Before I became a fitness professional, a USN face of fitness cover model search finalist and then all conquering Fitness bikinis stage Diva I also struggled with the same struggles you all do.... Babies, work, stress and a body I hated. Well I wouldn't say I was ever heavily overweight, but definitely a bit chubby and soft around the edges so to speak. When I fell pregnant with my second child, I still had some baby weight from my first pregnancy.
MY TURNING POINT
After my two babies got a bit older, I was left with all the weight that I had gained. We went on holiday with my in-laws. My father-in-law convinced me to go for a run with him one morning, he was an enthusiastic runner at the time. I was completely unprepared, so we had to go buy a pair of running shoes at the nearest mall. That marked the start of my journey back to improving myself, my house and better my body. But I grew weary of the same type of exercise, so I decided it was time to join the gym. I became a member of the local Virgin Active. At first, I did a lot of spinning classes and then began lifting weights in the privacy of their Studio.
Through my natural progression of training, I started to clean up my diet. My first step was to eat more natural food and reduce my portion sizes. I never cut carbs or did anything extreme. I always try to maintain a healthy balance. With this approach things finally started to happen. The process was made more difficult by the fact that I chose to do things naturally. To me this was a lifestyle change and not a quick fix. My dedication and focus to the process eventually paid off. I finally reached my goal weight of 50 kg I weighed 75 when I started so it was a significant change for me. Although I was skinny, my body fat composition was still predominantly fat with very little muscle.
BIKINI BUG BITES
I entered a competitive bikini competition in 2013 and selected the beach bikini division as this suited my physique at the time. This proved to be a significant turning point in my transformation journey. At the competition I saw fitness bikini girls and I was overwhelmed! I decided there and then that I wanted that look… which meant gaining more muscle. I went back home and immediately started researching how to change my approach to add more muscle to my petite frame. While I competed at the IFBB national Championships in 2014 and 2015 and 2016 I never placed in the top 3, but I didn't lose hope. I chose to take each attempt as a lesson and refined my approach. In 2017 I had my best year thus far. I won every competition I entered. This included a win in the 2017 IFBB national championships which earned me my national colours and the opportunity to compete for my country at the world championships in Romania. I won SA championships again in 2018 and went to Spain to compete on World stage again.
If you had told me a few years ago that I would be boarding a plane to compete on a World stage I would’ve never have believed you. 5 years ago, I did not even own a pair of trainers or gym membership. I still have to pinch myself sometimes. I recently threw out my old wardrobe. When I think about the clothes I use to wear, I just laugh. I gave away sizes 14 to 15 clothing, but it wasn't just the size I find unbelievable, the style of the clothing I chose to wear when I was overweight and lacked self-confidence was also not me. This speaks volumes about how weight loss changes your entire outlook on life not only in terms of who you are but also the image you choose to portray. I’m a 41-year-old mom and wife. In addition, I do online training and life coaching. Since 2013, I’ve been a personal trainer and earned my protea colours in bodybuilding in 2017. I am currently a 2-year IFBB SA-champ (2017 and 2018) and working hard at 2019. Not only am I an USN ambassador, but also Trifocus fitness academy ambassador and lifestyle model for Liquidsalt activewear. I also won top 6 position as the USN Fitness Magazine's "Face of fitness" and appeared in numerous articles in Fitness magazine. And I was the cover girl for Fatloss magazine's summer edition in 2018. I run my own 12-week online challenge 3 times a year. My purpose is to help as many people possible lose weight and live a happier, healthier lifestyles.
A BETTER LIFE
This transformation process made me a better person both inside and out. It gave me more energy and it changed my personality. This transformation made me a happier person which also made me a better mother and wife. You were not designed to eat and stress all day, we are all meant to be healthy and happy people. You will only realise that once you've transformed your lifestyle and your body. Even if you don't fit into a bikini at the end of the process, which should never be your primary goal... if we are positive it will certainly change your life and have a positive impact on your life and those closest to you.