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It is quite normal to sometimes look in the mirror and not be completely satisfied with what you see, particularly with regards to your weight. Many often dream of having the “perfect figure” but are not committed enough to actually obtain it.
Mother of one, Leah Popo, has found a way to lose the excess pounds that have been weighing her down for years, and have kept them off for four years. She has done it all with her self-developed “Fitquick” weight loss programme.
Although she does admit that it has not been easy, with all the temptations of fast food, not to mention the fact that she works in the tourism industry, and sometimes have to eat late at nights, Popo is proud of her achievement.
Popo said she used to be very self-conscious, but now she is only thinking positive.
“It makes me feel proud when individuals walk up to me and ask questions, [like] how did you do it, and how great I look. And also when my son says this is my big mommy and my small mommy.”
Her motivation over the years, according to her, has been many things. The story began when Popo was quite young when she lost her self-esteem, going from 125 pounds to gaining 218 pounds. She said she felt defeated by the excess weight and unworthy in her son’s eyes.
This was her motivation to change and to stop feeling sorry for herself, along with the fact that she was at a high risk of diabetes.
Popo said that for years, she had searched for a way to lose the weight in order to get her life back until a friend told her about a book that links weight loss with one’s blood type. This, she said, was the answer to her prayers.
She has now curtailed her life around the foods which are better to consume based on her blood type and engages in regular exercise.
She said she is now at a weight she is proud of; she lost 53 pounds in three months and is now 160 and feeling like a new woman.
Popo admits to having an occasional cheat day but said she pretty much sticks to her diet and exercises twice a day. This includes running, jogging and strength training.
She eats lots of fruits and vegetables and even occasionally takes a bite or two of her favorite ‘mac & cheese’ but always makes up for it by watching what she eats and reading labels on foods she buys.
“There are lots of items in the particular diet that I have to stay away from, but it is worth it when I get people coming up to me in the supermarket encouraging me to buy healthy foods,” Popo said.
The fitness trainer said she launched her ‘Fitquick’ programme in her hometown of Soufriere in November last year and she is working with a few clients. She was happy to report that so far in one month, two of her clients lost 11 and 8 pounds, respectively.
Popo has encouraged everyone who is tired of being overweight not to give up on their goals but to stay on course to reap the rewards.