Weight loss: A month (and 10 kilos!) later


After a month of lots of broccoli, faithful obedience to a string of strict rules and tenacity like never before, I can proudly say that I’ve shed 10 kg.

When I decided a month ago to completely change my eating and lifestyle habits by joining Slender Wonder, I didn’t really realize what was in store for me. What I did know, however, is that I was ready for a year of change – and this month offered me a small taste of that change.

Look, I am a woman who has always loved food, and especially pasta. Of course, it also doesn’t help that I’m not too rotten in the kitchen and that it takes a few minutes to whip up something delicious (and often unhealthy).

However, with this I want to make it clear – I made this decision of change for myself; I wanted to feel healthier, be more mobile and like just a little bit more of the woman in the mirror. However, I know very definitely that everyone’s relationship with food and their body is vastly different and that there is nothing wrong with an old roll or two.

However, I was a bit tired of my own rolls that so often prevented my trousers from fitting correctly or clothes fitting perfectly.

Taking on something like this is certainly not in any man’s (or woman’s) mind. In fact, it didn’t sit in mine either a few months ago. While everyone around you was feasting on mutton, nachos, fat cake and minced meat, pizza and toast – not to mention the glasses of wine that go with it – I enjoyed my small piece of meat and a few pieces of vegetables.

The rules that come with the lifestyle change are very restrictive, no one can change their minds about it. I currently eat drastically less than before, and also only certain types of meat, vegetables and fruit. Each meal is weighed, and you should preferably not eat more or less than the suggested portion sizes.

I currently drink a shake every morning for breakfast and a 100 g piece of meat (usually chicken, fish or red meat) with 120 g of vegetables for lunch and dinner. The vegetables vary between broccoli, butternut squash, orange squash, cucumber, tomatoes, asparagus, cauliflower and spinach. There are definitely more vegetables on the list, this just gives you an idea of ​​which vegetables are allowed. Fruit is also subject to rules, but luckily I like fruit, especially peaches, which I can eat twice a day.

I have to be honest, once you get into the routine of this new lifestyle, it becomes easier and easier to say no to all the delightful temptations. With every morsel of lamb my eyes wandered, I was simply thinking about my cousin’s wedding at the end of the year. After all, this is my aim – and of one thing I am sure – at that wedding I will not turn my nose up at a pumpkin cookie at all.

Doctors, scales and unnecessary worries

As part of this process I have to visit a doctor every two weeks at Slender Wonder’s main branch in Brooklyn, Pretoria.

If you are someone who would rather head towards the mountains when you hear the words “weigh” and “scale”, you can relax. This team is exceptionally friendly, filled with empathy and quickly extinguishes those worries burning in your heart.

What I still have a little trouble getting used to are all the pills I have to take daily. In the morning I inject human chorionic gonadotropin (hhuman chorionic gonadotropin, hCG) in my side. It is administered with a pen similar to an insulin pen. I also currently take 10 pills a day, which are spread between breakfast and dinner. For someone who doesn’t take pills easily, it was definitely an adjustment.

However, as I said in my previous writing, I am ready for a new version of myself. I am ready for new clothes, a new outlook on myself and life and new energy. That’s why I’m more than willing to bite the bullet for the next few months and completely adjust my habits at the same time.

It may be time to start exercising – but the willpower to do so is a completely different matter!

  • This weight loss program is undertaken in collaboration with Slender Wonder.