How I Lost 12 Pounds and Continue to Lose Weight Every Month
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.
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!
Have you ever gone on a diet?
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
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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
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*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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