Daleen Deyzel was our 2019 Women’s Transformation 2nd place finisher.
Transformation is judged by our independent panel of judges via an audited voting process. The Transformation category is determined by who the judges believed had to do the most work to get from ‘Before’ to ‘After.’
We caught up with her to find out more about her challenge!
Please give us a short history of your journey to health and fitness before the challenge.
I was a chubby girl growing up and always teased by my athletic, skinny brother and I gradually gained weight and learnt bad habits.
In 2017, after a year of marriage, I was the biggest I had ever been at 87kg and none of my clothes fitted.
My husband and I decided to start exercising and cutting out the “bad stuff”. We basically took a slow approach of making more right choices than wrong ones and used the weekdays to compensate for bad eating during the weekends.
We joined CrossFit in December 2018 and I started really feeling good about the positive changes and desiring less to overindulge over weekends.
What prompted you to join the Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge?
I was looking for a fun challenge and needed a goal, I saw the Sleekgeek ads on Facebook and decided it was worth a try.
Give us a quick overview of the nutrition and eating plan that you followed during the challenge.
I tried to follow a Keto diet, but it ended up becoming a Banting diet and Intermittent Fasting between 11 am and 7 pm.
Give us a quick overview of the training and exercise plan that you followed during the challenge.
I did CrossFit 4-5 times (basically 30-40min HIIT) a week and 2 cardio days which were usually spinning or walking.
If you could give 3 pieces of advice to future challengers, what would they be?
- Listen to Elan and Eric and do what they say!
- Don’t get stuck-up in your trip-ups (AKA keep on keeping on).
- Fall in love with the process.
What did you find most valuable about your experience?
I met some really amazing woman in the Game of Legions group and had a lot of fun working together to kick butt!
It builds a great sense of comradery, which made me feel empowered in times of weakness.