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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How I Lost 30lbs in 3 Months

That's right, you read it correctly. I lost that amount of weight in a little over three months--December 11, 2009 to February 2010.

Get ready, this is going to be a LONG post (It took me a couple days to write this whole thing too. Lol.) because I am going to go into detail about how I went from this...

At my worst, 136 lbs. At my height of 5"0 (yes, I am that small), I was overweight.

To this:

At my lightest yet--106lbs

I don't even know where to begin! Haha. Anyway, my intentions for this post is so to show you all that it can be done, and that you don't need a gym membership or craaaaaaazy good self-control in order to do it. I'm going to start with...

Why did I decide to lose weight?
  • For health reasons - I got tired of being overweight, feeling so heavy, huffing and puffing every time I climbed stairs... At that time my diet was also very unhealthy--I ate whatever I wanted without thought as to how it would affect my health. Chips, soda, fast food--I just ate and ate and ate, with no regard as to how it would affect my body in the future. Because I was sedentary (a.k.a. a couch potato), I just kept on gaining weight! I continuously ate way above what my normal diet requires--around 1500-1800 calories a day for a sedentary person of my size. On some days I'd eat 5000 calories.
  • To fight pain - Being without exercise and eating unhealthy threw my body off balance. As a result, every time I got my period I went through huge bouts of pain. Some days I'd be in so much pain I'd practically be paralyzed, lying curled up in bed in cold sweats, crying. Pain meds and hot compresses hardly helped. I still can't forget that day in school I collapsed onto the floor in the middle of class because of the pain. Also, at my heaviest my breasts were at 40D, so big I constantly had back pain. Walking in the mall alone would give me pain, my feet would hurt so bad, my knees bore the heavy weight of my body, my hips began to hurt.
  • For myself - Living in a country like The Philippines where most of the people are skinny or at least slender always made me feel like the odd one out. While I don't mind standing out, it was hard for me to shop for clothes. Hardly anything would fit, sales people looked at you condescendingly and the shop displays would hardly have anything in your size. And oh my gosh, I could never find bras to fit me! Everything here is padded or too small. I guess I got tired of feeling bad for myself and I finally just decided to do something about it.
  • I was inspired - Back then I did try to lose weight, but it never lasted long. For some reason, this time it just stuck. Because my skin improved, I thought 'why not work on getting your body to improve too?' I ran across a blog chronicling a girl's weight loss as well, and seeing her go from 250+lbs to 120lbs just inspired me so much. If she could do it, then I could lose weight as well!
So then I had the motivation. Now what, right?

Starting weight: 136 lbs
Measurements: 36-32-39
Goal weight: 115lbs

I had to see what my situation was. So at that time, December 11th of 2009 to be exact, I realized that I was at 136lbs or 61.82kilos. My height is 5 feet flat. My ideal weight should be around 100lbs, so I was 36 lbs over. I had no access to a gym (can't afford a membership), no home gym equipment, no running shoes, nothing. I also ate really unhealthily, so much so that my stomach was never really satisfied and I just kept eating and eating. I had bad habits (i.e. eating in front of the TV) that didn't help, too. So what did I have to help me lose weight? Well, just my motivation, the Wii and our old PS2. Thankfully, I still had a working DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) pad.

I also had no access to diet food and I could only eat what was at home.

At the start of my weight loss I was I guess you could say shy around people about working out or dieting because people would make fun. But I got over that. So then I told myself, "Okay Chrissy, if you can make it through the holiday season without gaining any weight, you can get to your target weight." My target weight was 115lbs. I'd told myself that if I could reach that weight, I'd be happy. By January 1, 2010, I had lost 6lbs.

Just then, I knew I was doing something right. So what was I doing?

Of course, before I started my weight loss effort, I had researched. I looked things up on the internet, at the library, in the bookstore..every single thing I could get my hands on about weight loss, I read. And they all seemed to agree: Weight loss is achievable through a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. Not crash diets or fad workouts. Why did they say that is? Well, crash diets are just that--crash diets. It's good to help you lose weight in a matter of days to be able to fit into your LBD for that night out. But putting yourself under that much pressure, not eating, ignoring cravings..eventually you're headed for a binge. Apparently, people who go through diets end up heavier than they started because of all the binges to make up for or to reward themselves for their initial weight loss--totally wiping out any weight loss to begin with.

