Mikayla Falla was living on fast food, coffee and chocolate. It was safe to say her diet had hit rock bottom.
“My meals consisted of Domino’s Pizza and Maccas – that was after I would consume a block or two of chocolate and a couple of Dairy Milks after work,” the 28-year-old tells body+soul.
“I wouldn’t eat breakfast, and my lunch would be some fast food of some kind and a dozen coffees throughout the day.”
Exercise wasn’t on the cards either. She would even find simple tasks, like walking to the letterbox, “a mission”.
Before Mikayla realised, her weight had spiraled to a whopping 130kg.
It wasn’t until she visited a medical practitioner who told her that her BMI was “way too high” and “was a high risk” that she decided she needed to make immediate lifestyle changes.
Fast forward 19 months later and Mikayla is a completely different person. Not only is she 47kg lighter, but she’s also happier and healthier than she’s ever been.
Here’s how she managed to transform her life and keep the weight off for good.
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Mikayla said goodbye to fast food and chocolate. In fact, she cut out all sugar and carbs.
It was challenging, but she was determined to reach her end goal.
“I had changed my mindset and I knew I could do it,” she explains. “I knew that there was a light at the end of the tunnel and I would feel 100 per cent better and more confident.”
Here’s what a typical day on a plate looks like to her now
Breakfast: Three eggs.
Lunch: A cup or two of veggies with 100g of meat.
Dinner: A cup or two of veggies with 150g of chicken.
Snacks: Fruit/nuts and sometimes a protein bar.
Mikayla’s exercise routine
Mikayla went from a completely sedentary lifestyle to hitting the gym at Anytime Fitness Chisholm, more than the average person.
“I go to the gym twice a day Monday to Thursday, and once on Friday and Saturday.”
Although she allows her body to rest and recover on Sundays, she’ll sometimes go for a 7-11km walk.
Mikayla on the one rule she followed
Her transformation has been more than just about her weight; it has been a mental transformation, too.
Firstly, she’s learnt to resist from eating dessert on nights out, and always ensures she orders appropriate sized meals.
But the biggest lesson she’s learnt is this: “Don’t give yourself high expectations, give yourself little goals and achievements.”
Mikayla believes this is the key to successful long-term weight loss.