When looking at awe inspiring before and after pictures of dramatic physical transformations, our reactions to such range from a standing ovation admiration, shock and awe, disbelief to downright envy. I know this because I have covered that whole spectrum myself when looking at other people’s before and after pics. However, I had always wondered what goes on behind the scenes to get to that ‘after’ photo because quite honestly the after photo does not show us that. All we see is a stunning figure gone from flab to fab. Sure, if you speak to someone who has an after photo to show off, one usually gets the summarized version of what they did to get there which sounds as simple and straightforward as a math equation a+b=c, but you do not really get to unpack and learn the good, the bad and the ugly of what that experience entails.

Well, now that I have first-hand experience in walking the journey and have before and after (which is still a work in progress) pics of my own to show off, I thought to share my journey of that ‘behind the scenes’ process with you of getting from the former to the latter.

There’s nothing special about me in the sense that I do not profess to be an expert in fitness and nutrition. I consider myself the average Jane, 31 years of age who performs normal daily household chores leads an average single life of working a 9 to 5 job five days a week and making time for a social life over weekends. Like everyone else who is constantly trying to lose weight, I was plagued by self-doubt, laziness to some degree and a love for food. I would wistfully look pictures of when I had lost huge amounts of weight in the past and looked good, but I had gained it all back and more. I had done it twice before and had been successful, but for some reason this time around I could not for the life of me get the number on the scale to go in the direction I wanted it to go.

Starting out on this journey I did not and still do not have a personal trainer (PT), mainly because I could not afford one on a long-term basis. This I chose to see as positive thing because I wanted to master the discipline of exercising on my own without relying on someone to get me to do it especially if it was to become a lifestyle. Although, don’t get me wrong, PTs are great to have if you have the option and of course financial resources. I chose to go for a more inexpensive option of an expert guiding me on what to eat and giving me personalised targeted exercises to perform in the gym.