The KEYS to a healthier me (& potentially you)…

120kg. It was the end of 1994 and i had just finished high school and was about to enter the real world of working full time and earning a salary. The fact was that those numbers,i had read on the scale,had been a long time coming.

I had been a chubby kid my whole life but really had let myself go during my high school years. It didn’t require a rocket scientist to figure out that by overeating and doing zero exercise my weight would only ever increase. My ever expanding waistline eventually earned me the moniker of ‘Nelly the Elephant’.

I don’t think those kids that called me that meant it in a bad way or to be nasty but to someone who wasn’t the most confident at the best of times it only meant that i retracted more into my shell. I had other stuff (which I’ll get into on another post)that played a role but my low self esteem has been a factor my whole life.

When i left school i promised myself that somehow i would lose weight and that i would get my life back on track. I started eating less junk food and less foods in general,started exercising more and it was literally 4 or 5 months only and i had lost 40 kilograms.

The feeling i got when i achieved this is something that is difficult to describe. It proved to me that i could do anything,if i put my mind to it. This should of been all she wrote in my story of weight-loss and getting a better looking body. Unfortunately it’s been something that still continues to this day.

I would have to say that one of my main weaknesses is that I’m a tad inconsistent. When i get into something i get very focused and i can stick it out but at other times it ain’t long before i get bored and lose interest quite quickly.

What this has led to,in my quest for a healthier body and lifestyle,is many ups and downs. I seem to have a unhealthy obsession with food and fitness sometimes. My family and friends keep telling me i look fine but every now and than they’ll find me trying some new diet in my effort to improve on my weight and body.

I guess that for most part,my weight has been stable and due to regular training hours in the gym,i find myself to be the fittest i have been for years. So even though it’s been a struggle for the majority of my life (and continues to be) the keys to a healthier and fitter me are the following : {Funny  isn’t it that sometimes the answer we are looking for is right there in front of us}

•BALANCE – The most important key to being healthier and happier is definitely balance. Unless you are a serious sportsman/woman or bodybuilder whose diet doesn’t allow it make sure to have balance in your life. Train hard and eat healthy but if you crave a chocolate allow yourself to eat it.

•COMMON SENSE – This goes hand in hand with balance. When i say allow yourself a cheat snack i mean have the burger or chocolate you want but don’t go overboard by having 2 or 3 burgers or the whole slab of chocolate. Also don’t think that by starving yourself you’ll be achieving your goal. In the end you’ll only do yourself more harm in the process.

•CONSISTENCY – The last but no less important key is to be consistent. Train or do moderate exercise at least 3 to 4 times a week. Try to eat healthy during the week . 5 or 6 small meals continuously during the day is ideal. Allow yourself some treats over the weekend but remember not to overdo it.

So hopefully some of you have found this to be of some help and I’ll continue writing on my experiences with fitness and diet in posts to come. I’m currently doing a 21day challenge by the FITCHEF company and I’ll be reviewing the products as well as posting the results as soon as i have completed the challenge  (I’m around halfway through).

Please feel free to leave a comment or share your story on your life experience with diet and fitness.

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