Sunday, March 07, 2010

Saturday Night Out


For a good part of 2008 and the whole of 2009, the wardrobe saw nothing but US size 8 and UK size 10 or 12. That was a tad depressing. Obviously, exercising doesn't work if my diet isn't controlled. Eating 3 full meals of pasta every other day encourages the fats to pile on.

I only realized I was getting pudgy when the friends mentioned it and I stared harder at group photos. Horrors! So the first thing I did was to review my diet. I don't eat preserved or processed foods in general, so it isn't difficult to cut down on snacks. I simply cut them out. The daily cans of Coke went and stayed away; spectacularly losing the battle to wean off caffeine, cut down on starch and refined foods, etc. It was time to be less greedy, along with a conscious decision to go pescetarian. The stomach needs to learn to shrink and not expand.

The route to shedding some pounds started last October. I love my food and wasn't in a hurry to look like a stick overnight. I'm curvy and I'll never be lean no matter how I try. So I simply attempt to be healthier. 4 months on, it feels so good to be lighter and more nimble. I don't feel all bothered and lumpy in clothes anymore.

Last night, I slipped into yet another black (boring) dress for dinner at Otto. You know I really love dresses from DvF and Hugo Boss. Plus the designs fit me perfectly. Of late, I've been acquiring many of them. I'm thrilled that the pudginess is receding and I can fit into a US size 6 and UK size 8 now. I've to wear belts to cinch the waist of UK size 10/12 dresses so that I don't look too much like a sack. This DvF US size 6 fits like a glove and made me feel like strutting. Then I think, shit- I can't put on weight like ever, otherwise I need to get a whole new wardrobe, again.

20 comments:

lovexiaolongbao said...

love the sleekness of the dress. I am still trying to lose weight from pregnancy, but i have no discipline. If only i can just cut out the chocolate i eat i will lose weight.

b.muse said...

I love that dress on you!! =D
Perfect when paired with those heels too. =)

kikare said...

How could you have been a UK size 12? I am a UK size 12 (for tops and dresses) and I'm sure I'm MUCH bigger than you even when you were "pudgy".

imp said...

lovexlb: the friends tell me it's a painful process to shed those pregnancy pounds. but in the name of vanity, they strive on. good luck k! am sure you can do it!

b.muse: YOU! you made me buy the dress! wahahaha. but i love it. and yes, only with heels. i tried it with slippers and felt like a lump. Ugh.

kikare: i was a UK size 12. Totally.

sinlady said...

happy to hear modified eating plus exercise worked for you. i was doing great cutting down on food portions, until, of course, the US!!! oh well, i have the months ahead to cut back on food portions again :)

JoMel said...

Wow!! congratulations! It takes determination, and lots of discipline to reach where you are. I'm very sure of that.

Having said that, I can never ever fit into a UK 8! I am still a 10/12. And probably will forever stay that way (if I'm lucky!! Hehe!)

Pebbles said...

The dress fits you perfectly!! So pretty! I spot a little smile.. Keke!

Anonymous said...

i'm such a BIG FAILURE when it comes to losing weight! sigh.... i'm a little encouraged by your success story though..... hopefully.....
D

imp said...

sinlady: it's always the food intake that kills me. gahh.

jomel: i'm vain! OEHH! You. What happened to the gym days? Just because you're maidless now doesn't mean it's exercise!

pebbles: thanks!

D: willpower! if you want to, you can.

ice said...

Black is a timeless classic & you look gorgeous in it. (:

JoMel said...

aiks!! How did you know??!!

imp said...

ice: you're a total sweetheart! i do like black so. except it can be rather severe sometimes. i think most people can't picture me in any other color but black.

jomel: i remember! *wags finger at you*

The Oriental Queen said...

tell me about it. been trying to cut down on stuff too cos horrificly, i've gained 4 kg in the last 3 yeears!! i can feel it my thighs! so depressing. haha. but yeah, i love food too much too to cut down completely. urgh the spirit is willing but the flesh is too weak i say.

The Oriental Queen said...

ps. but please lah! you look fab in the dress lor! Toned! not like me, flabby to the max.

celcilia_tjioe said...

"The stomach needs to learn to shrink and not expand"
---- I utterly like this quote! I'm here striving real hard to get back my not-too-lean shape.. (I gained 2 kgs!!!)

Lunch is Served! said...

You look great in this dress :) Congrats on the successful mission :)

wildgoose said...

You're looking good. :) but i agree, the worst thing about losing/gaining weight is having to get a new wardrobe, esp when it means giving up well-loved items.

imp said...

celcilia + orientalQ: i still love my food. but i just cut down coz i really don't need 3 meals a day. 2 r sufficient. plus i really love exercising. so that's easy.

lunchIsServed: thank u!

wildgoose: i belt and alter where i can!

zewt said...

4 months to drop 2 sizes is certainly quite an effort. careful though, picking up 2 sizes usually take less than half the time. ;P

imp said...

zewt: hahha. exactly! must watch myself!