How I Lost My Pregnancy Weight Of 25kg In 40 Weeks

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I definitely piled on the weight during my pregnancy.  When the all-day sickness ceased around week 16, I was so elated that I ATE ERRTHING!!

25kg is 55lb.

25kg is 4 stones.

25kg is 5kg more than the usual 20kg luggage allowance on economy flights.

Basically, what I am trying to say is that 25kg is a LOT of pregnancy weight gain for a shorty like me (I’m 152 cm).  {  The maximum pregnancy weight gain according to the guidelines for me is 66kg and I was 10kg over…OOPSIE!!! }

39 weeks bump

Luckily for me, I managed to shed all my pregnancy weight.

Since, it took me 40 weeks to gain 25kg… my aim was always to lose 25kg in 40 weeks and not 4 hours like Miranda Kerr { yes, there is a hint of jealousy there! 😛 }

Here’s my story on how I went from 76kg down to 51kg in 40 weeks:-

WEEK 0-1 = 68kg
{ TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS = 8kg }
Giving birth itself.
 Bunty weighed nearly 4kg.  Then there was the placenta, severe blood loss { I suffered from secondary post-partum haemorrhage and refused a blood transfusion even though it was strongly recommended – will save that for another story } and amniotic fluid.  That said, I still looked like a bloated whale after giving birth though.  { read birth story here }

pregnancy weight loss journey

WEEK 2-4 = 65kg
{TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS = 11kg }
Breastfeeding.  Although I wasn’t keen on breastfeeding initially { another story for another day }, I am so grateful that I could because it was the biggest contributing factor to my weight loss.  I was HUNGRY ALL THE TIME but even though I ate all my usual junk food, I didn’t gain more weight and instead, lost weight steadily.  I also wore tummy control pants { Mr LOL bought me a pack of 2 size 12-14 from Kmart which were cheap and done the job } for 6 weeks post-birth as advised by my physiotherapist.

WEEK 5-8 = 60kg
{ TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS = 16kg }
Skipped a couple of meals and had to hold baby all day long.  I’m one of those “Oh my gosh, she’s crying, MUST.PICK.BABY.UP.IMMEDIATELY!!!” mothers.  Don’t really recommend this because I was a HANGRY bitch by the time Mr LOL came home from work.  We ate a lot of takeaway for dinner during this period, but like I said, breastfeeding burned my calories.  Meanwhile, Mr LOL started to look more pregnant than me!

{ Sidenote :  In retrospect, I wish I had planned ahead and had ready-made meals and snacks within reach.  Must remember this if we are blessed with another baby.  }

{ Sidenote #2 :  I wish I had bloody cleaned my dirty mirror!  Apologies for these shoddy photos!!! }

{ Sidenote #3 :  You’re about to see me in my undies!  And I’ve noticed that I love wearing stripes!!!}

post partum belly, pregnancy weight loss

WEEK 9-10 = 59.5kg
{ TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS = 16.5kg }
Stress.  Mr LOL lost his job.  He was calm and collected whereas I went into Flappy Bird mode stressing about the future.  Usually I eat my stress away, but we stopped eating out and buying unnecessary junk food to save money.

pregnancy weight loss week 12

WEEK 11-12 = 59.5kg
{ TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS = 16.5kg }
No change.

WEEK 13-19 = 61kg
{ TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS = 15kg }
Holiday weight gain!  I put on weight because we went abroad to visit my family in Hong Kong and Scotland.  I had to eat all my favourite fatty foods in Scotland plus my parents’ delicious homecooking too!!  YUM YUM YUM!!!

pregnancy weight loss journey

WEEK 20-24 = 58kg
{ TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS = 18kg }
Healthy eating regime.  With Mr LOL still jobless, we decided to eat healthier together.  For example, we ate overnight oats, drank fruit smoothies, had vegetarian meals and stopped adding salt into our meals.

WEEK 25-30 = 55kg
{ TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS  = 21kg }
Introducing daily exercise in the form of neighbourhood walks pushing the pram.  All the clothes I bought in Hong Kong and Scotland did NOT fit me anymore.  I was happy but sad at the same time.

