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Attie decides he can .. and does [You can live life well]

YOU CANHi Elan and the Sleekgeek community,

35kgs in 41 weeks and a brand new physique.

Here is a short story of why i decided to change my life around  –  I am not a writer, but I have one hell of a life story…

Hopefully this will motivate people in a positive way.

I was raised in a family home, where my parents set the perfect foundation….. love, respect and discipline..  I did not always live according to these foundations, but that was my choice…….

Being a good sportsman, rugby, cricket, golf, athletics to name a few, life was simply fantastic with friends and the patry life, sex, drugs and rock’n roll was the way to go!


All good until life gave me a knockout and handed me dreadful  cards…. and plenty of it.   In 1999 I was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and suffered the nearly fatal loss and use of my right leg.

Eventually after numerous failed surgical procedures,  I had to sacrifice 5cm of my right leg……… This was dreadful, I kept thinking that I am going to be cripple, I will never be able to walk properly EVER again.  Then even more shocking news was added as my wife at that time was having an affair while I was in hospital.

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That’s only the first marriage of 2 failed marriages before the age of 30.  I had 2 beautiful boys with the 2nd wife (no kids with the first) but the 2nd marriage ended in flames of hatred……..

Lets skip that and carry on…..

Life was a total mess, and I lost everything twice in my life……….. lost my business, my work, had to end my career in the field I was in for 12 years due to vindictive people…….



I met a woman 15 years senior to me in age, in times where depression was a serious issue in my life, many years of living hell, divorce battles, custody battles, legal battles, health complications and career problems was only a few of the cards I had to deal with.

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Somehow I found a way out of the stress with alcohol , and boy, what a mistake it was ! I was smoking at least 40 cigarettes and drinking a bottle of Brandy daily.   Eventually I couldn’t care, life was ‘just another f* day”….

She tried explain the healthy lifestyle, but I was too proud to admit I had issues.   Eventually I got so fat that my cripple leg couldn’t handle the weight anymore, I couldn’t even walk 20meter without having to sit down…

LIFE – Honestly – I just couldn’t give a f*..  I just ate, drank and smoked non stop !


Then it happened!

While on our way for a weekend getaway September 2012, I informed Sureen that – I CAN stop drinking, smoking and eating like a pig if I wanted to………… I can even get my body back in shape if I felt like it..

She looked at me, smiled and said, I know you can…… and then took my hand with a gentle squeeze.

Well that was it ! I told Sureen that after this holiday I WILL DO IT ALL !  I will stop drinking, smoking and will get back in shape when we get home.

When we got back from the holiday I just stopped with everything, BANG!!!

I just couldn’t disappoint this jewel of a woman.

This lady (Sureen) stuck by me, and played every single crappy hand with me.  She just never gave up!  As we won a battle we moved forward to win the war.

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I did!

If I had anything left to give, this is it ! I have to do this….. and I did.

I did not want to exercise in public gyms  due to my orthopaedic problem and obese physique.   Sureen suggested I make contact with a local personal trainer and introduced me to Christo Taljaard from Body Evolution Studio.   His qualifications are widely bespoke and I am still with him today.

Since my transformation my medical side effects from obesity disappeared which included – high blood pressure, cholesterol, possible diabetes and many more.

Today I walk & run 99 % normal, and people don’t even notice that my right leg is orthopedically measured and adjusted…    I successfully completed my first warrior challenge in June 2013, and will be looking forward to the next.

Picture 1939Like I said, this is only a very short story of my life, and I feel that a book on (How not to live before 35) will be in order in the near future.

Thank you for your time reading my short story and hopefully this will motivate people in a positive way.

PS – With each future update  I will give more insight on the following

–        ­Commitment

–        Focus points

–        Diet

–        General life paradigm shift

–        Training

–        Nutrition

–        Motivation

Thank you for taking the time to read my story, and special thank you to Elan Lohmann for the opportunity.  Thanks to all the SleekGeek Group members for the support and motivation to keep going.

“It’s not about how hard you get hit, but about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, that’s how winning is done”.  –  Rocky Balboa

Attie Herbst


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Attie wins a R500 voucher courtesy of our sponsor for the “YOU CAN live life well” series Wellness Warehouse to be spent on their online store with free delivery nationally.

I believe very strongly that ordinary every day people like you and I derive great inspiration from the achievements of people who seem similar to us. If they can do it.. damn.. so can I! Right?

So through this program we will continue to tell people’s personal stories.

I want to great an archive of hundreds of stories of people who have changed their lives while others believe they cannot.


Submit your story to with the Subject line “You can live life well”

We require:

  • Your story in your own words covering at least (How you got to a point of change, how you made the change, tips and advise for others)
  • A selection of before and after photos
  • As many words as you need to tell your story

In advance, we regret that not all stories may be published. Your story is as important as anyone’s story but we can only publish one a week and the editor will make decision on this.

If your story is published you will receive a R500 voucher to the Wellness Warehouse online store with free national delivery.

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