When I met Cliff I was a dedicated runner. I would run 10km every morning with my running group and I had completed my first 21km race with a good time and was pushing myself hard to train for a marathon. I was trim and toned. I ended up getting really bad ITB. It was excruciating to walk and I was not able to climb stairs.
I went for phuysio, acupuncture and sports massage. Eventually I was told to rest for at least 6 months – no training at all. So I took a 6 month break, when I started training again, I soon started feeling the pain of ITB flaring up and was told to take another few months to rest up the injury. Long story short I got caught up in laziness, good times, a wedding and ultimately infertility took its hold on my life.
My sole driver was finding a way to get pregnant and create a family with my husband. Everything else took a back seat and exercise and running was THE last thing on my mind.
Throughout our 7 year journey with infertility, I realised that I was gaining weight. I realised that the hormone treatments were not helping my waistline and I knew that I needed to “lose some weight”. But if I’m truly honest with myself I think I was in denial about how much weight I needed to lose.
Fast forward to my pregnancy where I took the eating for two to heart and gained a hefty 23kgs. I lost those 23kgs very quickly after having Kade thanks to breast feeding but was still overweight for my height and according to my BMI I was considered “morbidly obese”.
I lived in denial. Until 10 weeks ago. My mother and sister had being following an eating plan and both had lost a huge amount of weight. They were looking amazing and I was jealous as all hell. So I made an appointment at the same dietician they were seeing and got the shock of my life. I was told that to be at my optimum weight I would need to lose 21kgs. I could not believe that I needed to lose THAT much weight. We finally settled on a weight that I was happy with and I started eating healthy again.
I measured my body holistically and was shocked to see that my measurements came out at a whopping 818 cm! Every week I measured myself and was pleased to see that I was consistently losing inches every week. Over the past 10 weeks, I’ve been measuring and have had two weigh ins. I’ve lost a total of 116 cm and at my last weigh in had lost 11kgs. Now that I can be truly honest with myself I can acknowledge that the 21kgs they suggested I lose was not such a stretch after all…
I am super chuffed with my results so far. I went to see a friend of mine who is drawing up a training plan for me to get me back into my running (I have commited to #RunSoweto10km after all!) and to tone up and she measured my BMI on Saturday. When I started this process as far as I knew I had a BMI of 33. Normal for a woman is between 18 and 22. On Saturday my BMI came out at 20! My confidence has soared. I’m feeling more energetic and sexier than I’ve felt in a long, long time!
I’m stoked! I will never allow myself to get back to where I was.
I’m loving my new body beautiful and cannot wait to reach my goal weight and maintain this new positive me!
I took these photo’s about 4 weeks back when I had to clear out my cupboards cos none of my clothes fitted me anymore – they were TOO BIG!