My story is probably similar to that of every person that joins the Sleek Geek community. I was tired with the way I was living my life, eating and drinking too much with little exercise. I was your typical “skinny-fat” person, I looked slim but I had no energy and even running around with my dogs for 10 minutes had me out of breath.
At the beginning of the year my girlfriend, Evashnie and I made a decision to start living a healthier lifestyle as we were both approaching the big 3-0. However we decided to do it one step at a time, the first step would be a change in our diet. Initially we jumped on the Banting band wagon but we both had mixed feelings about the diet- I was getting too skinny and Evashnie wasn’t losing any weight. It was during this time that she discovered Sleekgeek and immediately sent me the link so I could become part of the community. Here we discovered many different ideas regarding one’s diet like paleo, reboot and the zone diet. Through trial and error we discovered a diet that worked best for our lifestyle and budget- we are neither paleo or zone eaters. We eat plenty protein, healthy carbs and occasionally indulge in pasta and bread.
A few weeks into our new diet we were both feeling great and seeing some results from our change in diet and then we came across the Winter Challenge. At first I was hesitant to enter the challenge, as I was afraid of not being able to follow through with an exercise regime. My question was where was I going to find the time to make sure not only did I eat clean but train dirty. However with encouragement from Evashnie and also from reading how excited everyone in the SG community was about the winter challenge, I entered. I had to prove to myself that I could sustain an exercise regime for longer than two weeks.
So I sat down with Evashnie and we came up with a plan. We were going to exercise 5 times a week and continue with our clean eating. However again I was exposed to another great opportunity through the SG community and that was meeting my personal trainer Wesley Muir of Phase Fit.
We decided that two days a week we would exercise with Wesley. His personalised attention and functional training style ensured that we were never bored and that even if we were doing the same old cardio and weight training at gym the rest of the week at least we had something fun to look forward to with Wesley.
Throughout the whole experience, I found the SG community to be a great source of knowledge and encouragement. When in doubt just post your question or concern and you’ll have an immediate response from at least a dozen people, each with their own experience helping you to make the best decision for yourself.
Don’t get me wrong changing your lifestyle is difficult to do, whether you are trying to build muscle, lose weight or you have to be focused and determined. My suggestions to make the journey easier are:
a- Join Sleek Geek – You will find a community of like-minded individuals
b- Get a gym buddy – They will help motivate you to do that little bit extra when you think you can’t
c- Plan your workouts – And stick to them unless you are sick or injured, you’ll always feel better after hitting the gym
d- Find out what diet works best for you and your wallet
e- Add variety – whether it is working with a trainer once a week or doing a parkrun on a Saturday morning it helps break the monotony.