FitSlim 2019 winners: National 3rd place winner, Juanita Rabie

What makes Run/Walk For Life and eatForLife’s annual FitSlim Challenge different from the many similar weight-loss initiatives that are being undertaken at any given time is its focus on changing the lifestyle of the people who decide to take up the challenge of improving their health.

With a focus on losing weight and on fitness – this combination is thanks to a tailored eating plan from eatForLife and Run/Walk For Life’s weekly fitness sessions – the FitSlim Challenge is geared towards making a real change in the lives of participants.

This year’s FitSlim Challenge, which took place from 2 September to 26 October, seems to have kick-started this metamorphosis of body and mind for many of the people who took part in it – and it shows: FitSlim 2019 had more than double the amount of participants that it had last year, with a combined total weight loss of 2,839 kilograms.

This is, ultimately, a challenge that promises great rewards to the winners, and in this regard we are grateful to the many sponsors that made this year’s FitSlim Challenge possible.

Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to this year’s national 3rd place winner, Juanita Rabie of the Sea Point RWFL branch. Juanita wins an ASICS voucher worth R1,000, a FUTURELIFE® hamper, a George Foreman grill and griddle, calf sleeves from Compressport, 2 months’ RWFL and EFL membership, as well as a FloCup.

We had a chance to sit down with Juanita to discuss her journey towards better health during the FitSlim Challenge 2019.

What has always been your biggest challenge when it comes to managing your weight?

My biggest challenge has always been to stay away from food that I know I have an allergic reaction to on some level – this is also the food that I crave most. My other challenge is keeping up exercise on a regular basis and keeping it consistent.

How did the FitSlim Challenge help you to improve your weight and overall health?

I’ve set aside time for me to go for the walks and it also motivated me to walk on the other days. It kept me focused to stay on track because I do it for me, and I wanted to change my lifestyle to a more active one.

How did you stay motivated throughout the challenge?

Definitely my walking partner and friend Manuela. We pushed each other to stay focused and motivated. Also, the group here in Sea Point, we challenged ourselves to better our walking times.

Were you a Run/Walk For Life member before the challenge?

No.

What do you like most about Run/Walk For Life?

It is consistent, three times a week, walking 5 kilometres, and trying to make progress on times. It is a lovely motivating group, run by Melissa, and it is something I am looking forward to. It is me-time and getting fit together at the same time.

Do you have any secrets or tips that you would like to share with people who are struggling with their weight?

Consistency is key! It is all about discipline and knowing why you want to lose weight. Mine was for myself and to improve my health.

Walking almost every day kept me on track. Try to get at least get 10,000 steps in every day. I did way more – 20k to 30k. I also spent some time on a mini trampoline.

I was lucky to know that there is food that I have an allergic reaction to, which made me retain water and not lose weight. So, I eliminated it from my diet and the weight just came off.

I drink a tea made with 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Mix it with warm water and drink it first thing in the morning, it helps to clean your liver.

Introduce some sort of intermittent fasting into your routine, it has huge benefits. It will help with food cravings and give your liver a break. It will test your discipline on another level.

For the last few weeks I’ve also added some sauna time to my regime. It is the best way to relax after a morning walk, and it also help you detox.

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