Monday, 26 May 2014

# Cheliz story # Motivation monday

Motivation Monday: Cheliz' Story


Good Morning Sweets,
Hope you all had a swell weekend. I wish you all a fabulous week ahead. For some weeks now I have been sharing stories of some beautiful ladies who have lost a huge amount of weight. Hoping to motivate as many who would love to shed some weight now or in future. I recently discovered that some readers never knew that I was once overweight, so, I have decided to share my story today. I have done this briefly in the past, but let me just refresh for "motivation" sake. Lol! This is quite long, but please try and read through :)

The pic on the left was in 2011, the one on the right was taken last week.



My past:
I was always 'one' of the biggest girls in the room, if not the biggest. Right from primary school, I was bigger than my mates. I was not really bothered about it until I got into the university. I did everything I could to lose weight and be slim. I became a 'gym rat' each time we were home on holidays, I exercised, went swimming, drank all manner of teas and drinks etc nothing worked (I never starved myself though, because I love food). I was always worried about how I looked, weight loss was all I could think about.  People called me 'orobo' all the time, bike men would refuse giving me a ride, chai! Whenever I went to buy clothes, I would get stares from the sales person, next thing they would say, "sorry we don't have your size" Which meant that I shouldn't bother checking.

One time, an uncle said to me; "If you don't lose weight, you will not find a man to marry you o" I swallowed hard! But eventually, I got married. It took me a year to get pregnant after marriage, I was told to lose weight so that I could increase my chances of conceiving.( See eh, there are some things that we have no control over, no matter how we try....I eventually got pregnant) While I was pregnant, with my first child, I kept on packing on the weight, increasing and increasing, I kept buying bigger clothes. I knew I had to do something but, I was too weak in my mind and I wasn't ready. One time my former boss said to me; "Madam, at this rate, hmmm very soon you will wear 'bubu' to work" OMG!!! I almost died. I didn't show it, but it pained me, very pained and angry with everything and everybody. At this time, I didn't know what I weighed, I didn't want to know. My office suits at this point were a size 20 UK and they were snug.
                              In the left pic above, I had already lost 10kg after my second baby, while on the right, I weighed 76kg.

What motivated me to lose weight?
While I was pregnant with my second baby in 2012, I made up my mind to lose weight for real. I had reached a size 22UK at this point, nothing fit. Health wise, I knew I had to do something about the excess weight. I stopped going out, I stopped taking pictures. I felt insecure and ugly. I told myself that this was it, no more bigger sized clothes, enough was enough. Then one day, I saw a picture of a friend that lost some weight and I was all of a sudden motivated! At 40 weeks, I was due for delivery and I weighed 118kg. Exactly 5 weeks after delivery 31st January 2013, which was a day before I commenced my weight loss journey,  I was ready and I weighed about 109.9kg. I ate everything in site, I ate till I was content because I knew that this time it was for real. My mind was MADE UP!! I wanted to lose 35kg. I wrote this figure down in a fresh book which I opened for my weight loss, I was prepared mentally and physically. I began my Journey on the 1st of February 2013.

How did i do it?
Oh boy!! No be small thing o. I worked my butt off!
  1. First, I encouraged my mum to go, bye bye to omugwo...Hahahaha! (Omugwo is one of the greatest causes of weight gain for nursing mums.Our mums make us eat and eat as if our lives depended on the food alone. Hian!
  2. Immediately she left, I changed my diet because I knew that with here presence in my house, there was no way I could be eating vegetables and tea alone, it was impossible. So I reduced the amount of carbs I took, increased my intake of fruits and vegetables. 
  3. I drank loads and loads of water daily. Sometimes up to 5 liters a day(remember I was breastfeeding)
  4. I ate loads of fish pepper soup, which helped burn fat.
  5. I started going to the gym. As the days went by, I kept weighing myself and by the end of the first week, I had lost 3.8kg.
  6. After a month of going to the gym, I wasn't really satisfied with my progress so I changed to home workouts. I used different workout dvds. I workout out with all my might, mehn the grace of God was with me o, I felt like Samson(in the bible) with so much energy. Sometimes, I would workout morning and evening. It wasn't easy but I had a target and i was determined to reach it. I lost more weight working out at home.
  7.  By December 2013 I had lost over 33kg. Today, my weight fluctuates between 76kg and 78kg and I am very OK with it.
  8. I just maintain that range now by eating good nutritious meals, fruits and vegetables, and daily exercise.
                                                   Left; Feb 2013 and  right; May 2014
What keeps me going?
  1. Losing weight naturally (eating right and exercising) comes with a lot of positive changes, it changes you spiritually, mentally and physically I was transformed. I drew strength from God. Yes, God gives me the grace to keep going daily. I thank Him for that.
  2. I have great friends that keep encouraging me to keep going. Even though some of them didn't understand where I was going, thank God that now they see and they believe. 
  3. My family has been s great source of strength.
  4. I feel younger, I feel lighter, I get a lot of compliments and i don't want that to stop.
  5. Now when I go to buy clothes, I have loads to chose from. I wear smaller and fitted clothes. I can wear skinny jeans now hahaa!
  6. Helping others lose weight also gives me joy, it motivates me to keep going. It gives me a reason to workout daily. I am human, sometimes I feel weak and I just wanna lay in bed all day.
  7. I am still a foodie, just that I do things differently now. I try to eat what my body needs.