Mamas and Papas pram stroller

Interrupting this post with a Bunty photo.  How cute is Bunty in her cow outfit?  Yep, that’s one of those flight sticker thingies on the side of her pram.  I’m too lazy to remove it.  And also, every baby has that Lamaze owl!!!

WEEK 30-39 = 54kg
{ TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS = 22kg }
My weight loss plateaued { probably because I was breastfeeding less since Bunty was eating more solids } and I was stuck at 54kg for aaaages.  I also started part-time work and at the same time, Mr LOL got a job which meant we started to introduce takeaway foods back into our diets!  NOT GOOD!  But tastes SO GOOD!  LOL.

Week 40 = 51kg
{ TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS = 25kg }
Gastroenteritis.  Both ends.  For four miserable days, I could not keep food or drink down…or in!  That said, I was super delighted that it managed to shift the last of my pesky post-preggie weight.  And it has stayed off since!  YAY!!

pregnancy weight loss

Now that I have gone back to my pre-pregnancy weight, you would naturally assume that I would be able to fit into all my old clothes.

Au contraire, my friends!

I still have a pouch / paunch / big jelly belleh which jiggles.  If I eat anything, it bloats up and I immediately look 5 months pregnant again.  Hello Food Baby!!!  Do I really have to do cardio to get rid of this excessive muffin top??

Any suggestions on how I can get rid of this preggie pouch?  And do you have a weight loss journey you want to share?  Feel free to leave your comments.

Throwback Thursday : My Husband’s Penis

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I have saved the best blog posts from my previous now-defunct blog and bringing them back here as Throwback Thursday posts so without further ado, please enjoy this post about my Husband’s penis which was originally published on 3rd September 2012.

This is the long-awaited story about my Husband’s “Penis”

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BAM!!!!!

my husband's penis, the pillow

Yep, say Hello to Penis the Pillow.

I don’t know how, I don’t know when, I don’t know why { actually, I do know WHY…just read on… } but for some bizarre reason, we started nicknaming random objects around the house.  His pillow slash bolster was named Penis – because it is long (oo-er!) and it is floppy (oo-er!) and well, sometimes it gets horny { his words, not mine! } and sticks out of the pillowcase { AKA the Foreskin – again, his words, not mine! }

Penis the Pillow and I are not BFFs { that’s Best Friends Forever for the acronym noobs }.  We hate each other with a passion.  I hate it because it looks and smells disgusting covered in the Husband’s drools from when he cuddles it to sleep and especially when it sticks out of the case with the yukky itchy cheap pillow material oozing out.

Anyway, stay with me here.

There is a funny part to this bizarre story because last year, our guy friend’s parents { who were visiting him but live overseas } came to stay with us for a few days.

Yes, let’s clarify this…

Our guy friend from Church – his PARENTS who also go to Church in their country of origin.

They would be like the equivalent of some Auntie and Uncle in Church.  Except we didn’t know them beforehand.  So it’s not like me or my Husband grew up knowing them.  So we are basically strangers.

We were not used to having guests staying over at our tiny rental unit house { we have since moved to a bigger house } so on their first night, when they went to bed, we went to bed too.

This is what happened…true story…

Him :  *whispers*  Oh look, Penis is sticking out.  I think it’s horny again!
Me :  *forgets to whisper*  STOP IT!  NOOOO!!!
Him :  *waves Penis the Pillow in the air and shoves it near my face to annoy me*
Me :  THAT’S DISGUSTING!  I DON’T WANT IT!  STOP PUTTING YOUR PENIS IN MY FACE!

…and then we remembered we had guests…and we remembered the walls were thin as they were literally next door…and we burst into laughter with tears running down our faces…I laughed even more when the Husband buried his face into his Penis the Pillow…and we were totally red-faced in the morning.

Gosh, what must they think of us?!!

By the way, I managed to get rid of the Original Penis { it’s in the spare room for any overnight guests to use at their free will the Original Penis has now left the building } and the Husband now owns a Green Penis.

