After struggling with her weight for most of her life, Zandy Qampi knew it was time to change.
Developing a healthy relationship with food was a constant struggle for Zandy Qampi. She was the chubby kid growing up. Once she reached her teen years, she became more conscious of her weight and tried to eat healthy food. Her family didn’t eat correctly and therefore Zandy didn’t have the correct knowledge of how to eat to lose weight. This meant that all her attempts to get in shape failed. The constant disappointments lead to an eating disorder at 17. As scary as it is to admit now, at that age, she believed the bulimia was helping. She knew the complications that the disorder could cause but she desperately wanted a slimmer body. The weight loss that resulted from her unhealthy eating habit was temporary though, as once she had children it was back to square one! All the weight piled back on, like never before. Only this time it seemed like it was harder to lose. The worst part was going shopping and not being able to find anything that fit her. She hated that she needed to go to the ‘bigger women section’ and couldn’t buy the clothing she dreamt of wearing. Now at a point where she hated her body, she realised enough was enough! It was time to make a change.
Calorie counting for weight loss
Zandy then began calorie counting. This approach worked for her as she could still eat normal food (not just boiled eggs and vegetables, which had never made her full). She loved that she could still enjoy her favourite chocolate treats in moderation. With calorie counting, you don’t need to exclude a certain food type. You can eat anything, as long as you consume the correct amount of calories per day. There are also calculators that give you an idea of the amount of calories you should eat for the body to function optimally. It also takes your activity level into account. With this way of eating, Zandy reduced her portions. Before starting her weight loss journey she would heap food onto her plate. So, portion control was her biggest challenge.
Changing her routine
After cleaning up her diet, she enlisted the help of a personal trainer for her workouts. After a while it got too expensive to maintain so she decided to exercise on her own. At first, she exercised for two hours a day, but after educating herself about weight training, she cut her time in the gym to one hour. Zandy decided she didn’t need a personal trainer; all she needed were the pages of fitness magazine. She would follow the workouts and read about how other females reached their weight loss and fitness goals.
As they say, it takes four weeks for you to notice a difference, eight weeks for your close friends and family and 12 weeks for the rest of the world. It was much the same for Zandy, but once people started to notice and compliment her on her weight loss, she knew she had found the winning formula.
“I enjoyed every part of the journey. Especially, looking into the mirror and seeing a different person every day.”
Despite the enormous progress Zandy has made, she maintains that her transformation journey is not over. “I am not where I want to be yet,” she admits.
Now the 34kg-lighter project administrator has a new lease on life. She is healthier, fitter and has more energy for her daily activities. And, the best part is she’s doing it all in smaller jeans- and loving it.
- Biggest accomplishments: Went from a size 42 to 30, has made her kids proud, and has enrolled into various fitness courses.
- Best advice: Stop crash dieting, eat everything in moderation, remember you are what you eat and avoid negative people.
- Favourite health food dish: Any type of seafood with vegetables
- Favourite training move/routine: Kettlebell squats on a bosu ball
- Must-use supplements: I just take vitamins
- Top diet tips: Control your portions, eat regularly, plan your daily menu, and keep a food diary
- Before weight: 89kg
- Before BMI: 37.04
- After weight: 55kg
- After BMI: 22.89
- Age: 40
- Career: Project administrator
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.