Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mayo Diet Survivor

I’m the kind of girl who loves to eat. I eat big breakfast - lunch - dinner and everything in between. I eat fatty, greasy, deep-fried food anytime. I rarely cut back on my portions and I never count calories on my food and drinks. I guess that’s why I never be that skinny-slim girl. I think it’s in my genes too. One time I heard someone in my family said that it was okay to spend money more on food than on anything else. I agreed. I love food. Absolutely. And everything was fine (except the size of my butt and waistline).

Then things happened. Things that later on affecting not only my mind but also my body. My back and shoulders started to hurt a lot and I rarely slept through the nights. To make my back and shoulders feel better, I started to take pilates classes. And these last couple of years my stomach finally went on strike too. Every day I was feeling bloated and nauseated. Sometimes I threw up without reason. I didn’t know what to do. 

Until one day I came across a friend’s posting on Instagram. She took a picture of her lunch set from a certain caterer and her caption mentioned something about Mayo Diet. I heard about Mayo Clinic Diet but I didn’t know much about it. I stalked on the caterer’s account (@kelincitertidur) and I googled around. I immediately decided that this Mayo thing was the answer to my upset stomach. Maybe there was too much going on inside and it needed a clean break. Long story short, I began my Mayo Diet on November 10th, 2014 for 13 days!!!

It wasn’t easy. Not at all. Even before I started, almost everybody who already experienced it whined that Mayo Diet is really, really, really hard. The food tastes terrible because of the NO SALT rule. The first 3-4 days are critical. Many failed on Day 5. So you see, mentally I was supposed to be down already. But I wasn’t. I figured if you have a strong willpower to do something, you can do it. No matter how hard it is. Even for me. The food lover. And so it began. 

Day 1, 2, 3, 5... I felt fine. I still woke up at 4AM from Monday to Friday, I took care of everything for my daughter, I went to my pilates classes twice a week and my instructor kept the sessions (hard) as it is, I hung out with my friends at cafes and restaurants and watched them eat. Everything was okay. The toughest thing I had to go through during the diet was the fact that I was only allowed to drink coffee ONE CUP every morning. I didn’t mind the bland taste of the beef or chicken, the boring salad, the liters of water and I’ve never cheated, not even by a grain of salt!!! But only ONE CUP OF COFFEE A DAY???? That was.......T O U G H. So every morning for 13 days, after I smelled its mind blowing aroma, I sipped on my one and only cup of coffee niiiiiiiice and sloooooooooow until the last drop :))

One week passed by. I’ve lost around 2kg and 3cm on my waistline. And the most important thing was my tummy felt goooooooood!!! No gassy, super bloated feeling. No throwing up either! And I slept through the nights like a baby. But on Day 9 I started to feel lightheaded. After picking up my daughter from school, I took a long nap that felt more like I was collapsing. Luckily, Ayi, Miss @kelincitertidur herself, was always available for questions. She gave me some advices and I was always on guard of my health. On Day 10-11 I felt better but still a little bit lightheaded. I started to think that my already-low blood pressure must have dropped even more and maybe the lack of salt in my diet had something to do with it. I almost quit but I had only 2 more days to go. I couldn’t quit now!!! So I kept on dieting!!!

Alhamdulillah, last Saturday I’ve finally completed my first diet ever!! I’ve lost 4kg and 5cm on my waistline. I feel great and happy to have lost those extra weight. But above all I’m proud of myself, of my determination, my strong willpower and of my patience. I believed that I could do it and I did. 

I’m officially a Mayo Diet Survivor!!!