Just like any other weight loss story, I was always overweight but I actually wasn’t miserable. I was a curvy Ghanaian woman and I spent 20 years building rock solid confidence to go with it. In 2010, it all changed when I underwent gall bladder surgery. The experience in itself was a big change for me and I decided to try and lose just a little weight. It took me 5 months, and I dropped about 40lbs. Once again, I was completely satisfied and spent the next two years simply maintaining a 245lb average.
In 2013 it all changed. I got bored and wanted to make a change again. I knew there were two things I loved – taking pictures and sharing my life through them … and there was no better place to do it than Instagram!
A colleague once told me that when you make something public, you have to go through with it! And that is exactly what I did!
In May of 2013, I announced my journey to a healthier body and decided to take my then 250 followers with me. From time to time, I would post recipes, workout photos and my favorite gym clothes. To me it seemed like I was talking to myself, but the joy came when I went home to Ghana in December 2013 and people actually recognized me! Women told me how my posts really changed the way they viewed fitness … apparently I made it look easy!!!! HA! The positive responses, the likes, the comments, the shares and the reposts have been the fuel of the entire journey. Since returning, I started a few groups on WhatsApp that have brought women in Ghana together to live a healthier life! The women get to ask me questions and together we learn to navigate the seemingly foreign concept of being healthy!
For me, weight loss has never been about physical change but the internal benefits. I started eating my fruits and veggies at the age of 22 and I did that in the public eye. I bared my stomach publicly and that same public eye keeps the cupcakes and donuts away. People always think social pressure is bad, but my story is an example of how I turned social pressure into motivation and I took a whole lot of people with me.
Thank you for reading. I have included photos to this email. If anything, i hope it inspires you!