Gosh I’m soooo excited today.
Infact I have been so pumped about life these days.
Something about the right association is just life-giving. Whoooooosh!!!
I’m sooooo pumped I’m pumping out THREE posts back-to-back, all HITS (hi Tamie he he)
So ‘egbon’, if you want more, come back today!!!
OK still on our healthy living journey so this will publish first.
Today lets discus the ‘LATER ON’
This is a term I picked up from Joyce Meyer where she said she’s in the ‘LATER ON’ season of her life where it is a bit more chilled and she enjoys life even more in every way BUT she has paid the price at the beginning.
Gosh that statement did soooo many things to my life but since we are on #SavedFitnFab lane, let me drive it home.
At the beginning of my journey tho, I stayed away TOTALLY.
I have to increase my food portions now to maintain my weight especially because my Abs WO combines fat burning too.
I now work out just once a day and not as intensely as I used to.
Matter of fact, once I am done with Jillian’s 6weeks 6packs this week, I’ll take more long walks and do videos say 3times a week.
But like Meyer, I paid the price for today’s CHILL.
I was B R U T A L to my flesh.
Sorry I’m not one of those who gradually adjusted their eating. I went FULL blast on Clean eating from the moment i knew better and CUT OFF almost everything especially the ones that had me on lockdown before.
Hello Noodles, Butterfield bread, cake, ice cream.
There was this time I got Coldstone ice cream and they gave me an extra cup.
Hubs didn’t eat the extra before he travelled. He came back a month later and that cup was still in the freezer.
That in itself is a miracle second only to the resurrection of Jesus, considering my ice cream love.
Mineral? Hell NO!!!
My discipline was on F L E E K!!!
I would go for parties or stuff and NOT taste anything there.
I paid a tough price because I wanted so bad to lose all the fat and gain all the discipline.
I worked out EVERY DAY including Sundays most weeks. Morning and night ooo.
Whether my body hurt or not, I worked out. Gosh so many days I was sore all over and would pick my butt up and dance to Kaeira.
Infact some days I would finish my morning and night sessions then go for a one hour walk or jog. Shout out to my regular phone buddies- Hubs, Sapphire (happy now babe? She warned me to stop calling her Eniola haha), Ebere/Rosey, and Priceless. They would indulge my LONG phonecalls.
If for some reason I knew I would miss a session, maybe I had to go out early the next day, I would do that session the night before or the night/morning after.
I was accountable TO ME!!!
I would NOT eat till I had put in my morning workout and NOT sleep until the night one was done.
Seriously, I have worked out at 1am before.
I skipped daily like my life depended on it.
I recall my sister used to major yab me ooo cos I looked funny skipping. Infact she and her kids would imitate me and laugh. Lol. Cos I used to look so serious, stiff and about to faint lol.
Imagine me jumping upandan with my 106kg self.
Oh gosh, I was determined!!!
Because I knew there would be a LATER ON!!!
I would tell myself ‘don’t worry, soon you will be able to blablabla...’
I looked forward to it.
I would put in all the work and pray all the prayer too.
Oh sisters and brothers, the LATER ON is a good goooooood mmm mmm gooooooood place to be in.
It is absolutely worth it. Over worth it self.
Something else about the later on is that a lot of people now start hailing you.
They say all sorts of nice things to and about you. Some of these people at the beginning didn’t believe in me ooo.
Oh when I would post my pictures on BBM or IG, I had people who would say ‘babe don’t kill yourself ooo. Take it easy ooo. Don’t feed our baby all this things you are eating ooo. Please let our baby see breastmilk to suck ooo. Don’t starve our baby ooo. All this initial gragra sha. How can you survive like this/with this…’
Sooooo many not-too-encouraging comments.
A lot of people believe you won’t see it through. They think you will soon fall off the wagon. Infact they are waiting for you to. They will offer you foods you should stay off/reduce to ‘try you’.
That’s what I was telling the ladies in my group last week.
Don’t take bait. Say NO to your colleagues when they offer you junk. It gets easier I promise. My hubby always used to say I drink juice too much. He would buy plenty and I would finish before he has a chance to enjoy it. I LOVE juice a LOT. But when I started this journey, I cut it off completely. Matter of fact, save one Chapman I had for his birthday early October, from September till now, it has been water, teas and smoothies.
