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A healthy lifestyle is invaluable, and at BellaNaija we strive to put out the message of living healthy – working out and eating right. We also proudly showcase stories of people who have gotten on the healthy train and are making something out of it {Click here to read some inspiring weight loss stories} Today, we’re sharing Cheliz‘ story with you to motivate you to hop on the lifestyle train! Luckily, it’s never too late to make that change.

We hope you’re inspired by her story.

Who I Am
My name is Cheliz, I am a wife and a mum to 2 lovely boys. I am a graduate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I was a banker for 4years, currently a weight loss and wellness blogger, entrepreneur in Nigeria. Health wise, all was not well. I had constant joint pains in my knee, also serious pelvic pains from post-delivery of my first baby, I suffered high cholesterol levels too. I used to eat loads of junk food, sweets, sodas, sugary drinks, chocolates, pastries, etc. I loved late night meals, you know, snuggling in bed after work, with a plate of cookies and a bottle of coke after dinner at about 10pm.

Deciding To Lose Weight
I had always been overweight, but the height of it was when I got pregnant with my second baby in March of 2012. I was depressed, I kept adding and adding, I got so big, skin was dark, I felt very ugly. I turned to food sometimes for comfort and I lived a very sedentary life. One day, about 2 months before giving birth to my baby, I saw a picture of my friend that had lost a lot of weight, I asked her how she did it, she said it was basically by eating clean and exercising, hmmmm….. 1st of February 2013, a month after I had my second baby, I knew it was time to lose all the excess weight, this time for good. So I began my journey.

First Steps, Baby Steps
First, I got me a digital scale, weighed myself, and took measurements of my body using a measuring tape. I wrote this down in my book. I took 1 picture, which I regret, I should have taken more. I was too shy. I also did some research on health foods and how to lose weight while breastfeeding. I didn’t want to wait till I weaned my baby before I began. When I started my journey, I weighed 109.9kg. My target weight was 74kg.

According to my BMI I had to lose about 35kg to be at a healthy weight range. I had a target weight of 74kgs. I didn’t reach that weight, but I got very close. I weighed 75kgs at a point.

Bumps Along The Ride
Some of the challenges I faced were; getting a constant supply of fresh items, this meant going to the market regularly. Also cooking my own meals regularly were a bit tedious coupled with nursing a new baby. The idea of eating strictly clean foods, whew! I totally deprived myself of junk food, It was hard, but I conquered.

I hit weight loss plateaus on 3 different occasions, at first when it happened, I didn’t understand, I was angry and sad, because no matter how hard I worked, the scale just wouldn’t move. I did my research and I worked very hard and tried different things to get out of it quick which I did. The second and third time it happened, I knew exactly what to do. I must add that Patience is key here. Weight loss isn’t the same for everyone, it definitely isn’t magic, you must wait it out.

Overcoming & Finding Encouragement
I overcame these challenges by making sure I had a constant supply of fruits and ready meals in the pot or fridge, I cooked most of my meals in advance and froze them. I didn’t allow myself lack fruits and snacks at home. And one thing is that, once you start eating clean, you hardly crave junk, so I was good.

At difficult times, I would read my Bible; I derived joy and strength from the word of God, yes for real. It kept me going. Then I discovered I was motivating a lot of people to lose weight and get healthy. I had to start a blog, so I could share my stories and routines. These kept me going.

I got encouragement from family and SOME friends. At first my mum and dad were skeptical. They didn’t understand why I was so determined to do this, they feared for my life, they thought I wasn’t eating well. My husband doubted my potential to lose the weight at first, but when he saw how well I was doing, he began to support me. He bought me what I needed, and encouraged me. Basically when everyone saw how serious I was and the weight was actually coming off, they started helping me and encouraging me. It took a while though.

Oh, Look…CHANGE
within the first week of my clean eating, I lost 3.8kg, by the end of February 2013, I had lost 7.8kg. I noticed some physical changes, but people didn’t start noticing till I had lost about 12kgs. By mid March 2013, I weighed about 95kgs. The comments started flowing.

