See ehhhn, I love food.
I'm talking full blown LOVE!!! There are very few foods I don't like *asides from beans* and I'm very open to trying new stuff. I've had octopus, crocodile and even snake. I live by "you gotta try it at least once" when it comes to food.
That's why I used to look like this......
There's no doubt that i was a cutie but i was very unhealthy and to be honest, very unhappy.
Please don't get me wrong, I didn't get to a size 24 and 123kg *at my biggest* just because of what I ate but it was a major contributing factor.
People always ask me "whats the secret?" and I hate to burst your bubble if you are looking for a quick fix but it's nothing but determination and a strong will to change your lifestyle and live a healthier life.
I've always been obese *yes, I use that word because that's exactly what i was*. At 10 yrs old I was wearing a B cup bra and was an adult size 10.
It worried my family and especially my mother. I mean, this was her only daughter practically eating herself into an early grave. She bitched and bitched and I ate even more.
You can't understand a fat persons relationship with food until you have lived it. We eat when we are happy and eat even more when we are sad. It's comforting and familiar. You can't beat that combo!!! Lol!!
It took the death of my father who was/is the love of my life, a mild stroke and a severe bout of depression to make me realise that something HAD to change.
Trust me, it wasn't easy but nothing worth doing ever is.
The trick is first being ready mentally. People have been on my case about losing weight for as long as i can remember but that doesn't mean shit until you are ready. I even had a really close family friend of mine offer me $10k about 8 years ago if i could just come down to 90kg!!
You would think the igbo chick in me would have jumped at the offer but i stopped talking to him, sulked and ate some more jare. At the risk of sounding dramatic, overeating is just as much as an addiction as drinking and drugs but what makes it worse is that it's more socially acceptable and as a woman if guys still think you are cute and you have correct toasters, nothing spoil biko!!! Lol!!
Anyway, to cut a long story short the decision to change YOUR lifestyle HAS to come from YOU.
IF and WHEN you decide, I have some useful tips for you.
Find what works for you. I discovered walking and it changed my life. Little or no equipment is needed just comfy shoes and good music. If you have a smart phone, download an app that tracks your walks so you can set goals and monitor your improvement. I use Runkeeper.
Make time for exercise. You set your PVR to watch Lekki Wives so abeg you can pencil in 45mins a day to save your life
Set challenging but realistic goals. The sense of achievement when you hit those goals is such a rush.
Get your family and friends involved. People think i post my workouts on IG just to be vain *I am, but that's not the point* sometimes you need to be accountable to people who care about you and hearing words of support and encouragement can never be a bad thing, abi?
DO NOT be obsessed about weighing yourself. Buy a tape measure and track lost inches instead. I would recommend weighing yourself once a month at most.
Identify your major weakness, *mine was ice cream and pastry* and prove to yourself that you are better than your long throat by abstaining for a couple of months. #Mindovermatter kinda things. You get me?
Food isn't your enemy. just make smarter choices. eat 3 serving spoons of rice instead of 5 or 6. Just lick the soup sometimes instead of eating it with pounded yam. Get more vegetables in your life . SAY NO TO SOFT DRINKS!!!!!!!!!
If you want to lose weight AND keep it off, you have to make it a lifestyle. there are no quick fixes. Even weight loss surgery needs a lifestyle change for it to work.
Find a balance. Treat yourself from time to time but just be conscious of it. There's no magic trick to losing weight asides from eating less and exercising more. it's really that simple.
DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!!!
This is what worked for ME. We are all different but I'm just sharing my truths. If you would like to share your fitness journey/tips, please email me. I promise to keep you safe here.
And just because I'm vain......
Have a great day folks!! I hope this helped and encouraged even one person