In this week’s edition of Transformation Tuesday, we speak with Ibrahim Mohd, a #fitspo who’s changed his live through fitness and healthy habits.
Small changes do add up, and for Ibrahim Mohd, a lifestyle switch has saved his life. “I weighed 140kg at that time, and my doctor said I would not live past 30 years old,” Ibrahim reflected. Even though he did not have a specific goal in mind, Ibrahim knew that he had to make a change to save his life.
He started incorporating healthy habits like cutting sugary drinks and being more active. Slowly, his health improved and Ibrahim eventually started weightlifting and counting his calories. Today, Ibrahim no longer suffers from severe sleep apnea, and his health has tremendously improved.
His positive approach to fitness is an inspiration to many, and he often shares his transformation journey on Instagram to inspire others to do the same. Learn more about Ibrahim’s journey in our interview below:
FF: At which juncture in your life did you decide to embark on your fitness journey?
Ibrahim: It took place about 3 years ago when I had to go for a medical check-up before enlisting for my National Service. I weighed at 140kg at that time and did a sleep study to monitor my sleeping pattern. After the sleep study, I got a call the very next day to come back. The doctor told me I had severe sleep apnea, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high risk of getting diabetes. I was not surprised. However, the next sentence he told me stuck with me for the rest of my life. He said that I would not live past 30 years old. Death was staring right at me. From that day onwards, I decided to change my life and did not look back since.
FF: What goals did you set for yourself, and what did you do to achieve it?
Ibrahim: I had no particular goal in mind. I just want to feel good and live a meaningful life. At first I had no idea what to do. So, I did what was logical. I slowly cut out soft drinks and saw huge results. Then I started incorporating small changes such as taking the overhead bridge instead of crossing the traffic light. When my weight started hitting a plateau, I did some research on diets and exercises. I learned how to calculate my macros and weightlifting all from just a simple google search.
FF: What are the main challenges you faced, and how did you overcome it?
Ibrahim: The main challenge I face even till now is food. Even though I know how much I was suppose to eat, sometimes I can’t control myself. Overcoming it is still in progress and I hope I can one day be totally in control of it.
FF: Based on your experience, what advice would you give beginners who are thinking of starting their own fitness journey?
Ibrahim: My advice is to make small changes from the beginning. Do something you enjoy and not what everyone else is doing. It may take a while but it will be worth it in the end. I did not become obese overnight and I definitely won’t lose all the weight overnight too. It is a marathon and not a sprint.
FF: What are some of your favourite ways to workout?
Ibrahim:I really enjoy lifting weights. However, it can get repetitive and boring. So I try to switch it around once awhile to make it more interesting.
FF: How do you maintain a balanced diet? Any tips to share?
Ibrahim: By no means anyone should follow another persons diet. Everyone is different. My only tip is to find out your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) and track calories. You can find out your TDEE my searching it online.
FF: What has been the best part about getting fit?
Ibrahim: Sleeping has been the best part for me. When I had sleep apnea, I would constantly wake up in the middle of the night from my intense snoring. I never had a good nights sleep. Now, I can sleep peacefully and wake up feeling good and ready to tackle the day.