As some of you might have read, since the beginning of 2012 I have decided to lose some weight. Ever since I've gotten a few blog comments regarding some people being concerned, or wanting to know how I'm losing weight, and I want to thank you for the sweet comments and I would just like to set some things straight in one big post, even though it has only been 2 weeks, I'd like to tell people the why and how's of my weightloss ^^ I'm usually not one to get too personal when it comes to blog posts but I'd just like to chat you all up a bit, for those who don't want to hear my blabbing just go to the bottom of the post for a small outfit post haha.
The intentions of my weightloss
The number one intention of my weightloss is simple, to get more healthy. A few weeks back I went to the doctor because my back and knees were hurting so much that I could hardly walk my way through everyday life anymore. After running some tests, like xrays and bloodtests, everything came back 'negative' and the doctor said I was basically fine. BUT, he thought I was a bit too heavy and that I should exercise more. That is basically where it all started, I felt a bit down since exercising is not my favorite thing to do, and it just hurts my knees really bad when I get too active to the point where I can hardly stand up straight anymore. But the doctor said that if I don't want to walk around with knee replacements before my 40th, that I had to consider losing some weight and getting more active. Though, at that time (last year) I couldn't focus myself just yet, I was extremely busy with school and all sorts of other things and the stress just wouldnt let me be able to focus on anything else. Therefore I decided to mentally prepare myself to lose weight at the start of 2012.
Some have said to me that my current body looks 'fine', or 'great' and I want to thank you for those comments since it is really sweet, but 'technically' I really am overweight. Maybe it is because of the way I dress myself or the way I take photos, but people that know me in real life definetly know that I am a tad larger. And now comes the part where I feel a little self concious about, my current weight, my goal etc, but I really need to get it out of my system haha. At the start of 2012 I weighed A LOT, my highest mark was 78 kilos, which was probably also the cause of christmas foods and new years drinking (yes darlings, dont underestimate the power of alcohol, it'll grow on your hips in no time haha). Currently I weigh 74 kilos, and my current goal is to weight 60 kilos. Now all of these numbers probably don't say a lot without taking my height in consideration, but I am currently 165 cm small haha, so for a girl my size I weight a lot. My current BMI is 27.4, which indicates overweight. Once I have reached my goal of 60 I will have a BMI of 22, which is somewhere in the ideal zone ^^ If I am happy with my weight, weightloss and body before a bmi of 22 but am still within the marks of ideal, I'd probably stop there. If I'm not happy with the outcome at that time, I might lose just a little more, or rather, workout the parts of my body I'm not happy with at that time.
Ofcourse my weightloss will also have to do something with actually wanting to lose weight to slim down my body, but believe me when I say I wont overdo it. I'm a naturally curvy girl, and I love my curves so there is no way I could end up like a 'twig'. I'd love to reduce the size of my breast, but unfortunatly during actually losing weight my breast have shown to only increase on size, which I'm not too happy with, while giving you the numbers of my actual weight, I could just as well give you my measurements. Which currently stand on: 110 - 79 - 108. As you can see there is quite a gap between my chest and my waist, which makes it really hard for me to buy clothes, since there is a difference of almost 2 sizes, there are hardly any clothes that fit me nicely. So that is something I would like to get rid of as well.
Someone also asked me if it had to do with Gyaru Secrets, but this honestly doesn't affect me at all. Everbody has a different perception of what is an ideal body is. And I would also like to clarify that wether you are build skinny, curvy, or heavier, it has nothing to do with 'being a woman', your size is not telling you if you are a woman or not, your genes and/or state of mind determine wether you are a woman or not. I want to lose weight for myself, and not for other people or their views.
Okay I think I have talked a lot about my intentions of the weightloss, now on to the methods!
How I am losing weight.
