OUTSPOKEN: Yewande Omololu Shares Her Sour-Sweet Journey To Weight Loss.
I was never a thin girl growing up, I wasn’t fat either. I was just a normal girl with a normal size. I used to believe that since I had fat aunts and cousins, it ran within the family but was thankful because to me, I was just normal. Well, not until recently (2012).
I really don’t like bumping into old class mates because the next thing they do after setting their eyes on me is exclaim ‘Yewande, what happened to you?’ Or ‘my goodness, what have you been eating?’ Or ‘Babe you don blow o, see your cheeks’. I got tired of these things so I decided to do something about it.
My first step was exercise. If you know me, you’d know how lazy I can be most times. Errmmmm…I’d like to say I jog but that’s just within my compound which is quite big or so I think. Then I take long walks which is a big thing for me. I hate walking on the road because I get easily irritated and my part of town is not the neatest, that’s part of the reason we call it ‘Lungu’.
Sit ups for my tummy is very necessary, if I want to attain the size I want, my tummy must be extremely flat. I also dance on weekends 2-3 hours straight, I enjoy doing it and it makes me sweat. I’ve got big arms, so I like to swing my arms for an hour every day, that’s always after work. Lazy me do house chores, I wash, sweep, mop just to keep fit and burn my excesses. One thing you have to understand is that exercises are not always enough, I learned that really late.
What we eat really determines if the exercises are worth it or not. If you stick with junk and do lots of exercises, you’re only deceiving yourself. That’s why my second step was to watch my food intake. At first, I started eating once a day then a friend advised me against it. She believes eating once a day means starving, then what happens if I start to eat again? So I stopped skipping my meals, just reduced the quantity. An average human being should eat 1500 calories in a day; I decided 800 was good enough for me. Then I fed more on fruits and vegetables. Another thing that helps is taking Lipton tea with no sugar or milk after every meal, it aids easy digestion. I am imperfect in so many ways, I can’t deny that fact. Sometimes I let my sweet tooth take total control of my diet and I just flunk it.
Recently, I’ve been getting compliments on my weight loss. It’s not that I’ve grown so slim I’ve lost a little weight, that’s all. I feel good when people see me and say ‘keep doing whatever you’re doing because you’ve lost a few pounds’ and to think I started this diet thing just two weeks ago, I’m happy.
Trying to get used to my new eating habit is very difficult especially when I can’t take chocolates, ice-cream, soft drinks, pizza, shawarma, chicken skin, even noodles and everything that has a bit too much flour, egg or milk. Sometimes I feel like I must have offended Mother Nature but does that even matter?
It’s easy to gain than to lose weight. Whatever you do, stick to it. Self discipline helps. There’s this self confidence we experience when we feel good with ourselves from within. Be good to yourself and understand what your body needs. It’s a learning process, give yourself time. That’s what I’m doing or trying to do. In fact, I’m thinking of rewarding myself with a bar of chocolate later today. Lol
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