Transformation of the Day: Ikepo Amanda misplaced 112 kilos. After her brother handed away attributable to a coronary heart assault, she fell right into a despair. Her wakeup name got here when she realized that her blood strain was uncontrolled. She determined to honor her brother’s reminiscence by reclaiming her well being. Now, at 51 years younger, she has spent eight years centered on doing simply that.
My identify is Ikepo Amanda Osawaye. I’m 51 years previous and had been chubby all my life. I’ve additionally been on varied diets for the reason that age of 15. I might shed pounds however couldn’t preserve it off.
When did you begin your journey?
Eight years in the past, my get up name got here when my blood strain was uncontrolled. I had gained extra weight (after dropping some) as a result of I had misplaced my brother to a coronary heart assault at 50 years previous. I deserted my exercise routine and went into despair.
My heart specialist advised me that I shouldn’t come to see him once more if I wasn’t able to shed pounds. He mentioned that my coronary heart was carrying a bag of cement, and it was overworked. I made a decision to remain away till I misplaced a variety of weight.
I can bear in mind his face effectively and him asking me what I used to be doing.
For the previous eight years, I’ve launched into a weight reduction journey, which incorporates life-style change and a marketing campaign to honor my late brother, Femi Ayoade. I began documenting my journey. As I misplaced weight, extra folks related to me have been inspired to vary their life-style.
How did you alter your consuming habits? What’s your train routine?
I finished watching TV and the sequence I used to observe. I used that point to go on walks as a substitute. I used to snack once I watched tv. Now, I deal with myself to movies on Netflix or cinema occasionally however cautious to not slip again.
I preserve a meals journal, eat low carb meals, and rely my energy.
I additionally began doing intermittent fasting (16:8), and simply hit 250 days of doing it.
I started to get pleasure from doing issues outdoor, like mountain climbing journeys, working, and health camps. I began touring extra, as effectively. I went on my first cruise in January 2017 for per week. It was a cruise marathon to 6 Caribbean islands.
I ran six half marathons and a 10km the cruise day. I by no means knew I had it inside me to try this. It was very sunny, and my working coach mentioned, “Simply do one half marathon.” I already injured my ankle, however I did it. Since then, I made up my thoughts that I’ll flip my ache into function.
It’s been a bumpy experience, however being accountable has helped me. I like becoming a member of assist teams and having buddies who’re captivated with dwelling a wholesome life and inspiring one another. I do challenges on FitBit with my buddies.
My objective is strolling for at least 10,000 steps a day, 5 days per week.
I carry weights and do energy coaching.
I additionally do spinning/biking. I like RPM, boxing, and Physique Pump lessons.
I like high-intensity exercises. Presently, strolling permits me to wish and calm down, however exercise-wise, it doesn’t do a lot for me anymore.
What motivates you to maintain going?
My household motivates me, particularly my daughter. We encourage one another, and he or she’s misplaced over 28 kilos. My why, which is my well being, retains me going.
What was your beginning weight? What’s your present weight?
My beginning weight was 288 kilos in Could 2012. I weigh 176 kilos now.My top is 160cm (About 5’3″). My objective is 152 kilos.
My first preliminary transformation took 5yrs. I achieve simply and shed pounds slowly. I slipped, however I’ve been absolutely again on monitor since March 2018. I’ve been on the journey for Eight years now.
What’s the largest lesson you’ve realized?
I’ve realized it’s a way of life, and you might want to be accountable and get assist.
What recommendation would you prefer to share?
The recommendation I’ve for others is you want assist. Get into group health. Get a health buddy who will encourage you once you’re not feeling it, particularly when you’ve gotten a variety of weight to lose. I thank my Wholesome Bunch assist group as a result of they’ve helped me in my lows.