                                                               May 2014

From a dress size 22 US to size 8 US. I give God all the glory, it wasn't easy, but it was worth it. I can't stop now because its a total lifestyle change, I exercise 3 or more times a week for least 30 mins a day. I love it, it keeps me going and I derive joy from it. I have had to cut so many bad habits, I have reduced the way I eat junk food and high carb meals. I eat them in small portions now as I have gained much control over food.


My Advise to you:
You don't need to be skinny. It may be that you just need to lose 5kg or 10kg to feel great. Why not start today to take charge of your body. If you want this for yourself, focus on the future, listen to your body and do what needs to be done (the right thing) Nothing in this life is easy but in the end its worth it; E.g:  Lets say you go under the knife to look good, you will have to endure the pain of healing. If you went on a food shake diet, it means you wont eat any other thing for days. Something has to give. Like I said earlier, there are some things in this life that we have no control over, but some of them we do; e.g Losing weight lies in your hands, nobody but you can do it for you. Gather the courage, unlock your source of strength, be committed and disciplined.Get up and get going. Change is beautiful.....God bless.
Cheliz.






44 comments:

  1. I remember you in your 'FAT' days.. lol. I still miss those looks of yours *oya abuse me! but your current weight/look is even better.. keep up the good job.

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    1. Hahahaha! Lemi! I knew you would say that. Thanks sweetie. Luv uuu.

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  2. Well done dear. I weigh 71.8kg as at this morning(yeah,weighed myself without clothes) and all I need to shed off is 8kg-10kg with God helping me. It can be so tiring and discouraging when you're not seeing changes after so much exercise and change of diet..it is well. Fina

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    1. Thanks Fina. Please dont stop dear. It wont happen overnight. It took a while for u to put on the weight, it will take a while to lose it. Be strong dear. All the best.

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  3. Dear cheliz, I just started my weight loss programme. Just like you I have always being the biggest girl in the room. Last year my fiance refused to marry me on account of being fat. Although my current bf loves me the way I am. I am disgusted with myself and I have decided to do something about it. I have started shedding weight already and have decided to keep doing so in the months ahead. Your story encourages me. Pls give me any day to day advise you might have. Cheers

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    1. Hi dear, I am happy for you. You have made the decision to feel better about yourself. I commend u on that. Just know that you are doing this for yourself and no one else. The good thing is that you have started losing some weight already. By the time you get pregnant and have ur kids, losing the baby weight wud be a piece of cake.. Just be strong and keep going at it till you are comfy with the way you look. People will try to derail you, keep your eyes on the prize babe and be strong. Take care.

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  4. Girl I almost did not recognize you, this is simply wonderful I must say, this really gose to show that There is nothing impossible as long as you put your mind to it. With God in mind.

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    1. Hey! Ede na me o. Yes, ur right. We humans have the power to achieve so much only if we try. Thanks bro.

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  5. Well done Cheliz. My eyes are still on the prize lol. My eldest sister screamed when she saw how much you have lost lol and she kept on bugging me to do something about my weight. Yaàaaaay my trousers are getting too big 4 me. I'm a 14 now dancing azonto hehehehe. Can't wait to finish my exams and hit the road cos I need to say a Big Bye BYE to my belly fat n wings. *whew* God dey.
    Thanks so much for your good work, God bless ya.

