Here’s a quick catch up with Hermien Elago, who placed FIRST in the Women’s Transformation Category in our Winter 8-Week Transformation Challenge.
“My issues with my weight have consumed the larger part of my life. I cannot, for the life of me, think back to a time when my weight issues did not affect every area of my life!
There is nothing that I have not tried in the past to lose weight, you name it; from starving to pills, to shakes, to hormone injections… I was a sucker for those very dodgy “Lose 40 kilos in one month by using this amazing new product” adverts… A sucker!
My binge and emotional eating ways were further fuelled by my great need for approval and acceptance from others, I have always wanted desperately to be liked. To feel like I belonged. And so I sought comfort in food.
I finally answered the wake up call, that had been ringing for years, on the 1st of September 2013 when I stepped onto the scale and saw a number that I never thought I would see… 100. I had officially entered the triple digits. I decided right there and then that something had to give, and that something had to be me.
I started with small changes: Walking for 45 minutes, 3 days a week, limiting my intake of refined carbs and sugar and upping my water intake.Within 4 months I was down 17kg! Seeing the great progress that I was making really spurred me on to keep going and within a year I has lost 30kg… I say lost because in 2015 some serious stuff hit the fan, my family and I went through a really horrible time and I went back to old habits and within a period of four months, I had found 21.4 kilograms again.
In 2015 I stumbled upon the safe haven that is the Sleekgeek community and I found myself doing my first UYC (now SG8) challenge on the 18th January 2016 weighing in at 91.4 kilograms. Since that challenge I slowly started shedding the weight again, this time around it was much harder than the first time… And then I met my coach who has been one of the best investments I have made towards my health goals which helped a great deal with figuring out what works for me.
During the Winter challenge, I followed a carb cycling plan (I eat more carbs on training days and fewer carbs on rest days, I eat a lot of lean proteins and vegetables and some healthy fat) and had the occasional treat, I went to Crossfit 5 days a week and ran 4 days a week. I have never been as focused as I was in those 8 weeks which really proved to me that through hard work, sacrifice, commitment, sweat and dedication, I really can reach my goals!
My advice for those doing the challenge:
1. Be consistent. Be consistent. Be consistent!
2. Those 56 days fly by faster than a jet plane. Buckle down and get it done.
3. Bernice Bannister, one of my favourite Sleeks, told me to draw a line in the sand and pull out all the stops.
And finally, believe in yourself. No one in this world should believe in you more than YOU do!
"Falling off the wagon"
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