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When She Tried to Pick Up a Bottle From the Floor & Failed, Nelly Agbogu Knew There Was a Problem! Read the Candid Story of Her Weightloss Journey

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Have you ever been in a situation when you felt the next best thing would be to take a life changing decision? When Nelly Agbogu realized that her options were down to two ‘to lose weight or die slowly and miserably in the prison of my own body’ – she took the step towards weight loss. Now, the thing that makes Nelly’s story even more interesting is the complete honesty to self. We know that with body image issues, denial is one of the primary reasons why we don’t see ourselves truthfully. Nelly shares her story with an endearing candour. She admits how difficult the journey has been and says she still has a long way to go. We admire her greatly for admitting her frailties and recognizing the victories on the journey so far. We hope you are truly inspired by Nelly’s story as we were and we encourage you to share some of your life changing stories with us.

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Who I Am
My name is Nelly Agbogu and I am a 28 year old, married woman with two kids. I REALLY love food.
I have been on a weight loss journey for the past 10 months plus. This journey has seen me lose 40 kg (and counting) and regain good health, happiness and my self- respect.

As a child, I was called the model in the family. After all, I was tall (I now stand at 5 ft 11) slim, dark skinned and had white teeth. Because of this, I was never concerned about my weight and I never watched what I ate. I wrongly assumed that good genetics meant that I would always be that way. My disbelief was further compounded by the fact that I have slim sisters, so I thought we were just a “slim” family. As was the way back then, when I started putting on a bit of weight I was complimented on my more “womanly” figure which just encouraged me to eat more and I ate food as if I was training for some sort of pie eating contest.

How Bad I Got
I would buy large pizzas with extra cheese and olives and after a while, when the shame about my weight started creeping in, I asked that the staff at the pizza parlour pack the pizza into party foil plates so that my portions would look smaller than they were. Every foodie knows that you can’t have a big meal without a sweet dessert to complement the savoury main course, so I would finish off my feeding frenzy with a big bowl of Blue Bunny banana split ice cream. I would hide away all that I had eaten and then go home and eat a “regular” meal. The Pizza shops knew me, I even got calendar from them as a loyal customer.
There were some days when I was in the office, and I would just stop all that I was doing and take a bike (if I cannot see a car pretty fast) to Mega Plaza’s chocolate section and satisfy my cravings. Yes it was that bad.

Breaking The Camel’s Back
As if being fat wasn’t bad enough, there are the embarrassing situations that arise when you’re morbidly obese and there’s nothing you can really do or say to defend yourself. Some examples of these are:

  • Snoring so loudly that my hubby had to get out of the bed and sleep in the living room.
  • My side of our marital bed becoming compressed while my hubby’s remained firm.
  • Being told I had sleep apnea and having to sleep on a slanting bed or chair because I was in danger of choking on my own fat in my sleep.
  • Needing assistance to get out of bed and chairs. When there was no one to help me up, it would take multiple attempts to stand up and that’s very embarrassing in public.
  • Being unable to buckle my own sandals.
  • Not being invited to be in my cousins’ bridal train, but my sisters were.
  • Breaking toilet seats, chairs, beds, flattening okada tires, and having to pay for an extra seat in the bus.
  • Multiple “wardrobe malfunctions”.
  • All the times I’ve called people up on the phone and they’ve asked me “Why are you sounding like you ran 1000 miles” and I was just sitting down to make the call.

Honestly on multiple occasions I’ve had to cover for myself and pretend that I was walking upstairs or chasing after my children.

All of these examples seem pretty hilarious right? But I ran into bigger problems like. In one of my post natal visits to the hospital after giving birth to my second son I was told by the doctor that if I don’t do something about my weight then I will be in the hospital for reasons a lot more serious than childbirth.

As is the Nigerian way, people didn’t mince their words and told me how fat I was. The insults became so normal to me that I would even insult myself to save everyone else the effort. I was deeply unhappy with an inferiority complex and low self-esteem and so I would turn to food for comfort and the situation got worse and worse.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was when I tried to pick a feeding bottle from the floor and my hands could not touch the floor, my big tummy was in the way and squatting to pick the feeding bottle was out of it. That was when I it dawned on me that I was going to die if I don’t do anything about the weight.

