QA: Sleekgeek Moderator Goolam Vallee

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Goolam Vallee is a Sleekgeek Inspirer. He is a moderator on the Sleekgeek team who volunteers his time to help make sure that our code of “Respect, Uplift, Inspire” is upheld.

What has made Goolam stand out in the Sleekgeek community is that voluntarily and consistently posts daily motivational quotes and images which have become an ingrained part of the Sleekgeek experience.

We are very grateful for his contribution and today we chat to him to find out more about the man behind the posts.

Name: Goolam Vallee

Age: 44

Location: Pretoria

What do you do?
I’m a technical auditor in the insurance industry

What else do you do? [Hobbies, non-work stuff, etc]

Fishing, movies, spending time with my sister’s kids and my lady

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YOU AND SLEEKGEEK

How long have you been a member of Sleekgeek?
Around 3 years now

How did you find Sleekgeek?
A friend’s recommendation

What is your favourite part of the Sleekgeek Community?
That it is a non-judgmental, respectful and motivational platform

YOUR TRANSFORMATION

Describe the “old you” before you made your transformation. How did you get there and what were you like?
I was a 2l a day Coke a Cola drinking type person with totally unhealthy habits. I had no zest for life.

What ignited your initial motivation to change?
I recall trying to cut my toenails and I started cramping as well as having shortness of breath with the simplest of tasks. All I wanted to do was sleep and not face the world.

What are some of the things that the new you does differently now?
I had a total 360 degree attitude change. Now I challenge myself daily in all aspects of my day. I am more conscious of my eating habits and go out more often. When possible I enjoy the outdoors (camping)

What are some of the things that the new you still struggles with?
Chocolates ☺ and self confidence (still haunts me a bit)

If you could give yourself 1 piece of advice to help with that struggle, what would it be?
Believe in yourself

Did you plateau, get stuck, or get disillusioned, or even slide backward a bit on your journey?
So far the only plateau thankfully is being stuck on a certain weight at gym.

What is better since you got healthy?
My overall attitude towards life

TRAINING

What’s your favourite form of exercise? [Running, yoga, weightlifting, etc]
Weightlifting including a bit of powerlifting.

How long have you been training and how did you get started?
On and off for about 5 years, however as consistent as possible for the past 2.5 years.

What does your typical workout look like?
I train 6 days a week. Legs and chest twice a week and then shoulders and back on separate days.

Favorite exercise? [Distance / pose / movement / etc]
Legs and back.

Least favorite exercise? [Distance / pose / movement / etc]
Shoulders and cardio (hardio lol!)

How does exercise make you feel?
Refreshed

Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why?
There are times when I enjoy training alone, however, with my team, there’s always motivation and extra muscle soreness the next day ☺!

Most embarrassing training moment?
Tearing my shorts on the leg press ( was only the second leg exercise)

Top 3 things you must have at the gym or in your gym bag?
Wrist straps, elbow sleeves, knee straps and my weight lifting belt.

Your next training goal?
Increase strength and stamina

Top 5 songs on your training playlist?
No music currently (I will get an iPod soon hopefully)

How has exercise/training/Sport Changed your life?
Movement has become much easier and I have less joint pain. I ,can stay longer on the dance floor with my 2 left legs ☺

NUTRITION

What’s your favourite meal?
Supper

OK, now what’s your favourite healthy meal?
Won’t say I have a favorite but I have learned moderation when eating.

Favourite protein?
Fish

Favourite fat?
Fatty cut of beef

Favourite carbohydrate?
Potato

What’s your nutrition philosophy / approach? [If you have one]
I strongly believe in moderation and stopping eating before you’re full.

How many meals a day do you eat?
4

Do you have a cheat meal / treat strategy?
No

MINDSET

Most memorable personal best achievement to date. Something you maybe never imagined you could do?
Became leaner without dropping weight (on the scale)

Favorite quote?
“Be the change you want to see in the world” -Gandhi

Favourite book?
The alchemist by Paulo Coelho

What inspires and motivates you?
Taking care of my family

For what are you most grateful?
The ability to care for others

What do you want to say to other community members who might be nervous or hesitant to make a start?
How badly do you want to transform, will it improve the quality of your life?

What are your top 5 tips for anyone starting on a healthy journey?

  • Attitude
  • Consistency
  • Have fun and enjoy the process
  • Stay humble
  • Try not letting others bring you down

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