It’s Transformation Tuesday! Today I want to introduce to a very special young woman by the name of Natasha. We all know that the journey of fitness, health, and weight loss is not easy. So many emotional struggles…so many mental battles. But appreciate the health that you have, because if motivation is what’s got you stuck, be aware that there are other people with real medical conditions that make it extremely difficult for them to exercise. If you want something bad enough, I promise you can make it happen no matter how many obstacles are in your way. This is what Natasha did. Please read her story.
Hi! I’m a 20 year old Environmental Science graduate in the process of applying for my masters degree in sustainable aviation. I live in the North West of England with my parents and very grumpy cat. I spend my days working out, seeing my boyfriend, going for walks and helping my mum around the house or with the shopping as I wait to find out if I got into my course. I don’t really have many hobbies other than my tumblr and watching far too many movies.
I have a heart condition (long qt) and I’m fitted with something similar to a pacemaker. I found out I had my condition when I was 17 and convinced myself I couldn’t workout. I was always in denial about my size and made myself think that my heart medication was solely to blame for my weight gain when actually I was just really lazy and ate too much junk. I had gone to my doctor and she made me stand on the scales. It came up with 106.5kg/235lbs and she said I was obese. Nobody had ever said that word to me before. I knew I was big but I never realized I was obese. I cried all the way home and decided I would change that day. That was January 5th, 2012.
The first step of my journey was to make a tumblr to track my progress and seek motivation from other healthy people in the “fitblr” community. I started off knowing nothing bout net calories, BMR or that you needed to do strength AND cardio. It was really hard knowing what to do and I had to educate myself and learn from my mistakes. A few months of trial and error and I had lost 20lbs. Then by chance I found Jillian Michaels 30 day shred mentioned on a tumblr post. That was my first ever REAL workout. It became so satisfying to go to bed at night knowing that I had been kind to my body by nourishing it properly and also putting it through workouts I never could have dreamt of completing. I have done the shred many times through before I did the Ripped in 30 video 2/3 times all the way through. Then I got stuck not really knowing what to do next. Then I found Blogilates!!!
I found Blogilates on tumblr like everything else I have learnt. I kept seeing these really cute shirts with slogans on them and the Blogilates logo. A few more posts later and I found the videos. I had always thought Pilates would be of no real use to me and I didn’t recognise it as a good workout because I assumed it was very very similar to yoga. I wondered how holding a pose could do any kind of good for my body. I decided to give it a shot because I had nothing to lose and it looked really fun once I had viewed some of the videos and saw my mistake! Cassey motivates me because she is always so happy and bubbly. I’ll be in the middle of a tough ab move and her lovely voice will say “what colour are your nails today? I did mine this colour because they match my pants” and she always smiles. It makes me try to smile which I can only do for about 5 seconds before I look like I want to rip someone’s head off but it really works and gives me a push. Everything is so clearly shown and explained to me that it would be very difficult to get confused.
I now do Blogilates for 30-60 minutes 2-3 times a week combined with jogging/power walking 7km 3 times a week. After only a month of my new regime I have lost 2″ above each knee, 1″ off each thigh and 1.5″ off each calf.
- Breakfast: Quaker Oats sweet cinnamon porridge with semi-skimmed milk and a tablespoon of Whole Earth dark chocolate spread mixed in. If not, two pieces of wholemeal toast, a sliced banana and the dark chocolate spread. I still love chocolate!
- Lunch: usually a ham sandwich with chunky Branston pickle on wholemeal bread with some popcorn or wholemeal crisps. Other times I have salads with roasted vegetables, quinoa, feta cheese, balsamic dressing or pasta.
- Dinner: I vary my dinner but my favourite would have to be roasted chicken with a spice mix on it, sweetcorn, peas, sweet potato and asparagus. I also love fish cakes, fish fillets, chicken kebabs and fajitas.
- Snacks: fruit (pomegranate, apples, bananas, cherries, oranges and nectarines), rice cakes (mainly Snack a Jacks), popcorn (sweet and salted) and recently I’ve started to have mooli bites :)
It’s only really in the last few months that I’ve started to really love my body and my health. My boyfriend said he can see in my eyes that I’ve got my sparkle back. I walk with my head held high, I run up stairs, I wear short shorts and I’m not as shy anymore. I don’t feel like people are looking at me and thinking I’m fat. 18 months down the line and I’ve gone from 235lbs to 155.8lbs. I’m smaller than i was when I was 16 and a hell of a lot more confident.
It was really hard at some points and I did want to give up but I was so bored of starting over or “starting monday”. I knew I had to keep going. If I had kept going all the others times I’d given up then I would be well past my goal by now.
I’ve gone from a US 16/UK 20 to a US 4-10/UK 8-14. I smile a lot more and I’m excited to see what potential my body has now I want to build some more muscle. I just feel better and that’s the simplest way of putting it. I’m a much better version of me that won’t hide from a camera.
Thank you Natasha!! If you’d like to connect with this amazing POPster please check out her social media channels below:
Natasha, I am so proud of you for taking a negative experience and turning all that confusing energy into a new way of life, a new love for yourself, and of course, a brand new, beautiful body. You deserve everything you have today and I am sure that the sparkle that you boyfriend sees in your eyes will also help a lot of other POPsters all around the world today find a light within themselves to keep fighting.
Everybody, stay strong and KEEP GOING. You’ve got this.
If you’d like to submit a story to inspire, please email me at POPsterPost@gmail.com with photos and your journey.