These two photos are taken almost exactly one year apart. A lot has changed in a single year, and I didn't want to compare an unflattering before picture next to a flattering current photo that I really like, because that's not realistic. So I went searching for my favorite photo from a year ago. I found this photo (on the left), that I had posted on facebook and instagram. I even captioned it "I had a really good hair day. That is all." It garnered 60+ likes. So a pretty decent photo right? Now compare it with the photo on the right, which I took earlier this week. Another really good hair day.
But what's different? I'm a year older and about 30 lbs lighter in the photo on the right. I initially started this post because wanted to really see what 30 lbs looked like. But then I started comparing the two photos, and found other differences. The photo on the right was taken at my beloved Table of Typewriters office (see the brick wall and a glimpse of the chalkboard wall) that I had to give up earlier this year, due to circumstances out of my control. The photo on the right is taken at my new home office. I converted my reading/breakfast nook into a new home office. It's brighter and cozy and great for getting work done (even if the floor does slant a bit). Also, one of the reasons for my weight loss is I've been getting a lot more sleep. I used to average about 5-6 hours of sleep a night. I didn't want to miss out on anything by sleeping (aka. watching another episode on netflix). Earlier this year, I decided on two things. One I would eat breakfast every morning, and two, I would try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I definitely look well rested and less puffy in the photo on the left.
At about 20 lbs of weight loss is when people really start noticing. So of course I got all the questions, how did you do it? My typical answer was: getting enough sleep and eating breakfast every day. Then I really started thinking about it, what else did I change. I know I didn't start working out at the gym 5 days a week, so that definitely wasn't it. So I started making a list, and then I thought I'd share it.
Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep
Eat a healthy breakfast everyday (I ate oatmeal every morning)
Drink more water. I'm definitely not up to 8 glasses a day, but I try.
Have a cup of tea every night. My favorite: Ginger tea
Cook more at home
Stop drinking soda, even diet soda
Don't eat the food people share at work (aka the delicious homemade treats) - note that you're just not eating homemade treats at work.
I got a fitbit. Getting 10,000 steps in a day became a game for me.
Eat your meals at the table, not on the couch
Add things like flax seeds and chia seeds to your food
I ate less cheese - mainly because I became more lactose intolerant
Then I also ate less ice cream. But I found that coconut ice cream is a delightful dessert. Good thing it's expensive, or else I'd be eating it way more
I also started using those Korean face masks, that may also be the reason my skin looks better.