Fitness Check In #7: It’s All About The Food

It’s been a year since I started this journey and you know what? I progressed and got stuck, then progressed again and now I’m half stuck. It’s like 2 steps forward, 1 step back. Is this only normal? Can’t we just march on without slumps? Guess I’m a weak human after all. I’ve been maintaining my strength, but my size has not really changed. For that, it’s really all about the food. I doesn’t matter if you did ab exclusive workouts every single day. Those Pins you see that say, do this if you want smaller abs, or do this if you want legs for days – they don’t work if you don’t clean up your food intake. If you want to look smaller, just eat less and eat the right food. And that’s why these fitness experts always tell you your nutrition is most important.

 

 

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So that brings me to… what if I really enjoy different sorts of foods? I want to enjoy all types of food and be happy.ย That’s my biggest weakness. Food. And it’s an every day battle for me. It’s like I talk to myself, I fight with myself, and most of the time Evil Foodie Lily wins! So then I’d feel bad later and go workout like crazy, just to burn off those junk that I ate instead of burning the excess fats already in my body. And that’s why, Lily did not progress the last 6 months. First 6 months, Lily did well. Lily had clear goals. Then Lily’s old bad habits started resurfacingย and everything went swinging like a yoyo! Lily. Bad.

I think writing this down does help me put things in perspective. I need to set clear short term goals again. I need to find something that will kick my ass and make me WANT to do this all over again, to break that mental threshold, to push that psychological boundary. Maybe I’m now in my comfort zone. Comfort zones are dangerous!

What’s your daily food intake like? Are you those people I want to hate? You can eat whatever you want and not put on weight? Or are you like me, you put on weight easily? If you’re like me, then what do you do to control your weight and not go fuck it, I’m just going to eat this?

I need sound advice. HALP!

 

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xoxo Lily

 

 

  • I agree with the eat right not the eat less. In any case, sucks living in Malaysia because there are very few places one can just have a salad with grilled chicken. And I live in PENANG!!! *sobs*
    I usually try to avoid eating rice and whenever I go out for Indian food and ask them to omit rice they stare at me in disbelief…
    I am not one of those people you hate. I am one of those people that can walk past McDonalds, take a whiff and gain 1kg!

    • Lily

      Hahaha! Ipoh is worse man. I have to make my own food and I get lazy especially with a 17 month old clinging on to me at all times! I just need to go back to eating better quality food. And also take into account my calorie intake. Too much of a good thing can be bad too you know ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Shu Ting

      Oh Penang!!! If I visit Penang I should first loose like 5 kg before going there!! HAHA

      Take a whiff of McD and gain 1 kg!! HAHA you’re too funny, Harivaindaran! ๐Ÿ™‚ My Thai friend told me about the veggie burger in India McD. The pattie is basically made up of potatoes and beans so you have carbohydrates buns + carbohydrates veggie pattie + more carbohydrates bun!!! HAHAHAHA

  • I have problems with eating too, I eat way too much chips and junk food. I have been weight training for the past 7 months and feel strong and great, but no change in size and my arms and legs are bigger than before as I been eating more as I exercise more lol. My trainer made me a 1400 cal/d diet but it was too hard to follow. For now I’m accepting my body as it is, perhaps one day I’ll learn better portion control…

    • Lily

      1400 is really little if you’re weight training too. When I was lifting heavy, I was on 1800 and still losing weight. Now that I’m lifting less heavily, technically, I should take 1600 to 1700 for moderate cutting but erm… I haven’t been counting. Lol!

  • Hi, lady!!! First of all, congrats on keeping up with the fitness part!!! And even if things are two steps forward, one step back at least you’re still making progress!!! I’m trying to get back into the fitness thing. It’s slow going for me, but at least it’s kinda going I guess lol.

    As far as food – ugh that’s hard. I wake up late, stay up late – my biggest habit to break now is eating so late. Midnight is not the time to be eating a snack. I read a tip the other day – use a smaller plate to trick your mind into thinking you’re eating a bigger portion than you really are. Maybe that would help a little?

