The Slender Challenge: Weigh in #1

Just a quick recap… I am taking part in the Slender Challenge #8 sponsored by Health Renewal. Why? Because I am fat again… but not for long! The Slender Challenge: Weigh in #1 I had my first weigh in on Saturday morning and I am down 6.2kgs in 2 weeks. I feel good. 10 weeks (and many, many kilo’s) to go. Stay tuned as I will give you an update every 2 weeks. Next weigh in is on 27/08. Why the Slender Challenge? I need to be pushed. I need to be kept an eye on. I need the support of others fighting the same battle. This is exactly what this challenge is giving me. Plus there’s a huge prize up for grabs. Why the Body Renewal Weight Loss Program? It is a medical weight loss program which specifically targets abnormal and resistant fat, which results in slimming and shaping of the body. A highly professional team lead by a medical doctor assesses every patient. In this consultation your medical history will be evaluated. The doctor will then decide whether any blood tests are necessary. A team of registered nurses supports each patient in their weight loss journey to ensure the best results are obtained. The program is based on improving sensitivity to Leptin and has four components: a low GI diet Weight loss supplements / nutraceuticals in the form of capsules and powder, a daily meal replacement with a low GI health shake Daily injections of a lipotropic substance (HCG) that targets and releases abnormal fat in the body. If the program is strictly adhered to patients lose between...

Why I am fat… again

Those words were quite hard to type. I can’t believe I am here again. Fat. If this is something that you are not interested in, kindly move a long. The reason I am sharing this, is to hold myself accountable and to share my journey for those of you who find themselves feeling fat, ugly and hopeless. Perhaps this post will help you not feel quite so alone in your struggles. I’ve struggled with my weight most of my life. I gained a lot of weight during and after my pregnancy and I finally really did something about in 2014 and I lost a lot of weight. Read about it HERE. I just reread that post myself and I still can’t really believe what I have done to myself. I was happy, healthy, moderately fit and happy with the way I looked. Then… In February 2015 I landed up in hospital and had to undergo spinal surgery. That meant that I was on my back for 8 weeks. It also meant that I was no longer allowed to run or do boot camp. I was also not allowed to pick up my child or vacuum the house. I am still not really supposed to be doing most of those things. My heart was broken. And what do I do when my heart is sore? I eat. And today I have regained all of the weight I lost in 2014 and more! Over the last year I have tried to lose weight many times. All unsuccessful. And every time something ‘bad’ happened, I would head to the fridge. This has...

Are you ready to go from Fat 2 Fit? Then this challenge is for YOU!

The best decision I’ve made in a very long time was to join A New Weigh’s Fat 2 Fit Challenge last year. No idea what I’m on about? Check out my post HERE and read about how I lost 15.6kg / 34.4lb in only 12 weeks. I have no words to express my gratitude to Gaelyn and all the girls who did the challenge with me. It was life changing. The next challenge starts on the 19th and if you need to make a change, I highly recommend that you give it a go. I asked Gaelyn to share a bit of her story and why this challenge is proving to be a huge success: ‘I have always been “big”. In high school my emotional eating started, which led to massive secret binges. I slowly started putting on weight, and should actually have bee a lot bigger than I was – but luckily two provincial sports (synchro and water polo) saved me, and I managed to stay just a little overweight and not obese. That only came once I finished school and started working as a paramedic, with less time to train and exercise, and a highly stressful job where take away is the norm. In 2011 I started a new fitness regime and diet, and slowly started losing weight, but that is when my compartment syndrome started and I was quickly off my feet and in for surgery. When that didn’t go well, I was incredibly depressed and stayed away from any form of exercise – it all hurt and made me face my newfound disability.  After my third surgery...

How I lost 15.6kg / 34.4lb in only 12 weeks – My #F2FChallenge journey

I struggled a bit with the title of this post. I had a few options: ‘How I finally lost my pregnancy weight’. My little girl is almost 4… about time, hey?   ‘I won the #F2FChallenge’. YES! I won! But I don’t really like this one, because I think every single girl who took part in this challenge is a winner.   ‘How I got ‘me’ back… a weight loss journey’. Not a bad one, but I needed the title to make you sit up and listen. A New Weigh deserves the attention.   ‘How I lost 15kg / 34lb by eating pizza’. Yes, you read that correctly… pizza! The A New Weigh approved ‘pizza’ was my go-to meal during this challenge and it’s damn good. Guess what I’m having for supper tonight??   The A New Weigh Fat 2 Fit Challenge is a weight-loss and fitness challenge that provides you with an eating plan, an exercise plan and amazing support. The eating plan works for me 100%. I get to eat a variety of foods and I really like that. I have tried many other eating plans, but I could never stick to it. I like that I get to eat protein, starch and fruit & veg. You even get the opportunity to occasionally have some dessert. I have a terrible sweet tooth, but I didn’t have dessert once during this challenge. I just didn’t feel like it and that is because I ate good food and I felt satisfied. Clean eating for the win! The exercise plan is especially handy if you don’t already exercise. It is...

10kgs and counting…

I was looking for a ‘booyah’ gif to start this blog post off with, but they all make it seem like I’m bragging or gloating. And that is not what this post is about. Don’t get me wrong, I am damn proud of myself, but this post is about sharing a bit of my journey and maybe even inspiring someone to do the same. I started my A New Weigh journey when I joined the #F2FChallenge that kicked off on 15 September ’14. You can read about it HERE and have a look at my previous results posts HERE and HERE. I have lost 10.3kgs to date. As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I am very happy with my results thus far and 10kgs is a huge milestone for me. But what I have gained on this journey outweighs the weight that I have lost (I am just full of puns today). I have some of my confidence back. I walk down the street with my head held a little higher than usual. I am no longer walking around trying to blend into the crowd; scared that I may bump into someone I know. It’s not just because I feel better about the way I look, it’s because I am not carrying the shame around anymore. The shame of trying to solve my problems with food, the shame of eating in secret, the shame of eating to the point where my body can’t take it anymore, the shame of forcing food down my throat in an attempt to force down emotions, to keep them buried deep down inside....

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