My Personal Challenge

30 uphill km in blistering heat to the lake of Ste Croix

If you know me then you know I like to walk the talk.

I wouldn’t dare help my clients be more confident, more motivated and achieve their personal or professional goals, knowing the hard work it can take, without having put myself through the mill first.

I like to lead by example and this is why I constantly set myself challenges.

My last one was to lower my body fat from over 15% to 12% so that I could see my six pack abs.

Why, you ask?

Why not?

A year and a half ago I got in top shape for my wedding. I looked like an athlete, had tons of energy and felt amazing. I wanted to feel like that again for my upcoming trip to South Africa.

So, I followed the advice of my husband and top fitness expert John O’Connell, who devised a workout and nutrition plan for me.

For the past 4 weeks I have worked out extremely hard, followed my nutrition plan to a T, I’ve been in pain, I’ve cried, I’ve sweated buckets, I’ ve laughed, I’ve crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

And the results are: I’m now down in the mid 13%s body fat wise, lost about 6 pounds and I can see my six pack!

Tomorrow is my last body fat check-up and I am confident I will be in the low 13%s. It won’t be 12%, but it will be 13%, which is good enough for me. The South African heat, good food and exercise will do the rest!

I wasn’t that confident when I started my challenge though, I doubted myself and there were times when I was down and felt like giving up, but I kept going regardless of how I felt, because…

Sometimes we need to do things before we can believe we can do them

I believe that self-belief is not something you have or don’t have, it’s something you do, something you build up as you do the things you once thought were impossible. Every time you do something, you prove to yourself you can do it, so you believe in yourself more.

So, whatever your goal/s are, make a great plan and stick to it for dear life.You might be uncertain at the beginning, but as you make progress and have little successes along the way you will feel more confident and motivated too. ThisĀ  will lead you to create the momentum that will allow you to go all the way.

I hope my little SA challenge has inspired you somehow! If you have a personal challenge, be it a fitness one or otherwise that you’d like to share with me or if you need advice on anything, please feel free to comment below!


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