There’s no denying that my love for sweets
(everything delicious) is unrivalled. However, I make sure to stay fit and healthy especially now that I’m preparing for our wedding. Ten months ago, I remember being horrified and frustrated because my good-old jeans/dresses won’t fit anymore (apparently, they all shrunk in sizes! lol 😛 ). In addition, with my dad’s recent heart attack, it was (indeed) a very effective wake-up call for me to lose weight.
The journey of losing weight and at the same time trying to be healthy was really difficult at first. Usually, we opt to the “crash dieting method” wherein you skip meals or don’t eat at all. However, I find that unhealthy and it makes you more hungry than before. Believe me, I’ve tried that.
So I resorted to using the longer method which is to visit the gym and to try eating smaller portions every meal with a hint of calorie counting. I’m not a nutritionist nor an expert but I can say that what I started 10 months ago was effective since I lost 20 lbs. (from 120 lbs to 100 lbs.). The improvement was gradual (2 lbs/month) but definitely worth it. I’m now maintaining this weight since below that would make me underweight given my height.
So how did I do it?
1. Set a Target Weight
You have to set your goal the day before your so called “lifestyle change”. In my case, I set a target weight for me to achieve. It’s recommended for you to have a weighing scale at home so that you can monitor your progress.
Btw, don’t be disheartened immediately when you see that there’s no improvement. Progress takes time and remember that “good things come to those who wait”.
2. Visit the nearest gym or find a sports hobby
Luckily, our condo building has its own gym. I remember visiting our gym every night and started with the stationary bike for 15 minutes, which later on became 30 minutes. After noticing that my stamina improved, I tried running on the treadmill for 30-40 minutes straight, increasing speed as soon as I became comfortable. That’s the time I realised I kinda like running more than biking. Now, I keep it to a point to visit the gym two to three times a week.
Some people may find this boring so my advise is to look for a sport that you can enjoy. You can also create a music playlist that would keep your blood pumping while working out. It helps because it distracts you from getting bored (Thank you Spotify…Lol 😛 ).
3. Eat “Healthy”
Of course, everything will work out if you also try eating healthier foods which includes more veggies, fruits, fish, and chicken. Lately, I’ve tried lessening my pork and beef intake.
So, here’s my usual meal plan for the day:
Breakfast: Granola Cereals + Unsweetened Almond Milk. Occasionally, if I get bored with plain granola, I put fruits such as berries or kiwi to make the cereals fun to eat.
Lunch/Dinner: Grilled Chicken Fillet Sandwich composed of tomatoes, Laughing Cow low-fat cheese, grilled chicken fillet, and wheat Bread or,
Our “Home-Cooked Meals” from Nueva Ecija that are free from cholesterol and salt. You see, we have to change the way we cooked our food in Nueva Ecija because of my dad’s diet. I guess, it was also a good thing for all of us. However, expect the food to taste bland. This “meal” will be perfect with a cup of brown rice.
Others: I also stopped drinking powdered or ready-made juice drinks and soft drinks and resorted to drinking brewed tea or sparkling/plain water instead. I even lessened (not really remove) my intake of beer. I remember gaining 8 lbs. just because I drank too much beer during our 4-day vacation in Boracay (ugh…)
4. Have a “CHEAT DAY” every week (not everyday 😛 )
Give yourself a break. I’m not saying you strictly follow the “rules” but it won’t hurt that you get to enjoy a hearty meal once every week.
“Cheat day” also means taking a break from your usual sports/gym activity. This will at least relax your tired and sore muscles.
5. Look for Restos that Serve “Healthy Dishes”
Of course, we all love discovering new restaurants in town. However, ever since my dad’s heart attack, we rarely got to eat out due to his strict diet. Hence, it is difficult for us to find a resto that could serve salt and cholesterol-free dishes.
Fortunately, a week ago, my family and I accidentally discovered a restaurant that offers healthier food alternatives. Juju Eats is perfectly located across The Medical City in Ortigas where my parents usually have their check-up.
JuJu Eats is known for serving freshly squeezed drinks made up of veggie or fruit juices with no preservatives added. So everything is 100% natural 🙂
As for the snacks, you can choose between salad or wraps. Here are some of the products we have tried:
1. Chicken Caesar Wrap (Php 205)
2. Quinoa Gold Salad (Php 355)
3. Big Boy Salad (Php 355)
My dad was able to finish the wrap sandwich by himself. He even asked us to try doing that Caesar Salad Chicken Wrap or to try “juicing” at home.
As for me, I enjoyed trying their salads and juice. While looking at their menu, I was surprised that they also offer a booster kit called Blushing Bride Kit composed of several bottle of juices prepared specifically for soon-to-be brides. 🙂
My final advise, your determination and effort will keep you going. So don’t stop.
I hope the article inspired you. So, any restaurants/food to recommend for my dad? Let me know! 🙂