How much weight have you lost on your journey so far? Please provide start and current weight thanks
Before I joined Sleekgeek I never used to weigh myself. When I did finally weigh myself shockingly, I was 88.8kg. My current weight is 80kg. So I have lost 8.8kg.
What do you do? [Job]
I work for Heldertech. Printer sales and repairs. Suppliers of Computer consumables and printer cartridges, New / Original / generic / Compatible / Refilled. Service and repair most major brands, including Samsung, Canon, Hp, Lexmark, Epson and Brother. I’m also furthering my career, Studying Bookkeeping and doing night classes.
What else do you do? [Hobbies, non-work stuff, etc]
Love to do anything with fitness. Zumba is one of my favorites to move around. Started running as well.
YOU AND SLEEKGEEK
How long have you been a member of Sleekgeek?
How did you find Sleekgeek?
Facebook – Word of mouth.
What is your favourite part of the Sleekgeek Community?
Sleekgeek support is amazing. Advice that is shared within the community is great. It keeps you motivated.
Describe the “old you” before you made your transformation. How did you get there and what were you like?
The old me used to eat a lot of unhealthy foods. I ate even though I wasn’t hungry, before I knew it I was round like a ball.
What ignited your initial motivation to change?
I started feeling uncomfortable in my clothes, my pants size went from a 14 to size 18. I hated myself and my body. I was constantly tired and my body was feeling stiff.
What are some of the things that the new you does differently now?
Exercise 5 days a week. With lockdown I walk with kids on weekends keeping them active as well. I feel much more confident than before. I eat healthier, and only when I’m hungry. I also drink more water.
What are some of the things that the new you still struggles with?
I am still scared that I will end up being that potato couch and stuffing my face with all the unhealthy foods and drinks. I try and keep active as much as I can and I even involve kids in my exercise as well.
If you could give yourself 1 piece of advice to help with that struggle, what would it be?
Be proud of who you have become and who you are. Love yourself.
Did you plateau, get stuck, or get disillusioned, or even slide backwards a bit on your journey?
Yes, I did for a week. Not going to blame the lockdown but I have been feeling trapped and cannot get out, I suppose being stuck indoors makes you feel like this sometimes, but then I realized I have come this far not going to give it all up.
What is better since you got healthy?
I have so much more energy to even play hide and seek with my kids and run around which is something I never done before.
What’s your favourite form of exercise? [Running, yoga, weightlifting, etc]
Weightlifting, and slowly getting into the running.
How long have you been training and how did you get started?
I started when I started doing the Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge in January. I loved the exercise plans that came with it and how you started as a beginner and slowly moved onto the harder ones. I loved the weekly challenges. It was hard at times but you put your body to test and push how far it can go. Never knew I can do so many burpees or sit-ups in a certain time frame.
What does your typical workout look like?
- I mainly focus on my stomach and legs.
- Lots of squats
- Crunches, Sit-ups
- Lunges – Even though they are a killer
- Now with us in level 3 I can increase my running in the evenings.
Favorite exercise? [Distance / pose / movement / etc]
A full body weightlifting session with my husband. He really pushes me.
Least favorite exercise? [Distance / pose / movement / etc]
How does exercise make you feel?
Full of energy, happy.
Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why?
I don’t mind at all most of the time my 9-year-old son joins me. My mindset is right, so I stay focused and don’t get distracted. As long as there is good music I’m good to go.
Most embarrassing training moment?
Don’t really have one, I’m always clumsy.
Top 3 things you must have at the gym or in your gym bag?
- Good music
- Bubblegum and towel
Your next training goal?
Working towards a six or 8 pack.
Top 5 songs on your training playlist?
- Love house music
- Micasa – Tocca
- Back Coffee – Drive
- Reel to Real – Like to move it
- Drake – Some rap music.
How has exercise/training/Sport Changed your life? [Made it better, etc – please be specific]
I’m healthier, more confident, and feel capable. Love the feeling of sweating.
What’s your favourite meal?
OK, now what’s your favourite healthy meal?
Grilled chicken with a salsa salad.
What’s your nutrition philosophy / approach? [If you have one]
I follow IF (intermittent fasting)and eating clean.
How many meals a day do you eat?
Only 2 , Snack on biltong, cheese or tomato slices
Do you have a cheat meal / treat strategy?
Yes I do – everything in moderation.
Most memorable personal best achievement to date. Something you maybe never imagined you could do?
Definitely my weight didn’t think ill ever exercise or even walk or run. Thank you Sleekgeek all thanks to you and the community.
A Winner is a Dreamer Who Never Gives Up – Nelson Mandela
To be honest I don’t read, can’t remember when last I read a book. That’s my next thing on my list.
What inspires and motivates you?
My daughter 4 and son 9. They are just amazing.
For what are you most grateful?
Family and health
What do you want to say to other community members who might be nervous or hesitant to make a start?.
It’s never too late to make a change, once you get where you want to be you will never want to go back. Change is good. You look and feel good as a person.
What are your top 5 tips for anyone starting on a healthy journey?
- Right Mindset is important
- Eat clean
- Get enough sleep
- Set goals for yourself
- Never give up