Monday, 27 December 2021

I Lost 21Kg Weight & Gained 10Kg Back!






So yes, I lost 21kg in 4 months from April to August 2021 but I have gained back 10kg again as at December 2021!!!!! This is me being my open and truthful self especially since I was very open and vocal when I started my weight loss journey coupled with the fact that I used some products to achieve it and I was always updating my social media pages while on this journey.



Yes o, TLC Products were very instrumental in helping me lose a whopping 21kg in just 4 months. This is weight that had crept up on me in like 4 or 5 years.


Let me rewind to the beginning so you understand a little bit better. I started 2021 not feeling okay health wise, I was always having knee pain, couldn't sleep well, had breathing problems and my monthly period stopped! It got so bad and I had to visit a doctor around February who told me point blank that I was overweight and it was causing these health challenges I seemed to be having.


So the only prescription he gave me was "Madam, let me not lie to you...you need to lose at least 30Kg to be really okay again" Chai! 30kg how? "Sebi I was only weighing like 90kg (which I had weighed for like 2yrs or so) well that was my initial thought till he told me to stand on that their hospital scale again and mehn I saw 110kg!!!



I almost fainted, when and how did I cross the dreaded 100kg mark? A whole 110 when scale ends at 120kg or so? That was a huge wake up call for me and that was when I really believed that there was something wrong. As usual, I went back to God and asked Him to help me because I knew that I couldn't do it by myself. Interestingly, not long after, in April precisely, I "stumbled" across TLC Products. 





I got the green light from God and I started to take the products which included the Iaso Brew Tea, NRG capsules and Nutraburst multivitamins. My brethren that was all o! By May, I added dancing to the mix just taking my products and dancing 3 times a week in my house by myself no ceremony.



Gradually the weight started to shift, although, sometimes the scale won't move but my tight clothes started to fit again and by the end of August I was weighing 89kg! Boy was I super glad and was making noise "upandan" that I would be wearing bikini for Christmas. Alas it wasn't to be because tragedy struck!


You see, one thing I didn't mention is that I am an emotional eater. When I am overwhelmed or depressed, I EAT!! So yes, the TLC Products helped me curb my appetite and gingered my weight loss but unfortunately I lost my closest friend, Temitope Ogunniyi in September and it broke me! I stopped taking my TLC Products and turned to my emotional eating because it was and still is a shock that my BFF is gone just like that!


We had so many plans and we had such great memories together (I will talk about her in a seperate post)


So today, I decided to check my weight again after my son said Mummy when last did you even check your weight and I wanted to cry when I realised I am now weighing 98kg!! Oh well, as always, I thank God for this wake up call because I was wallowing in sorrow and blaming the unfortunate situation BUT the truth is that I still have a major role to play as well.


Hmnnnn….all this my story is just to let you know that weight loss is an ongoing process and you can't just stop even when you get to a desired weight. Especially for we plus sized women who tend to gain weight easily. YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO LET GO. It has to continue to be a deliberate and intentional effort to watch your weight and be in good health. Furthermore, the truth is that there is NO perfect solution to losing weight, you just have to continue to be intentional and deliberate about it.



So I am ending 2021 with a resolve to start watching the weight again. Also to start taking my TLC Products again because I won't lie, it really helped make my journey easier. Most importantly of all I have to stop turning to food whenever I am anxious or feeling overwhelmed with life issues. So, with this few words of mine, this is just to inform you that I now have 18Kg to lose and I know that if God did it before, He will do it again!


Therefore my 2022 goal is 80Kg loading...bikini body loading...So help me GodπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ


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Jandspiration Series; My First Christmas In Uk



Jandspiration is the new name of anything I want to talk about that is related to relocating abroad and before you say ''what is wrong with this one'' just know that I didn't come up with the name but it was divinely orchestrated as you can see from the image above...Lol!


Funny enough, I am an inspirational person in the sense that I always like to add value and motivate you one way or the other either through my personal life experiences or through my fun and jokes. So i always like to theme all these things some how and it started when I used to be a radio presenter and I wanted unique names for my radio shows.


As far back as 2013/2014, my first gospel show was called Singspiration then I renamed it as Gospelration a few years ago. Also when I was going to start my children/family show, I wanted to call it Familyspiration but I never quite allowed it stick. 


When I got to the Uk a few months ago and God told me to resurrect this blog again, I knew I wanted to share this relocation journey somehow but I didn't quite know what to call it especially since I knew I would be writing about other things here asides the abroad talk and I didn't want to name it ''UK Series'' because that kind of sounded corny to me...LMAO.



