A lot of people asks me how I did it – how I lost so much weight. 42 kilos to be exact. To tell the boring truth, there is no tricks or magic here. It’s all hard work, determination, mind set, and decision, decision, decision every single day.
I’ve always been fat, or obese as science would like to call it. But I was okay with it because it was the only way I knew how. With my 5’3″ height, I used to weigh a hefty 102 kilos –I know, take it all in for a second.
I used to eat excessively to the point where I can finish two family size pizzas plus a tub of ice cream in one sitting, all on my own. I binge on junk food. Chocolate and cakes were my best friends. Potato chips and fries were my saviours. On top of that, I was a couch potato too. I spent long hours with my eyes glued on the tv screen.In my early 20s, I tried a variety of things to lose weight–cut carbs out of my diet, tried an all-soup diet, then an all-fruit diet, even ‘bangkok pills’ and other slimming capsules. Anything I can find on google when I search for ‘how to lose weight fast,’ I have tried them all, and failed in every single one.
I wanted quick and easy results. I wanted unicorns and gold at the end of the rainbow. I wanted my weight to disappear like poof, magic, gone! In short, I wanted a miracle.
It takes maturity and a whole lot of patience to understand that it doesn’t work that way.
Even the pyramids didn’t happen overnight. It all started with me accepting the fact that I wasn’t healthy, and that it will take me a really long time to look and feel healthy. When I started acknowledging these problems, I was able to do something about it.
I started going to the gym at least twice a week, for 90 minutes each session. I would also take a yoga class or two every week. Apart from these, I would dance salsa two nights a week for at least two hours. That’s equivalent to four hours of cardio every week.
All these physical activities are just 50% of the equation. The other 50% depends on diet. Vegetables and salads have become new friends. Yogurt, dried fruits, and nuts have become go-to snacks. It took me a full year to reach my target weight of 60 kilos, and the last 6 years have been all about maintaining my weight through a consistent healthy lifestyle every given day.
The best 5 tips in losing weight:
Hydrate! Drink at least 3 litres of water daily to flush the toxins out of the body
- Do not starve yourself. I still eat anything and everything that I want, but I make sure to watch the portions.
- Surround yourself with supportive friends. Motivate and inspire each other. On days you want excuses to stay in bed, they will give you reasons to get up.
- Try it all–crossfit, yoga, pilates, pole dancing, karate, tai-chi, hiit, zumba, trx. We all have different bodies, there is no one-size fits all, so try everything that is available to you. Find out what your body responds to the most.
- Love yourself genuinely. Because when you do, you will want what’s best for you. You will never cheat yourself.
I support anyone who wants to keep a healthy weight. It will be challenging, and often frustrating, but it is really doable and rewarding. Set realistic goals and stick to it. Find ways to make it easier and more fun by choosing activities you can be passionate about. Sooner or later, you’ll start gaining a new sense of awareness and confidence, total control of the mind and body, and you might end up meeting new friends along the way too!
Living healthy for 6 years now has been satisfying and life changing to say the least. When you know that you have invested in yourself the way you never did before, no matter how long and how slowly it takes, it doesn’t matter. We owe it to ourselves to live a healthy life, and put in mind that it is never too late to start.