Getting Personal: My Weight Loss Journey

I started this blog to document my projects: art, design, sewing, etc…. but there’s one project I haven’t talked much about and that’s my health.

I debated on whether to write this post because it’s pretty personal but I thought if I could help one person feel that they weren’t alone, it would be worth it.

I’ve struggled with weight issues all my life. Like my mum, despite our best efforts to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise, it’s a constant uphill battle with our metabolisms. Back when I was in my early 20’s I joined a gym, took martial arts and carried around a little notebook, pen & calculator everywhere to record & calculate my food calories & fat grams. I knew if I wanted results it would take a hardcore commitment. I lost 40 lbs in 9 months and never felt better. Then I went to college for 3 years, followed by eight years of career, and all that weight came back and more.

Over the years, I’ve tried cleanses, diets, lots of stuff. Nothing worked. Finally in November 2011, I decided to do the only thing that worked for me in my 20’s – go hardcore. I began working out every day, counting calories and eating clean (mostly). It’s taken me over a year this time but I’ve lost just over 35 lbs. Problem is, I still have a ways to go and I’ve been in a plateau for over a month. In fact, I’ve even gained a couple lbs despite still maintaining a calorie deficit. SO depressing 😦

My mum recently told me about this diet her friend went on, and which she is planning to try. Her friend lost over 20 lbs on it, and she was the same; had tried everything else and nothing worked. It sounded at first like every other fad lose weight quick scam out there and I was immediately skeptical. But I did three days of intense research, and my skepticism turned to grudging respect as I began to see there was indeed research, scientific evidence, and lots of success stories.

I’m not going to go into it too deeply because this isn’t a promotion for products or diets. What I am going to say is that it’s going to require a very large amount of dedication and determination on my part, and there’s gonna be some foods I’m going to miss for a couple months – and not even really bad ones either lol. Similar to the Paleo diet, this one really limits your food choices, and for the first part, there’s no starch or fats allowed.

I’m hoping this will be the thing that kicks my metabolism back in gear, but if not, at least I tried. In the words of my wise mum, “Time is passing anyway; you may as well do something with it!”


About symondezyn

graphic designer, illustrator, and artist of many skills... always striving towards new challenges and goals, and always with more projects than time to do them in!! View all posts by symondezyn

33 responses to “Getting Personal: My Weight Loss Journey

  • lloubb

    good luck! best wishes for going through this next phase of your journey with happiness and good health.

  • Javie

    Congrats on losing over 35lbs! My weight has fluctuated widely too and it is very frustrating. Hopefully this new plan works for you.

  • sewbusylizzy

    Congratulations & I wish you much success on the next stage of your journey.

  • Sew Little Time

    is it dukan? as if so it really does work! congratulations on what you have lost already – i lost 60lbs over the course of 2 years and i know how hard it is to keep going, especially when you reach a plateau. now comes the hard bit – keeping it off!

    • symondezyn

      Wow, congrats!!! That’s a very admirable achievement – I commend your perseverance; as you say, plateaus are the worst, and they can really take their toll on you over the course of a year or two πŸ™‚

      No, it’s not Dukan – I’ll have to look that up, as I’ve not heard of it πŸ™‚

  • Helen

    Congratulations on your weight loss et and best of luck with the new diet! I’d also be very interested to know which one it is and especially if it works.

  • Vicki Kate

    Good luck! I’d love to know a little more if you get a moment? I struggle with the same issues and am interested in what you’ve discovered. I hope the plateau ends soon, I know how dispiriting it can be. Big hugs xxx

  • sallie

    Best of luck to you! And thank you for sharing your personal story. It’s very brave to put yourself out there.

