With a Little Help from My Friends
Thinus Blignaut recruited the best team to help him lose 44kg and overhaul his health
THE GAIN I grew up being overweight: I reached 3 digits on the scale before I was old enough for high school. Regular doctor appointments were a big part of my life due to all the obesityrelated health problems – I had almost all of the big ones: cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure and more. My all-time low? Reaching an all-time high of 147kg in varsity.
THE CHANGE Being overweight for most of my life set me up with all kinds of social pressure and challenges which didn’t end at high school, they made their way to varsity too. I ended up being the fat guy with no voice at the back of the lecture hoping he would disappear in the masses of people I perceived to have flawless bodies. Seeing 147kg on the scale shook me all the way to my nonexistent core. I knew I was speeding down the 150s lane. I just couldn’t be that guy, so I made the best and most important decision of my life.
THE STRATEGY I knew that changing a lifetime of bad habits would be my biggest challenge. With the recommendations of close friends I consulted a nutritionist. I strongly believed in the use of professionals who are trained and knowledgeable. The nutritionist taught me good eating habits and choosing diets to be healthy and nutritious. I lost my first 10kg with healthy eating. Seeing the scale drop to under 140 brought tears to my eyes. That was the moment I knew I could do this. I felt the need to step it up a notch and found an exceptional trainer to take the last steps of the journey with me. My personal trainer gave me one glance and just said “let’s begin”. I found myself on the gym floor in the first 15 min thinking “I did this to myself and this is what is needed to fix this”. Soon after I had lots of friends and random individuals in the gym supporting my transformation with moral support and words of encouragement. I lost the rest of my weight on a high intensity training regime, and I was basically living in the gym.
THE REWARD Life couldn’t be better. I’m a happier, healthier and more respected individual. For the first time its fun doing activities involving physical exercise. The social challenges are something of the past and were replaced by positive selfimage and confidence. I’m hooked and my goals changed from losing weight go gaining muscle and reshaping my body.
THE RESULT I lost 50kg. My waist size went down from a size 44 to 34. For the first time it’s easy to live my life. Obesity related health problems are no longer present in my life. The best result I could ever ask for is people approaching me saying that my journey gave them the motivation to take on a challenge in their life. For me this was just as satisfying as losing 50kg for I wouldn’t have been able to do this and motivate other people and achieve this loss without my trainers, nutritionist, family and friends. A strong support base is important when taking on a life-changing task.