I grew up fat. Or as my family calls it, ‘sihat’. I was the biggest in size in primary and secondary school. At my highest, my weight was almost 100kg. I was 20 years old then.
Now, 10 years later, my weight hovers around 75-78kg. My lowest weight ever was 72kg, right before I stopped keto diet. I think it takes this long because half the time I’m still unlearning bad habits accumulated over the years.
I’ve been taking fitness and weight loss seriously for about 3 years now and lost the bulk of the weight during this time. I have to stress that even before that I was non-stop dieting and trying to lose weight, but admittedly my attitude towards it was just warm-warm-chicken-shit. Now, I’m happy with my progress, but I know my fitness and weight loss journey is far from over. Someday I’ll hit the 60s range, just you wait.
To be honest, the slow progress frustrates me. I just want a nice body and be ‘the hot girl’ already. It takes all my willpower to consciously stop all the negative self-talk and remind myself of the progress over the years. That was also the main inspiration behind the [Personal] I Never Imagined Exercise Would Help My Career and Income, Until It Did article – I reread this piece every time I need a reminder of how far I’ve come.
How to save money on weight loss in Malaysia
Obviously, as a personal finance enthusiast, I’ve read the shit out of these ‘save money on weight loss’ types of articles. You’ve read these too, right? Most people do want to lose weight and/or get fit.
But, like, can I admit something?
I find that doing only the free/cheap options didn’t work??
My weight loss journey pretty much looks like this:
- Try the free/cheap options
- Get frustrated. Try the paid/more expensive options
- Stick with what I enjoy and stop paying for the rest, after much trial and error
I’m so jealous of the people who managed to skip (2). That means they genuinely enjoyed the free/cheap options they tried, like ‘run at the local park’ or ‘follow free classes on Youtube’ or ‘run up and down the stairs at your condo’. The free options simply didn’t bring me enjoyment – something I’ve realised an important element in this whole weight loss journey.
What I’ve learned is: the only way to successfully lose weight is to try a bunch of things and stick with the ones that you enjoy. That applies to both fitness and diet.
This post is all about the process of trying out different things and estimating how much they cost, what I’m sticking to now, and what I’m keen to try out. There are three major categories of things I spent on: fitness classes/memberships, fitness attire and accessories, and food and supplements. Let’s get into them.
#1 – Fitness classes/memberships
What I’ve tried:
- Karate class. Can’t remember the cost for this one, was ages ago. Martial arts was fun, but I also twisted my knee unfortunately. Years later the pain never quite went away.
- Following Youtube exercise videos. I’d try them once but got bored very quickly.
- Crossfit classes. RM120/month. Enjoyed it and even though I moved away from this particular gym, I still incorporate Tabata in my workouts now.
- Fitness bootcamp. RM50 or so for 10 classes. Bought from a Groupon (now Fave) deal ages ago. I stopped going after 3 classes or so.
- Personal training sessions. It was RM1000 for 10 sessions and was… OK. I think my form improved but they definitely tried to get me buy more sessions during my session. I didn’t like that part.
- Gym memberships. I’ve paid for a RM120/month gym and enjoyed the yoga/dance classes in addition to the other facilities.
- Condo gym and swimming pool. Free at my condo. Facilities are super limited, but at least it’s there. Cannot complain.
What I’m doing now:
- I spend RM80/month for membership at a weight-training gym in Subang. There’s a reason why it’s low – it’s a special promo price for ladies (apparently it used to be called ‘the testosterone gym’ because only gymbros go there lmao)
What I’m keen to try out:
- Those gym class passes thing. KFit and Classpass would be so fun to try out. I’ve always wanted to try those fancy classes like spin and aeriel and barre and all that.
#2 – Fitness attire and accessories
What I’ve bought:
- Basic fitness attire. For me, basic fitness attire means sports bra, leggings, socks and shoes, that’s it. I’ve tried a few brands over the years, and some definitely stand out more than others. Estimated spending for this category alone would be around RM1000+.
- Attempts to make workouts more ‘fun and varied’. Yoga mat. Foam roller. Skipping rope. Weight training gloves. Hmm that was less than I thought.
What I use now:
- Lots of Nike products. I hate to say it, but I’m a Nike convert. All the ones I’ve tried works well, looks good and lasts long. I refuse to buy leggings, sports bras, sports shoes and socks from other brands now.
What I’m keen to try out:
- Cute gym tank tops. I want them but I don’t want to pay RM100+ for them, you know? So I just wear my RM5-10 tank tops to the gym. Whatever la I look damn ugly at the gym anyway.
- Gym bags. Thanks companies that give free tote bags
- Home gym kits. Was super tempted to buy weights from Decathlon and build my own home gym.
#3 – Food and Supplements
What I’ve tried:
- Many, many types of diet. I’ve restricted my calorie count in more ways than I care to admit. The cost is reflected in my groceries bill.
- Weight loss pills. Yup, I’ve tried them. Some make your heart rate go super high. Some make you shit oil. Maybe wasted RM500, all in all. Waste of money – gained back all the weight I’ve lost.
- Meal replacements. I’ve tried a few brands, including Herbalife. Also a waste of money.
- Detox tea. Same – waste of money.
What I take now:
- Protein shake. I’m quite loyal to MyProtein’s Chocolate Smooth protein powder, I think it’s delicious af. The price is good too. RM150ish for 100 servings is just RM1.50 on average per serving. That’s the price (and protein macros) of 3 jumbo eggs, more or less.
- Chia seeds. Only when I don’t think I’m eating enough fiber. RM45 per kilo or so from Lazada. They last me a long time – maybe 6 months or more.
- Fish oil capsules. RM100 for 330 caps during a Guardian sale. I heard it’s good for you but not sure if it works tbh. I think I’ll just finish my stock now and make the decision to repurchase or not later.
What I’m keen to try out:
- Hypnosis or therapy to help me with overeating. Unfortunately, I equate feeling full = comfort. I may eat healthy, but I eat a LOT of healthy, if you know what I mean. Would love to hire a professional to help me develop a healthier relationship with food.
What did you try out during your weight loss journey?
Share with us what you tried out during your weight loss and fitness journey. What was cheap but good? What was expensive but didn’t work? Likewise, share too what was cheap but didn’t work and what was expensive but worked. Help me share this article to that one friend of yours who lost a bunch of weight – would LOVE to hear what worked for them, what they spend on, and what they want to try next.