Losing Weight
When I decided to start my journey; I was 160kg+ and my confidence was shot to hell. Obesity had taken over my whole world.
I had tried to lose weight in the past, but I was never able to stick it out and it always ended up being an epic failure. This time, I couldn’t afford to fail so I decided to make myself publicly accountable. I set up my blog so that other people could see me on my journey and encourage me as I went along. If I gained weight then I owed an explanation to my readers. I also knew I wasn’t the only heavy girl in Lagos and I set off on my journey with the hope that I would meet people who knew what it was like to be so fat that it was the first thing on your mind when you wake up in the morning and the last thing on your mind when you go to sleep at night.

Courting Controversy
Once I had reached the decision to lose weight and share my story with all who cared to listen, the next step was “which diet?” There are countless options out there: Atkins Diet, Dukan Diet, Weightwatchers, Slimming World, The Air Diet (It really is as silly as it sounds – eat air!),etc. The thought of which diet to go on left me dizzy.
A few weeks earlier I had bumped into a secondary school friend’s picture, She had lost a lot of weight (she went from 130kg to 87kg) and I contacted her to find out how she did it. She told me she went through the Cambridge Weight Plan and it had worked for her. The Cambridge Weight Plan involves eating three or four 160 calorie meals in the form of soups and shakes per day. It sounds drastic, but drastic was just what I needed. I had two small children at home and they needed their mother to live not just survive the day. After I had chosen the Cambridge Weight Plan I had to wait for two months (the hardest of my life) because I was breast feeding my youngest son, but the day he turned six months old I started the diet. It was the day before my birthday. I was also lucky that my friend had been so successful on the Cambridge Weight Plan that she had become a certified consultant and was able to act as my support.

Baby Steps
During the two month period when I was breastfeeding before I started the Cambridge diet, I was “eating for two” to ensure that I had enough milk. I laugh about it in hindsight, but the more I have learned about food and my body, the more I realise how unnecessary this practice is. Eating for two isn’t necessary until the final trimester of your pregnancy and it certainly isn’t necessary when you’re breast feeding. Fortunately for me my mum had come to visit us for Omugwuo and was determined to make sure I cut down on my excess eating so she reduced my food portions drastically, which helped me a lot. Also, since I couldn’t go to the gym at the time. She made sure I climbed the stairs every night and to encourage me, she did it with me. I started with one flight of stairs after which I was panting, sweating and my heart was thumping like it was trying to keep up to a techno beat in a gay bar. I wanted to quit but she wouldn’t let me, so every night it became a routine and before I knew it I was climbing the stairs five, ten times a day.
In the end I lost 10kg in 2 months.

The wait is over
I finally started the Cambridge Weight Plan on my birthday. No one believed I would be able to make it through that day, not even my hubby.
I got two cakes that day, My hubby was certain I won’t last past that day considering the cakes were my ultimate favorites -a chocolate cream cake and a red velvet cake. It is no exaggeration to say that I wanted to die! My best food was staring at me! I went into our room locked myself in and cried, then I called my consultant/friend and told her the torture I was facing. When I came out, everyone was eating MY cake in MY presence, waiting to see my breaking point, but I did not give in, I told myself I have had much of that to last me till old age and I did not feel more worse watching them eat MY cake afterwards . Besides, I got myself into that situation and there was no reason why the other people in my house needed to suffer just because I wasn’t able to control myself.

With the emotional support of my consultant, my own willpower and ESPECIALLY God, I managed to make it through the day and thereafter I pushed myself on the plan for 6 months! Of course, I had good days and bad ones, but when I got tired of the soups and shakes I learned to “cheat” on the plan with healthy meals and I started exercising. During this time my hubby was such a big support and after a hard day at work he would drive me to the gym where I would work out from 8:30pm till 10pm every day! After 6 months on the plan I had lost 30kg.

