My name is Nimah. Full name: Nimah S. Koussa. I am 23 years old and currently a medical student, website content writer and now, apparently, a committed blogger and fitness enthusiast. So why did I start this blog? How did 84to55.com come to exist?
It all started in October 2012. I started to eat a lot and I just could not stop. At the time, I weighed 57 kg (126 lbs.) and I watched the lbs. and kg pile up. 57kg became 60 then 65 then 70 and all the while, I would see how much damage I was doing to my body but I just could not find the commitment and willpower to do something about it. Soon enough, I started to binge-eat and there was no coming back from that. My weight escalated all the way to 85 kg (187 lbs.) in December 2013.
That’s when I decided: Enough is enough. It hit me that I am 23 years old and at this rate, I will hardly make it to 50, not to mention the health complications I would no doubt develop if I were to keep going that way. So I decided to lose weight and by lose weight, I don’t mean lose 10 kg (22 lbs.) until I looked fair or until I wasn’t borderline obese anymore. By lose weight, I mean get the ultimate body.
See, I think I look fair (when I don’t have a triple chin) and I could be so much more than I am right now. I have been living a life far below my potential and I am not okay with doing that anymore. This is my time to look good and feel good and shine. Instead, I am wasting myself away. That’s got to stop, right? I need to make my life count. You only get one shot at this thing.
So I decided to lose weight. Now, about the blog, you see, I noticed and realized that you see amazing transformations (in particular female transformations) everywhere on the web whether we are talking about Facebook or Twitter or Bodybuilding.com but the only available information would be:
- The story behind (why they did it)
- Pictures (before and after)
- Stats (before and after)
- One typical meal plan
- How they did it (workout and stuff)
But here is the thing though. No one tells you how they struggled to commit to healthy eating in the beginning; how they resisted temptation; how they dealt with bad gym days or how they improved at the gym from one week to the next. If you weigh, for example, 80 kg (176 lbs.) and you haven’t been to the gym ever or in a very long time, it is, I THINK, almost impossible to do cardio for one hour on the first day, let alone everyday for the first week. I mean, I am 5 weeks in and my max cardio time is 40 minutes. And definitely no one eats smoked salmon everyday for a year. A typical meal plan is great but it’s not much help, is it?
So I wanted to do it differently. I wanted to do a day-to-day count of my weight loss story including what I was eating, what I was doing at the gym, how I was feeling and how I dealt with temptation, disappointment and sometimes depression. And that’s how 84to55.com was born!
I am committed to this blog and my weight loss and I hope that through this blog, I would be able to help someone somewhere in this world with his or her weight loss.
And now, some acknowledgments.
First and foremost, everything I know about weight loss, about fitness and about blogging, I learnt from Vimal. I will never be able to thank him enough for everything he taught me and for all the support and help that he’s given me over the years. This website and quite possibly losing weight would not have been possible had he not been there with me every step of the way. So a BIG thank you Vimal, for everything. I hope when I hit 55 kg, you’ll be proud of me and not feel like I wasted hours of your life.
Secondly, I think I need to mention my mom. Poor thing, there was a time there when she was losing sleep over how big and fat I was getting. She has been the constant nagging voice in my head telling me I look horrible and I need to lose weight and I think in the end, it paid off because she is definitely a big part of why I realized I need to stop putting on weight and actually start losing all the kg I have been piling on. So yeah, mom, laughing at me and making fun of me was probably not the best way to go about things but thank you. It helped.
And finally, I’d like to thank my best friends here at school who obviously see me very often and they have been so much help when it comes to keeping me on track. See, they would ask me, every single week or every time they talk to me or see me: “So how much do you weigh now?” And sometimes, I swear, when I want to skip gym or eat out or buy a cookie, this is what helps me to not derail: Knowing that I will have to answer that question and I don’t want to disappoint them. So thank you Jillo. You’re awesome. Thank you Radhika for being such an amazing friend and always pushing me to keep going. And Neel. Thank you for being there and constantly telling me I can do it.