WHQ 10 KG Challenge
The 1st Week.
Although the basmati rice used in beriyani is considered to have a medium glycemic index score, even the half helping I was having was enough to throw my glycemic load high, causing weight gain. The beriyani was good though!
On the third day, I had sprouted grain bread, which was supposed to have a low GI score, but perhaps the particular brand I was eating has a higher than normal GI. Oh well, I have to focus on foods at the lower end of the GI scale. Of course, there may be other reasons too, like eating too much at each sitting. I must be more mindful of the hadith quoted above and eat less!
A low GI diet is usually what’s recommended to a diabetic to control insulin fluctuations in the body because the glycemic index is a measure of how much glucose appears in the bloodstream after consuming a certain amount and after a certain time. High insulin levels causes weight gain.
So now the first week has ended. Hmmm… What did I do? What did I feel? How would I be able to add value to everybody? Is it ok for me start on Monday, please?
So here it is. Monday is here. Everyone was well fed on Sunday. I had a great start without needing to do anything YES!!
I stepped down the bus I took to the factory. Feeling happy and confident. Went to canteen for breakfast and it HIT ME IN THE FACE!!!!
I WORK IN A FACTORY! That means factory canteen food (I can’t choose my food), factory management hours (can’t choose my eating time) and JAPANESE bosses!! (You tell them… “Errr its breaktime” and the answer is “What is breaktime?”)
How would I apply my food and exercise regime?
And, to add to that confusion….
My workaholic Japanese bosses fed me with ice cream after ice cream!!! (Later I found out why. They basically made me work triple hard within the same time frame)
So, as usual, when in trouble, turn to Allah. Took Rasulullah’s eating habits coupled with Mac Newton’s diet tips I went through the week. No exercises coz I had to work triply harder.
p.s: One of the prizes offered for this #10 KG Challenge.
Fascinatingly, I’m a rebel. The word weight loss = “DIET” which is very fatal to me. I kinda do the opposite if that word stays in my head.
So when Monday hit me, my mind was still a blank. The more I think about it, the more I rebelled. The more I didn’t want to do anything about it. The more hungry I became. I ate more frequently. I did not want to exercise even. I was stubbornly folding my arms and saying no to everyone’s help. Like a stubborn little girl.
Eventually, I relented a few days later… *lol
My family members were all geared up to “help” me (Thks!) My parents were busy pulling me out from the bed to the park for jogging (yucks!). My kids were busy feeding me with positivity thoughts- “If you think you are fat, you are fat, so think that you are slim.” *kids nowadays are geniuses!
My biggest challenge was my mentality. I was not prepared. I was excited but not prepared. I was still in “LALA” land 3-4 days after the challenge started. So I was out of focus. Now, I’m ready.
So what’s my plan? “Listen” to my body. Eat whatever it feels like eating. Stop before the tummy gets full, and be mindful ,be present (pay attention!) during the eating process and in the food that I eat. Do the weekly 3 X 45 mins of aerobic dancing/exercise. Believe and have faith that I can lose 10 kg in 3 months and that I am the winner of this challenge. YES! (Bryan told me that it sounded like I’m going to war… indeed, this is war but with myself! *lol)
Just a simple plan from a simple girl.
Everything is definitely possible!
Disclaimer: Please do not attempt any of our challenges and follow through our “diets” or exercises without consulting your own physician or doctor. Do not try this at home or anywhere else. We are responsible for our own actions and hope you do, too. Our intentions are to encourage the world to be responsible in their own health and being by choosing to be healthier and fit. If we can do it, so can you!