This is a blog post by Debbie Ebube… Losing weight can be hard especially with all the greasy yet delicious meals and fizzy drinks that can be so addictive…
Now let’s be honest. Fat shaming aside, there’s really no gain in being obese; whilst it is bad for the health, it also has its way of messing with your self-esteem and your mental health.
So you can imagine. I was obese and depressed. Have it in mind that I was just about to leave for NYSC and with just two months and some weeks to go; I had to lose weight so as to not become a form of ridicule in the eyes of the soldiers in camp.
I decided that it was high time I started doing something about my weight, and that was how my weight loss journey began.
I started dieting. Yup! I did. I made a list of unhealthy foods that got me to 100kg and I started ruling them out one after the other.
I started by cutting down on ‘carbs’, I was a huge fan of bread so this was really hard for me. I stopped eating white bread and started eating wheat bread until I eventually stopped eating bread for a while.
I also ruled out carbonated drinks (p.s: carbonated drinks are straight off from the pit of hell *crying emoji* lol. Horrible for the waistline) and in place of that, I increased my water intake and once in a while treated myself to a glass of fruit juice.
I ate more of beans, sweet potatoes, unripe plantains, chicken breasts, fish and vegetables. Fruits also became a huge part of my daily meals.
This is the part that a lot of people are not excited to hear about and trust me, I wasn’t either at first. My sister used to rant about how I could not lose weight without exercising but I didn’t realize its importance until I lost a lot of weight and I had so much loose skin.
The thing is, a healthier diet made me lose weight but because I wasn’t exercising, my skin was flabby.
Gradually, I started working out; from squats to planks to jumping jacks, I became a huge fan and I loved the results. My skin became firmer, I knew I was stronger and my skin was glowing! Hallelujah!!
A lot of people asked me after I had lost 21kg; “who motivated you?” “Did you go to a gym?” “Did you have a trainer?” my responses usually were: “nobody”, “nope”, “nope”.
So how did I do it then? I simply focused on carving my mindset, from being negative and always saying “I can’t” to being positive and always saying “I can and I will”.
Having a positive mindset kept me going; I was motivated and fully charged to do it. I had some days when I felt like I couldn’t push myself, but I’d stare at my reflection in the mirror and I’d tell myself that I can and I will do it.
Now I’m a lot healthier, I haven’t reached my goal weight yet but I’m almost there and it makes me happy knowing that I’ve come this far and if I did it, you can do it as well!
Start today, make healthier substitutions, take a walk, drink water and watch your skin glow and your mental health get better.
I hope you eventually do it so your story can motivate someone to do it too. Remember “I can do all things…” I believe in you so make sure you believe too!
Love and light, xoxo.
Debbie Ebube is a graduate with a B.sc in Human resource management, a writer and poet. She owns the brokenbonesandgreenherbs.wordpress.com