I know when I wrote my blog post about my weight loss, it was more of a comedic intake on the beginning of my journey to a healthier me. This is definitely more serious because I genuinely feel that the way I approached my weight loss can benefit many others in the same predicament. I’ll share with people who may not know me that I am a mom of three kids, living in Doha, and currently trying to get to a manageable and healthier weight. I was always a bit on the chubbier side, but my unhealthy eating habits didn’t help at all. As a college student, I never stopped to think the serious ramifications of weight gain for a woman yet to get married and have kids. Add some serious hereditary conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and osteoarthritis, and it is almost lethal.
Since my teenage years, I was always on a weight loss/gain cycle but over the course of years, the weight kept piling on. Gradually, I became chronically hypertensive, and I was so unhappy all the time. Sometimes I managed to lose the weight temporarily, but it always came back on. Finally, I learned that weight gain has no magical formula, you put on what you put inside you. It’s as simple as watching your caloric intake, and performing some form of physical activity.
However, I went through what’s known as a wakeup call when I suffered mild chest pains a year and a half ago, I decided to work on losing my weight. I started by walking outside three times a week, for about 35-40 minutes. After I lost a couple of kilos in two months, I took notice and increased my walk to six days a week for the same time. Also, I started watching my food intake. When the weather got too warm for walking, I started going to the gym. Gradually, my weight started moving a bit faster. It went down from a whopping ninety-one kilos to eighty-five in about eight months. There were periods when I splurged a bit too much on food, stopped walking for period, but I always got back to my routine. The result is that fourteen months later, I am about fourteen kilos lighter, and plan to lose another ten kilos at least. My knees are feeling better than before, my chest pains are gone, and clothes are looking good again. I am looking my best in a long time, and I plan to keep the weight off. Here are some important key lessons that I learned from my weight loss experience.
- Find a nice, comfortable exercise routine that works for you and stick to it. I picked walking because it is the simplest thing to do. I have found that any complex work-out routine is easy to start, but eventually becomes a burden to carry on. Any physical activity that you can easily follow is crucial for any weight loss goal. No successful weight loss can take place without a physical activity.
- It might be hard and discouraging at times, but stick to a plan for exercise and diet. For me, I found that the easiest things are the best ones.
- Watching and controlling my dietary intake, especially high carb items such as bread, pasta and rice was as important as any work out plan
- Be persistent with your weight loss plan. No matter what’s going on, do not get disheartened by temporary weight gain spurts, or any lack of weight loss. Minor set backs will happen throughout your weight loss program, but there’s nothing to it, just take a deep breath and continue what you are doing.
One last piece of advice is to avoid sodas, packaged foods with a high carb or sugar content. These items will prove to be a huge road block on the way to any successful weight loss regimen. I go out of my way to avoid these items. By the end of this year, I plan to be 8-10 kilos lighter than I am right now, stop and work hard to maintain it.