Hey there! Today I want to talk about my weight loss story. I was an overweight teen. At least in my opinion I was. So I want to share with you how I felt, why I decided to lose a few kilos and how I did it!
Before I start, I need to put a disclaimer out there: this post is NOT a crazy trick on how to lose 50lbs in a couple of days! It’s just MY PERSONAL experience and what I did in order to look the way I always wanted to. I am sharing it because some people might find it helpful and think about it as an easier and not so much a common way to lose a few KGs/pounds.
Okay so in my opinion it makes sense to talk about how I even gained weight in the first place and what made me decide that I don’t want to be “round and fluffy” (no offense to anyone, but I am harsh when describing my own body) for the rest of my teen & young adulthood years.
I gained weight because I was a spoiled kid. I am the only child of my family (thankfully) and the only niece of my grandparents (I only have male cousins). My family thought -and still thinks- that among other things, spoiling means shoving a lot of food, junk food and sweets down my throat. Don’t get me wrong, I loved eating like a little pig and to date I am still a little munch monster (I love me some crisps! MANY crisps!).
But when I realized that my body looked the way I never wanted it to look like, after months and years of not liking what I saw in the mirror and after noticing that I can’t even see my lady parts when I looked down, I knew that I have to do something about it. Besides, there are a lot of overweight people I my family and I kind of always knew that I don’t want to look like that. Of course dreaming of a perfect body doesn’t do anything, I had to take actions and that’s how my weight loss journey begun. This was in the spring of 2009.
At that time I was 15. I knew that’s not the best age for a diet – I wanted to be skinny, not to get sick, so I didn’t do anything extreme. What I forgot to mention was my weight – I was around 68, maybe even 70 kg at the age of 15. For some people that’s not a lot, especially since I am tall (1meters 78cm or about 5’10ish). But I didn’t care if other found it normal or not – it’s my body so I am the one who gets to decide what’s good or not for me. Besides, to be honest with you, later that year I was going to highschool and it was about time that boys started noticing me. Without wanting to make fun of me and my weight. And let’s be honest 99% of teenagers care about how they look, what others think and most importantly all teenagers want to fit in – and I don’t talk about fitting in the McDonald’s lovers club. See? Told you I was harsh when it comes to my own body!
Ok so now let’s talk about what I did.. first of all I loved eating bread. But I knew that was one of the main reasons why I was unhappy with my body so I stopped eating bread. Well, not stopped, but 95% of the time I wouldn’t touch it. The other 5% was mandatory, let’s say – as I said earlier, I didn’t want to get sick so if I really had to eat bread I would make an exception. Besides, I realized that if I don’t eat bread anymore I can eat more food and not feel like I’m about to explode after I’d be done with my meal. It was a bit tricky because I didn’t eat sandwiches anymore, but who cares. The goal was to lose weight, not to stuff my face with unnecessary food.
The next thing I’ll talk about is Pepsi/Cola/Coke. I loved Pepsi – drank a lot of it everyday. But sadly that was another thing that didn’t really allow me to have the body I wanted. I didn’t want to give up on drinking Pepsi forever (even though my teeth and my health would have been thankful if that happened). So during the week I only drank water – never was too crazy about natural juices and stuff. And in the weekend, if I ‘behaved’ during the week I would treat myself with one or two glasses of my favorite non-alcoholic drink. Fast forwards, I do drink Pepsi regularly again, but do not abuse it.
I said earlier that I loved sweets and snacks/junk food. I was the kid who would eat a whole chocolate at once, a huge bag of chips, maybe some fruit too. But I had to let that go for a while – no more snacks and sweets unless it was a special occasion or something. My grandparents didn’t really understand how important it was for me to lose weight at first so naturally they kept buying me all kind of s**ts when they came over – a bag full of snacks, and my grandma from my mom’s side came by our place like every other day. So do the math and imagine how much crap I was eating – it makes me sick only when I think of it.
Anyway, back to the topic. Of course if I kept seeing all these chocolates and chips and other crap my weight loss wouldn’t have been a success, so I figured out a way to get them out of my sight. So I’d take all the junk food to my dad and tell him that I don’t want any of these. I had to lose weight, so he could have them. I was really lucky, because I never crave (I only craved twice in my life, and these times I was either really sick or after a surgery and I couldn’t eat) so it was easy for me not to think about all the goodies my grandma bought for me. However if I really wanted a bite of something, I would have one bite and that’s it!
