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QA: 15.5kg down for Cape Town Sleekgeek Edward

Name:

Edward Darvall

Age:

57

Location:

Cape Town

How much weight have you lost on your journey so far?

94 kg – 78.5 kg loss

What do you do? [Job]

Maintenance and Project Manager for CBRE Excellerate at Sanlam site

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

  • I love to grow vegetables in the ground as well as Hydroponics.
  • I grow Microgreens
  • I have a few bonsai trees growing as well
  • I love running 5, 10 and 21.1 km
  • I am training for my first 42.2 km in October

YOU AND SLEEKGEEK

How long have you been a member of Sleekgeek?

2 years

How did you find Sleekgeek?

My wife Kat is in Sleekgeek

What is your favourite part of the Sleekgeek Community?

I love the fact that we are a group of like-minded people who set and achieve our goals in various areas of our lives. Also that we have the support of professional leaders with the knowledge to guide us in our journey.

YOUR TRANSFORMATION

Describe the “old you” before you made your transformation. How did you get there and what were you like?

I remember having to walk and jog a 5km Park run. Slowly but surely I lost the extra weight and trained more. Today I can run a 21.1 km

What ignited your initial motivation to change?

I felt slow and without the energy to live.

What are some of the things that the new you does differently now?

I eat better, train regularly in the gym and run at least 3 times a week.

What are some of the things that the new you still struggles with?

Eating healthy all the time is a challenge.

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

Prepare enough healthy food to be able to snack if you have to.

Did you plateau, get stuck, or get disillusioned, or even slide backwards a bit on your journey?

Yes, I think we all have our ups and downs through our life journey

What is better since you got healthy?

The quality of life

TRAINING

What’s your favourite form of exercise? [Running, yoga, weightlifting, etc]

Running and gym.

How long have you been training and how did you get started?

I started this again 2 years ago with the long-distance running.

What does your typical workout look like?

Gym –
Day one legs with cardio
Day two arms with cardio
Day three row and cycle,

Favorite exercise? [Distance / pose / movement / etc]

10km run

Least favorite exercise? [Distance / pose / movement / etc]

Burpees

How does exercise make you feel?

Exercise makes me feel happy and strong

Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why?

I don’t mind. If I go for a PB I want to run alone.

Most embarrassing training moment?

Got stuck with weights on my chest during the bench press. Tried to go too heavy.

Your next training goal?

Bench press 80kg
Run 42,2 km marathon

Top 5 songs on your training playlist?

All songs from Linkin Park
All songs from Nickelback

How has exercise/training/Sport Changed your life? [Made it better, etc – please be specific]

Training and exercise has bettered my life in many ways. I am feeling fit and healthy. It is easy for me to run up the stairs at work or in a mall. Breathing is easy. My mind is quick and sharp.

NUTRITION

What’s your favourite meal?

FOOD ☺

OK, now what’s your favourite healthy meal?

Veg curry

Favourite protein?

Pork chops

Favourite fat?

Avocado

Favourite carbohydrate?

Cookies

How many meals a day do you eat?

Three

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?

I did not think I could run a 21.1km

Favorite book?

Dale Carnegie – How to win friends and influence people

What inspires and motivates you?

A life or work challenge.

For what are you most grateful?

My wonderful family and good health.

What do you want to say to other community members who might be nervous or hesitant to make a start?

Don’t delay the starting date. Take it one day at a time. Do better every day. Create new good habits.

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

  1. Plan and control meals – change to healthy food for all meals.
  2. Plan exercise and training schedule and stick to it. Start slowly.
  3. Be 1% better than yesterday.
  4. Get to know you body
  5. Never give up

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