How I eat and exercise
Once I had been on the Cambridge Weight plan for five months, I started thinking about my exit strategy. I had needed the Cambridge Diet to kick start my weight loss journey, but I needed to start thinking about what I was going to be eating in the long run. I developed a weight management plan that revolves around me and works for me. We don’t get home from work till about 8pm, so there was no point in being on a meal plan that doesn’t permit eating after 6 pm.
In August 2013, six months after I first started I came off the Cambridge Weight Plan and I started on my own healthy eating meal plan. A

Typical day for me looks something like this:
06:00 – 08:00 1litre of Water
08:00 – 09:00 Oats and honey with akara and 75cl of water with a slice of lime
10:00– 12:00 Cup of green tea, one banana or any fruit of my choice and a handful of cashew/hazelnut or almond plus 75cl of water.
14:00-16:00 Oil free garden egg soup with 2 small boiled potatoes and more water
17:00 – 19:00 Walnuts and carrots (I avoid water at this time because I’m usually in traffic)
20:00 – 23:00 (anything green) Garden eggs, cucumbers, and roasted green pepper plus water.

I am by no means a nutritionist or physician, but this tastes good and it works for me and from September till now, I have lost over 12kg and counting.
For exercise, I have found that going to the gym so late in the night with hubby is a bit impractical. After driving through the hectic traffic in Lagos and making sure my kids had bathed, eaten and in bed , then I would work out in the house with DVDs like Hip Hop Abs. I also take long distance walks on Saturdays. Recently, I walked from Anthony to Yaba using the Third Mainland Bridge. It was terrifying, but exhilarating – I was the one who was breathless walking up the stairs and now I’m power walking along Third Mainland Bridge.

Non-Scale victories (NSV)
Between the Cambridge Weight Plan and my own personal eating plan I have lost over 40kg and I’m still going strong. I am not as slim as I would like to be, but I am now fit and healthy. I have regained my self-respect. This journey has not just been about changing my weight, but about changing my life so I celebrate my “non-scale” victories just as much as I celebrate every kilo that comes off my frame.
The greatest of all my NSV comes from my hubby and how he dotes on me so much that I’m suspecting him. He has been my back bone through this journey and has not allowed me to rest on my laurels. He pushes me when I get lazy and he praises me when I do well which makes me want to do more.
Another huge NSV for me is that I do not snore anymore! I wake up and see my hubby beside me and I just smile. He doesn’t have to leave the room anymore as a result of me keeping him awake with my snoring.
I participated in two 10km marathon in two weeks! Lucozade fun walk/run and the Nike “We Run Lagos” challenge. I came last but most importantly I didn’t quit and I finished the race and won a Nike shoe!

JUST START!
There is no better time than now. And when you feel you fall off your horse, do not quit, get back on the saddle and pick up from where you left off. The truth is that exercise is hard, but it’s harder to hear the doctor tell you that you’re diabetic or hypertensive or that your organs are shutting down due to your weight. Eating clean and right may be a little more expensive than our usual food, but they’re a lot cheaper than the hospital bills we will make for patient care due to chest, back and knee pain. My husband is a good man and he’s stuck by me through some very difficult times, but for some people obesity has cost them their marriage, friendships and relationships. Isn’t it a false economy to eat cheap food now and pay for it with our marriages and health later or even with your life?
Your goal should be to be healthy, not skinny and with it you will be able to enjoy the truly good things in life. I know for me my journey is not yet over, but I feel confident that it will end in praise!

To follow Nelly Agbogu on her weight loss journey visit her blog www.itwillendinpraise.com | Twitter – @nellyagbogu |Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NellyAgboguBlog | Instagram: nellyagbogu | Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/nellyagbogu

98 Comments

  1. naana

    December 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    thank you dear, u v become an insipration.

  2. Window

    December 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    This is a truly amazing journey. An inspirational story.

  3. jinkelele

    December 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I SALUTE YOU
    TWALE
    I SALUTE YOUR MUM
    I SALUTE YOUR HUBBY
    DOUBLE TWALE
    Take it from a female that took 3months to add just 5kg to be healthier with the adv of not working, no kids to run after,

    But you with all that lost almost my entire weight(i’m 60kg) in 10 months. TRIPLE TWALE Have cold glass of water with lemon on me

    P.S I cant powerwalk 1km without panting

    • whocares

      December 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      loool. I had to run for the bus yesterday.. 2 minutes is all it took for me to almost start crawling. I was wheezing so BAD! It is just terrible as I used to box before (amateur boxing) and i was fighting fit (get it? lol) but the way I don’t care about my health nowadays worries me.

  4. tea

    December 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    am inspired.

  5. Thelma

    December 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I could not read all of it but merely looking at the pictures really inspires me! Her legs in that first picture look just like mine!. #teamfatlegs. LOL.

    thelmathinks.blogspot.com

  6. Vanessa

    December 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    This is very wonderful and inspiring. Kudos.

