How I Lost 12 Pounds and Continue to Lose Weight Every Month

Updated on April 20, 2013

About six months ago, I decided that it was time to start getting serious about losing weight when I reached 132 lbs., the heaviest I have ever been in my life. It wasn’t just the physical appearance of my body that worried me (although that played a big part), it was also the fact that I started to become out of breath too quickly, I noticed my knees hurting periodically, and I felt sluggish and lazy in general.

Upon research I found out that the normal body weight for my height and frame build is about 108–121 lbs., but looking back I realized that the time that I felt the best about my body and about myself was when I weighed 104 lbs. about five years ago. So I decided to make 100–104 lbs. my goal.

Healthy Eating

I started by overhauling my diet.

However, I knew that if I suddenly tried to overhaul my diet completely, I would develop strong food cravings to which I would sooner or later give in to and then feel guilty about afterwards. So I decided to control my food intake only from Mondays to Fridays and give myself the freedom to eat whatever I wanted during Saturdays, Sundays, and special events like birthday celebrations, etc.

I have to say that I was at my slimmest back when I lived by myself. Since I wasn’t the domesticated type, I hated cooking and the dishwashing that came with it afterwards, so I contented myself with eating crackers and other food I could just eat directly from its disposable container like canned tuna. After getting married and moving in with my husband’s family, I started eating their delicious home-cooked meals. That was when I started gaining weight.

But don’t worry, I didn’t go back to the cracker and canned tuna days to lose weight! Actually, I started eating healthy!

I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

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Monday to Friday Diet

This is what I have been eating from Mondays to Fridays (except during special occasions and parties):

  • Breakfast: A normal-sized bowl of oatmeal or two slices of toasted wheat bread with any of the following: peanut butter, a banana, Nutella, etc.
  • Lunch: Half a cup of rice and fried fish with a large sidedish of raw tomatoes with red onions, Japanese cucumber, or atchara
  • Dinner: Fruits or vegetables
  • sweet potatoes or fruits for snacks whenever I get hungry in between meals

I also started drinking a large mug of hot Japanese green tea after lunch and dinner every day, and I followed the advice of a doctor of alternative medicine: No drinking of water for an hour (or at least 30 minutes, according to a yoga master) before or after meals.

Saturdays and Sundays are my “free days”. I eat whatever and wherever I like, even at all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurants which are my favorite. This is the key to my having been able to sustain the diet. Whenever I feel the urge to eat a lot during the weekdays, I tell myself to wait until the weekend and the cravings don’t seem so bad. I snack a lot on fruits and vegetables whenever I get hungry as well.

My Weight Log

Weight in Pounds
August 2011
132 lbs.
September 2011
130 lbs.
October 2011
wasn't able to weigh myself
November 2011
127 lbs.
December 2011
124 lbs.
January 2012
123 lbs.
February 2012
120 lbs.

I’ve been gradually losing weight since I started with my weight loss plan. My body now feels a lot lighter, I don’t get tired as easily, and I am more alert. And I don't feel deprived of food at all! I plan to continue with my Monday-to-Friday fish, fruit and vegetable diet even after I reach my goal of 100–104 lbs. In fact, I just bought The Just Bento Cookbook so I can come up with creative ways to eat healthy for the rest of my life.

I now look forward to weighing myself at the end of each month!

Update on My Weight Log

Weight in Pounds
March 2012
117 lbs.
April 2012
114 lbs.
May 2012
112 lbs.
June 2012*
111 lbs.
July 2012*
110 lbs.
August 2012*
wasn't able to weigh myself
September 2012*
110 lbs.

*I've learned my lesson. I broke my raw fruits and veggies weekday dinner rule and fish weekday lunch rule for the months of June, July, August and part of September thinking it wouldn't make a difference since I was eating sauteed/stir-fried/fried vegetables with no meat, only tofu sometimes, but I started feeling heavier. Now I'm back to eating raw fruits for dinner and fish for lunch from Monday to Friday.

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    • Shades-of-truth profile image

      Emily Tack 

      2 years ago from USA

      Many, many years ago, I stopped drinking anything with my meals - not even water. People think that is strange, however, even after giving birth to eight children, I am tinier now than when I was in high school.

      I eat lots of fish, eggs, vegetables including beans, whole grains, and no bread unless it is sprouted whole grain - with RARE exception. I only really eat once a day, in the evening, and my weight remains pretty consistently the same.

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      5 years ago

      Hi, Lala. I walked home from work every day. That's about all the exercise I got during that time. Actually, that's still about the only exercise I get even now. :P

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      5 years ago

      Hi! Were you also exercising?

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      8 years ago

      Hehe... thanks, tich. And you're welcome. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Teacher Susan, the wonderful thing about the whole process is that you don't look sickly (I like that!) And you look good and happy. So those who want to lose weight, follow Susan's advice. :) :) :) Thanks for the Taiwanese camote..I am boiling two for tomorrow.. hahahah

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      8 years ago

      You're right, Chin Chin. The right mindset is the most crucial factor in whether or not we succeed in anything. :)

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      Chin chin 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for sharing your progress. It gives me another reminder and inspiration to strive to lose weight in a healthy and lasting way. I hope I can be more passionate about it. That is one key that I think you had in your weight loss success.

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      8 years ago

      Thanks. And I wish you success as well. :)

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Susan Ng, thank you for clarifying the rationale for no water before or after meals. I'm going to have to give that a try to see how it works for me.

      I wish you continued success in you becoming healthier and your weight loss.

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      8 years ago

      You're right, L.L. Woodard. What I'm doing is a long-term diet change, not a crash diet. :) And the reason for not drinking water an hour before and after meals isn't to lose weight, it's to aid the digestion process, according to doctors of alternative medicine and yoga masters. It has a nice side effect though: you don't feel so bloated after eating. :)

      I've been on many crash diets before as well, but I've always rebounded after going back to my old bad eating habits. That is the problem, I think. In order for a "diet" to be truly effective, it has to work on changing bad eating habits into healthier ones. :)

      Thank you for your comments, everyone. I wish you well on our journey towards a healthier body. :)

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I'm not trying to overtake this comment thread, but I feel it's important to point out that a "diet," in the way it's being used here, means a short term change in eating for the purpose of losing weight.

      I think that what Susan Ng is doing is more of a lifestyle change, eating habits that can be modified to maintain both desired weight and health.

      It's no fun to diet, denying yourself all sorts of things perhaps, then re-gaining weight when the diet is over because you've returned to previous eating habits.

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      My Nurse Says 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for sharing this... I can relate much with your experience and I too am finding my way through a diet scheme that will help me reach my weight loss goal. I am at my heaviest right now (160 lbs) and I definitely don't feel healthy. Pretty much like slowing down is the right term, and I am not pleased with it. Maybe with this perspective of yours in dieting, I might achieve something.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      8 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for sharing this; however, I'm like L.L. Woodard. I have been on many diets and have never heard of avoiding water an hour before and after meals. Maybe that's why none of my diets worked. (smile)

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      L.L. Woodard 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for sharing your healthy eating plan. Your choices make a lot of sense for the long haul.

      I've never before heard the advice to avoid water for an hour before and after meals. I found that interesting.

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