Gone were the days when I could look down and see my toes past a flat tummy, be bikini clad on a beach and feel like everything was in its place, eat and drink anything I wanted without any repercussions (or so I thought), go shopping and find clothes that fitted well and were comfortable (not just hiding all the jiggly bits), actually want to have my photo taken and not feel like people judged me when I put food in my mouth! 2015 was the beginning of some major change for me, not just physically but mentally also. It is a journey I am glad to be on and am continuing with for the rest of my life.
I decided it was time for a change and got to work looking into sustainable ways I could improve my health, fitness and well-being. I decided it was time I took ownership of how unhappy, body conscious, overweight and unhealthy I was and took the steps to do something about it. Since March 2015 I have now lost 20 kg – but more importantly than the weight loss is how my relationship with food and attitude towards exercise has completely changed! I feel the best I have in a very long time and it can only get better.
In the past I found it easier to pretend that everything was okay even though I knew deep down it wasn’t. It was easier to pretend that I was happy inside and out than to face the reality of being severely overweight and needing to do something about it. As the old saying goes – the first step is always the hardest and for me (and no doubt numerous others) it most certainly was!
On my journey I use my Facebook page and my blog as outlets for my thoughts and experiences along the way; I have found a real passion for helping people, if they come to me for advice, who find themselves in the same or similar position that I was in for the best part of 15 years. If helping myself also helps others – I can’t ask for anything more rewarding than that!
The hurdles I’ve experienced were probably no different from many other people out there, yet I still felt alone! I had to ask myself how and why did I want to make a change, where could I turn to for advice and support that was free and unbiased, what was going to work for me and ultimately what is going to be sustainable for me as well – fad diets are never intended to have long-term results and long-term results were what I was after.
I am not a healthcare professional, I am not a nutritionist, I am not a dietician – nor do I claim to be an expert in the health and well-being field. I am, however, an expert in my own life based on the fact that I started to walked the path many people want to start or don’t know how to start. I’ve walked the walk (and still am) … by sharing my journey, tips, tricks and advice it hopefully will help others, it might ignite that desire in someone to finally make the changes they need. If I can be that motivation for one other person in the world then that makes it even more worth while!
Being healthier isn’t just about losing weight, it is about finding yourself again; it’s about finding your confidence, learning what you are capable of, pushing yourself to limits you didn’t even know you had, testing your willpower and rejoicing in the self satisfaction you feel by just making change. And knowing you are doing the best you can to be the best YOU you can be … small change can lead to big change.
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I look forward to sharing information and support with you should you need it – I’m only an email away.