NL Leisure Hall of Fame - Waleed Ahmed
Waleed Ahmed has undergone an amazing weight loss journey, losing over 13 stone in 3 years. His hard work and determination has delivered him amazing results.
Read his story below:
1. How long have you been a member with NL Leisure for?
I’ve been an NL member for over 5 years but it’s only from late 2014 that I started my fitness journey! Before that, it was just on and off motivation.
2. What motivated you to start your fitness journey?
It was a number of things that built up over time that finally encouraged me to start. I was unable to sit on airplane seats as the belt was too small to fasten. Also I was wearing the most ridiculous clothes that I had to buy specially from America. On top of this I also had sleeping problems where I would only sleep for a few hours a day. Ultimately however it was my visit to my local GP who informed me about the path I was on and how I wouldn’t last another 4/5 years with the amount of weight I was putting on as I was a crazy 178kg! (28 stone).
As my family has a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and other horrible diseases in our genes, I was told I would get them all very soon which was what I had to hear to motivate myself to start my fitness journey.
3. Tell us about your weight loss story – how has it been?
One word describes my weight loss experience - Educational.
People look at weight loss as a one-time thing to do to look better. For me it was ALOT more than that. It was a way for me to understand my body and also realise what works best for it. I taught myself all about nutrition specifically what my body needs to operate at its optimum rate and what to avoid. I also learned a lot about training effectively and safely in terms of weight loss and muscle gain. I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs over the last three years such as being embarrassed, always thinking about what other people think when they see me working out, not getting the desired results straight away and a few injuries. It’s been a rollercoaster but enjoyable at the same time.
I’ve gone from 178kg (28stone) down to 98kg (15 stone), and I’m still looking to lose some more!
4. What would you say to anybody who is thinking of joining NL Leisure?
The hardest part is starting. The first month will make you or break you. Push through it and you WILL see good results which will motivate you to continue. The best part is the friendly staff at NL Leisure who are always there to motivate and educate you. If you ever get stuck on why your body isn’t losing as much as it should be, always ask them for advice.
All of us here at NL Leisure would like to say a huge well done to Waleed for undergoing an amazing transformation! He is a worthy inductee into the NL Leisure Hall of Fame.