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Posts Tagged ‘diet’

The Secret To Weight Loss

For many women, myself included, one of the most difficult things to do is to find ways to suppress appetite in a healthy, all-natural way. Don’t you agree? Losing weight is really such a challenge I tell you…it entails commitment, hard work and determination. There’s really so much more to it than searching for the best weight loss pills that work.

Let me say, though, that I’m not all for the uber skinny, waif like model thin body, but we all would like to be more fit, right?

As I was saying, one thing we struggle with is being able to control our appetites. For one, hormonal changes make us crave all sorts of things. Secondly, the lifestyle we live now, which is very fast paced and demanding, can make us more likely to crave for the not-so-healthy stuff. While appetite suppressants may be readily available, it is important to also try to keep in mind our health’s safety because at times, these supplements may pose certain risks, especially if we don’t read the fine print. Some things that can help curb appetite include acupuncture, aromatherapy and biofeedback (which technically means listening to your bodies needs and signals).

What works for me, really, is being mindful about my eating habits. It can be tiring, I tell ya, and many times, I feel like it’s so frustrating but I still try my very best to keep at it. After all, sayang naman efforts ko diba? (all my efforts will be wasted if I don’t, right?) Oh, I’ve been chronicling my weight loss journey in a separate blog, Fat Girl No More, so do drop by there soon :)

Making My Way to Healthy

The other day, I sent my family and MMS of a recent photo of me which really emphasized the amount of weight I’ve lost in the past few months. One of my aunts immediately messaged me back and said I should stop dieting already because I was looking good already. I told her that I wasn’t really as consciously dieting anymore, but I am still trying to find my way to a good kind of healthy. I think that is the most essential part of this whole journey. I did notice, however, that since I’ve lost weight, I started being more susceptible to colds and headaches. I don’t know if it’s the weather or my body coping with the sudden weight loss, or a combination of both. Plus of course I can’t deny that I’ve been under an incredible amount of stress lately. So, I think what I need to do would be the following:

  • Increase my water intake
  • Lessen my exposure to smoke, dust, pollution and the like
  • Try to sleep adequately (errr….this is a weee bit hard!)
  • Eat more (haha!) consistently. I tend to skip meals, but not necessarily for the diet but because of work
  • Up my vitamins and supplement intake to build up my immune system (I have to research on this first though…I tend to just rely on the basic, generic supplements if ever I take any. But as to what the best vitamins for women would be, I have no idea! Um…is there really a difference between men’s and women’s supplements???)
  • Avoid things I should avoid :-) Errr….like too much meat, fatty food, caffeine….and other stuff haha.

Hopefully these steps not only help me keep up the diet, but to also become a more healthy me :-)

Weight Issues, No Thesis and More Insecurities

Today brought to me a whole range of emotions…from very happy to not-so-secret regrets, as well as excitement, fear and yes, insecurity. Cognitively, I know the solution to these concerns but emotionally, it’s hard to take that proverbial first step forward. For example, losing weight right now is more than just a physical thing. I mean, it would be simple to take moyoberry supplements or undergo cosmetic surgery to enhance my appearance.

Taking that first step is really the struggle now. Perhaps the biggest and most relevant to me now is that step forward with regards to my thesis. I think this is really where all my insecurities are coming from.

While most of the day was filled with all these anxieties, on the upside, today also brought a lot of affirmation, especially with regards to my students in class :-) With that, perhaps I’ll call it a night and hope for a better tomorrow.

Clues to the secret of weight loss

Yes, here is another post on losing weight….as you all know, I really am trying to lose weight. After all, look at my before and after (and after again) pictures.

before and after
It hurts to see myself get fat again, especially after finally making it down to a pretty healthy size. Heck, I can even say I was hot back then, wouldn’t you agree? However, because of my hormone problems plus lack of motivation, as well as the more physically sedentary (despite the very high mental activity) lifestyle I live now, I have really packed on the pounds again.

Looking back at those days when I thought I won the battle with obesity, I realized what made me lose all the weight is not really just one thing, it was a combination of several changes I have made. Beyond fat burners, supplements and diet pills, the best weight loss formula is eating in moderation, increasing activity, and being consistent. Weight loss should not be a three-day or one-week thing. It really has to be a committed life change. Right now, that is what I’m struggling with!