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    1. Thanks so much Anwuli. Lol @ bye bye to belly fat and turkey wings! U go girl. Cant wait to share ur story. Hope uve been taking pics and documenting. Keep it up. Size 10 is so close, reach out and grab it! *kisses* God bless u too.

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  6. Hi,please can u send me the recipe of fish pepper soup? And what do you think will happen if I just stay on fish peppersoup for a whole week?combined with just fruits?is it ok?

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    1. Hi dear. Thanks for reading. The recipe is pretty easy, Just add fish and the peppersoup spices into a pot of water, depending on the amount you want to make, let them simmer till the fish is cooked then add the scent leaves chopped, season with salt and dats all. Nothing is impossible you can do that, ull lose some weight. But If u are breastfeeding please make sure to add some carbs to ur diet daily. Thanks.

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    2. Thank you very much. Actually,im not breastfeeding, trying to lose the weight I added during pregnancy. I want to lose like 25-30KG. I've tried all sorts but to no avail. It just seems slow, I was surprised to see you can lose 3kg in a week. I can't seem to lose more than 1KG. I dunno what else to do.

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    3. Dont let that bother you dear. As long as ur 1kg is consistent thats awesome. Slow and steady is what u want, fat loss at a steady rate. 1kg is ideal for a week. Keep it up and in no time u will reach ur ultimate goal. *hugs*

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  7. Also,i jog like 4-5times a week for like 30-45mins because I seem not to be able to do other exercises like push ups and sit ups well. Do you think this jogging routine is helping at all?

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    1. Oh it sure works. Its far better than nothing. Even walking works. Thats what I do these days and I love it. Just that I add 10 mins of arm workout when am done. Keep it up suga. *hugs*

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  8. Cheliz darling, you can never go wrong in my eyes. i check your blog as if my life depends on it. i have not shed much though but at least I now know how to eat healthy, and the weight is gradually going off. Your journey is not only encouraging but rewarding. Continue the good work nwanne.

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    1. Awww Stella! *big hugs to u sweetie. Uve been there for me u know. Am happy to hear ur seeing results now. Pls keep going, keep marching towards ur goal. Congrats. God bless u.

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  9. cheliz..... i eventually didnt make it to the blog yesterday as planned.. well i was 106.9 kg when i started.. i'm not married neither was i preggers, you see say my case worse pass your own. after 17days i lost 2,3kgs, my next weigh in is this friday, and i'm jittery... as i write now i'm down with malaria and have not been able to cook.. no appetite.. all i've had for breakfast and lunch today now is hobnobs, a glass of milk and water.. i hope to fix fish peppersoup for dinner. cos i need the pepper... i hope i can lose as much as 25kg in 6months cos i vexed and paid for 6months gym subscripton.... the thing is friends now notice that i look slimmer, some of my jeans are a little loose but i want more results like seriously......

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    1. Lol! Ebonie u wont stop cracking me up abi? So sorry u r down with malaria dear. Get well quick pls. Wow! Am happy people r already seeing a diff in u. Just imagine what it wud be like in 6 months, girl u r on fire! Try some peppersoup with spices, it will bring u back to life I swear. Keep working hard, more great results to come. Big hugs and kisses!

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  10. chika Egbe Onwuekwe27 May 2014 at 11:56

    Wify am really proud of u on dis ur blog,I feel so encouraged dt wen we r determined we tend to achieve a lot,stil kip imagining is dis tochy my wife.pls I want to shed weight on my hands n tummy,am begining to ve d turkey hand as u said,buh am stil breastfeeding also.

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    1. Chika dear, my sis e no easy. Determination is key. Get dumbbells for ur arms, workout with them. Thats what I do, results will show depending on how often to work it. Even if you are breastfeeding, you can still workout hard, eat good healthy meals in small portions. Take care dear.

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  11. Yes @ Cheliz. I'm taking pixes n documenting as well although the details are still very fresh in my memory. @EBONY I feel ur pains lol we are in d same boat(unmarried n not preggers). We shall all get there slowly but surely. Get well soon. Enjoy the rest of your week my preety women n God bless y'all.

