Weight Loss Transformation: Our South African sista Fabiola lost 35 pounds. This petite mom of two got some help with her exercise habits and studies nutrition as part of her weight loss journey. She shared with us about what she did to lose the weight.
Previous weight – 85 kg (187 pounds)
Current Weight – 69kg (152 pounds)
Height – 1.62cm (5’3″)
I am a 36 year old petite mom of two sons aged 18 and 13 years old. I hail all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa. As crappy as this may sound, one of the things which helped me most was to look at a photo of myself when I was at my heaviest. (I always thought I resembled an 18 Wheeler truck may I add.) Having a visual image of yourself can allow you to see what you truly look like, not just the good aspects we want to highlight. We can better see the things we want to change as well. Although I have never felt that I needed to compromise who I am or what I’m about, the harsh critiques of others, to an extent, have been a motivating factor as well.
In November/December 2014, I started walking and lost a few pounds. In February 2015, I opted for a Personal trainer. To date I have lost 16kg’s (35 pounds) and my journey has only just begun. I train 4 to 5 times a week. My sessions include cardio, strength training and boxing.
I’ve also completed my Foundation Diploma in Personal Nutrition which has assisted me in making healthier, smarter food choices. I’ve totally omitted tea and coffee from my diet, and have opted for green tea instead. 5 cups of green tea a day assists with losing centimeters around the waist. I’ve increased my water intake to approximately 3 liters a day and replaced sugar with honey. I consume servings of 3 fruits and 3 of veggies a day as well as limiting my salt intake. My breakfast consists of High Protein, Eggs or Oats, as this tends to keep me fuller for longer. I have carbs, like rice and potatoes during lunch and will have a light sandwich for supper (Peanut butter on toast or a smoothie). I add 1 teaspoon of Flaxseeds to my cereal or smoothie on a daily basis. I’ve also replaced my cooking oil with coconut oil and use herbs instead of salt. Recentlym I’ve started using Tuesdays and Thursdays as “Juice Days”, where I will only consume fruit and veggie juice and will have a solid meal for supper. Included in my eating plan are 2 days of chicken, 2 days of fish, 2 days of meat and on the 7th day, I allow myself to have a cheat day. This enables me to share a “normal” meal and dessert with my family.
My advice: Imagine that day when you can finally say, “I did it!” When you can say “I never gave up, I never quit!” Imagine the day when you reach your goal weight and the moments of pain turn into memories that helped you reach the goal you wanted to obtain. It might take a long time to reach that moment, but as soon as you get there you’ll thank yourself for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. No slacking, No quitting, No Whining, No excuses. Get up and work for it! Stop staying “I Can’t,” It discourages the mind! Do it for the AFTER PHOTO