My Before And After 50 Story
Hi, My name is Yinka Uranta (nee Akintoye).
I am a marriage counsellor, a fitness and wellness enthusiast. A beauty, style and fashion instructor. I am an alumnus of the Ondo State University, The Pan African University and the UK Skin Care.
A compulsive optimist, I am passionate about the woman being a blessing to her family and her immediate and intermediate environment in all ramifications. I am happily married to Kingsley Uranta and blessed with two children, Bob and King. By the way, I am 53 years old.
I had Bob, my first child in 1993 at the age of 29. It was a normal delivery, which means I was back home within two days post-delivery, strong, vibrant and bursting with life, energy and youthfulness. However, many people did not believe it until they saw my baby. Some even thought it was a premature delivery because nothing changed in my physical appearance. If I knew anything about healthy living or nutritional supplements then, it didn’t go beyond what I read in magazines while in school. Most of the time it was purely for beauty and vanity, certainly not for health.
Precisely about five years later I had King, my second child. His delivery was safe, perfect and normal, just like his brother’s. I was back home within two days. But a few days later, I discovered that I couldn’t walk as straight or effortlessly as before. I was actually limping because of the excruciating pain that was originating from my pelvic region.
As much as I wanted to forge on, my body refused to cooperate. The pain went on and on and I became very uncomfortable for about 6 weeks. Then it dawned on me that I was aging – I was 34. This reality till this day changed my entire perspective about the human body in general and the human health in particular. Good health is not just the absence of disease.
As if that wasn’t enough, my weight shot up in a few months after King’s delivery, as a result of the kind of food I was eating. I was held bound to high fats, sugar and carbohydrates with little to zero knowledge about the wonders of fruits, vegetables, fluids and exercise. Until one day, I went shopping for new dresses and, to my amazement, I couldn’t fit into any of the clothes I picked. As a matter of fact, I had gone up two dress sizes higher. I was embarrassed and deeply troubled. There and then I took a drastic decision to not only do something
about my appearance and weight but to also take charge of my overall health, no matter what. This singular decision was what crystallized and revolutionized me into who I am today. Sadly It wasn’t a smooth ride all the way, my weight did not stay consistent, as it is with most people who go through weight challenges, either genetically or because of lack of the right information about the WHAT and HOW of weight management. I am glad to say that I have overcome all of that now and I’ve got my groove back!
Here are some things that I absolutely do not like:
- Premature aging
- Saggy skin
- Poor fashion sense
Here are some of the things that I do like:
- Beauty and youthfulness.
- Creativity, style, and trend.
- Fitness and wellness
- Warmth and friendliness
My goals were borne out of the fact that a lot of people, male and female do approach me to help them achieve a better look, better appearance and sometimes, better relationships.
I have experienced instances where someone would insist on buying exactly what I bought to look good, even when I advised otherwise.
I grew up as a young girl into all of these realities and still growing. Worth mentioning is the fact that I helped a number of my friends get rid of serious acne, fats and also helped to transform their appearances. I could differentiate between a healthy, elasticated, prematurely aging, dehydrated or oily skin and made independent suggestions or recommendations, without any formal training.
It was difficult for me to apply, swallow or even recommend anything without a thorough study of the ingredients, its origin, the indications, and contra-indications. And this goes from herbal, to beauty and even pharmaceuticals. Apart from people asking me, sometimes, I’m amazed at how these things come to me effortlessly.
For example, I know that drinking a cup or more of herbal teas or warm
water could take care of headaches, indigestion or mild discomfort as against analgesic or other prescribed medications. Just the way I know that phrases like “I’m sorry”, “please forgive me” are powerful antidotes in mending bad relationships.
I also know that eating right, plus moderate exercise are a powerful combination in achieving one’s desired weight, as against starvation, pleasure denial and gym addiction. I am a strong advocate of long-term gratification in achieving a desired weight and appearance.
Hope, Joy, Optimism, Positivity, Gratitude, Giving and Accepting Compliments, are virtues worth coveting in our
journey to feeling and looking great.
One of my top secrets is the fact that I can adapt easily and blend with people of all ages, including children and teens. This perhaps could be one of the reasons people are shocked when they find out my true age. I find this very complimentary though, humbling and I blush each time this happens. However, I make bold to say that true beauty or youthfulness happens first within, and then outside, only then can every other enhancement blend perfectly.
Honestly speaking, one thing I have tried hard to establish is whether or not these innate gifts are genetic or mere passion. Of truth is the fact that I grew up seeing my late dad do one thing or the other with herbs or pluck fresh vegetables from our backyard to be cooked or eaten raw. My siblings and I watched him do some keep fit exercises, at 82. Once in a while, I stumbled on some of his books on herbs, health and healing. Painful and very painful till today, is that none of us, especially me, asked questions or even paid attention to any of those books. Today I crave having them, but they are far beyond my reach.
Talking about fashion, I think this runs in my family. My grand mum was nicknamed “IYAWO” (new bride) because of her fabulous sense of dressing, which comprised of her handmade dresses and beaded shoes, till she passed on in 2000’s, at the age of 105. My immediate younger sister, Naomi started dressmaking and design at a very tender age. I still have in my possession some of mum’s handmade clothes until today.
So! Are you in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s and above? Are you always happy or otherwise about your appearance? Do you wish to look at least a decade younger than your true age? Do you also love or hate the things listed above, as they are applicable to you or me? Are you ready to take your health from zero to peak? Are there questions you have been wishing could be answered in a down to earth, experiential way, as they relate to your health, beauty and fashion? These and lots more are some of the issues we shall address together on Beforeandafter50.com