Holidays make me gain a lot of weight. It’s because of the parties left and right. I cannot ever say no to ham! That Christmas was my biggest gain ever. I was heavier than my weight after having just given birth to Brook in 2012.
I was a little depressed with the weight gain but I was more worried of the fact that my job required me to be presentable because we have high net worth clients that expect ‘stage presence’ — I mean, there’s a reason why our water, whenever with clients are Perrier and Voss… when our regular water is only Aquafina haha!
Before the weight gain, my female colleagues were already counting the ways they could do a makeover with me. They wanted me to have a slit eye… nano my eyebrows, and do some rhino. I am the only Southeast Asian female at the workplace so it fascinates them how my features are sooooooo odd compared to theirs. I never took it negatively. I enjoyed the way they want to reset my face like I am a mini Asian doll. They’d even teach me ways on how these procedures can be covered by the insurance.
So yeah, they’d notice the weight gain. I was so conscious about it.
Unfortunately, it is impossible for me to do sit-ups because of a health issue… but thankfully, my husband has studied the ‘not so difficult ways’ to do keto. He is so strict about it and he’s lost around 25 kgs in six months time. (What is keto? Brief background – click me)
I for one lost 15 kgs in 5 months and I have been losing small grams right after. This is me without contouring, no cheats.
What we eat: Everything except anything with sugar and carbs. I use Steviana for my sweetener and sometimes, we order kelp noodles from I-Herb. There is a carb-free rice too if we feel like eating some Filipino dishes that somehow require it i.e. sinigang, nilaga… but my husband and I have managed to get used to eating kare-kare rice free! It may look weird but we’ve gotten used to it. We eat a lot of avocado and broccoli. We use ghee instead of oil and we drink our bullet proof coffee. He indulges his chocolate cravings by eating Lindt dark chocolate (at least 70%) and we only use almond milk.
Since I have a weird condition, I tell my doctor about it and he said as long as I don’t feel funky and my labs are ok, he won’t restrict anything.
How do we keep our bodies from sagging: It is hard because of the weight loss but my husband tones his body by lifting weights and doing some routine exercises and me? I spin and do some Dan Karaty bounces every now and then… (I shed more weight laughing as I dance along). Dan is funny.
Nowadays, I have cheated a lot because I’ve already lost the weight I gained unnaturally and since I now know how fast fat can disappear (thru keto), I feel confident about it. I mean, I can just lose it again! And yes, I did gain few pounds already compared to that photo and I believe I have posted a more recent photo on one of my previous blogs… MY HUSBAND DESPISES THAT KIND OF MINDSET AND HE NEVER SUPPORTED MY LACK OF DISCIPLINE.
It is important to note the reality of keto— to quote my friend, a keto guru who would always tell me, “Genesis, there’s no such thing as cheating in keto” — so basically, he is telling me that I will need to reset and start from the beginning having feasted on rice, bread and Japanese puffs recently. I am such a major fail. I know.
But in case you’re encouraged to do keto, do your very own research and pls consult with your doctor especially if you’re on maintenance or if you have some special conditions just like me.