I have been overweight the whole of my life. From a early age I have struggled with the fact that I am different. Physically different. The whole wide world is cruel. Being called names was harsh at first but when I grew older I actually used to it. How can anyone become used to being treated like that on a daily basis. Now that I’m older I am glad that they called me such names.
It has taught me allot about life, firstly to be strong. Mentally strong. It has taught me to be the kind of person that does not hurt others, to feel the pain they feel and to help get rid of such pain. Why would anyone want to bad mouth other people. Do you know how it feels to be treated like that, to be called names and to be laughed at in front of other people. To be stared at by other people. There is no feeling in the world that can describe the embarrassment. Complete utter embarrassment.
As I grew older I accepted the fact that I was overweight and strangely, I didn’t notice the bad mouthing anymore. Friends were made who accepted me for who I was. Life was beginning to be enjoyed.
The last few years I have put on a massive amount of weight. Stress at work, busy lifestyle, crazy party schedule and all the wrong foods just threw me into a deep dark hole.
This year I decided to join a gym. I could walk to the gym in 5 minutes so I could not have any excuses not to go. Now it was time to get my massive body into the gym without having the “embarrassed “ feeling again. It actually didn’t go to badly. I loved every second of being there. I also started training with a PT after 1 month. Unfortunately the place right around the gym of mine got sold and I had to move. I also had to move my gym. No PT anymore so this journey would be me and me alone from now on!
I heard about Sleek Geek last year with the “Comeback Kid Challenge” but being the sissy I was back then didn’t join. 2-3 Months ago I thought about Sleek Geek again and went on Facebook and searched Google.
So right there in front of me I found this AWESOME Facebook group with everyone giving everyone help and support. I also joined the Summer Challenge that same night and before I could say “Sandwich” the payment was made and I was entered for Heat 7.
This was the best decision I ever made.
The help and support of the Sleek Geek community is amazing. Here we are all equal. No matter your size and weight. I cannot describe the feeling that I get when we all stand together to fight the fight against obesity in this country.
The last 8 weeks of this challenge has been some of the best weeks of my life. It’s so weird to describe but every day I feel different. Feel better. More motivated and ready to take on the world. It has given me hope. Hope for the future as I know I am not in my weight loss journey by myself. You all are with me and I am with you every step of your journey.
The transformation I have seen in my body the 8 weeks has been phenomenal. I am feeling great. But the mental transformation for me has been worth it the most. All the blood, sweat and tears in the gym. The sore body’s, the days where you just want to give up and stop everything is all worth it now.
This is not the end of my Sleek Geek journey. My Sleek Geek journey will never end. I want to thank everyone of you for your support every day. The helpful tips and the motivational quotes.
Then lastly. Elan, the man who founded it all. You are a LEGEND! You are changing life’s for the better. You took a stand and said no more and I am grateful to you for creating such a great community. Winning this challenge would be great, but I have already won something priceless. I have won the gift of a healthier life. I myself never believed that I could achieve what I just did.
Thanks Elan and a HUGE thank you to the Sleek Geek community. You are all my Heroes.
- Francois Steyn is a Load Control Agent at Lufthansa, working in Cape Town.
- Francois finished second in the Men’s Weight-Loss category of the 2012 Sleekgeek Summer Body Challenge
UPDATE 5 Feb 2013
Francois just posted this fantastic milestone on our Facebook Group
Here is him and JJ de Villiers who won the summer Body Challenge losing 24 Kgs with your truly 😀
UPDATE 1 May 2013
Francois set himself a goal to run his first 5km race. That day was today 😉 – So I agreed to join him and Lianie de Kock, who won the ladies weight-loss category in that Challenge, in Wellington for the Safari 5km run. And proudly here we all are below with our medals! Watch this space for our first 10kms. I have also promised Francois I will do the next 2Oceans with him .. and I hate running!
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