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Last year, I went on a diet and lost 36 lbs over 7 months.
My primary goal at the time was to lose weigh fast in a healthy way in order to reach my pre-pregnancy weight of 115 lbs.
I went from 156 lbs to 120 lbs on April 1, 2017 and was happy with the result.
Then I went on to lose 4.2 lbs over just 2 weeks. The total weight loss was 40.2 lbs over 7.5 months.
I successfully completed my weight loss plan. And in that process, I also got 5 surprising results I didn’t plan for:
1. My grocery bills was drastically reduced.
I was a heavy meat eater, consuming a large amount of pork every single day to feel full. If I didn’t eat meat, I’d feel hungry after 1-2 hours.
After I went on an almost vegetarian diet, I cut down on my meat consumption substantially and ate more beans, tofu, and fruit.
2. I had more free time.
Prior to the almost vegetarian diet, I’d spend the whole afternoon (~5 hours) on Sunday preparing food for the week and cleaning up.
It was something I didn’t enjoy and dreaded every weekend. But I had to do it to save money, save time on weekdays, and feel full enough to fall asleep at night.
Now it takes me literally 15 minutes to boil 10 eggs and drain the canned beans into a container for the week. For dinner, it’s another half hour to prep veggies and tofu. I have more time on Sunday to learn more about real estate investment, retirement, watch my favorite TV shows, and blogging.
In the morning, instead of spending 10 minutes trying to fill myself up with bread, bagels, and a big bowl of oatmeal, it takes me less than 2 minutes to finish half a cup of soy milk and 4 tablespoons of cereal. I leave the house earlier and get to work earlier.
It also takes me less time to finish lunch at work: 15 minutes compared to 30 minutes like before. I have more time to do my work or just catch up on some blog posts during my lunch break.
3. My skin is more clear.
When I consumed a large amount of stir-fried pork and veggie dishes, I would have acne popping up every couple of days. My skin looked dull.
With the new diet, my skin is clear, and my cheeks look more rosy. I got a lot of compliments from my colleagues, such as “Your skin is glowing!”, “You look great”, and, “You look so rested.” I don’t use makeup, so the only explanation for that difference was my vegetarian diet.
4. I have more work clothes.
I suddenly could fit into my old clothes and didn’t feel the need to buy new clothes anymore. Half of my wardrobe was from 3-10 years ago, but none of my colleagues have seen those clothes yet since I couldn’t fit into them prior to losing weight.
I remember at one point I could fit into only 6 outfits because I was too heavy. Now the number of my outfits has tripled. New me, new clothes. Yay!
5. I got Mr. FAF to start losing weight.
Mr. FAF has gained almost 30 lbs since we got married. But it’s been really difficult for him to lose weight since he loves his food.
But seeing how determined and successful I was with my weight loss plan, he’s started to watch what he eats more often and go swimming every day to burn the fat.
I’m very happy about that since I’ve been worried about how he might get high cholesterol or diabetes with his increasing weight.
Besides the great things above, I also got a lot of concerning comments from family and friends about how I was losing weight too fast.
Now at 115.5 lbs, I still watch my diet, but I’m not obsessive with stepping on the scale anymore. I feel like myself again. When I have a second baby, I will gain the weight back. But now I know an effective weight loss plan that works for me.