As of today, I have lost 22 pounds. It’s a LOT of weight considering my tiny 5’5-foot frame. I started gaining weight after I gave birth to our second child and six years after, my son was born, I gained a total of 38 pounds! F@*&!!!
The fats slowly creeped up over the years and somehow, I’ve learned how to be comfortable with my weight gain. I never thought it was a big deal since I was pretty happy and contented with my life but, mindless eating and indulging in food and drinks took toll on my body. I had to get fit.
3 critical defining moments that have changed the trajectory of my weight loss:
1. Pain from weight gain. Last December, my left knee and thigh started feeling sore. I thought it was because of aging however, my husband who is older than me doesn’t suffer from any leg or joints pains (only occasional back pains due to a surfing injury) and he has maintained his weight since he was 17 years old!! I realized that it was from the excess pounds I’ve been carrying that was making my leg hurt.
2. Tipping the balance. I’m one of those people who believes that the scale is only a numeric figure and it does not define who you are but I also believe that being happy is not being in pain. Like what I said before, when it comes to weight, it wasn’t about being ‘fat’ or ‘skinny’ – I think of myself as being happy or unhappy and when I’m happy, I feel confident and empowered. After feeling depressed for a few days, I decided to do something about it and booked myself a consultation at The Aivee Clinic for The Aivee H2 Diet (read about it here). The moment I stepped on the weighing scale last January and saw how much I gained, I cursed the scale because I was overweight. #nyeta hahaha!!!
3. Fashion is fitness. After the holidays last year, I felt unhappy because all my outfits were tight. It wasn’t about insecurity but, for someone who loves fashion, it became difficult to express myself through clothes because they didn’t fit anymore. Also, I didn’t want to start buying bigger-sized clothes. I thought instead of spending my money for shopping, I would invest it in my health and deal with the reality that I was overweight.
I have read and heard a lot of weight-loss stories that have dramatic defining moments but I didn’t really have an embarrassing moment or a serious health scare. I just knew that after seeing the scale and realizing how much fat I’ve been carrying for years, I knew I had let go of my body. The body that has helped me go through life’s challenges and has allowed me to create the life I wanted to live was carelessly being treated by me. Basically, the figure on the scale made me realize that #changeiscoming LOL!!!
Motivational tips to jumpstart your weight-loss:
1. Health is wealth. When it comes to defining moments, it doesn’t have to be humiliating. It doesn’t have to be painful. It just needs to provide incentive to get healthier.
The moment I stepped on the scale and saw how much I weighed sustained me for the 4-month weight-loss journey and got me started.
I was on The Aivee H2 Diet for four months (three rounds of H2 injections). It was the only thing that ever really worked for me, yet I kept experimenting with other plans, over and over again, not getting any results. And they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over with the same results! I had the first round (20 shots) of H2 injections and ate fewer calories and made healthier choices. After 20 days, I lost 8 pounds! I’m shedding more pounds every week and I’m getting closer to reaching my goal weight.
2. Don’t wait, create your own defining moment. It’s a moment you can create, like taking before-or-after photos or weighing yourself to get an accurate picture of your current state could be the game-changer.
3. #Goals. Last year, I saw a stylish and fit old woman (I think she was in her 70’s) walking in the mall holding hands with her equally fit husband. They both wore t-shirts, denim jeans, white sneakers, his & hers gold watches and their wedding rings and looked cool. The couple literally had a spring in their steps and they inspired me to grow old fit!
I’m so happy because I’m enjoying my weight-loss journey and learning from it everyday. I can truly say that it’s one of the most exciting times of my life! And if there’s one thing I can impart is to change small things in your diet and do it consistently to get big results! It took me four months to shed 20+ pounds but I’m glad I started when I did. I’m trying to choose better and healthier options everyday. It’s doable when your mindset is about long-term weight-loss.
Get inspired and get fit! You can do it!
Read about my tips on weight-loss: 5 Drinks That Helped Me Lose Weight