“Find something you really want badly, and you won’t keep cheating yourself.”
1 The Problem
“I started gaining weight after I got married in 2000. The weight gradually increased despite being a regular at the gym and an avid cyclist. I’ve done more than 20 cycle races but never lost weight. I’ve been consistent by weighing in at 107kg for years. I used to work five days a week at a normal day job, then worked on weekends as a bouncer at night clubs, where I’d end up eating all sorts of comfort food, like boerie rolls and pies.” THE LESSON You need to pay the bills – but if you don’t look after your body and your health, there’s no amount of money that can help you reverse the damage.
2 The Change
“Being overweight caused a massive back issue for me, and walking around in clubs all night made it much worse. When I stood for extensive periods, or did things like shopping, my back would spasm. It got so bad that I couldn’t play with my sons for more than 15 minutes.”
THE LESSON Being overweight means bigger clothes and changing your whole wardrobe, which costs you serious money and self-esteem. The answer is to set goals and follow them without questioning them. Persistence is the key to change. Being overweight doesn’t happen over night, so losing weight doesn’t happen over night either. You need to work to lose it.
3 The Strategy
“My weakness was junk food, so my strategy was to discipline myself to say no. I went to media events, functions, parties, family events and restaurants, but refused to eat the wrong food. I followed the diet plan my coach gave me without complaining. I stopped drinking, stopped bingeing, kept healthy snacks close to me and learned how to say no. Getting on to the stage was my ultimate goal. If you want something really badly, you won’t cheat yourself.”
THE LESSON One of the biggest misconceptions is that people feel that by going to the gym enough, it warrants wholesale cheating on your meal plan. It doesn’t.
4 The Result
“When I saw my pants were becoming loose, I became addicted to the changes. From size 42 to 40, then down to 36, and when I dropped to 34 I was ecstatic. Now I have to buy size 32, because size 30 pants don’t fit my thighs.”
THE LESSON The small results will keep you going towards the big one. They will keep you motivated, and your friends and family will also provide positive feedback.