I had been overweight all my life. Like many people I’d tried diets and going to a regular gym, and although I played team sports regularly I was never able to lose much weight – and keep it off.
I started to realise that I had to make a change in late 2007 when two things happened. A cousin of mine lost a lot of weight and I realised I didn’t want to be the only overweight grandchild in the family. The second was when I saw the success my (now) brother-in-law was having with a meal replacement diet.
Not wanting to be reliant on shakes in the short term, and being sceptical of their long-term success, I knew that I should be able to achieve the same results without resorting to what could turn out to be another failed diet. So, in January 2008, I decided to get serious.
These days the two group training sessions I do with friends have become high points in my week. I derive motivation from my continuing weight loss and increasing fitness. I’ve lost 32kgs in 7 months and have more self esteem and confidence than ever before.
With the support and encouragement of my family and friends – and our great Personal Best trainer! – I’m determined to keep going to reach my goal weight and continue to be healthy and active!