That first ‘iconic’ before and after shot

Motivation? Something we all say we need more of. But what exactly is it and how does being motivated actually change how you do things. This is something I believe only you can find out for yourself, however, I sure as hell can share with you what has motivated me so far and hope it helps you find a little piece of yours. One thing I know for sure though, it wasn’t quite as simple as just taking a photo…

Let’s rewind back to 12 months ago, basically I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and to be honest half of the time it wasn’t because I was necessarily hungry, I was either bored or used food as my main form of comfort. Sometimes I would eat up to 4 or 5 decent sized meals a day and multiple unhealthy snacks in between. Not to mention I would never eat breakfast and usually wouldn’t eat until around 10:00am daily. Yes, I’ll admit I also frequented the fridge throughout the night usually on more than one occasion.

So what was my turning point? There initially were a few significant factors that pushed me slowly in the direction of making my healthy lifestyle change. One of the main ones was my health, at 22 I was taken to hospital with a severe case of Atrium Fibrillation (an irregular and rapid heart rate) that lasted for a little over three hours and reached a total of 204 beats per minute and had no intention of slowing, due to this we had no choice but to stop it. For the following 12 months, further relatable issues surfaced. Amongst other more generalised health issues, this one, in particular, was linked back to my weight and lack of health.

With depression and anxiety being a big thing in my family, I wasn’t surprised to notice that over time these symptoms were coming my way. With an extremely busy lifestyle and my self-worth starting to fall a little faster than before, I started to realise that in order to feel better (both physically and mentally) I needed to start somewhere. Day 1, at 142 kg (Photo on the left) I decided to do what I really did not want to do, have my photo taken. This for me was not only to be used later on as a comparison for my journey but also a reminder of where I physically and mentally never want to be again. It was later that week I initiated contact with a woman by the name of Belinda who became my short-term life and motivational coach, with her direction I knew that from there, the rest was up to me…

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Now 8 months on I have just (literally two weeks ago) reached my third goal! Punching under 110kg my second shot was taken at the total weight of 109kg (Photo on the right). For me, I have always seen others use ‘that first iconic before and after shot’ and have wondered what it would be like to physically see the change and transition before your very own eyes. Well two weeks ago, for the first time, I had that feeling and what an amazing thing it was!

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