Sunday, August 10, 2014

Photos: Lady Whom Nigerian Newspaper Mocked For Being Fat, Tells Her Weight Loss Story

A 25-Year Old lady after being mocked by a Nigerian Newspaper for being fat, said it triggered her, and made her make up her mind to lose the weight. According to her, she went to a function with her mom, and the next day she was already in the newspaper where they called her FAT. She cried, wailed and yelled and said she was going to sue, but later gave up when her lawyer friends said, this is Nigeria, it might not work.

Then she started the weight loss, stopped in between, continued and it was on and off for a while, before she finally made it, and says a size 10 will be her final bus stop. Her story is just like that of most Nigerian ladies who would go on diet, gym and all sort, but stop in between and then continue, and then finally give up, lol. 

But in her own case the third step was erased, she NEVER gave up. Her story and more pictures below.

My name is Ugonnaya Okpara & this is my story…

In 2012 I went for an occasion with my parents in Lagos. The next day, SUN Newspaper (29/01/2012) had a photo of me in my mono strap dress. Oh! The mean & harsh words they used to describe me. What did they not write about me? They called my arms and legs yams. They called me a bag of rice.

I cried the whole day and I am still crying as I write and remember how far I have come from that day. I called all my lawyer friends and cousins to see if I could sue. Story! Where do you want to start suing from in Nigeria?

I started going to the gym immediately but I lasted for only 11 days…I hated it so much. They were 11 long, hard, intolerable days for me. 2012 went by with me just relaxing, taking Green W pills & eating my youth away…Sigh! Mind you, the Green World pills NEVER worked.

On this journey, I did not try any product, Chinese tea or any sort of slimming pill. I workout and go hard and I eat right!

2013 – THE YEAR OF DIETS.

I tried it all. From Maple Syrup diet to Atkins diet to Dukan diet, Water therapy…I did them all and yes! they all worked…but I still ate. During these diets, I’ll still hide to eat ice cream. I remember how I used to get so upset & defensive when you talk to me about my portions or anything anti food…it was always a quarrel. 2013 was productive because I could see changes. I had lost 20kg on my own but I wanted more!

2014 – THE YEAR OF ENLIGHTENMENT

I moved to Abuja for my National Service in November 2013. February 10th 2014 is a memorable day for me. This lady in my PPA saw me and said, “Ah! Corper! It’s like you are adding everyday”. She called me fat with a smile on her face. So casual Mary.

The next day, February 11th I went to a wellness center in Abuja for checkup and to start cardio with a team there. I filled all the forms, did my height and weight measurements. Then it got to the BMI stage. (Body Mass Index (BMI) is an established measure utilized by physicians and health experts to determine weight status (i.e. underweight, overweight or within a healthy weight range).

The guy brought out the BMI machine, put in all my information and gave it to me to hold up. It showed E4. We tried this measurement about 5 times! It was still E4. He had to bring out the manual. The manual said E4 is overweight. E5 is obese…I was just a step away.

He asked me how old I was, when I said 24, he uttered a loud ”Waaaaawwwwuuuu!”(wooooow!). That really pained me. That was the day I started working out and I haven’t stopped since then!

I’ll wake up in the morning and go to Jabi lake park to join the workout team there. I’ll workout, go home and then eat all the wrong things…but I wanted more!


Feb/26/2014 – I decided to try another diet…CAMBRIDGE!

Now from feb 11th to feb 26th I had lost 2.25kg. Whoop!!! Cambridge taught me discipline. It made me a lot stronger. Mind over matter. It took me off carbs completely. It really really helped my journey but I wanted more!

April 14 2014 - I started the gym. I hated it soooo much. The next day I went back…and the next…and the next. I have gone every single day till date.

The gym saved my life! The treadmill really helped my journey as well as weight lifting. As the weight started to come off, the compliments started rolling in. Oh the attention! People gave me workout DVDs (Shaunt, Jillian Michael’s etc). I’ve never been a believer of indoor workouts but because I wanted more I started trying them out at random like around 4am.
I introduced Yoga and Pilates to my workout on June 2nd and I am more flexible now.