Time for Some Self-Affirmation

Being overweight sure does a lot of things to your ego.

I’ve noticed that since I’ve regained a lot of the weight I had previously lost, I’ve become more mean to myself. I tend to put myself down and joke about myself. I guess by hiding in the guise of humor, I’m able to hide away my insecurities about myself. Also, by bringing in humor, I appear like I don’t really care much about what people say when they see me waddle down the hall. Oops, there it is again: putting myself down.


Today I will take time to affirm myself: despite being overweight, I think I look pretty okay :-) At times, I would even say I look good, or at least I carry myself well enough. That doesn’t mean though I still wouldn’t want to lose weight. I mean, if I come across safe diet pills I probably wouldn’t hesitate to take them, but in the meantime, I am trying to be kinder to myself, especially when it comes to weight issues.

Beach Weekend!

Yey! I finally will see the beach this weekend! I’m so excited. Add to that, I will be going with one of my good friends, so that will make the supposed-family-weekend a more fun weekend. Not that my family isn’t good company, but since my brothers have become teenagers, there’s really little left in common with them. In any case, I can’t wait!

Given my current situation, however  (the preoccupation with my pathetic weight status for those who don’t know) I can’t help but have a tinge of insecurity creep up. I used to not care so much, but now, I am reminded of it more and more. I’m trying to work on balancing being okay with it and working on a healthy way of losing the weight. I’ve been looking up on new exercise techniques, equipment and I  even read a diet pill review to figure out how to approach this problem head-on. Like I’ve said previously, I’m iffy with diet pills but given that I have no issues with taking pharmacological interventions for other health concerns, maybe this is an avenue I can explore.

My Best Friends Wedding.

In a few months, my best friend Cookie will be marrying the man of her dreams :-) awwww :-) She has asked me to be her maid-of-honor, something I would gladly do but I won’t deny that this has caused me a lot of undue pressure!! Why? Well, for one I am way beyond fashionably curvy. In short: I’m fat. Yup, there, I said it.

I am getting anxious about what I have to wear, even though I know it shouldn’t matter, especially since it’ not my wedding anyway. Of course, trust me to make it all about me!!! Haha :-) I remember the last time I did any of this wedding-related stuff was last April when our other best friend Cathy married her AJ. They all looked so pretty and sexy. I just looked pretty. I wish there were some slimming pills I could take to make me meet the wedding date deadline, I would. I’m a bit apprehensive about taking medicines though, but if I could, I probably would. That would be a quick fix, I know, but it would have to do in the meantime.

In any case, I know Cookie chose me to be in her wedding party not because of the way I look but because of the friendship we’ve shared. I’d definitely want to look as good as I can, however, especially since I am going to be part of her big day. Perhaps helping her prepared for the wedding can be inspiration enough to lose some weight.

Healthy Thirst Quenchers

The summer heat continues to rise and I think all of us are feeling it’s bad effects. Even my poor Bubba seems to be feeling overwhelmed by the stifling heat. I see him breathing more heavily than usual and he’s always panting even if we aren’t doing anything. I always try to keep a fresh bowl of water available for him, but sometimes I have to remind him to drink it up. In the same manner, even though in my head I know I have to be more conscientious in drinking enough water, I often don’t. Add that to the fact that my drink of preference isn’t really water: it’s more of juices and sodas. I know these aren’t great weight loss drinks but I still catch myself drinking more of that compared to water.

While water is the best option, not just in terms of trying to diet but also health wise, there are a lot of healthy alternatives for thirst quenchers. For one, fruit shakes are definitely a better option. Its important though to remember that just because it’s made of fruit it is not fattening. Fruit shakes can actually be full of hidden calories, especially when you add in milk, syrups and sugars. Diet sodas can also be an alternative, although I think given that it is still a soda, it should be taken in moderation as well. Flavored waters and fat-burning are abundant now, but again, these may be sugar laden, so it still needs to be carefully monitored.

I’m still working on trying to incorporate more water to my diet. My only issue is I hate drinking water that isn’t cold, so I am trying my best to not let that be a deterrent for me.

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