Beyond the FUPA

Monday, November 5, 2018

As I type this out I think I am the lightest I have ever been, I am currently 63.2kgs. To be honest, I do not think I have weighed this much since I was 25 or so. I got pregnant when I was relatively heavy for my frame and went ahead to put on about 13 kgs by the end of my pregnancy. Despite loving being pregnant selfishly I detested going for my doctors appointments. I would scowl at the super friendly 5 foot Filipino nurse who probably weighed 30kgs as she joted down my own 78kgs in her notes. 

Fast forward to giving birth, making lots of milk and having a boob dependent little boy, I managed to lose most of my baby weight in the first 4 months. A huge dose of over confidence and I smugly shared pictures of me in my pre-pregnancy jeans on Instagram. 
This was all short-lived though because as soon as the boy started solids and the boobing sessions reduced, my weight slowly started creeping up. By the time he was one, I was probably 70kgs. I had resigned myself to buying clothes in a large or UK size 14 which I excused with "Oh well, I did just had a baby" and "I am a mum now, let the fupa live". 
The moment where these thoughts were banished was when I saw a picture of me that a friend had taken and my upper arm spread was as wide as a Rhino's thigh. I quickly dashed to my husband and shouted at him, "Why did you not tell me how big I had gotten". That was in July and since then I have gone on to lose 6.5kgs.

Here's how I did it;

September 2018 in my size Large dress that is now too big.
  1. Intermittent fasting. I had tried doing it in 2014 and been successful. This time I started skipping breakfast and having my first meal at 12pm and then my last meal before 8pm at night. I fit in 2 healthy meals with carbs, protein and veggies and made sure to keep my calories below 1200.
  2. I downloaded Myfitnesspal and religiously counted the calories from each meal as well as weighing out my portions with a food scale and measuring cups. To determine my recommended calories per day for my lifestyle, I calculated my Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) and then reduced my calories by 500 a day. 
  3. I did not cut out any food and still ate chips, chocolate, bread. I just made sure that I calculated the calories and kept them under my daily allowance. This was the same for beer and wine. I did not deny myself a few glasses of wine or beer and made sure to only drink during the weekend. 
  4. This is controversial but I weighed myself every morning for the first month on a digital scale. Weighing myself everyday and slowly seeing the number going down, helped me stay motivated and keep going
  5. More controversy! After about one and a half months, I started doing longer fasts. I started off with not eating for 24 hours and then tried 36 hours. After reading the books The Obesity Code and The Complete Guide to Fasting by Dr Jason Fung, my whole outlook on eating and food changed and I now consistently do two fasts a week. I make sure to eat healthy well balanced meals after my fast and eat till I am satisfied and again, I do not deny myself any food!
I will probably share more on Intermittent fasting and how I make it work for me and my lifestyle. Do you guys have any tips for weightloss?

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