My Doctor Said, “Tumataba Ka Ba?”

“Tumataba ka ba?”

My doctor asked while my belly was exposed for a checkup.


Truthfully I’ve been ignoring the scale for the past two months of February and January. I look at myself in the mirror and think, Hey, I don’t look so bad. Look, pizza! Let me finish that one with a Lindt Lindor Ball — or two!

Intermittent Fasting Fail.

Kidding aside, why hasn’t Intermittent Fasting been working on me? The answer is obvious, it’s because I haven’t been able to follow it. The most effective IT schedule for me is eating breakfast at 7am and having my last meal at 4pm — it brings the fastest weight loss than any other schedule.

However, this schedule is also the most difficult to follow. Because 1) Evening television and movies equate to eating with my parents. 2) I’m tired from work and I find comfort in food. Food is comfort, food is reward. So I end up eating something “light” until 9pm and eating again during breakfast at 7am. FAIL.

And I’ve been trying, okay. I’ve been trying this whole February but kept failing, failing failing! Now I’m 60kgs, 3 kgs away from my ideal maintenance weight and my doctor notices my bilbil and face has gotten fatter and asked me “tumataba ka ba?” while my tummy is exposed. AND I have a wedding to attend this May 1st and should I start to worry whether or not my gown is going to fit this belly?

Change of Strategy. 

I am switching to the less-effective-still-effective-easier-to-implement fasting schedule. Skipping breakfast, having my first meal at 12 noon and last meal at 8pm or whenever dinner happens.

Before I end this post, I’d like to put a link here. This is a quick guide to fasting by James Clear, one of my favourite online gurus. I also recommend signing up for his weekly newsletter filled with information about creating habits.

I’ll be back for an update three weeks from now (I will also be having my next checkup with my doctor around that time)! Until then, wish me luck!


Author: Joandrea

Hallo! I'm Joan! I write to tell stories that inspire.

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