Fitinspiration from members and users of Truppr, the app that connects you to events and people around you to help make fitness a lifestyle
Bukky Oshodi Gbadamosi explores an issue that so many people are concerned with, how to lose weight and maintain your happiness. Bukky describes her upbringing, the trials and tribulations of marriage, and maintaining a healthy life balance after childbirth. Bukky’s advice on losing weight is something easy for most women to do with effort and dedication.
I have always been on the chubby side – I remember in secondary school, my friends would call me ‘Michelin’ (You remember the Michelin tyre ‘Yokozuna man picture’?) But when I got to University and Law School, I lost so much weight without even trying that my dad actually went to report to a medical aunt of mine that I was ill. Effortlessly and unconsciously, I maintained this till marriage.
When it all Began
And then, the kids started coming. I have had 3, all boys. Somehow, I shot up to 100kg (220lbs) at 5’7” (170cm) after having my son in September 2013. I couldn’t believe it! There and then, I decided to fix me. So 6 months post-natal, I began my journey.
Changes had to occur in my diet and physical activities. I googled and researched and then I found Tayo of FADD. She was of great assistance. We went through the basics and I got on board fully. I had my first Truppr run 1st March, 2014 and it was such great fun. I thought I would ‘die’ but I came out very okay. I fell for running. As at June-July 2014, I had lost a remarkable amount of weight. I felt confident and proud of me and cool with comments from people. I have been on this road till this moment. I am 72kg now (about 158lbs). I am loving learning to play tennis and taking up swimming soonest. At some point, eating became boring and waking up early to work out before getting us set for the day was HARD, somehow, sleep gets sweeter in the early hours, but soon enough, I overcame that because I really wanted the change. I remember someone close to me saying I couldn’t do it. That hurt and I just knew I had to push me. He apologized later.
Nutrition wise, I have always been a beans, vegetable and fruits lover, so it’s not too hard for me to maintain a healthy diet. I do my healthy cereal, oats (all sorts of modifications), I reduced my rice intake, no to eba and the likes. I do healthy versions of all my meals.
Maintaining a Healthy Balance
I had to stop running because my hubby is a man who wants some flesh (lol) and I just feel I am at a good place now but I make sure to do a reasonable amount of steps taken daily. People still ask me what pill I used, or use, etc. I advise them not to venture into that. The only thing I ‘take’ is my green tea with lemon/lime. It’s always better to do it the hard and permanent way rather than adopting some ‘short cut’. To me, you won’t appreciate the whole effort, dedication, sacrifices, fun and plateau of losing weight.