Yesterday morning my colleague and I happened to be in the same elevator on our way to the office.
We have known each other since 2014, when he joined our company, but we are not really friends. Aside from work related conversations, oftentimes it is just a simple ‘hi and hello’ in the office.
So imagine my surprise when he complimented me about my physique; that I really trimmed down.
I thanked him for his compliments and told him that it was a choice. Then I started my litany about my food choices, my exercise, and so on.
This was not the first actually. What’s even surprising is these guys are conservative ones. They normally keep distance with women and conversations with them are just around general topics, nothing personal.
I am guessing that their desire to know the secrets behind my weight loss is somehow desperate to the extent that they break their norms. Or maybe my weight loss achievement gives them a glimpse of hope. Like me, when I saw my college best friend lost a significant weight, I oftentimes phoned her and asked how she did it. Though I didn’t change my lifestyle soon despite of several conversations with her, it gave me hope and motivation knowing that someone closed to me had successfully made it.
Anyway, one of the commonly asked questions is what I usually eat.
After eating oatmeal for breakfast, steamed veggies and fish for lunch and light dinner meal for four months, I began to hate my food. I was so fed up eating the same meal every day. Just the sight of my lunch would make me throw up.
Slowly I began to crave my old food, the unhealthy ones. You know, the fried and dairy-rich meals.
At that time, I lost already around 8kg and I had no intentions of gaining back the weight I worked so hard to lose. I knew that if I didn’t find remedy to my problem, then I would eventually fall off from the wagon.
I needed variations in my day to day lunch. That’s the main solution to my problem.
And so I started researching. YouTube was a big help.
Then I found vegan oil-free soups. It opened a whole new world for me.
And then, there’s the cheese. Oh so yummy cheese! The first one I tried was the vegan Parmesan cheese. Then the cheesy dipping sauce.
I discovered also baking. With zero knowledge, I tried my hand with my first ever oil-free and dairy-free bread. I was so happy when it turned out good! Good means the food is edible to others who are not on a diet like me. lol!
Here’s some photos of my lunch meals.