My Weight Loss Story

It’s in the Genes…

I grew up in a family where all women were more or less overweight (although they’re the most amazing people in the world!) and I was also taught that being fat is “in our genes” and sooner or later I would also become heavy.

I subconsciously equated being healthy with being skinny. As I gained weight over the years my attempt to “be healthy” was to eat less food and to eat Low Fat foods. I considered low fat dairy, whole grain breads, zero calorie sweeteners, chicken breasts and reduced fat dressings healthy.

I used to smoke because I had heard that smoking would make me lose weight—and I subconsciously thought if I lost weight, I must be healthy.

I drank several cups of coffee per day to reduce my appetite—to lose weight, to be healthy.
Sometimes I would even starve myself to lose weight.

When I look back now, my understanding of “healthy” was dangerously far from the truth.
My weight would fluctuate with the seasons and with my love life, but my real health suffered constantly over time.

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Chasing Success!

I moved to London to pursue my career, then things got worse! I was working very long hours, eating packaged convenience foods and take out (away). I was in such a rush and sleep deprived that I didn’t have time or energy to take care of myself.

My body was so low in energy that I was constantly bombarding it with stimulants just to get by. I would have coffee and sugary carbohydrates for breakfast and snacks. I loaded up on ham sandwiches, steaks and other forms of meat.

I didn’t have the energy or make the time to exercise at all and it really started to show. I went to London to pursue career success but I found disaster. At 23, I was overweight, stressed out and exhausted. My face was puffy and I had rings around my tired eyes.

I developed various health conditions: chronic back-pain (for which my doctor prescribed ridiculous amounts of aspirin), chronic bladder infections, dermatitis on my left hand and I constantly had a sore throat. In addition, I was suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—and finally it was too much.

My body was trying to send me a message, by going on strike and shutting down. My body was telling me to stop and to change my lifestyle. If I wanted to live, I would have to listen.

The ‘AHA’ moment!

One day a friend suggested doing an exercise to define my life’s values. When I did it, I realized that my first and most important value was health. I was a little shocked. Deep inside I wanted to be healthy and I knew that was the most important thing to me, but I didn’t express it and it wasn’t conscious, therefore my actions and habits didn’t reflect it. I was shocked that health was the most important thing in my life, however, I smoked! Health and smoking don’t go together, do they?

The shift didn’t happen overnight, but the plant was seeded. And years later, it has grown beautifully – not only I have changed my unhealthy habits to healthy ones, but I also changed my career, so I can help people improve their health and lives.

My first step towards health was quitting my job and moving to the Philippines in the hope of getting my life back, in 2010.

In these pictures you can see me at my heaviest weight. (75kg/ 165lbs)

The shift didn’t happen overnight, but the seed was planted. And years later, it has grown beautifully – not only I have changed my unhealthy habits to healthy ones, but I also changed my career, so I can help people improve their health and lives.

Going plant-based

In 2010 I started improving my diet and doing lots of research about nutrition, weight loss and health. I read every single book about raw foods and nutrition I could put my hands on, watched hours of documentaries and tutorials and searched for success stories throughout the internet.

In 2011 I switched to a plant-based diet that was 70-99% raw, depending on the season and fruit availability. I have tried different raw food approaches, including gourmet raw, high fat, low glycemic and high carb raw vegan.

Most of the time I was balancing between all these approaches, and incorporating some cooked foods in my diet. My energy and health improved dramatically. I no longer suffered from Chronic Fatigue, infections or illness. My weight settled at 65 kg/ 143 lbs. I was happy and finally beginning to enjoy what life had to offer.

What I went through inspired me to become a nutritionist and health coach so that I could help others. During my independent research and studies at school I have gained invaluable knowledge which I felt I had to share with the world.
It also motivated me to step up to new challenges.

2013 Weight Loss Challenge

I was healthy and happy but decided that as a nutritionist and a health coach, I should put my fitness to the next level, therefore decided to start exercising regularly and eat a 100% raw vegan diet.

In the table below you can see the 90 day challenge, that took from January to April, results. (table below). If you want to read the full story about my experience, click here.

90 Day Challenge Results

BEFORE (21 JAN 2013) AFTER (21 APR 2013) DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT 66kg / 143.3 lbs 58 kg / 127.8 lbs 8 kg / 17.6 lbs
HEIGHT 170 cm / 5’7″ 170 cm / 5’7″
HIPS 101 cm / 39.7 inch 94 cm / 37.0 inch 7 cm / 2.7 inch
WAIST 67 cm / 26.4 inch 63 cm / 24.8 inch 4 cm / 1.6 inch
THIGH 57 cm / 22.5 inch 54 cm / 21.3 inch 3 cm / 1.2 inch

Total Weight Loss Results

BEFORE (FEB 2010) AFTER (MAY 2013) DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT 75 kg / 165.3 lbs 58 kg / 127.8 lbs 17 kg / 37.5 lbs

New Challenge in 2014

I continued exercising all year long in 2013, with a few weeks break in September. It wasn’t as intense as during my challenge. My goal was to make sure that my knees recover, and also to stay consistent and enjoy exercising.

I kept my weight between 128-133 lbs. (58-60 kg) all year long.

On the 1st of January this year, I weighed 133 lbs. I announced that I was going on a new 90 day fitness challenge. It didn’t go exactly as I planned, but the results were better than expected! I’m the lightest I’ve been in 10 years, weighing 123 lbs. (56 kg). I’ve lost almost 10 lbs. (4 kg) during this challenge (I’m 5ft7”). Read the full story here.

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