My name is Temitope Awoyemi, founder of SDsfinefoodsng an online store for healthy snacks and foods as well as superfoods. We always source for niche and quality fine food products from around the world to bring to our consumers here in Nigeria. Our philosophy here at SDsfinefoodsng is to only bring you the very best products that contain virtually natural and organic ingredients.
I am proud to introduce myself as a health and fitness enthusiast. It hasn’t always been this way. I have always struggled with my weight for the better part of my adult life, but now I am all about a realistic approach to weight loss and healthy living. My weight loss philosophy since I turned a new corner and embraced a new lifestyle is healthy eating, portion control and regular exercise, I finally said goodbye to fad diets and yo-yo dieting that I had become accustomed to over the years.
Maintaining a healthy body weight is an important part of our health and the quality of life we are living, but to be honest, losing weight is difficult, no matter the reason you are losing weight for, but be rest assured you are not alone.
Let me share my own experience about my weight loss journey. Everything I am and know today about healthy eating has been about my own personal journey, and this has really opened my eyes to nutrition and how food can be your medicine…and it could also be your poison.
I have always been on the big side since forever! I mean, since I was a baby and all through my adult years, it has always been a major challenge losing weight. I relied on quick fix and crash diets to lose weight, and I became an expert at it. There was no new fad diet I didn’t do, it was always a quick fix for me. I always bought soft sell magazines and would stare at pictures of celebrities and would read about how this celebrity lost 2 stone on this diet, and trust me I would be on that same diet and I did go through loads of diets; Atkins, Dukan, Cabbage soup, Slim fast, Rosemary Conley, South beach diet and Temi’s diet (LOL). I actually did form my own diets in my head, took a bit of everything from different diets and made mine up, and the vicious circle went on and on and on, disappointment after disappointment, and within weeks or months after losing the weight, I’d put it right back on I am sure some people can relate to this circle.
Thank God I was delivered from this circle and I have never looked back since I saw the light. I remember the nurse at my Doctor’s practice telling me I had put on too much weight so rapidly within six months. This time I was at my biggest! I had reached a size 18. I always managed to stay a size 12 through most of my years of trying out different diets, but in reality I think I was a size 14, but in my head I was a size 12, and size 12 it had to be! Nobody was going to tell me otherwise and the size 12 clothes had to fit me, by fire by force! This was me living in denial. I lived in denial. Through all the 3 to 4 years that I was a bigger girl, I just never embraced it. Please we should all feel beautiful and learn to love ourselves no matter what size we are, ignore the body shamers! I went through the period of being body shamed as well by friends, family and just generally rude people that felt they just had an opinion about my weight gain. I refused to buy size 18 clothes when I was a size 18. This was me still not embracing my new normal. I never bought size 18 clothes. It had to be a size 16. I could still cope mentally with me thinking I was a size 16, to me being a size 18 just wasn’t acceptable! How did I get to that, I questioned myself.
My weight loss journey has not been an easy journey, but it has been so worth it and I have developed a serious passion for nutrition, consisting of healthy eating, exercise, positive image, sharing idea and tips with people on a weight loss journey as well. Trust me it wasn’t easy. Losing weight is difficult but it can be done if you put your mind to it. Forget about diets, diets simply do not work. We would all be talking about diets and healthy eating and how healthy eating is just the way forward in my opinion, but it would be interesting to discuss the crazy and torturous diets we have all done to lose weight as the week rolls by on this forum. The best thing that ever happened to me on this journey is me discovering myself, and having a relationship with food. I am now in control of my eating habits and I make intelligent choices now and I am able to eat things I crave for and not feel guilty about it. I am free from the bondage of yo-yo dieting, crash diets, the latest quick fix ways to lose 1 stone in a week, no more Chinese teas that make you s**t your intestines out, and the weight just isn’t shifting (lol). No more detox teas, no more Temi’s diet, no more staring at celebrities that have been photo shopped and wishing I looked half as good! No more desiring to have Teyana Taylor’s hot body, while I did nothing apart from eat, she put work in to look like that and that’s just the truth. I realised I couldn’t be anybody else apart from being me and this was the hard truth I discovered through my weight loss journey. My weight loss journey worked out to be a success as I gained a whole new level of confidence.
Losing weight and keeping it off is all about your relationship with food. Food is not the enemy…it’s actually your friend. You will find this out when you start eating healthy. No one else can do it for you. We can all talk about it but YOU need to make it happen. It is achievable, you can do it so no need to rush, take your time, do it at your own pace. You didn’t put on the weight in 4 weeks, so why the rush to kill yourself to get it off in 2 weeks?! It isn’t achievable! Let no one tell you otherwise. Feel free to ask questions, leave remarks and I would be glad to answer any questions.
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