Monday, January 29, 2007
I'm One Stomach Flu Away From My Ideal Weight!

Okay, this facetious remark was not made by me, but rather by the brilliant Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada. But I totally know what she means (and a few women at work even remarked how they wished they got the stomach virus!!) Remember how I battled a stomach virus not too long ago? Well the good thing about it is that I lost a couple of pounds. In fact, I was able to wear a pair of size 0 pants that I've long ago shelved to the back of my closet. Also, my stomach actually looked flat for the first time post-partum! Check it out!

my tummy

Okay, that only lasted a few days and I'm back to having the mom-pooch (and can't wear those pants again). And really, I've stopped obsessing about weight ever since I became a mom. Sure I complain about the flabby arms and jiggly thighs, but I'm otherwise ok with how I look. For the past 6 years I've hovered around 110-115 pounds. But I've never been the type to look skinny. That's just not my body type. I was a lot heavier in college (after gaining the infamous freshman fifteen) and was downright chubby (and I have pictures to prove it see below).

L-R: Trish, Girlie, Sol, and Me (the dark clothes hide the chubbiness)
blast from the past

At my heaviest, I weighed 125-130 pounds which really did show on me considering I'm only 5 feet tall. So how did I lose all the weight? Being happy and content is my secret. Naks naman. ;)
When I started dating the hubs, I was still in my chubby stage. As time passed, I became slimmer and the pounds came off without even trying. Then sometime in 1999, I actually joined a gym and started getting regular exercise. More pounds came off. By the time I got married in 2001, I weighed about 108 pounds and was toned. But it wasn't like I went to the gym religiously (I went about 3x a week max) nor did I stop eating crappy foods. So I chalk it up to being content with my myself, with the hubs, and with my life.

Fast forward now: I still weigh around 110-115 pounds and lost all the baby weight I gained (about 25 pounds) without even trying. I haven't been to the gym since June 2005 and I look the way I looked before. Of course, my body fat percentage is probably off the charts, but at least I look normal. The secret? Again, being happy and content. (And yes ladies, breastfeeding works wonders!). I love being a mom, taking care of rockstar baby, and being giddy over the fact that I have my own little family. I think if you're at peace with yourself, you won't obsess (too much) about the weight gain. (Of course, being fit and getting regular exercise if a whole other story).


POSTED BY KAT AT 1/29/2007 02:39:00 PM |


Blogger KMRL said...

naks on the tummy ;D but to me, you always look great!

i can relate with some of your complaints ['flabby arms' for example.. sooo me!] and i continue to struggle with my body image and weight, but your positivity and embracing of self is a refreshing break from the society's expectations of being a certain weight. =) dude, you rock. ;)

1/29/2007 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous gail said...

ok i was present during your supposed freshman 15 and really now kat! you were NOT chubby! always looked great and still do. i swear you have no post-partum weight. the weight u gained was all jakey! hehe

1/29/2007 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger kala said...

dang, what a bod! You're right though: the secret to being sexy is feeling sexy! Nice tattoo, btw!

1/30/2007 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous abby said...

so true about the "being content" comment. if you're happy and you know it clap your hands, err, i mean, the rest will follow. :)

1/30/2007 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous analyse said...

wow, sexy mom! me thinks you're well proportioned so you have the reason to feel good about the way you look.

my 100-105lbs to 5'5" ratio just means that im so hopeless payatot. I was complaining to my doc this morning and he asked me about my family. When I said that everybody's just like me.. he told me to continue to be hopeless, i might stay like this for the rest of my days.. waaaaaaaaaaaah!

1/30/2007 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger tintin said...

Hey, You look good great! Sans the stomach virus and even at a -- gasp!-- size 2. :)

As for me, I will never be the type to look skinny. I've got curves everywhere. My legs, if I ever show them to you, has HUUUUGE muscles in them. I can't make those go away and I don't wanna. I'm hoping I can be like my Mama. She doesn't really do anything to keep the weight off (exercise or eat very healthy). I would scan pictures of her when she was my age, (She was very chubby), but she would kill me.

Here's to being happy!

1/30/2007 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Solaida said...

Silly woman - you look great!!!

1/30/2007 01:56:00 PM  
Blogger G. said...

i'm hating you right now for posting that picture.

i burned my copy (and others like it) for obvious reasons.

i'm such a late bloomer. *sigh*

1/30/2007 04:19:00 PM  
Blogger G. said...

and, i'm quite jealous of the flat stomach. it's been a long time since i've seen the bottom of my belly button. i'm beginning to think it ran away from me...

1/30/2007 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous bugsybee said...

Kat, the last time I was around 110 was when I was in high school. LOL That means I said goodbye to that weight about 36 years ago. My problem is that when I am happy and content, I eat and eat and eat and eat...

1/30/2007 08:29:00 PM  
Blogger Eileen Joy Esporo said...

Daymn girl, that's hot. Of course I have to work at losing the weight I gained while out there--it so sucks. I'm jealous of you.

1/31/2007 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Eileen Joy Esporo said...

I meant, while out here. Grrrrr, lately I've had a tendency to press enter without really checking what I just typed...I want it to be May already.

1/31/2007 07:49:00 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

Whoa, I can't believe you posted that pic! My clothes suck, hah!

Good midriff pic, though! I dream of the day I can have that again. Still dreaming *sigh*

1/31/2007 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger kat said...

