Hi, I am Hannifah. I am 31 years old and work in Private Insurance.
1. What sparked your transformation journey?
I began my transformation journey from the need to change my outlook on life and to be a healthy happy individual. Over the years I had absentmindedly been gaining weight which was having a negative effect on me. I made the decision to do something about it as I couldn’t go on being depressed and unhappy every time I looked into the mirror.
2. How long have you been on this journey
All up I’ve been training (solidly and consistently) for 2 years.
3. Which physical activities did you participate in during your journey?
At the beginning I was training with Nyree twice a week and 4- 5 days training by myself. And on the weekends I would do the 1000 steps with my girlfriends.
4. How did your eating habits change?
Before I started to seriously train with the help of Nyree and by myself, I thought cutting down my calorie intake and eating virtually just salads was going to help, however it didn’t. My eating habits are now nutritious and balanced with the knowledge I gained through Personal Training.
5. What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner?
Depending on my training for the day (i.e. weight training day or non-weight training)
Eggwhite omelette with a cup of vegetables or Oats with blue berries and couple table spoons of Greek yogurt
Ranges from almonds, green tea, protein shake or Greek yoghurt and berries, or salmon/ red meat with salad of vegetables and some brown rice/ quinoa
Protein (chicken, red meat or salmon), salad or vegetables (brown rice or quinoa depending on the training I’ve done that day… weights vs non weights)
6. What is your favourite fitness activity?
Weight training is my absolute favourite! You can really feel your body being pushed to its max. I also feel this is what I get the most results from as well. I love training my legs!
7. What did you most struggle with on this journey and how do you overcome this?
My self-confidence was a massive wall to get over. I wasn’t confident in myself that I could achieve my goal. With the help of Nyree I overcame all my insecurities as she taught me what my body needed nutritionally and trained me hard. She also devised personalised meal and exercise plans tailored to my goals which made them achievable. After seeing results in a matter of weeks my confidence sky rocketed and the past was behind me with a bright future in arms reach.
8. What do you do now to maintain your physique?
The key to marinating my physique is consistency. I eat clean, regularly fuel my body and I train for around 1 hour a per gym session 4- 5 days a week. I like lifting heavy weights and HIIT training.
9. How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid cravings etc (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?
I don’t crave junk food anymore, sure there are times I do, but these rare. I guess for me personally, I know what junk food does to your body in comparison properly fuelling the body. Having been trained by Nyree, this also gave me knowledge on how to get the best out of your body. Once you know what is lurking in your favourite junky snacks you know it’s not worth that bag of chips or packet of chocolate.
It’s also really important to listen to your body and learn what it needs as opposed to those sugary or savoury junk snacks you are ‘craving’. You’ll find that the quick fix/treat wasn’t what you actually needed and it won’t satisfy you.
In regards to training/ being active, I go straight after work so there’s no stopping me. I also feel amazing after each workout so it’s always a positive for me to train as my body loves it as well as my mind.
10. What advice do you have for someone looking to get started with their fitness journey but not sure where to begin?
Think about what it is you want to achieve, then set yourself a goal. Give yourself a reasonable time frame to reach your goal, something attainable. Do your research, do you know how to achieve this do you have the processes in place to be successful? It’s really important to be honest with yourself as well, keep a food and exercise journal, this will help you a lot as you can write in what you eat every day and what you’ve done at the gym (keeps you on track and give you direction).
If you aren’t confident with picking up a piece of equipment/ not sure how to use a machine at the gym, just ask a staff member, they will be more than happy to assist.
Alternatively, consider the assistance of a Personal Trainer, even if it is only for a month to 6 months or longer. A Personal Trainer can offer expertise in health and fitness and work with your to attain your goal and keep you focused and on track.
11. What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?
I honestly thought it would be just dieting and some type of cardio (sounds easy right?!)
I was very wrong and I won’t lie, it was hard work and in every gym session; be it with Nyree or myself I always gave in 100% every time. I was disciplined with what I ate, I stuck to my meal plans and rarely had a cheat meal. I trained really hard 4-5 days a week for an hour each session. So! I was very wrong in thinking just dieting and cardio would be a quick and easy fix for me.
Another huge misconception I had was that lifting weights would make me big. It actually has the opposite effect. Lifting weights leans and trims your body!
12. Do you have any fitness inspirations? Who are they?
Emily Skye and Nyree Ward (nee Cartwright)!
I try not to focus on any Instagram fitness models as sometimes the photos posted aren’t always what they actually look like! It’s not healthy to focus on what other women look like and wanting to have a body like theirs as very ones bodies are different and unique.
13. How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)?
My Instagram page: le_hunnibb