TALK ABOUT: 15kg Weight Loss (33 pounds!)

7 Mar

Hey guys!

So this is a little out of the ordinary from my posts on favourites and hauls.

I did mention in my new year post that I was going to talk about my weight loss. And it’s taken me 2 months to get around to it, but hurrah! it’s here 🙂

Once Upon A Time…

Ok so lets get some background on this story. There’s a reason why I’m not a Youtube vlogger but a blogger. I’m quite a big girl and unfortunately I’m not that comfortable in my own skin.
I’ve always been big – prior to this drop in weight last year, I was a whopping 90kg!
That definitely deserves a code red.

Me! Prior to Weight Loss. At 90kgs (198 pounds)

Me! Prior to Weight Loss. At 90kgs (198 pounds).

Diets have come and gone and most have failed. A few years ago I did go on a no-carb diet, which worked whilst it lasted.
I lost 2 dress sizes and was looking great without even breaking a sweat, but the moment I started bringing back anything with carbs, it all came rushing back to my thighs.

I really don’t recommend this diet by the way. Though it really worked, it wasn’t very healthy.
I was cutting out all carb related foods and anything with sugar in it – even fruits! I didn’t do any exercise and that meant not toning up where fat used to be.

The moment I got off this diet, the weight started to creep back onto my body and made me heavier than when I started! Not the best feeling…

And this is how it happened.

My most recent weight loss journey actually started off as a challenge. Around March 2012, couple of friends brought up the idea that we should all stop eating fast foods for the rest of the year. Any offender would pop $5 into the piggy which would then be smashed on New Years Eve and put towards a nice big fat celebratory meal.

And as you’d expect, a few people started cheating… a few people started dropping out… quite a few excuses were made…

And the challenge was over.

So I’m not sure what happened in my case, but I must’ve started getting used to the lack of all these bad foods. I had simply cut out any fast foods (e.g. McDonalds/Maccas, KFC etc) plus any sweets.
I just continued on with the challenge even though the rest of my friends had given up, and found myself 3kgs lighter after a couple of months.

That’s when my motivation kicked in.

Those 3kgs were so easy to lose. I didn’t feel the loss of keeping bad foods at bay, so I wanted to challenge myself to do more. To EXERCISE.

Now let me stress the extremity of this situation. I have never really exercised in my life.
I took out a gym membership when I was in high school around the age of 15. But after a couple of months the membership was reduced to a nice addition to my wallet.

But starting slow, I decided to try jogs around the block. This then progress to random visits to the gym and eventually became a fully fledged membership.

Exercise Progression: How I worked out how to work out

When I first joined the gym, I avoided the treadmill like a plague.

I could not run to save my life and that was definitely the last thing I was going to try to master.
I stepped on it once to see how far I could go, but after walking at a normal pace for about 5 minutes and losing half my water weight in sweat, I finally realised how unfit I was.

I started just cross training at about 6km/hr and keeping my heart rate within the “fat burn” range. And slowly stepped it up as I began to feel more comfortable with the routine.
Once in awhile I would change it up and incorporate weights for different parts of the body to tone. And I’ll join some classes like yoga, pilates and Zumba that would help my core whilst keeping it fun and entertaining.

I think one of the biggest problems I had was commitment – as like everyone else.
I eventually realised that if I went to the gym straight after work, there’d be no time to think and let laziness take over.

I would be at work, would be at home, would be changed and out the door.

Now after a year of training, I went from not being able to walk for 5 minutes to doing 6km a day.
I do 1.5 minute intervals of walking and jogging for 45 minutes each session and push myself to improve this endurance.

Though my physique is far from anything you would categorise as normal, I’ve shed 15kgs (33 pounds) and aim for at least another 12 (26 pounds).
Fingers crossed I’ll be able to achieve it!

And this is where I am…

So after a doctoral recommendation of taking break from weight loss to reduce the “stress” my body was experiencing, I’m back at the gym doing intense sessions to get myself to a normal weight range.

I started off sitting around the 90 kg mark (approx 198 pounds) which was well and truly classified as obesity.
I’m now fluttering around 75 kg (approx 165 pounds) which is considered overweight, and need another 12 before I fall under a normal BMI.

Apologies for the photo of me… this was all I could find! I was at the Ozsale warehouse sale I blogged about and there was no mirror. So my friend and I had to take photos of each other to see how each piece looked!

Me! After 15kg Weight Loss. At 75kg (165 pounds).

Me! After 15kg Weight Loss. At 75kg (165 pounds).

If you have any tips or tricks or any snacks that can be suggested to make this an easier process, please feel free to drop a comment below!
It would be great to have some support on this journey.

I’ll keep you guys updated with my progress. It won’t be too frequent because I’m aiming to have a healthy (and slow) weight loss journey, but you’ll hear more from me 🙂

For now though….

Lovelove!

Rean

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