Non-Scale Victories: Losing 11 pounds made a huge difference for Amaka. She focused on how she felt, not just numbers on the scale. Our African sista shared her journey with us. Check it out.
My story might be a bit different from the others ones you’ve featured in terms of the numbers on the scale. My transformation hasn’t been drastic, but the physical change has been amazing.
I’m just a regular student striving hard to balance school, fitness and have a healthy dose of fun. It’s not easy, I’ll tell you. When I first got into college, I put on a lot of weight and I knew I had to do something, because I clearly ate my way to that state. Lol.
I got into the University and was ready to take over anything, I wanted to explore every bit of new freedom, which included eating cake and Fanta at 11:30pm, eating a whole pack of Pringles whenever I wanted and if I felt like, two packs. I put on weight, no doubt. My weight was 89kg (196 pounds). Some how through out my time in high school till now, I’ve always been within the same weight range, but I never crossed into 90kg. At this point, I knew it was time to do something, because my jeans were bursting at the seams.
One day, I was talking to my roommate about registering at the gym close by and she said, “No no no, that thing does not work. I’ve tried it and there’s no gain except pain.” Ha! I lasted only three days. It was very funny to me, because I was aware that this journey wouldn’t be magic and that you need patience and hardwork to see results. So, I decided to prove my roommate wrong. I wanted to make her eat her words and know that she just wasn’t ready to change, simple as that.
I did exactly that in three months by doing HIIT on the treadmill three times a week. I also lifted weights. I gained significant amount of muscle and went down a little on the scale. I was at 84kg/185 pounds, my clothes fit better and I had to gave some clothes away because they didn’t fit.
Changing my eating habits was not difficult because I had a predetermined mind about it. I buy healthy foods; beans (black eyed peas), plantain, Jollof rice, vegetables and fruit. and veggies. I eat fruit in moderation, because of the high amount of sugar some kinds carry.
I currently weight 84kg still, but I’m loving the way I look and feel. When you’re working towards weight loss, your focus should be more on how you feel not just on the numbers on the scale. Work towards achieving a healthier you. With this approach, I think you can easily build a healthy lifestyle in general and the results will come guaranteed! Drink lots of water and eat those veggies. Go for a jog, register at the gym or hit the park. Now matter how you do it, make sure that you enjoy the process and fall in love with it.