Weightloss Buddies
I am a lone ranger. I prefer to work out alone but, in the first few months, I had weightloss buddies, we were on a BBM group chat. We basically encouraged each other, and shared our meals. It was fun and encouraging. It is pays to have weight loss buddies; everyone needs 1 once in a while. They will keep you going 80% of the time. They will be your pillar of support when times are tough, when you lose hope. But, if you are a lone ranger, then go for it.

Lifestyle Changes
Immediately I made the decision to lose weight, I found that eating anything without a plan was not the right way to go. I had to get organized. I went ahead and developed a meal plan for myself which I used. I had a very strict diet which consisted of fruits, veggies, complex carbs, proteins etc. I didn’t eat any processed or chemical laden meals. It was all clean and home cooked. I cooked my meals myself and never ate outside my home, for a long time. I followed my strict eating plan which helped me a lot. I was very disciplined. I kept upgrading this meal plan as I lost weight till I got to my ideal weight.

Secondly, I developed workout plans too. I structured my workout in a way that I maximized my time. Its not about the length of time, its about the type of workout one does. I started working out even while breast feeding. I downloaded different exercise apps, I got me a skipping rope and a set of dumbbells. I also bought some workout DVDs which I still use till date. All my workouts were done in my home. I only tested the gym after a few months. Home workouts is my first love.

Working Out
I work out for at least 1 hour daily. First I jog for at least 40 minutes, and then follow up with core and strength training. On days when I have more energy, I workout for 2 hours. When I started I did morning and evening workouts at least 4 times a week.

Almost Throwing In the Towel
Many times, people asked if I was hungry or sick, I got a lot of negative comments that made me think. “was I really doing the right thing?” I wanted to stop and go back to my old life. To be honest, I felt like giving up on weight loss and blogging a couple of times, but I wake up most mornings, wanting to exercise, craving my green tea and apples again. I decided to eliminate the negativity and surround myself with good people. I always go my grove back, one way or the other. It’s my life now. *giggles* When God has a plan, no one can stop it.

Structuring My Meals
I was very determined, I hardly ate at parties, I made sure I had fruits in my bag while I was out of the house, I had my water also. I left no room for mistakes. I was determined to offload the weight. I surrounded myself with health books, videos and people that loved what I was doing. I hardly got distracted. I started seeing food as a source of fuel for my body and not a source of happiness. I made a rule to eat only when hungry. I cheated once in a while but I didn’t make it a habit. I tried to cheat with things like popcorn, 70% cocoa chocolates, ice tea etc.

I have structured and well planned meal plans that I created myself. They are mostly Nigerian meals. But they are structured to maximize weight loss. It’s all about eating the right thing at the right time in the right amount. In just 1 week, I see results.

Chelizruby (10)

Awkward Stares
I get a lot of stares from people almost on a daily basis, even though they see me all the time. Initially they thought I did some sort of surgery, or I drank some weight loss juices or pills, lol. One particular lady keept asking me to share my secret, to give her the name of the pills or drink I took so she can get some. I just laugh at those kind of comments. I am used to the questions and stares now. Some people I meet at stores or events hardly recognize me, while some are still full of doubt.

Where I Am Now
Currently, I weigh 77kg. It took me about 9 months to get to 75kgs from the start date. I’m comfortable at 77kg today. I came from a dress size 22(US) to a dress size 8(US) today. My routine is still very much the same, but not as strict. I work out for 6 days a week on an average of 1hr daily (mostly home workouts) I drink a lot of water and have my fruits and veggies regularly. I also own a weight loss blog www.theshapecube.blogspot.com which is my support system. I developed different meal plans (like I said earlier) which I used; I still follow them till date. I also do this for interested individuals, to aid them in their weight loss.

Practical Tips To Follow
Weight loss is a very tough thing to do, but it is very doable. Personally I don’t believe in using certain drinks or fad diets to lose weight. Yes, you will lose the weight initially, but can you sustain it? You have to be patient, set goals, stay focused and find your support system. Understand your body and know that what worked for ‘Mr A’ might not work for you. Generally eating clean and exercising works for everyone. You need to be patient while eating healthy wholesome meals, add exercise to that and the weight will creep out gradually. Determination is key.

