Okay, so the scale lies. I've suspected that for some time. The physical evidence is too obvious to ignore. The clothes that feel smaller. The wobbly parts. The extra effort that it takes to get out of bed.
Now that I know my actual weight, I've officially moved into another category: the overweight. This is based on a weight chart in a book called The Body Maintenance Manual. According to this book, my weight should not exceed 59 kg. But I've surpassed that by 2kg, and this is one 'achievement' that I'm not proud of.
Coming out of my state of denial, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out where I went wrong with my weight management, or lack there of. I've been abusing my body steadily over the years in various ways, it has become a hard habit to kick. So if you don't want to join the league, here are things to avoid:
1. Don't overdo the sweet stuff
I love my sugars, be it in desserts or in drinks. Chocolates, ice cream, cakes, sweet traditional malay kueh, nyonya kueh .. I love them all. When I go for buffet, I try out most of the items on the dessert counter.
And I love hot, sweet drinks. Coffee and tea are cravings that I cannot do without. Currently I have 1 or 2 cups of tea in the morning, 1 mug of coffee in the afternoon, and another cup of tea after dinner.
2. Reduce the carb
I'm not so much of a rice lover, but I always manage to sneak in carbs in my diet. I love bread and noodles. And potatoes too. And I buy white bread because if I buy wholemeal, noone else would eat it.
3. Stop the sedentary lifestyle
I've committed this offence big time. My lifestyle is sedentary in capital letters. I don't do any physical work at all. I've hated physical exercise for as long as I can remember. The only reason I participated in sports at school was because it was compulsory.
And my favourite posture is the horizontal position. I lie down to read, I lie down to rest, and I lie down to watch TV. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that my favourite place in the house is my bedroom.. my bed, to be exact.
I'm seriously considering going maidless once the maid's work permit expires. That way, I'll be forced to do the house work. But what if I decide to join the workforce again in the future.. who'll take care of DD? I don't want to trouble the inlaws.
4. Throw away the junks
Why are potato chips, cheesels, biscuits so great tasting? Once you rip open the packet, it's hard to stop munching until you've finished them all.
Well, finding out what went wrong is the easy part. Now the hard part is getting rid of all the bad habits. It's going to take a lot of willpower.
I must exercise. And I shall not make anymore excuses. This morning I followed the exercises in the Body Maintenance Manual. They are not so hard to do. And I must dust off those exercise DVDs that I bought some time back. And get the trainers out of the shoe cupboard. Wish me luck!