The Number 240: Determined, Dedicated, Focused – Didi Transformed Her Body & Her Life – Get Inspired!

It is October 2010, the year has gone by so fast! How many of us set goals at the beginning of the year and how much have you achieved?
It can be really tough to self assess but you have to do what you have to do!
Rather than moaning over what you haven’t done, why not get started!
To help inspire and motivate you, we have an amazing story to share, BellaNaija.com reader Didi Amajor has transformed her body and her life!
Read her amazing story and be inspired.

For everyone who has ever set a goal, and worked towards it. For those who achieved it, three thumbs up. For those who are still working, remember: you’re only that much closer with every step
- Didi

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Didi - BEFORE

I can go for sleepovers at my best friend’s house without packing a change of clothes, and worrying that I have to wear the same clothes from the night before. I can do pushups. And jump rope for *checks watch* quite a while. I run 3-4 times a week. I eat what’s good for me, in addition to what I like. I wore a size 6 dress to my cousin’s engagement dinner in August. How is THAT pertinent, you ask? Well for one, I couldn’t always do all the things listed. So? So, I’ll get to my point.

Let me start by saying I am no expert. I have no qualifications under my belt. I am neither a personal trainer nor a nutritionist. A life coach? Not that either – that is evident in my approach. Now that I’ve cleared the air, let me begin.

April 14th 2009:
I had a girls’ trip in May, and my cousin had just come up with a brilliant idea: Lose 10 pounds over the next month. *Swallow* “But of course, it’s a great idea, Anita!” 10 pounds was ALL I needed to look like a totally different person . Forget 10 lbs, I was trying to lose 80! No, seriously, I was!

See, my reluctance stemmed from trying a crap load of weight loss routines, with short-lived results, or none at all. I had just gotten off the lemon and cayenne pepper diet. Ever heard of it? Of course you have. Beyonce did it. I figured, what the heck? She’s human right? I’ll try it. #epicfail. Let’s just say Beyonce is Queen Bee for a reason. I’m merely a princess. This diet was to last 14 days – I never made it past day 7. It took 4 days to realize that I spent more time with my head down the toilet bowl than I had my entire life. It took another 3 days to realize I didn’t like it very much… Needless to say, it didn’t work. I was back to stuffing my face in no time.

Back to April 14th:
Weight loss! Weight loss! The next day, I stepped on the scale, dreadfully. Now of course the numbers did not come as a surprise. Look down, Didi, look down. Two… Well that’s not surprising. 4… err. 0?? 240 solid pounds. All I could think about was this: I needed to lose 49lbs to be less than 200. Are you kidding me? Even at that, it wouldn’t be enough. I was 2 seconds to giving up, even before I started. Instead, I put on my 2 year-old sneakers. Can you imagine they still looked good as new? And I wondered why I was tipping the scale?

With that, I mapped out a plan… one that did not involve lemon juices and toilet bowls. One that was realistic, and afforded me time and energy to exercise. A non-starvation plan with benefits as well as sacrifices. Eat what you like! Eat in moderation! Eat what your body requires to be healthy! Enjoy yourself! But more importantly, I needed to hurl my butt to the nearest treadmill or step mill (also known as the elevator from hell). Oh by the way, I’ve had a gym membership since 2006. Think about ALL the monthly dues… *slaps self*

So! Hurl myself to a treadmill I did! I hated Day 1,I was constantly out of breath, and obviously and most certainly out of shape.

Day 2 was just as bad. I have NO idea why I half-expected to transform into an athlete overnight. Run 5 minutes? Please get out of here! How about I walk four and THEN run one? Better yet! How about I just walk all five? That mentality got tossed out of the window QUICKLY. As the days went on, I pushed myself, a little harder each time. Still, no athlete, but a few minutes extra on the treadmill, a few inclines here and there, a few extra squats and shoulder presses, you know? I started eating breakfast without fail – yogurt, cereal, fruit, cereal bars, they all became morning staples. My weight loss also became a prayer point because guess what? If it was important to me, certainly it was important to God. Yes people, I do realize there were way more pressing matters He had to attend to!