Lessons Learned
Losing weight has changed my life. I have respect for food, and my body. I feel younger, youthful, I am healthier, no more body pains and I feel energetic. My brain is constantly working and I am happier. I didn’t think I will ever allow myself go back to the ‘overweight me’ by the grace of God. It has led me to what I do for a living now, I discovered myself while losing the weight. Today, I make a living and I derive joy from helping people lose weight and stay healthy and fit.

79 Comments

  1. susan

    November 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    very inspiring story ,all I can say is a big waaaooow!

  2. Elizabeth

    November 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Congratulations to her, she looks much more happier

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth, I sure am. God bless.

  3. Toyin

    November 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    bravo,am interested in ur weight loss tips pls get in touch

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks Toyin.

    • Lana Clarke

      November 30, 2014 at 12:21 am

      PS: When you want something, you go for it. BN has provided her blog information so YOU should be reaching out to her and not the other way around. You didn’t even provide your contact info. How is she supposed to reach you?

  4. Abbie

    November 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Cheliz darlyn, you have inspired so many women to lose weight. you are currently responsible for helping me bring my sexy back. God bless and empower you . DA

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Woohoo! Thanks DA. Rock on babe!

  5. Toyin

    November 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Bravo! Am interested pls get in touch

  6. Amanda

    November 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    My fitness coach!!! Coach of life!! I’m so proud of u.. We all are. Thanks to her I’ve lost about 9.8kgs since I started my weightloss journey in August.. Tnks to her too I have a fit fam. Amazing people. So happy with my new body and I’m not even done yet.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Amanda. God bless you darling. proud of you too!

  7. purplesivy

    November 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I am really inspired by your drive.
    I am currently on a weight loss programme too…was 77kg 6weeks ago to 72.3kg now. It’s not a small journey but I will conquer. My target weight is 60kg. I wouldn’t mind if you can share your meal plans with me.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Congrats on that loss. Come on over to my blog lets talk. Stay strong!

  8. sweetpie

    November 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Welldone cheliz rubby! You inspire me alot. Am soo proud of you dear. We got your back darling. Keep the spirit.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks SweetP. God bless ya!

  9. BEAUTIFULNBLESSED

    November 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    WOW!, WELL DONE. YOU LOOK AMAZING.

  10. chee

    November 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Oh I love this,I read your blog after I had my baby and it inspired me to loose weight, lately I felt i’m looking skinny so I decided to eat up a little but after this post,i’m not going back to where I came from *no way*#fitnessalldway#

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Hahahahaha @eat up a little. Dont let the little turn to much o. Thanks, God bless.

  11. Peju Lasisi

    November 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Yes. This is truly inspiring. She has been very consistent and has touched soooo many lives. Visit her blog for more information. I am soooo proud of you Chelli Chels………. Bonez says so…

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Bonez. my chic!

  12. Lala Montana

    November 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Dats my Darling Cheliz! Fitnes Bebe of life… Shes done so so well on this fitness journey in the most healthy and natural way possible. Truly motivating and she keeps it real no lies or shortcuts. Proud of u dearie

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      lol! Thanks babe, God bless you biko!

  13. Lippy

    November 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    WOW!!! Finally a weight loss story i respect. the key words in this story are DISCIPLINE and DETERMINATION. Kudos dear.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks Lippy, God bless.

  14. Tosin

    November 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Respect!
    If you can do this, you can do anything 🙂

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Sure, there is no limit, i’m still pushing forward. Thanks Tosin.

  15. nola

    November 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    chai and I was going to make lemon cake at home ooo..

  16. Ify Kanu

    November 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    We started this journey mid-way together but your way ahead. I have no excuse not to catch up especially after my most recent delivery. Thanks for inspiring me & alot of others. keep my slot open in “cheliz clinc” (in my husband’s words…, lol).

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Ify, you know I’m here for you. Ever ready. Thanks luv.

  17. poison ivy

    November 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks love
    I weigh 72kg & I want to lose the xtra weight
    My aim is to cut down from size 8 to 4,chi you are officially my guide

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      It all depends on you, if you work hard, you will get there.. Thanks.

