April 29, 2012

A Friends' Weight Loss Journey: 62 Pounds Lost..!!

Hello Dear Readers!

After my post partum weight loss story I had been getting many emails and requests by female readers especially youung girls to do another blog post: who are not married, pregnant, not about to have babies, have their kids but still stuck with those pounds and want to lose weight. Recently a friend lost quite a lot of weight. So much so that I couldnt even recognize her in the photos. She was always a chubby girl but a few years back she gained quite a lot, the weight piled on without her realizing it and she was almost 30 kilos over weight on her 5'3 frame at the age of 21...!

Today Iam going to share her weight loss journey and how she dropped from 82 to 54 kilos...a whopping 28 kilo loss (and still going!) :)

Shared by Sumaiya (Edited By Marium Noman).

Summayia says "it was not just about losing the weight, it was also about all that you get: the glowing skin, the energy, the difference you feel "after" getting In Shape!"

"I belong to a Kashmiri family. It's a famous saying here in Lahore, that we are supposed to gain weight faster and much more than ordinary people! ;)

The same happened with me.As soon as I hit my teenage years, I started gaining weight quickly. By the time I was 18, I was about 65kgs on a frame of 5'3. At that time and age, I had no concerns whatsoever. I was young and pampered by loved ones. And as many "desis" must know our moms stuff us with food and say stuff like "Beta apki khanay peenay ki Umar hay" (these are the day to eat and have fun!) which eventually made me pile up more and....more!

We moved cities and moved back to my hometown where I started my professional studies as a business student.. Once again, My parents were like "Darling just study and get a distinction"

Like most of our loving parents in Pakistan, especially our moms love cooking tasty home cooked stuff full of oil and calories. Plus the food we get in our country is just too yummy to resist! I was always a big time foody. I loved good food especially Junk! I wanted an excuse to eat more and got that. I started eating out alot with my friends. We often used to call for Free University Pizza delivery for fun ;) Along with fried and full of fat famous Zingers, Shawarmas and the most Evil of all..... Garlic Mayo Fries :P

Finally one day it dawned on me that I am getting bigger and bigger. I saw myself in the mirror, and I thought to myself ... who is this person? It was like, THERE WAS SOMEONE ELSE STANDING There! Months and years had passed and I never stood on a weighing machine. Finally one day I decided toweigh myself . And there it was...the moment of TRUTH....mocking back at me....the number....82...!!

That was it! That was really an eye-opener. I ended my 4 years with a Distinction & a Medal . My family was super happy. Planned to start M.Phil and got enrolled. All of a sudden, a very untimely death occured in our family of my youngest Chacha (Father's Brother) who was very close to all of us. After that incident, I unintentionally gave up on food, for sometime. I was badly hurt & upset. After the initial stress, few weeks passed and as a result, the first few pounds slowly melted away. Even the first few pounds loss it was very obvious. I dropped down to 75 kilos.

I started to feel a difference. Now the important thing here I'd like to emphasize is the MOTIVATION that made me Go! My motivation was the difference I felt in my body, the applause, the compliments, the WIDE OPENED eyes of people who once saw me at 82 kilos and just after a little reduction they were like WOW.... I have to admit...I simply Loved all the attention! I had never in my life been told I was looking "thin or slim" those were totally new words for me because I was always a little heavy.

I started taking care of my diet and what I put in my mouth. First of all I said a big BYE to all the free delivery stuff, all junk foods shawrmas, pizzas, burgers, fries, all fizzy drinks+artifical fruit juices etc. I limited the desserts I ate. The next step was getting a treadmill, I bought one and started walking every morning for 30-40 minutes. I was not starving or on any "crash diets" and ofcourse the weight was piled on for soooo long, the process was "slow". So remember this process is slow in the beginning and you might not get obvious quick results but BELIEVE me, once the weight goes...it will go for good!

I eat every thing but half the quantity of what I used to eat. I don't stuff my mouth anymore, I know when to Stop! I enjoy fresh vegetable and fruits more. My breakfast is the heaviest and healthiest meal of the day. No compromises on that. I intordouced myself to green tea. You all must know the benefits of that, too. Lunch was mostly salads, fruits aur veggies or any thing light cooked at home, but half the portion. Dinner should be the Lightest. But I never skipped dinner. Even if it was a glass of milk with a wheat cracker. Never go to bed empty stomach.

Last and Very Important Tip: Dinner should be taken atleast 3-4 hours before you go to bed... That's a must.

Just bring these simple changes in your life style and You Will See The Change!"  Stay Blessed x

April 24, 2012

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

Hello Blog Readers. Today will be sharing five favourite things out of my stuff Iam using right now. And also where you can also shop for them :)

1. Lip balm Tropical Cherry-  Dry, chapped lips are very normal in the desert. Lack of water and dehydration causes it more. If you have a bad case of chapped lips you can use vaseline (original or cocoa butter) or olive oil/coconut oil, both are very moisturising for the perfect pout ;)

Meanwhile these small lip balms in tins & sticks work good for medium to normal chapped lips. Especially ones with vitamin E and oils. I got this chic lip balm from London but you can find many lipbalms & butters at TBS in many flavours.

2. Amor Amor Lotion by Cacharel. I simply adore beautiful scents. And Cacharel's Amor Amor is one my favourites.. If you havent tried it, you must now! It has a delicious fruity-floral scenet and I have been using the perfume since as long as I can remember but this small travel friendly lotion caught my eye at Bangkok airport. It's a small tube and I use it as a hand cream. It is super moisturising. Not sure if the lotion is available here but you can try Dubai airport and in-flight shopping :)

3. Peppermint cooling foot spray: The body shop is one of my favourite places to shop from and I simply love their peppermint foot range. It includes soak, scrub, lotion & this spray. But this one's on top of my list. After all day running around, at bed time I just need a spray of this cooling minty spray and my feet instantly feel relaxed & refreshed and also moisturised. Available at The Body Shop.

4. Beauty rush slice of heaven, VS body mist: The name says it all. The scent is heavenly and sweet. Perfect right after a shower. Available at Victoria's secret. (Kingdom mall, sahara mall, hayaat mall etc.)

5. Sparkiling Berry Bliss. Body cream by Bath & Body Works: Berry in a tube. Moisturises perfectly. You can find it in any B&BW outlets in Sahara mall, Hayaat Mall etc.

April 2, 2012

Long Weekend & A Surprise! :)

Husband went on a short trip and I was home alone with rayyan...we were missing baba badly so decided to party! ;) Watched animated movies, ate pizza & lots of mama bubba fun! :)

Late at night DH was returning and I thought why not give him a small surprise, for a change. We are usually not into giving surprises to each other. Usually if we want to give something we ask one another and give it. First thing that came to my mind was cooking his favourite food, then i thought of ordering a cake but few friends suggested why not bake at home, it would give a more personal touch!

Next the decorating part...Sadly you dont find lot of fun decorating stuff (easily) in Riyadh. On top of it, I was short of time. Now what to do? I had few candles, some colored paper and confetti...thought of giving it a go and came up with a small homely decoration.

Didn't have to work very hard because my sitting area is red, black & gold.

Red ribbons, gold confetti, candles and viola!

Cooked his favourite food & baked a batch of red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Why not give your partner a small surprise soon? Without any reason or special occasion is even better! ;)

Stay tuned for the recipe of the cupcakes. Will be blogging very soon.


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