9kg in 6 weeks Challenge accepted & ‘almost’ succeeded!
(Disclaimer: This is a super super lengthy post about my weight loss journey and if you are struggling to keep some weight off then go on and continue reading.)
Firstly, I just wanted to say that never in my life I thought losing 9 kilos in 6 weeks would be possible because that just seemed DIFFICULT and people take months or up to a year to even lose 10 kilos! CRAY right? But it is INDEED achievable (for many others) but I DID NOT managed to do it in 6 weeks, however, I am still very proud with my results of losing exactly 8 kilos!! So much weight has been lifted off my shoulders (and I mean this literally and figuratively! :P) But I guess it’s not necessarily how much you lose, and if you keeping thinking over and over again about not losing THAT specific 9 kilos – you’re just going to be such a downer and a sore loser! Most importantly, to always think about your achievements and how much you have done and lost, and for that you can truly be happy.
So yeah I’m now 8 kilos lighter and 8 million times infinity happier!
The reason why I started this program was because I had other friends who did it and they killed it, so it made me believe that even I could do it and nothing was holding me back. However, in the back of my mind I’ve always gave myself STUPID excuses as to why I couldn’t:
1) I had uni, I won’t have time and it’s going to eff up my timetable
2) I hate getting up super early like at 5am
3) Dieting isn’t my forte, I have a really big sweet tooth. Etc.
4) I ABSOLUTELY hate exercise or anything that involves sweating
But then when I really focused on the real reasons being mainly because I was truly truly UNHAPPY about the way I looked, and I may seem happy and bubbly on the outside 24/7 but really deep down inside I was just annoyed and upset that I had let myself become like this (and this is not a cry for attention or in any way a sign of depression). Also, I honestly hated when friends would comment and associate my body to Ariel Winter’s body. No hate on her body, but it just wasn’t the body I had envisioned for myself. I was never really that ‘big’ to begin with nor was I ever petite, but I like to think of myself as an average height Asian girl that was ROUND, CHUBBY, ‘FLESHY’, PLUMP with D cup sized bra, and in some perspective it’s flattering to have larger boobs but my lower back would always be in unbearable pain every single GOD DAMN day. And not just purely based on appearance, but I remember I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath, I couldn’t do 3 burpees before collapsing onto the ground and couldn’t walk on the treadmill longer than 10 minutes, and I knew I just had to do something about my physical and mental health.
Anyone who knows me best would know that I absolutely HATE: 1) movement 2) veggies 3) and drinking loads and loads of water – and before this program I didn’t do all of that, but instead I did try to eat 2 meals a day (which I thought was ‘HEALTHIER’ by eating less – totally NOT TRUE) but my body was just taking in all the crap of oil, fat, bad carbs and super high in sugar food. I guess my main turning point was after a medical check up in Thailand showed that my triglycerides levels (unhealthy fatty acids) shot through the roof and exceeded the average intake by triple the amount! Eff me man L And my body began to take a toll on its own and instead of maintaining weight, it just kept increasing and increasing until I was at my heaviest at 61.6kg.
Here is the part I dreaded the most… and I’m still pretty embarrassed about how I used to look, so here goes nothing!
BEFORE & AFTER
With that being said, at this current point, I am the FITTEST I have ever been in my life! But all that hard work comes with self-discipline, patience, learning new things, building on stamina, becoming better, faster and stronger every day, as well as pushing my self beyond my limit EVERY SINGLE session with the awesome help from ULTIMATE YOU team. Being on this very strict paleo diet has allowed me to have at least one healthy cheat day (lol oxymoron!) per week just to satisfy my system and taste buds and STILL lose 8 kilos! I’m not gonna lie, I did sneak in a donut of two during the 6 weeks journey.
But I would have to say that waking up every single day at 5am 6 days a week for the past 1.5 months and exercising on an average of 2-4 hours per day has been super super exhausting, which challenged and changed my physical and mental health!! But it is true when they say ‘the harder you work, the better the result’ and nothing feels better than treating yourself with the body that you have earned on your own!
Funnily enough, I would like to thank my parents and my annoying sister for being my biggest motivators for calling me FAT or OBESE every day (in a non harsh but loveable way), and those others who called me LAZY and quote “OMG LING, YOU REALLY CAN EAT A LOT”, I guess these comments was really what drove me and inspired me the most into getting off my ass every single day to work on being the very best version of myself! But at the end of the day, I am my only supporter and only competitor to finish my own race.
In all seriousness, if there is something you would like to change about yourself, you should get out there and show the world what you can do and can be – It’s really never too late! I hope this post is as encouraging and as motivating for those who want to make a difference about themselves but don’t have the bravery to do so. And hey, this is coming from a girl who initially doesn’t like any physically movement at all and was severely and constantly dehydrated!
But my journey doesn’t end here, I know fitness is a lifestyle and not a destination (blah blah) so I’m happy to announce that I will be continuing onto my next challenge: BIKINI BODY CHALLENGE Phase 1!!
But for now, I’m going to have the biggest and juiciest BURGER with EXTRA FRIES because my body DESERVES some freedom 🙂 FRENCH FRIES, BURGERS, PASTA – my beautiful beautiful CARBS… COME AT MEEEEEE!!