One Sunday afternoon, I had this dreadful dream that my tummy was patterned with stretch marks, I cried myself out in the dream beseeching God for a second chance. Suddenly, I jolted up and realized it was a dream I headed straight to the mirror, surprisingly I saw a mark struggling to be visible on my tummy. And that was where my journey started. I realise there was nothing like the PERFECT TIME but instead you make the time perfect for yourself. I registered in a gym close to work. Believe me I have never being this motivated to do anything in my life. Friends from work laughed at me whenever they see me jogging in morning. To be sincere, people at the gym really intimidated me; those people could jog 5km in 20 minutes, do a lengthy aerobics without stopping to catch their breath. And yes, they were that good I almost gave up because I thought I could never be as strong as they were. However I kept reminding myself how much money and time I invested in the gym, how I refuse to be a loser and how I have to prove so many people wrong. It was like a do or die affair I knew there was no turning back. My eating habit changed (thanks to @nellyagbogu). I curbed it with the diet plan titled “setting the captive free” and supported it with De’makhali diet plan (my own plan). I used the first diet plan to curb my appetite and the second to lose weight faster though I coupled it with my usual exercise and I drank a lot of water. The plan is to eat healthy.
The Gym became a second home and everybody there became family. I would get to the gym before 6am do my regular workout, jog, aerobics and yogathen would take a shower before leaving for work. In the evening after work I would be back at the gym with so much energy even though literarily there was none but I had to push myself and burn some calories. This went on everyday apart from Sundays. I celebrated every kg or pound I lost. I took pictures of my progress OMG! I have never being happier in my life. Indeed fitness is so good to the body and soul. Even when there was no visible difference I was ready to show off a before and after picture but my friends will just laugh at me and that kept me more motivated and focused (criticism is my inner strength to success). I participated in the 10km marathon race organised by Nike sport “We run Lagos” I didn’t believe I made it to the end point within an hour despite the fact that I fell and bruised my knee twice. Though I was not among the first 200 but I felt so victorious like Usain Bolts. The feeling was so great I thought I could represent Nigeria for the Olympics lol. That week, I stepped on the scale and there 15kg was off my vibrant body. I lost 15kg after 3months? It was unbelievable and I realised “the biggest project you can ever execute is on yourself”. In less than another 1month I lost 5kg more. When I went back home at the end of the year my parents and siblings were shocked to see a Slim Khadijat. Come to think of it even as a kid I was that fat girl next door.
Oh! Forgive my manners God, it has been God all the way because while others were praying for a car, house, husband and other goodies mine was “God let me drop 20kg and be really fit”. Well, it happened. eventually. Indeed God never forsakes his own, you know? Remember rain does not stop falling just because the calabash is full, so till date I still workout and eat healthy. Fitness and eating healthy is not a FAD but should be your way of life, it is a culture that can never go extinct. Again, I did not have time but I made time. I did not have the knowledge but I did what I knew. I did not have the support but I learned to support myself. I did not have the confidence but the confidence came with result. I had a lot going against me but I had enough going for me. I had plenty excuses but I chose not to use any of them and this is my SUCCESS STORY. “
I'm really grateful for this. I stumbled on Khadijat's (I. didn't even know her name until I read her write up) IG profile @cardijar_mohd and was wowed by her weight loss. I contacted her to share her story with us and she kindly obliged and didn't hesitate to share photos and diet plans, in this world where ladies tend to keep these things as secrets. She even apologized for sending it late even though I just asked her last week. If you're interested in the diet plan she created, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org Her primary reason forlosing weight was to be healthy, looking better came as a bonus. + she was strong enough to do it the healthy way. Bless your heart! It's so easy to make plans and loss weight by mouth but it takes determination and hard work to lose and maintain the weight loss. There are lots of people who join gyms and pile up more weight instead of losing. If you're going to work out and feast on junks afterwards, don't bother wasting your time and energy. I asked Khadijat more questions and here is her response.
I used to spend roughly 2hrs for the morning session and 2hrs for the evening session. Well the first 30mins in the morning I jog from the. gym in beesam to MMA. On getting back I would skip 1500 for another 30minutes, use the power station to trim my arms and back and I do the mat exercise for my pot belly lol. When it rains in the morning, I use the treadmill instead of jogging. The instructor was very nice but strict. He makes me run "not" jog on the treadmill for 45 minutes so I can lose 200calories before we engage in serious aerobic and some crazy situps with the medicine ball then I crown it with the power station for the evening section. Yes, I apportion time for each activity so I can be atop my game, I mean so I can be better than I did a day before.
I lost 20kg in roughly 4months
I still go to the gym but not everyday, I go every other day but my Saturday jogging is constant and I still eat healthy. I still drink at least 10 cups of water in a day to flush out my system and my fruit and veg are still constant though once in a while I backslide but balance up seriously. Another thing is that I love Pizza and Cake a lot but I punish myself with lot of water and skipping whenever I eat them.
Dear bloghearts, I hope you're as inspired as I am and glad I brought this here. Like she said keeping fit is a lifestyle, so even if you're a lepa shandy, you should strive to be healthy always. A teacher told me some slim people eat junks and don't get fat whereas the fat gets stored around their hearts which is dangerous but they don't suspect a thing unlike a fat person that knows he/she should be careful. If you're interested in joining a weight loss/maintenance group regardless of your location, pplease contact me. Feel free to drop your questions and comments. Thanks for reading. Keep reading and sharing. Love you plenty, Anuoluwapo
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