The turning point in my life when I realised that I had to lose weight was three years ago when my family GP told me that the anxiety and depression I had been experiencing was being exacerbated by my bad diet and lack of exercise. I knew I didn’t want to feel this way anymore, empty and only seeing darkness ahead.
At 77kgs I started to run. First just running around the block, then two blocks and in no time I was running 10kms twice a week. I switched to a low carb high protein diet.
Everything seemed to be going well but I became obsessive, a result of the inner turmoil that failed to understand balance. The rate at which I was losing weight was not good enough so I turned to fat burners and started running twice a day, sometimes in the rain.
I read on the labels that the fat burners should not be taken with any psychiatric medication but I ignored the warnings. I had to be thin. Maybe that would make me happy. I suffered from severe heart palpitations, severe mood wings and sunk deeper into my depression. This defeated the purpose of why I had embarked on this journey but I was now thin at 60kg but still unhappy.
Extremely unhappy I decided that something had to give and quit my job at an NGO to pursue my dream of acting. That was a step in the right direction but something was still missing. I put on 8kgs of the weight that I had lost. I was now a 25 going on 70. I suffered from high blood pressure, IBS and severe acid reflux. In the month of June I had bronchitis twice with a bout of gastro in between.
It was around this time that a friend of mine, my angel I call her, introduced me to the Sleekgeek Facebook community. This was in July last year. I was so inspired by people’s stories. Real people like me who faced trials and tribulations in their lives.
I embarked on the Sleekgeek Reboot detox in the month of July. (it is 100% free)
This changed my life.
The mental strength required to get through a Reboot showed that I am much stronger than I imagined.
My approach to food changed. I no longer lived to eat. I ran to relieve stress, not to become thin. I lost 4kgs during my Reboot and was now at a healthy 64kgs.
Through constantly following people’s updates on SleekGeek I decided to join the gym in October and focus on weight training instead of cardio. Weight training has been one of the most uplifting things I’ve done.
Along with the physical strength comes the mental strength. As a result of weight training and eating clean I have been able to transform my body in a way that I did not think was possible. Yes I was previously thin but was not happy with my shape. I held onto the excuse that I was big boned and there was nothing I could do.
Cut to January 2014 and I am now back at 60kgs and stronger than ever but most importantly I feel like I’m 26 going on 16.
I have normal blood pressure, no IBS and acid reflux to speak of. I have not put any antibiotics into my body in over year. My body is a well oiled machine running like it is supposed to. I have chosen life. I still suffer from generalised anxiety disorder but 98% of my days are good.
I will be forever grateful to Elan and Sleekgeek for helping me find balance. I hope other people who struggle with mental challenges as I do will learn from story that the mind and body are inextricably connected. If the one is not well, the other will suffer.
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