Dear Family and Friends, so far all is well here. I took this photo while I was taking a break from studying at home. I study everyday - at least 4 hours (sometimes as much as 8 hours).That's the reason why I have been lagging way behind all the e-mails and communication with all of you. I apologize. I thank all those who have sent me messages on facebook, friendster, multiply. (I do have MySpace - but that's basically useless for me as almost everyone else I know is using some other social networking site. ) I did get a lot of invitations to join some other newer social networking sites. All of which I declined. I honestly do not want to join any more than the 4 ones I already have! (Oh! I forgot - I do have YouTube too!) I have way too many! I did enjoy seeing all the new photo uploads from some of you! Thanks so much for that! Keep sharing!
I had been gaining weight for about a year now, that as of February 22, 2009 I was about 170lbs (from 143 lbs). I saw a photo that a friend of mine uploaded on facebook and I had a wake up call. I weight was starting to get way out of control just like in 2005! I don;t want to be too fat! Already my feet are getting sopainful from the excess weight!
So knowing full well based on my 2006 experience on how effective it is for jumpstarting weight loss (yes it's very effective - pay attention if you too are having excess weight issues. This is my advice. It worked for me, I hope it works for you too.
Before I started, I made sure I really wanted to lose weight. I looked at my reflection in the mirror and Imagined myself at 143 pounds. I even went to write on the mirror "I Look great! I see myself weighing healthy at 143 pounds! It's amazing!" underneath it, I wrote. I promise to focus only on the good. I will not let negative thinking keep me from my vision. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and said "OK edgar, let's get this weight issue resolved"
I assembled my Calorie Counting Kit on February 27, 2009. This included the following:
(1) A Notebook (to record what I eat and the calorie value for the amount that I ate)
(2) A Pen
(3) A Calorie Counting Book as reference
(4) A Calculator
(5) A Pillbox for my Fat Burners
(6) A Food Scale (to measure food weight).
First Step: Compute your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) based on your Age, Height, Weight, Gender
Second Step: Eat Less than your BMR. In my case, My BMR is 1686.0 Calories. So I made it my goal to eat 1,200 calories or less everyday, not ever going beyond 1686.0.
Here are some from my food Diary:
March 12, 2009 - Thursday (day 13) I feel great! I started at 166 pounds 13 days ago. Today I have lost 8 pounds! This is amazing! from 166 to 158!;
March 25, 2009 (Day 26). Yey! I am 150 pounds! In 26 days, I have lost a total of 16 pounds! (from 166 to 150 pounds!) I feel so much lighter. I get full so easily. Plus I am eating all kinds food I desire! Cheezees, Potato Chips, Beer, Chocolates (in very very very small portions of course). Ron says I eat like a bird. Yes I do. And It takes me a much longer time to eat too. I eat 1/4 of a sandwich in 20 minutes, it used to just take me 5 seconds! haha. Since then I stuck to eating 1200 calories a day because I thought losing 0.68 pounds a day was way too fast!
As of today April 4, 2009 (Day 34) my weight had steadied at 150 lbs. That's because I had remained eating 1200 calories everyday. I can easily start losing more weight by cutting down to 800 calories per day until I get to 143 pounds (which is only 7 pounds away). But I think I don't want to rush.
I want my body to get used to 150 lbs for a while, then get going down to a very healthy 143 pounds. Warning: Please do not go on a less than 800 calorie a day diet unless supervised by a doctor!.
I made this curtain. I am still learning how to use the sewing machine. It was a bit rough looking still, but it is so much more improved that all the other stuff I tried to do.
Ron took his dad out for an early supper. That's the waiter bringing the food. I was busy taking photos of the artwork I saw in the restaurant.
I like this hanging cup of coffee sign. It looked so real from where I was sitting (having lunch) with Ron.