Fellow Nantes member, Leila Abrahams, shares her personal story on how she was able to lose weight and achieve her goal. Read her inspiring story here in this interview conducted by Shaheena Links.
When did your weight become an issue?
In 2016, when I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life when I weighed as much as when I was pregnant with the boys.
What was your light bulb moment that pushed you to lose weight?
It was after Ramadan in 2016 when I was still the biggest I ever was in my life and I was super depressed. I decided that I needed to change my lifestyle and start exercising. My life was all about my boys and I needed time to myself for a change.
How much did you lose so far?
How long did it take?
From July 2016 – round about Aug 2018.
How much do you have to lose now?
I don’t want to lose anything now. Now I just want to tone.
What kept you motivated when you were down?
To be honest, It wasn’t so much about losing weight as it was about exercise and running. I set myself reasonable goals, which was easy to achieve every time instead of setting unattainable goals.
What do you think hitting goal will be like?
I have hit my goal weight now and it’s amazing.
What is the biggest struggle: food, exercise, temptation?
Food is my biggest struggle. It always has been.
How has your weight loss affected your relationships?
I have been looking after a portfolio of clients for 6 years now and all my clients have complimented and applauded me. Every person I see now wants to know what my secret is. Some people even think I’m ill because they say I’m so thin now, Lol. But mostly it has been very positive.
What is your current exercise programme?
I do Dancefunc (an aerobics dance class) once or twice a week. I run 3 times a week with the club and I do boot camp once or twice a week. I pretty much exercise 5/7 days of the week.
Do you have an eating plan you follow?
No not really, basically because I exercise so much, I eat a lot less than I used to. I don’t drink fizzy drinks practically at all anymore, maybe like once or twice in a month. I also prefer eating healthier foods because it affects my workouts positively
Any tips and advice for someone starting out?
Start at one day at a time. Set reasonable goals every week and sometimes you even want to set a goal for one day at a time. I didn’t start out running, I started walking. I didn’t just do boot camp as easily as I do now; it took hard work and perseverance. If you feel like you don’t want to go to training, push through that negativity, I promise you, you won’t regret it.