A friend has asked me why I haven’t written about the really hard bits of losing weight. I thought I did but it turns out I really didn’t.
The post looked like I just suddenly lost the weight with very little hassle. So let me tell you about the bits that threw a spanner in the works — the constant battle and the ones that almost made me think that maybe it would be easier if I just made myself vomit every after meal.
One time I was in the middle of Zumba, sweating and puffing, when I suddenly had this huge desire to eat the box of Ferrero Rocher in my cupboard.
So I paused the Zumba and sat down in the lounge room eating half of the box. When I finished, I unpaused the Zumba and kept going. I might have done an extra half an hour or so.
Then there was a time I was ironing and folding laundry and the anzac biscuits in the pantry were screaming to be eaten (I heard them like a dog would hear a supersonic whistle). So I ate half a dozen of that as well, munching while ironing.
And there was that couple of months when Durian was a staple in the house. Unlike other fruits, Durian isn’t zero points on Weight Watchers. It’s a very rich fruit but I reckoned it’s better than processed food anyway. I averaged about two Durians a week. Not so good really. Hubby would make a face everytime he entered the house. But oh my God it was delicious.
Then there were days and weeks when exercise was the last thing I want to do. Yes I try to do it regularly but, like Jennifer Lawrence, I do have moments when I want to punch people who say they absolutely love exercising.
What about those dreaded plateaus? It’s like my body just refuses to budge anymore and just wants to stay put. It’s so easy to get discouraged and just let it all go, just stop and do nothing. But I don’t stop. I keep going. Little by little my body starts to respond again.
Sweet foods are my weakness. Always have and always will be. But I’m also serious about this health kick and I guess what happened was that as I kept going, I just ended up teaching my body to learn new habits. I still do have cravings (hell, I just ate a whole moon cake while writing this) but it’s the overall lifestyle that I’m trying to change. A bit of chocolate here, a bit of ice cream there. It helps tone down the cravings. I’ll always like my sweets so I’ll just learn how to live with it, eat as healthily as I can.
I’ve added beginner’s yoga onto my exercise repertoire after seeing a friend’s impressive flexibility online after she did several sessions of bikram yoga. I am not delusional. I know my limitations. But like any other exercise I’ve tried (and I’ve tried sooo many), there are only very few that I’ve found enjoyable. I need to be able to enjoy it otherwise I won’t stick to it.
I’ve only done three sessions so far and they’ve only been 15 minute each after I do my Zumba. The thing is I’ve been feeling the pain in the muscles after doing yoga, pain that I don’t get from Zumba – I guess it’s because my body is used to Zumba now. I love the sweat of Zumba but I think I am liking the initial results of yoga. It’s freakin’ hard. Hopefully I don’t injure myself as I’m only doing this at home. I guess that’s why I am doing beginners eh?
Also, I just saw a poster in the local school that my little one’s going to go to next year. They are offering adult martial arts class now too. I will check that out and maybe go back to it again. It’s been over 15 years since I’ve done a martial arts class. It would be interesting to see if I still remember it. I won a couple of tournaments in high school. I was pretty impressive if I should say so myself. I want to go into it again, spark some interest in my daughter to prepare her for next year when she’s old enough to join the class.
And because no one asked for it, here is the photo: