I have been on a weight loss mission since college. Just never quite happy with my weight - although at that stage, during college, I was actually at a very normal, healthy weight.
After I got married, I relaxed a bit too much and gained almost 10kgs in the first year... I realised that's not the way to go, and joined the gym. It went well for a bit, but I needed more - so I joined Weight Watchers, and had really good success, losing 5 kilo's in about 3 months.
Then I fell pregnant! I carried on exercising for most of my pregnancy... But I gave in to my Milo craving way too often. I gained about 15 kilo's in pregnancy - and then proceeded to seesaw quite a bit... Lost weight immediately after birth, breastfed for 7 months, and when I stopped breastfeeding I gained almost 5 kilo's again in a short time!
That was the shock I needed to get me back into action to try and lose the weight, and during the last few months of 2011, I managed to lose about 5 kilo's, which I felt good about. Then December holidays happened, and I gained back 3 of those. Aaaargh!!
This year, I joined an online community, www.myfitnesspal.com - where you keep a food diary to count calories, and track exercise to see how many calories are being burnt. It worked well for me in the beginning, between January and April I managed to lose 5kg. But then, somehow, I just got lazy. Or my body reached a plateau it couldn't break. Or I wasn't eating as well as I was trying to. Or I wasn't exercising as hard as I should have been. But since April I've been fighting the same damn 2 kilo's.
So frustrating!!! For 4 months! Gain a bit, lose a bit, stay the same. Repeat. Oh gosh, enough is enough. I should have reached my goal weight by now!
How far am I from my goal weight? So close yet so far. Would love to lose another 8kg, but would be super happy, content and satisfied with another 5kg.
I recently got a Polar heart rate monitor to be able to keep track of my exercise workouts - how many calories I burn, and whether I'm exercising in a fatburning zone or in a fitness zone. I've had it just over a week, and so far it's definitely given me a boost, it makes me challenge myself to do more. Yet - at last week's weigh in, I didn't lose a single gram. That means I'm not eating well enough!
My next weigh-in is Friday morning. I've set a goal for myself, that I want to lose at least 0.5kg for this week. I'm trying really hard to exercise lots and stay well under my calorie goal. If I don't lose the 0.5kg... I have to join Weight Watchers next week. Then it just means I can't do it properly by myself, I need to attend the meetings and have someone keeping strict record of how I'm doing.
In the meantime, I find inspiration from quotes like these: