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Hey there! So recently I posted a video on YouTube in which I talked about being an overweight teenager and the story about how I lost weight, but I figured why not write about it as well?
Before I start, I need to put a disclaimer out there: this video/post is NOT a crazy trick on how to lose 50lbs in a couple of days! It`s just MY PERSONAL experience and what I did in order to look the way I always wanted to. I am sharing it because some people might find it helpful and think about it as an easier and not so much a common way to lose a few KGs/pounds.
You can watch the YouTube video or keep reading this post if you are interested - I`m pretty much saying the same things but I figured some people might prefer reading instead of watching a 15 minutes long video.
Okay so in my opinion it makes sense to talk about how I even gained weight in the first place and what made me decide that I don`t want to be `round` and fluffy (no offense to anyone) for the rest of my teen & young adulthood years.
I gained weight because I was a spoiled kid. I am the only child of my family (thankfully) and the only niece of my grandparents (I only have male cousins). My family thought -and still thinks- that among other things, spoling means shoving a lot of food, junk food and sweets down my throat. Don`t get me wrong, I loved eating like a little pig and to date I am still a foodie (I love me some crisps!). But when I realised that my body looked the way I never wanted it to look like, after days and days of not liking what I saw in the mirror and after realising that I can`t even see my lady parts when I looked down, I knew that I have to do something about it. Besides, there are a lot of overweight people I my family and I kind of always knew that I don`t want to look like that. Of course dreaming of a perfect body doesn`t do anything, I had to take actions and that`s how my weight loss journey begun. This was in the spring of 2009.
At that time I was 15. I knew that`s not the best age for a diet - I wanted to be skinny, not to get sick, so I didn`t do anything extreme. What I forgot to mention was my weight - I was around 68, maybe even 70 kg at the age of 15. For some people that`s not a lot, especially since I am tall (1meters78cm or about 5`9ish). But I didn`t care if other found it normal or not - it`s my body so I am the one who gets to decide what`s good or not for me. Besides, to be honest wit) you, later that year I was going to start going to highschool and it was about time that boys started noticing me. Without wanting to make fun of me and my weight. And let`s be honet 99% of teenagers care about how they look, what others think and most importantly all teenagers want to fit in - and I don`t talk about fitting in the McDonald`s lovers club.
Ok so now let`s talk about what I did.. first of all I loved eating bread. But I knew that was one of the main reasons why I was unhappy with my body so I stopped eating bread. Well, not stopped, but 95% of the time I wouldn`t touch it. The other 5% was mandatory, let`s say - as I said earlier, I didn`t want to get sick so if I really had to eat bread I would make an exception. Besides, I realised that if I don`t eat bread anymore I can eat more food and not feel like I`m about to explode afrer I`d be done with my meal. It was a bit tricky because I didn`t eat sandwiches anymore, but who cares.
The next thing I`ll talk about is Pepsi/Cola/Coke. I loved Pepsi - drank a lot of it everyday. But sadly that was another thing that didn`t really allow me to have the body I want. I didn`t want to give up on drinking Pepsi forever (even though my teeths and my health would have been thankful if that happened). So during the week I only drank water - never was too crazy about natural juices and stuff. And in the weekend, if I `behaved` during the week I would treat myself with one or two glasses of my favorite non-alcoholic drink.
I said earlier that I loved sweets and snacks/junk food. I was the kid who would eat a whole chocolate at once, a huge bag of chips, maybe some fruits too. But I had to let that go for a while - no more snacks and sweets unless it was a special occasion or something. My grandparents didn`t really understand how important it was for me to lose weight at first so naturally they kept buying me all kind of s**ts when they came over - a bag full of sh**, and my grandma from my mom`s side came by our place like everyother day. So do the math and imagine how much crap I was eating - it makes me sick only when I think of it. Anyway, back to the topic. Of course if I kept seeing all these chocolates and chips and other crap my weightloss wouldn`t have been a success, so I figured out a way to get them out of my sight: I`d take all the junk food to my dad and tell him that I don`t want any of these. I had to lose weight, so he could have them. I was really lucky, because I never crave (I only craved twice in my life, and these times I was either really sick or after a surgery and I couldn`t eat) so it was easy for me not to think about all the goodies my grandma bought for me. However if I really wanted a bite of something, I would have one bite and that`s it!
