We sat down with Adele who placed fourth in the Women’s Transformation category of our Winter’s 8-Week Challenge 2023. We wanted to find out the secret to her success and she was happy to share it with us.
Please give us a short history of your journey to health and fitness before the challenge.
I was starting to reach a point of feeling really irritated in my own body because of the unhealthy lifestyle I was living. I hated seeing pictures of myself and I hated shopping for clothes even more. There is so little in life that we have control over, but we DO have control over how we treat our bodies, so I decided it was time to take that seriously and to make a sincere effort to make healthier choices. A healthier and happier me = a healthier and happier Wife and Mom.
What prompted you to join the Sleekgeek Transformation Challenge?
I had participated previously, so I knew that if I entered, I would have access to a substantial support network during this journey, not only through a team but also through access to quality nutritional and exercise information, and the idea of not having to do this alone made it an easy decision to do the Challenge.
Give us a quick overview of the nutrition and eating plan that you followed during the challenge.
I decided to keep things simple so that I could sustain it over the 8 weeks. My meals consisted of protein in the form of chicken, pork, fish, along with spinach/tomatoes/vegetables. When I wanted something sweet I had plain low-fat yoghurt with chocolate flavoured whey protein mixed into it. I kept water to at least 2 – 3 litres a day and I decided from the start that I would not stock up on healthy snacks because I don’t have the discipline to not eat it all in one go, so it was best to remove that temptation in its entirety. I also cut down completely on alcohol.
Give us a quick overview of the training and exercise plan that you followed during the challenge.
I tried to do a walk every day, irrespective of the weather, this was tough as it has been exceptionally cold and wet this year, but even a 2 km walk is better than nothing. I incorporated weights into all of my training at home and used a kettlebell when I did my step ups, squats and team roadblocks every evening. Weekends I made my walks longer and included my kids on their bicycles to help keep it fun.
If you could give 3 pieces of advice to future challengers, what would they be?
Join a team – they help keep you accountable and make it fun.
Ditch the alcohol.
Eating healthier foods that you enjoy makes it much easier, even if it means your meals are consistently “boring”.
Why should people enter the challenge?
To prove to yourself that you can do something hard. You will meet like-minded people and make amazing friends. The 8 weeks will go past anyway, may as well do something remarkable for yourself during that time.