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My Weight Loss Challenge Results + 3 Things I’ve Learned

By April 23, 2014 14 Comments

Weight loss, weight loss… People ask me why do I want to lose more weight and why do I keep putting myself under pressure? I am at a healthy weight and I am happy in my own skin. At the same time, I want to improve my fitness and I want to have a leaner and more toned body. Also, as a health coach, I feel the need to test new approaches and techniques, so that I can be of the best service to my clients. 

Many of you probably remember my 90 day challenge that I started last year in January (you can read about it on this blog post). I have lost weight and have kept it between 128- 133 lbs. (58-60 kg) during the year.

On the 1st of January this year, I weighed 133 lbs. I announced that I was going on a new 90 day fitness challenge. It didn’t go exactly as I planned, but the results were better than expected! I’m the lightest I’ve been in 10 years, weighing 123 lbs. (56 kg). I’ve lost almost 10 lbs. (4 kg) during this challenge (I’m 5ft7”).

Initial Plan of My Weight Loss Challenge

My initial plan was to exercise twice a day, and have 5 meals of fruits and vegetables a day. Did this happen? Hell no! I was so busy and stressed that I didn’t have the time to prepare the food and eat that often, and I’m not even talking about exercising…

The changes in the plan

I followed the plan strictly in January, but in February and March, it was a different story… Lots of things happened during these months. There’s been lots of good changes in the business, so I’ve been working harder than ever, often more than 12 hours a day. I took no off days for a few months. (I’m writing this just after returning from a 4 day holiday, so feel very happy and pretty chilled now!)

Instead of exercising twice per day, 6 days a week, I exercised on average only 4 times a week. I also ate less than 5 times a day, usually 3 times. I ate very simply. No fancy food preparation, almost all plain fruits and veggies due to time constraints. In March I dedicated time for juicing. It took about 30 min per day each day.

I think I lost a few pounds in January and February but the most of the weight came off in March.

Detox in March

In March I did a detox program that I have created and was testing with a group of clients. This is not a fasting or calorie restrictive program, so I was getting enough nutrients and had lots of energy to complete my tasks and be very productive at work! Having a busy schedule and working on a few demanding projects, this was vital for me! On top of that, the program is very flexible and saves time on food prep, so it was excellent for me.

I’ve tested this program with a group of women and the results were amazing! They lost between 5-14 pounds in three weeks, got clearer skin, and had better digestion and more energy! I’m currently working on polishing the program and can’t wait to share it with the world! It’s not a fasting program, and it’s not about restricting calories. You still get to eat delicious food which is nourishing both for the body and the soul. Make sure you’re subscribed to my email list, so you can be the first to know when it’s out.

What I’ve learned from this challenge 

  1. Exercising more does not necessarily lead to weight loss. I’ve been obsessed with exercising in 2013, but my weight didn’t go lower than 58kg, no matter how much I exercised. When you overdo it, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol, which makes you store fat, especially around the belly area. I always knew this but didn’t want to admit it to myself! Yeah, I know… I sometimes do that too.There is also a spiritual aspect to it. I realized that when I was doing so much intense exercise, I was too harsh on my body. In order to be in harmony with yourself and to be in the best shape, you have to love yourself and be gentle to yourself. I’ve embraced this philosophy in March and I feel it has helped me shed extra fat.
  2. Detox is important, even if you eat healthy. I eat a plant based diet high in raw foods, however, my body still needed to detox.Eating a lot of food (yes, I do usually eat a lot!) and exercising a lot on a daily basis, burdens a body with acidic waste products. Plus we do not live in an ideal environment. The water and air are not as pure as it used to be, thus from time to time we need to take some extra time and effort to cleanse our cells.
  3. Be passionate about life and love what you do. When I started my challenge in the beginning of the year, I was so focused on the technique (i.e. exercise program and food), that it consumed quite a bit of my time and thoughts! It had to change because I got so busy with my work.In the months of February and March I was so focused and passionate about what I do that the food didn’t really matter! On my free time I was going out and having quality time with my partner and my friends. Food wasn’t the main object of focus, and it helped me shed those pounds. Be passionate about what you do and build your life around other things than food and/or your fitness regimen!

