8 Week Challenge: Losing 10kg in 8 weeks

Starting Weight: 66.9kg

Breakfast: Oatmeal (cooked with a bit of chicken stock and paprika), 2 fried eggs, 2 small oranges

Lunch: Spaghetti squash with chicken marinara, 1 banana and 1 tbsp peanut butter

Dinner: Fried salmon, lettuce and cherry tomato salad with 1 tbsp mayonnaise and a dash of mustard

Hey everyone!

I’m back! And by back, I mean that I’m back. My disappearance for the past few weeks was pretty much due to getting my life in order and preparing for this 8 week challenge that I’m starting today.

I have set myself for a goal to lose 10kg in the next eight weeks.

Now some of you may wonder, why a weight loss challenge? Hasn’t that been done too many times already? And I agree: too many people have undertaken a weight loss challenge and shared their success stories. But even more are stories where a person claims they are on a new diet plan or exercise regimen, and a few weeks later, posted a picture that pretty much says that the challenge is basically over and nothing much has really changed.

I’m taking up a weight loss challenge because it’s the hardest challenge in the world. Literally. Thousands of people always put a New Year Resolution to lose X amount of weight by the end of the year, yet the results are often the same. Whether the person is an executive or CEO, holds a degree or a PhD, young or old, fit or not, the results are often the same. The weight just never seemed to come off. We’re talking about highly intellectual individuals here, who have often persevered through years of challenges to get to where they are. Yet regardless of who we are, it’s so difficult to lose weight.

The meal plan I’m subscribing to is Bright Line Eating by Susan Pierce Thompson PhD. You can purchase her book at Amazon or Kinokuniya or go on a hunt at your local bookstore. Basically, the plan is to cut out all sugar and flour, have three complete meals a day with no snacks in between, and to manage the portions of said meals. Yes, all sugar and flour. No artificial sweeteners, honey, fruit juice or smoothies, no brown flour or oat flour, no more pasta or pancakes or anything of the sort for the next eight weeks.

There is no exercise, no workout. In fact, for someone like me who hardly exercises, exercising is not allowed with this plan.

For those who have not read the book, the science behind cutting sugar and flour is to heal the brain. We’ve consumed so much sugar and flour that our brains are pretty much hijacked, and we can no longer trust our brain to tell us when we’re “full” or “satisfied”. So I’m going cold turkey and I shall say no to sugar and flour for the next eight weeks to see what changes I’ll observe in my brain.

My weight as of this morning is 66.9kg. I am 4kg away from going back to pre-pregnancy weight, but I actually want to lose 10kg and get to 58kg – my pre-marriage weight. To be honest, it’s not so much about the numbers on the scale. I just want to feel good and get my energy back. Since finishing my masters, I have been so sedentary, and I miss my teenage years when I’d walk half an hour to an hour everyday and feel amazing and strong. Now I just feel lazy and mushy, and I want to change that. I believe losing weight is the first step to that game.

My mental health has been on a yoyo for the past six months to one year. Some days I feel good. Some days I feel like lying down and doing nothing, void of any energy or emotion. I have the same amount of bad days and good days, and I feel that if I don’t start eating clean and getting myself healthy again, the likelihood of developing postpartum depression is not far off. And no, I’m not exaggerating. I’ve taken a master in counselling to know full well what I’m talking about.

To me, cutting out sugar and flour is going to be a huge challenge. I think my bad eating habits started when I got pregnant. I just loved eating sandwiches and biscuits. Cutting out flour is definitely tougher than cutting out sugar for me. So I expect I’ll have some pretty terrible cravings these next 8 weeks. But for my physical and mental health, I hope that I’ll stick to the plan.

So today is Day 1 of the challenge. The meal plan is as follows:

Breakfast: Protein, Grain, Fruit
Lunch: Protein, Vegetables, Fat, Fruit
Dinner: Protein, Vegetables, Salad, Fat

Each type has a portion size, so if you’re interested in following the meal plan, I suggest to buy the book as there’s too much info for me to share in this blog. Because I’m still fully breastfeeding (I do not supplement with formula), I may add half a cup of cooked rice to my dinner portion. I shall see how it goes in this one week and adjust if necessary.

I have no idea what will happen after these 8 weeks. Maybe I’ll succeed. Maybe I’ll have hiccups. But I definitely will not quit, and that’s what this blog is about. I plan to document this journey daily in the next eight weeks and keep myself accountable to this blog. Let’s see where this challenge will take me.

Let me know if you ever managed to get through a weight loss challenge yourself. I’d love to hear more stories.

See you tomorrow!

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