By the time May 15th came around, I was 228lbs! Was I proud? You bet! Satisfied? Not at all! (Oh, Chicago was fun, by the way. I promise I didn’t stuff my face with food, but I did discover these things called baos that tasted insanely delicious!) Back in Atlanta, back on the grind. Breakfast. Snack. Lunch. Snack. Dinner. Dessert on days I was craving (I don’t have a sweet tooth. Yay?) Drinks never appealed to me, so drinking solely water (for the most part) was not a challenge. Rice. Chicken. Beef. Pasta. Bread. Soup. Apples. Carrots. Salads. Sausages. Bananas. French fries. Cous cous. Plums. I had it all! I did stay away from fried plantains though. I still eat them on special occasions only. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries… I’m kidding. Only half-kidding.

By the time June came around, I weighed even less. I TRULY discovered running in July. I’ve NEVER been the same since. I remember the first time I ran 6.5 miles on the treadmill. Non-stop. When I was done, I literally felt as though I was gliding. Now that I think about it that was probably just an after-effect. Hmmm. I was looking forward to my August weigh –in. That was until I stepped on the scale and the number that appeared looked like the same one from 2 weeks before. Was it broken? Perhaps. I thought back to my grueling routine. Not possible! Can’t even be! I stepped off and stepped back on. The stupid scale was not budging. Even added 0.5 for good measure. Take that! I could feel frustration and disappointment rising from my lower body. Was that self-pity? Yuck. Go hard or go home Didi! Go hard and go home! So I went hard. I mean, I did go home too *why is that phrase popular again*

The plateau, which is every dieter’s nightmare, lasted for weeks. And then one day, the numbers changed. Crazy scale, thank you! By now the numbers were coming off in BITS. But progress is progress right? By the end of 2009, I was 185: 55 pounds lighter. It felt amazing! I was stealing my little sister’s clothes (sorry sweets!), couldn’t believe I could fit. In addition to that, my sleeping habits had improved. I went from the girl who has up at odd hours to being called ‘Grandma.’ Call it what you want! I made an effort to change up my routines and diet, to keep this stubborn body guessing. As I didn’t have a trainer or a meal-planner-expert-person, I had to get creative. The internet became my best friend. I also stole ideas from the trainers at the gym, while they worked with their clients. They must have found it strange that I stared so intently. Oh boy, you thought I was looking at you? Please show me that move again so I can learn and steal! That aside, they were cayuute though!

By April of the following year, I was 170 pounds and suffering from sporadic plateauism (self-diagnosed). It didn’t frustrate me because I had gotten to the point where healthy living was a part of me.
Of course I indulged from time to time – I still do! Stuff-your-face brunches and extra serving dinners! NEVER on the same day though!
In July, I weighed 168 lbs. I thought the last 8 would be easy to pull off. I was wrong!

Didi - Before & After

Today, I’m 170. And before you say I’m packing on the pounds again, listen! I’m gaining muscle – My clothes fit better than they did before, and body fat is down. I’ve stopped obsessing about the numbers (I MUST get to 160 though). Did I just say I’ve stopped obsessing? *scratches head and looks away*

Didi - NOW

I can go for sleepovers at my best friend’s house without packing a change of clothes, and worrying that I have to wear the same clothes from the night before. I can do pushups. And jump rope for *checks watch* quite a while. I run 3-4 times a week. I eat what’s good for me, in addition to what I like. I wore a size 6 dress to my cousin’s engagement dinner in August. How is THAT pertinent, you ask? Well for one, I couldn’t always do all the things listed. So? So do I REALLY have to expatiate?

78 Comments on The Number 240: Determined, Dedicated, Focused – Didi Transformed Her Body & Her Life – Get Inspired!
  • NaSoWeSeeAm October 11, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Amazing!

