We would go for happy hour after work and I’d tell you that I’ve stopped drinking coffee because coffee was always the drink I would drink in the morning. I have been intermittent fasting for the past few weeks so that means I am not eating or drinking anything (other then water or a green tea) in the morning; I break my fast around noon. And that also means I stop eating 8 hours after I’ve broken my fast, so I only eat during an eight hour time window. On the weekend, I am a bit more lax especially if it involves a late dinner party. I’m not really that annoying person who has to always abide by the rules.
We’d have a few more sips of our drinks and you’d probably ask me why on earth would I be doing such a thing? Why not just eat like a normal person? To be honest, since my surgery last year, I’ve struggled with my weight. Initially, I lost weight and that was probably because I was losing muscle weight, but then it just piled back on. I thought, no worries, I’ll be working out soon enough and finally, I was cleared to get back into the gym. It was great at first, it felt good to be moving and sweating it up again. But the weight wasn’t coming off, in fact, I was gaining weight. Yes, I would be because I was putting muscle back on but the weight around my belly was not budging. ARGH. Since then, I’m still struggling. My thighs have gotten bigger but they’re much more stronger then before. In fact, I’ve smashed my PRs in the gym, easily doing working sets at a weight I could only do a one-rep max before surgery. I do get self conscious of my big thighs and booty, especially living out in Asia where all the girls are like reeds. But I’m still okay with that because if you were to feel my legs, you’d feel my muscles. HA. But its my belly. That pudge is not budging. So I’ve changed my eating habits and I am starting to notice a difference. So let’s hope that I’ll soon see a bigger difference. Fingers crossed!
Then you’d probably ask, what? You’re quitting your personal training? But you love personal training! You’ve been training religiously for 4 years. Yes, I’m going to miss it like crazy, I love going into my gym and messing around with my trainers and the other clients I’ve become friendly with. But I’m giving it up because it’s an expensive luxury and right now, I need to save, save, save. And there are other options that are cheaper for working out, so I will continue with HIIT classes that I had to temporarily suspend my membership for and just do that. It’ll still be fun. And plus, I hope to get a bit smaller as I won’t be doing the heavy lifting. I’ll miss it and the sense of accomplishment I get knowing I can lift that much, but… My wallet will thank me! HA
Why am I trying to save so much now? Well, even though I’m living in La La Land (Singapore), things have been tough out here. The world isn’t a happy place and you never know what will happen. I’ve also not been happy in my job for quite some time and although I am looking, the jobs aren’t as abundant as they used to be. And as the economy here has slowed down, being an expat looking for a job is that much harder. So, I definitely need to think about potential rainy days ahead – whether I lose my job or whether I downright quit. Who knows. Who knows?!?!
I think we’d be on our second drink now and we’d be talking more happy things. Because life is not all gloom and doom. And while you do have to think about the future, you also need to live in the now. The now is still pretty darn good because I’ve just come back from (I think it’ll be!!) an amazing trip to Morocco with Leroy where I finally got to go to one of my dream destinations, but also got to see my two girlfriends from Singapore that have since left. And things with me and Leroy are going from strength to strength. I feel quite at peace being with him and he is just so damn lovely!
Anyway, how are things with you? Your turn!