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The Weight Loss Initiative

Some weeks ago I had a crazy candy addiction. Whenever I'm out I'd buy a bag of candy and just chomp until I feel sick of sugar. Predictably, my weight shot up, so I'm a hundred thirty pounds now. My ideal weight is 120 pounds and 115 if I'm gung-ho about it - but 120 is the just about right. I'm not anorexic and I know that my current weight is still right for my height. I just dislike being bulky and looking terrible in my clothes!

But it's not just a matter of aesthetics. Because of all the sugar and carbs I find myself so sluggish during the day, and a lot more easily tired than when I was eating right. It's a toxic, stressful feeling.

This dress can fool anyone, I swear. It's from Forever 21 btw!

So, I've decided to work out. Dieting is not enough to make me lose weight anymore since I don't have time to prepare the food. :/ I used to have that time, which is how I at least managed to maintain my diet last year, but now I simply don't have an hour to spend in the kitchen. Exercise it is, then!

I was dithering between Barre3 and yoga. Barre3 was my initial choice since the studio is just in High Street (near and convenient), plus I've already tried it before and found it bearable. Yoga, on the other hand, seemed like a nice way to de-stress and lose weight at the same time. I have a friend who gained a lot last year, but after doing bikram yoga she is now super toned and sexy! Not skinny, mind. I love the results.

So I decided to go for yoga in the same studio she goes to (Yoga Plus). ^_^ Thankfully it's also in the Fort so it's not that far, but the place is less convenient. Minor point. I'm going to a class tomorrow to try it out! Wish me luck. I hope I don't embarrass myself.

I know it's odd that I'm writing about this when I haven't even started anything worth, ehem, bragging about. But I just want to get it off my chest! Plus since I made you read this, now I have to commit. Can't back out once I hit the publish button now, can I?

Any weight loss woes? Let's commiserate!

Reader Comments (26)

Hey pareho pala tayo! I'm trying to lose weight and I also choose yoga. However I'm just doing the regular Vinyasa yoga not Bikram. So far I really like it and I feel refreshed after working out. Haven't lost weight yet but it has only been a month. Blog post here

Anyway, good luck in your endeavor. You might want to get your own yoga mat and towel na rin. There's a shop sa Fort called Certified Calm that carries yoga items.

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

best of luck! post your weight loss progress too; pang dagdag pressure to lose weight talaga hehe

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

Good luck to you Ms. Liz! :) You have killer legs, btw. You're already sexy!

I gained a lot of weight in the past month. From 105, my weight shot up to 120, thanks to all the buffets and constant junk food munching that I indulged in. Crazy right? I can't even fit into my pants anymore :(

I want to try yoga too! :)

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

pareho tayo. i'm 130 now and i want to get back to 115, my pre-marriage weight. i am doing this meal replacement shake diet now, which is ok too since i don't have to prepare breakfast and dinner - i just take the shake. well good luck to us!!

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercarly

I lost weight doing hatha and vinyasa yoga. Now my weight is stable at 110 lbs. :D I'm pretty sure you'll lose some as well especially that you're going to do bikram. Good luck! :)

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

HI LIZ!!! I'm so happy to be back here on project vanity (after thesis and graduation stress)! My problem's weight gain naman :)) I don't eat meat and I am quite adamant in maintaining a nutritionally dense diet for overall health and beauty <3 Problem is it's quite expensive and somewhat detracts me from taking more calories for weight gain:( So yeah I might be a waif for quite sometime:))

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGino Erana

Btw, you don't look 130 lbs.!

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercarly

I've tried yoga before and I quite liked it. I wasnt able to sustain because of the tight sched (I know, its not an excuse) and its always been a goal to be more active. Just to be healthy apart from the weight management. Goodluck Liz. I think you'll like it. After a few sesh, you'll feel like you have the longest and leanest arms and legs! :)

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

Good on you, lady! You are so sexxeh in that dress

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEula

Good choice liz! That also the yoga studio which my friend introduce to me as I said to you before Yoga is a great exercise that can help you tone your body and relieve stress when I started doing yoga last year I lost almost 3Kilos on my weight and still maintain mine. Although at first it's been hard because I'm not that flexible but by doing Yoga I learn to challenge myself for every pose hehehe pero pagpapawisan k tlaga diyan kasi ako di ako pawisin eh yan lng ung excercise na naging effective sakin hehe

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRose

I'm lovin' that dress on you Ms. Liz & you don't look bulky at all! The first time I experienced yoga was during a trip to The Farm (my sister forced me to attend a class with her). I saw this beautiful Indian woman who moves so gracefully. She inspired me to learn more about yoga practice. Yoga gave me a more optimistic view of life. I just wish my body was more flexible for advance poses!

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Joyce Arbis

You'll love yoga! It's like a total lifestyle change. You wouldn't notice it at first but gradually you'll notice a change in your diet, w/ how you look at things, etc. Well I see yoga in its spiritual context. It has helped me in a lot of ways. I'm a stay-at-home mom and I take care of three boys but I make it a point to do yoga at least twice a week. Good luck, Liz! You're sexy naman na! Pilates is great too!

