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DRAWING A LINE
My weight was perfectly normal when I was a teenager, but I wasn’t too active. I only played a winter sport. After school, I started exercising at home in the evenings. It toned my body well and I looked great. Unfortunately, we moved to a smaller place and I no longer had the space to exercise.
That’s when I started picking up weight. It happened gradually over time and I actually didn’t realise how big I was until I ended up weighing 122kg. I was shocked and desperate. I decided enough was enough.
First, I addressed what I ate. I cut out bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and sugar. I tried to drink more water but I didn’t – and still don’t – do very well with water, but that doesn’t worry me too much.
Then I addressed exercise and joined a tug-of-war club. I participated in my first league competition in April 2016. I enjoyed the social aspect, the competitive side and meeting new people.
BRAVING THE GYM
Then I joined a small gym. I was so shy. I had to do burpees, but couldn’t even bend down. When I tried planking, my breasts would hang on the floor. It was horrible. I couldn’t walk for two weeks – it hurt so much – but I went every evening from Monday to Thursday.
I would go home and practise burpees until I got them right. I started to do CrossFit and ended up loving going to the gym and making gym buddies. The coaches were positive, patient and persistent with me. Joining a gym was the best decision I made and money well spent.
Of course, without my family and friends this journey would not have been so bearable. When I ate something my mom would ask ‘ Mag jy dit eet?’ (‘Are you allowed to eat that?’) I loved her for that.
Two years ago, I never thought I could be so active. Now, with so much weight lost and a new active life, I feel alive for the first time in a very long time.