Guy McDonald, Good Hope FM DJ
Starting weight: 86.5kg After 6 weeks: 83.9kg
Starting body fat: 22% After 6 weeks: 17.20%
"What has been revolutionary is my approach to food! Exercising daily and watching my progress in the mirror has overtaken my need for instant gratification food i.e. unhealthy junk food. I am proud of where my body is at and on its way to and thus I feel more and more respect for myself.
"This is awesome because the other day whilst walking through the mall I observed a gentleman tucking into a large pizza. Usually my first reaction would have been ‘hmm, must get me some pizza for dinner,’ but instead I found myself thinking ‘how disgustingly unhealthy is that!? No salad, he could at least share half with his partner?’ Thus I observed my own idea about food having changed!”
Carl Wastie, Good Hope FM Sports Presenter
Starting weight: 73.3kg After 6 weeks: 71.4kg
Starting body fat: 21.9% After 6 weeks: 19.4%
"Prior to the challenge, the busy lifestyle that I led made me make less time for myself and personal fitness. I was an avid footballer and water polo player, but the hustle and bustle of radio gave me almost no time for a run or a push-up. If I didn’t embark on this challenge, I wouldn’t have known that I was in a slump and it diminished my personal confidence. I’m a short guy and I couldn’t wear the small sizes because my stomach stretched the buttons apart, thus I had to take mediums and even larges to accommodate my heavier physique.
"Finally the opportunity arose to embark on the 12 week USN Body & Lifestyle Challenge and it shifted my thinking. I could finally push myself toward a healthier lifestyle and the incentive is not a R20 000 prize, but a confident new me – with a six-pack of course. Fitness has now become a meeting in my diary.”
Bailey Schneider, 2 Oceans Vibe Radio DJ
Starting weight: 71kg After 6 weeks: 70kg
Starting body fat: 33.8% After 6 weeks: 25.1%
"I’m feeling a bit down because I don’t know if I’m going to get to my goal. I have this problem where the first week I’m all motivated and then I lose focus. Now doing this with Expresso – it’s the extra motivation that is needed… so I’m continuing, but I don’t really see a difference and because of that the motivation isn’t there. Even though I weighed in last week at having lost 3.8% of body fat, I can’t feel it or see it.
"I’m really hoping I start to see results soon. It’s strange… I go through ups and downs. There are days I feel like I’m losing and I’m lighter and then I feel like this. I just hope I’m going to see results and I suppose it’s the fear of ‘What if I do this and it’s not easy and it doesn’t work?’ and weirdly enough ‘What if I do succeed? How am I going to feel in a thinner body? Will my head be right too?’”
So you see, celebrities face the same fears and challenges that we do. Their public persona has to conceal that, which makes them only seem exceptional. They also have to dig deep to be disciplined and to find motivation. They also want to stay in bed longer and want to eat convenient fast food.
We don’t try to get out of shape and it doesn’t happen overnight. By the same token, we can’t expect to get back into great shape overnight, no matter how much we want it. It requires patience, planning and a change in lifestyle, whether you’re a celebrity or not…