This diary is long overdue, I promised to start today so here I am keeping my word. I have battled with the title due to the fact i am not sure it is a weight loss diary but a healthy lifestyle journal.
I was always that skinny girl, a picky eater with a sweet tooth and love for biscuits. I was called “igi” (translation: stick) once upon a time in my life.
Towards my late teen stage, I because obsessed with weight gain as I wanted to be a proper curvy African woman since I felt I truly looked like “I”. I tried all sorts of supplements from “WateOn” to “Complan” and some vitamins that claim to increase appetite yet none worked for me. Fast forward to late 20s, I started to enjoy my trim look not knowing the days were numbered.
My pre-pregnancy weight was 55kg and I weighed about 65kg on the day of delivery. My pregnancy also cured me of most my sweet tooth till date, my baby didn’t like chocolates, ice-cream, coke et al – I was someone who had coke with my lunch daily, I couldn’t stand coke or even finish a bar of chocolate. After baby birth, I “snapped” back immediately, in literally 2 weeks my tummy was a flat board. All I did was breastfeed nothing more; I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight at 10 weeks with all clothes fitting perfectly.
As the years went by I continued my sedentary lifestyle, eating what I liked and priding myself with not putting on any weight. Years went by and I found myself moving clothes sizes. Also having a semi-permanent lower belly aka mummy pouch or pregnancy pouch as some others call it. I refuse to accept it as a pregnancy “pouch” as my stomach was flat after child birth for years. I consoled myself it was age and IVF medication but recently admitted it was my lifestyle and diet.
I guess my wake-up call was my last FET cycle when i discovered exercises aided the uterine lining, i tried power walks/jog daily on that cycle. When it failed, i wondered if exercises were incorporated in my lifestyle just maybe it would have aided that cycle.
What am I doing differently? For starters, I am working on making better food choices and adding exercises 3-4 times a week, the goal is 5-6 times a week. In the near future, I hope to incorporate swimming and squash. I shall add on boxing next year to help tone the Christian mama arms. My goal is for improved physique, speed, strength and ability to do fun activities if/when the opportunity arises. A newer version of me with God’s guidance, a total overhaul of my lifestyle so I can look and feel great in old age. Hopefully, this would also keep arthritis away since I am predisposed to this.
Ladies who inspire me include; Kate Hensaw, Omoni Oboli, Uzor Osimkpa, Mo Abudu (she looks great for her age), Ndidi O and Ehimen A.
Join me as I plunge into this wellness lifestyle, I shall be chronicling my journey. I expect to stumble but I will pick myself back up and forge ahead as I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.