A couple of years ago I went from always being very skinny to suddenly gaining lots of weight and feeling uncomfortable in my skin. In only a couple of months I lost all my energy, confidence and had a lot of bad stomach problems. I thought I was doing the right thing by exercising heaps and eating food which I thought was healthy. I didn’t know what to do anymore but decided not to give up until I found a way to become the happy, energetic Farah again, to be fit, healthy and to feel good in my skin.
I gained 10 kgs in 6 months time, while eating what I thought was healthy and working out every day with no results...
When I was 20 years old, I left the parents’ nest and moved to Barcelona. I did not know how to cook, what to make and was overwhelmed by all the mixed messages on what is healthy? Or how to exercise? I usually ended up making way too much food, ate as much as I could (didn’t want to waste duh…) and often couldn’t resist all the Spanish tapas & sangria. Yum!
After Barcelona, I worked as a flight attendant and was often traveling around so had no time, money or a kitchen to make food. Sometimes having only an entire avocado for lunch or surviving on bread with peanut butter and banana was just the easiest option or only inspiration I had (how good is that combination though…).
In a short amount of time I was gaining more and more weight. I had always been skinny but in 6 months time I gained approx. 10 kgs. I was often tired, feeling bad or recovering from a food coma. The result… I ended up in a negative spiral of gaining weight, hating my body, feeling guilty and insecure, crash diets, working out heaps and overeating of what I thought was ‘healthy’.
One day I decided to start listening to my body and change my lifestyle completely.
What followed was me starting to read heaps of books, doing tons of research and I even did a course to become a nutritionist. I quit sugar, replaced all processed food, diet food or the other crap that big industries try to sell us by real, fresh, healthy food and water. I found fun ways to exercise and threw the scale in the bin.
I was never fat, cause what is “fat”? That’s also not what it was about. I was suddenly much heavier than my normal self, def not healthy and wanted to be energetic and feel good in my skin again.
Little by little, I learned to love my body again. I found a way to be fit & healthy on a budget, without wasting hours in the kitchen. I eat clean, do a combination of yoga, cardio exercise and resistance training. Food prep is key and as the world is my playground, I work out while traveling, doing business and exploring new places.
It took a lot of time, patience and will power but I feel better and stronger than ever before. I’m full of energy and finally found a healthy balance (still loooove food)! It is all about creating good habits and developing a healthy lifestyle that you can continue.
The most important thing is to feel healthy again and having my confidence back. I’m full of energy, have strong hair and nails, a happy mood, good immune system, a balanced mind, clear skin and feel amazing.
What’s your story? Have you ever gained lots of weight suddenly? Have you ever tried a diet or changing towards a healthier lifestyle with or without success? Let me know your story in the comments below!