WEEK 8: A whole new world

I have started training again and its feeling great to get back into the swing of things. I have moments of self doubt where I feel like I will not succeed, but thats starting to get less and less as the days go by. The 10kg milestone was a real mental boost and many people in my family, friends are starting to see the (weight loss) results of my hard work; I am getting lots of positive comments and support. I am now pleasantly surprised when people don’t offer me cake and have made salads or added fruit to a desert table because they are now adapting their menu to suit my needs too. Winning!

In my home my entire family is now eating low GI bread and mostly brown rice with meals.  (I’m not forcing them!) I am getting quite a few people asking me for tips and help, so its quite fun to be able to have positive conversations about food choices and fitness

It was a tough beginning and I felt like I was struggling on my own these past 8 weeks (with my PT keeping me focused), but now I feel like my world has adapted. My husband will actually look out for different brands of dark chocolate for me to try!

So I am feeling quite positive and also more in control of myself and more confident that I will make the right choices. I don’t feel like I want to eat the sugar-laden desserts, even when they are right in front of me. I feel like I am finally finding my feet in this whole new world of health and fitness and I feel quite excited at what the future holds.


Siham Arieff
Siham Arieff

Siham is a wellness writer, stroke survivor, mom of 3 and coffee lover on a health and fitness journey who recently relocated back home to Cape Town, South Africa.

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