KMRL: thanks! the tummy's all gone now though! and i'm back to being frumpy mom!

GAIL: oh please! i have the pics to prove it! you and girlie were always the skinny ones!

KALA: like all the women out there, i still have a love-hate relationship w/ my bod. but i do try to accept it (most of the time!)

ABBY:i try to be content and be less stressful. more stress = more eating! although i eat when i'm happy too though!

ANALYSE: the last time i was ever called payatot was when i was 7 years old! ahhah... consider yourself lucky! my dad is the payatot one, but i got a mix of his genes and my mom's.

TINTIN: ditto! i just don't have the skinny body type. i can look normal, but i've very curvy as well with flabby arms and jiggly thighs. but i'm ok with myself most of the time!

1/31/2007 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger kat said...

SOL: well that's what my whole post is about --that i'm ok with myself despite the non-toned body. i figure i look decent for a mom who has no time to go to the gym ;)

GIRLIE: i don't know what you're complaining about since you're lucky enough to have a skinny body-type! you have a flat stomach 100% of the time (and not when you just had a stomach virus). and you look exactly the same! i don't know what you're talking about being a "late bloomer" or whatever. you were thin then and now!

BUGSY: i eat when i'm happy as well! hahah...i love to eat regardless!

EJ: hey, you look great to me! and i'm totally in awe of your healthy/athletic lifestyle!

TRISH: well, that flat tummy lasted for only a couple of days...*sigh*...if we could all be as thin as girlie, huh? and my clothes suck as well... i look like a dork! at least you are always photogenic!

1/31/2007 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger G. said...

you're too funny, man.

having skinny bones means when you have fat, it shows. and it does, dear. anyway, it's mostly coz i don't have self control... don't know where people buy it these days.

1/31/2007 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Hi there sexy.

" think if you're at peace with yourself, you won't obsess (too much) about the weight gain. "

So true. And I'm glad you realize that.

1/31/2007 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Solaida said...

Now you know you feel overweight when you start using your baby as a dumbell LOL That doesn't make me a bad mom does it??? =P Can't wait til my stomach looks half as good as yours!!!

PS - I second your comment about Girlie being crazy skinny her whole life HAHAHA

1/31/2007 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger KMRL said...

lol you're not frumpy! you're fabulous =D

1/31/2007 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger Riss said...

You look good!

I recently jumped on the healthy food /exercise bandwagon and I have to say, surprisingly enough I really like it. I have so much more energy now. Usually after taking care of the twins all day I was exhausted but not anymore. And the fringe benefit is bye bye mom belly, hello hoochie jeans. Woot!!

2/01/2007 02:42:00 PM  
Blogger Riss said...

Oh and G, what the hell are you talking about. You have a flatter stomach than most people do at 13.

2/01/2007 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Kai said...

Well then...I wish I can be happy and content like you were so I could peel off the fats. Haaay. :))

2/01/2007 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous toni said...

Gorgeous abs! I don't remember ever having a flat tummy. *L*

I'm more comfortable with my curves now. Fine, I may not be as fit as I was before, but I, too, am at peace. I've learned to embrace my womanly curves. :D

2/02/2007 02:43:00 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

oooohhhh....nice abs! I think belly dancing did a great part in flattening my tummy and it's been 3 months since my last session 'coz I'm so busy with work and it's starting to bulge, OMG!

2/02/2007 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous rhodora said...

Hi, Kat! Nice to hop in here again.

The rule is: the only time a woman's tummy should bloat is when she's pregnant. But that is very hard to keep up with.

I have three children. After I delivered the first, I was still okay, but with the second and third...oh, forget it. :)

2/04/2007 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Alternati said...

First of all, glad to hear Rockstar baby is ok.

I adore miss Emily Blunt! And I am uber jealous bout your tummy! (and the ink too!) I too am not genetically skinny and being big-boned doesn't help either. But for the most part, I don't go into an "I'm fat" induced depressions. I love eating more. hehe

I think "Naks naman" is the first tagalog text I've ever read on your blog. :)

2/04/2007 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger kat said...

KAI: unfortunately, my theory doesn't work all the time! i also eat when i'm happy!

TONI:thanks for thinking i have abs! you've made my day! but i've accepted the fact that i'm on the curvy side!

MARIE:you and your cuz G have amazingly fit bodies! if i could only have the same body as you guys!

RHODORA: oh i so know what you mean! i know it gets harder after every kid! it's already in my genes! thanks for stopping by!

ALTERNATI: talaga? i use tagalog here every so often, but i guess i haven't in a while! and you look great in your pics! not at all "big-boned" as you describe!

2/04/2007 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger dexiejane said...

accck I'm jealous. but then again i'm 5'7 so I can't be mommy pooch is the devil. i keep working on mine. you look fabulous Kat. breastfeeding definitely rocks.

2/04/2007 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous paz said...

no stretch marks too! super!

2/06/2007 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger MrsPartyGirl said...

i hope you're feeling much better now. as for me, after seeing that tummy of yours, hindi na ako feeling better, hehehe! grabe size 0! i don't even breathe in a size 8. hindi talaga fair ang life. *sigh* *g*

anyway, i hope that when you do lose weight next time, it would would be from doing something healthy and not because of a flu or anything, ok? take care girl! :D

2/08/2007 09:25:00 PM  

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