I consulted many doctors pertaining to these numerous health problems and the source of the problems was my weight more than anything else.
The last straw came with my doctor saying that at the current tempo of my health issues that I would be in a wheelchair at the age of 30.
That was the statement that shook me to reality and I decided to take action.
I started the journey of weight loss by joining the gym and getting the assistance of a personal trainer (Willem Meyer) who also helped me with a much healthier eating plan.
We initiated the training programme by the personal trainer coming to my house because I felt very shy at that stage.
Training at home was deemed necessary as an interim measure until I had the confidence to train inside the gym with Willem.
One of the main motivators was the badge the he wears on his chest that says “shame”. The badge was shown to me every time I complained with an associated statement from Willem, “ if you want to change the situation you must work for it” because he couldn’t do it for me.
The only way to change your life is to make a conscious decision and stick with it. You have to know that you have to lose weight to be healthy, to stop feeling embarrassed and to stop getting negative comments from other people and be happy with yourself.
At present day I am 63kgs down without any blood pressure problems and still going strong.
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Gerrie 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.
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- 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
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