  7. Thelma

    December 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I could not read all of it but merely looking at the pictures really inspires me! Her legs in that first picture look just like mine!. #teamfatlegs. LOL.

    thelmathinks.blogspot.com

    • TA

      December 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Me too! I am on team fat legs. My arms and upper body are slim but my hips,butt ,thighs and legs?! They look like they belong to a bigger person. 🙂

  8. toyin olaleye

    December 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    aww nice! congratulations…

  9. akudo

    December 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Thumbs up Bella Naija, write ups like these are truly inspirational. I read Yinka Rufai’s story on her weight loss journey last week and started exercising immediately. It’s been 7 days down and I must confess I feel different already. And now Nelly’s story………YES WE CAN! YOU GO GIRL!

  10. Mz Socially Awkward...

    December 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Nelly for president! You gave many of us a good laugh when that Youtube video you voiced went viral. However, I now see the actual challenge you’ve been going through with your weight loss journey and applaud you for it. You look good after shedding the kilos and hopefully you’ll keep enjoying that lovely sensation of feeling healthier. Well done!

  11. Eebony

    December 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I’m soooo inspired to begin my own weight loss program. Go Nelly!go Nelly!!go Nelly!!!

  12. Sandra D.

    December 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Witnessed this tremendous/successful journey and I keep saying “IT HAS ENDED IN PRAISE”.. You are indeed an inspiration to a lot of people…. Welldone!!!

  13. Luv .O.

    December 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Thank God u agreed within your self to take this steps

    • *Real* Nice Anon

      December 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      This is not the time Onye oma CY. Snide much?

    • Xty B

      December 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Nelly, My Nelly… A great inspiration you are, my twinny anyday.
      Weldone my love, you started it well and It has just ended in praise.

  14. damsel

    December 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I am really inspired, thanks.

  15. Chic

    December 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Well done girl! Weight loss journeys are not easy takes a lot of hard work, discipline and determination well done to you.

  16. laura

    December 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    love love love your story

  17. Purpleicious Babe

    December 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Well done for sticking with it..
    Thank God for your journey. Keep going strong and keep it up.
    I am so inspired to actually stick to finally shifting the weight I want. xxx

  18. laura

    December 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    please take the time out to read the story , sometimes when the pastor reads out the vows he has to have a weight clause in that …our relationships sometimes go wrong because of weight issues …sad reality …so proud of u girl..u reclaimed ur health and your life

  19. Dooshima

    December 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Way to go Nelly!! It will end in Praise!!

  20. Peggyz Place

    December 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Love this! welldone !

  21. Different Shades of Nigerian

    December 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    “I came last ….but I won a nike shoe” you are such an amazing being !!! Goodluck sister ! And like your friend said IT HAS ENDED IN PRAISE

  22. Chinny

    December 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    waoo, waoo…. u have done so well Nelly….. I know how hard it is to lose a pound and I equally know how hard it is for us to come to terms that we are what we eat and to make needful adjustments. And I have followed your journey faithfully, drawing strength from your resilience and as u usually say, this journey must end in praise.

  23. lorenz

    December 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    When I read your story, I almost shed a tear; but what I admire the most about your story (jorney) is how brutally honest you’ve been with yourself. Wishing you and your hubby the very best on your program.

  24. whocares

    December 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    ooh it may not be my place to say it, but I am SOO proud of you. you have inspired me to get off my ass and work out. all I want to lose is 5kg honestly and I cant seem to do it. I especially understand what you mean by being slim and taking things for granted. I tell myself its just 5kg and I am still slim anyways and go ahead to stuff my face. you are a legend! Thank you for sharing your story.

  25. Gbemmy's

    December 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Well done.

  26. merci

    December 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    strong determination makes a whole lot of difference. keep it up dear and maintain the weight

  27. Desireayo

    December 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Weldone lady…u’ve done an amazing job..am on mine and i cant be more happier with mysef now than before..so so more confident than before.

  28. Itse

    December 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Go Nelly, really proud of you.
    And most definitely, it would end in praise.
    Keep at it!!!

  29. nahmeoh

    December 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Kudos to you. Your resilience is inspiring.

