Okay loves, this is it. I am finally accepting the challenge, a challenge I made myself and solely for myself. But then I know that by taking this challenge, I may be able to fuel some thoughts about your health and lifestyle. I came up with this idea few weeks ago, because there was this friend of mine who (had through the years) was able to maintain a very slim physique, and she said she stopped eating rice for two months already. Wow, no damn rice for two months.
Let me tell you something about my weight. Firstly I am not the type of person who is conscious about one’s weigh. True, in fact I do not really mind my weight, back in high school I would eat my heart out without being conscious about my weight, I still look pretty much the same, a fit little lady with cute chubby cheeks, I guess I weight a little over 105 lbs then. When I entered college I managed to maintain it. Few years later my eating habits were worse, I eat unhealthily, deviated sleep and exercise. I started gaining weight when I was in my third year in college. That was the starting point of my weight consciousness. People I know would tell me how much weight I gained, my friends who I haven’t seen for years would tell me “grabe ang laki ng tinaba mo” true enough cause I weigh 115lbs then. I gained a whopping ten damn pounds. My mom would tell me how fat I look. My Colleagues, roommates, cousins, schoolmates, siblings, name it! They all observed my weight. But then as I entered my last college year, my weight is extremely alarming. It went soaring high at 135 lbs! It was also my heaviest. Since fourth year college is the most stressful year, I snubbed my eating habits no matter how worse they are. I ate and ate my heart out. Handled stress with food, loved food and became friends with food. I graduated with a bloated face and macho looking built. Mom would always tell how large I look, I can’t fit in my old clothes and pants, and I can’t wear sleeveless shirts! My arms are larger than my brothers, and I weight heavier than any of them. It’s depressing, having to face the ugly truth, and the apparent truth that this world is facing, the term overweight. But do not get me wrong, I do not believe in the notion of size 0 is sexy. What the hell is sexy about having a body resembling a stick? What I am saying is that, I should face the truth that it is about time to lose these pounds, they’ve been here in my body, OVERSTAYING without paying rent, garnering only mockery and future health complications. I want to lose weight not ONLY because I want to feel sexier (come on let’s be real), but to be able to feel good about myself more. To feel good about yourself is one of the best feeling in this world! Sexy for me means looking healthy, confident and fit. I wanted to feel it in such a way that I can prove to myself, and to you who reads this, that I can push the envelope and finish a challenge. Losing weight little by little, with hard work and perseverance.
So I have a little experiment to try, it is obviously to lose weight. Firstly, stop consuming rice and substitute it with healthier options such as wheat bread, or fiber rich food, etc. Because too much carbohydrates can make you fat, same as too much intake to unhealthy Fats would make you fat. So my first phase would be switching to healthier eating. Avoid consuming sweets and junk foods, as well as drinking sodas. I would condition myself and my stomach on healthy eating little by little; this first phase would be good for ten days. I believe that I would lose a minimum of two pounds for this phase. Then for the next phase I would inject exercise little by little. The final phase would be more exercise intensive. There is no hurrying here, and absolutely no starving.
First phase Day 1-10
No rice—it will be substituted with healthier equivalent
Avoid drinking sodas and eating junk foods and sweets
Eat in smaller portions for five times a day
Regular day to day activities, no formal exercise routine yet.
Minimum of 8 glasses per day of water
Would make sure to have at least 7 hours of sleep
Second Phase Day 10-20
Addition of formal exercise routine (light to moderate only) three times a week
Third Phase Day 20-30
Addition of formal exercise routine (light to heavy) at least five times a week
Starting Weight is 130 lbs
STARTING DATE IS SEPTEMBER 11 2012
Target Weight loss for Phase ONE is 2 pounds
Target Weight loss for Phase TWO is 3 pounds
Target Weight loss for Phase THREE is 4-5 pounds
GOAL WEIGHT is 120lbs
END DATE IS OCTOBER 11 2012
I would photograph everything I eat and put it in Instagram (for reference’s sake, follow me: abhieflores)
I would weigh myself only for three times (every phase’s end)
I will not starve myself and overdo everything, I’m no hurrying
I will not take any form of appetite suppressants, or any kind of weight loss medication, I don’t want to cheat on myself.
I will finish this challenge and will start another challenge afterwards.
OK LET THE HUNGER GAMES BEGIN (pun intended)
MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN MY FAVOR.
Will update you after ten days!