Debbie Brein, Durban
"The eating was tough especially with always being so busy. But the shakes became a standard part of what I carried in my car to replace missed meals when I was rushing. Another valuable lesson I learned in these 12 weeks is that it is all about keeping the balance and not making excuses. So yes, I sometimes travel and stay in hotels and can’t always plan my meals, but then I must make the best choices. At times I also battled to make all the training sessions due to kid’s commitments and travelling, but I made sure I was committed and made up for it when I was available to exercise. Life has to go on and is not going to get less hectic. But then don’t make excuses and do what you can. I told myself this repeatedly.
On the note of balance I think part of my success was not falling into the trap of deprivation. There were times when I compromised but with the support around me, I enjoyed some pleasures and worked hard to work them off. Right in the middle of the challenge I went to England for a week to watch my son play cricket. I thought I was escaping for a week but alas, Wendy’s emails still found their way to me in the UK asking me if I am doing my exercises in my room and keeping an eye on my eating! It was a good reminder that I could still enjoy myself and have my strawberries and cream at Wimbledon with my Pimms and lemonade, provided I went for a run the next day!
Even now that The Challenge is complete and the hectic lifestyle makes me want to lie on the couch in each free moment, I can still hear Wendy’s voice ringing in my ears “Stop Making Excuses!” and that is what it boils down to. But we all need to be reminded and have that support of those around us to keep on track when we start to go off track. I am so grateful to the FITNESS MANIACS team, and my husband for the constant support he has given me on my transformation journey. How worth it the 12 weeks of hard work were, to now be enjoying a happier, more confident and less stressed slimmer me once again. I am back!".