    I’m definitely not one that can eat whatever I want. And I have to watch things now more than I ever have. And now that I’m over 40, I’ve noticed a shift and it goes to my mid-section. Ugh. So I’m trying to limit fried foods, soda, rice, pasta and potatoes. Luckily I don’t have a huge sweet tooth like I used to so that helps. But it’s tough. I love fries, pizza, chicken fingers, spaghetti. Generally speaking, I’m trying to make better choices. And if I do have that pizza or whatever else, I try to significantly decrease my calorie intake for the rest of my meals for that day. It’s not an exact science, but I’m trying!

    Anyway – sorry…I guess I don’t have any tips or tricks. Just wanted to say I kinda know how you feel!! xo

    • Lily

      I’m so happy to read all your comments because it makes me feel I’m not alone. That’s for sure! Yes your tip on using smaller plates makes sense. It’s always been easy for me to put on weight since young. .. So it’s even easier now. So sad.

  • I definitely agree that it’s a combination of working out and eating well. I do both, without taking either to the extreme. I work out and I lead an active life but I am by no means a gym bunny. I eat a healthy balanced diet, but I also indulge in the foods I love and have my treats. It’s all about balance. People like to think I live on salad and carrots, but I actually eat a lot and consume a lot of calories per day. It’s just that most of those calories are good, healthy calories. That said, I’m sure that being (relatively) young(ish) and having no kids helps.

    • Lily

      It was definitely easier for me to lose weight when I was in my 20s. Just eat less and my metabolism would take care of the rest. Now, not so much. Especially I’ll be turning 40 really soon. Omgaaah!

  • I can’t stay away from junk food; instant noodles, potato chips, chocolate, you name it, I’ll wallop happily. I do think I’m luckier than most as I’m pretty much the same weight since I was a teenager until now but definitely noticed my metabolism slowed down last year. For the first time it felt like I look at a glass of water and I’ll gain 2kg so I had to do yoga 4-5 days a week to balance it out. Yes, I rather work harder than give up my eating habits. LOL!

    • Lily

      Lol many ppl workout just so that they can continue to enjoy all types of foods! I had a few feasts the last few days and I gained 2kg just like that. I’m sure a lot of it is water weight, from all those sodium but still. .. it takes a few days of clean eating and daily gym to work it off.

  • struggling so hard with overeating right now. I’ve got my fitness down (ish) but I can’t help but think about all the work I’m un-doing by binge eating!! It was really nice to read about this from someone else’s perspective, it felt a little like I was drowning in it alone for a bit.

    SO far, I’m just trying to come to terms with why I’m overeating — I’m actually just letting myself indulge for a couple of days to see when I want to indulge the most (the evenings after work are my worst times!), and then I’ll figure out a plan. Not sure what it is yet, but I’ll update!

    • Lily

      I’d love an update! We all have our own struggles and sharing can definitely make it less overwhelming. This is an easy topic to talk about (for me) but I know some have a very difficult time with food in general.
      So I think the discussion we have here helps. It helps us figure things out and it helps the shy readers who just read the comments maybe feel less alone.
      I for one, am a yoyo. I’d be very good for a few months then I’d go nuts. Back and forth. I really need to keep myself steady!

  • Jiamin Tan

    Haha! I am hungry all the time! I try to have proper 3 meals: breakfast lunch and dinner to avoid binge eating snacks at other time. It is hard to control the unhealthy snacking, but I’ve progress pretty well, except tea time that I really struggle now. Because work can be exhausting, and a little indulgence on snacks, I guess it’s something I am willing to give in. Probably explains why I am still pretty much the same clothing size. But, my BF said I have better curve, and I’ll take that as a little achievement lol

    • Lily

      I love how you say clothing size instead of weight. I can fit into my old clothes but I weigh at least 5kg heavier. Muscles man! That’s progress! So now I’m going to maintain my muscles and reduce fat. This way, weight will reduce too. However, clothing size is the best indicator. I need to cut out all the junk though

  • I have to say I don’t live on junk food but I don’t live on salads either. Ok you can probably guess from my blog, lol. However I believe that a healthy balanced diet is exactly that, eating a bit of everything in a logical way. I believe it is NOT a case of living on 3 lettuce leaves a day…
    With my fitness goal (trying to be able to run 10km) I keep on doing steps backwards too. SO we’re in this together Lily! In my case everytime I go further, then suddenly I get flu or bronquitis or something, and go 5 steps backwards ๐Ÿ™

