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From 218 pounds to 160 pounds

By Vera Leon-Bishop, SNO Correspondent

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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.

A slim Leah

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.

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  1. She does not look slim to me. Lucky thing she did not get diabetes in those four years she was trying so hard to loose weight.
    I do not see what is so hard about eating less. When you're greedy, you're just greedy, end of story!

  2. leah u lost weight becuz you had a go-pwel.

  3. Congrats Leah!

    You got smaller and I want to get big. 5"2 and 96lbs. I eat and dont gain weight. Does any one on the planet know how I can put on a few pounds? I have searched and found nothing.

  4. Wow. Congrats to her. That said, it doesn't look like the same person to me (and no, I'm not a hater or fat or struggling to lose weight or discrediting her). Just that I've seen before and after pics of people who have lost weight and I can clearly see that it's the same person in the pics. However, in this case I can't. She knows and those who know her, know her story, so well done!

  5. Congrats, you think you can hook me up.

  6. How do u compare half pic (before) and full pic(after)

  7. Not all diets are considered healthy. Some people follow unhealthy diets through habit, rather than through a conscious choice to eat unhealthily. Terms applied to such eating habits include "junk food diet" and "Western diet". Many diets are considered by clinicians to pose significant health risks and minimal long-term benefit. This is particularly true of "crash" or "fad" diets – short-term weight-loss plans that involve drastic changes to a person's normal eating habits.

  8. Kudos! Little by little, people like you contribute towards a mindset where people (not just girls) take pride in their appearance and strive for healthier and more fulfilling lives. Dedication and discipline always reap great rewards.

  9. Wow incredible job Leah, it's great to see all the hard work paying off. When you were losing weight I bet you ate some of the foods I mention in my blog post

  10. Fad diets my a.. Simple equation. You're fat because you are a greedy. End of story.

    • paix chew!!!!!!!!!!! Dumb..... fool..... btw I'm not hating on this comment becuz am fat tho' cuz am not. I just hate to see ppl take shate

    • John 3:16 is a JACK...!! SUM FAT PEOPLE DONT EVEN MUCH

    • John you are stupid. Not all fat people are greedy, they may eat the wrong foods. This does not make them greedy. I know alot of slim people you can consider "greedy", they eat alot but dont put on weight maybe because their metabolism maybe different from someone who puts on weight easily. Everyone need to eat, so stop your nonsense saying people are fat cause they are greedy. You fool, people like you make people have low self esteems.

    • shut your face.. i've been trying to lose weight for a long time now and it has nothing to do with me being greedy.. u need to watch what u say.. stupid, ignorant jackass

  11. I am into the wight loss program industry myself. Although I believe with any program if you are committed possible to reach the ideal wight and size, changing so much in the breast size is not possible. It is a different picture.

    • Joe ure a dumb ... simply said, i know this girl personally and its the same girl. obviously she lost weight so different body parts will shrink. So stop with your useless talk and go wash ur dirty ... and drink the water because badmind people like you always around to bring negativity around positivity, .. yo!


  13. rolly polly better...

  14. well done my girl, i am doing the same and trying my best to mentain my weight,it is difficult but i am not giving up....


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