June 17, 2014
Full-time Working Mother of 2 Completely TRANSFORMS her Body!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Transformation Tuesday but I couldn’t let this story slide by. I found Veen in the Blogilates App and her gorgeous smile stopped me mid-scroll. Today’s story is one about a mother of 2, with a full time job, pursuing her degree on the side. I mean – you can’t get much busier than that. But Veen found the time to take care of herself and transform her body amongst the madness. She used the Blogilates 12 week #NewBodyMakeover meal plan (free with the Fit Journal) to make sure her diet was on track. Here’s her story.
Quick background on me – I’m from Singapore. (One day Cassey has to come here and do a mass class! There are so many POPsters here too!) I’m 28 this year and I have 2 amazing kids, a 3.5 year-old girl and a 12 month old boy. I work full time as a Marketing Manager in a theatre company and I’m also doing a part-time degree.
I found Cassey by chance while surfing the net and I read all the comments from others about her videos. I actually went on this journey with a friend, Diyanah. We motivated each other and constantly updated each other on our progress. She has lost some weight too and follows the Blogilates videos and meal plans as well.
I started Feb 10 and since then I have lost a total of 16.4kg, and am down 3 dress sizes. I used to be an XL, now I can fit into a size M nicely. I started off at 77.3kg and I’m 169cm tall. I’ve lost much more than what I targeted initially as it is now part of a regular lifestyle for me. I don’t find it a chore or a pain really, it’s just a part of my regular routine.
The main motivation and reason why I wanted to do this was that I was getting big, the hugest I have been since like ever after the birth of my son (he was born June 2013). I started this journey when he was 8 months old. The breaking point and when I finally had enough was when people kept giving up their seat to me in the train like on a daily basis as they thought I was pregnant. I had comments from people who knew me like, “oh you are expecting again?”.
So many times that it got me mad and I knew I had to do something about it. I’m so glad I found Cassey. Her encouraging writing style in her blog, her soothing voice, it got me going. I drank her fruit infused water and tried some of the recipes (which are so awesome). I also love to dance and now I have incorporated Zumba once a week. I feel stronger and I have more energy.
HOW I MAKE IT WORK
It sounds crazy having to wake up at 5.45am to exercise but it’s not. It’s really surprising that even by waking up that early, I don’t feel tired or lethargic the whole day, I feel more energized. I still wake up in the middle of the night, 2 times a night actually for my son’s milk feed as he still can’t sleep throughout the night. Even then, I don’t feel tired. I truly enjoy doing the Blogilates workouts. Even the “simple” mat work requires lots of strength and it makes me feels stronger. I especially love it when I wake up sore the next day.
Of course I’m only human and there are some days when I’m just way too tired to wake up earlier to exercise like the nights when my son is a having a bad night and can’t sleep well. I will allow myself to skip a workout as I know I deserve that extra hour of sleep after staying up at night to care for my son. I will make up for it by taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator during the day and will squeeze in some squats in the shower. I believe small things like that help too.
As for food preparation, I will whip up the next day’s lunch at night after tucking in the kids to sleep. I’m also taking my part time degree amidst all this. The number of assignments are crazy. I plan my schedule according to the kids sleeping schedule. I usually work on my assignments when they are asleep and my husband will accompany me. After going through this, I then realise that you don’t need any quick or fast solutions, just sheer dedication and will power and you can do anything. Family support is important too. It works! It’s all about balance in life.
FUN Q&A with VEEN
1. Fave Blogilates workout?
I love all of them but my favorite fave will be DANCE WITH ME ABS. Man the last part of the song makes me wanna scream! Love it!
2. Fave healthy food?
The Blogilates 2 INGREDIENT PANCAKE. I look forward to breakfast all the time. I will add on all sorts of fruits and top it up with Peanut Butter and Greek Yogurt.
3. Fave YOLO food?
MAGNUM ALMOND ICE CREAM. My absolute weakness. When I crave it, I will share it with my husband. I don’t feel so bad and it’s kinda romantic right?
4. Snapshot of your daily meals:
Breakfast will be oatmeal with all sorts of fruits or eggs or your pancake. Lunch will be grilled chicken/fish/meat with salad or wraps. I’m Indian so I need my spice. I will usually marinate my stuff with chili powder, tumeric powder and all a dash of Mrs. Dash as Cassey recommends. Dinner will be similar. I snack in between meals on fruits, almonds, plain greek yogurt with fruits. I drink lots and lots of water. Main thing for me that really works is that I have stopped eating white rice which is the biggest challenge being Indian, you basically eating anything with rice. But I’ve stopped that now. And completely stopping on sweet sugary drinks makes a world of difference too. I will have a cup of green tea in the afternoon too with no added sugar when I’m feeling stressed at work. Helps a lot too.
5. Your fave quote?
I love Dr. Seuss and I tell my children this constantly. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss
Cassey, personally from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! You have to know how much you have inspired so many girls and women out there, all over the world. I feel really happy that I am able to inspire others who have a similar life situation as me. Wishing you all the success and please don’t ever stop what you are doing! 🙂
Veen! What a lovely story. You really demonstrate what it means to know what you want and go after it, no excuses. I am completely honored to have you as a POPster in this community. Also, your kids are beautiful just like their mommy! I know that a lot of people reading this will now have more motivation to go out and push their limits a little bit more 🙂
Guys, please show Veen some love and support and follow her @veen_nish on Instagram!
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Have a beautiful Tuesday!