Malebo’s weight loss journey teaches valuable lessons.
At the age of 25, Malebo Oldjohn was unhealthy and overweight. In fact, she weighed 92.8 kg. She lost her confidence, belief in herself and self esteem. It dawned on her that every year she was gaining 7kg. So, if she continued this way she would weigh 134kg by the time she turned 30. At this point, she had to face the truth -if she didn’t act now she would always be on this downward spiral.
2014 became the year of change. One she will never forget. Instead of going down the same path, she decided that the year would mark the start of something different. She wouldn’t be gaining weight. She would be dedicating the next 365 days (and more) to losing weight. It was time to gain back her self respect and health.
But you know how it goes, right? When you want to lose weight but you keep telling yourself you’ll start next Monday – the Monday that never ends up arriving. Malebo didn’t want to fall into the procrastination trap. So, in January she signed up at a local gym and I worked out twice a day for 5 days a week. Her workouts would last for one hour every session. In the morning she’d run 5km. It was hard because she hated running and had to get used to it. There were times that she fell but she got up again. Now, she is able to run 21km and is pushing herself to be able to run 42km.
“I started running 5km for an hour, and today I am able to do twice the distance within the same time, this means that practice makes one perfect,” she continues, “again, you need to believe that you can. Believe in yourself and your abilities and everything else will follow.”
In the afternoon she’d return to gym for another hour long cardio session. This wasn’t enough though, you cannot exercise and eat whatever you want. Therefore she gave up junk food and began to eat correctly. Eating small and healthy meals regular per day worked for her. Knowing the importance of water, she began to drink a lot of it.
In a bid to help others, Malebo used her story and wrote a book called The Journey. The pages document her struggle with weight loss and how she overcame it. She believes the book is the tangible positive outcome of the bad experiences associated with being overweight.
The 27-year-old is proud of her results so far, but still has some more weight to lose.
“I’ve dropped from a size 42 to a size 36 and my journey doesn’t end there.”
Her new goal is 65 kg and to be a size 34, but she says it’s not just her body that has changed.
“My love life, my career life and the way in which I view things have changed. I am now more active and more confident,” says Malebo, who is now engaged to be married.
Her journey has left her feeling lighter in more ways than one. She’s concluded that things happens for you and not to you. They happen for you to grow, for you to teach, inspire and motivate others. Weight loss is difficult but don’t only focus on the end results, always celebrate the little milestones along the way.
- Age: 27
- Occupation: Author, Life Coach, Speaker and Mentor
- Marital status: Engaged
- Lives: Pretoria, South Africa
- Weight before: 92.8 kg
- Body fat before: 48%
- Weight after: 72 kg with 26% body fat
- Facebook: Malebo Oldjohn
- Favourite snack: Chicken fusion salad
- Favourite exercise: Running
- Favourite quote: You can never know what amazing things your body can do until you work out!
Malebo’s book The Journey is available on amazon or from http://malebogooldjohn.com/contact.html
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.