  30. jcsgrl

    December 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    sighs reading this after gobbling down calories of food from my office’s holiday breakfast party. Well done Nelly!

  31. Que

    December 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Nellyyyyy oooooooo, you made me smile den shed a tear, den smile again…… your expressions of some scenarios left me in stitches- the heart thumping like techno beat in a gay bar…hahahahahaaaaaa…… Well done woman….. I must say as I read downwards, on seeing the second pic, I had to scroll back to check ur age again….Woman….THOU ART LOOSED biko! Being lighter does wonders for the body and mind, but most importantly note that this is a lifelong process, maybe someday u will regain some of d weight (as with over 70% of women including my mama, not for lack of will or discipline, but sometimes with aging and/or increased societal responsibilities pulling at you) or maybe you won’t; just always remember that you’ve conquered d biggest fear—you can get up, take d bull by d horn n decide where it leads you, on ANY given day, at ANY age… rmbr dat if u ever get to dose discouraging places. Many cheers, xoxo!

  32. Aibee

    December 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Wow! Well done Nelly. You’ve done well. I echo the sentiments of a commenter above – IT HAS ENDED IN PRAISE. The road to health and fitness is a marathon not a short dash and you are well and truly on your way. God bless you.

  33. kadjalli

    December 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    keep it up girl , your doin a wonderful job

  34. Been there

    December 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    welldone nelly…been following your progress and it has surely ended in praise

  35. YEYEAREWA

    December 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    aww, dis is soo inspiring. weighloss is d hardest thing in this life, right after painful child birth. the fact that u had some of support rocks! tnx 2 ur husband and mum. after i had my 1st chilld, through a CS, its been a struggle for me, who once upon a time used to be a size 12/14. now, i am a 16 and its soo annoying. i want to be able to wear pretty dresses and not look like an elephant. i just wanna bring sexy back! and oh! exercising is a bit of a challenge. so what i do nw is walk from my office which is in wuse2 to wuse market axis or sometimes zone 5 before i get a cab. may God help me on this journey!

  36. AA

    December 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Nelly you are an inspiration to us all and I love how realistic your story was. I commend your hubby, family and friends for loving and supporting you rather than shaming you. This is also a wake up call to a lot of slim people that believe they will never get fat and bully and shame others. Obesity is an equal opportunity infliction. It can affect anyone at anytime so be fair, kind and supportive to those that need help rather than insult them

  37. Avon

    December 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    My JSS 1 school mother in FGGC Owerri. Kudos to you.

  38. buky

    December 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Keep it up, you rily need to be applauded.

  39. NaijaPikin

    December 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Awesome job. Some key notable points i love you for calling out
    1. It is not about being skinny, it’s about staying healthy.
    2. All these diets are good in the beginning to get you disciplined, but in the long run, you have to find a sustainable diet and practice.
    3. drinking lots of water………..

    Some other work outs to consider
    – Skipping rope (you’ll be amazed how much calories you’ll burn)
    – Cycling (you can get a bicycle and ride on…please make sure you ride in a safe zone. Lagos roads can be crazy)

    For those having kids, lets take our children back to our young days. Don’t let them spend their whole day on video games, computer and ipads. Lets take them outside to play (Suwe, football, catch, 10/10)…..Let’s just keep them moving and active.

    You go girl, keep up the good work

    • TA

      December 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      I started skipping o but my dear, I threw down the rope after 2 weeks,yeah am lazy I know 🙂 but I keep giving myself excuses like ‘TA,you are only a size 12 for your 5’7 height ,so don’t sweat it! Self-deceit is a terrible thing o! Chai… I know I need help. My only problem in life is food,good sweet food! Especially Ijebu garri and then rice too.Be it,jollof,fried,ofada,white,coconut,chinese,basmati,perfumed what have-you. I love rice! If I to were quit eating white rice today,I will be a size 2 the next day! err,that will be after I also give up yams,french fries,ice cream,pizzas,noodles,Akara,pasta (Mac n cheese). LOL!
      @ Nelly,Thanks for this article,I shall bookmark it and reread till I start my healthy living. Good job! Please keep it up.

    • Purpleicious Babe

      December 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      If you love rice so much why not try an equivalent?
      Couscous, Brown rice, Bulger wheat(my fav) digest much better and it will help loads.

