Sooo..I recently got inspired by a fitness journey blog post written by Cassey Ho of Blogilates. She decided to post her 90 day weight loss journey on her blog. And as someone who has been trying for a very long time to go on a weight loss journey, I’ve been having a really hard time achieving my goal. I’ve weighed a lot more than a regular weight range for my age and size for a while now. As of this morning, I weigh 69.6kg, which is a lot for my size, making me border on being overweight.
I’ve tried out various diets but it’s been really hard to pick something and actually commit to it. So when I saw her blog post, it kind of resonated with me. She showed her determination by sharing her journey with the world, and this gave me the idea to start my own blog. I instantly felt that by doing this, I’d have the same commitment and the push I’ve always needed to achieve my own goal. I don’t really expect anyone to come across this page or my posts, but I will be sharing my own journey up here to my imaginary audience hehe.
That being said, today is Day 1 of my weight loss journey. I plan to make a blog post everyday for the next 90 Days. This is a new habit I am going to pick up cause the main issue I’ve always had with my dieting was being consistent and sticking to my plans or guide. Over the years, I’d developed the bad habit of making a plan then quitting after a week or two, by always giving one excuse or the other, or just procrastinating. I’ve done this for almost two years now, and my weight has only ballooned since then. So by setting up this blog, I have a way of checking myself, and sticking it out to the end.
Might be strange that I am randomly setting up a blog just from an article I read. But I’ve always had a wish to write something I am passionate about and hope people take the time to read it; so this seemed like a great start for me.
I am going to stop with my ramblings now and get down to my plan.
My 90 Days Plan starts today!
I WILL blog about my eating and exercising progress for the next 90 Days. Making one post/update per day. Note: Some days might have shorter posts as I work a full time job and would have to update this blog on the side. But I am fully committing to following through and updating daily! (feels nice to write this all out, hehe :p)
Lose 12 kg!
Based on my BMI measurements, I am currently Overweight, which doesn’t make me feel too happy. The healthy weight range for me is between 46.2 – 62.2kg. If I am able to lose 12 kgs, that would help me fall within this range.
This will bring me from being overweight to being the average healthy weight for my size.
Weighing so much doesn’t make me feel so good cause I am just 23 years old, and its scares me that I might just keep ballooning upwards if I don’t do something now. I always think to myself that when start a family someday in the future, I want to be healthy for both myself and my kids. Therefore I feel this is the right time to start taking action!
How to Achieve my Weight-Loss Goal?
90 Days Intermittent Fasting & Workout 5 Days a Week!
I have done a bit of intermittent fasting the past year, and saw great results for periods when I actually stuck to it. I’ve always had issues with bloating and indigestion, but after going through a fast for a few days, these issues always disappeared and I feel lighter and better. I read a bit about intermittent fasting before picking it as my 90 Days Challenge, and it was highly recommended as a way to lose weight and keep it off.
There are a few methods of intermittent fasting but I am choosing to go with the 16:8 intermittent fasting method as I feel it would be more effective and achievable for me.
The 16:8 method involves skipping one meal per day, eating within an 8-hour window, and fasting the remaining 16 hours. This gives your body enough time to use up and digest what you’ve eaten for that day. It works super great for my indigestion issues, as my body doesn’t have to work round the clock to digest all the meals I keep forcing at it all day. Read here to know more about intermittent fasting.
In addition, unlike the traditional 16:8, I won’t be skipping breakfast but will focus more on skipping dinner. This is because I’ve noticed that my body doesn’t do so well with meals before I go to bed. I always end up eating dinner pretty late, I go to bed, then end up waking up the next day bloated and uncomfortable. Hence, the main reason why I am choosing the Intermittent Fasting route, and also choosing to skip dinner instead of breakfast.
Note: Although I would mostly be skipping dinner, I would also sometimes skip breakfast instead cause of days when I want to have dinner with friends or family. For those days, I would try to eat lightly, and not go to bed so early. Give my body enough time to digest before heading to bed. Except for those situations, my plan is always to skip dinner for my 16:8 intermittent fasting period.
Intermittent Fasting Goal:
- Skip Dinner (mostly)
- Have Breakfast and Lunch
- Fasting Period: 4PM – 8AM (sometimes: 8PM – 12PM)
- Workout 5 Days a Week (30 mins – 60 mins)
- High Intensity Workout Videos
- High Intensity Sports (basketball, squash, badminton)
I have chosen to exercise 5 days a week to set realistic goals for myself. I would start for the first 30 days with at least 30 mins of workout, the next 30 days with 45 mins, and the last 30 days with 60 mins. I haven’t exercised much in a while, so this should help me build stamina as well as keep me challenged.
I will focus on doing High Intensity Workouts, as they’ve proven to give me the best results. They keep my blood pumping, and I always feel lighter after. For each day, I will choose from either following an online fitness video, or playing some high intensity sport (Basketball, Squash or Badminton) that I currently enjoy playing. I will blog about which workout I pick daily.
What Food to Eat?
Now to get to the main part of any dieting/fitness journey, what to eat?!
I have decided not to follow any strict dieting plans as that never worked for me in the past. My goal is to see if I can achieve my goals with minimum food restriction while combining the intermittent fasting. I will however focus on having higher protein meals, less carbs and more vegetables(which I haven’t really been doing for a while now). I currently have a very high body fat percentage, and I feel by eating more protein I can help reduce that. In addition, I will make a list of Don’t Foods. These are foods which I feel that by giving them up, I will be giving my body a better chance of achieving my goal.
- Packaged/Processed Foods (biscuits, cookies, chips, cakes, and all the bad packaged stuff)
- Deep Fried Foods (Fries, fried chicken, etc.)
- Meat (beef, chicken, lamb, fish)
- Vegetables (any vegetable I can get my hands on)
- Fruits (any)
- Grains ( beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc)
- Sweet potatoes
- Bread (for easy lunch sandwiches or quick snacks)
- Rice (cause am an absolute lover of rice <3)
These are the main foods I’d be eating for this period. There are other foods I may have missed but I’d mention them in my daily blog posts. As long as the foods don’t fall in the Don’ts list, then it should be fine. I am mostly trying to avoid fatty and processed foods as they have always been my weak spot and always been bad for me.
Note: I have included rice and pasta in my food list going against everything I’ve read on the internet when it comes to dieting. But I’ve included them anyway as they are an easy option for daily carbs. And I’ve mostly included rice cause I love to have rice with anything, and don’t feel the need to deprive myself of it. If eaten in moderation, coupled with my intermittent fasting, it’s actually good for me as it’s easy to digest, and gives quick nutrients.
There! With my full plan laid out, my first day of dieting starts now!
Today is the 8th of September 2019. I will continue this string of posts till the 7th of December 2019.
I will update my full measurements once a week, and my weight progress daily.
- Weight: 69.6kg
- Height: 158cm
- BMI: 27.6
- Waist: 80cm
- Thigh: 57
- Hips: 101
- Bust: 94
I have taken a BEFORE picture of myself to be able to compare later after 90 days. I am not uploading it yet cause I don’t feel too comfortable putting pictures of myself out there just yet. But maybe sometime towards then end, I can post a before and after picture to show what difference I made.
In the end, this turned out to be a rather large post, but it’s nice to have let it all out and lay out my complete plan.
Since this is my very first blog at the beginning of the day, I’d provide an update on how today goes in the blog for tomorrow. Subsequently, I will post my updates at the end of each day! 😛
Thanks a lot if you stuck out till the end of this post! Talk more tomorrow!
xx Krista K!