Please give us a short history of your journey to health and fitness before the challenge.
Prior to the challenge I had never been able to stick to an eating plan for longer than a month, I could never find the motivation to exercise and I tried every diet pill on the market to try help fix my weight problem.
My weight has yo-yo’d since about the age of 13 which has given me body confidence issues all my adult life. As much as I would lose weight on these diets I would never be happy with the results on the scale, even when I looked sickly.
What prompted you to join the Sleekgeek Transformation Challenge?
I made the decision this year to make an effort to be the best version of myself before I turn 30. With my birthday being in July and most of the year gone already I knew I had to push to do a transformation in a short period. I started eating on a strict plan and gyming daily at the end of May with the guidance of a trainer, when I saw the challenge pop up on Facebook. I read through the information I would receive and thought why not?
The timing is perfect and I am putting in the work anyway, lets try win something in the process. I also couldn’t afford to continue with a personal trainer after my birthday so hoped this challenge would teach me the tools needed to make this sustainable.
Give us a quick overview of the nutrition and eating plan that you followed during the challenge.
I followed a calorie deficit Macro balanced meal throughout the challenge. I followed the nutrition guides provided by Sleekgeek and started tracking my calories regularly, sticking to ‘whole’ foods and avoiding anything processed/ preserved. I also restricted my alcohol intake to 1-2 units per week if any at all and made sure to only drink water as this journey made me realise my eating habits are not too bad – I drink my calories.
Give us a quick overview of the training and exercise plan that you followed during the challenge.
I did strength training workouts all from home 5-6 days a week and rest days on Sundays. Towards the end of the challenge I realised this was too much for my body and I started changing up a few days for yoga sessions and found this motivated me to want to exercise more and my body wasn’t always hurting. I have since continued with this after the challenge.
If you could give 3 pieces of advice to future challengers, what would they be?
- Do the challengers Journey – show up every single day – this has really helped me make this a sustainable lifestyle and I have continued to lose not only weight but lose centimeters since the challenge has ended.
- Hold yourself accountable but listen to what your body needs – push yourself, this is a challenge after all and you need to commit to making this change but don’t push so hard that it hurts, hurt is not sustainable and rest when you need it.
- Focus on nutrition – I firmly believe that eating in a healthy and balanced way consistently has helped me change my body, I can now see and feel the changes I have looked for and never found anywhere else, you will feel these changes before you see them – don’t give up!
Why should people enter the challenge?
The knowledge gained from doing this challenge has allowed me to make this sustainable, for the first time in my life I have stuck to something for longer than a month and I am doing it without someone having to tell me what to do, without a trainer or dietician or fancy diet pills – just what I have learnt throughout this journey – 8 weeks goes by so fast there really is no reason not to.