How Charlotte is fighting fat and inspiring others

In our special edition of the Summer 2018 Fatloss Magazine, we put out a call for women to share their fitness journeys with us, are they fighting fat or just in need of a lifestyle makeover. Whether they are starting out,  have a dream to change their lifestyles or are already busy inspiring other with their stories.

The March winner of a Biogen hamper worth R3,000 is Charlotte Ngonelo @charlottealive

Biogen Fatloss Mag hamper

Here posts says it best; “Quitting is not an option”


What was the defining moment that started your transformation journey?

This actually happened late last year 2017 when my family and I had to attend an event and non of my clothes fit me perfectly. I had to buy a new outfit just so I can be comfortable.

What are your goals?   Do you do smaller milestone goals or do you have that one big one?

I want to lose body fat. That is my main goal. I am not expecting a new body overnight – I do a lot of heavy weight lifting and some cardio/HIIT (1-3 times a week), but I know I carry a lot of body fat, so my focus is to work it off.

I would love to ditch size 38 and go back to size 34, be toned, feel lighter and be completely happy with my body.

What does your nutrition look like?

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being good), I would say that I’m at 5. I say this because I eat clean half the month then eat badly the other half, but since I started the #Fatlossmagmybestyearever I have been watching what I put in my body because beliebe it or not I do know that I cannot out train a bad diet. I want to see visible change by my birthday in September – that will be a gift to myself.

What do you do for training?

  • Monday  – Legs (weight and machines) and cardio in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday  – Triceps and Chest ( I love bench pressing, doing cable cross flyes and overhead extensions)
  • Wednesday  – Abs and Biceps and cardio in the afternoon.
  • Thursday  – Shoulders and Back ( Lat pulldowns and cable rows are my fav)
  • Friday  – Legs and Abs ( I do legs twice because I’m bottom heavy) then in the afternoon I do HIIT for about 45 mins.
  • Saturday  – Full body workout
  • Sunday  – Rest day for me

My body may have fat that I need to shed, but whenever I train or flex I feel lots of muscle – that motivates me even more. I want to see my hidden body.

What advise do you have for other women that know they need/want to start?

You only have one body – love it – take care of it. If you are unhappy about something, in this case your body image or how you eat – do something about it – make a change for different positive results. have a realistic goal and work on it step by step. You are not perfect, so there’s a big chance you will make mistakes, but the secret is not to quit or stop, but to pick yourself up and keep going and it ends up being a lifestyle.

“You only have one body, #loveyourbody!”

She’s inspiring not only her fans on Instagram, but also getting her mom to move along with her:



Author: Tanja Schmitz

Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.

Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You'll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.