FitSlim 2019 winners: KwaZulu-Natal provincial winner, Myburgh Hendriksz

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 the KwaZulu-Natal, Myburgh Hendriksz of the Pietermaritzburg RWFL branch. Myburgh wins a two-night stay for two in a luxury sea-facing room at the Oyster Box Hotel, inclusive of breakfast, calf sleeves from Compressport, one month’s free RWFL and EFL membership, and a FloCup.

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

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

To stick to a diet for a long period, as it becomes boring. Also, staying on a diet when your family and friends are not on a diet, and there are a lot of temptations around.

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

I lost 13.7 kg over the eight-week period. My sugar level improved from an average score of 18 before FitSlim, to a score of 6 during the last week of FitSlim. Got an all-clear from my doctor at my six-month check-up after FitSlim, which has not happened for years.

The eatForLife personal meal plan also helped me to stick to my daily intake. The YouTube videos were very helpful. The meal plans have dropdown alternatives to choose from, so the meal plans became dynamic and not boring.

How did you stay motivated throughout the challenge?

By completing the weekly branch mini-challenges that kept you motivated and changed your mindset, and with support from my wife and encouragement from fellow FitSlimmers at sessions and weigh-ins.

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

Not in 2019, but two years earlier.

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

Scheduled sessions aimed at your level of fitness, detailed monthly reports, easy logging of time and distance through the RWFL app. Positive support from branch manager and fellow members.

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

There was some very good information in the eatForLife videos that will assist you to understand your eating habits and dietary pitfalls. Have mini-challenges with a group of friends, because going it alone is tough.