FitSpiration: Leena Omair
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Winner of Season 2 of The Body Challenge, 8 week Body Transformation Challenge with over AED 30,000 worth of cash and prizes to be won for the most dramatic transformations. The challenge is to transform your body as much as possible by the end of the 8 week time frame, using recommended meal plans, exercise programs and online support.
What were the most important factors in helping you reach your goal & win the challenge?
The first factor is definitely having my father with me during the challenge. It used to be very difficult to convince my father to take a walk or make less rice at dinner. However, that person is of the past because my father now holds the title of Season 1's Most Inspirational Man. Seeing how far he has come and having him with me helped me better myself. I realized that exercising and eating clean are not about punishing yourself for the past, but about working towards a better happier future starting from today.
The social aspect of the boot camps helped me a lot more than expected. First of all, everyone was just as excited about cheat meals as I was! This helped me feel like I wasn't wrong to like food. Second of all, seeing that people of all shapes and sizes are putting in so much effort to improve their health, fitness, and spirit gave me a sense of purpose, belonging, and hope.
What barriers / challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
I dedicated a lot of my time so that I could put 100% of my effort into reaching my goals. So despite being home from college, I could not eat freely and to my heart's content. I knew that nutrition plays a huge part if I want to see the results though, so I stayed committed. I also had to be up early and be ready for my internship right after my morning workouts. That meant pushing myself to use the "not-so-clean" gym shower almost every day for 8 weeks in order to avoid being late. I was unwilling to give up my workouts, and so I pushed past any small or big challenges I faced. Physically, I also had asthma and, mentally, I initially did not want to be on the meal plan, so that required a change of mindset on my part.
How has improving your fitness levels and overall health changed your day-to-day life?
I'm happier and more positive. I've gone down from 42.3% body fat to 29% body fat. In addition to this, I have abandoned my asthma inhaler! I'll never forget when my personal trainer, Lee Ryan, told me that I should leave it at home! That was the best result I had and it was definitely my turning point. It continues to motivate me to move forward with this new positive frame of mind and lifestyle of being more conscious of how active and clean I should be and can be.
What advice would you give people with similar goals?
Just because you messed up yesterday doesn't mean you can't start over today. It's always your choice. Don't punish yourself, better yourself. Nothing worth achieving is going to be 100% easy, but it is definitely worth the effort and time. Be patient and determined. Just keep going and you'll see results because no matter what you're better off with this new active lifestyle. Know that this whole transformation is like a continuum and not a race. So it doesn't matter how fast you get there, who gets there first, or who has accomplished perfection. Just the fact that you are working towards your goal and continuously working to stay in good health, fitness and spirit is what is important and perfect. Do this for yourself and not for anyone else, because you're the one who's going to have to commit and see it through in order to see results.
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Posted by FitnessLink
on Sun, 31st May, 2015