Now, this is not a post on how to lose weight or eat healthy. It is just a story on how I decided to do something and followed through with it. As far as I can remember, I have always been on the big side. Whilst growing up, I was often described as 'fat,' e.g don't you know that fat girl in Mrs Lagbaja's class? Well, sometimes it bothered me and other times it didn't. At one point in secondary school, I decided to starve myself to loose weight and it did work, only that I almost developed a severe case of ulcer and I eventually returned to my normal eating habits. Along the line, I developed a thick skin and didn't care about what anyone thought as long as I was happy.
By the time I graduated from Uni and joined the bank I was a UK 14 and after a year, I became a 16. At the time I resigned from the bank and came to the UK for my post-graduate studies in 2010, I was almost a size 18. I always wanted to do something about my weight but I just kept making excuses and procrastinating. Shopping for a pair of Jeans trousers can be a herculean task especially if you are plus sized. Now, skinny jeans which I really liked was an absolute no-no; I couldn't get myself into them. My only options were boot-leg jeans or boyfriend jeans; very boring right? One afternoon, I decided to go shopping for the perfect jeans as the ones I had were a bit old. I entered the 1st store and after scanning through, I grabbed a size 18; Boy o boy! it wasn't my size and that was the biggest they had in the store.
|2009 - situation critical|
I visited all the high street stores and the story was the same. I could not find me a well-fitting pair of jeans trousers. In the last store, the shop assistant said, I can place a special order for a size 20 and have them deliver it to the store since they don't usually stock that size. I almost fainted! Me, special order? Cos of my size. Did I place the order? hell no! That was a rude awakening to what will soon become an issue if I don't do something and do it fast. Then again, I didn't want to get involved in any of those 'lose weight in 30 days scam' pills and rubbish flying about the net. I stumbled on Adura's blog where she blogs about losing weight and keeping fit as she has been over-weight in the past as well as reading about Hollywood star, Jennifer Hudson and how she lost weight with Weight Watchers. These stories got me started and motivated.
In October 2010, I joined the Weight Watchers (WW) club in Dundee and attended meetings every Saturday. The highlight of those meetings was the weigh-in session and discovering that each week, I was losing something :) I followed their regimen to the teeth and did all I was asked to do and by December there was a considerable difference. In February 2011, I decided to stop paying for the WW membership and continue on my own with tips and bits from Adura. 2 people, my sister and a very good friend back in Dundee helped me then and without them I wouldn't have come this far. They encouraged and supported me and when I almost gave up, they were there to urge me on. After a while, I noticed my clothes were becoming loose and shapeless....I must be dreaming...lol...it felt so good and more importantly, I felt lighter. 2 years down the line, I have dropped 2 dress sizes and still counting. When I look at my old pictures now, I laugh and say to myself, 'Nne, you were big!' It was difficult at first, very difficult, but now it has become a lifestyle. Seriously, I have learnt that if I put my heart to anything and consciously work at it, I can achieve it. You can if you will....and the journey continues.