Astraulita regains control, not only over her body, but also her life.
It’s a Sunday, late afternoon and Astraulita Smith is frantically packing her bags at the last minute. “I was on my way to Johannesburg for a work trip and none of my clothes fit me. I felt so discouraged,” she says, recalling the day she made a decision to change her life. The fact is, Astraulita had been unhappy for a long time. Depression, hopelessness and constant negativity had taken over her thoughts and feelings. Walking passed women who were older than her and yet in better shape, made her feel worse about herself. She felt ashamed of the person she had become.
Tired and fed up, she knew that she needed to take the necessary steps to change her life. “I remember it so well. It was on a Friday. I phoned the morning and spoke with Barry, one of the sales guys [at the gym]. [Then I] went for my meeting at 13:00, contacted my trainer the Saturday and started the following Monday.”
Hitting the gym regularly, Johan Van Walt, her personal trainer put her through three initial stages. They started off with cardio and HIT (High Intensity Training) once a day for six days, the second phase was 30 minutes of weight training and 30 minutes of cardio for six days. They ended with a phase of cardio and light weight training, twice a day for six days, increasing reps every week. Each phase lasted a month.
When she was feeling down, her fiancé Etienne motivated her to keep going. At that point, where you want to give up or slow down, it becomes vital to have the support of loved ones and to remind yourself of why you started your transformation in the first place. For Astraulita, it was because she wanted to live again. Go out with her friends. Be confident and buy any clothes at the store without worrying if it would fit her. She ultimately wanted happiness and to gain control of her life.
“I was tired of admiring the girl with a good looking body- I wanted to become the girl with the good looking body.”
Astraulita, who lost 3kg during the beginning stages of her transformation, wanted to step it up a notch in January of this year. She did so by taking the USN Body Makeover Challenge. To make things fun, she placed bets with people around her and won clothing and spa treatments. Regretfully though, she didn’t officially register for the Makeover Challenge competition, but she followed the supplement, eating and workout plan. For the entire duration of the challenge, she didn’t see her parents or sister, so she could surprise them with the results. Her new training and nutrition plan combined with USN products had paid off. The results was 9kg weight loss in 12 weeks. Even though her results were fast while on the USN supplements, she still maintains that patience is a virtue where it comes to transforming your body.
“The journey wasn’t easy and it doesn’t happen overnight, it is hard work, but it’s worth it.”
The experience changed more than her pants size. She regained her self- esteem and confidence. Her relationships with her fiancé, family and friends have grown stronger. The best part is when her friends or colleagues tell her they are so motivated by the changes she’s made that they’ve decided to take a jog or eat a salad for supper instead of their usual ritual of consuming fast food or unhealthy dishes while sedentary.
For Astraulita, the challenge doesn’t stop there, but has now become a lifestyle.
“I’ve learnt that health and fitness is a journey and not a pitstop.”
- Biggest cravings: Pizza and magnum red velvet ice cream
- Favourite health food dish: Egg white omelette with mushrooms. Baby marrow with cucumber and cottage cheese.
- Favourite training move/routine: Squats and lunges- I absolutely love leg day.
- Must-use supplements: USN Phedra cut, CLA and USN pre work out.
- Top diet tip: Plan your meals ahead, set a gaol for yourself. Take lots and lots of pictures to see results. Don’t think of it as a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
- Before weight: 70.8kg
- Before Body Fat%: 37.8
- After weight: 58kg
- After Body Fat%: 24.2
- Age: 26
- Married/ Children: engaged with no children
- Career: Sales & Marketing
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.