    • Lily

      Oh Sofia, I understand! The best way to progress is consistency and being ill will definitely hurt any progress. I need more variation in my workouts. I’m getting bored. So I’ve just decided I’m adding running. Maybe once or twice a week on top of my gym schedule. Then build it up slowly. I’d like to run 10km without dying. Lol

  • Gymbagmakeup

    I really recommend counting calories, I use My Fitness Pal and live it but I’ve also used Lose It and liked that as well. Buying a food scale also really helped me. It’s easier that trying to guess on portion sizes.
    I’m not skinny yet but I’m getting there! The thing for me is that I DO eat whatever I want,! I just eat Lee’s of it than I used to and I make sure that it fits into my daily calorie budget.
    Slumps in weight loss sink but they happen sometimes. You’ve just got to power through them!
    Keep up the good work girl, you’ll get there ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lily

      Thanks for the pep talk! I have both my fitness pal and weighing scale and I was consistent with them. That’s why I had major progress. .. together with sticking to my workout schedule. Then I relaxed and started eye balling portions. Hah! Mistake.
      I’m going back to being anal with everything. I guess I just have to if I want to progress to another level. Thanks for reminding me!

  • Yeah, it’s a constant struggle. The thing I am sad about is that really, an adult person of my size and my activity level doesn’t actually need that many calories a day, lol. But there’s so much tasty food out there! I have to keep track of what I eat and how much with My Fitness Pal, but I also use a sort of global calendar that indicates when I had sweets, etc. So when I look at the month at a glance, or the week at a glance, for example, I know that on this day, I had a piece of cake, or whatever, so maybe the next few days I stay away from something so sugary/fatty, and eat a piece of candy or something smaller if I am craving something sweet. I think it’s different per person, and we all just kinda find what works, but I think it’s a myth that it gets easier or that at some point you can relax. Some of the women I train with for aerial class are competing in body building/bikini competitions, and they are really strict about what they eat and when (no late night snacks, etc.), so I know that to look THAT good, you really have to cut down. So, you know, that makes me feel a little better, hahahah. But no, we’re all in this together! And it IS a thing that we have to be conscious about always, not only if we are trying to cut down, but just to stay healthy all around.

    • Lily

      I remember someone telling me that workouts might get easier but there’s no such thing as having an easy diet if I’m trying to lose weight. Being on a diet sucks and i have to suck it up and just do it. Sounds horrible but so true. And you’re right about being conscious all the time, even just to maintain your health. So tough. Lol!

  • Shu Ting

    Of course it’s all about the food, Lily! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m not here to give you advice, as you have received plenty from other readers already! Hehe. My biggest weakness is carbohydrates!! Bread (I make them too), noodles, rice, pasta, potatoes… aaahhh I cannot escape! Now i try to eat well and variety of food because I’m still breast feeding. Some women lost crazy amount of weight when they breast feed but oh not me! ๐Ÿ™ It’s like I’m still 4 months pregnant! Yeessshhhhh!!! I am so afraid that if I cut back on food too much my milk is going to dry up too… can’t let that happen yet!

    HIIT exercises are the only one that suits me at the moment, because I really don’t have time to go to the gym or go for a run in the park (it’s TOO. BLOODY. HOTTTTT). My mentality last time (before the age and slow metabolism thing kick in) was, if I did some HIIT exercise I could relax about my food. But now heck no. If I did some HIIT exercise now, I get to play Clash Royales (totally addicted to it now) until my sweat dried off. HEHEHEHEHE

    Progress slow but sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ After all, I don’t need to get back in shape right away because I’m not a model. hahaha!

    • Lily

      Yeah, a close relative of mine breastfed with the sole intention of losing weight. LOL! Either way, I just need to remember that this is a lifelong journey so I shouldn’t feel rushed and do stupid things like go on a carbless diet which I’d never stick to! I do HIIT to really get my heartrate going and lately I’ve also been doing some slower state cardio like jogging, then stretching it out with yoga. I like this balance so far. I had to stop lifting for a while because I think I injured my shoulders. Cardio it is… and calorie control ๐Ÿ˜‰