    • Amour October 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm

      OMG…AMAZING is an understatement…I need to lose 2 dress sizes by December…God helep me!!!
      http://temiville.wordpress.com/

      • BankyW’sSweetheart aka Ginika October 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

        Join the club…I want to lose 5kgs by december! The pressure is Unbelievabllll

      • ms floetry October 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

        how about we get together and lose the weight in ahealthy way.just exercise and eat healthy and just challenge each other. I dont know what period i have but i would like to lose 5 kgs too and i think three months is not drastic. what do you guys think/

  • Tomi October 11, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Well done!

  • mariaah October 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Wow good on you bbe, u look better and even ur face looks slimer!!! With health issues associated with weight gain one has to watch what they put in their mouth.. I want to stop eating chicken at all nd eat only fish cos fish oil is good for the body/skin but chicken fat will just go to ur stomach or ur thighs and stay there well, its not so easy cos ofcos fish is more expensive for my student budget but I d rather do it. My friends ask me what I do to stay trim I don’t go to the gym (situps & press ups once in a while in my room) but I do i eat well, I love food, I can spend hours cooking but I eat with moderation. Make sure it doesn’t come on Didi and goodluck with ur goal weight. x

    • MiaJadore October 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm

      Chicken breast without the skin is ‘white meat’ and healthy for you (no frying). The problem with chicken and other kinds of meat is the Steriod Hormones that are used to grow them. So if you can get your hands on the organic ones, perfect. Otherwise chicken breast is fine and tasty too..

  • ab_olu October 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    AMAZING! I loove reading stuff like this. All u need is DETERMINATION AND CONSISTENCY!Well-bloody-done Didi! You’ve just inspired me, even moreso u did this alllll by yourself!

  • arewa October 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Yay Deeder!!!!!! U go girl!

  • Tee October 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    wow, you look good!!!i am sure you feel good aswell…dont loose too much. size 0 isnt bunz.

  • nelly October 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    story of my life… i feel so pretty and confident now. from an 85kg to 70kg in 3mnths and loving it. wat did i do ? i eat the right kind of food for my body type and at the right time.

    Some times i look at myself and say goosh… i’m such a beautiful woman.

    Didi congrats.

  • Kay.. October 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    CONGRATS babe!!!! as one whose been on this journey i can truthfully say it is never easy but u’ve definitely made urself proud….mine took me from a UK 16 to a 12 in bout 2yrs n i’ve kept it off for bout 4yrs now…gudluck staying this way, thats d real challenge……cheers!

  • Ronnie October 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Oh my days!!….Thumbs up!

  • hazel October 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Truly amazing!Thanks a whole lot for the inspiration!Where did I keep those darned running shoes???Lol

  • B October 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    RexieDido!
    Too proud of you… Chubster days over forever !
    Love you

  • kemi October 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    wow…..amazing. really impressed she didnt give up.

  • Nosa A. October 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    This story right here? GOOSEBUMPS!!!! I love you Deeds…you make me so proud. I better be seeing you this weekend….SLURP!

  • Ndee October 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    WOW!!!!! you go girl! I went to secondary school with didi so I know exactly what she looked like before. Thumbs up babes! Am very proud of u!!! Pass on the torch!

  • Odufaderin Sandra October 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    oopps dis is amazing and inspiring keep it up girl i took such stemps 4month ago and it is realy working i have droped from size 16 to size 12 now at first it might seems not working but just keep the spirit with time u will start wearing those old cloth again

  • jennifer October 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    great one babes keep it up.

  • Mrs.RagaBlueberrymuffin October 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    good for you girl

  • Miss ATL October 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Yay, I gorra mention!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said. 2 thumbs and 8 fingers up!!!! (hold on, that seems like I’m saying ‘waka’). I’ll just leave it at 2 thumbs up and a huge smile on my face :D

  • B.A.B.E. October 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    You go DeeeeeeeeDeeeeeeeeeeee! totally inspiring :) xoxo

  • ChiDynma October 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Didooooooo!!!! Love you to bits!!!!! I can see the soccer legs developing…. You’ve come a long day… Lets have some Powerade to that!!!!!

