Transformation of the Day: Jumoke lost 32 pounds. Health issues led her to visit doctors and specialist, but no solutions and answers were found, just bad news. She decided to change her relationship with food and start working out regularly. Not only has her health improved, but her life overall has improved. Check out her story.
What was your motivation?
My main motivation was getting my health back. I was always tired, depressed feeling sluggish, out of shaped and dealing with health issues. After going from my family doctor to a specialist, I was having a lot of stomach discomfort beyond the norm. No one could put their finger on what the problem was. So, after each doctor visit and no hope (just bad news), I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a change.
On this journey, When I felt like giving up I would remind myself on how far I’ve come and I set new goals and challenges for my self to keep it fun.
How did you change your eating habits?
I changed my eating habits by changing my relationship with food. I had to stop being an emotional eater and start eating for nutritional value and to fuel my body. I meal prep every week and stuck to a high carbs morning/low carbs evening diet, which has worked for me quite well. I make sure I get in at least 5 meals a day; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and two snacks. I also drink lots of water. I stayed away for sodas and fruit juices. Later in my journey I cut out chicken and minimized my dairy intake. I stopped eating red meat a few years back. Not to say that if you eat these things you can’t lose weight, but I realized that my body did not respond well to these foods. I also had to minimize my intake of refined sugars.
What did your workout routines look like?
I worked out 3-4 times a week. I did 15 minutes on the treadmill, weight lifting and full body exercises. I used many of the exercises that you posted on the BWLW Facebook page.
Starting weight/Current weight
My starting weight was 165 pounds. My current weight is 133 pounds. My height is 5’5″.
How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey in 2014 and it took me 6 moths to see the full result. For the first 4 months. I was just eating right with no exercise and I lost 10 lbs of fat. Once I hit the gym, I lost 20 lbs in 2 months with hard work and dedication.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Losing weight starts from within. You need to make a mental note that this is what you’re going to do, and not do this for anyone but yourself. You owe it to you to look and feel your best. When it no longer becomes just a thought to lose weight but an action instead, you are then ready to make changes. My journey was not just about getting right physically, but I focused on all aspects of my overall wellbeing. This journey has transformed my life physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, relationally and even financially. Get rid of quick diets and the latest fads. Take your time to get to know your body and listen to it when it comes to your food intake and exercising. Start out at a comfortable pace, set goals for yourself weekly or monthly and rewards your achievements. When you slip just get back up and start again. Don’t give up. Push yourself because it’s in you. Last but not least, remember to enjoy the journey and fall in love with all of you flaws and all.