A typical day for me

4am: Shaunts insanity
5:30am – 7am: Cardio/kickboxing at Jabi Lake Park Abuja
9am – 5pm: Work
6pm – 7:30pm: Gym;- Treadmill, cycling, weights
9pm – Yoga or Pilates
9:30pm – Sleep!

The cure for me was to workout more than I ate. Whenever I eat, I eat right! I have become a lot stronger and I can breathe better. The positive energy from people helped me as well.

My wonderful family, my amazing friends…you guys that cheered me on from day one! I am thankful for my beautiful friends and family.

On this journey I got closer to God yo! He knew my heart desire and he has been faithful. Days when I just want to sleep, days when I just sit and cry, days when I try to tell myself  “Omo not everyone will be slim o”, He was there to give me strength. I am not the most active but on this journey, the kind of strength I have…sigh! It can be only God. I thank him every single day!

Weight-loss to me is everything. I receive mails from people on the journey and I just say be patient and workout. For it to happen, you have to be consistent, patient, determined and disciplined!

My mind is made up and I’m never going back. Loosing weight is actually very easy. Maintaining your weight is the hardest but with will, power and God on my side, I’ll get to a size 10 and stay there!
  
I hope I inspire and motivate people. The joy and air that comes with loosing weight is magnificent.
Step 1- Make up your mind!
Step 2 – Act on the made up mind.It will surely pay off.
Step 3 – Eat right, count calories & WORKOUT.

Above all, pray!

Well done to everyone on this weight-loss mission. It will surely pay off. Don’t stop pushing. The Lord is our strength!xx







74 comments:

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    1. Ugonna love, I'm inspired, God bless you

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    2. That heisenberg tee DOPE

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    3. How can this be the same person? Wowwww well done and guess what the weight loss suits her. She is so much finer slim. Wowwww is all I can say

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    4. PS you are a fashionista

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  2. If only I can...

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    1. Don't be lazy. Get up and do it. No excuse for being overweight. Work it out and fall in love again with your body.

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    2. Ladun what of her current pictures? Any management or agency for her? Need her for an endorsement. Lads i will send my email and direct office line to you if you can get it across to her it would be highly appreciated

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    3. Hi Weightwatchersnigeria, how does one contact u? Check out my blog www.faddfitnessaddict.com

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    4. Aunty weight watchers she used cambridge diet not weight watchers so plz go and create your own success story and don't try to take credit for another's efforts.

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  3. WOW standing ovation. Is there an email for her ladun?

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    1. Please!! spare the story joor!!!! Am so slim I weight 55/60 nd she say she weights 43. Blablabala. Wth all dis tick hips nd laps.

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    2. Where did she say she weight 43 o. U can lie badbelle

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    3. Yes its possible . You may have heavier bones

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    4. read b4 u type shit11 August, 2014 23:14

      Mumu Olley Cynthia, the 43.5 was her BMI at start of the weight loss. Weight was 148.5kg. Read before u type shit

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  4. AmaZing . This one can do anything - determination

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  5. Wow!!! This lady has given me hope! Please can I have her email address

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  6. Good job girl. Keep it up. If one is not strong one can die from negative comments from people. U have to develop a thick skin. Well in your case it spurred u on. God for u.

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  7. Wooow! I'm sooo inspired!
    Wow... Ladun I weigh 65kg bit compared to my sis... i'm really fat. i'm a size 10 but i'm not as tall as Ugonna so i'm kinda overweight. And people don't hide their comments when they see you. "Look at you elder sis" "you're too fat" "you better watch your weight"... but i'm happy for Ugonna tho. I hit the 11 days wan too... mine was 7days and I gave up. I might not need rigorous workouts like her but I sure need to start running and eating right. Thanks for putting this up! Big ups to Ugonna too!

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    1. Size 10? Fat! Babe not every1 will b skinny. U r not fat. If u r truly a uk10 o.

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    2. @anon 7:12... Lmaooo! Ibk is that you trying to console me here again? If I punch you ehn!!!!!! Lol!

      I really need to go back to my size 8! Tho I know i'm not trying hard enough!

      I love you tho! Mwaah!