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    1. Anwuli dear, I wish I knew what I know now before I got married, all the same its never too late. I'm happy you ladies are on this train. By the time you have ur kids, getting back in shape will be a piece of cake. Keep it up sweetie. God bless and thanks a million.

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  12. You have a remarkable story and you've been an inspiration. It's true you were one of the big girls then in our class s.s.1f. Since my first contact with you last year on weight loss, I've lost about 12kg and still counting. Thanks a lot. God bless you real good. My biggest challenge has been abstaining from carbs because I find it difficult not eating after cooking for my family. When feeding my kids, I eat with them as well. But God is helping me to keep my fruits handy. Regards.

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    1. Ladi darling am humbled. Thanks a lot dear. Wow! I didnt even know uve lost up to 12kgs. Keep it up girl, no looking back. Its a great choice u made for ur self, ur reaping ur reward now. soon enough you will gain more control over food when it come to feeding ur kids. It happens to me too. Most important thing is that you understand the dos and donts. Stay strong girl! God bless u.

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  13. OmG I ve been missing out Ooooo.a friend jst sent me dis blog 2days ago. And is d best gift ever. Cheliz dear, welldone. I am a breastfeeding mom and my current wieght now is 95kg. I am so inspired by u dat I went to register in a gym. Pls I really need ur help on diet n pls can I tk coffe while breastfeeding? Thanks

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    1. Chy baybe! Thanks a bunch for reading. And thanks for d compliment. Coffee while breastfeeding is not advised dear, except you want baby to be dancing alingo at night. Lol. Dont mind me. It could keep ur baby awake and u know that means no sleep for u. So just stick with a clean healthy diet and ur gyming routine. Its a slow and steady process u will get ur results soon enof. I have a fat loss meal plan on the blog. See if you can try that. Basically control ur meal porrions while eating as often as possible. Take care dear.

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  14. am soo happy i came across this blog today on bella naija. you just inspired me. i have trying to loose weight for the past 2 months now and nothing has changed. i eat once a day and back it up with fruits, i exercise little though. i need quick results. help me out with tips dear.

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    1. Oh thanks sweetpie. Maybe ur not eating enough and ur body is hoading fat. Are you sure u dont still eat the wrong thing? If u eat what ur used to eating, you wont see a change o. So turn ur eating habit around, eliminate the bad foods and u'll see a diff. All the best dear.

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  15. am soo happy i came across this blog today on bella naija. you just inspired me. i have trying to loose weight for the past 2 months now and nothing has changed. i eat once a day and back it up with fruits, i exercise little though. i need quick results. help me out with tips dear.

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  16. hi dear, i came across this blog on bella naija today, you inspired me.good job. i have been trying to loose weight since 2 months now but still no result. i eat once a day but back it up with fruits, i exercise very little though. help me out with tips i want result. thanks.

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  17. I take lemon water in the morning when I woke up, beans and fish around 10 am, Apple and cucumber for lunch, dinner cornflakes and snack it up with watermelon , ppineapple and Apple. Advice please.

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    1. Hi sweetie pie ur eating the right things, though not in the right order. Ur eating lunch for breakfast, breakfast as dinner and dinner as lunch. Lol. The way ur doing it, u wont get maximum fat burn. Thanks.

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  18. I take lemon water in the morning when I woke up, beans and fish around 10 am, Apple and cucumber for lunch, dinner cornflakes and snack it up with watermelon , ppineapple and Apple. Advice please.

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  19. Thanks for this inspiring piece,my baby is 5 months old and I need to she

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    1. You are welcome dear. All the best.

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  20. Did u finish frm UNN,u look familiar,I'm inspired cos I need to lose10kg fast,so happy I visited ur blog.

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    1. Yes dear I finished from UNN. Forever a Lioness. Lol. Thanks a lot. Stay strong.

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  21. Hey dear, i just stumble on your blog. After child birth, how soon can one start exercising?

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    1. My dear, you can start as soon as you feel strong enough. I started after 5 weeks. Some people start after 6 months. But personally, I think the earlier the better. Do it before the fat congeals. Its easier to burn while the body is still "cooking" if you know what I mean. Lol. All the best.

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  22. i get motivated when i see people who have transformed like you. am not over weight but i just need to shed 5 to 10kg. i will join this june plan... am so inspired!!!

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