My Weight-loss Journey: Checkpoint

Lately I have been getting a lot of  “oh my God, you have lost so much weight” comments especially from people who haven’t seen me in like 3 years or more. Of course I am beyond elated to receive such compliments considering I may have struggled with esteem a while back and my weight was definitely a factor.

Yes I have shed a lot of weight between 2013 and now and I am happy to have changed my life to sustain this process .

Just to bring into perspective exactly what I’m talking about take a look at this

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I was definitely not a thirry four bae.

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I look at these photos and now I see why someone once told me I could pass for 26 at the tender age of 17.

Now, several years later I have significantly shed some of that weight off.

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I rarely take full body photos but these are the latest I have from my trip last month.

I have so many people asking me what I did and what I still do to maintain it and I’m always happy to share my story to anyone who cares to listen. For that reason I will be sharing my experience as well as giving tips every now and then.

A few points to note:

  • I began taking this healthy lifestyle seriously in 2013.
  • Since then I have been to the gym for a total of 2 months – I did a full month, did my thing from home for a while, tried the gym again for another full month, quit to do my home workouts and have never been to the gym again – so don’t despair if you can’t go to the gym for whatever reason.
  • I have done no ridiculous diet. I see so many floating around.
  • I have lost about 20kgs to date.
  • Patience and persistence are key, our bodies are very different and comparison may not always be a good thing.
  • You will feel amazing when you feel better about yourself. That confidence boost will definitely make an impact.

Having said that, I will see you in a few days with tips on how to get started.

Love always,

Sally

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Greener Pastures

Let’s just say that my super creative mind(which may not be the case right now) came up with the title and I’m not quite sure it makes sense.

For those of you who may know me, you know that I don’t(or maybe rarely) consume some of these drinks people like to take. I’m talking about soda, “fruit” juices with a gazillion additives etc. My go to drink would be water but when I’m lucky to be at home, my go to drink is….drumrolls….. GREEN JUICE

In case you haven’t noticed, this is healthy me story number 1!!

Also, just in case you’re wondering what green juice is let me break it down for you.. It is juice that is green in color 😀 😀 but seriously it is. That is because the major ingredient is a vegetable. I like to alternate between spinach and kale – I can see you beginning to sneer-

So basically I use about a cup of kale or spinach, water and any two fruits of my choice. Spinach has quite a potent taste so if you choose to go with spinach, go for the sweet fruits like pineapples and mangoes because the spinach taste will be all over the place. Bananas are equally potent so if you use them together with any fruit, they are likely to be majority shareholder in the taste department.

If you pick kale, you can go a little lighter : apples, grapes, watermelon etc. Sometimes I add some cucumber and squeeze in a lemon.

Another thing- I like to use a blender which for many people may be a no-no. All the vegetable fibre, those things that feel like strings, are retained in the juice. This other appliances almost sieve the juice for you. I like to feel my strings in the juice, because I’m weird like that.

I try as much as possible to have at least a glass every day, mostly for dinner.

I bet you’re wondering why I would torture myself like that but this juice is amazing.

  1. It’s a way of naturally detoxing your body.
  2. It is amaaazing for your skin (of course if taken consistently)
  3. You get all the nutrients from the veggies because some get killed by heat during cooking.
  4. You feel so great after taking it, like you just eliminated your chances of contracting a lifestyle disease.

Believe me when I say that it is not even gross, but I’m pretty certain these photos tell otherwise.

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In case you try to make some juice for yourself, please be so kind as to tell me how it turns out.

Have a healthy weekend,

Love, Sally