How I Lost 6kg in 10 weeks

17 January 2017

Tomi Kay Does Beauty How I Lost 6kg in 10 weeks

About 3 years ago, I lost 15kg and I felt I was a little too skinny, so I decided to gain a bit of weight.
The idea was to gain a little bit of weight so I could be a UK size 12. I kept on ignoring the signs, the need for bigger sized shirts, the snug trousers, the larger pooch and the size 14 labels on my clothes.

I decided to weigh myself for the first time in 18 months and, lo and behold, the scale read 85kg and my BMI screamed obese with a BMI of 30.2. I wouldn't agree with my BMI characterising me as obese but I did believe I was overweight and I did not like it. I took a page of Jim Rohn's book, 'if you don't like how things are, change it you are not a tree'. So I decided to do something about my weight. I am one of those people who are always trying hoping to lose weight. However, this time, I decided to really focus and go for it. I wasn't sure if I would lose any weight but I developed a game plan.

Tomi Kay Does Beauty Fit Bit App

Fitbit App:
I downloaded the Fitbit app. I used it to count my steps, input my calories and measure my outgoing calories. I love Fitbit because it counts calories lost based on your physical activity and bmr (amount of calories you lose just by being alive). As I did not do any other exercise apart from walking, the app was mainly instrumental in counting and recording my steps.

Calorie Counting:
Using my Fitbit App, I was able to monitor my calorie intake. I know it sounds exhausting but once I got the hang of it, I didn't need to do it all the time. I would input the calories in all my meals. I basically ate between 1200 to 1500 calories a day. Counting my calories was a big eye opener for me. l measured my food and I was shocked to see how much food I should actually be eating.

Healthier Eating:
With keeping my calories in check, I realised I had to eat healthier to reduce calorie intake without a constant hunger pang. I reduced the amount of oil - vegetable and palm oil - I consumed. I replaced vegetable oil with olive oil and fry light. I started eating vegetables, I was surprised to find I actually liked them. I filled half my plate with veggies sans the salad cream. I started eating wholewheat pasta and spaghetti; and they taste quite as good as their white counterparts.

Low Carbs:
When I started counting my calories, I realised how many calories were in my favourite carbohydrates - bread and rice. I was a big rice eater. I could eat rice for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. For me, I realised I couldn't control my intake of rice and bread so I cut them out of my diet and replaced them with sweet potato, wholewheat pasta and wholewheat spaghetti.

I started keeping watch of what I was snacking on. I found that between my lunch at 12noon and dinner at about 6pm, I got hungry so I decided to be smart about my snacks. In the afternoon, I snacked on either mini breadsticks, carrots, fruits or a spinach and egg pot.

Meal Prep:
I think this is one of the biggest things that helped me lose weight. I started planning and packing my meals on the weekends because I found when I did not have food prepared, I ate whatever I found. I ate Golden Syrup Oats for breakfast everyday.

Water Intake:
Prior to my weight loss journey, I barely ever drank water. I took orange juice, ribena, all types of squash and different fizzy drinks but I almost never drank water. In tracking my calories, I realised how many empty calories I was consuming from all the sugary drinks I was taking. I decided to eliminate every sugary drink for water. I didn't just drink water, I took 2.5 - 3ltrs of water every day. Whenever I got bored of plain water, I added some 'no added sugar' squash to my water to give a bit of flavour.

10,000 steps:
I wanted to exercise, I told myself I'd workout every other day to Fitness Blender workout videos but I guess my willpower is not that strong so I decided to concede to what was in my power - walking. I used Fitbit app to monitor my steps and ensure that I took over 10,000 steps every day. I used every opportunity I got to walk and this helped me to burn calories.

Tomi Kay Does Beauty Scale

Weekly weigh-ins:
I weighed myself every Monday about the same time on an empty stomach to make sure I was keeping myself in check. I lost between 1 and 2kg on most weeks.

Cheat days:
I enjoyed eating healthier and I did not miss rice as much as I thought I would have but the weekends were difficult for me to keep up with my diet. I think weekdays are easy for me because I have a clear structure of the day but the weekend can go any way so I decided to be flexible with myself. On the weekend, I did not maintain my water intake because all that water came with a lot of toilet breaks that I could not afford on the weekend. Basically Saturday and Sundays were cheat days but I was careful with cheating. I still only drank water and I was careful not to go overboard.

I started my weight loss journey on 6th July 2016 at 85kg, some weeks were better than others and by 12th September 2016, I weighed 78.9kg. After this, I was offered a new job, moved cities and started getting myself settled in a new city so I fell off weight loss wagon but I was careful not to gain more weight.

As at today, I weigh 77kg but I am getting back on the wagon as I my goal weight is 69kg. 69kg is just a guide, my actual goal is to be a size 12.

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  1. I'm currently trying to loose the weight I added after I pt to bed. I will take the option eating oats every morning and packaging my meals at weekends more seriously. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Congratulations on the baby. All the best with the weight loss, I know how difficult it can be.


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