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It’s Not A Diet, It’s A Lifestyle: Meet Lobke!

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Hey, My name is Lobke and back in Jan 2015 I tipped the scales at 233 lbs. I have always been a bigger girl but I really started gaining weight after the death of my mother in 2013. I stopped caring about looking after myself. I was the heaviest I have ever been. Walking gave me back pain and I was borderline diabetic. I knew something had to change.

As so many I decided to start Jan 2015, but it never works like that. I wasn’t mentally ready to start and it took me until march to finally start losing weight. I started off small because exercising while being larger is not easy. So I got myself a fitness tracker and started doing more steps to begin with. Every day at lunch time, I went out for an hour walk. It was only after I lost a little weight I stepped foot in the gym again. It wasn’t plain sailing, I had good weeks and bad weeks. But I kept going because no matter how small the loss, it all adds up

it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change

There were days where I skipped the gym and opted for a take away instead. It is what it is. It is important to listen to your body but also to your mental state of mind. I am not the biggest gym fan at all. Never have and never will. And going is a struggle for me even still now. So when I really can’t face it, I take a day off. Things won’t last if you force yourself to the point where you hate going. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. You don’t need to give up the things you love, there’s many recipes out there for lower calories meals and treats. It’s all about making small changes so you don’t feel deprived.

Transformation photo by Lobke

I would 100% recommend doing before and after photos and if you feel confident enough, set up an Instagram page. I have had some fantastic support and meal ideas from there. Even when you have a bad day, people are only a click away with support and information. And remember, everyone has an off day. This doesn’t mean you have failed, it merely means you are recharging your batteries. You are only human! As long as you restart the next day and never give up. Every day is a fresh start. You can do this!

You can find me on Instagram: @lobsgetsfit

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