So when this darling sister dropped this comment on my post last month, it just resonated with me immediately and voila, here it is. So going forward, if I want to talk about anything abroad or relocation related, I will just start out with Jandspiration Series and for those wondering what this means. ''Jand'' is the Nigerian colloquial slang for UK travels.  



With that said and done, this particular post is about my first Christmas in the UK and let me just tell you...IT WAS BORING OOOOOO!!! As in, everywhere shuts down here in UK on Christmas day, no bus, no train and NO shops open at all....as in NOT EVEN EATERIES!!! You can imagine my shock when I told the children to dress up so we could go out and everywhere was just empty, you could even barely see people on the roads! Just those with their private cars passing and even those were far and few between.



For my Naija people, you know back home these festive days are the popping days with every bubbling place full to capacity. Infact the crowd is always so much at event centres and eateries that you would be wondering where everyone is going to but that is just part of the fun. The other shocker for me was the fact that there are only two days considered as holiday during the festive season here and that's just Christmas day and Boxing day. Every other day including New Year day is NOT holiday o!



When I saw a post from the Federal Government declaring holidays till 3rd of January 2022 I was like mehnnnnnn see flexing especially when you add the weekends when the actual Christmas and New Year falls on..Lol! However, please don't get me wrong because I am not complaining but just stating some observations I have made and giving you heads up so when you come, you won't be surprised and be adequately prepared.





Anyway ''sha'' to make it up to my children, on Boxing Day, I took them to the cinema to watch the latest Spiderman movie and it was definitely worth our while as the Spiderman No Way Home movie was really cool and we had fun afterwards all to the glory of God.

  
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How Do You Stop Settling For Less?

                             


There is often the tendency to settle for less than you deserve simply because you feel you aren't worth more or you feel like you can't get anything better especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

Unfortunately, I have found myself in this situation quite a number of times and even ended up regretting and wishing I never did some of these things in the first place.


Does that make me a bad person? Nope...it just shows that I am human and can be vulnerable sometimes. However, it also comes with the territory of being a single mum. Because of the various life pressures of wearing this hat there is the tendency to crave attention from the opposite sex sometimes at your own detriment when it is obvious that it won't end up in a good way.


However, what I have come to understand is sometimes we beat ourselves up over these slip-ups and wonder how we could have got caught up in such. I want to tell you to please STOP IT! No one has the manual on how to live life without making mistakes but knowing God and having a relationship with Him will make you understand that you can always have a fresh start BUT dwelling on regrets will not allow you move forward.

Regret can be a very hard road to tread and robs you of your happiness if you allow yourself get too hung up on it. In fact, it can lead to depression such that you find yourself crying all the time and just sad which can actually hinder positive things from happening to you because you continue to dwell on a past mistake or indiscretion.


In my walk and relationship with God, I have come to the point where I am no longer ashamed of what I have gone through or done in the past. I have decided to allow God help me use it to minister to other people and tell them how faithful God is if we can get ourselves to that point where we trust Him COMPLETELY come rain or shine!


It is not always easy to get to this point but like I always emphasize on this blog, take it one day at a time and gradually that shaky mindset will change and you will indeed be better off for it.

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Sunday, 26 December 2021

Here Is Something You Need To Know



I actually posted this up on my Facebook and IG pages but realised that more people need to know this which is why I am putting it up here again. SO in case you read this via those other platforms...READ IT AGAIN! Lol!



So, a few days ago, I was in a bit of a funk and stumbled across something Rev Sam Adeyemi said and it hit me so deep!


"If you focus on circumstances, your joy will go up and down but if you focus on God, your joy will be constant. If you have God, YOU HAVE EVERYTHING!


Recently, I have been focusing on some particular circumstances that was beginning to sap my joy and then I "stumbled" on this yesterday...suddenly, I realised God was speaking to me!



So, I have given myself a hard knock on my head to reset my brain and remind myself that I have God, therefore I HAVE EVERYTHING no matter the circumstancesπŸ’ͺπŸ™❤️πŸ’‹


Laslas, it will end in praiseπŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

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End Of Year Motivation



Just like that and its almost the end of 2021! However, before the year finally ends, I want to quickly remind you that NOBODY owes you anything contrary to what you might think or expect.


Oh yes, especially with all the festivities and celebrations all around, it is easy to expect people to reach out to you in one way or the other BUT you need to understand that EXCEPT God lays it on a man/woman's heart to help you they WON'T & they CAN'T.


