Never would I thought this problem would hit me so soon (Okok..I've got to admit old already) but I guessed reality really bites. Since young, I was never a skinny person to begin with but was never fat or obese either. I can safely say I fit well in the normal category for my height all these years.
I can't really remember my weight or BMI (body mass index) during primary school but in high school I think my weight was within the range of 50-60 kg and after that between 60-65 kg during university life and the peak was at 66 kg during that period. My BMI was also within the normal range between 20-23 kg/m2. Right after graduating, my weight was still maintaining < 70 kg but after working for one year it was topping at 72 kg. My waistline had also been increasing steadily from < 30 inches to 32 inches.
I was never a workout freak nor do I have the tendency to work out aggressively - pumping iron to bulk up or whatsoever. Diet was never an issue either as I used to eat whatever I liked in HUGE portions. All these options with the privilege of not growing fat or gaining excessive weight. I just happened to be maintaining an active lifestyle and I guessed during this time my metabolism rate was the one doing all the wonders.
I have been practising Taekwondo since 8 years old, started playing basketball in high school, swimming and jogging regularly in university and after graduating but the frequency dropped rapidly when I started working. However, the culprit (my weight) was slowly getting out of hand when I started my second job in Kuantan. "Fortunately", I was working in shift (12-hourly day and night cycles) for the first four years and my weight was oscillating within the range of 72-74 kg.
The "real" problem instigated early this year in March 2011 when I came out of shift and started working normal office hours (8am to 5pm). I got a rude shock when I weighed myself and the scale read > 75 kg. OMG! The peak reading during this time set a new high and an all time highest reading of 78 kg. BMI was also in the PRE-OBESE region of > 24 kg/m2. To add salt to injury, I could no longer fit into some of my old clothings and all of my pants felt TIGHT and UNCOMFORTABLE! I had to buy larger pants sized 34 inches =.="
I realized this was high time to hit the PANIC button and announced "HOUSTON, we have a problem!" I had to do something... and FAST! I made up my mind to start working out ASAP and have been exercising regularly since April 2011. Unfortunately, my exercise regimen is only limited to jogging at the park or hitting my ofice's mini-gym. There were not enough people for sports plus I did not enrol into a commercial gym as I'm afraid I cannot commit 100% to it. I am not a fitness expert neither with the intention of body-building and my goals are simple - reduce my weight to 70 kg and able to maintain it as well as improve my fitness level.
There were some slight improvements thus far with my initial weight of 75 kg dropping by 1 kg in July 2011 and further decreased to 72 kg in August 2011. Unfortunately, it seemed to increase back to where it started (Argh! 75 kg again) in September 2011 which prompted me to make some additional changes to my workout plan. Previously, I only performed cardiovascular exercise and compound workout twice a week. Subsequently, I increased the frequency to every other day with the inclusion of weight lifting. Currently, I've decided to workout everyday and alternate between "cardio+compound workout" and "weight+compound workout".
Nevertheless, there is still another problem apart from working out which is "a clean diet plan". Just as Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “Great abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym. Therefore, you cannot out-train with a poor diet. Sigh! I has a sad :(
Will try to see if working out daily is effective or not for the moment, else when all fails - drastic situations call for drastic measures (to be thought of later =.=). Aza aza fighting for now!
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