I have a lot more energy & my endurance has skyrocketed

Weight loss story from @fit_thick_chronicles

We asked Modupe our set of interview questions and she explains how a strong support system helped her to reach her goals.

What led you to want to make a lifestyle change?

One day I looked in the mirror and I didn’t recognize myself. My body always hurt. My clothes didn’t fit. My confidence has plummeted. I was always tired. Christmas of that year, I traveled to visit family, and they thought I was sick, I had gotten so big. I finally decided enough was enough.

What did you do to achieve your results? Tell us about your workout routine

I started working out in my apartment and hotel rooms (I travel for work). I would do videos off Youtube, FitnessBlender mostly. I did a few dance videos. And I started following some body weight routine I had found online. Eventually that got boring and I moved my workouts to a regular gym. Treadmill, free weights, that sort of thing. Once again, a few months later, I found myself bored. I was watching American Ninja Warrior one day and out of nowhere decided to sign up for Crossfit and Kickboxing. I fell in love and I’ve stayed motivated every since.

How did you change your eating habits?

First I cut back on the carbs – rice, pasta, bread, sugary fruits. I didn’t count calories but I did write down everything I ate. Over the year, I learned how my body responded to certain foods. Eventually, I started following a ketogenic diet. I try to eat less than 30g net carbs per day. It sounds strange that eating cheese and cream can help you lose weight, but it works.

What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?

I started at 217lbs. I’m currently about 173lbs. I’m 5’3″ tall.

How long did your transformation take?

I’ve been on this journey for a little over a year, but I’m not done yet.

What was the hardest part about your transformation? how did you overcome it?

The hardest part of my journey was staying motivated and not falling back into old habits. And not beating myself up when I did. I was so on and off, which is probably why my weight loss was so slow. I would eat right, but skip the gym. Or go hard in the gym, but binge on bread. And once I fell off, it would take weeks to get back into a good rhythm. Nowadays, I don’t beat myself up so much, but I make sure I get back on track if I find myself veering too far off.

How have things changed with you in general (health, relationships, self)

My confidence is GROWING. When you don’t love yourself, you let other people treat you any kind of way. I’m still working on this whole self love thing, but it’s certainly easier when the outside matches the great person on the inside. I have tons more energy these days. My endurance has sky rocketed.

Who or what helped you along your journey?

I had a few friends who were also trying to get healthy, who kept me motivated when I fell off. They would check in on me, or I’d see their progress, and be reminded of my own goals. My best friend was also a great help. She encourages me in whatever I choose to do, even if it sounds weird to her.

What piece of advice would you give other women looking to start on their own lifestyle change/fitness journey?

You have to love yourself, starting NOW. Not just when you reach your goal weight. And you don’t have to be perfect, but you can’t give up. Having a support system will help you when you get tired or discouraged.

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