My fitness journey has been one of the most amazing experiences, entirely because of the inspirational women that have come into my life. This week’s feature for My Daily Inspo Series is the gorgeous and oh so kind-hearted Nikki Peeriyalal. Nikki follows the LCHF diet also know as Banting. This SAHM is also a serious cross-fitter and has successfully lost 36 kg since her journey began 2 years ago.
1. When did your weight become an issue?
My weight became an issue when I looked at a photo of myself taken on the 3rd of January 2016 at my cousin’s wedding. I couldn’t believe I was so large and hadn’t even noticed the changes. I often hid behind the comment, “you’re tall so it’s ok to be big!”
2. What was your lightbulb moment that pushed you to lose the weight?
The lightbulb moment didn’t even happen after my moment with this photo. It happened several months after in May 2016. My son told me I couldn’t run with him because he didn’t think I could keep up because I was too fat. He also proceeded to question why I was so fat even after having my baby.
3. What made you decide to start banting?
In May 2016 on my son’s birthday, I made him a promise that a year from that day I would be healthier and fitter. I made him a promise that I’d be able to do any strenuous exercise with him.
4. How much have you lost to date?
I wasn’t initially going for a goal weight as I don’t believe in the BMI method. So I worked on a goal dress size. I worked towards a size 36. On my 1 year anniversary of banting, I comfortably fitted into a size 36 and had lost 35 kilos. I really couldn’t believe it was that much!
5. As a mom of three, how do you find balance in your life?
Let’s just say that I wing it. However, keeping meal plans and ideas at the fore helps bring balance. I’m lucky that my older children are almost the same age. So I don’t have that much of a disruption with routines. I’m strict about sticking to schedules and meal plans. If there are a sudden unfortunate obstacles in my way, I improvise whilst still sticking to clean eating.
6. What has kept you motivated when you were feeling down?
There were many people who told me that they know my personality and that I am the kind who gives up when things get too hard. I don’t ever recall being that way, so I was even more determined when I was feeling down, to continue and achieve my goal. It was always so difficult to eat clean while everyone else in the family refused to join me. So I was alone on this journey and had to prove them all wrong. The lack of encouragement and belief in me was all the motivation I needed.
7. What is your biggest struggle – food, exercise or temptation?
Right now, I don’t have a struggle because I’ve become used to this lifestyle. However during my first year, my struggle was exercise and temptation. More exercise because I had last done it in high school. So I was extremely unfit and I felt I couldn’t do it.
8. How has your weight loss affected your relationships?
Weight loss and relationships: It’s amazing how people see you differently when you lose weight. They’re always full of compliments as well as questions. But I find I’m more approachable now. My husband in particular is loving my curves and muscles. We talk a lot more and I’m able to encourage him and others daily to keep trying to make healthier decisions. Weight loss brought me closer to my husband because I’m no longer hiding in a fat body and not dealing with things. I’m confident and at ease now, so automatically I feel more drawn to him and others and them to me.
9. Lastly, tell us what your tagline is.
It’s a Maya Angelou quote – “Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better.”
Even though I haven’t met Nikki in person she is what you would call an Insta Friend. Neither distance nor meeting in person has stood in the way of her encouraging me to push harder, eat cleaner and continue on my journey. Her support means the world to me. Nikki lives to encourage, inspire and motivate people on a daily basis through her Banting Beauties page on Facebook. Nikki is a lifestyle and wellness consultant focusing on the low carb lifestyle for all ages.