How I lost 20 poundsWednesday, June 22, 2016
Hi everyone! How have you all been?
Today's post is going to be a different post compared to my others. You guys may know that I've been talking about losing weight and stuff in the beginning of most of the recent posts so now is the time for me to reveal how I lost weight as my workout program finished a week ago.
At my heaviest, I was around 140 lbs. which is quite difficult for me to reveal but I'm glad I'm not that weight anymore! My family and friends say I didn't look very heavy, just thick, but I felt extremely unhealthy and jiggly and was never confident to wear certain clothing which is why there was a period of time where I wore lots of baggy clothes. Now I am 120 lbs. (I haven't weighed that much since my junior year of high school). 120 still seems sort of heavy to me but I'm pretty sure that's a healthy weight for my height (5'5 or around 165cm??).
How I gained weight:
I really think the freshman fifteen got to me.
As soon as I graduated high school, I had way too much freedom to eat whatever I want and my activity level and metabolism decreased. I used to think P.E in high school was a joke but I really think that was what kept me active throughout high school because without that, I would have been pretty chubby in high school.
So that entire year after high school, I was pretty much eating out every week especially since I was dating at the time so I was kinda obligated to eat out all the time and as much as I love pho, hot pot, ramen, Korean BBQ, and whatever, it's so unhealthy to eat that every week and the damage began to show.
I did know I gained a significant amount of weight as I weighed myself and the pounds began to add up so I did begin working out and accomplished two months of the Blogilates calendar but it didn't really help me lose weight or slim down so I gave up on that and started a new workout regimen.
How I lost weight:
I started Jillian Michael's Body Revolution which is a 12 week workout program + diet but I didn't do the diet because I can't cook. It wasn't actually my first time doing this program. I did do it back in summer of 2014 but only made it to week 5 as that's probably one of the more difficult weeks in the entire program as it's a huge change and also, at the time I went to Las Vegas so buffets everyday!!
I started BR around March 6 and finished May 28 so it was pretty long but well worth it at the end.
The workout program, I believe, is mostly cardio which is what helped me lose weight. There are some weight training exercises but I only had a 2 pound dumbbell so I didn't tone up much around the arms and there weren't a lot of ab exercises so no 6 pack! I did get stronger in my arms though. Before, I couldn't do a push-up at all but now I can do around 10 perfect push-ups which is still low but hey, coming from a girl who couldn't do a push-up at all since middle school, that's good!!
I personally didn't feel results until around week 6 but at that time I was going through stress so I think stress was kind of a factor in me losing weight sort of quickly because around week 6 was when I lost 6 pounds. After week 6, I started losing more weight every week and felt a lot slimmer and healthier (and happier). Seriously, exercising not only made me healthier but improved my confidence and attitude. I think I was so unhappy with how I looked that I was just bitter towards everything and everyone but now that I'm healthier, I'm more cheerful and not as grumpy so that's a huge improvement on my part.
I really enjoyed this program. It's actually a DVD set that you're supposed to purchase but me being a total cheapskate, I found all the videos online for free on VK.com which is the equivalent of Facebook in Russia so if you want to give this workout program a shot, I linked the page with the videos.
Another thing that helped me a lot was making better choices in my diet. I know it's hard for people to take out all the junk food in their lives. I know I did. But my diet was not helping me at all whatsoever. I was eating instant ramen pretty much everyday and on top of that, I was eating out every weekend. Now, I still eat regularly (though I'll admit I don't wake up on time to eat breakfast lol) but just a lot healthier.
I haven't had ramen for 7 weeks, I had pho with my friends the other day and I couldn't even finish the small bowl, just my stomach has gotten significantly smaller so I'm not eating as much as I did before.
I should probably show my before and after pictures as that's probably what lots of people are interested in. I actually don't have a lot of good before pictures of my body because at the time I was extremely self-conscious about my body and how much weight I gained so I don't have any good pictures but I have a group picture I took with my friends when I was around my heaviest.
Before & After
|is this a little too scandalous?|
Even watching back at my older videos compared to my most recent, my face has changed quite a bit.
Other helpful tips on losing weight/getting healthy:
- Stop drinking soda. I actually stopped drinking soda years ago and occasionally I'll drink a pink lemonade here and there but I don't really have any desire to drink soda ever again. I always opt for water. Soda really has an unhealthy amount of sugar in just a small drink so just cutting that out of your diet will be a huge improvement in itself. If you really need something flavored to drink, try iced tea, smoothies, or those flavored waters.
- Make healthier food choices. Notice how I didn't say "don't eat out as much". I still eat out quite a bit especially since it's the summer and I'm out hanging with friends so it's sort of difficult to not eat out every week. Just choose something a little bit healthier from the menu and not as fattening like fried food. It's okay to have a cheat day once every now and then (I know I do) but just make sure you work out quite a bit to help burn it off.
I also have stopped eating a lot of fast food. I do eat a lot of Chipotle but part of me believes Chipotle is not really fast food and is a lot healthier than a burger or fried chicken.
- Do not step on the scale. I always felt discouraged during my previous workouts when I stepped on a scale everyday to see how much weight I lost and thought it wasn't working or it was taking too long. If you must, try to wait 5-6 weeks until you can step on the scale because by then, there will probably be a huge improvement.
- Eat regularly. I know some people who only eat one meal a day?? That's not healthy at all. I'll admit I have done that during my 12 week program but only because my emotions during a breakup (lmao) made me lose my appetite for a few days but afterwards I started eating regularly again. So eat regularly, just don't overeat to the point that your stomach wants to explode.
These tips are pretty much no-brainers but they're actually really important. I didn't think much of these tips but they really do help a lot.
Like I said before, I don't have any abs since the workout program didn't do much for abs and my arms and legs aren't really toned because I didn't have the correct equipments so now I will be focusing on toning up my body by restarting the Bikini Body Guide workout. Remember when I said I was going to record my progress with that and totally abandoned it?? I guess now I'll try to restart doing that.
I hope you guys found this post helpful and sort of motivating. I'm extremely happy with my progress and have a lot more confidence in myself which is great since some of my subscribers have asked for more fashion videos and before when I was heavier, I would have said no but now it seems like a possibility.
I'll be sure to update on my fitness progress and hopefully the next time I write about fitness I'll have abs?? We'll see.
I'll talk to you guys soon with my regular beauty posts. See you next time!