So I knew I had to make a lifestyle change. I would have to cut my calorie intake down to size and increase my exercise. The good part is, I'm still young so my body metabolic rate still had time to recover from the years of abuse I did to my body.

I knew I would have to stay 500 calories under my daily caloric requirements in order to lose weight--but if I were to do this I knew I would also have to exercise so that my metabolism would not slow down. I had to be careful not to starve myself because if I did my body would be encouraged to store whatever I did eat as fat. At that time, I began eating around 1500 calories a day. I only ever estimated how many calories were in something because not everything comes with nutrition facts.

You might think WOW, what does she even eat!? Well, I eat/ate normally, like I used to. But I willingly gave up junk food, fast food and soda (I do still eat all of this but only if I have no other choice). I worked on portion control. I used to eat more than a cup of rice with every meal (rice is a staple here where I live, every meal usually features it) and that is a lot of carbs and calories. So now I eat just about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of rice a meal. Enough to curb any potential cravings for it, enough to give me enough energy. It also allowed me to load up on vegetables--yum! I shifted so that the biggest part of my diet was fruits and vegetables. I still eat/ate meat for protein, and just because it's so hard to give it up in this country. I also made sure that there was less sodium in whatever I ate because salt = water retention. I snacked like normal--sandwiches with the crust cut off, crackers, granola bars, small treats. The most important part is that I never stop myself from having anything I was craving. This allowed me to still eat my favorite foods and prevent binging.

As for exercise, well.. I guess this is where I went a little bit heavy. I started first on the Wii then I realized that it was much too light for me. So then I moved on to DDR. Using the workout mode to estimate how many calories I burned, first I started at 150 calories per workout, until it escalated to 500 cals per workout. I worked out every day with only Sundays as my rest day. Every other day I would also do a little yoga and strength training (something that I really need to keep doing but can't be made to right now) just to firm up my muscles a little bit. I also did the Hip Hop Abs video workout whenever I felt like it.

I managed to stay motivated by telling myself there would be NO EXCUSES. I kept a food/exercise journal to keep track of how much I ate, lost, gained..if I noticed myself getting off track I quickly corrected myself.

Lo and behold, the weight started dropping off! And now, 6 months since I started, I'm still at 106lbs and working on getting to 100.

It sounds hard but in all actuality, it was rather easy! After the first two weeks, my stomach got used to the small meals, spaced out in the day so I was never hungry. The exercise was sometimes a hassle but it felt so good, so energizing! With my body producing the happy hormones via exercise, I was less snappy, too.

As you can see from the photos above, I lost a significant amount of weight. Enough to go from an XL to a medium (sometimes small)and a 40D to a 34C/D (I didn't lose much boob, just the fat around my back and the top of my chest). My current weight as I've said is 106lbs, just under 50 kilos. My measurements are now 35-28-36. I would show one of those before/after jeans photos (you know, the photo of the big jeans at current weight and after weight loss) but I forgot to take a before photo. If you want an after photo let me know.

I feel so much lighter. I can run up stairs easily. I can dance without being out of breath after a song. I feel so much healthier, so much more energetic, so full of life! I feel like I should at age 19, I no longer feel lethargic or tired. My feet, knees and hips no longer hurt when I'm walking (unless I've been standing for 5+ hours which is understandable). My period pains significantly lessened. The best part: no more back pain! Physically I am just so much healthier.

Losing 30lbs has made me so much more confident as well. Before I would walk with my shoulders hunched, trying to hide myself. I would never go into boutiques because I was afraid I'd get mocked, plus I didn't want the hassle of having to ask for bigger sizes (which the stores wouldn't normally have anyway). I could finally walk tall, wear heels without hurting my feet, wear sleeveless clothes. I could go to any boutique/store I wanted and pick something out of the racks and it would normally fit me (the only exception would be around the chest...I'm still larger than average there) fine. It has rewarded me with so much more confidence--so much so I even bought a bikini to wear over the summer months!

Simply put, losing weight has changed my life for the better. That's all there is to say about it.

I would never ever regret making the decision that I did.

