For those who know me personally or shall I say closely, you probably know that I have been trying to get back in shape since 2012. I am among those women who are not really pleased with what they see when they look at the mirror. Well not that I hate myself but I just know that I can do more to look better. I love fashion, I love to dress up and somehow with me literally bloated I just find myself so limited. Maybe I am just not as creative as I am supposed to be and got stuck with the fashion ideas for the small-medium frame.
Well anyway, I started trying to get in shape by doing Insanity – like craaaazzzyyy Insanity by Shaun T. It’s a super intense HIIT workout and yes, I shed off couple of pounds after few weeks and looked a bit better but on my 6th week I had to stop because I suffered from vertigo (self-diagnosed). I get dizzy even by just shifting my head from left to right so I knew I needed to rest. I had myself to blame for it as I was really lacking a lot of sleep (4 hours of sleep, 5 hours the most everyday) while I was on it. I wasn’t able to go back after that “rest” and ultimately I gained the weight back.
I didn’t give up, I was alternately doing a lot of home workouts, joined some fun runs or run somewhere. I wasn’t consistent though and didn’t really pay attention to my diet. There was also a time where I joined the herbalife weight loss challenge on one of the Nutrition Clubs in the city and again, I wasn’t that persistent perhaps and I ended up not completing it. I lasted two weeks, lost a total of 5 pounds and then stopped again, then back to gaining it all again and maybe even more. I remained bloated! :-/. But hey! still, I did not stop! Is it obvious now how clueless I was?
Working Out From Home
Fast forward to mid of 2014, I became more determined and motivated to really really shed off the extra baggage so I started doing home workouts again. I alternated Insanity, Jillian Michaels Shred and other home workout routines I could find in youtube (there are super plenty of workout routines you can follow in youtube, like a LOT!). I also made the decision to look into my food intake so I kind of got into the diet thing but I wasn’t really consistent with it but in all fairness to me, I was pretty consistent with the workout. I do 4 to 6 days a week. Sometimes I would take the time to workout away from the comfort of my own home so I would join a friend’s dance class or run at the Sports Center. I also stumbled upon the No Excuses Moms group and was even more inspired to press on seeing those moms achieving their weight loss goals. They really look amazing! By December of 2014, I must say I had a little success. My arms were smaller but still that mid section could use a lot of help. For some reason, my weighing scale isn’t as friendly as I expected it to be after all my effort! LoL! I started to think it was busted as it wasn’t moving! (**facepalm**)
A fitness instructor friend introduced me to her coach who did a great job in helping her shed off those extra weight she gained. I wasn’t really solved with the idea of going to the gym because I deem it as a waste of my time (I just hate the idea of wasting time traveling to the gym). But anyway, yes I gave it a try and met with the coach and tried his routines. I think I went a little overboard on my first time as I got sick 2 days after (hahahaha! okay wait, they didn’t know that!). Well anyway, after almost 2 weeks of resting, I decided to go back and work with Coach Moy (because I saw Fitness and Nutrition is really his cup of tea. He pretty much explained a lot of things and I was impressed!), that was last week of March 2015. I was more determined and understood that losing weight is not just busting your butt at the gym or at home doing all the tough workout. You need consistency AND change the way you eat. The plan was to workout 3 times a week with coach Moy (again because I didn’t wanna waste my time traveling). But the 3x a week became an everyday routine. We started following a meal plan also and since I was committed to succeed this time, I religiously followed it (and please! the effort and muscle pain are too much to ignore! – it was a constant reminder of the reason why I am into this thing they call working out). I started to shed off pounds week by week. I started at 70.3 pounds and every week or two I get so thrilled to see it going down.
I don’t usually post pictures of me showing my tummy because I honestly think it is such an awful sight! But I took the courage to post it here because I want to inspire Moms like me and to help them believe that with perseverance, getting back into shape is possible. So here’s me!
The picture on the left was taken late October 2014. The picture on the right is my recent photo (June 2015). Took it after working out from home since I was too busy to go to the gym.
This weight loss journey have taught me a lot of things. These tips below (or whatever you call it helped me a lot) so I hope this will also help you jumpstart your fitness journey.
- Seek for God’s guidance and strength as you go through your own fitness journey. Offer it to Him because after all, He wants us to honor our body and one way of honoring it is making it healthier.
- A guidance from someone who really knows fitness is a huge help! Get a coach or ask for a help from someone who definitely knows fitness and nutrition
- Don’t be afraid to lift weights! Trust me, they will not make you muscular. They will instead help you lose weight faster. I highly recommend strength training
- Do not deprive yourself from food. One of the things I love about my coach is he does not believe in food deprivation. I just love cheat days!
- Train seriously. Think positively and know that your muscles are stronger than you think they are!
- Be consistent and have a clear picture of your goal but do not be too hard on yourself. Take time to rest if you have to.
- Do not give too much emphasis on the weighing scale. Those are just numbers. What’s important is the changes you feel (at least physically). You will definitely know when you are improving when those shirt or pants becomes too loose.
- Workout with friends – it’s more fun that way. But always keep your goal in mind so when or in case they’ll stop, you will still continue
- Join a support group. Joining Moms group who are into working out kept me motivated. I actually created one for my local moms :). If you can’t find any, at least find a friend with the same passion/goal.
December 2014 vs. June 2015. I know I have a long way to go. I am not there yet but seeing all my hard work paying off, I am more determined to move forward. I know there will be challenges along the way. I just continue to pray to God for strength and determination because I cannot do this by myself. To all mommies out there, let’s continue to move! We don’t need to have those badass six pack abs, we just need to keep moving and be active to be healthy not just for ourselves but for our family.