Losing weight, maintaining, and being fit and toned is a journey. It’s not something you do once off and then you’re done. It’s an investment into the one body we have been given and it’s our responsibility to look after it.

As a young girl I was one of those girls who never really had to watch their weight. I grew up in a really happy, healthy home. Mom ensured I always had healthy meals, healthy packed lunches and in school, it was compulsory to do 2 sports, even though I was not the sportiest person around. I definitely was more into debating, drama, public speaking, choir and so on. I didn’t realise how important being active was and with a fast metabolism (especially when you’re young) it’s not something I needed to worry about.

I started putting on weight when I moved out of home at the age of 22. I took my mom’s healthy meals for granted and suddenly take aways were quicker and easier, especially with my crazy busy schedule. I’ve been doing radio since I was 17 years old and have worked hard daily ever since. Going to several functions a week also meant eating the cocktail food that was provided and it was anything but healthy.

Slowly the weight started piling on and I was miserable. Instead of being motivated, I strangely enough (logic defied) turned to food and I became an emotional eater and a comfort eater.

I went from being around 60-62kgs to 85kgs. I then yo-yo’d between 75 and 85kgs.

In 2012 I had had enough. I was approached by the Expresso Morning show to be a part of the celebrity 12 week body challenge with USN. It was one of the best things I have ever done and it completely changed my attitude towards food, educated me in dedicating time to be active. I will always see it as the stepping stone for my journey.

I was absolutely thrilled and proud of where I had got to.

Since then I have maintained my weight by exercising and eating well. Even though I had changed my body shape and done well, I still wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be weight wise and while I was happy that I was maintaining; I couldn’t seem to budge the plateau I was in. It was on to the next part of the journey.

In March 2014, my boyfriend and I discovered the book The Real Meal Revolution. It’s the Banting lifestyle of Low Carbs, High Fat. (LCHF) I read the book cover to cover, started doing extra research (because I like to be well educated on things, especially when it comes to the body) and discovered that this was perfect for my body type, my insulin resistance and the fact that my weight problems are all in my tummy region.

The diet isn’t for everyone, but it’s working so well for me and it’s the easiest thing I have ever done. It’s the first eating program that doesn’t have me begging for a cheat day. I don’t need a cheat day anymore. It’s also the first program where I don’t feel like I’m deprived of something. When I eat carbohydrates, I feel bloated, lethargic and ill. I know I am carb intolerant, just like others are lactose intolerant etc.

I still get carbohydrates in the vegetables I eat, so it’s still pretty balanced. It’s just the correct carbs now. I haven’t increased my protein… I’ve just increased the good fats. I eat avocados, nuts, olive oil, butter, I have the skin on the chicken now and it’s delicious.

I started eating this way and have lost 5 kgs, my energy levels are amazing and I feel better than I have in years.

In this time, however, I started becoming exceptionally busy – more so than usual and my exercise started being the first to be cut out of my schedule.

I have found something I really enjoy doing – Sweat 1000. I have really found that it’s imperative to find something you enjoy. Exercising should not feel like a chore.

Right now, I think it is important to say this: I am happy with my body and proud of where I have come from… but, if I have to deeply honest,  I’m still not exactly where I would like to be and that’s OK. It’s great motivation.

I have always said that I don’t want to be some skinny stick; I just want to be the best, healthiest, fittest version of myself. Right now, I feel smaller, but very soft, flabby and untoned.

(Even though my boyfriend doesn’t think so. Yup, he’s a keeper.)

I sat down with Andrew and Paul Rothschild from Sweat 1000 and told them my plan. I want to do a 12 week program of eating the way I have been, but incorporating exercise properly. They have been incredible with their support. I started with my pitch, expecting to have to go into plenty of detail and really sell it, but before long they both replied with a “Yes! We are in! Happy to help!”

What champs!

I’m going to do that vulnerable “Before Photo” and keep you up to date with my weekly progress. It’s going to be raw, authentic and honest… See it as a peek into my diary. I’ll share what I eat, my weight (yikes), my measurements… everything.

I’m also sharing this on my blog, because I share everything with you! It’s a great motivating factor knowing that it’s going to be posted on the internet. Forever. Gulp.

It puts a little extra heat on knowing that I am going to need that “After 12 weeks photo” to look good when I share it with you.

I’ve decided to start immediately. No excuse. No waiting for Monday. Today, middle of the week, Wednesday! I had my first Sweat 1000 class this morning at 7am. I’m feeling quite unfit, because it’s been a while since I’ve done any exercise, but rather than letting that deter me, I knew I had to start somewhere.

On Twitter you may see the #BaileyBelieve – an idea that came from Andrew, as he said the first step is always believing in yourself.

If you want to join me, I’d love to have you on board, so let me know!

Here are my measurements on day 1:

Arms: 28cm

Thighs: 55cm

Hips: 98cm

Tummy (over the belly button): 88cm

Waist (under boobs): 80cm

My weight: 65.4kgs

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