I didn’t really start eating more fruit or vegetables than normal, but if you want to do that, I think it’s a good idea for your health. 🙂 Hell, replace the munchies with fruit and veg and I am sure you will see a huge difference!
And the last thing I did is kinda hard to explain but let’s say I would always take breaks between main meals and treats. 2 or 3 hour long breaks, so that my stomach would have enough time to do its job. To be more specific, if I just had lunch, let’s say, I would wait at least 2 hours before eating a banana or apple or whatever. Even if it was just one banana and the smallest banana you’ve ever seen, I still would not touch it before these 2 hours past my main meal. Afterwards I would eat as many bananas or apples or whatever fruit as I wanted, as long as it was 2-3 hours before dinner time. Or after. Speaking about dinner, you probably hear a crap load of people saying that you shouldn’t eat anything after 6 pm or something. In my opinion it only matters when you go to bed. If you stay up all night and go to bed at 4-5 am like I did, then you can get away with eating dinner at 9 pm and having a snack or something at midnight. However if you’re already asleep and snoring at 9 pm, then yeah you might not want to eat so much after 6-7 pm. As I said, give your stomach some time to do its job.
I remember I always heard people saying that you should take your time when you eat and chew everything at least like 20 times or something like that. While I don’t disagree with that theory, I wanted to mention that I couldn’t do it – I always ate super fast and didn’t care about chewing like crazy. However I can see how chewing your food properly would help your overall digestion.
So these are the 4 things I did/changed.
Now let’s talk about much weight I lost. In April (2009) I was 68 kg (or more, to be honest I was afraid to weight myself). Anyway. I lost most of the weight in 2-3 months: by the end of June I was around 59 to 60kgs. I don’t think at least 8kg in a little over two months is bad – on the contrary, it’s something to be proud of! Besides I did not do any exercise and I was not following a diet!
By the end of 2009 I was at 56kg, which is my current weight (I’ve only been lower than that once due to some family drama). Now, in 2014. That’s 5 years later! So that’s good I believe. I got rid of at least 12kgs in a few months. It may sound slow for some people, but frankly I am happy with it – I am as skinny as I wanted to get and I was safe – no crazy diet, no starvation, no throwing up after I ate. What else could I ask for?
One thing that I didn’t do and that sometimes I kind of regret not doing is I didn’t work out. Sure, my body looks good now, but I get a lot of bloating still. Even after drinking a glass of water, my stomach will bloat like stupid. Oh well, I suggest you try exercising if you wanna lose weight – but that’s just one of the many things that don’t appeal to me.
Okay so what is my lifestyle like now? (November 2014, when I am writing this post)
First of all, I started drinking Pepsi almost every day again. As I said, regularly, but I do not abuse it.
Secondly, I also started eating a lot of junk food and fast food. While sweets don’t appeal to me anymore, I eat a lot of salted snacks. As I mentioned earlier, I love me some chips 🙂 I strongly believe that for me it’s not what I eat, but how much I eat that causes problems.
I still somewhat respect the ‘let 2 hours pass before eating anything else’ because feeling full and as if my stomach is about to explode isn’t nice nor comfortable.
And regarding the bread, I still barely eat any. I did go a little crazy with the sandwiches for about a week last month, but I am back to normal.
As you can see, I do almost everything I was doing a few years ago. Only that now I am the weight that is most suitable for me. I find it natural not to eat bread anymore unless I really feel like it – as I said earlier, less or no bread = more food that I can eat :D.
The last thing I want to talk about is that my weight is about 90% stable. I weight the same all the time, unless I go on a vacation out of town and exaggerate with food – that may sound natural, but I still can gain up to 3kgs in 3 days – it’s kind of a bummer but I do go crazy with food and snacks and refreshing drinks and alcohol every time I go out of town, so it makes sense… 3 kilos in 3 days is A LOT.
Okay so that’s all for my weight loss story 🙂 I hope that this post wasn’t incredibly long and impossible to read, lol.
If you wanna lose weight, then I wish you best of luck! And remember, you don’t have to start a crazy diet, that never works out that great. If you don’t wanna lose weight and you’ve always been a skinny person, well then I envy you! 🙂
Thank you for stopping by!
Until next time…