  • NakedSha October 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Awesome! Good job girl. Your routine was realistic and you look healthier and fitter. Not thin! Bless

  • fokasibe October 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Too proud of you, I dunno why? You are amazing girl! I wish I could just lose a dress size but I dont know why I’m so bloo*y lazy!!! Did I say well done?

  • Zeezee October 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Whooopssss… Bye Bye Size Large, Hello Small.. Love you sister..X

  • jen October 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Excellent write-up so many people struggle with weight, but she didn’t give us details about her lunch and dinner routine, what were some of the foods that she substitued.

    Great story!

  • drdnadan October 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    You go Didi!!!! Amazingly inspiring .. keep up the great work :)

  • Zara October 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    She really did a fantastic job! She looks great!

  • mii2 October 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I need some major help with my weight issue.

  • Maryam October 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    She was beautiful before and is STILL beautiful now, just healthier. Very inspiring.

  • Braun October 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    You go-getter you!!!!! Amazing nad congrats!! You just wrote my story….

  • Passerby October 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Wow, i remember her from secondary school, if anyone would’ve said back then that she would look like this today it would’ve been hard to imagine! VERY impressive!!! 12 thumbs up :)

  • Ayo October 11, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Way to go Didi! I am so inspired by your story.well done.

  • Nneka October 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    DeedStar! You kno nau, I’m already so proud of you….And you continue to look amazing.
    I better be seeing you this weekend too! *Sips tea*

  • Adura October 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Wow! Well done! Very inspiring :)

  • Zenassprawlings October 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Good Job Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Jade82 October 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Lovely u did a great job girl….

  • StephanieIj October 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Woooooow….Didi this is so amazing.. I’m so impressed…such discpline.. Rock your body gurl! also, pls keep up..no backsliding. :)

  • Ounje Mi October 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    My JAW DROPPED when i saw the now pictures! omg! good job! you deserve it!

  • deebaby October 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    another inspiration! Y’all are making me wanna go harder at this thing! Thanks for sharing the realities of living a healthy life! makes me feel human again!

  • UG Spesyhal October 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Hurry up and get to Houston so we can show off your work girl! hehe

  • Tiwaworks October 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    GO DIDI!!!
    I’ll be sure to congratulate you on your achievement when I run into you in Atlanta! lol

  • lala October 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    u go girl

  • cuteb October 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Well done babe !!! not an easy feat and i luv that u did it naturally. Forget all those unrealistic diet plans n blah. notin beats exercise n healthy eating. Big up u !!

  • justpassing October 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    go didi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ijé October 11, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    So cool, goosebumps is exactly the way to describe my reaction! You look great, and you are hilarious. More power to you :)

  • nikki October 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Good job!m on that weight loss road trip too and I wld remain determined..if didi amajor cn do,den I cn..tanx a lot for the inspiration.God bless

  • MiaJadore October 12, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Looking Fabulous Didi!!!

  • alika October 12, 2010 at 1:46 am

    I took that picture yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…….sooooo proud of you Deeder :)

  • heha October 12, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Awwww congrats gurl!!!!!

  • Nike October 12, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Great story….great job Didi. Keep it up!

  • Kémi Penélopê October 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    You are definitely are an inspiration to a lot of people like me…

  • KarmaYve October 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    OMG FREAKING AMAZING. I must lose weight oh. I’ll start jogging this night. OK maybe tomorrow. Good job girl.

  • Godlovesme4me October 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Self Motivation…is all that matters.
    Proud of you Didi, your story is beautiful and a great motivation for others as well.
    Quadriple Thumbs Up 2 you!!!