      Or better still get creative with your rice intake by reducing the portion and add more veg, avocado, green peas, carrot etc and munch with salad.
      We can eat the food we enjoy and still maintain a healthy lifestyle.

      For instance, I would opt for boiled plantain than fried plantain.

      http://lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      December 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      @purplelicious babe, I’d opt for unripe plantain pottage instead of boiled or fried plantain. Cooked with a dab of palmoil, red bell pepper, turkey gizzards (someone please tell me they’re not bad for you), plenty of dry fish, dried prawns and pepper. Mmmmmmm *smacks lips*

      I know it’s not as fun as dodo but it’s a healthy, tasty option on a cold winter night 🙂

    • TA

      December 19, 2013 at 12:08 am

      My darling Purpleicious babe,hmmm. Am like an alcoholic when it comes to rice;its better not to have any at all than deceive myself with that portion control story,because once I start I can’t seem to stop till am very full. What works for me is to eat rice maybe twice or thrice a week only. The other options you mentioned,well what can i say,let’s just say they don’t taste like the ‘real thing’ Fortunately, I love vegetables. So,am drawing up a new food plan this week and I hope I can stick to it this time.

  40. Uche

    December 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Thumbs ups to you dear. May God see you through this difficult task.

  41. Uche

    December 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Thumbs ups to you dear. May God see you through this difficult task.

  42. ccc

    December 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Wowwww and double wowwww! You, girl, are amazing!!!! Well done!!!! Don’t know you, but soooo proud of you; that’s how amazing you are!

  43. Hurperyearmie

    December 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    well done sis

  44. kokie

    December 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    good for you. Congrats and keep it up

  45. Dr Uche

    December 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Awesome! Truly proud of you, Nelly.

  46. Bunmi Lawal

    December 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Kudos Nelly.
    You are doing great and inspiring others.
    Thumbs up Bella Naija.
    It will end in praise.

  47. blessing

    December 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    My body size is ok, bt my stomach has been bulging eva since d birth of my 2nd child. I’ve been putting off doing something abt it untill NOW, dis vry moment. Ur story inspired me, esp ur determination. Thank u

    • NaijaPikin

      December 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Check out Adura O. on facebook. She does weekly, monthly challenges. In Nov she did a 30 days challenge focused on abs/core. You can probably still find it.

    • whocares

      December 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

      true. there is another fb group called “black women workout” and its awesome for challenges, I did their 30 day challenge for toned stomach and my summer belly was sizzling. join groups cos they are motivating and you can comment on your progress, receive support etc.

  48. Leah

    December 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Well done mama!

  49. Anon

    December 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Nice one babes…..size 12 here she comes…never give up

  50. Dolly P

    December 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Nelly this is very nice to read. I am so inspired……. you are almost there, keep it up babe. It will end in praise.

  51. Ikunkun

    December 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Awesome read……its really a journey oh!!

  52. OROBO

    December 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Please how do i get the cambridge diet. how much does it cost?

    • Chinny

      December 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      depends on where u live. They make use of consultants. Mine stays in ph. Her name is Preye…. 08023379279. She will really be of help.

    • OROBO

      December 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Thx, i stay in Lagos can she hook me up?

  53. Hot sumtyn

    December 19, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I laughed at the pizza place giving you a calendar. And shed a tear at the point your mum walked the stairs with you. You are an inspiration.

  54. Endo

    December 19, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Really inspiring, Nelly! I’ve read your blog a few times and l must say you are doing a fantastic job.Keep it up and it will surely end in praise.

    Pls share your endometriosis stories @ endochallenges.wordpress.com. Let’s beat endo together!

  55. Nikki

    December 19, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Congratulations! Great job!

  56. God'sGrace

    December 19, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Nelly, ur story has been truly inspirational!!! I can remember you from way back in FGGC Owerri and I could totally identify with everything you said…….The being “slim” one day (i was abt 50-60kg for years) and waking one morning to realize u were currently above 115kg (sad in my case cos this is before childbirth)……The panting when i walk from the sofa in the parlor to the room…I cant even try running n get very irritable when i have to walk any distance at all…..The starting of diets(atkins and Cambridge included) and cheating so much that it didnt make sense to continue…..lol…..
    For years, as the weight slowly increased, i consoled myself that as long as i still get “chyked” any time i leave the house, then i was still good to go…….But i finally realized in naija, that was a wrong yardstick because naija guys are amazing and them no dey carry last!!! They would still chyke anyone, even if i weighed 200kg, i go still find chyker!!!!
    After reading ur post, i got so inspired that i finally made the long overdue walk to the gym to register!!!! I start with the trainer in 3hrs time!!!
    Thanks for sharing your story!! Be encouraged that your story has touched lives and motivated several women. It shall really all end in praise!!!
    My Dear, God Bless U real good!!!!

