I have never been skinny. I have always been “thick” and growing up with thin cousins, this was not always fun. I was always criticized about my weight. I know everyone thought it was encouraging (actually Asians see criticism as encouragement, 😒TRUTH). But it just annoyed me.
When I started working for Jenny Craig years ago, I dropped 30lbs. I really do credit my weight loss to what I learned from the Jenny Craig program. And then I moved and started gaining weight.
So, what did I learn and what am I doing? Portion control. Simple. For those of you, who are wondering about my motivation, NO, it is not because I am single now (although that is additional motivation 😉). When I went back to school, I gained 30lbs. on top of what I had already put back on. 30lbs in 3 years is A LOT of weight to gain, especially when you are only 4ft 9. I worked all day and then came home and spent the rest of the evening on school work, so I ate a lot of fast food and rarely worked out.
In those 3 years, every visit to the doctor, I was told that I was border line high blood pressure and if I didn’t take the weight off, they were going to put me on blood pressure medication. Okay, early 30s and on blood pressure medication??? So, I made a deal with my Dr. I was very blunt with him and said, “I am sorry, I don’t want to be on medication, but I will be honest, until I finish school, this weight is just going to be where it is. I will try to keep it steady but I am not going to lie, my weight is not my priority right now.” So, he agreed. As soon as I graduated, I cut back on the fast food, the snacking, and the caffeine.
I eat a very simple breakfast – evol brand breakfast sandwich or burrito. For lunch and dinner, a Lean Cuisine with a side of steamed vegs. (something I learned from Jenny Craig). Vegetables will fill you up with very little calories (sorry, skip the potatoes, corn, peas – they are starchy).
I still eat regular food – but I pay attention to how full I am. I stop eating as soon as I start to feel full. I have walked away many times from a half eaten bowl of pho (😮 I know). But I will say, find your motivation, because until you really want it, you won’t do it. Everyone has their motivation. Remember this is a lifestyle change, so do something realistic, because I promise you, these fad diets and detox programs work very quickly but as soon as you stop, the weight will come back. So, if you start something make sure that you can continue it long term.
And remember, do it for yourself 😘 And end note: I plan to keep some of this “thickness”, I like curves
The first picture was from 2013 when I first started to gain weight. Here I am in the second picture wearing the exact same top – 22lbs down in January.
The before picture was me in October 2017 at my heaviest, I was pushing 185. I couldn’t wear jeans because they were so uncomfortable, I was wearing stretchy work out pants in this picture. The after picture was in February 2018, same shirt and wearing jeans – down 28lbs. *Had to block out the logo on my shirt since it is my place of employment*