Tayo lost 20 kg (44 pounds). After years of trying to lose weight and feeling uncomfortable, she began a transformation in May 2015. Not only did she exercise and change her eating habits, but she changed her mindset and her attitude, which is key to success. Check out what she shared with us and a video about her journey below.
Hi everyone! Thanks for reading this blog post, I hope this little summary of my weight loss helps anyone hoping to make a lifestyle change.
My weight loss journey has caused a huge change in both my health and my lifestyle. I was not sick or anything, but when you go through a transformation you notice the internal and external changes to your body that others don’t. When people see me now, they are always asking me how I did it!
I had been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember. I paid for two gym memberships and always ended up wasting them by quitting along the way. I would also end up heavier than before and feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, which is just not me as I’m usually a really confident person. I was really unhappy due to this lack of confidence and my weight.
In December 2014, I was a bridesmaid for a friend’s wedding. When I saw the pictures afterwards, I did not like what I saw. I felt like I was trapped under so much extra skin. I wanted to make a change in the New Year for 2015, but like so many previous New Year’s resolutions, I didn’t follow through… until May 2015. That is when I officially started.
My transformation didn’t happen overnight like a lot of people wish, or even as quick I wanted it to. I gave weight loss another try and this time around my approach was different. I decided not only to change my diet, but also to change my mindset and my attitude towards food and exercise… and it worked.
I started with one hour in the gym. Then I started running for 30 minutes and worked up to an hour long run. I did pure cardio for over a month, because I was desperate to burn fat. I knew that if I saw that number change from 85 kgs (187.3 pounds) to anything below that on the scale I would be so motivated!
You know what? Working out worked! The fitter I got, the better my stamina and my running got. Now, I workout for 2 1/2 hours, five days a week. On the weekends, I do outdoor running and I love it.
I know this all sounds like a lot, but it’s manageable! I enjoy working out and I find it relaxing. I started to see results, especially when I corrected my diet. Fixing my diet was hard. I love food, but making the changes were so worth it. Once I figured out my eating habits, everything else fell into place. I went from 85kg to 65kg in 5 months.
Weight loss and lifestyle transformation is not easy but it is possible. Remember slow progress is better than no progress!