I’m 30 years old, busy studying fitness and nutrition. So my journey began just over a year ago. I grew up very overweight, loved food and I have an extremely sweet tooth. I never got mocked or anything growing up as I was always loud and always dressed up as I still do except now my clothes are a size s-m lol. One day I went to visit friends in Cape Town (I’m from Gauteng) and these girls are absolutely gorgeous so after coming back I decided enough is enough. My hubby fetched me from the airport and said: “let’s go eat breakfast at a local fast food chain” and I said “let’s have fruit salad”… And so the rest of my life started.
I knew nothing about food only how to eat it lol but I figured it out as I went and stuck to chicken breast, tuna and Provitas and oats with green veggies. After two weeks I had lost 5kgs, so impressed with this, I joined the gym. And about a week later my biggest passion started a fire in my heart and with the help of one of my closest friends Jacob, I never gave up. I am an extremist at everything I do and decided I want to compete as a bodybuilder or bikini fitness girl… I had no idea the kind of hard work involved so I got looking around on Facebook to see how it’s done. I then found the owner of Body Beautiful who got me into the right direction. Lauren Porter never stopped believing in me to this day. Body Beautiful was the first competition I entered last year in the transformation category and I came fourth.
So my love became a deep passion of fire to run with… My body had kind of hit a plateau by now and I wanted to try some sport supplements (not steroids) and so I saw a Pharmafreak advert and thought why not… Only to find out Pharmafreak is one of the world’s top supplement companies. I was astounded by the results it gave me. NO it’s not some magic pill that makes you shed weight while you sit on the couch eating chips. The fat burner with the best ingredients made the biggest difference. It gave me amazing energy to train, the protein tastes amazing and really helped me not have to cook 6 chicken breasts a day. Pharmafreak as a company really helped me get in touch with the right people in the bodybuilding industry. They pushed me and motivated me and really stood behind me and never stopped believing in me. So much so that eventually I opened my own supplement company fitboutique.co.za as I wanted to empower people to transform just as they empowered me.
By this time one of my close friends Bronwyn Croxford said “Tam join the group Sleekgeek…” I checked it out and saw the most amazing community of support. Back then there were only 5000 members. I love people with vision and after seeing how Sleekgeek really changed peoples lives I directed everyone I knew to the Facebook page and before I knew it I was at Sleekgeek dinners and wearing Sleekgeek gear. That’s also where I found Kelly Stegan who helped me with my prep for Body Beautiful. I met incredible people through Sleekgeek such as Gen Brand who understands all my madness and passion for fitness, Jonathan Augustyn, a sleek who still today keeps me on track. As much as I gained amazing Sleeks I also lost friends. One by one people deleted me off Facebook, I’ve been gunned plenty of times as I want muscle but my incredible husband Jean du Plessis has had my back from the very start, he always told me how incredible I looked when I gained muscle and he reminded me that I’m doing this to show our precious princess Annie that she must live her dreams.
So after becoming friends with the greats in this industry like Jackpot Lotter who has always kept me on track I decided screw the haters I don’t need to justify eating clean and training dirty to them. I had started with Nicola my absolutely incredible personal trainer at Trinergy gym in Benoni – She is crazy like me but whenever I wanted to quit she didn’t allow me, she was my strength. I was on a very low carb high protein diet and it was good as I kinda put it together by myself, but eventually my dear friend Damon said to me get a coach…I went through a few coaches and then one day the penny dropped and I truly found the best one. Craig Brown, the biggest draw card to him is how his athletes place in comps, it’s incredible. The most humble coach but never have I met someone with more knowledge for this sport. He has changed my life and honestly anyone looking to lose weight and hit a wall or if you want to I do not suggest anyone else but him, His company is called CSB body fusion. . I train three hours a day now and in season for stage I train cardio in the morning and weights in the evening (get up at 4am if I have to make time, no excuses!!) I train six days a week with a clean cheat meal now on Sundays, yes I take my tupperware in my Fitmark bag and eat my prepped meal wherever I am.
For the first time I realized that progress is not just progress, you can always do better. People always ask me but what made you lose the weight so fast and still maintain it so I say go hardcore don’t just think you’re kinda eating healthy and hold thumbs. Plan your meals, correct portions, this is vital. There is science behind food and eating. I have lost almost 30 kgs, I’m a mother to the best kid in the world and I refuse to be big and not get down on the floor and play with her.
My husband loves me more every day, yes your partner loves you the way you are, trust me they will love you more when you look amazing and they know it’s theirs to touch. Don’t let age stand in your way, or “I’m too big”.. Invest in your health. Go all out, it’s so wonderful to wear what I want. The best advice is work out because you love your body not because you hate it, look at your weaknesses with wisdom and change them don’t just ignore them.
Everyone has a different goal, whether you want to be skinny, fit, or even a bodybuilder its hard work but the hard work is what makes it great. I’m blessed with amazing family and friends who supports me. I make sacrifices everyday but it’s so worth it. Ignore the haters, you have a whole Sleek family who will support your journey. Just start and never finish, pick yourself up if you fall but never let that be an excuse to be average as average doesn’t make you a winner.
Get going and change your life today with the help of Sleekgeek and your mindset -that is the heaviest weight you need to shed. Find the LION IN YOU AND ROAR…
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