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Heather Skinner 36kgs down and just 10 to go!

YOU-CAN_LOGOI am humbled to share my story and inspire someone else to get healthy!

My sister once shared my story and I just want to quote her introductory description for you:

“2 years ago if you had asked Heather what “Whey” (protein shake) she drinks, she might have answered – Black Label…. she had never owned a gym contract, didn’t know what gym shoes looked like and the only sweating she did was having to stand in a queue waiting for her take-away.

She had got to a point where she had put on so much weight, she let herself go. She didnt bother much about her hair, looks or health. Hell life was a jol right?!….WRONG…. She went to the doctor for a regular check up, where the doctor told her she was pre-diabetic and classified morbidly obese! This was just the shock she needed.”

And that is where my journey started. 

I got a friend to join me at our local sports club doing Taebo classes twice a week and boot camp once a week (my baby sister was the instructor) so it helped to have that extra moral support.


Once I pushed through the first 2 weeks of extremely sore muscles I realised I was sleeping better, feeling better and actually enjoyed exercising and eating healthy.

I always participated in the local charity walks and I slowly cut out all the take-aways as well as quit smoking and only drink on occasion rather than insist I need a beer to wash the pizza down with!

I lost the bulk of my weight just keeping at this routine. It was pretty simple in the end.

Then in the beginning of last year after doing the same thing for a year, I decided I need a challenge.

My sister’s best friend runs a local 8 week transformation challenge here in Durban; which I signed up for in February 2013 and have done every single one they have held since then.

I now train every single day,  Monday – Friday in the gym sometimes cardio sometimes weight focused training. I do my cross fit training at the Rishape Classes twice a week and enjoy any outdoor activities (skating; cycling; hiking etc) with my friends and family who have all been on this journey with me.

I plan all my meals on a Sunday and again on a Wednesday for the week.  Weekends I try not be too hard on myself though am still aware of the 121kg girl I used to be and how much hard work it has taken to get to this point.

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It is sometimes a big fight with oneself that only you can overcome – especially on a hot Durban Summer’s day a ice cold beer would be perfect – but ice cold water can also be refreshing.

In 2 years I dropped from 121kgs to 85kgs .. just 10kgs away from my goal weight of 75kgs.

So I have now joined the Sleek Geek 8 Week Challenge to tackle the last 10 and again give myself something new to look forward to trying this year along with the possibility of doing some MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) training to really push myself up a level.

I want to leave you with some thoughts and what has pushed me through (though hard work and diet are certainly the foundation to any success story like this):

  • For those asking for diets etc – I believe if it’s processed it probably isn’t good for you.


  • The plans that were sent when you signed up on the Sleek Geek Challenge are pretty much how I have eaten for the last two years; use it! Ask the professionals for advice while you have the opportunity to! – Use and Abuse them! No pressure to the Sleek Geek Team!


  • When I am tired after a long day at work and am considering “bunking” my evening class because I just want to go home and comfort myself on the couch with steers chips I say to myself: Do you want to be fat – no excuses Heather; no excuses Heather. I literally talk myself out of it. – Stop making excuses


  • Ask your trainer questions – make sure you are doing it right with the right posture at the right pace. Watch yourself in the mirror if you must – if you look like a dork you are probably doing it wrong LOL


  • Get someone to push you if you can’t push yourself! Don’t do it alone! I have had many people through-out my journey that have buddied with me; who have all been huge support in the journey and have their own stories to tell and I could never have done it alone. (cause that would’ve been boring!)

Good luck on your journey!


  • Heather Skinner lives in Durban

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Heather 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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