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Aug. 17th, 2005

Watched the Dim Sum Dollies again yesterday night..this time, with hubby and good pals, Corrina, Darren, Bibi & Trevor & ljers like burburLaine, uniclycommonNic and flipoverTrish.

Thought that it was cute that Nic could recognise my pals. She pointed out Bibi (who was loitering outside Thai Express) to me where we were having dinner, even though she had never met her before.. When Bibi was introduced to Nic and Trish, she commented "Err..so, these are your internet friends!?" Alamak I'd never thought of them as internet friends (sounds so irc) 'coz they are now my real-life friends what!


Chatted with her for a while after the show (actually, she needed a cig) and we learnt how much it cost to produce DSD (half a mil!) and some of the problems she'd faced along the way. Am glad that the show's quite successful and that she'll probably recoup her investment. Kudos to her for working so hard and getting in that many sponsors..

She'd thought hubby and I were newly weds..guess both of us were behaving like li' kids, insulting each other and all that's why..and she didn't believe I had a kid either..
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Received several comments that I'd slimmed down alot.. which made me feel good (I'm so vain~).

It is strange. When I'd stopped trying to lose weight, the pounds just disappeared so easily. Most of you would know that I had such a tough time trying to shed my post-natal weight. In fact, I sold/given/thrown away many of my pre-preggy clothes which were mainly XS and S because I'd actually given up hope trying to get back to my original size.

I'd gained abt 20kg during my pregnancy (I was abt 47kg before that) and after I'd given birth, I was still +12kg which meant that only 8kg was Aidan and the rest was due to my bingeing during my pregnancy.. I was a pig i tell ya. For example, I had cravings for famous amos cookies and was able to finish an entire box while updating my blog. There were times when I walloped two boxes in one day. I'd quit smoking by going cold turkey the day I found out I was preggy (I started again only after I'd stopped breastfeeding Aidan) and i snacked more than usual as a result..The only exercises I did was walking around the malls looking for baby items and 'swimming' (the pong,gong,jee-mor gor-tai sort) . It didn't help that I'd stopped working during my final trimester so I wasn't exactly very active..

I was rather depressed for a while when I realised that it wasn't gonna be easy losing weight. I had been complacent. I used to have such a high metabolic rate and pple called me 'gum chek' as I was able to eat alot and yet managed to stay slim. Never did it occur to me that those extra pounds wouldn't go away that easily..(it did for some of the ljmoms though :P) Kinda duh of me actually. The period when I was at my fattest was a miserable one..I hated being an XL and wearing pants that were size 10 and above. I dreaded looking at the mirror and always spent ages deciding what to wear because every clothing lI tried made me look fat.. The pics taken on Aidan's one year old birthday shows how much bigger I was then.

I think I'd even photoshopped it a li' so that I looked 'slimmer' then..


It was after about a year of feeling despondent and frumpy that I decided to take some drastic measures. I started dieting. I tried the South Beach Diet but that only lasted for 2 weeks when my body couldn't deal with the no-carbo regime. I had no energy to do anything and walking by MacDonalds & smelling the freshly baked fries made me hyperventilate. It was tough because I had a babe to look after then. I did manage to lose abt 2 kg during that 2 weeks though but gained it back almost immediately when I stopped. Realised that it was probably water that I'd lost. The next thing I did was to try out appetite suppressants.. These had to be prescribed from the doctor. I'd gone to my neighbourhood doctor who was quite taken aback when he saw me 'coz he'd remembered me during my 'slimmer' days. I was given 2 types of pills - Panesby and Chitosan..both of which was supposed to be taken together.

Again, I had to abandon the pills because they had side effects. I didn't have the 'normal reaction' of heart palpitations and insomnia ('coz Ive already had insomnia before I started on these pills). But I had terrible migraines which only started during my 3rd week on the pills..the headaches were so bad that I decided to throw away the pills and the headaches stopped immediately. This time round, I managed to lose abt 4kg (I was abt 56 kg then) and fortunately, I didn't gain it back..

