Cherylann Smith – Winner Ladies weight-loss

Cherylann Smith,  Head of Digital and Strategist at MediaCom, Johannesburg

Winner: Ladies weight-loss category,  Sleekgeek “12 Week Comeback Kid challenge” (1 Feb – 25 April 2012) 

There are no secrets to losing weight, there are only attitudes. Believe and act as if it is impossible to fail. “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

With every new year, comes new dreams, aspirations and the dreaded resolutions. Mostly, they last a day.  But this year, was different for me.   Every year, I put together a plan, of how I’m going to lose weight, usually because of a certain event, or the looming summer only 10 months away! This year was different.

I was part of a community that supported me, that offered advice, and a group of like-minded people who were making positive changes – I was a member of SleekGeek.   I had all the commitment I needed, not only to lose weight, but to choose a healthy lifestyle.  Without SleekGeek and the commitment from Elan and Jono and their consistent encouragement and the absolutely amazing Sleekgeek community that has come together, this would have been just another resolution.  The Virgin Active Morningside team and trainers all know about SleekGeek and always great me with a big smile and a quick catch up on how it’s going.  Of course, my friends have played their part too, inviting me to running races, motivating me and liking my check-in’s at the gym.

Although I am completely delighted with being a winner, the real prize for me is the freedom I am feeling being almost two sizes smaller, seeing my collar-bones again and feeling healthy and energetic and proud of my achievement!  However, this is really the start for me!  I will be signing up for the next challenge, and working towards my next goal.  It’s just about one step at a time, and doing it with a bunch of awesome people too J

Thanks SleekGeek for being the catalyst in changing my life and for the opportunity to have access to valuable information, tips, activities and people!

You are either making excuses, or making progress. You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.



 Some QA with Cherylann…..

  1. Your key before and after measures

Chest     112cm – 98cm (minus 14cm)
Tummy 115cm – 100cm (minus 15cm)
Thigh      70cm – 64cm (minus 6cm)

2.     What your plan was? What you did?

We all know that losing weight doesn’t start with food.  So I first sat honestly with myself, to find out why I was still over weight and hadn’t made enough of a commitment to myself to lose weight.  The moment I knew why I was comfort eating, I was able to manage my cravings better.  When you know what you are hungry for, you can better manage how you feed the need.

Having a look at my diet I knew I can start any eating plan.  Maintaining it is the challenge!  Having a busy lifestyle and often out at functions, I decided to choose healthy choices as much as possible.  I was dedicated to my gym routine and accountable to a trainer.  Conscious eating is key – you know when you’re at a braai, and you’re munching on the crisps, only to realise that you’re not hungry.  Every time I put something in my mouth, I asked myself if I am hungry.   I also made sure that I had a multi-vitamin as well as Omega’s and to help  with energy I also took NAD Assist Future Health, which you can get at most health stores.

3.     Eating?

I love food. My focus was on eating things that was nutritious and delicious.
I ate 5 small meals a day
Low GI and made smart choices
A good breakfast to start the day was key for me
Protein shake in my drawer at work for those days that are super busy and you don’t have time to get a proper lunch – avoiding the quick stops at fast food spots
Drinking lots of water and green-team, avoiding fizzy drinks and cutting down on alcohol intake
Not snacking at night was a challenge, so I had a protein shake if I got hungry

4.     Training?

Generally move more – park further from the entrance, take the stairs etc
Train at the gym 3 times a week – twice a week with a trainer (Billy was legendary in motivating me)

5.     Biggest lessons/tips?

It’s not about looking at good food, or bad food.  Good days and bad days.  Cheating or being virtuous.  It’s about one meal at a time, one day at a time.  I gave myself one meal off a week, to eat what I wanted, and not feel guilty about it.  It’s about a new choice of lifestyle.  It’s about loving the body you have.  The biggest tip, is to have a plan, have a goal and have an amazing group of people, like SleekGeek to spur you on along the way.

6.     Next goals

I am focused on upping my training to 4 times a week, and losing another size over the next 3 months.  It’s key to keep the momentum, and stay focused on my goals.  Don’t fear moving slowly forward…fear standing still.

7.     Your twitter handle?


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