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2020 Wrap-Up: How It Started and How It Ended

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lillian

Since May, I have been working my booty off to drop weight that I amassed from having a baby and coping with the pandemic (which involved a lot of beer and Cheetos / Doritos late at night).

I didn’t take any before / after photos. I wish I did BUT I did document my workouts.

@emptybamboogirl

#howitstarted #howitended #2020wrapped #2020 #lesmills #bodycombat #fitness

♬ Savage – Megan Thee Stallion

I dropped 20lbs in 7 months with the help of..

  • my mom: She’d watch the kiddo while the Husband and I worked out.
  • the Husband: It’s easier with a buddy and he is my workout + keto buddy. He was the one who got me onto keto. I was so skeptical at first…
  • keto diet: I’ve been on a low carb diet in spurts here and there – especially when I was pregnant (I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes which sucked) but I did it without any rhyme or reason.
  • Carb Manager app: In stepped this awesome app. I tracked my macros and calories – 70% fat, 20% protein and 10% carbs with the goal of losing a pound a week…
  • Ozeri digital food scale: We weigh what we eat and have developed a close relationship with grams. It’s the only way to know how much we’re eating and to start being more aware of what an actual serving size is.
  • Les Mills BodyCombat: I miss training at my muay thai gym so when I found a program that combined my love of muay thai plus really amazing music tracks, I was hooked. The Husband discovered the program on Youtube. At the time, I was making use of the fitness programs on Amazon Prime and Youtube, but I kept going back to BodyCombat. In the end, we decided to sign up for on demand and haven’t looked back. There’s so much more they offer – weights, yoga, barre, dance, HIIT, cardio and more. Plus, the trainers are so inspiring. I didn’t think I could ever workout virtually, but here we are.

More than anything, it was the diet that did the trick. Eating more protein and fat keeps me full and I avoid getting crazy hangry. You can check out all the things I’ve eaten on my food IG account @JPgirlXfood.

It took me a couple months to acclimate. It was some trial and error in finding what foods work for my body (i.e., broccoli/cauliflower/asparagus F* up my system so I avoid them) as well as finding alternatives to my fave carbs like bread and chocolate chip cookies to help me stay the course.

During family dinner, I just eat the song (餸), aka the dishes that accompany the rice, and just not the rice. In place of rice, I eat a shit ton of steamed leafy greens like baby bok choy, gai lan and etc.

Anyhow, I’m really proud of this accomplishment because it was not easy. Being able to fit into my pre-baby clothes once again is a blessing…to my wallet (cuz I did not enjoy having to buy bigger pants). 🙌

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