So before you start ''vexing'' please don't blame them for this even though sometimes it might hurt. In the Bible, Mordecai did so much for the king but he still sat at the gate for a long time until God troubled the king's heart and he was eventually rewarded.



So I encourage you to keep doing the best you can with whatever circumstances or situation you find yourself and remember that GOD will help you but He is the one that will decide on who He will use contrary to your expectations,


It is not for you to choose or decide who that person will be because God can even use strangers to bless you! Just be rest assured that God will come through for you. So keep your head up, add value where ever and when ever you can and continue to let your focus be on God alone.



Furthermore, learn to manage your expectations so disappointment doesn't become a major part of your life that it stops you from being the best you can beπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‡


Finally, NEVER underestimate your humble beginnings especially when you remain consistent as in due course it will work out for your good!





Erm...one more finally for the road, STOP ALLOWING PEOPLE'S PICTURES OR VIDEOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA OPPRESS YOU! People will often post up what they want you to see or believe and most times they will never post the other side of things. 



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Tuesday, 14 December 2021

True Confession, I was Never Married



Well, according to the recent news that any marriage contracted at the Ikoyi Registry is null and void which was where I got my certificate! As in, this means I shouldn't have paid my lawyer for the divorce carried out and that money wasn't cheap o! 



Reports making the rounds state that a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the closure of all federal marriage registries opened by the ministry, including the Ikoyi Marriage Registry, with immediate effect while noting that it is unconstitutional for federal government registries to conduct marriages.


Okay, on a serious note and jokes apart ''sha'' this month would have been my 19th wedding anniversary but I only made it to year 7 which in my opinion and in hindsight now,  was 7 years too long! I look back and wonder how I was able to even make it through those 7 years, but then it just goes to show how you can do anything if you put your mind to it.


However, this post is NOT to bash my ex in anyway because at the end of the day it takes two people to either make or break a marriage. Besides, over the years we have both grown up enough to understand that we were never meant for each other and if we had both known better we would never have gotten married in the first place.


Personally, I just wanted to be married at all costs as I was following a blueprint in my head of finishing university, getting a job and next marriage. So I didn't pay due diligence as I should and I also had the mental picture of marriage being something to be ENDURED and not ENJOYED.


Honestly, marriage is about two people willing to come together as one, sacrifice for each other and also be selfless with each other. That is, two people that will complement each other and work towards bringing out the best in each other no matter how hard it might seem.


However, I truly commend those who are still married and truly care about each other and even love each other, because of a truth it is not particularly always rosy or easy especially with life challenges and issues. And to those who are really happily married, mehn....you are the real MVPs a big shout out and WELLDONE to you!


Interestingly, looking at this picture today I remember vividly that it was a fake smile that didn't quite reach my eyes because I already knew it wasn't going to be an happily ever after situation. The signs were already there but I chose to ignore them with the hope of managing and just taking it as my cross to bear but then it became too unbearable in the long run and I RAN!



Today, I want to encourage those looking to get married to do a proper audit of both yourself and your partner. Are you really ready to go the long haul no matter what? This is because if you experience a failed marriage it will affect you on all fronts physically, spiritually, emotionally, psychologically and even financially for many years to come.


Did I mention even legally? especially when you realize the hurdles to dissolve a marriage in the courts not to mention the expensive cost of a good lawyer Sometimes that can be another battleground that will again require so much from you!


At the end of the day the simple way to just say it is, please SHINE YOUR EYE WELL WELLπŸ˜πŸ˜‰ 


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Thursday, 9 December 2021

Can We Go Breakdancing? Its Now A Big Deal



Biko where are the people who love dancing like me? Lets go and start to practice for the Olympics as there is hope for us! Oh yes, just incase you didn't know, Breakdancing has now been included as an Olympic sport for the 2024 games which is set to take place in Paris.


It is alleged that this decision was endorsed by the International Olympic Committee to attract a younger audience to the historic competition. 


This is definitely a wake up call for organizations that are still doing ''old skool'' things, you need to find a way of attracting younger people as your target market because we are definitely in the era of the millennials, see Tiktok, Instagram etc and they are beginning to have plenty decision making and buying power!


Other ''young people'' stuff that has also been included in the Olympics are sport climbing and surfing which already debuted at the delayed Olympics in Tokyo earlier this year.  However, the breakdancing will take place in 2024 alongside sport climbing and 3v3 basketball at a downtown venue in the French capital.



Just so you know, it will be called Breaking and I hope no one will be breaking any body parts because sometimes that break dancing can be extreme with the neck turns, head stands etc, So therefore, fingers crossed till then.

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