I never really wanted a lot of things badly enough. I could like something alright but really want and need it was a different story. I went through the greater part of my life having a luke warm attitude towards a lot of things until one fateful day. The day I went for my regular medical examinations and hopped on the scale to reveal how I had gone from being fat to obese was a life changing moment. It was at that very moment that I decided I was going to do everything in my power to do something about the excess weight I was carrying around. I was 85kgs and NOT pregnant. Why is this important to note? Well, when I was full term and a few days before giving birth to my baby girl I was 85kgs so you can imagine the horror! It was time to get up and do something!
I was 85kgs and NOT pregnant.
With no money to subscribe for gym membership I was left to my own devices. I decided running would be my best bet since it was free and all I needed was myself. The first days were hard and I power walked through the most of the distances I had set out for myself. After weeks of pushing myself I eventually ran for longer without stopping and I got all the motivation to keep going…I haven’t stopped running since.
I did not have much information to work with when it came to my eating habits so I simply worked with what other people were trying out. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and sending a message to my friend telling her how hunger was stopping me from sleeping. I had adopted a diet where I ate a very heavy breakfast, sometimes it even had sadza, a heavy-ish lunch and close to nothing but a glass of water and fruit for supper. The scale was not moving, I was unhappy, I was hungry. It was only after reading an article on the internet that I realised that I was doing myself more harm than good and started learning the art of preparing healthy balanced meals. That was one of the best things that ever happened to me!
I am going to be the first NikeWoman from Zimbabwe 🙂
Running got much more fun. I had set out distances to try out and each time I managed to run through them. My goal was to run 10K and if I could do that I would have officially accomplished the biggest goal in my life. It did happen and it was just as I had pictured it. From thereon I started challenging myself to run not just longer but faster and the hobby slowly became an addiction. When I started I showcased my fitness journey on social media. I knew I would have no choice but to show up come rain(in every sense of the word) or shine because my followers would be expecting to see my progress.
I switched things up and added Zumba, Yoga, NRC Workouts, Aerobics, Swimming and Tennis. I realised that running alone was going to get boring at some point so the more activities I included the better variety to choose from. I was bubbly, stronger, happier, fit and lean. I did all this from the comfort of my home and never had to part with a single dime to reach my desired goal. I have bumped into friends from College who can’t believe I haven’t changed at all because I am physically the same person. If only they knew how much change that has taken place mentally as well. I am a completely different person now.
With family and social media followers starting to compliment on my progress I felt the need to to work harder. When I realised the impact my journey had on people around me I created a WhatsApp group which has turned into a movement termed #RunWithFitnessBae. At the beginning of the year it was trending because of a Fitness Challenge I had planned and organised. The movement has participants from different parts of the world but mostly Africa. I have taken the movement from WhatsApp to Facebook, Blogging and Instagram. As it stands I am currently the only Zimbabwean Fitness Blogger and I create fresh content each week!
It brings me so much joy to know that even though my fitness journey was mainly pushed by a case of depression; the fruits that have come from it have actually created a passion and purpose that I could have never imagined. I have managed to inspire people across the globe; especially mothers, to exercise and get back to their pre-pregnancy bodies. Those who have come into contact with me have become better not only physically but emotionally as well.
I am a woman on a mission to make the most of every opportunity life throws at me. I believe everyone can exercise for the body that they want and if you can not afford the gym there is no excuse not to get fit. I am a living example of what park runs can do for you. I am currently 74kgs and I have never had to part with a single dollar to lose weight. I have been through it all, the fad diets, the hoping for miracle weight loss, the drinking fruit juice all day but at the end of the day what I have learnt is that you have to eat right, exercise and be patient. The results will come, just make small changes everyday and you will be amazed at what your body can do.
If you would like to talk to someone about weight loss or weight management then I am the person for you. If you would like to be a part of the current Winter Challenge feel free to join us, all the more competition for the team.
Never give up on what you truly want, it’s not everyday that people get to find out what it is that fires their soul!
I found my purpose. The one thing that makes me get up in the morning and look forward to starting the day. The one thing I dream of, the one thing I get excited talking about, the one thing that keeps me up at night writing up ideas and chewing up my data while I do research on the internet. The one thing that I can’t live without. I think, eat, dream, live fitness. I am Fitness Bae.