Aisha

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Hi, my name is Aisha. I’m a Civil Engineer and run a healthcare, fitness, and wellness blog. I lost 70 pounds (mashAllah & alhamdulillah) when I first started my weight loss journey, and have learned a lot throughout the process. I have tried a lot of different tactics to get to where I am now – both healthy and unhealthy, and have understood the value of self-love and mental health throughout the journey. What I have realized is being fit is not only physical- it is mental as well. You can lose all the weight in the world, but if you are not happy with yourself, you will always stay stuck.

I lost 70 pounds (mashAllah & alhamdulillah) when I first started my weight loss journey, and have learned a lot throughout the process. I have tried a lot of different tactics to get to where I am now – both healthy and unhealthy, and have understood the value of self-love and mental health throughout the journey.

People might stay weight loss has to be done in a short period of time, but I have struggled with it for a long time. Growing up, I was always a chubby kid and began dieting in my early teens. I went from starving myself and eating less than 1000 calories in a day (only to gain everything back whenever I would cheat), binge eating, joining the gym, hiring a personal trainer, and finally finding that balance. What I realized was that finding that middle ground where you live your life but still remain healthy is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. You cannot stop your life just because you are losing weight. If you are obsessed with your looks, you will NEVER be happy no matter how you look. There is nothing wrong with aiming for a certain weight, but it’s important to realize that it takes time. You can’t beat yourself up if you don’t reach that goal as soon as you think you would.

I went from starving myself and eating less than 1000 calories in a day (only to gain everything back whenever I would cheat), binge eating, joining the gym, hiring a personal trainer, and finally finding that balance.

One role model for me throughout my weight-loss journey was my sister. She emphasized the importance of mental health and never laughed at me. Throughout my years of weight loss and self doubt, she would always be there and offer comfort even if she didn’t understand what I was going through at the time. It was through her that I found the courage to love myself through my teenage years and find that confidence to join clubs, make friends, and be proud of who I am today.

One of my best friends is one of the many women I look up to. I saw her go through a lot mentally the past three years, and seeing her rise has been an inspiration.

One of my best friends is one of the many women I look up to. I saw her go through a lot mentally the past three years, and seeing her rise has been an inspiration. She was the one who taught me how to prioritize your mental health and to take care of yourself. She spends hours of her day doing her art work and prioritizing her mental health, despite what people say. She would treat it like a chore or a job to do her art and I found that so inspiring because she didn’t require validation from anyone else. Through her, I eventually realized that even though I feel physically fit, I don’t feel mentally fit. It is then I made a commitment to work towards both because without that effort, I would never be happy.

One influencer that I look up to is Laiba Zaid. She is also a Pakistani fitness blogger and she wears whatever the hell she wants to. I love that because it gave me the courage to dress how I feel comfortable. I like to wear what I consider to be modest clothing because that is what I am comfortable in. I used to wear what everyone else would wear, but when I saw her wearing glasses and baggy sweatpants to the gym, I thought “Hey, I can wear whatever I want too.” Laiba kills her workout and is not afraid to try new things. I saw her post a lot of skipping videos, and I decided I wanted to learn as well. When I first started, I kept hurting myself and I’m pretty sure people around me were laughing, but I didn’t care. Because no one wakes up and is amazing at jump roping. We all learn to be good at the challenges we take on. That’s how we get stronger.

I try to remind myself that if I mess up, cheat, have a meal that is out of my calorie intake, or don’t workout for three days – it’s okay. It’s okay to have set backs.

I am still on my weight loss journey, because the truth of the matter is no one is one weight all the time. Weight is not definite. Weight fluctuates. I try to remind myself that if I mess up, cheat, have a meal that is out of my calorie intake, or don’t workout for three days – it’s okay. It’s okay to have set backs. That’s also why I started this blog (@inherpower) – to remind people that healthy eating and working out is a LIFESTYLE, not a phase. I hope to inspire people to take care of both their mental health and their physical health. Neither is more important than the other.

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