Oops. From the end of February to the end of April, I hardly worked out (but kept my diet). Why? A number of things... school got really busy, my life got really busy, things like that. But because I'd jumpstarted my metabolism and trained myself to eat only what my body needed, I managed to keep my weight (despite a number of parties and weekends out). Still my endurance suffered and I had to start all over again.

At the start of May I figured...hey, now that I'm much more fit, maybe I could pick up running since I did need exercise to stay healthy and to keep my weight. Funnily enough, when I lost weight my feet went down a size. So I could borrow my mom's running shoes. Now I'm starting an eight week (or less) program where the end result would be that I would be able to run for 30 minutes straight without stopping. I'm currently on week two and the longest I've run without stopping is 9 minutes.

I'm working on toning up, maybe losing a couple more inches around my waist and making sure that I have not much flab. My legs are toned as is but I need to work on my upper body. I'm also working to lose 6 more pounds so I guess you'll see posts about that sometimes.

My current motivation? Lady Gaga.

Of course this wouldn't be a proper blog post if I didn't post things that I've found helpful through my weight loss, would it!
  • WATER. Need I say more? Make sure you get your daily intake requirements. If you're hungry, drink a glass or two of water before you snack.
  • PORTION CONTROL. If you're eating a bag of chips or anything with nutritional facts and you see that there is more than one serving on the bag, take approximately one serving out and transfer it to a smaller bag. We are conditioned to finish what's inside a package so doing this will allow you to keep yourself controlled yet at the same time get just as much satisfaction as if you were eating a whole bag. But to make it easier on yourself, why not just buy packages that only have 1 serving in the bag (if available)?
  • INDULGE YOUR CRAVINGS - If you feel like having chocolate, chips, soda, whatever, go ahead. Make sure you stay under your calorie limit for the day, though. Letting yourself have what you want keeps you satisfied and keeps those binges at bay.
  • EXERCISE - Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day or at the least exercise 3 times a week. Make sure your work out session exceeds 10 minutes because exercise only really begins to get effective after the 10 minute mark.
  • HOUSE WORK - Chores can double as exercise! Another reason not to ignore sweeping, dusting, changing those sheets and whatnot.
  • DON'T BUY/KEEP FOOD AROUND THAT YOU KNOW WILL TEMPT YOU - Surround yourself with 'safe' foods. I've convinced my mom to buy more fruits and keep the house stocked with fruit at all times. I also go with her to the grocery so I can pick and choose my 'snack' foods. Right now I've got a stock of biscuits, cookies, cereal bars and crackers. Yum.
  • TAKE THE STAIRS - Doing so instead of using the elevator allows you to burn more calories in your day.
  • WALK OR BIKE - if you've got somewhere to go and it's a walkable/bike-able (is that a word? It is now ;P) distance, avoid taking the car. Not only will you help the environment, you'll also burn more calories and tone up those legs!
  • EAT SLOWER - It takes your stomach around 20 minutes to send the signal to your brain that 'hey, I'm full'. So eating slower allows you not to eat more than you actually should. That or...
  • DON'T EAT IN FRONT OF THE TV/COMPUTER - eating while you're distracted pretty much keeps you mechanically putting food in your mouth without regard to what you're eating. Not. Cool.
  • YOGUUUUUUUURT. I could go on and on and onnnn about the benefits of yogurt!! There's protein, calcium, fruits, live bacteria, healthy digestion... Not to mention it's a great dessert and anyone can eat it (even if you're lactose intolerant!) I practically beg my mom to buy me yoghurt every time she drops into the store. Haha.
  • MOTIVATE YOURSELF! - I make sure to keep my "fat jeans" hanging in my room as a reminder that I should never let myself go that way once more. It's working! Lol.
  • FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU - Just because what I did worked for me doesn't mean it'll work for you. Short of going to a nutritionist, you're the only one who can actually decide what's best for you.
  • DON'T GET OBSESSIVE OR GO OVERBOARD- It's not good to be borderline anorexic.
  • HAVE FUN - who says weight loss has to be hard and tedious? I lost my weight playing videogames!!
  • DON'T GET JEALOUS if you start your weight loss journey and you are surrounded by friends who don't care what they're eating.
  • KEEP A JOURNAL - If you feel you're getting off track or you're getting tired it should help keep you motivated and on the wagon.
  • CONSULT A DOCTOR before you start your weight loss journey--just in case there is something you can't or shouldn't do.
  • DON'T HURRY - If you don't see the effects of your efforts right away, remind yourself that losing weight is like carving a statue out of marble. Just imagine you're carving the new you out of your old body. Also--a good rate to lose weight is 1-2 lbs a week. I guess I just powered through 30lbs and didn't even realize.
  • DON'T GET COMPLACENT - Lose that weight, keep it off!
  • CAREFUL WHAT YOU DRINK - usually those beverages are what throw you off course. A can of soda = 300+ calories. Don't fall for the 'zero cal', 'zero sugar' nonsense, too. Sugar substitutes = not healthy. Milkshakes and coffee drinks can easily be over 500 calories each. Once in a while it's okay, but on a daily basis, it's not really in your best interest.
  • STAY NATURAL - try to stay away from processed foods.
  • LESS SALT - season your food so that it's just right. Salt makes you retain water weight.
  • DO YOUR RESEARCH - before you dive into something, put the work into it. If you don't know what you're doing you might be doing more harm than good.
  • BUDDY SYSTEM - Sometimes, doing things with someone is easier than doing it alone. When I started with my weight loss, the rest of my family sans my dad joined in. Now we're all at least 10 lbs lighter. :) Plus having a workout buddy AND a support system is so much easier!
  • And once you do lose weight, BE PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT! Show that new body off!
That's pretty much it, girls. I have so much more to share but that's all that comes to mind right now. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it informative and helpful. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me (my e-mail address is chrisellesy at gmail dot com).


