I have always been overweight. When I was younger, I used to exercise like crazy and not eat much and became “skinny fat” at one stage where the weight on the scale was OK, but I did not look the way I wanted. When I fell pregnant with Rhylan, my first baby, I weighed about 87kgs. The day before I went in for my c section, I was 121.8kgs. I was horrified. He was born 01 December 2011 and my husband broke his back on 03 December 2011. I suffered from terrible PND but I tried everything I could to lose the weight, however, because my mind was not right, I went for the “quick fixes” and the “miracle shakes” – YOU NAME IT, I DID IT.
I got married on 10 November 2012 and weighed 82 kgs. One honeymoon baby later, on 01 August 2013 I gave birth (c section again) to my beautiful Willow, weighing in at 111 kgs. That was my breaking point. After all the previous effort and letting myself go TWICE during pregnancy, enough was enough. I also told myself that I have given everything I have to having healthy babies and I did – it was now MY time
On 17 September 2013 I took my before photos for the Well I am Challenge.
I did very well in that challenge but knew I needed another challenge to keep me going. I then came across the Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge mid January 2014. After much debate, I entered the Sleekgeek challenge. I found so much love and positive support and affirmation during the New Year Challenge, that it changed my whole life.
My mind set was right – eat clean, train dirty. No quick fix. No fad diet. Eat clean, train dirty. I got myself an AMAZING online coach during the challenge – Casey Sudgen – and she told me to take photos religiously and always take one day at a time. When I had a meltdown and would binge, she told me to just breathe, get over it and carry on. I did exactly that. I took it day by day and week by week. Sadly, I could no longer afford to train with Casey but I was lucky enough to be offered free assistance from Deanna Robowsky from Domin8 who saw my story and wanted to help me because she believes in me. I send her weekly photos and she tells me to take it meal by meal and day by day.
At 73kg, my current weight, it’s the lowest it has been in about 11 years. I’ve lost a total of 38kg. I am happier then I have been in I can not remember how long. I am so positive and excited about life that everything around me is improving and my business is starting to flourish because I have such a positive attitude. My relationship with my children and my ability to be a great mom has been life changing. My husband is now into this journey with me and will be competing in a few weeks. I get inundated with messages of people saying I inspire them. Me? An inspiration? I NEVER thought those words would be used to describe me and especially not my body.
The best advice I can give for anyone reading this and searching for inspiration like I did – don’t give up. It will take time. It is hard. It can be boring and some days you feel like it is just not worth it.
TIME AND TIME AGAIN, IT IS.
Take photos weekly. Throw your scale away. Trust the process. It will work. Do not think of it as a diet though, make it your life. It will be worth all the effort, I can promise you!