Original Penis the Pillow vs Green Penis

As you can see Green Penis is longer, sturdier and cleaner looking – which makes the Original Penis look inadequate!

Hope this made you laugh as much as it made us laugh!  This is a true story…just ask the Auntie and Uncle who stayed over 😛

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Gosh, what must you think of me for writing the word Penis at least 15 times in this blog post?!!!

Bucket List Checklist :  Write a blog post containing the word Penis for a minimum of 15 times.

DONE!  *pats myself on the back with Penis the Pillow*

{ Side note :  Green Penis is now over 2 years old (in penis years, that is almost an antique!) and suffering from erectile dysfunction.  New young and stealthy penis wanted.  Please send all enquires to lingoutloud [at] gmail.com *winks* }

Do you or your partner (inappropriately) name inanimate household objects?  Share them below!

How To Take Flat Lay Photos Like A Boss – 10 Tips

How to take flay lay photos.  Lighting, tips and tricks you need to get the perfect flat lay photo.  More on www.lingoutloud.com

One of my goals this year was to become a fit exercise-loving mum improve my photography especially for my beauty blog so I’ve been poring through plenty of photography books trying to understand all the jargon, pushing all the buttons on my cameras and scrolling through Instagram every hour.

If you haven’t noticed, flat lays are the new black!

All flat lays are equal, but some flat lays are more perfect than others.

If you want to learn to how to take flat lay photos like a boss, then read on for my 10 tips :-

lighting for flat lay photos

1.  Lighting

This will help create a clear photo highlighting all the details.  Set up your flat lay near a big window where natural light will shine through and don’t forget to position yourself to avoid lurking shadows in the photo.

2.  Background

Plain backgrounds work best as a bold backgrounds can drown out the items you are trying to highlight.  If you don’t want to go for the same old solid white backgrounds, try using wallpaper, wooden floorboards, bed covers or your partner’s bare back!  { << just joking and making sure you’re paying attention! }

3.  Use Blu Tack

Tack down the items that have a tendency to roll away, e.g. lipstick

4.  Make it pretty

Use your common visualising senses here.  For example – think carefully of product positioning, don’t post up dirty stained clothes, don’t use too many clashy colourful items, do think of negative space, sometimes less is more and sometimes more is less… { and sometimes I don’t even understand what I just wrote!!! }

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5.  Square format

If you’re uploading your flat lay onto Instagram, then remember they like square format photos so you may want to set up your items in a square { or if you have an iPhone, select the Square option }.

However, if you haven’t shot square then don’t panic because just download the free Whitagram app as it adds a white border to your rectangular photo to make it square.  Or just crop it till you’re happy with it.

6.  Camera

Nowadays, smartphones can take great photos…but if you want to go one up, use an actual  camera.  A lot of cameras these days are Wifi enabled which means you can snap the photo, send it to your email and then download onto your phone to upload onto Instagram.  { Unfortunately, none of my cameras have this Wifi function… *hint hint* to the Camera Giving Gods }

7.  Props

Get prop happy to add a special touch to your photos, e.g. flowers, candles, inspirational quote prints, MacBook, magazines

8.  Steady hands

Nobody likes a blurry eyeball-hurting shot.  Hold your breath as you take the photo.  Or if it is possible, use a tripod.

9.  Practice makes perfect

Nobody is a flat-lay-born pro!  Just keep practising and take a number of shots till you get it right.

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10.  Get flat lay inspiration

Search the hashtag #flatlays on Instagram and follow the people that catch your eye.  Obviously, don’t be a copycat but identify what you like about their style and find different ways to incorporate that into your own flat lay photos.

Read my 5 favourite flat lay Instagrammers you should follow now for inspiration.

I hope these 10 tips have been helpful.  Now, go forth and flat lay like a boss!

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P.S.  If you aren’t following me on my Instagram account @LingOutLoud { beauty / food / baby / life photos }, you are dead to me!!! 😛

Do you have any more flat laying tips?  If so, pop them down in the comments because sharing is caring!

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