Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated!


October 17th, 2009

It’s at times like this that I realize I shouldn’t forget say I be beginner for this weight loss tin oh!

I was so pumped after the compliments I received at Thursday’s party, that I went full force in the gym yesterday, much to my Trainer’s delight. After my usual 30-minute start on the treadmill, I went spent a record 90 minutes on various forms of intense cardio exercises. Meaning, I worked out for 2 good hours! Me, the 45-minute girl!

I was high on endorphins the whole of yesterday, and I happily spread the news of my ‘achievement’ to my sisters in our WhatsApp group chat, my cousin/best friend Chidera, and of course, my JJ…all of whom were very proud of me.

But this morning, I woke to the harsh reality of my actions!

When I first stepped out of bed, my legs felt like 50kg lead pipes! My lower back felt like a rubber band stretched to within a millimeter of its life, and don’t even get me started on my no-good hips and knees. I was so grateful it was Saturday, which meant I didn’t have to do the school run. Hian! Which kind of sufferhead was this oh?!

But you know what? I decided not to lose the tempo. So, I pocketed my shame, wore my kit, and went out for a jog. JJ even joined me, and I can’t believe how fast it went by. I even managed to get in two 30-second sprints. We covered almost half of the estate! By the time we got home, I felt so exhilarated and able to do almost anything!

Despite the aches and pains, I have been on an endorphin high all day! I actually can’t wait for my weigh-in on Monday!


October 19th, 2009

99.8kg….a 2.8 kg loss. Not too shabby. Somehow, I thought it would have been more, especially after the ramped up exercise. But I’m not complaining! For the first time in years, I am under 100kg. For me, that’s enough cause for celebration!

I initially considered skipping my gym session, as I want to start the week on a more productive note by actually going to my shop. No matter how great my Shop Assistants are, that is no excuse for avoiding the place for 2 long weeks! I knew I couldn’t avoid Uzoamaka forever, and that it was time to face my fears headlong!

And I decided to go to the gym anyway! I was probably going to need the endorphins to handle all the negativity!

When I got home to get ready, I discovered that my coveted size 22 jeans were actually now too roomy! Imagine! Something I hadn’t been able to get into 3 weeks ago. I decided to wear a form fitting dress instead. It had been folded in my closet for years, and seeing it slide perfectly onto my body was a JOY! But I made sure not to forget my control underwear this time though (*side eye*).

As I drove into the complex, I sighted my ever-critical, and over competitive neighbour, Uzoamaka. I gave her a cold wave, without even cracking a smile, and still keeping my eyes on the road. I saw her look taken aback, but that was of no concern to me. If that meant she wouldn’t be clouding my doorstep with her negative vibe, then it was all good. I also gave a cursory wave to the shawarma lady, as I drove by her shop. Today, there was no room for anything, or anyone, that would drag me back oh!

My girls were excited to see me, and raved on and on about how good I looked. I knew I looked good…and I felt good too! By the time I drove out of the complex that afternoon, I felt energized and pumped! Things were finally looking good for me!


October 20th, 2009

I recently happened upon a weight loss website which I learned so much from. I wrote down most of the key points, and they have become something of a daily mantra for me, with each bite of food I take…and even while I’m not eating. The points may sound like simple common sense, but for a food addict and compulsive emotional over-eater such as myself, who has become so disconnected with body signals over the years, it’s like learning to walk again. I may stumble a few times but I’m going to keep at it.

The points are:

  • Eat When You’re Hungry
  • Eat what you want, not what you think you should have
  • Eat Consciously – Enjoy Each Mouthful
  • Stop When You Think You’re Full

I can’t quite explain how helpful these tips have been. The only one I have been skirting cautiously around has been the Eat what you want, not what you think you should have point. Until I have been able to take full control of my food addiction, I shall eat only what I think should eat oh! And not what I want ohI no fit shout!

Anyways, my older sister sent me a recipe over the weekend, which I ended up trying today. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! It was a little spin on the classic Chicken Noodle Salad. And really helped satisfy my urge for Chinese food.

Here’s how I worked it. For the chicken, I marinated boneless, skinless chicken breasts in garlic, olive oil, Cameroun pepper, and a splash of soy sauce, before poaching and shredding. I then used three tablespoons hot red curry paste, so it was super spicy. For veggies, I added lettuce, green peas, spring onions, green pepper, tomatoes, and mushrooms. I mixed some lime juice and fish sauce, and sprinkled over it as a dressing. For the noodles, I found a brown, gluten free brand at the grocery store, and it turned out fantastic! And the calorific damage…280 calories per serving! Can you just beat that?! It almost felt like I was cheating…eating something so delicious but yet, so healthy!

I’m loving my life…I’m really, really loving my life!



Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies




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