But even though I'd lost some weight, the flab was still there.. especially on my tummy. At that time, there were articles in magazines about this non-surgical method of 'dissolving fat' called mesotheraphy. After reading abt the 'success' stories in the mags, I decided I wanted to try it out. I made an appointment with Dr Patricia Yuen, who's always featured in those socialite magazines like Tatler and Prestige. She's actually about my age - very striking, tall, slim which only made me feel more dumpy just sitting next to her. After inspecting my body, she said that mesotheraphy was not going to be enough for me (since it works only on small targeted areas of fats) and recommended liposuction instead *sigh*..I gotta be honest, I was very very tempted but after considering for a while, I decided against it..Started trying other forms of diet by taking pills like Extrim which was meant to be taken before meals since it was a 'carbohydrate neutralizer and fat burner'. Did it work? Didn't see much effect but it only made me feel slightly less guilty when I binge on food. I stopped after a while though..

And then I decided to start working after 18 months of being a stay-at-home mom.. It wasn't exactly a tough decision to make because i'd always known that I would want to get back to the workforce sooner or later.

So I'd joined the now-defunct SPH Mediaworks and in that short 6 months with the company, I somehow lost 3 kg ..and in my current job at SPH, I went on to lose another 4kg. What did I do? Nothing..no diets, no major changes in my exercise regime. I'm back to eating hearty meals now and I do indulge in coke and ice cream a few times a week (unlike those days when I drink abt 2 cans a day). I just needed to be more mobile I guess..

I probably sound like someone with low self-confidence and esteem, going all out to lose weight and having no discipline to do it the 'healthy' way by exercising and eating right. I admit, I was lazy. Was trying to take the shortest-cut and hoping to do it with as little pain, sweat and trouble as possible. I certainly won't recommend people to do what I did. It's really not surprising why slimming centres make so much money..It's so easy to prey on a woman's insecurities and sense of vanity. In a selfish way, this is also one reason why I am reluctant to have another kid. I don't want to be fat again!
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Going back in time..
Was going thru some of my older blog entries...and looking at some of the pics of Aidan when he was younger..

Here's Aidan in July 2003..

and exactly 2 years ago on Aug 17 2003...

Aidan one year ago on Aug 20 2004...

Oops..didn't take any pics of him today..:)




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ellcrius
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
oooo is that a tricep i see... good going there, mum. haha
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
err..got tricep meh? since when? camera trick lah!
missustay
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
I know I probably sound one someone with low self-confidence and esteem, going all out to lose weight and having no discipline to do it the 'healthy' way by exercising and eating right.

you're real and normal! ;p

being hard at work is some kinda exercise too, i guess!
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
yeah..work is a good form of exercise i guess :)
(I call it the GSS exercise/diet :P)
uniclycommon
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
Heh. Gives u an idea of how much time I spend voyeuring LJs... ;)

Anyway, thanks once again for the tickets... it was great seeing u!
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
we are all voyeurs lah :D..

Yeah, it was great seeing you again too..at least now u'll back for good heh! Glad that u n mystery man enjoyed the show!
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smallbully
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
woah.. i shld seriously go lose my fats too! if i stand next to u now, ppl will probably think dat i am e one with kid!
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
no lah *bish*. Just be happy the way u are (but who am i to give such kinda advice hor :P)

i'm still not exactly back to my preg-preg weight (+2 kg) but i'm happy the way i'm now though. No intention of losing anymore weight!
dotteddreams
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
yea! think u look slimmer and slimmer in ya pictures :)

angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
yeah..can tell from pics that i have lost some weight although i somehow still tend to look slimmer in pictures than irl :P (no photoshopping hor)
nachon
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
I'm already dreading getting preggie....cos'I have zero self-discipline and I'm already not small....sigh~
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
no..please don't use me as an example. I was really really really bad during my pregnancy. Actually, I was just as bad after that..i drank at least one can of coke per day, i ate supper every night, i snacked like crazy! I was a pig!

