Welcome to the Sleekgeek and adidas “Perfect Fit” series.
We’re sharing the powerful stories of ladies in our community who have all used exercise and training to create massive change in their lives. adidas believes that “through sport, we have the power to change lives” and these ladies prove it.
Cheryl Louise Green is a Sleekgeek runner who we gave the “perfect fit” with a Medium Support Bra as well as tights and footwear to match her style.
In this interview, you can read all about her inspiring journey of change.
Watch the video below of Cheryl talking to us about how training and sport have changed her life.
Name: Cheryl Louise Green
Age: 39….. Two months then it’s the big 40!
Location: Table view
Activities: The Runner
Bra Support: Medium or High
What do you do? [Job]
I’m working for the South African Police for the last 20 years.
What else do you do? [Hobbies, non-work stuff, etc]
I’m a mother of two, and a wife to the most loving husband.
I discovered road running April 2017 and fell in love with it. I decided to go viral with my story, and my running career just took off. I’m not the fastest on the road but was blessed with becoming Brand Ambassador for Run Walk For Life.
I also started a project in March 2018 RUN4ACAUSE, whereby 12 causes are identified for 12 months. Every month I will be running for a different cause to spread awareness.
YOU AND SLEEKGEEK
How long have you been a member of Sleekgeek?
I’m a Sleek for the last 20 months.
How did you find Sleekgeek?
I was introduced to the Sleekgeek Facebook Group by one of our very own Sleeks, Shana Grobler. I was hooked immediately and never looked back.
What is your favourite part of the Sleekgeek Community?
What I love the most about the SG Community is that everyone is an inspiration.
There is always some motivation, some advice, someone that brightens your day! You can feel free to post a photo without being judged.
What’s the time frame for your transformation pic? [Pictured at the top]
The “before” pic was taken 3 years ago, and the “after” pic was taken in October 2018 at the adidas campaign photoshoot. There is a 27kg difference.
(Ps: We featured Cheryl in July 2017 when she had lost 18 kgs and you can read that story here)
Describe the “old you” before you made your transformation. How did you get there and what were you like?
Before I started with this journey, my life was everything but exciting, in fact, it was a time in my life I never want over. I was diagnosed with severe depression.
I never took any medication for it, and my life started slipping away from me. During this time, I was also diagnosed with osteoporosis, and one surgical operation after the next started to be part of my life. As if it wasn’t enough, our family was faced with suicide. This was the cherry on the cake, and I was eaten up alive from the inside.
I started falling into the evil mouth of addiction. Food became my comfort and gambling an escape to my emotions. There were days I booked off sick from work, just because I just could not face life.
Middle October 2016, I started making plans to end my own life.
What ignited your initial motivation to change?
I had an emotional breakdown during October 2016. I was laying on my bed, when my daughter entered my room, put her arms around me and told me that she loves me more than everything in the world…. even Hermanus! (#truestory).
Right there and then I decided it’s time to lift my head, dry my tears and start living for those that love me. As fate wanted it to be, I found myself a week later at a running event, no I wasn’t running, I visited the junk food Take-Away on the corner!
As I watched the runners finished, I wanted to be part of it. Their smiles on their faces were real, and right there I promised that I will also just complete one 5km in my life.
The next day I dusted off my high school trainers and went walking around the neighbourhood block. I landed on crutches for two weeks due to my weight as well as my condition I was diagnosed with. The doctor warned me that if I don’t change, I will land up in a wheelchair by the age of 40…. Which is in 2 months from now.
What are some of the things that the new you do differently now?
Ever since my life changed not just with a bit, but with a whole 360 degrees. Instead of binging, I will put on my trainers and take on the road. My depression is part of my past. Instead of locking me in my room, I will rather be surrounded with people with a positive outlook on life.
Not just did I go from couch potato to a marathon runner but my eating habits also changed. Portion control is important to me. As a mother, I also find it very important to teach my children the importance of living healthy, where I previously will let them eat whatever they wanted to.
What are some of the things that the new you still struggles with?
My life is not every day all moonlight and roses. For me, the biggest obstacle in this transformation journey is to see myself like the rest of the world sees my. There are days that I still see the fat Cheryl. I struggle on a daily basis to accept compliments. Although my new lifestyle is healthier, I need to stay focused in order to reach goals.
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If you could give yourself 1 piece of advice to help with that struggle, what would it be?
I was granted a second chance in life. I need to tell myself on a regular basis that I came a long, far and difficult way to where I am today.
My past shaped me into my future. Living healthy at the end of the day is not just all about eating habits and exercise routines, but also mentally stability. Think positive and the outcome will be positive.
Did you plateau, get stuck, or get disillusioned, or even slide backwards a bit on your journey?
Like any the journey, there will be obstacles. There were weeks that my weight loss plateaud. The main thing was to stay focused and not just to give in falling back to old habits. There was and is days that I don’t feel like exercising, but I never gave up on my second chance.
