“I Picked An Exercise Regime That I Enjoyed To Lose Weight”
By Zinhlezonke Zikalala
This woman’s resilience drove the fat away.
When you’re determined to lose weight, “you have to learn to be your own cheerleader,” says Mo. Here’s her inspirational weight-loss story…
Morongoenyane “Mo” Moleko
Occupation: Interior Design
Weight before: 80 Kg
Weight after: 60 Kg
Time required to reach current weight: 1 year and 6 months
Secret weapon: Eating organic and keeping fit
Mo takes after her paternal family, “My dads siblings are fairly heavy-set — hence I’ve been overweight since I was a teenager,” she explains. However Mo’s lifestyle didn’t exactly help her waistline. “I ate a lot of takeaways, fast foods, bad carbs, junk food and everything I wasn’t suppose to eat,” she adds.
Plus she wasn’t getting any form exercise either, “I never committed to working out,” she admits.
“I got a wakeup call when I lost my dad to diabetes,” she says. That’s when Mo realised that her weight was actually a threat to her life. “I did a scan that suggested that my health status was equivalent to that of an ailing 50 year-old person,” she says.
And that was that — she changed her diet immediately and started exercising. “It was trial and error at the beginning. I started with weight-loss supplements, then moved on to banting, until I decided to just eat clean by avoiding sugar and foods with added preservatives,” she says.
Exercising is so much fun when you do something different and exciting — so that’s exactly what Mo did. “I took up boxing as my exercise routine. I attended classes 3 to 6 times a week,” she adds. Mo was also more conscious of what she fed her body, “I made it a point that I knew where my food came from — I tried eating as organic as possible.”
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Even though it took a while for Mo to start shedding the weight, but when it did start falling off, it was amazing. “I dropped 5 dress sizes and people commented, and it was such a sweet revelation.” You deserve it girl!
It’s not worth it.
“Something to remember when temptations come your way.”
Just do it.
“Don’t make excuses, lose weight rather.”
You are a winner.
“Winners don’t quit.”
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