  57. Mrs Diamond

    December 19, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Wow! This is inspiring Even though am very slim..I find this amazing. .weldon!

  58. Baby mama

    December 19, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I can totally relate to this, I have a 6 month baby and had him through CS, gained about 15 kg and still struggling to lose at least some of it. This is a wake up call for me cos I need to get my sexy back, wear those skinny jeans I spent my money on. My weight loss is so paramount to me cos I need to go back to my work .
    PS: I do one of those jobs you ve to wear uniform and look really nice with a smile always.

  59. Aderonke

    December 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I totally admire your courage and zeal. Well done sis, you are an inspiration

  60. karo

    December 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I was once called fat something but now, they are begging me to gain a little more weight. I can relate with your story. It isn’t easy but it is worth it.

    http://www.karosstoryblog.blogspot.com

  61. Modella

    December 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Hilarious story,she is a good story teller..I would have felt for you more,but common you are married with two kids!

  62. Busola

    December 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Hey Nelly! I remember when you started, it was just like yesterday.. Reallllllllyyyy so proud of you.. It’s ending in PRAISE!

  63. Your #1 fan

    December 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Nwachigoziri……am so proud of you! keep it up the i am right beside you.

    • Elle

      December 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Aww….her husband.

  64. Nigeria latest news

    December 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    WOW! so inspiring, i actually had an experience similar to this. This is why i keep coming back to bellanaija for more stories.

  65. Ola.......

    December 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    A truly inspiring story from a strong Nigerian Woman! You deserve to be proud of what you have achieved with the weight loss program. Be encouraged, It will end in praise!!!

  66. ty bay

    December 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Wow Nelly, you are indeed an example in determination and setting personal goals, with the aim to achieving them. Your support system (hubby, mum and others who encouraged you )should be applauded. I have also started a my own weight loss plan. Presently, I stand at 5’11 and weigh 75kg post birth. Though I may not be considered overweight, I still feel I can reduce my BMI.
    It really is all too easy for “slim” people to fall into the trap of gaining weight quickly, because we think that based on genetics, we will always remain at a healthy weight. Before having my baby, I was about 58kg (just April/ May last year). But by my 3rd trimester during pregnancy, I was a whooping 80 something kilograms. My weight gain came fast and unannounced, largely because I gorged on basically everything and became addicted to Coca cola, so much so that I could have 2 bottles everyday. I also became addicted to junk food gotten from various fast food joints because I couldn’t eat what I cooked myself.
    One thing I’ve learnt from your experience is that its never too late to take that step to lose weight no matter how hard it may seem and how challenging it is. For my own weight loss journey, I have started portion control with regards to food (since I have ulcer, I cant follow any drastic diet plan). I have also started exercising- Cardio workouts, jogging, aquacise/swimming, circuits). My weight goal is between 60 and 65 by mid 2014. I want to take it easy since I am still breastfeeding. Once again, thanks for your inspirational story Nelly Agbogu…

  67. Nosey

    December 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I love this girl and her brutal honestty.

  68. adelegirl

    December 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Truly inspiring Nelly. I check out your blog occasionally and you’ve made usch wonderful amazing progress. I look at your before and after pictures and they trul inspire me- if Nely can do it, I can too. I weigh 81kg and only want to lose 16kg- dropping to 65kg but it seems almost insurmountable from where I am now. I’ll check out this Cambridge Diet as I also need a Push. I bought Jillian Michaels’ 30day shred DVD a month ago but yet to use it. NO more excuses. I only just need to START! Thanks Nelly. All the best in your weightloss/fitness journey. Keep it up!

  69. Chinny

    December 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    depends on where u live. They make use of consultants. Mine stays in ph. Her name is Preye…. 08023379279. She will really be of help.

  70. Onye

    December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    She’ll put it all back on when she starts eating
    normally.