  • Kits October 13, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Woah!!!!! awesome! good job! well done!!!! I have tried to do this, but my indiscipline is just terrible, i no longer know what to do. Your story is very inspiring, I will try again, Hopefully this time i will turn things around!!!!

  • ogeh c October 13, 2010 at 12:42 am

    you are an inspiration! thank u for sharing your story, it is indeed a success story.you look fabulous and fierce Didi. i am killing the burge.. fat.. orobo… flab…etc whatever you call it….. i hope to unveil my new body pretty soon. OGEH

  • Nice Anon October 13, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Good for you! I be killing myself at the gym so as to stay in good shape.. e no easy at all

  • Anywho October 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I’m so inspired! Wow, i feel like getting on d treadmill n burning all d fat in my body.lol I guess determination n consistency is d key. Well done Didi

  • HiroHairven October 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

    My Bestie!!!!! Really Really proud of you!!! cant stop saying that!!! Waiting for our healthy eating healthy living empire to begin!!!!!!! Love u muchossss!!

  • dankeo October 13, 2010 at 11:19 am

    wow.. you look really lovely, well toned! remenber you from secondary school, you look much better!! congratulation and make sure u rock ur new body..

  • anonymous October 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Weldone. Big Kudos to you.

  • 2Kool October 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    It’s hardly rocket science or a miracle. A sensible diet, exercise and proper rest will help you reach your target weight more than any other thing. Motivation and discipline highly needed though!!!

  • 2Kool October 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Forgot to add. You did great girl.

  • Toyin October 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Excellent job! You look amazing! I hope your story inspires others to get fit and healthy. It’s not an easy journey but the hard work is sooooo worth it!

  • D.O.T.M.H. October 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    wow Didi!!! Is that really you?? I should enlarge ur pictures and stick them up my wall for motivation. This is just what I need… I don’t want to be a fat mummy :(

  • Isi October 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Aww, this is awesome! I remember Didi and Nene from church and school. Didi you look amazing! Having the motivation and discipline to lose all the that weight is fantastic! ^_^

  • Nikki October 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    wow!!!!! go didi! great job…and more power to ur elbows.i share a similar story..i had a gym membership that was useless to me for over 6months, till i got frustrated and decided to use it in september 2009. Through determination,inspiration n encouragement, i picked up my gym card, went from 195pounds to 164 pounds by december 2009. Although im a little bit relaxed at the moment, i weigh like 170 pounds now, ur story has inspired me to pick up once again, its hard but im trying to get to at least 160 pounds by December 2010…God help us!!!!!

  • anonymous October 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Jeez! well done. Very inspiring. Those plateaus certainly ring a bell. Rock your new size.

  • Mercy October 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

    keep it up girl

  • Yeye October 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Ah for me you are a source of jealousy no i meant inspiration….na wah i have been trying for months (years) now. My friend took out her IUD and she has lost so much so i have taken my out 2 weeks ago hopefully i will begin to lose some too.
    By the way you look so Fab either way

  • Purpleiciousbabe October 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Welldone babes…. inspiring story and you look sensational with the weight an after the weight. but yes the after was incredible… I admire you and your effort…Thank God… enjoy being slim and cute…:)

  • abbz serenity October 25, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    didi i’m soo proud of u. u have inspired me to stop making excuses after reading this article. I pray that the good God continues to give you strength to maintain this amazing pay off..! u look fantastic darling <3 KEEP IT UP
    aoooww**..! ; )

  • Uchechi October 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Wow…very brave! Well done, you look great.

  • angelsbeauty November 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    wow you look great! I am reall6y impressed you set a goal, you were not discouraged and you did it all by yourself… well done!

  • damola September 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    u re one xtrimli funny person, u luk grt… kip it up

  • Tayo April 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I am trully inspired. I am going to make this my story too by Gods’ grace. Started my journey 2ndweek January 2012 and now i have lost 28.6pounds in total……i love my new look but my target is 154pounds but i am currently 189.4lbs…….and i am feeling fabulous with my new body

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