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Lindsay Combrink – 38kg Lighter

My journey has been a long and forever challenging one. I started off in 2009 at 105kg. I was lazy, had no motivation to do any sort of physical activity whatsoever and was less than content with my mediocre life. A few family members used to try help me to start losing weight but I never really listened. I didn’t want to be told how I should be. Then in 2009, I realised that I was disgusted with myself.

I couldn’t wear jeans without a huge muffin top, I was always trying to hide myself under all these clothes and still felt terrible. I decided to make a change in my life and began training at Virgin Active. Slowly my weight began to drop and I managed to get myself down to about 85kg with a little bit of cardio and eating healthier. I maintained this for about 2 years and was relatively happy with myself. It was a huge change but I had never really managed to build any form of muscle.


Then the training bug really bit me. I found a training program on by Jamie Eason and went into it full swing. She combined weight training with cardio and clean eating. I lost 12kg on this 12 week program and gained strength and a bit of muscle. I then continued to train in this manner but began cheating with my eating a lot more and slowly the scale crept up again. I was still training super hard, was fit and eating “relatively” clean but at like 50% clean with drinking in between I crept back up to 82kg. In October 2013 my boyfriend and I moved in together and I decided that this was the perfect opportunity. No more excuses! I could now have my own routine, my own kitchen (no more using my mom’s cooking or junk in the house as an excuse) and I could now have it my way and not just go with the flow.

I decided to start the Jamie Eason 12 Week Program again and managed to get down to 74kg. I felt like I was so close and pretty much at my goal, but one thing I had set out to do was to stay under 70kg and to try and build myself some abs! I was so close that when Elan posted about the Sleekgeek 8 Week Winter Challenge I just couldn’t resist and entered the first heat. This was the motivation I needed to get me to my goals. I entered and managed to lose another 6.6kg (and LOADS of cm’s).


Now, I’ve leaned out even more and plan to continue this trend. I feel like I am finally reaching my full potential, competing in MTB races, obstacle courses and mini triathlons and coming in with the top female finishers. I never dreamed I could one day try to win one of these races and that’s where my goals are now headed. I want to win races, compete and be the best version of myself.

Just a breakdown of my daily meals (Proof that you DON’T need to starve yourself to get lean).

7am – Smoothie (40g oats, serving whey, tsp cocoa, sweetener, an apple, lots of ice and water).

10am – 5 egg whites / 40g oats

1pm – 6oz (170 grams) chicken, 100g sweet potato and lots of salad.

I don’t train at a specific time every day but generally after lunch for about 1 ½ hours.

4.30pm – Same breakfast smoothie with an egg white added

7pm – 6oz chicken and lots of salad (sometimes with a little avo)

10pm – I have a Mug Cake (1 serving whey, cocoa, egg white, FF milk and 10 almonds made into a chocolate cake in the microwave).

I’m all for convenience so this is pretty much a daily thing, I might substitute the chicken for another protein (lean steak, fish).

Weight training to me is the most important. I know cardio helps aid in fat loss and fitness but it is so important to add weights to your routine to get that lean, toned look that I strive for. I focus on two specific muscle groups each session (generally Back/Biceps, Chest/Triceps, Legs/Calves and Shoulder/Abs) I do legs twice a week and train 6 days a week. Always do weights first followed by 30 minutes of cardio 4x a week. I also think it’s important to get outside and do things like trail runs, mountain biking and races. I love the gym but these things add a whole new element to getting fit.

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For me the journey never ends, I know I will never been one of those people who “can eat whatever she likes” and stay lean or thin. I have to work for it every single day and I think it’s 100% worth it because, at the end of the day, I can be proud of achieving the physique that I work so hard for and have a sense of accomplishing something I never thought imaginable.

I hope I can inspire just one other person out there like me, because it’s never impossible to be the best possible version of yourself, all you have to do is try.Picture-291

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Lindsay 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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