I told myself that I was done buying jeans until I got to a smaller size. The first thing I did was talk to my mom, who was on Weight Watchers, about how to count calories. Then, I started using the My Fitness Pal app to track what I was eating.
I started to substitute my unhealthy calories for healthy ones: I would make tacos with minced turkey instead of beef, wrap my burgers in lettuce, and make homemade sweet potato fries.
After losing about 4.5kg, I felt really good. One of my friends convinced me to join the gym with her, and we began taking step aerobics classes. I loved it. I was shocked that exercising actually helped boost my weight loss. I thought, "Why haven't I tried this exercise thing before?"
As I continued to lose weight, I started running and really enjoyed it. I heard about this charity that supports African families in need of clean water and decided to run a half-marathon to support it. It was hard to train for, but I pushed through and finished it in less than two hours!
A little more than a year after starting out, I'd lost 37 kg and weighed 63kg.
When my first son was 1 year old, he wanted to go down a tube slide at the park, but I couldn't do it because I didn't fit in it. Now, I don't have any problems like that. I can run around with them without getting winded, and it feels really good. Losing weight also inspired me to start my company Flex It Pink, an online support network for women who are trying to lose weight. It's rewarding to know that by changing my life, I'm inspiring others.
Don't let gaining weight back get you down. Six months after hitting my goal weight, my family and I moved to another state. The move totally messed with my routine, and I gained 9 kg. It was hard to get back on track, but I knew that I shouldn’t give up on my health. I found a fresh routine that worked for my new life and lost all the weight I gained.
Surround yourself with supportive people. Having the support of my friend who kept me company at the gym was key to my success. She encouraged me to keep working out and pushing myself.
Try not to focus on the scale alone. When I started losing weight, my step aerobics instructor always commented on how I kept getting smaller every time he saw me. Though I didn't really see a huge difference on the scale, that positive feedback, along with how much better I felt, motivated me to keep going.