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  8. Ugonnaya Okpara's BMI from the card she is displaying here was 43.5 as of 26/02/14.

    That is more and worse than being over weight as of 26/02/14.

    BMI greater than 40 is morbid (severe) obesity, while BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered as being over weight.

    The guy who told her she was over weight then was either being economical with the truth or didn't know what he was doing. This lady could even be writing tales from the moonlight here, to sell us something later.

    In fact, the target BMI for her that is being displayed here is the BMI for being over weight.

    Anyway, any one who does not want to be fat should STOP eating, or go on dietary plan 010 or 001.

    It is as simple as that. You don't need to spend a dime to lose weight.

    If you don't know what dietary plan 010 and 001 are, give me a shoutout and I will tell you what they are.

    The truth is that Ugonnaya Okpara can't be eating doughnuts up and down the whole place and consuming extra large milk shakes every minute and expect not to be fat.

    olu@atlanta.

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    1. Olu@atlanta

      Can you please throw more light on this diet plan of your?

      Thanks

      Funky@manchester

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    2. You've got my attention. Please what is/are 010 and 001? I'm REALLY interested

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    3. Guy! You're really a nuisance! Sit the fuck down and shut up! No one asked you... you sad fu*k!

      You disgust me!

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    4. Olu@atlanta...ure just a sad person. Must u always b bittered abt people's happiness? U need help. Cn u b happy for her?

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    5. 010 means the only meal you have is lunch. 001 means the only meal you have for the day is dinner. It works or just pure portion control. You can still eat but have small portions each time. I eat whatever I want and I am still a size 8 even after 3 kids and 3 C-Section.

      Mayowa

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    6. See them waiting for magic formula, all he's saying is only eat once a day

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    7. Olu@atlanta.. When you first started commenting on Ladun's blog, you made hella sense, but these days, you just sound like am angry mofo.. What the hell is wrong with you child? Calm your titties down.. If you don't have any nice thing to say, please shut up cos you sound like a pained retard!

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    8. This bAbe ain't lying. Known her as obese since QC days. Glad she shed it off.

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  9. Im fascinated .... woow

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  10. Real wow. Good for her. Sure she has Inspired some people. She looks great

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  11. Awesome,it's really not an easy loosing weight. Keep it up.

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  12. Hmmm...I'm happy for you Ugonnaya. I remember you in QC, used to be scared of you considering I was very tiny. Make you no go siddon for my head! Lol! Very happy for you

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  13. Hey ladun please is there an email or contact number?

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  14. There's something about being slim! See how good she looks. Go girl u rock!

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  15. Ladun is there an email or contact number for the lady?

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  16. I am over inspired. I'm goin to buying canvas tomorrow morning

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  17. Wow,she looks so beautiful slimmer,you find dat when u are slim you don't need too much make up or excessive weave on to look pretty.

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  18. I am doing cambridge and in two weeks ave dropped 9 kgs.

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    1. Wots cambridge all abt?

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    2. It's a weight loss programme,please Google it. Cambridge weight plan.

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    3. Cambrigde diet is a food supplement diet. There are quite a few out there like it - Weight watchers, body by vi. The idea is that you consume 1 balanced meal a day with 2 shakes spread out 3 times a day so a shake for breakfast, lunch and a meal for dinner for example. They all work because essentially the diets are about calorie and portion control. For me a much healthier option is having 4 vegetables/2 fruits juices twice a day and a low fat meal for dinner. I'm not a fan of these shakes as they are not natural and the users always end up with bad skin, bad breath and saggy skin.

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  19. She is in this Abuja? What's her social media id or email addy or any form of direct contact. I want a workout bud and to draw strength. She did well#jawdrop

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    1. Her instagram is @duchessugo

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    2. Thankyou anon 23:20 . I have liked up to 50 pictures of the girl. @olualanta u need to visit her instagram page to really understand. Pretty from start to finish. This thing called willpower. Kudos to her

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  20. Wow you go girl turlly inspiring!!!! Keep it up

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  21. This is kinda emotional *sobs. Inspired and motivated

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  22. Cambridge diet works.i knw a girl dat did it. But it's sooooooooooo expensive. And make sure u ask ur doctor b4 embarkin on cambridge diet o!