Mikki Aragon said...

WOW. u go girl! congratulations! i wish i was that disciplined. ;) u look great!

Askmewhats said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! WOW! You've done great , I lost just 5 lbs in a year!!!! hahahhaa So keep it up girl!!!! You lost the weight and you look really fresh and healthy :) love it

meryll said...

Wow! Congrats! This is great motivation. :)

~tHiAmErE~ said...


now im so inspired! im much heavier than you,hun..but after reading your post, i know that i can do it too. when i took my vacation last weekend, it just dawned on me that im already obese & im not happy. im beginning to hate myself na nga e...

i've been trying to tell myself that i should start to eat less but the temptation is so great & i have this thinking of 'dati pa ko nagdi-diet pero walang nangyayari, malamang wala ding mangyayari even if i start now'...

hay naku..i could go & on ..ranting about how i feel, but now, i know that it's all about action, not talk,right?

If ever i need some advise ikaw na ang kukulitin ko..lol!

way to go,chrissy!
if you did, i can do it too,right?


Elsa said...


I should start losing weight too. I am overweight with my weight 66 kilos, though I am 5'5 in height, I am still overweight!

Thanks for being an inspiration, I think I lack determination, cuz whenever I start to exercise, I always feel tamad na to continue the next day because my body sore!

Sherry said...

wow you are amazing an dyou look great!!!!

lelila said...

woot woot!!!

grabe sis, i admire you super!

ako, i dont have the self discipline talaga, hayz

Sarah said...


I don't usually do the whole caps thing, but you look seriously STUNNING! What an inspiration Chrissy :)
I know how hard it is to lose weight, I am constantly battling so I really admire you!!! You must be so proud of yourself :)

Camille(SHOBE) said...

nniiiiccceeee!!!i lost a few pounds way back but then i gained it back again for some reason,one factor talaga ng pagdagdag ng weight is having big boobs,yung bilas ko same problem din,i admire you haha.

Chrissy said...

@ Mikki - Thank you. It starts somewhere, I wasn't all that disciplined when I started too!

@ Nikki - Sis thank you, I hope I can manage to keep the weight off!

@ Meryll - Thank you, I hope it helps!

@ Thiamere - You can do it. I also have been fighting those feelings of doubt for the longest time. If I can do it, so can you. If you need anything, I hope you can still remember my number! If not I can give it to you. You can text me anytime. :)

@ Elsa - There's no need to work out every day. Every other day is a good start to let your muscles rest in between. That way they can build up and tone up as well. Don't worry if you begin to gain weight when you begin working out, that's your body replacing your fat with muscle (which is heavier, but leaner).

