My Herbalife body transformation began a decade ago.
I was overweight my entire childhood all the way to my twenties. My family thought we were eating healthily, but it turned out we didn’t. My mother was suffering from extreme burnout due to poor nutrition and had to take naps after work almost every day. Eventually she developed type 2 diabetes. I managed to develop an unhealthy relationship with food, resulting in me eating my emotions. By my 20th birthday, I weighed 91kg (200lbs).
I tried losing weight on several occasions. I tried Atkins low carb diet, intermittent fasting, keto diet, drinking hot water with lemon every morning, drinking apple cider vinegar (it was supposed to melt the fat away)… Nothing worked! Eventually I developed a terrible fear of carbs and if I ate something that contained carbs, I would beat myself down and go on a fast. I accompanied my unhealthy relationships with food with extreme cardio and HIIT trainings, martial arts and more! I did everything I could to eat less and move more. And I would do that for a few months and then I would burn out! I crashed and binged on everything I could find in the ready meal section.
At some point it hit me that this is not the way to live and I started thinking about my long term health and the consequences my (in)actions will have. At that time, I met Herbalife and I never looked back. I found it extremely easy to keep up with the programme, it took nearly no time to make it and I didn’t even need a fridge to keep the products in my student accommodation. Gradually I lost 25kg (55lbs) and have kept it off for 8 years!
I got pregnant in 2014 and kept using the products throughout the pregnancy, breastfeeding and managed to easily get rid of majority of baby weight. However, life has intervened and I suffered with depression and anxiety for quite a while. I fought hard to break the ties with toxic people in my life and slowly managed to get back on my feet. After 3 years of being in a “fog”, I can now say I managed to break through and again fully commit to myself, my body and my health. In the past 4 months, I have gotten rid of the last extra pounds and now I am working on gaining muscle and strength.
Exercise wise, I moved away from hours of endless cardio, knee and hip pains and frustrations. I never enjoyed it! For the past 18 months I got involved in powerlifting and I fell in love with the sport! Strength training has shaped up my body beautifully and I look better now than I did before I got pregnant. I still follow the same nutrition programme, but have added recovery shake after the exercise! My body feels amazing, my mind is finally balanced and I have so much energy, I manage to work, gym and play with my very energetic toddler. Due to balanced nutrition, I balanced my life and gained control over my body and mind! Now I have committed myself to help others achieve their potential and become healthier and consequently happier versions of themselves