Many of my friends managed to lose most of their weight after they'd given birth. I think it helps if you're younger too :) After 30, metabolic rate slows down quite abit lah!
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angeliatay
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
nah..it's different for everyone. Like i wrote, alot of my mommy-friends had no problem shedding those pounds. I was at fault too lah..i didnt have any discipline during my pregnancy and kept on justifying that i was eating for 2 :P

slumbermydarlin
Aug. 17th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
size 10?! i'm size 10!!! hahaha, only recently lost a bit of weight, so sometimes can squeeze size 8.

but dieting is pure agony. once i tried going no carbo as well... day2 i was hallucinating about food already. CMI!! I think a proper eating diet helps though, I totally stopped fast food, and only eat them when I've no choice.
angeliatay
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
heh..dieting sure isnt easy. Agree that a proper diet is important..and eating healthy too altho i havent been that gwai :P

But i love fast food leh !
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yubin
Aug. 17th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
At one point of my life when i did not thought of losing weight, i just kept losing weight.

Now when i want to loosen those love handles around my belly they just refused to go away.

cest la vie, i think it happens to most of us
angeliatay
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
strange aint it..the more u try, the harder it is..

but i think guys seem to be more disciplined when working out..esp nowadays when going to the gym seem to be quite a common practice..
lancerlord
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
Your kind of work is same like mine. Naturally will lose weight.
My colleagues and I were comparing our the photos taken when we started work and what we look like now. All of us lost weight.

But my friends in other companies are reversed one. Gain weight.
angeliatay
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
what job do u do? u'll in the IT line right?

heh..they should add -"guarantee weight loss" in the job ads for our companies. Am sure lotsa pple will be clamouring to apply :P
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meganmacy
Aug. 18th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Ok. I shall go back to work then.

I wanna lose weight too!!!
angeliatay
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
heh..sure or not? ur two lovely girls how?
j_ecris
Aug. 18th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
I didnt know that you smoke. :)
I think you should consider having more kids as spending time running after them makes you slim. :P
angeliatay
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
yeah..i got lotsa vices lah :P
erm..i ran after aidan for abt a year and i didn't slim down leh hehe
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flipover
Aug. 18th, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)
And when Glen saw Bibi/Mr Bibi & Corrina/Mr Corrina, he asked me "So those are Angie's real-life friends?"

I asked him, "So I'm not real-live lah, you think I'm a statue or what!!!"

I'm so inspired to lose weight after seeing the pounds melt off you! You really look good, if my husband can compliment on it, he's dead serious one!

Time to get my butt moving *drops my box of Chix in a Biskit*
angeliatay
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
heh..so glen still think of me as an 'on-line' friend too ah?

chabor..u'd just given birth lah. and u'd actually didnt put on much weight with Trinity right?
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littlepoppet
Aug. 18th, 2005 09:00 am (UTC)
That was an interesting read - I'm amused at how it started out as an entry about DSD (or so I thought) but ended up about about your weight loss story!!

Haha, anyway it was such a surprise to really meet you. I was wondering, what are the chances...:)
angeliatay
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
heh my postings always go off tangent lah :P

did ur cousin turned up soon after? I was wondering too whether i would meet u and then i saw/heard Clarence heh..Oh, must tell u, I don't know your name!! I wanted to call out to you and i thought "Emma's mommy!" Alamak..so that's why i called Clarence instead :P
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mummywendy
Aug. 18th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
I had cravings for famous amos cookies and was able to finish an entire box while updating my blog. There were times when I walloped two boxes in one day.


Same same... I can eat and eat non-stop, esp when they are my favourite cookies and ice-cream. My craving for such food is so strong after the pregnancy and no craving while I was pregnant.

hey angie, can add me to your list of friends? Thanks!
angeliatay
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
heh..actually, to be honest, i didn't really have cravings but i just loved to snack and kept on thinking that i had a 'right' too since i was eating for two..and erm continued to do so after i'd given birth. Tough eh..!

added!! Aiyoh, Jarett is soooooo cute! He looks more like a mix of you and Peter eh! But can tell that he and Ethan are brothers!
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