I was always a bit of a larger person, even in high school – I wasn’t fat per se, but I was big. I always played sports like netball and hockey. After I finished matric I moved to Germany and that’s when the weight just piled on, I met a dutch boy in a pub and then moved to Holland, we got married and I had 2 babies.
After I had my second baby (8 months ago) I was the heaviest I have ever been, or that I know of in any case since I always refused to step on a scale. I went to the gym quite regularly, so I thought I was ‘’ok’’. I however had no proper knowledge about nutrition.
I came across SG through family and friends on Facebook, I became interested and joined. I started eating clean and continued going to the gym- I was mostly doing cardio, like running on the treadmill for endless hours and doing every aerobics class known to mankind.
The weight started falling off, and I started doing some research and came across bodybuilding. I loved the way the female bikini competitors bodies looked and knew I wanted to at least try to achieve this with my body. The free weight section in a gym is however a very daunting place and even more scary if you are a girl!
I decided to get a personal trainer and he has been great (a very young good looking muscly boy, so lots of motivation right there!). He opened a whole new world to me regarding nutrition- I am a flexible dieter, and what I eat per day is based on my macros. It was tough at first but now it has become a lifestyle and I won’t be able to live without my egg whites and greek yoghurt!
I do strength training 3-5 times a week (this is depending on my schedule with the kids and the husband) . I also still do some cardio, but at the moment this is more for fun rather than for getting results. I love what weight lifting has done to me, I feel strong and confident and I may just be seeing things but I think my body is getting tight and firm all over.
People keep asking me if it’s tough sticking to a diet or where do I find the time to go to the gym so often with a full time job and 2 kids. I actually enjoy going to the gym (not always but most days), and even on the days that I don’t feel like going I just suck it up and go anyways. Yes I am limited with time but I make time and just get on with it!
The diet is a bit tougher though! Preparation and organization is key, I meal prep and plan my meals ahead. So I think if I can do it with a full time job and 2 kids, then anyone can!
My only bit of advice is stick to it and don’t make excuses! It can be done!
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