FitSlim 2019 winners: Gauteng provincial winner, Suretha Snyman

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 regional winner in Gauteng , Suretha Snyman of the Northriding Sharonlea RWFL branch. Suretha wins a spa and stay for two at the Indaba Hotel, including three spa treatments, dinner, accommodation and breakfast, a Rosebank Date, consisting of vouchers worth R1,000, two handmade waterproof picnic blankets, calf sleeves from Compressport, a one-hour sports massage voucher, one month’s free classes at Our Movement Studio, one month’s free RWFL and EFL membership, and a FloCup.

We had a chance to sit down with Suretha 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?

The fact that I love food! It’s always been a yo-yo effect – either I’m binging, or I’m starving myself. I’ve tried several diets, but to no avail. Never have I been able to lose weight and maintain it.

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

My first thought was that it would just be another fad I’m trying out. How wrong I was! The first two weeks were the worst. I was busy detoxing, and had to get used to a new way of eating. After this period, I started feeling more energetic, my mood improved and even my training at RWFL went up a notch. My joints were not as painful as before and my endurance increased. Best of all, I started to fit into clothes I last wore in 2011!

How did you stay motivated throughout the challenge?

It is said that ‘no man (woman) is an island’, and I experienced this throughout this challenge. I would not have been able to complete the above mentioned without the love and support of my hubby, my family and my RWFL Sharonlea family.

The weigh-in every week and encouraging chats kept me going. It was great knowing that you’re not the only one struggling on the occasional ‘bad day’. My branch manager also kept motivating me and after our chats, I felt encouraged to continue again.

How do you plan on maintaining the progress that you’ve made?

The beauty of FitSlim is that it becomes a lifestyle. And I’m now so used to eating the foods that’s best for my body that I will continue with the programme regardless.

I will also continue my walking regime at RWFL Sharonlea. Our branch manager suggested that we have informal monthly weigh-ins to motivate each other.

Do you have any special healthy go-to recipes, snacks or meals?

I’m now a fan of fish and salad! Be it hake or tuna – lovely and light to have during the summer months. I’m eating way more fruit – something I had to learn to do. I also tried the FutureLife oats crumpets and must say, they’re divine!

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

Never give up! And try to do it with someone, or in a group. Even if a ‘bad cheat day’ pops up, just get right into it the next day. Having friends around to motivate and encourage you makes a world of difference.

Also, keep on moving! Set goals for yourself and keep on walking or running.
Celebrate small successes! Even if it is resisting that chocolate or losing only a few grams.

Remember that although you might not think so, your determination might motivate someone else!