led me to read other celebrity magazines. I became obsessed to see how stylish the celebrities were and how perfect their bodies seemed. I remember I had that precious moment when my husband flattered me all the time. Saying how cute my body was. But I hadn’t heard him say it for quite sometime.

I gain more and more pounds each day. My body was far from cute. My skin was rough like orange skin. Cellulose everywhere, I became an unattractive person. All of my clothes were too small now and I had to buy another clothes in a larger size. Every time I saw myself in the mirror, I was so sad because I looked ugly. It seems my body was asymmetrical. It was just big here and there.

After almost a year of being lazy, one day, as usual while laying on the couch watching my favorite celebrity show, I came to realize that I had to do something to change my life. I jumped from my couch and said out loud “No more lazy. I have to loose weight”.

I used to have a friend who always bragged about her marriage. She’s actually a pretty lady but she didn’t care about her appearance. Every time we asked her to do something about her looks, put make up on or change her style, she always said “why bother, I’m already married. You guys who are still single need it the most.”

We then teased her. We told her that there so many beautiful girls out there and she had to be careful to keep her husband happy or else don’t blame him for being attracted to another girl one day. And she replied, “my husband loves me so much and he won’t ever do that to me.”

I totally disagreed with her. For me, a good relationship is about taking care of the relationship itself. A relationship is like a garden that you need to maintain and water. The joke that I used to point out to my other friend keep bothering me. I don’t want to be like her. I want to make myself and my husband happy. I want to be a healthy person with a good spirit and enthusiasm in life.

Here comes the hard part of my journey of loosing weight. Continue reading “Loosing Weight Diary Part 2