Here’s how I did it.
I’ve been living in Thailand for almost two years now. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that my new life has its ups and downs. One of the ups for me personally, was my semi-intentional weight loss. In this post, I want to share why I think I lost so much weight and the things I did that helped me get here.
I say “semi-intentional” because I didn’t really give my 100% percent and dedicate my life to a weight-loss regime. I wanted to lose weight, but it sort of happened without me trying too hard. Now that I think of it though, there were a bunch of lifestyle changes that are worth mentioning.
I quit drinking and smoking
I believe that these two bad habits were really messing my body up in the past. This was such an important change in my life, that I think it deserves a separate post. But I still need to write something here, so, in a couple of words – most of the time, I can tell that someone is a smoker/drinker just by looking at their body. It really has a drastic effect on the skin colour and overall body shape. My number one advice for anyone who wants to lose weight would be to quit drinking.
I didn’t quit drinking and smoking in order to lose weight, but it certainly helped in this department as well. Super happy about that.
I eat (more or less) healthy
Back in Montreal, my diet consisted of mac’n’cheese poutine and other poutine varieties from Dirty Dogs. That joint was right next to my office, so it was super convenient and crazy delicious. I’m not even kidding, I was binging almost every day. I’m actually surprised I didn’t turn obese, because my eating habits were total shit. I guess my metabolism was (and is) pretty good.
Now that I’m in Thailand and have a super healthy man by my side, we eat stuff that athletes eat. You know, like lean meat, veggies, fruits, seafood… We still binge (pizza, pasta and chocolate are our faves), but not nearly as often as I used to.
I exercise (sometimes)
Because my man is a professional fighter (here’s an article I wrote about my husband btw, take a quick look if you’re not familiar with his story) and exercises like a machine, it sort of pushes me to also stay active. I’m still struggling to find motivation and exercise regularly, but I hit the gym sporadically. Sometimes, I take fitness classes. Other times, I just go downstairs to swim in the pool. Overall, I end up exercising at least once a week.
I’m actually in the middle of a 4-week training program right now that was designed for me by our fitness and nutrition guru here at irinatee.com, Dana Poleakov. I promised my Instagram followers to keep them updated on my progress. So far so good. Looking forward to gaining some muscle mass.
I drink plenty of water
Thai weather is really hot and humid, so I carry a large bottle of water everywhere I go. I end up drinking at least 1.5L of water daily, which is still not enough in my opinion, but it’s way more than what I used to drink in Montreal.
I get plenty of sleep
You know that good night sleep you get when you’re on vacation? I feel like I’m on permanent vacation right now and sleep like a baby every night. I used to go to sleep very late and wake up super early back in the days. I still go to sleep pretty late, but I can afford to wake up later too.
I use vision boards
If you’re rolling your eyes right now, stop! These things really work… almost like magic. I think this deserves a separate post too, but I feel like there aren’t enough geeks that follow me who will appreciate this topic.
Before meeting my husband, I created a vision board of my “perfect” life. It had travel photos, photos of happy couples and fit girls and other more personal stuff – and it actually worked! I used to roll my eyes too in the past, but I got to a point of such desperation, I craved change (including losing weight)! So I gave vision boards a try and my life has completely turned around since.
My mind is more at peace
My life back in Montreal consisted of a not-so-healthy balance between work and parties. I was either stressing about work or recovering from a hangover. Now that I’m not working a “9 to 5 job” and parties have turned into spending an entire day at the beach, it has certainly helped get rid of anxiety that used to trigger binge eating.
I am in love
I truly believe that when a girl is happily in love, it shows. Love makes us turn into the best versions of ourselves.
I remember my girlfriend whose relationship wasn’t going so well and she started to gain weight and not care about her appearance all that much. It all changed when she met her current man. In other words, when I see someone who’s glowing and looking better than ever, they don’t even have to tell me, I know that they’re happy and in love. It’s true that happy girls are the prettiest.