Update: Naledi lost more than 80 pounds and has kept the weight off for 4 years. We asked her to share how she’s been able to maintain her success. Check out this post for more information on how she lost the weight and more photos from her journey.
I have managed to maintain my weight loss success by consistently eating clean and exercising. I’ve focused on toning to get my muscle mass in check. It has not been easy, but I have always been a dedicated person. Whatever I put my mind to, I will achieve those goals. I genuinely have the hunger to be a better me.
Eating Habits: For the past eight months, I have gone vegetarian, and it is working for me tremendously. I love cooking, so that’s a bonus for me when it comes to maintaining my weight. I am very creative and managed to create my own meal plans. I have taken an interest in nutrition since becoming a Body Pump instructor.
Exercise: I do Les Mills 4 times week. I also do cardio and kettlebells once a week, along with circuit training once a week as well. It’s important to challenge the body by doing different exercises so that each muscle group benefits if you want to get lean and toned proportionally. I sometimes do freestyle weight training so that I don’t get used to the same exercises.
Advice: Take your time when it comes to changing to a new lifestyle of eating healthy, exercising, and adjusting to all the changes. Also, what works for other people will not have the same effect for you. Keep your eyes on you and don’t compare your progress with anyone out there. It’s nice to see other people’s results, but the most important thing is to be your own competition and be a better version of yourself.
Also, refrain from quick fixes and concentrate on what you eat. Diets are temporary, but proper nutrition goes a long way. Learn to prepare healthy meals at home. Never try to lose the weight too quickly, because it will always come right back if you’re not consistent. Losing weight has never been a walk in the park. It takes dedication, commitment, perseverance, disappointments and all that comes with the journey. Never quit. I am more than happy to guide anyone that has questions and interested in my meal plans.