Yay to the weekend! 🎉🎉🎉
So it's @zuanqing's 30th birthday bash today and thus I was looking for something pink to wear because her theme is.. 30 shades of pink (how original)
Remember I posted a photo of this printed pink dress that I wore during CNY?
So when I wore it I remember it was soooo tight I didn't wear a bra (wear nubra lah) if not I would be suffocating in it.
And you can see the fabric being stretched so tight over my fats that it was bunching up everywhere: at my chest, at my waist and at my hips.
Tight until my boobs got flattened by the dress.
Tried on this dress again today…. And voila!!!
Suddenly it's major loose on me. Like probably can size down by one size kind of loose.
In fact I can grab like two or three inches at my waist and hips from behind cos there's so much allowance of loose fabric now.
S H I O K.
Actually I remember when I bought this dress it was slightly loose one. But FML I put on so much weight it became so tight on me. Now it's loose again and I think even looser yayyyyy! I should bring it for alteration and never let myself become fat ever again.
But it's tough.
Was naughty last night and had my favourite favourite favourite llaollao!
I have always been a huge froyo fan (used to buy take home tubs of yami yogurt and yoguru) but llaollao is a whole new level of love.
Rafaello sauce with froyo 😍😍😍 And caramelised cookies and fruits 😍😍😍
Can't resist it and definitely no sharing for me.
But like I mentioned in the last entry, everything in moderation! 😂 If I have llaollao, I try to have a lighter meal if possible.
I have a problem with binge eating and I tend to overeat if I don't control myself!
But seriously I don't want to put on weight again 😢 I'd like to stay around my current weight now and I don't want my clothes to get tighter!
So now that I'm no longer on a restricted food diet, I've been trying to be more conscious of how and what I eat.
I'm going to share my tips for healthy eating both to remind myself and to hopefully help anyone who has the same issue of overeating/binging.
1. Don't eat breakfast if you don't need it
This is super controversial I know! Mentioned it once in a group chat and everyone started arguing about whether breakfast should be eaten or not.
But first let me explain why I've been trying not to eat breakfast if I'm not hungry in the morning!
I've been reading up on a pretty established eating method (I will try not to call it a diet) that promotes fasting, or not eating for an extended period of time to promote fat loss.
There's been a lot of research done on this and you can google "intermittent fasting" if you wish to find out more!
It's very interesting and makes perfect sense to me, because I realized that I'm usually not that hungry in the morning BUT I always feel the need to have breakfast out of habit and itchy mouth.
But funnily enough even when I do have breakfast, I get hungry again quickly!
So for me breakfast is counter-productive. I take in extra calories (regardless healthy or not it's still extra calories) and then I get hungry a couple of hours later and I feel the impulse to start snacking. Eating breakfast doesn't make me eat lesser the rest of the day like what popular nutrition says.
Now that I'm trying to listen to my body more, I realize that I'm not even hungry in the morning and I don't need proper food until 12 noon or later.
Not an ad but because Koplina actually sent me a box of their Aoijiru Matcha Green Tea a long time ago, I decided to try taking it in the mornings in lieu of breakfast.
It's supposed to help constipation and digestion anyway so it's good for me! I feel like drinking it really does move my bowels better but I'll get back to you cos it's only been about a week since I started.
And it makes me forget that I have itchy mouth syndrome in the morning.
After discussion with some of my girlfriends, most of us agreed that cutting out breakfast or rather having our first meal of the day in the afternoon works! In fact some of my gfs do it already without consciously realizing it's a methodology of intermittent fasting.
Eating breakfast was probably ok during puberty and early adulthood cos you were still growing and your metabolism hadn't slowed down with age yet.
If you don't feel hungry in the mornings, why not try cutting out breakfast? Gives me more caloric allowance and stomach space to enjoy my lunch and dinner anyway!
2. Practise mindful eating!
Something I realized is that I'm super greedy!
Whenever I see food/start eating, usually I won't take the time to really slowly savour my food bite by bite and I literally don't put my fork down in between chewing my food cos I like to be constantly munching away 😂
Then before I realize it, my food is finished but I still don't feel satiated!
Especially when I'm having hot pot in a large group, I tend to eat continuously because the food is just cooking in front of me and if I don't take it someone else will! 😂 Glutton mentality hahahahaha.
So recently I've been trying to eat more slowly. I really concentrate on the food and the taste and texture and flavour of it in my mouth, and I feel like it's so much more enjoyable!
Though the fat girl in me keeps on wanting to reach for the next mouthful of food but I tell myself to slow down and make each mouthful last as long as possible.
Better still, put your utensils/cutlery down in between every mouthful and then pick it up again when you're ready for your next bite.
By doing so, I find that I feel more satiated and satisfied with whatever I'm eating!
Then I won't have as much temptations to want to keep munching on different foods cos it didn't satisfy me!
3. Count your calories & keep a food diary
There's an app called "MyFitnessPal" that allows you to log down whatever you eat and its calorie count!
Of course you can't be 100% accurate cos if you're attending a wedding dinner for example it's super hard to log down the right portions and foods.
But in general it's a great guide to help you start realizing which foods are super high in calories, and how much you actually snack on (mindlessly) but don't realize.
You can also use the app to track your weight, water intake etc etc.
I don't use the app in depth nowadays but since I'm trying to be more mindful of my food intake I'm doing what I can to log down the stuff I eat.
Anyway this app is free! 😁
4. Sharing is caring
Like I mentioned in the previous post, you don't have to restrict yourself from certain foods you enjoy but aren't so healthy or good for you.
Cos chances are you will start feeling so deprived that sooner or later you'll go into a feeding frenzy once you give yourself that chance.
So if you feel like having cake or dessert or ice cream, instead of eating the whole thing by yourself, share it with your friends so you don't end up over-eating!
Because sharing is caring. 😂
🚫“Remember that more food isn’t necessarily more enjoyable. There’s a point of diminishing returns.”🚫
5. Avoid temptation
HOWEVER. all of us fatties have one favourite food that we can't resist. For me, it's French fries and potato chips!! Once I start eating these two carbs I'm goneeeee. One bite becomes a small bowl becomes EAT THEM ALL UP.
This particular food is the kind you know is a "trigger food" to turn you into a binging monster.
I have not a single ounce of self-control once I start eating those foods 😭😭😭
Best is to keep all such foods out of sight, out of mind.
Don't look at the junk food aisles, don't buy it back and have it staring at you at your work table or kitchen pantry.
Even if you want to buy it, buy those single serving portions instead so you don't end up eating one thousand calories in one sitting 😓 (I'm capable of doing that)
Good luck to me and to everyone else who's trying to lose weight!
I totally overate at the birthday party earlier and then came home and finished off with durians.
Fat dieeeeeeeee me le.
Happy birthday @zuanqing!
Gotta cut back on the food intake tomorrow and Monday to make up for tonight. 😲😲😲