(Trying to be) the Incredible Shrinking Woman

Inspired by Mina who had a picture of her (her feet, actually) standing on a scale, I bought a cheap scale on a trip to IKEA about a month back. What my scale showed horrified me! I’m now at 80kg, which roughly translates to 160lbs. It’s more, but I’m in denial about the extra seven or so pounds!

It’s taken me awhile to accept that I am no longer the skinny girl I was in my early 30s. But with age comes acceptance so I can now admit that I am…*gulp* fat!

Or maybe it’s not so much acceptance, as the fact that I became tired of fooling myself? In any case, I decided to not just sit here and get bigger, but at least try to do something, anything to shed some pounds.

But I’m realist enough to know that I’m never going to manage a full-blown exercise regimen. Not just because of my busy schedule, but because I’m lazy (there, I said it, haha!). So I’ve tailored a plan that hopefully will get me to lose weight. I’m not attempting to lose 30lbs at one go but maybe 10 or so pounds by the end of year? Yes, I know, it’s crazy considering I’m going home to the Philippines soon and will be surrounded by an orgy of eating that is the Filipino Christmas season. But I figure, I have to try now or I’m never going to do it.

So what’s the plan, and why am I telling you all—the few people who read my blog—about it? Because I believe in the power of peer pressure and I figure if I put it out there, there’s a better chance that I’ll follow through, if only to salvage some pride in this whole experiment.

OK, so what’s the plan? Here it is:

1. Commute and walk everyday. No more taxi rides, except in the mornings to work. Aside from forcing me to have some physical activity everyday, this will also help me save money. I also promise to walk everyday after work.

2. Diet! Sigh. How the mighty have fallen. This used to be dirty word way back when. You know that Nestle Fitness cereal that says to eat the cereal in the morning and at night, with only a main meal in the middle of the day, for 14 days? I’ve actually started doing that. It’s not as grim as I thought it would be, once I got past dreaming about inihaw na baboy, hahaha!

3. Write a diet diary. This is the first entry. I will also post at The Skinny Chronicles just to get the momentum going. I’m supposed to write down what I ate for the day because those that list down their food intake become more conscious of what they put in their mouths so, here’s mine this week so far:

MONDAY (DAY ONE)

Breakfast: One bowl banana and almond Nestle Fitness cornflakes with low-fat milk. One cup three-in-one coffee.

Lunch: One popiah (Singaporean fresh spring roll), three pieces hakaw, an order of chicken feet dimsum, Coke Light.

Merienda: Coffee and two melon slices.

Dinner: One bowl banana and almond Nestle Fitness cornflakes with low-fat milk. One bowl salad greens with vinaigrette. One slice pineapple.

TUESDAY (DAY TWO)

Breakfast: One bowl banana and almond Nestle Fitness cornflakes with low-fat milk. One cup three-in-one coffee.

Lunch: A ham-and-cheese sandwich. A melon slice.

Merienda: Coffee and a handful of potato chips.

Dinner: One bowl banana and almond Nestle Fitness cornflakes with low-fat milk.

WEDNESDAY (DAY THREE)

Breakfast: Coffee and a slice of nut bread. I didn’t get to eat my cereal because I was 30 minutes late for a meeting!

Lunch: Seafood Pepper Lunch, miso soup, Coke Light and Vanilla Frosty for dessert. (BTW, Vanilla Frosty <— major fail!)

Merienda: Coffee and two small pineapple tarts

Dinner: ? (Will post later)

I think I’ve been good this week. Let’s see how it goes for the rest of the week. Weighed myself this morning just before showering and I actually dropped two pounds! It’s water weight, but it’s a start! 🙂

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Dinner: One bowl banana and almond Nestle Fitness cornflakes with low-fat milk. Green salad with sesame oil dressing

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pinxwitch

My name is Terrie. I write for a living and blog for pleasure. Some days, I get up in the morning and know precisely what kind of day it is. At other times, I get knocked over for a loop. People seem to like confiding in me. When I was younger, I thought I knew everything and can tell you what you need to do if you ask me. Now that I'm older, I realize I don't know anything. That's been my motivation for the blog and for writing. To figure out the unknown and unknowable.

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