Yup, even through the Christmas holidays. I didn’t drink anything processed and I intend to keep it that way for a long time.
So like I was saying, the beginning of the journey is tough. Not only is your flesh protesting, but people in your circle ain’t making it easier. Sometimes.
It meant a lot to me. Most people will ping me and say absolute TRASH. (don’t kill yourself is TRASH)
PK was so super encouraging.
Chisom and Titi!!! Gosh you girls are sisters to me. These ladies encouraged me like I paid them. Frankly, I rode on the wings of their encouragement.
They were rock solid. They would comment on every picture I had up and say I was loosing weight EVEN WHEN I KNEW I wasn’t. And they would celebrate me; I just love you ladies sooooo much. I’m sooo indebted.
One of the FIVE ladies I picked didn’t respond to my email on time and after 3days, I sent another mail and told her her slot was gone.
Fiam, she responds immediately. Apparently she missed the first one. She was soooo broken and begged and all. I replied and told her I would think about it an get back to her at night. I just told God that I needed Him to show me if she would be serious enough and I needed a sign. Next thing my phone rings and it is Chisom. The lady knew of my blog from Chi and so rang Chisom to beg me. I laughed sooo hard. With how encouraging Chisom was, I definitely could NOT say NO. Plus that was my sign from God. Plus I LOVE when people call in favors radically. And I’m glad she is in the group because banker and all, she has stayed largely faithful on the journey with her workouts and meals.
And just to balance it all, ALL my ladies have been amazing. P, H, E, B, M and A. Soooo proud of yawl and I can’t wait for your ‘later-ons’
Funny story over!!!
Now in the later on zone, I’m definitely feeling the love. People who laughed at me are no more laughing. Tz all sweet words now. I wish I got much more encouragement at the beginning tho. I recall Sapphire used to always tell me I didn’t need anyone to encourage me because I was too self motivated.
Oh well, Not too may are like me. I’m special stock.
This road is HARD!!! But so are you darling. Infact, you are TOUGHER!!! And if you find your Encouragers, don’t take them for granted especially if they really invest into you.
Be encouraged my darling.
The LATER ON awaits.
When the only reason you don’t share a picture is because it is blurred or you don’t like your pose, not because that angle makes you look fat (but you know tz not the angle sha).
When the only wardrobe problems you have are that your cloths are loose not that they can’t enter anymore.
Oh honey, the LATER ON is a good place to be. Really really gooooood.
Pay the price now. The pain of discipline is way better than the pain of regret, self pity and loss of self esteem due to your weight, etc.
Plus your LATER ON is not the same as mine. Don’t compare.
Natachi of Health and Healthy always says we should eat and workout for our goals. The ladies in my group are on a tighter meal plan and workout schedule than me and I tell them to pay the price now, learn discipline and look forward to the inevitable later on.
Then I also believe there is a FALSE later on. Lol.
Example, when I moved from 106 to 95kg, it was visible. My people commended me. Then I began to deceive myself that I had arrived till I saw what I looked like at Tani’s wedding.
Fiam, I closed my ears to EVERY ‘Aunty Eziaha, you are really loosing weight ooo” and the likes.
Yup such encouragement is good like I already pointed out but don’t relax till you hit target.
So define your LATER ON and PUSH till you get there.
If you are on this journey, I’m cheer leading you all the way!!! This is why I started this series.
Plus, aside looking deliciously good, and getting disciplined in other aspects of your life, you are giving your self a better life too, good health and err’thing. I mean, I feel really clean in my body.
See yawl in the LATER ON zone!!!
A lot of yawl ask me about foods and all. I haven’t done that post because I shared quite a lot here.
But this week, I’ll keep a food log of everything I eat this week and share it with yawl- pictures, recipes and all.
That should help. I enjoy my meals I tell ya. It has become second nature to eat clean and occasionally indulge with wisdom.
Tz *in Chris Caine’s accent* AWESOME!!!
This whole LATER ON theory applies to every aspect of life. Sometimes we need to deny ourselves now to enjoy some benefits later. Just stay on your lane and KNOW your own later on. The context in which Joyce said it had nothing to do with weight loss sef
I absolutely LOVE it when yawl publicise my posts on your social media handles. Gosh, God bless everyone who does. Please keep publicising. Please please please. And mention/tag me when you do.