Overcoming adversity to lose weight
Stoke-on-Trent member Smaira Malik has overcome adversity in her quest to reach her weight loss target. In just over 18 months, Smaira has reduced her weight dramatically – falling from 16 stone down to 9 stone. This has been an incredible transformation, filled with struggles and battles along the way.
Smaira’s health began to deteriorate and she had a miscarriage as well as the tragedy of a still born baby. As a result of these incidents, Smaira decided it was time to lose weight and put her health and fitness towards the top of her priority list. Juggling a busy family life makes fitting in exercise and attending the gym a lot more difficult.
“I was focused on bringing up my children and devoting my time to family. After an ankle operation I was embarrassed about my weight and scared of getting diabetes and arthritis. I needed to make a change.”
'Xercise4Less classes gave me confidence'
At Xercise4Less gyms we have an array of fitness classes which have been specifically designed to suit a range of fitness needs, helping our members to achieve their goals and targets in the process. Smaira regularly attends classes to help with her weight loss journey, and they have helped fill her with confidence and motivation to succeed.
“Before attending classes I just did low intensity workouts. Within 12 weeks I switched to high intensity training, which led me to classes.”
“The classes helped me immensely, not just physically but also mentally as the more I attended the more confident I felt as I was able to face different people from different backgrounds with contrasting physiques on a daily basis.”
The classes in which Smaira participates in are; BODYATTACK, BODYCOMBAT, HIIT as well as Bums, Legs and Tums.
'Using family support to motivate me'
We all have our sources of motivation and inspiration in life, and for Smaira, her drive was through her loving and supportive family – keeping her motivated through every step of her weight loss journey.
“With the support of my amazing family I have been able to stay determined regardless of results. I always hoped the goals would be achieved and I have found through this I am a very strong-willed person. I look back on what I have achieved already, and this helps me to continue.”
Eat well to keep the weight off
Smaira knows that eating well both pre and post exercise will help her to maintain her weight loss, giving her the best chance of meeting the ideal weight. She gave us an insight in to what she eats to try and be as healthy as she possibly can.
“My diet is made up of high protein meals, including chicken, eggs and salad boxes. I reduced my sugar intake and do not allow myself any cheat days, so I snack on plenty of fruit and always try to have veg!”
“This is a real struggle at times, especially when the kids are off school. I fear going off track but I take each day as it comes and I can proudly say I survive them.”