My Before and After

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Before and After - Jane Mukami.fwMay 31st 2010, Atlanta Georgia

I walked out of Doctor Bodner’s office elated. We had finalized details pertaining to my liposuction procedure. I paid the deposit and was going to pick a date between June 12th – June 19th for the procedure. I was ready to ditch the extra fat that had been irritating and frustrating me for 2 years despite working out like a maniac. I was about to have a brand new body come hell or high water!!

Background Story: Nairobi, Kenya 1990’s – Teenage years

Hard to believe but I grew up chubby! By the time I was 15 years old I weighed 65 kilos/140 pounds by 18 I was 73 kilos/160 pounds while my mother only weighed 57 kilos/125 Pounds. I was often confused for her older sister.

1998 – 18.5 years old Kenyan Driver’s License

Being away in boarding school from the age of 12 played a part in fostering my huge appetite.  My go to snacks when away from home were cookies, biscuits, potato chips/crisps, bread when home  for the holidays pizzas, hamburgers, fries, fried chicken were a staple in my diet.

“You’re shaped just like your grandmother”, who was a large woman, was the euphemism for “you’re fat”.  I grew up hearing this from my loving petite aunt’s and cousins. Lucky for me, I had more important teenage things to worry about such as the latest music, dances, trends, partying etc My weight never ever bothered me. My sense of style was baggy jeans, checked shirts, boots which was the trend at the time.

Atlanta, Georgia 1999- 2008

I moved to the US in 1999 and my weight decreased without much effort. I attributed this to my new hectic college and work life but again, my weight was never of concern – I loved and was confident of who I was.

It was in 2008 that i had my ‘aha’ moment. After a certain wake up call,  I looked at myself for the 1st time and didn’t like what I saw. I noticed I had gotten bigger starting 2006, my energy levels had plummeted, I suffered from chronic fatigue and dependent on red bull, coffee of fanta to get me through a regular day. Eating out in the US was the norm for my friends and I and my body showed it. I  figured I was smart, resourceful and spent 2008 to 2010 trying to do it on my own. I tried so many diets, workouts methods, ran 1/2 marathons…….I was putting in some serious work. My body looked a little different but the scale showed -2 kilos/-4 pounds in those 2 years. ..hence the decision for liposcution.

 My weight in 2008 was about 62kilos/137 pound and my height since 17 years has always been 5″1/154 cm

Now back to 2010…

Atlanta, Georgia June 1st  2010 – awaiting my lipo procedure

Browsing Facebook I saw a pic of a friend that I had not seen in a long time. She looked fabulous. Her body had drastically changed was tight, toned and slightly muscular. I sent her a Facebook message asking for her remedy and she responded with her personal trainer’s contact info. I met with the trainer and decided to give him a try…..liposuction never happened and 6 months later….my body, my mind and my life were brand new!

Measurements in inches Date: June 2010 Date: December 2010
Chest 341/8 32
Upper abs 27 24
Hips 40 35
Upper thigh 231/2 211/8
Weight 130Ibs 111Ibs

What did I learn and what did it take for me to transform my body and life?

  1. MOST Important lesson – It takes one being obsessed about something in order for them to do what it takes. I say this because only after I really really wanted to look different and was willing to do anything, was I willing to PAY for the lipo (that never happened) or the trainer. In 2008 had anyone asked me to pay someone to help me I would have vehemently refused because I felt I could do it on my own. No one warned me that weight loss is one of those things that requires more than being resourceful. Once i decided that it was extremely important for me to look like “the girl on the magazine covers” – these are the words i told my trainer – then I was willing to invest $400 a month for expert help.

2. Time – I had to commit myself to the 1 thing i wanted the most….a better looking image of myself not for anyone else…but myself.

3. Commitmment  – I wanted to lose weight so badly that I was ready and willing to do what was required. I had wasted 2 years prior experiementing with fad diets which at times would have me shed a couple of pounds only to regain them once I realized i  couldn’t sustain the diets. This time, I learned how to effectively work out, eat clean and dedicate myself fully in order to reach my goal. I did not want to waste any more money or time hence was imperative for me to commit to my regimen and make lifestyle changes vs start and stop diets.

My lifestyle totally changed…..Look out for the blog describing in detail the life altering changes I needed to make for my transformation.

Taking care of myself has yielded abundance in every part of my life. Besides the look that i was overly obsessed with when i first began,  the journey changed me. I became more driven, focused, and discovered  my life’s purpose. I became passionate enough to switch careers from being a successful IT consultant to becoming a health and wellness coach and help impart the same life changing knowledge that transformed my life!

I’ve learned that wanting to loose weight is one thing, but fully committing to the task is another.  Working out and eating clean for 90 days does not mark the end of a weight lose regimen, but the beginning of a life long journey that should never stop. The same focus and commitment once mastered subliminally duplicates itself to other areas of life for success.

Working out and eating clean is the proverbial fountain of youth. It is the best way of becoming healthy and staying healthy by cultivating sustainable habits. It does require a paradigm shift, old habits must die, new habits embraced for you to achieve your goal.

Where do you start??

For women – Join my 21 days of change Facebook group where I breakdown major nutrition habits into monthly challenges.

If you’re serious about loosing weight and getting healthy you will need to be patient with yourself and be ready to commit to healthy eating and some type of physical activity. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming, start by changing 1 habit at a time.

Are you REALLY ready to do whatever it takes? Taking the 1st step is the hardest thing, but once you do it…it’s not as bad as you think it is.

Good luck on your journey!


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