Chrissy said...

@ Sherry - Thanks very much!

@ Lelila - SIS! Kaya mo yan, onting discipline lang. Hehe kumakain nga ako ngayon ng chocolate e. :D

@ Sarah - I'm flattered, thank you! Good luck with your own weight loss. It's really not that hard once you get the hang of what works for you!

@ Camille - Sis I know, boobs really add to your weight hehe. Thanks ah. :)

louise said...

wow! I'm seriously HAPPY for you and your story is very inspiring! Keep it up.

Catherine said...

OMGGGG Chrissy your story is so amazing and so inspirational!!! I've done a lot of research into diet/exercise/lifestyle changes (for me, I'm trying to gain weight lol...) but honestly hon, you did your homework and you did EVERYTHING right!!! Everything I possibly could have mentioned that I try to caution my friends about when they talk about losing weight, you did everything absolutely right! I'm so, so proud of you! Congratulations!!!

Now I feel really bad about not getting my exercise LOL...

Chrissy said...

Thank you Louise!

Catherine, thanks. I'm so glad I managed, and there certainly are things you learn that you'll have to follow because those really are the only things you can do that will work. Exercise, go! :)

Alan said...

I recently visited your blog. It is a very interesting one. Keep it up.


- - aika - - said...

wow congrats :D

keep it up sis :D

Caby said...

Wow i am really amazed and super proud of you. It takes tons of discipline to be able to pull that off. I would never have imagined 30 lbs in 3 months. You look aweeesommeeeeeee!!!!!! :)

Kaila said...

Wow selle, sobrang payat ka na talaga! Galing! You're my motivation now! Haha :)

ingsy said...

Chrissy, you look amazing! I applaud your dedication. Keep up the good work :D

oh, and we have to meet up with the rest of the gang SOON :D

Pammy said...

Wow! That was such a fantastic change! You look amazing. I admire you for your dedication and hard work. I'm happy for you. :)

Blair said...

Congrats girly!!! I'm so proud of you!!!!!! :)

No Watsons in Philippines? :[ I'd definitely send you a jar if only we can send liquids out... I can sneak in small amounts, but 500 ml is too big, I'd get caught for sure! :[

donnarence said...

wow.. you are such an inspiration.. my problem is i am studying law. i cannot study without eating much.. :C or is it just a state of mind. damn ang galing girl...naiinspire talaga ako sa iyo

Crystal said...

congratulations! i really envy you. when i was in high school, i went to a summer camp in the US and came back to be 128 lbs! after two years i was able to drop it to 98 lbs, but now i sort of let myself go, and now that i'm the US who knows what my weight is now? really yikes!

GiGi said...

Great job. That is a lot of hard work, & you stuck to it. Calorie intake is so important. thanks for the great post!

Dana Yoshimizu said...

Oh my gosh hun, I'm SO proud of you, you're absolutely AMAZING~!

This post was really inspiring <3

I swear you will be helping so many people get started to living healthier lives~

&& You look absolutely beautiful - not that you weren't before, but the confidence you have in those pictures is just so SEXY! ;) You can just tell that you feel good inside and out <3 You look so great!!

YenRobles said...

Your story is so inspiring... I'm going through the same thing. I'm trying to lose weight. =)

Fifi said...

OMG I loveeee this post! I need to start making changes to my lifestyle as well. I want to live healthier and therefore happier! Sometimes as a student living by myself, I eat whatever and whenever. Hahaha. That sounds so bad.

Thank you for the inspiration, Chrissy. I'm sure this post empowers a lot of people out there! :)

maviclicious said...

so happy for yah sis, great m0tivation... keep it up! ako kc under weight n, I have to loose my pregnancy fats, almost 3 years ndin n kc..

Chrissy said...

@ Aika - Thanks sis, I appreciate it!

@ Caby - Thank you, I never imagined it either. I thought it would take me forever to even lose 1 pound!

@ Kaila - Salamat, hehe. Buti nalang talaga gumana yung ginawa ko para pumayat.

@ Ingsy - Totally, we should hang sooooooon!