What’s next?

Instead of being so focused on the diet and exercise program, I’ll continue nourishing self-love and being at ease with myself. I plan to exercise to stay fit and healthy but will not obsess over fitness. I’ve learned that less is more, and will be definitely applying this to my life. I have also noticed that my relationships with other people grew deeper and stronger. I think when you know yourself so intricately and appreciate yourself, then you can be more open and more authentic with others.  This is what fulfils me and makes me happy in life.

How do you find balance?

Do you obsess over fitness and diet? Or do you prefer to stay at ease and focus on other things in life? How do you find this balance? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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  • Abel says:

    Hi Osha! Love your new website! It is clear and easy to follow. There is so much knowledge out there in how to heal naturally, but you make it simple and powerful! Love for sharing your journey and about the exercise part which sometimes we forget it can hurts with the cortisol. Thank you for sharing what a healthy life is! Abel

  • Linda says:

    Wow! You did an amazing job! Great website and good luck.

  • Jane says:

    Hi Osha.
    I have to say that your ebook mastery in weight loss really helped me. Thank you for everything and I wish you all the best with your new website.

  • San says:

    Osha, congrats on great website and content. You’re a rock star. I’m trying to download you ebook but it’s not working. What am I doing wrong?

    I passed on your site to 3 friends who are struggling with weight and pre-type 2 diabesity issues. Heard from two already, they were very interested.

    All the best and congratulations again,
    San

    • Osha Key says:

      Thanks for such kind words, San! Check your email and confirm the subscription. Then should get a confirmation email with a link to download. Let me know if it works, or if you still have any difficulties getting it.

  • Joanna says:

    Hi Osha!

    I’ve just stumbled upon your site and so glad I have. I tried eating raw 2 years ago for a couple of weeks but I’m not passionate about being in the kitchen so found myself making the same repetitive meals & smoothies that I knew and got bored. A lot of the meal ideas I found online were time consuming and I don’t have the equipment that some require. If a raw meal was made for me, I’d eat it in heartbeat. It wasn’t until I went back onto cooked foods that I realised how good and energetic raw had made me feel, but the boredom of being in the kitchen wouldn’t subside.

    But today, I found your site and suddenly have this renewed zest to start raw again. Even if it isn’t 100%, it’s going to be a start. So, I’ve just written my shopping list for tomorrow. I’m lucky living in Asia as we have such an abundance of fresh fruits & veggies. My goals are to improve my health, lost a few lbs and ultimately put an end to the years of depression that I’ve had. I know eating correctly can do all these things, now it’s up to me to implement these changes.

    Thankyou for the inspirational kick up the backside that I needed and for sharing your personal journey.

    Joanna

  • Osha Key says:

    Hi Joanna,

    thank you so much for your kind words! I know exactly what you mean about the complex raw food recipes! Dehydrators, mandolins, spiralizers, different types of juicers, food processors… you name it :) I only use my blender, a simple juicer, a knife and a cutting board and that’s enough. I spend very little time in the kitchen, especially recently as I’ve been very busy working on numerous projects.

    Proper planning and preparation is key! You will eat healthy if you have healthy food on hand. So well done on creating a shopping list and planning your meals.

    I’m happy to be your inspiration kick ;) Good luck on your journey!

    Warmest regards,
    Osha

  • Linda M. says:

    Congratulations, Osha! And thank you for sharing. I’ve got lots of weight to lose, and you have inspired me to start!

  • Maria Jenkins says:

    Well done, girl! Your website looks fantastic!

  • Natalie Kessler says:

    Enjoyed reading about your journey and can relate to just about everything you wrote. I’m currently, participating in your detox program. Is our group the first official one. I know that you mentioned the trial groups.

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