FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).
VB: Veronica Adegoriolu aka Vee Bleu. Currently I work for a telecommunication company. My hobbies, as of late have been working out and trying to inspire and motivate others to share in a heathy lifestyle as well.
FFFC: What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?
VB: Several things sparked my weight loss transformation. I was living with Type 2 diabetes and not really controlling it with diet and exercise. Drinking and eating whatever I wanted too. Then in 2010 my father passed and my doctor informed me that I will have to start taking insulin soon if I did not get this weight and nutrition under control. I wasn’t even 30 yet.
FFFC: What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?
VB: 230lbs and now 127lbs
FFFC: How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?
VB: Once I really started to focus on my diet it took about 9 months to get to a health weight and stabilize my type 2 diabetes. I am still working on improving my body, mind, and discipline.
FFFC: What physical activities did you participate in during your journey?
VB: Over the last past two years I have been training with IFBB Pro Rashid “Roc” Shabazz at Fitness Pros. Our group training sessions incorporated weight training, cardio, plyo, and stretching.
FFFC: How did your eating habits change?
VB: I started by slowly changing my eating habits. I started cooking at home and following my trainers food list. Then as I started to dial in on my exercise program, my trainer provided a more strict meal plan to help with the additional weight loss. I typically eat every 2.5 to 3 hrs. I don’t eat fast food anymore. I prefer my cheat meals to be something good and not waste it on Micky D’s or Wendy’s or some fast food establishment.
FFFC: What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
VB: Right now I am in contest prep for my 1st figure show. So my diet it very very strict. Before I started contest prep I would eat 5 to 6 meals a day, but change my perspective on what breakfast lunch and dinner could be. My breakfast these days consist of ground turkey or egg whites. I try to make sure I at least had a protein + veggie/good carb at each meal. I keep all my meats lean sources of protein like 99% fat-free ground turkey, white fish, egg whites, chicken breast, and protein shakes. I tend to eat more complex carbs such as oatmeal, sweet potatoes and or rice. Vegetables tend to be green in variety – like broccoli, spinach, green beans, etc…
FFFC: What is your favorite fitness activity?
VB: Weight lifting. It feels so good to know that I am woman and can lift some heavy weights and still have feminine look and maintain my curves. When I was bigger I never had booty. Now I have a little something something. 🙂
FFFC: What do you do now to maintain your physique?
VB: I still continue to work with my trainer IFBB Pro Roc Shabazz and keep a clean diet with some cheat meals and treats here and there. I learned from my trainer not to just give myself treats without earning them. I also have incorporated Hot Yoga to help with lengthening, strengthening, and stretching my muscles.
FFFC: How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?
VB: In the beginning of my weight loss process it was hard I would fall back into old habits. Sometimes I allow myself to be “bad”. But with anything in life you have to learn balance and learn how to not go off the deep in. I am still working everyday on willpower and self-discipline.
FFFC: What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?
VB: I would tell them to find an activity the love and do it every day. Whether that is walking, Zumba, Crossfit, dance class – just do something you enjoy. Diet wise – take it slow – start with eating a clean breakfast and drinking at least 2 liters a water a day. Then once you establish that and make it a habit, increase your clean meals and up your water intake. Slow and steady wins the race!
FFFC: What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?
VB: That I’ve had surgery or starved myself. I worked really hard to get to this point. I eat more than most people do.
FFFC: Do you have any fitness idols? Who are they?
VB: Tons!! Jennifer Nicole Lee, Bella Falconi, Jeannette Jenkins, Erin Stern, all the women I know who are losing weight but might not be a “fitness” idol levels.
FFFC: How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?
VB: Currently in process of writing my e-book about my journey – what I did and how I got there. They can go to my blog site to get more information about my transformation and journey at VeronicaBleu.com
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FFFC: What’s next for Veebleu?
VB: I have my first figure competitions at the NPC Charlotte Cup in April 27th and another show the Eastern Seaboard on May 11th in Atlanta. Participating in these competitions has been a dream of mines 10 yrs in the making. I also what to make consistent improvements to my body by increase more muscle mass and really embracing this lifestyle. The losing fat process is over the MAINTENANCE of this new body is now in full effect. 🙂
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