  • stirandstitch

    it takes so much determination and hard work to lose weight and keep it off. i admire what you’ve accomplished and your grit to keep going! it’s great that you incorporate both diet and activity to achieve a healthy lifestyle πŸ™‚

  • Andrea

    Even if this new diet will be tough, you have taken the first and most important step: commitment! I wish you luck in this journey – I know first hand how tough it can be to kick start your metabolism and get to a weight you are happy with (oh, and next time we meet we’ll have something healthy to eat!)

    • symondezyn

      Thank you Andrea πŸ™‚ The first step has already been a long, arduous journey which I couldn’t have survived if I deprived myself entirely of burgers & fries! lol ^_^ But now, after a year and more, I need to go hardcore again, if only for a bit. Hopefully by the time I see you I’ll be totally allowed a cheat day! πŸ˜‰

  • aliesje

    hugest congrats on your loss to date – 35 is awesome! And best of luck with the new plan – I hope it works for you!
    Are you on myfitnesspal? I started about a month ago and love it… I just find that it makes tracking eating and getting my nutrients in so easy

    • symondezyn

      Thank you so much Alice! πŸ™‚ I’ve actually been using an app called LoseIt! on my iPhone, for over a year – I love it cause I can put in all my own recipes & customize my program πŸ™‚ It is definitely easier than what I was doing 12 years ago with the notebook & calculator!! πŸ˜›

  • Cation Designs

    Best of luck on your journey to healthiness! I think it’s so admirable what you’ve accomplished already, and I hope this next phase works out for you. It’s so courageous of you to share so openly here!

    • symondezyn

      Thank you so much, Cindy ^_^ I know you’ve been brave in sharing personal things on your blog too and it was partly that which inspired me to share as well – so thank you again πŸ™‚ Your bravery inspired mine! πŸ™‚

  • ooobop!

    You are incredible! 35lb!!! I really need to shift some but … and there I go again about to make another excuse…. I just need to do it! This is very much my inspiration for today. Thank you, lovely x

  • beautifullysewn

    One thing I realized when i was trying to lose weight (and still am) was that I had to start from a place of love for myself as I am right now, and appreciate any change that comes as a bonus but not central to who I am. I wish you all the very best as you continue your progress!

    • symondezyn

      You are so right, Salma – I, too, feel it’s better to approach it with the attitude of wanting to achieve greater health and well being out of respect for yourself and your body, instead of a focus on achieving a specific weight or size. Then the change is sustainable and positive rather than self deprecating and stressful πŸ™‚

  • Calico Stretch

    Wow 35ibs gone is fantastic. You know, I think you look gorgeous just the way you are but I do know what you mean. Anyway, I’m rooting for you on this new diet.

    • symondezyn

      Aw shucks, thank you so much ^_^

      I’m ok with how I look, honestly – but I know how much better I FEEL (both physically and mentally) when I’m at a healthier weight, and I really want to be the healthiest I can be πŸ™‚ I very much appreciate the support, thank you!! πŸ™‚

  • Tia Dia

    Kudos to you for keeping at it for 35! That’s a tough journey! I’m curious about your metabolic adjusting diet – I know several people who have gone on a similar doctor-ordered-and-supervised diet that sounds very similar with the goal of adjusting their metabolism. Let me tell you, it really works. Every one of them lot a lot of weight and have kept it off for years.

    Just hang in there through the plateau. Your body is making internal adjustments you can’t see that will “show up” when all the necessary inside work is done. Cheering you on!

    • symondezyn

      Thank you so much Tia!! Yes, the idea is to reset the hypothalamus and trigger the body to use fat stores as energy; it’s had a lot of success for those who stick with it to the letter, but it does take a big commitment, as does anything worthwhile πŸ™‚

      I’ll post more once I’ve started it and can give personal accounts of how it works rather than repeating secondhand info ^_^

  • Cuckoo Chanel

    Very best of luck to you, and huge congrats on the 35 pounds so far. I fluctuate about 35-40 pounds, and am at the high end of my range, so thank you for bringing up this topic and being an inspiration. You’re going into it with the right attitude, and I know you will be successful.

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