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  23. I've got the best plan for you all, diet 010 or 100 is a joke from yesteryears! Olu@atlanta y r u confusing the youth? Lol.

    Mail me at Trueform11.tumblr.com I got your answer

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  24. So tru..i can testify to her story..cos have met her severally at jabi lake...Nana s place.

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  25. Olu@atlanta stop ur ignorant comments I don't think donuts was d reason she got big. Big kudos to u Ugo and keep up d good work

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  26. I agree with olu@atlanta: a BMI of 43.5 is morbidly obese. Having said that, that doesn't take away from the fact that she has come a long way. And has done an awesome job. Ask anyone who has tried to loose weight. It isn't easy all you think about is food, food, food. Lol. But it is also unhealthy to loose vast amounts of weight in such a short time which is probably why the cambrige consulltant put her target weight at 25 BMI which is actually overweight. To clarify BMI is in different categories with 19 - 24.9 being normal, 25-29.9 overweight, 30-34.9 obese, 35-39.9 morderate obesity and anything over 40 as severe obesity. Anything less than 18.5 or thereabouts is underweight. I have a couple of friends who have used cambrige and have lost the weight only to put it back on and more a couple of months later. She is right the challenge is in keeping it OFF. Congratulations girl. You are a big inspiration to weight watchers everywhere.

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  27. waoh! i wish my wife can do the same.i have encourage her in every way.hope she read this too.Lanre

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  28. Ugobugo good job baby,you have been such an inspiration and you have worked so hard,amazingggggg now the waaaaawuuuuuuu has changed oh

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  29. @duchessugo on instagram. Thr lady is a beautiful one from fat to slim she still fine.I like seeing fat women drop weight. EniBadmus you see you can do it.We are routing for you

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  30. Ladun please can u ask her permission to be able to write her email Addy or Facebook name , I stay in Abj and I really do need the motivation as I am a size UK 22 and I do want to loose weight

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    1. It's on her instagram na Duchessugo@ymail.com. Loose weight o uk22 na baby elephant

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  31. Please u guys take out time to visit wow.theshapecube.blogspot.com amazing site for weight-loss. There's even a weightloss challenge going on now. August -September. U'd be inspired. Kudos to Ugo.

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  32. I did the cambridge diet for 2months, my first wek on the diet i lost 6kg and after the 2nd month i went from a size 18(down)/16(up) to a size 12(up) and 14(down), after that i totally changed my eating habit for good and worked my way on my won to wher i am ryt now.(size 10), cambridge really works but it takes discipline and determination to do it, cos i wont lie to u, my first week into it(esp the first 4days) was hell for me, bt bcos i was so determined to loose all d weight i did it.

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  33. Good for her! she looks really good either way though. Btw, 9ja guys tot you guys like fat ladies na. Y is everyone going skinny all of a sudden?
    Guys, Do you seek a serious relationship? Try
    BV HookUps

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  34. Beautiful,so my wife get hope be that,ok o

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  35. If the press did not insult you, you would not have arrived at this result. Thank you for doing the right thing, losing the FAT. Beauty emerged from it.

    Stay Happy.

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  36. Pretty girl. She looks good slimma with thick ukwu

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  37. Yeah it's true,we use the same gym in Jabi,was shocked the day her friend showed me her pics,I had just started and was getting discouraged but after seeing her was motivated to continue,wondering why she didn't mention the name of the gym because the instructors there are really good,for those in Abj who need the info it's Top Rank Hotel Galaxy close to Daily Trust Newspaper.

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  38. She also uses a body magic sold by a Venezuelan chic at the gym.

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    1. Ok Madame Venezuela. Body magic or not she has done very well. See the 1st picture .

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    2. Madame Venezuela na market. Strategy abi. Body macgic or not she did well.picture 1 with the stomach transition is she wearing body magic there? Women please learn to be happy for others

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  39. I know her well, she used to be that fat am really happy to see the new her. Am proud of ugonnaya u re just an inspiration to lot of ppl. Keep it up girl. Coming from me uju, ifeoma'cousin

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  40. I need to use her for motivation, does she have a blog?

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