Nadine Vorster was our 2019 Winter Women’s Weightloss winner.
Weight loss is judged purely by a percentage of weight loss, based on before and after measurements submitted and confirmed by before and after photos (which include a photo of their measurement on the scale).
Nadine lost a total of 25.57%!
Here is a quick catch up with Nadine.
Please give us a short history of your journey to health and fitness before the challenge.
I had tried every fad diet out there since I was about 20 years old. High Protein, tablets, syrups, injections, the cabbage soup diet, I tried cutting out food groups etc.
They would work – for a while and then the weight would come back with interest.
I had gym memberships that only saw me going in for a few weeks before that became an effort too. My self-esteem went down the tubes which had a severe impact on my entire personality. It was just a horrible cycle.
2 years ago I decided to work with a coach for 3 months. The results were phenomenal. However, I was in the middle of a mental breakdown and ended up in the hospital where I was diagnosed with Bipolar Mood Disorder. I didn’t care about anything anymore – least of all myself. I wrecked my marriage and just gave up on life. I was lucky enough to be able to pull my life back together but never found the motivation to lose the weight again.
What prompted you to join the Sleekgeek Transformation Challenge?
I started having chest pains and went to the doctor. Turns out my cholesterol was at dangerous levels. If I didn’t want to be on chronic meds I needed to make a lifestyle change.
Hubby and I want to go on a cruise and I don’t want to feel like I have to be covered up. I have 2 years to get a bikini-ready body and that meant I needed to get started asap.
Give us a quick overview of the nutrition and eating plan that you followed during the challenge.
I followed my coach’s eating plan. Regular small meals, good carbs in the day only, good fats in the evenings.
Give us a quick overview of the training and exercise plan that you followed during the challenge.
I used an “at home” plan but did mostly just cardio and the team physical challenges.
I think if I incorporated weights my results would have looked better – that is the plan for the next period of my life.
If you could give 3 pieces of advice to future challengers, what would they be?
- Find a sustainable eating plan. This isn’t an 8-week challenge – it is an 8-week kickstart to a lifestyle.
- Join a team. The support and accountability are invaluable.
- Eating clean is more important than spending hours at the gym. Focus on meal prep and planning. This will save time, which alleviates some pressure and it also makes it cheaper.
What did you find most valuable about your experience?
The friends I made through my team. There are team members that we socialise with now. The entire journey this time round was just positive and fun.