  18. Pat

    November 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Mz. Cheliz, my “Shero”, thanks for being an inspiration. I believe in your ministry :).

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Pat Pat! Thanks luv. I never see your eye oooo.

  19. MiSSB

    November 28, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Cheliz Dear, you have done so well. Thanks for inspiring me to do this. I have lost 13kg since I met Cheliz in June. You are always there to encourage and push me. I feel good from the inside, I am inspired to take pictures everyday now compared to the days I was so ashamed of ME. God bless you dearest Coach of life. MissB

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Oh MissB, i am so proud of you. You have come a loong way girl, check out your pictures!!! Thanks for sticking with me, i am humbled.

  20. tunmi

    November 28, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Wow, well done. And thank you for your honesty. Thank you for including the foods (fruits and vegetables) as well as exercise (cardio and weight lifting). You look so healthy, thank you for being proactive with your health.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Tunmi. God bless.

  21. Honeycrown

    November 28, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Good for you! I love that polka dot dress & you look FAB. Best wishes

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:22 am

      Thanks a lot honey, i will keep the dress for u, lol

  22. Fabulicious

    November 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I know the feeling of loosing weight and people think you are sick or even have one serious health condition but using side eye to envy you from their kitchen window*sighs*God bless you ChelizRuby. You are a source of inspiration.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:32 am

      Hahahahahaha!! You feel me sis. God bless you biko!

  23. $exyD

    November 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve been lazying around the exercise subject but right now, I intend going back to my original 68kg from 90kg that i’m weighing…I don’t care how long so help me God!
    I’m gonna follow Mz Cheliz to also realise my dream!

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:31 am

      yess o, we shall do this together. I got ur back!

  24. Nelo

    November 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    My loving Coach, am so proud of you. She does not only help you lose weight but she also make you love and discover yourself. Thanks Coach.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Thanks my Nelo. God bless you darling.

  25. Flora

    November 28, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    My coachie of life, you need to visit her blog.Cheliz is very inspiring and always ready to answer your questions no matter how stupid you think they sound.God bless you.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:30 am

      Hey Flo!! God bless you dear.

  26. judith

    November 28, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I’m really inspired… been trying to loose some weight for a while now. Wit this i’m more determined to succeed. Good job

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:29 am

      Stay strong dear, you can do this. Thanks.

  27. OBY OKOLIE

    November 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Babes, thing is that I can’t even recall the overweight you. I’ve gotten so used to the current you. So proud of you for being so strong, focused and damn sure beautiful.
    Jisie Ike nne.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:28 am

      Yaay! Thanks Bobby!! Luv ya!!

  28. Temilade

    November 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    This is really inspiring. I had my baby in June and I currently weigh 109kg. I decided to hit the gym to begin my weight loss only for people to tell me that I should relax, that why am I in a hurry! Only for me to realize that I have gained so much weight in the last 2months! I surely will visit your blog. Thanks so much for ‘jump starting me’ lol. God bless you.

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:27 am

      Hmmm, my dear, pls do you. If we listen to every comment people make, we wouldn’t go very far. Make yourself happy first.

  29. yets

    November 28, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    nice one, i used to follow u on the old blog and suddenly could get thru anymore. am glad av found the new one. keep it up

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:26 am

      Yipeee! Thank God for Bellanaija!!!

  30. chi!

    November 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Tanx for sharing!I can relate wit ur story totally cos am a living testimony dat exercising n eating healthy basically lifestyle change works cos I also reduced to 75kg from 99kg in just 6months.determination n d grace of God saw me thru.forget d pills,fasting method,weightloss drinks.it doesn’t workin d longrun.I’ve tried dem all before.u go girl!u look amazing,young n healthy!pls keep it up n maintain dis new u,cos its anoda hardwork to maintain it now!all d best!

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:26 am

      Thanks Chi. Congrats on your weight loss. I dont mind hearing your full story. Pls keep in touch.

  31. Chinwe

    November 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Yay Tochi!! Grreat job! You look fabulous!!