Yes, it might seem like a shock that within 2 weeks I have lost 4 kilos, but to me it all seems rather natural but I could see some people getting concerned about it. Before going in on how I eat now, I would like to give you all some insight on what my 'regular' eating routine used to look like. I used to eat A LOT, but not just healthy things, but I could finish a whole chocolate bar before you could even say chocolate bar haha. Eating sweets and cakes and chips etc always made me feel better, it was tasty, and full of sugar so yeah, why wouldn't it make you happier? The portions of my food were always rather large, so that didn't help much either. As soon as I got borded, I'd started eating, or go to the store to get some snacks. (Number one tip, don't go into a foodstore when you're hungry, you;ll end up buying everything! haha.) Oh and maybe this might be helpfull information, but I'm a vegetarian so I don't eat either meat or fish. (Not to be confused by vegan, I do eat eggs and cheese etc)
So with all this unhealthy food I don't find it too shocking that I'm losing 4 kilos after started eating healthy for 2 weeks. The beginning of weightloss is always very fast, then you'll get stuck on a point, and then slowely you'll lose your goal weight. With the help of my friend Estherbel, who has lost a great amount of weight herself and is currently studying health and foods, I found out about the Eat clean diet. And I would also like to remind you all of the following importance, and I can not stress this enough but In order to lose weight, and maintain your weightloss you have to change your eating pattern and state of mind and not, NOT go on a crash diet. If you go on a crash diet your body will go into starvation mode, absorbing everything that will enter your body, so if you start eating according to your normal eating pattern again you will regain the weight you have lost and it will be even harder to get back to losing weight. So please believe me when I say it is better and a lot healthier for your body just to lose weight by eating healthy, yes it may go a bit slower, but you will maintain the weightloss!
So now onto more of the eat clean diet, I will say, and this might sound somewhat stupid, that I do not know everything about this diet, but I know the essence of it. Which I think is most important. The key essence of this diet is to eat the way mother nature intended, and it also sets on readjusting your way of life regarding eating mostly. If I could sum it all up I would say the following things about it. You need to cut (almost) all the sugars out of your life, cut processed and canned foods, eat things as fresh as you can, such as fresh veggies, and fresh fruits, mind your portions! (also very important). So i did this, I started eating more fresh vegies, more things that are 'wholeweat', like brown instead of white bread, or 'brown' pastas instead of the 'white' pastas, and I started cooking them more healthy and started minding my proportions. I drink A LOT of water, and when I am craving for things that are sweet or unhealthy, I drink tea that is naturally sweeter (I hate tea actually and I can only drink teas that are naturally sweat after letting them sit for a while, and I never drink my tea with sugar) or I eat a nice sweet apple. And now that I have been into the diet for two weeks, it is starting to get a little easier, I still am always craving sweets, and chips and other unhealthy food, but it is slowely getting easier. I spice my food with fresh herbs or flavoured oils that contain no sugar instead of using gallons of salt like I did before. I use minimal salt now, and a great tip I would like to give you is to steam your veggies! It is really healthy and they get their maximum flavour so you would hardly need any other seasoning. I am very fortunate to have a rice cooker/ steam pan, but I heard you can also do this yourself easily with a pan and a 'sif' if that is what you call it, but I bet google has some great tips on that one ^^ So I think I said a lot about my change of food and eating pattern, and I would like to go on to the point I always used to (and still do a little haha) hate, exercising!
I never ever used to exercise, I always hated sports (this probably also has to do with the fact that my knees and back would start hurting instantly) and the only sports I did was snowboarding once a year with my family. So I had to pick up the pace of exercising, and so with all my willpower I did. I got a hometrainer that was just standing on the attic of my grandmothers. It's this sort of bike thing, and I started to 'bike' 4 times a week for half an hour. I'll be honest with you that my knees wouldn't let me tollerate to go on for longer than that, but it is slowely getting better. I also started doing some workouts with the help of youtube, and just tried to be a little more active in daily life, by taking the stairs more often, or biking to my moms house instead of taking the bus. And yes, this is all very boring, but lately I've discovered a very very fun way 'exercising'! My mom recently obtained Just dance 3 for the Wii, and I've been hooked on it ever since! And now some of you might think 'but I don't have a wii so this wouldn't help at all'. Wrong! :D I don't own a Wii either, but basically all of the routines are to be found on Youtube! And so there I am, dancing like a tardy in my own room while watching my computer screen. I'll say it is less fun than actually playing it on the wii, but I will find it very fun nontheless! Here I will show you some of my favorite routines ^^
So those are currently my favorite rountines, and I try to 'play' it for about an hour everyday ^^ Though last friday I got caught up into playing it at my moms place, and I had been playing it for 5 hours straight turning my mom nuts haha.
So that for now is pretty much all I have to say about my current schedule for losing weight! :) I hope this clarifys some things and I hope that it will help people that are also currently on a quest to lose weight ^^ And if you need any help or have any questions, please let me know in the comments, my formspring of you could even email me at info [at] roxannedelfgou [dot] com ^^. I know this post is really long haha, it took me almost two hours to write everything! So I hope you enjoy :)
And now for those who didn't want to read about the weightloss, here is a random outfit from me clubbing yesterday evening with my sister! :D