Weight loss story from @hashi88
Hashi shares her weight loss story with us and speaks about her food addiction and how she overcame it.
What led you to want to make a lifestyle change?
I have always been overweight since childhood. Even during my school years I found it difficult to socialise because of my figure. I had a difficult time during my school years being ridiculed about my weight. I was constantly depressed. One time after I finished university, I went to a Christmas party. A few of my friends were there. I was sitting on the couch and a friend decided to take a group photo, so we all came together in one photo. Then another friend decided to upload that group photo of me in it on Facebook. I got a lot of negative comments on the post about how much weight I have gained, which made me more depressed and burst into tears for days. From that instance on I decided to change my figure and started going to the gym and eating healthy, to change the way I looked.
What did you do to achieve your results? Tell us about your workout routine
My workout routine at the start was just cardio for 45 mins 6 days a week. Initially I started going 3 days then increased to 6 days. I couldn’t even walk for 5 mins on the treadmills, so most times I would walk then slowly I slowly increased my speed. I built myself up, pushing each day to achieve more, walk more and then slowly started running on the treadmill. I didn’t do weights at that stage as I was only concerned with losing the weight.
How did you change your eating habits?
When I was overweight, I would generally eat two large pizzas, one litre of coke all by myself. I was addicted to food as a way of escaping from my overweight issues and self image. I would consume a lot of rice for dinner and even snack in the middle of the night, whatever was in the fridge or pantry. It was hard to let go of this addiction but I decided I had to, to make myself a better person. I started to avoid processed foods, sugars and all carbs. I ate lots of greens and healthy soup. I started to change my food one meal at a time. It was hard but, I felt really good eating healthy, so that was the motivation to completely change my meals.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 107kg and my weight was 62kg after the weight loss. Then I started lifting to tone my body and my weight increased to 64kg currently, which is gaining lean muscle.
How long did your transformation take?
My initial weight loss transformation took me 10 months, but after I lost weight I took up lifting to start toning my body. So I have been lifting for the last 4 years. Lifting tones my body as well as increasing my strength and keeping me fit, I enjoy that a lot.
What was the hardest part about your transformation? how did you overcome it?
The hardest part about my transformation was how to keep myself motivated. I wanted a slim figure, so I could wear those dresses I saw in shop windows. That was motivation as well but the ultimate motivation was the results I saw within myself, that kept me pushing myself.
How have things changed with you in general (health, relationships, self)
As a person my transformation hasn’t changed me inside, I am still the same person. But the outside world sees me different to when I was overweight, I seem to get a bit more attention. People don’t avoid me like before. My health has completely improved and I feel energetic all the time.
Who or what helped you along your journey? Is there a product that helped you or anything in particular you’d recommend?
It was difficult at the start but I kept pushing my self. There’s no one person who helped me, just some friends who kept me going. But the results I saw kept me pushing myself . No I didn’t take any products during my weight loss, but I drank green tea twice and then started to drink kale smoothies aswell to aid with detoxing the body. I would recommend that.
What piece of advice would you give other women looking to start on their own lifestyle change/fitness journey?
My advice for any women wanting to start their journey is to take the first step, doesn’t matter how small it is. Start slowly then build yourself up and keep pushing. Change your diet and if you find it difficult training at the start, then get a few personal training sessions to build your confidence so you can train on your own. But the results you see in yourself will be your motivation.