Chrissy said...

@ Pammy - Thank you sis, I really appreciate it. :)

@ Blair - We have Watsons here, I just haven't seen that product around. Maybe I should check again!! Thank you!

@ Donnarence - Thanks sis! Kaya mo yan, pero di mo na naman kailangan magpapayat e, you're so thin!

@ Crystal - Don't feel envious, decide to do something about it! I know how hard it is to control yourself in the US, ohmygosh. I went there when I was 13, when I came back here I was 20lbs heavier and I only stayed there 2 weeks!

@ Gigi - You're welcome. And thank you as well, I do agree that caloric intake is very important!

@ Dana - Thank you so much, your comment means a lot to me. :) I'm glad that my comment helps people. That's what I'm here for!

@ YenRobles - good luck with your efforts, if you need any help/support you know where I am and how to reach me!

@ Fifi - It's hard, but it's worth it to try to be healthy. Good luck!! Thank you and I'm glad that my post can help.

Jean said...

This is really great! You look amazing and well done. And by the way I only learnt to french pleat like last year it just takes some practice, youtube it and there will be some help :). x

Shen said...

i agree with the lifestyle change. :) i'm 4'11 and i weigh 115lbs but i look like I weigh more! i also have large breats which make me look bigger than i really am. i agree with everything here.. but my way is bit more complicated but hopefully easier to sustain in the coming future. :) kuddos to you girl.

♥Lady Mitchelli♥ said...

Wow! This post is really inspiring! I'm just new here but it seems like I will be learning a lot from your blog... Obese or not, I guess now is the time to become fully aware and take care of our bodies, I believe that lifestyle change (as you've said) really is the key! =)

Golden said...

Amazing! I, on the other hand, have a hard time gaining weight. I'm trying to gain more weight as my figure is too waifish and I hate how people always tell me how "payat" I am. I'm really happy for you. Congratulations dear! And oh, you look so pretty and confident in the pictures. Cheers!

Lots of love,

EveryDay Makeup (becky) said...

Hey Chrissy! Welcome back and OMG you look sooo hot. I never thought you were over weight back then.

Thanks for all these tips. We have the same height and I'm at 115 right now ugh! I'm usually 105. I need to lose that 10 pounds.

You just inspired me to really lose weight now :)

MizzJ said...

WOW YOU LOOK AMAZING!! What a change! I am so happy for you that you were able to do this. Having watched my mother and sister struggle with their weight issues all their lives, I know how hard it is, so this is quite the achievement :)

CoLine said...

OMG!!!!! You are amazing and very disciplined. This post inspired me more to change my lifestyle.

You mentioned in your entry that eating in front of TV/Computer is a no no..well I am very guilty of that :( Same goes for milkshakes and coffee **sigh**

Thanks again for the tips and tricks, you made it a bit easier for me ;) Atleast I know that losing 30 lbs is achievable without taking any diet pills =) Congratulations dearie! Hugs to you!♥

Reese Lansangan said...

AHHHHH Farking awesome and inspiring post. YOU LOOK SO GOOD! And I'm happy for you! It's funny, around that time (December) it also hit me that I needed to eat healthier. I feel like I'm gonna die anytime soon because of all the unhealthy stuff I keep eating haha! So I started watching what I eat and now I got a bit thinner, but the legs and the arms are still there! (cause I dont have the motivation to exercise) DAMNNN!

Your tips and tricks (and this whole post) IS JUST AWWWEEESOME, I cant help but feel that your accomplishment was my own too. I'm more inspired to take on thechallenge to maintain a healthier lifestyle. I'm glad it worked out for you!

Karen said...

Hi! I just want to say that you've been an inspiration to me. I've recently gained a lot of weight and have been fighting with my self-esteem. Your post made me want to get back on my feet and start losing again. Thank you so much :)

pinksnow said...

wow this is a really wonderful post. i just turned 19 a couple of weeks ago and i am overweight. i've been trying to go on a diet in the past week but i kept on losing motivation because of the TEMPTATIONS of my fave junk foods.

You're right, I need to change my lifestyle first. I'll be borrowing some of your techniques and hope they'll work.

I would definitely want to enjoy the last year of my teenage years =)

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