I can honestly say that my journey never had major setbacks. I knew from day one that I cannot go back to my old self. My journey isn’t over yet, I still need to lose some weight, and build a stronger core, even if it will take me another 2 years, I will get there.
What is better since you got healthy?
My mental health went from zero to hero. I can testify that I know longer suffer from depression. I will always be living with Osteoporosis, but I learned to listen to my body. Since eating healthier and have a regular exercise program, my mobility of joints improved by at least 50%.
What’s your favourite form of exercise? [Running, yoga, weightlifting, etc]
I’m a long distance athlete. For me – exercise is to be free, and therefore you will find me mostly on the road running
How long have you been training and how did you get started?
January 2017 I joined the gym for the very first time. April 2017 I completed my first 5km fun run.
I was granted a Run Walk For Life membership in June 2017. There I was guided and trained to start working on longer distances.
What does your typical workout look like?
Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays I will run plus minus 10km a day. Wednesdays will be strength training with weights.
Weekends are made for races, whereby one of the weekend days will consists out of a half Marathon or longer.
Favorite exercise? [Distance / pose / movement / etc]
My favourite distance will be anything between 15km and 25km. I love this distance as it’s pure endurance.
Least favorite exercise? [Distance / pose / movement / etc]
My least favourite distance is any distance between 5km and 10km as these distances must consist out of speed.
How does exercise make you feel?
Exercise brings out the best in me. It makes me forget about the busy life out there. For at least an hour a day, I can use my exercise as a form of meditation.
Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why?
I prefer to train on my own. For me, as a runner, it’s important to know what pace I’m capable of and what pace I’m comfortable at. For me hearing my own breathing and my steps hitting the tar is therapeutic.
Most embarrassing training moment?
When you realise that nature calls and there is no Porter-loo along the route. Your next best option will be a little bush… let’s just leave it there!
3 things you must have at the gym or in your gym bag?`
Vaseline…. Purely for chafing and blister prevention
Toilet paper….. lesson learned
Your next training goal?
Top 5 songs on your training playlist?
I don’t do music when I’m training, purely for the fact that earphones are not allowed when running a race.
How has exercise/train/Sport Changed your life?
I used running as a medication for my depression and addictions. My osteoporosis condition improved as well as my mental health. Sport saved my from taking my own life.
Running didn’t just changed my life, but also my family’s life. Today my whole family is involved in the sport, and it became part of our daily program.
Running proved to me that I’m capable of more than what I think I can.
Your adidas bras and tights experience
Watch the video below with our adidas bra expert explaining the various supports we selected for our ladies and their on camera reactions.
How did your adidas bra and tights experience make you feel?
Wow!!! What an experience.
It was my first professional bra fit ever and the adidas team made me feel so comfortable.
I will recommend it to all ladies!
adidas High support bra is one of the best sports bras I ever worn. The “girls” are nicely kept in place, and no “peek-aboo” accidents occurred….. Only woman will understand!
The high waisted tights are so comfortable, that you can’t help but falling in love with it. No slipping and sliding down and my butt felt like a typical J-Lo Butt.
Would I want to do it again? Yes yes yes! It was a day filled with loads of fun and laughter and memories to treasure forever ♥️ – thanks adidas!
What’s your favourite meal?
Sushi…. Is that healthy?
oK, now what’s your favourite healthy meal?
I’m a big lover of any colourful salad…. As long as it don’t have peas in it.
What’s your nutrition philosophy / approach? [If you have one]
I try not to eat later than 18:00 at night.
You are what you eat!
How many meals a day do you eat?
I eat three meals a day, and one snack time.
Do you have a cheat meal / treat strategy?
Yes. After every race, I do I will spoil my with some junk food. That’s normally two times a week.
Most memorable personal best achievement to date. Something you maybe never imagined you could do?
2018 was a blessed year for me. I accomplished so many goals. I became Brand Ambassador for Run Walk For Life, my story was featured in 6 magazines and I had the opportunity to have a live radio interview.
Saying that my biggest achievement for 2018 was Running Cape Town Marathon 42.2km as well as Cape Town running festival 50km.
Let your past shape your future!
I’m a magazine kind of girl…. Love my Runners World / Modern Athlete magazines. I think the last book a read was Fifty shades of Grey!
What inspires and motivates you?
For me, inspiration comes from those that try to improve their live’s! It can be something really small, as long as they put in their heart and soul.
For what are you most grateful?
I’m grateful the God gave me a second chance in life. I was spared to share my story to those that might find them self in my position, might it be weight problems, depression, a medical condition. I’m blessed with the most caring family, and that they support me in my running.
What do you want to say to other community members who might be nervous or hesitant to make a start?
Three words…. YOU WORTH IT!
What are your top 5 tips for anyone starting on a healthy journey?
- Don’t wait for tomorrow, start today
- Don’t compare yourself with someone else
- Listen to your body
- Do it for yourself
- Never underestimate yourself!