  32. MissBee

    November 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Cheliz, this is a nice and inspiring story, thumbs up! I believe there is always room for improvement cos you are sure going places.. The only thing I is is that *skin dark*. I know you were trying to say you got darker after pregnancy but next time you should rephrase that so that it doesn’t come across as if you are putting down one complexion. Otherwise, go girl! Feggicolla girls are proud of you *wink*

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 6:24 am

      No way dear, i am the last person that would look down on “dark skin” thanks for the correction though. God bless.

  33. Ihavebeenthere

    November 28, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I do know the feeling of losing weight.. I have been there. Before i left Nigerian in 2012, i was weighing 56kg, fast forward to 5 months after, i was struggling to fit into my size 6. I didnt take it serious, a lot of people kept telling me ” oh you are adding weight”..well for me, i felt I was ok. My major weakness was chocolate, yes! chocolate …especially malteasers!!Gosh! I can finish a bucket of malteasers without blinking. I was that addicted to it.. Rice, ice-cream, burgers, pastries were part of my daily routine. I struggle to go to the gym once a week, of which i was never consistent. I moved from a size 6 to 12.

    Finally in Dec 2013, I told myself i need to take my health serious especially after I was diagnosed with PCOS ( Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I started working out. I was really hard for me especially in a -55c weather. I developed an healthier eating habits. I lived on proteins, fruits and vegetables. I cheat with carbs once in a week…11 months down the line, i am so happy with myself. I am back to my size 6, and mostly an xs dress. Alot of people kept asking me what i did and how i did it….My Pastor’s wife had to ask me if i was not going through any hard times. I look at myself in the mirror and i am pleased with how far i have come. I am happy because I decided to lose weight for myself, for my well-being and most especially for my health.

    Sticking to my new weight loss routine has not been without struggle but I find a way to get back on track. Now i can boldly walk pass 100 buckets of Malteasers and i do not ever think i am missing out on anything. Days when i feel like eating anything sweet, i make do grapes, watermelon and bananas. Like someone rightly said “Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale,, work towards living healthy and live your life”…..*sorry for my epistle*

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Thanks so much for your story. The Lord is your strength and please keep it up.

  34. omalichaspeaks.blogspot.com

    November 28, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Lizzy darling. A big well done to you. I remember when you started this weight loss journey o! Like play like play…….you hit target spot on. So proud of you sis.
    Awkward Moments- click my name to read more

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks Omalicha!! God bless you sweety

  35. AA2

    November 29, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Hello Cheliz
    Just like you I have put on a pile of weight after my second baby especially with having the kids back to back and I’m in dire need of a realistic weight loss plan. How do we begin?

    • ChelizRuby.

      November 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Wow! ok, come on over lets do something about it. Thanks

  36. Dayo akinpelumi

    November 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Really inspiring story…the good part of it is the fact you discovered yourself while losing weight and now earn a living and derive joy in helping others lose weight and stay healthy…keep the burn out! #lumisfitness

    • ChelizRuby.

      December 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thanks Dayo. God is ever faithful.

  37. Laura

    December 1, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Wow, i really do love success stories like this, really inspiring.. i’ve always battled my weight and have always been a fat child, but now my case is even worse, am currently a size 16 from 12, my problem is i wake up at 4 am cos my child leaves at 7am. i get back from work at 7pm and go to sleep at 9, weekends am just too tired, i have no nanny, i look after my child. What advise can you offer me pls, am 5’4 so my target weight is 65, but at 75kg am very ok. How do i find strength on weekends

  38. kiki

    December 2, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Good job Cheliz

  39. J

    December 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    You look gorgeous

  40. Delilah Douglas

    December 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Great pics and awesome transformation. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂 Keep the posts coming.

  41. Ogelis

    December 11, 2014 at 7:55 am

    OMG, you are nothing short of inspirational…& a damn fine writer(pardon my language).
    You are my muse girllll.
    You absolutely rockkkk and may I add that you look fab honestly.

  42. rukkie

    April 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

    wow…very inspiring too…I recently lost a ton a weight too about 25kg from 83 to 59kg..I must say I can really relate wt your story…, thumbs up n a wonderful blog u have there

  43. OLIVER

    April 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Cheliz, please is this whole thing for women alone?

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