  71. Efee

    December 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Nelly, what an amazing inspiration you are!!! U GO girl!!!
    @ Onye, did you read the entire story? If you did….what a pathetic thing to say…imagine if Nelly had people like you around her when she was @ her heaviest. I”m sure she would not have come this far…and please don’t give the B/S of giving a realistic comment. #dumbass

  72. mba

    December 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    wwoow…well done

  73. Do unto others as you'd have them do to you

    December 20, 2013 at 12:14 am

    How very inspiring! Thank you so very much Nelly for sharing. I know a friend who could do with your story this very moment. I doff my hat to you! You are mighty blessed to be surrounded by people that love you and want the best for you, cheering you on every step of the way. Well done girl and best wishes!

  74. Onye

    December 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    @Onye I too have lo0st a lot of weight. I did that by portion control of the food I love to eat. Yes the weight went off slowly but I know I will never put the weight back on ever again because I am eating a balanced diet and also eating in moderation the foods that I love. The food she is eating now are not a balanced diet. So calm down!!

  75. Onye

    December 20, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I meant @Efee

  76. anonymous

    December 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

    @ Onye … balanced diet ? so much beef… u really wish ur story was up here instead of hers.. get a life it works alot.

  77. frances

    December 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Kudos,kudos,Congrats Nelly!
    Ur journey has been so inspiring to people like me on their weightloss journey too.ur posts and updates on bbm kEep me on track also. Cheers to meeting the mark.it will end in praise!
    And oh,Adele,I am also 81kg right now with aim to get to 65kg.we can do it,it is VERY possible.I was actually 98kg b4 now and I have 16kg to go.determination,patience,selfcontrol,hardwork and fixing our eyes on the prize does it. It will end in praise.

    http://imperfectlyperfect92.wordpress.com

  78. ebere

    December 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks nelly u r an inspiration. Ur story motivated me to do smetin bout my weight gain.The highest iv ever weighed b4 childbirth was 59kg. I was in d slim department, bt suddenly after marriage & during preggy days I added more dan 20kg. It was so disappointing as my clothes ddnt fit again. Post pregnancy I kept adding cos I tot I needed to eat much cos on ws doin xclusyv.I went 2 sizes up & my tummy was always a topic of discussion among relatyvs, colleagues & friends. 8months later I found out I was expecting again. I’m yet to deliver & I seriously nid to shed dis massive weight. I want to get bak my shape & flat tummy bak but don’t knw how. I sincerely nid help. Thanks & God bless

  79. Mpho

    December 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Wow, you are my inspiration!

  80. the mane captain

    December 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    congratulations Nelly. Your mom is a power woman to walk up the stairs with you. You look absolutely beautiful. I was just wondering if your diet is still the same or have you introduced regular food into it?
    themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

  81. *####*

    December 31, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I can relate to this being overweight too esp. after chilbirth, currently at 130+kg and am so embarrased and sad about it. Recently, someone recorded my snoring and when i played it back it sounded like a pig grunting *nasty*. My clothes don’t ever fit and am tired of people telling me i will look prettier if i lost a little weight. There was actually a time i was a size 14 and i tot i was at my biggest then but i wonder what to say to myself now, i’m currently struggling to fit into a size 22, emarrasing. My dear Nelly, keep up the good work,,,,,,more grease to your elbow.

  82. DocDiva

    January 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Nelly! I am extremely proud of you! I have practically gone through this journey with you, yet I cried while reading this story. It was all tears of joy 🙂 Then I had to give you a standing ovation! To share your story and journey with the world is beyond inspirational! If this is not a success story then I do not know what is! Congratulations girl, you look beyond Fabulous!!!! You Go Girl!!!

  83. Blue

    January 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Hilarious! the emphasis on the eating “MY CAKE” in MY
    PRESENCE”. Kudos!!!

  84. funmi

    October 20, 2014 at 7:33 am

    i am 35 years, weight 130kg and i am just 5″2 tall. how can i lose 50kg in 6 months. how much does the Cambrige solution cost and how do i cope given that i leave work at 10:30pm everyday and have tio resume work at 6:00am everyday.

    i will be grateful to hear from you as i have started having back ache, leg ache, with pregnant like belly… i am so ashamed of my self

  85. ty (typearls lifestyle)

    October 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Inspired

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