My Fitness & Weight Loss Journey:
A Work in Progress…
Starting Date: 26th January 2016
Starting Weight: 167.4 lbs (75.9 kg / 11.9 stone)
Goal Weight: 120-ish lbs (54 kg / 8.5 stone)
Follow my weightloss & fitness journey on Instagram: instagram.com/TurboThaila
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The Story So Far…
From 13 to 24
Growing up, I had always been unfit. I was always the last one to finish the 1500m in school. I hated walking anywhere, I much preferred getting lifts or getting the bus or taxi. During my teens, I began smoking and drinking, and I was the epitome of bad health. I was always on the larger side, and I hated my body. I longed for the days that I would be skinny, and I used to look at skinny size zero supermodels as inspiration.
When my Crohn’s disease flared up, I became very underweight. It was at that point where I realised that being skinny is completely overrated. It was uncomfortable to sit down because my bum was so bony. Laying down on my side was uncomfortable because my knees were so bony that they created sores. I was tired all the time, I was always cold, my hair was falling out, my skin was dull. and I just looked terrible.
From 25 to 30
Once I had my ostomy surgery, it changed everything. Most importantly, it changed my perspective on what it means to be healthy.
After months and months of being dangerously underweight, I eventually started to gain weight. I never thought I’d be happy to see the scale go up! I managed to gain back all the weight I had lost… plus a bit more.
I then realised that being overweight was just as unhealthy as being underweight. I needed to find a happy balance. And that involved getting to grips with my fitness.
I started off with Zumba and combined that with WeightWatchers. I loved Zumba, but I didn’t really love WeightWatchers, and when I realised that I was under-eating for my weight, I quit WW but still stuck with Zumba. I managed to lose some weight, but then the holidays arrived, and somehow the weight crawled back up.
I then moved to TurboFire (which I absolutely LOVED) and trying to eat clean, and for a while it was working.
I lost 20 lbs, but I just couldn’t stick to 100% unprocessed foods and I felt like a total fraud. And then, yet again, the holidays arrived. Back to square one.
In April 2014, I started Beachbody’s Focus T25 and decided to just eat a balanced diet, reducing sugar and fat where possible. However, I just wasn’t getting the results I wanted and I knew that I had to really push myself, and there’s only one workout that I know of which will make me do that… Insanity!
I started Insanity in July 2014, and had originally planned to finish the 60 day program one month before my wedding. However, after falling down the stairs and badly injuring my ankle, I couldn’t work out, and the fast approach of the wedding that following September led to stress which led to comfort eating. With eating junk and not being able to exercise, I didn’t lose the weight that I wanted to for my wedding day (and perhaps even gained a little).
After the wedding and honeymoon was over, I restarted TurboFire, and started eating less processed stuff and more homemade meals. I also learned how to run properly. It sounds silly, but I’m still haunted by my past-self not being able to run 1500m without running on my tip-toes as well as wanting to collapse.
However, as soon as we put our house on the market, my weight spiralled out of control (more comfort eating!), and I soon got to be the heaviest I’ve been in a long, long time – we’re talking pre-Crohn’s disease diagnosis!
I didn’t work out much at first – I decided to try and control my diet more, so I started cooking PROPER home-cooked meals and eventually by October 2016 I decided to follow a vegan diet.
I then decided to restart Beachbody’s Focus T25 and ACTUALLY stick to it – my previous attempts had involved starting the Alpha Cycle and then giving up before moving on to the Beta Cycle. My goal for 2017 was to actually complete Focus T25 fully at least once, and I’m so pleased to say I’ve just completed Beta Cycle, now moving onto the final phase of Gamma Cycle!
I’m starting to feel stronger and fitter, which is so much more important than how I look – the fat loss is just a bonus really! I still struggle with pushups but I’m sure I’ll get there one day!
I’m recording all my progress on Instagram (username: turbothaila), so make sure you follow me on there!
If you’re joining me on my weight loss journey, let me know!