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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

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    1. alicia says:

      hi suzana. fantastic! i love your article, and the pictures are so cute too.

    2. Hi Suzana, how’s the diet coming along? Did u manage to lose the excess weight? Thanks for dropping by my blog. :)

    3. sheryl says:

      i like your style…that is what im doing for my diet. I snacked a lot but only a small amount. Raisin oatmeal cookies is also my favorite that is what i always ate. And drink lots of water. You know what in two weeks I loose 1.5kls. Now i want to know what kind of exercise you do..to continue my loosing weight.
      thank you.

      • Hi Sheryl, for my exercise, I workout 5 days a week, 30-45 minutes. My exercise varies from Taebo, Yoga, Strength Exercise. My favorite Taebo: is Billy Blanks Amp, Taebo Extreme, and Full Throttle. My favorite yoga is : Baron Baptiste and Rodney Yee. For Strength exercise, my favorite is: Jari Love.

        I realize the more I exercise the more energy I have. Sometimes I feel guilty if I have to stop for a day. But you know that your body/muscles need to rest too.

        I love snacking a lot. As long as you know what kind of snack you eat and the portion of course you’ll be fine. A diet doesn’t have to be torturous. Good luck with your weight loss :)

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