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

when I san your photo above, II just want to say at the back of my mind, "di ka naman mataba Ms. Liz." then you tag the caption"this dress can fool anyone, I swear.maybe but, me as a thin tall lady, I wanted to have thisbody, something lean.:)

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

Yoga's great. I did Hot Flow in Fitness First. Nakakahingal lalo yung hot room, but it's definitely super relaxing afterwards. As for the ballet-based workouts, I've also tried those and found them punishing, BUT say hello to speedy toning. Good luck. :)

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatromao

I used to go to bikram yoga manila in makati. They have a 6:30am class and is done by 8:00 gives me enough time to go to work on time. But since I moved jobs, I can't go to the studio anymore, else I'll be late.

I tried one session of Barre3 but I like Bikram more (good choice) and it's good for the skin too (though every type of exercise is good for the skin).

What I noticed was, all the middle-aged women in my class looked great and young. I think you should really go for it. If I can do it everyday again, I would.

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrae

I gained a lot of weight too, so most of my clothes dont fit anymore. but what i hate the most is the sluggish feeling, and i notice that my skin becomes more oily and I breakout. so i just knew I had to do something about it na. i tried yogaplus+ here in ortigas and i enjoy their classes. i thought im gonna be bored, but no. I love their hot classes, super ligo sa pawis..i feel good after! don't worry too much about gaining weight, u look great sis.

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrigitte

Good luck Ms. Liz! I know you can do it :)
I also tried bikram yoga before and I have to say it was really effective. I used to weigh 145 pounds but I'm now down to 125 since I decided to change to a healthier lifestyle however the weight loss was really gradual - took me a little more than 6 months. I don't diet or anything (though I've weight loss supplements and programs) but I just control my portions and make sure to exercise a bit more.

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

I've been wanting to try yoga plus as well.. Last year they(ortigas branch) had a Christmas promo but i was thinking it's the month of eating(I mean giving.. and eating..) so i didn't bother yoga. This year sana makasali na. Good luck Miss Liz! The dress really did fool me :P but you're gorgeous anyway.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

I used to do Bikram yoga in the Greenhills branch, but I stopped since each class is an hour and a half and I needed all the time I could get to study. I LOVED it though. I felt so clean and energized after each class, plus it helped make me a lot more flexible. Hope you enjoy it, Liz! :) Finding the type of exercise that makes you happy can take a while, but it's totally worth it when you do figure it out.

My cousin teaches Ashtanga yoga at Yoga Plus. Maybe you'll see her around. We look a little bit alike, hehe!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariana

My ate practices Strala Yoga, she simply adores Tara Stiles! She swears by it. She tells me that even though the physical change is not readily visible, internally you feel that your body is opening up, becoming more flexible and happier. She even goes to say that she feels her body is grateful to her when she practices yoga at home. Please update us with your yoga experience. My sister is looking for non-slip gloves and socks that she can use for yoga because they are more portable than yoga mats. She wants to practice yoga anywhere kasi. Good luck to your new adventure Ms Liz!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I love how yoga provides a space for beginners, already-fit and people who are in transition. Even when I was obese, it's my go-to exercise. I've also tried Barre3 but find it expensive hence not sustainable for long-term. So good choice for yoga. At least after learning the basics, you could continue your practice at home. :)

Here's my weight-loss journey without regular exercise.

Posting your initial efforts in your blog is a good accountability step. Good luck and enjoy the process Liz!

I tried yoga one summer. The studio had a discount for students so my friend and I joined in. Grabe nakakapawis talaga sya. And I agree sa mga comments, youll not notice it but your body seem to be getting healthier every sesh, so mawawala food cravings mo. As for me, I feel stronger after. Your posture will improve and parang mas naging confident ako. I wish I could go back, maybe after law school :)

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

I am also in this situation now! I gained A LOT of weight after graduation (like most people) and it has been a battle of the scales (and hard to zip zippers) since then. My BMI is still normal but it's close to being overweight. I really wanted to try Yoga and I actually bought a mat for me to do it at home but I don't think I can do it without an instructor who can guide me properly with the poses. Now what I do is I run, and it is very effective in losing the extra pounds even if you only do it 30 mins/day. If I can't run outside, I just do it inside the house as in jog in place or pabalik-balik. As long as you can keep the heart rate up, I guess cardio would work. lol Sorry ang haba. :)

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate P.

Good luck to you! :) When I was living abroad last year, I was able to lose weight (18 lbs. in 6 months). I'm not really sure how I did it but it's probably because I moved more. Back here I had my own car so whenever I need to do something or go somewhere I just drive. But overseas I had to take public transportation which I really did not enjoy :P So instead of taking the bus I just walk to the grocery... to the office... etc :)

Now that I'm back, I started to gain weight again :| But I'm more conscious now since I don't want to go back to my starting weight. I started doing the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels (I'm on day 6!) It just takes me 20 minutes a day and I can do it right at home.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLei

Best of luck Liz! I'm thinking of committing to regular exercise too, since they say it can do wonders not only for your body but also to your overall well-being. As I'm going to be in a really high-stress job soon, yoga seems to be the perfect choice. Let me know how it goes! My body is not bendy at all and I'm scared I'll be the laughing stock of the yoga studio! :))

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeerinheadlights

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