I didn`t really start eating more fruit or vegetables than normal, but if you want to do that, I think it`s a good idea for your health :)
And the last thing I did is kinda hard to exaplin but let`s say I would always take breaks between main meals and treats. 2 or 3 hour long breaks, so that my stomach would have enough time to do it`s job. To be more specific, if I just had lunch, let`s say, I would wait at least 2 hours before eating a banana or apple or whatever. Even if it was just one banana and the smallest banana you`ve ever seen, I still would not touch it before these 2 hours past. Afterwards I would eat as many apples or whatever fruit as I wanted, as long as it was 2-3 hours before dinner time. Speaking about dinner, you probably hear a crap load of people saying that you shouldn`t eat anything after 6 pm or something. In my opinion it only matters when you go to bed. If you stay up all night and go to bed at 4-5 am like I did, then you can get away with eatting dinner at 9 pm and having a snack or something at midnight. However if you`re already asleep and snooring at 9pm, then yeah you might not want to eat so much after 6-7 pm. As I said, give your stomach some time to do its job.
I remember I always heard people saying that you should take your time when you eat and chew everything at least like 20 times or some crap like that. While I don`t disagree with that theory, I wanted to mention that I couldn`t do it - I always ate super fast and didn`t care abour chewing like crazy.
So these are the 4 things I did/changed.
Now let`s talk about much weight I lost. In April (2009) I was 68 kg (or more, to be honest I was afraid to weight myself). Anyway. I lost most of the weight in 2-3 months: by the end of June I was around 59 to 60kgs. I don`t think at least 8kg in a little over two months is bad - on the contrary, it`s something to be proud of! By the end of 2009 I was at 56kg, which is my current weight (I`ve only been lower than that once due to somw family drama). So that`s good I believe. I got rid of at least 12kgs in a few months. It may sound slow for some people, but frankly I am happy with it - I am as skinny as I wanted to get and I was safe - no crazy diet, no starvation, no throwing up after I ate. What else could I hope for?
One thing that I didn`t do and that sometimes I kind of regret not doing is I didn`t work out. Sure, my body looks great now, but I get a lot of bloating still. Even after drinking a glass of water, my stomach will bloat like stupid. Oh well, I suggest you try exercising if you wanna lose weight - but that`s just one of the many things that don`t appeal to me.
Okay so what is my lifestyle like now?
First of all, I started drinking Pepsi almost everg day again.
Secondly, I also started eating a lot of junk food and fast food. While sweets don`t appeal to me anymore, I eat a lot of salted snacks. As I mentioned earlier, I love me some chips :)
I still somewhat respect the `let 2 hours pass before eating anything else` because feeling full and as if my stomach is about to explode isn`t nice nor comfortable.
And regarding the bread, I still barely eat any. I did go a litlle crazy with the sandwiches for about a week last month, but I am back to normal.
As you can see, I do almost everything I was doing a few years ago. Only that now I am the weight that is most suitable for me. I find it natural not to eat bread anymore unless I really feel like it - as I said earlier, less or no bread = more food that I can eat :D.
The last thing I want to talk about is that my weight is about 90% stable. I weight the same all the time, unless I go on a vacation out of town and exaggerate with food - that may sound natural, but I still can gain up to 3kgs in 3 days - it`s kind of a bummer but I do go crazy with food and snacks and refreshing drinks and alcohol everytime I go out of town, so it makes sense...
Okay so that`s all for my weightloss story :) I hope that this post wasn`t incresibly long and impossible to read, lol.
If you wanna lose weight, then I wish you best of luck! And remember, you don`t have to start a crazy diet, that never works out that great. If you don`t wanna lose weight and you`ve always been a skinny person, well then I envy you! :) kidding (or am I?)
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