Its Christmas Day 2011, the household is buzzing with family from Australia, the smells coming from the kitchen are awesome – it’s Christmas day after all, and as long as I can remember it’s all about FOOD, FAMILY, Fun and more FOOD!
I pop upstairs to shower and decide to step on the scale (haven’t done this for a while as I have been too frightened to see the results of my unhealthy lifestyle)…. and it smacks me in the face – 100KG’s!
I get off and on again numerous times just to check I am not going insane, nope it keeps showing the same thing.
I look at myself in the mirror and decide its pep talk time: ”There is no point fretting today, it can’t be changed today, there is no point feeling sad and sorry for yourself – only you did this and only you can change this, go off, enjoy the day and the rest of the holiday festivities, 02/01/2012 is the time your life will change for the better”
I had told myself this so many times (pretty much every January) but somehow, I felt, this time was different, I was going to succeed, I needed to succeed for me and no one else.
This was me Christmas Day 2011: (28 Years Old, 100KG, and a complete couch potato)
I went to a very good friend’s birthday in Jan 2012 a few days into my journey. I was not drinking or eating the usual party snacks. He noticed this and asked me why, and so I explained how I could not continue the way I am and that I was changing my life. He too wanted to lose some weight, and so together we promised each other we would be the support and motivation we both needed.
We started weekly weigh-ins and diners at each other’s houses, I started walking everyday (I wasn’t yet ready to join a gym), and on weekends we would go hiking. His support and motivation was phenomenal and I will be eternally greatful to him.
Without going into all the details of what I ate, what I did for excercise etc, I continued my journey eating clean, joining a gym and keeping my mind completely focussed, the result being by December 2012 I had lost a phenomenal 22kg’s.
I was proud, my family , friends and work colleagues were proud, I was inspiring and motivating people to change their lives and DAMN it felt GOOD!
This was me in Dec 2012: ( a photoshoot from a good friend for my progress thus far)
2013 presented various challenges for me, and I did allow these challenges to get in the way of my journey, resulting in me picking up some of the weight I had lost on my journey which was not complete. I realised this though and I was always trying but never extremely focussed, however I still did what I could when I could. I know now that what I allowed to get in the way of my journey was unnecessary (work stress, failed relationship etc etc), but we are all human and life is not always smooth sailing… the important thing is whether we can learn from our mistakes and move on from them……
And SO – we are here in 2014
With another pep talk like December 2011 and the fantastic motivation and support from SleekGeek – I am completely back on track and focussed. I have entered the 8 Week Sleekgeek Comeback Kid Challenge, and I cannot wait to continue this journey to a new, healthier me!
So for now my story is simply:
TO BE CONTINUED……….
If there is any advice I can give to people embarking on a lifestyle change it is this:
- Do it for YOURSELF no one else. If you are not ready but others are “pushing you to do something about your weight”, just hold on… wait until YOU are ready, the time will come.
- Don’t give up, even if you fall off the wagon for 1 meal, 1 day, 1 week or a couple of months…. keep going to the best of your ability, because this is for YOU and YOU CAN DO IT!
- Do what works best for you and not what everyone else is doing (unless that works for you)
- This is a journey, it’s not a quick fix…embrace the journey and learn to love it
- Join an amazing support community like the Sleegeek Facebook Group
Alison Blackman, Hout Bay, Cape Town
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