To my dearest:
Happy Thursday everyone! Today, I wanted to discuss my current weight loss challenge with you guys! So here is the TL;DR update of my life – I recently got invited to participate in another pageant held in San Francisco to represent New York this upcoming February!
I’m at the age cut off limit, which means it’s the last chance for me to go, so my family and friends has been very supportive and urged me to go. I only looked at my scale and chuckled. I gained about 10 pounds since my pageant days… do I really want to work hard and shed about 10 pounds plus in roughly 3 months? The hard work I’d need to put into it was the most off putting! However, under much encouragement, I decided it was time I started to get in shape and live healthily again anyway! So why not have the extra motivation? So thus, began my journey!
Diet and fitness go hand in hand in this game – obviously. I know how important fitness is. I’m WAS an active gym junkie, until I froze my membership in May due to my busy schedule traveling for work and the likes. My membership activates again in November, so I’ll start my fitness again soon enough. But for now, let’s just talk about my diet goals.
I started eating more clean about two weeks ago. I realize it’s going to take time transition because honestly, for the past year I’ve been eating junk over junk. I’m not eating completely clean at the moment, but I am trying to eat clean at least two meals a day and only eat out a maximum of three meals a week during the weekends. It’s been hard these two weeks though because of family gatherings, post-funeral gatherings and of course a week long celebration of my boyfriend’s birthday. So I’ve been eating out almost every other day unfortunately. Later, down the road I hope to cut down to just one meal out per week as a cheat meal and eat clean for the rest of the week.
I’ve been on and off dieting and living a healthy life style all my life. I usually do small meals throughout the day and eat around five to six small meals a day. However, I’ve recently stumbled onto something on the net called intermittent fasting and my mom mentioned it to me as well! So I decided to give it a try.
Intermittent fasting is also called the 16/8 diet – and for a very good reason, you fast for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours. The purpose is for your body to use the fat it already has stored.
“It [intermittent fasting] gets your body out of ‘storage mode’ and mobilises fat stores for energy,” said certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD, of Whole Health Nutrition.
I have yet to try this for long term to state results, but that’s the plan I’m aiming for now. I will keep everyone updated with my latest diet news and report back with results. Everyone’s diet is different, so what may work for me may not work for you. However, I do love the idea of sharing this journey with you guys!
Have any of you guys tried this before? Do you guys have any tips to recommend me? Do write back and let me know! I’ll be updating from time to time with methods I’m using as well and my progress! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.
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