My name is Yinka, and I am very new to this blogging thing, though I have always been interested in it. I have had a YouTube page with one mere video on it for about two years. I made that one video when I was a finalist for a Torrid plus-sized model search contest. Since I have always been into blogging I figured, hey, why not start now? My sister told me a touching story about how a plus-sized friend of hers is in the process of losing weight. That friend likes to encourage others to lost weight and refers them to me. She tells them “Look at Yinka. Look at where she came from and where she is now. If Yinka can do it, then you can do it.” My sister suggested that I make a video pertaining to my weight loss so that others perhaps could benefit from it. I thought it would be a total blessing if I could help somebody else just by giving my story on how I lost weight.
I was 260 pounds when I entered my freshman year in college. I always tried to lose weight in high school. I tried all types of unnecessarily extreme and short-term things. I tried weight watchers during one summer and lost 10 pounds. I gained all of the weight back quickly. I tried plenty of kooky fad diets. I was never able to lose weight consistently until I began college. It started at end of my sophomore year when I was in summer school. I thought to myself “Hey, I have nothing else to do. There is a gym right across the street that I am paying for with my tuition money. Why not take advantage of this opportunity?” Since I had plenty of time on my hands, I decided to use that summer to create a schedule where I could go to class, work, and work out. So I did that, and by the end of the summer I dropped a whopping 30 pounds! When the semester began I received so many compliments about how great I looked. By the time the spring rolled around and then December rolled around again I lost 40 additional pounds. If you’re keeping up that is 70 pounds right there. The entire time lapse was between my junior and senior year.
Right now I have officially lost 85-pounds to date.I weigh 174 pounds. Mind you, I used to be 260 pounds! It is a big step. I did not lose weight in a rushed manner, nor I did I do it in a way that was unhealthy. I like to eat, so I did not want to deprive myself of things I wanted to have. When I craved things I just compensated by working out more. I had to learn to get to know my body for a couple of years. Once I understood how my body worked and how I lost and gained weight, I was able to do what I wanted to since I knew how my body was going to react.
I just work out and keep a nice regimen. I mix cardio with strength training every day. I do 45-60 minutes of cardio and at least 30 minutes of strength training. I switch my strength training sections every other day. So for example, on one day I’d do cardio for 60 minutes (something along the lines of 30 minutes of running and 30 minutes on the elliptical) and then I’d work on my glutes for 30 minutes. The next day I’d do 60 minutes of cardio (probably 30 minutes of running and 30 minutes on a stair-climbing machine) and then I’d work on my thighs for 30 minutes. I always incorporate strength training. I usually work out five days a week. If there is a week where I eat a lot then I work out for six days.
I’m going to continue to blog and so that you all can see my progress. Hopefully this does something for you. I am doing this for the people out there that are looking for motivation from a person who went from 260 to 174 pounds. Do not think about day to day struggles. Do not think: “Oh man, I didn’t lose much this week.” Focus on the bigger picture. You know working out is good for you, so keep doing it. it is a temporary discomfort for long-term pleasure. Incorporate it into your life. I just want to encourage you all that it is possible. Trust me, you can do it.