I recently realised that I haven’t blogged about my healthy lifestyle journey post my 12WBT program. As you know the program ended in November last year and I didn’t go ahead with the next round. During my 12 week program, I lost about 6 kgs. So what’s happened since?
Well, I’m pleased to say that I haven’t gained weight despite being off the program. I have managed to continue my healthy eating and working out at the gym. Yes, even during Christmas. To the point where I have lost more weight than I intended. In case you are following the ticker on my sidebar, my goal had been to get down to 48 kgs (given my 153 cm frame). Last week when I weighed myself, I was down to 47 kgs. I’m not entirely pleased about it as I have lost inches too. Which means some trousers I bought in November during my shopping spree, no longer fit nicely. Some other tops are too loose. And don’t even get me started on my boobs. Or lack of. 🙄
I’m not starving myself at all. I eat all my meals. And enjoy my food. But if I overeat, my stomach can’t handle it and I feel sick. Someone at work recommended cutting down my gym days from 6 to 3. But I want to go to the gym. Because it helps with my mental health. Personally, if I didn’t go to the gym 6 days a week, I reckon I’d end up being clinically anxious or depressed. The gym keeps me functional. And in any case, I’m not doing as much of cardio as I was. I’m focussing more on lifting weights to tone my muscles. Which is coming along nicely. And my fitness levels have definitely improved as I can run 3 kilometres on the treadmill without running out of breath. To cut a long story short, I’m loving the gym!!!
Colleagues and friends keep commenting on how much weight I’ve lost and keep telling me to stop. I tell them I’m not intending to lose any more. Parents of my clients have also commented on it. I do feel good but I’m not doing this for anyone but myself. In the end though, this is all towards being healthy. So that I don’t have to undergo a bypass surgery in my 40s. This is something I have to keep telling the people who tell me I don’t need to exercise any more as I’ve lost weight. That there is a risk of heart disease in my family as well as diabetes.
Sure it helps that I feel great about myself. But that hasn’t helped the wallet with some of the clothes shopping I’ve been indulging in. I bought a dress on the weekend from Myer of all places because it looked bloody amazing! And I felt sexy. It falls under a little-black-dress category. Anyway, I will put up a photo when I eventually wear it to go some place.
When some colleagues talk about diets such as no carbs or other weird stuff, I tell them I eat everything. Just in limited quantities. I am a bit more vigilant about what I put into my mouth. So for instance, I’ve probably only had hot chips twice in the last 4 months. But it’s a choice. I have been having low-fat cheese instead of heaping on the mozarella like I used to. I still have my two-three glasses of red wine per week. And I might have over-indulged a couple of weeks ago at a friend’s 30th with 4 beers and 2 shots. 🙂 But in the end, it’s all about moderation.
I am glad I did the 12WBT program. Because it gave me what I needed — a lifestyle change. I’ll leave you all with photos of some of my meals post the program from some healthy recipe books I own.
Clockwise from top: Beef burrito | Mango crumble | Tandoori chicken with carrot salad | Chicken noodle soup | Peppered kangaroo steak with leek mash | Weetbix & passionfruit crumble
So yes, I still am living the healthy life. And loving how I feel about myself.
Until next time,