Top 5 Things That Sabotaged My Weight Loss

Today’s weight: 66.4kg

Breakfast: Overnight oats (1oz whole rolled oats soaked overnight in 4oz fresh milk) with banana slices and sprinkled with cinammon powder, plain omelette using 1 egg, and plain black coffee with a dash of natural unsweetened cocoa powder

Lunch: Spaghetti squash with beef bolognese and mushrooms, 1 banana with 1 tbsp peanut butter

Dinner: Beef strips cooked with shitake mushrooms, baby choy, soy sauce and oyster sauce, lettuce salad with tomatoes, mayonnaise and mustard, 1/4 cup of white rice

I gained 11kg-13kg during my pregnancy. As soon as I delivered, I lost a whopping total of 3kg. Basically just the weight of my son and nothing else. 😑 I was not like those lucky many who shed their kilo’s effortlessly right after delivery. Over the next six months, I slowly, very gradually lost another 4kg to 6kg, where the variance comes from mainly water weight. And so I now have roughly another 4kg to 6kg to get down to pre-pregnancy weight. But anyway.

Ever since I got married, I’ve given up quite a lot of unhealthy food thanks to my husband being very health-conscious himself. Instant noodles fall under this category. I think I only eat instant noodles three or four times a year now, which is only when I truly crave it. I’ve stopped drinking soda of all forms since I got married too. My husband wouldn’t allow any of that – he would rather not drink anything than to drink any form of soda until we can find plain water. We don’t eat fast food all that much either.

So what has sabotaged my weight loss?

After reading the Bright Line Eating book by Susan Pierce Thompson, I reflected back and realised some red flag mistakes I did that made me gain unnecessary weight (or made it impossible to lose weight), both during pregnancy and especially during confinement.

  1. I liked to eat sandwiches. A lot. And I mean, a lot. Because I was working in KL and had little time to prepare breakfast (I laugh at this statement now, because “no time” actually comes after the baby is born, not before hahaha), I usually stop by Mynews on my way to work to buy ‘breakfast’ – which was usually a whole load of sandwiches. And sandwiches, because they’re made of white bread and a little tuna, did not hold me off till lunchtime. So I compensated with snacking all morning and listening to people around me say “It’s okay, you’re eating for two”. Which is another sabotage. I’m eating for one, not for two.
  2. I snacked a lot during confinement. I lost count how many Jacobs biscuit tins I went through, along with Marie biscuits. Again, it’s all that flour in it, along with so many cups of Milo with a whole load of sugar in it. Now for those who have not read the book, flour and sugar are highly processed. In their whole forms, consuming them (like eating a whole corn) is like putting an ice block on a hot road. It’d melt, but it’d take time to melt. But when you process it and grind it down so finely into flour and sugar, it’s like spreading ice shavings on the hot road. It melts instantly. And your body is hit with that glucose and processed so quickly your brain immediately tells you that you’re still hungry. What I should have done instead: snack on veggies and fruit with high fiber for energy and never touch any biscuit in the process.
  3. I fell into the “fruit juice is a healthy drink” mistake. A while back, after giving birth, I started to get really into fruit juices. I even bought a NutriBullet. “Get more fruit and veggies into your diet” and that sort of thing. The mistake here is that when you blend fruit, not only do you use more fruit than what you’d normally eat, you crush all its fibers as well. And when you drink fruit juice, it hits your brain just as strongly as drinking cordial with sugar in it. Plus fruit juices are not as yummy without condensed milk, but have you ever glanced at the ingredients? Sugar is the main ingredient in canned condensed milk. So for the next eight weeks, I’m saying no.
  4. I ate till I’m full. It’s amazing how even in the etiquette of eating, Rasulullah SAW has said, “Stop before you feel full”. But really, the brain tricks us into feeling “full”. Scientists did an experiment where two bowls were filled with soup, where one bowl would increase its contents slowly as the person eats his soup. And the person ended up eating more than one and a half bowls before he felt “full” while the one with the normal bowl felt full after finishing it. So yeah. Can’t trust our brains!
  5. I love food. I really do. Especially if it’s savoury pastry or sweet things like cake or cookies. If my husband eats a piece of bread pudding, I’d take two or three pieces. If he eats two cookies, I’d eat four. I can stop, but once I allow myself a little treat… it becomes a big treat. And I’m hoping these eight weeks will help me detox and not crave sweets or pastry anymore. We shall see.

Day 2 of Bright Line Eating:

Today went well, and I’m feeling very motivated to start meal prepping pretty soon. I haven’t had any real cravings yet, and the meals are generous enough that I don’t feel much hunger also. The only thing that gets to me is coffee. Coffee to me is not coffee without a teaspoon of sugar. But for these eight weeks, I shall have to persevere.

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