Get Your Weight Loss Inspiration From FITNESSGIRL
Just the other day we published an article on getting your fitness and health inspiration from Candibod. But there’s another rockstar girl out there that absolutely astounds us with her unshakable willpower and diet and fitness routine: Tracey-Lee from FITNESSGIRL! She’s definitely the one you want to watch out for if weight loss and changing your life around is what you need. In order to find out more about FITNESSGIRL and what makes her tick, we decided to ask her a few questions.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your history with weight & weight loss.
It’s no secret that I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I was put on my first diet at the age of 7. Of course, I didn’t know it was a diet back then. But I did know that I was bigger than the other kids at school and that these “play dates” would help me.
Since then, I have been trapped in an unhealthy cycle of what is commonly termed “yo-yo dieting”. Essentially, this is the cycle of gaining and losing and spending very little time in-between maintaining a healthy weight.
In the past, my weight loss would always be reactionary. I would be reacting to something someone had said. Or I would be losing the weight to impress a boy or gain favour with others. The weight gain was as much physically unhealthy as it was mentally unhealthy.
So when I woke up weighing nearly 120 kg in August last year, I knew I needed to change my outlook. I needed to break the cycle of yo-yo dieting once and for all.
How did FITNESSGIRL start?
FITNESSGIRL started on 1 January 2016. I started the Instagram account as a commitment device to track my transformation. For the first couple months of 2016 I was very motivated and I was seeing small losses. But by August 2016, my priorities had changed. Work had gotten the better of me and I actually weighed MORE than when I started the account.
On 31 July, I struck up a conversation online with my now coach, Jack Lotter, owner of the training stable Sheriff Training Systems (STS). I had initially contacted him because of a status he had made on FB that had resonated with me. We began chatting about my past weight struggles and he then offered his services to me. At that point, what did I really have to lose? I was pushing 120 kg and needed a way out of the cycle. Little did I know that STS would become just that.
Fast forward 10 months and I am almost 35 kg down. It’s been an incredible journey of pushing myself to my absolute limits but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Tell us a bit about your current weight loss programme. What do you focus on daily in terms of diet and exercise?
As we are trying to create a deficit, my calorie intake is still quite low with an average of 1600 per day. I follow a carb cycling protocol, meaning that I have one high carb day (1900 cal) on days that I train legs, four moderate carb days (1600 cal) when I train all my other muscle groups, and two low carb days (1300 cal) when I have my rest days on the weekend.
At the moment, my diet consists of eggs, chicken, tuna, mackerel, rice, pineapple, papaya, green juices, and wine gums (yes, you read that right) on high carb days.
I train twice a day. 40-60 min cardio and high-weight low-rep weight training in the morning and then back in the evening for 20 minutes HIIT, followed by low-weight high-rep weight training in the evening.
What do you think is the most important thing to remember when trying to lose weight? Or what’s the most important piece of advice that you’d give to someone trying to lose weight and become healthy and fit?
- Never compare your journey to anyone else’s.
- Do not obsess over the number on the scale. Always remember that your weight (mass) is influenced by muscle mass, skeletal mass, and water weight. That’s why it is far more important to do measurements and skin fold caliper tests. This can be done at any biokineticist at the gym or at a Discovery Health center.
- Do not skip meals.
- Make sure to keep your portion sizes small and eat more regular smaller meals as opposed to a big brekkie, lunch and dinner.
- When snacking, try snack on a balanced meal. For example: apple and peanut butter, rice cakes and peanut butter, biltong and apple, etc – i.e. Make sure to pair a protein, fat and carb together. This will keep you fuller for longer and prevent overeating at your next meal.
- Allow yourself one TREAT/CHEAT meal per week. This keeps you sane and alleles the lepton levels in your body to increase, thus promoting weight loss following a calorie deficit in the week.
What’s next for FITNESSGIRL?
I will be doing my first 8 km run next month, which is really exciting! I have never been a runner. I’ve just begun training for it this week so we will see how I fare next month.
My big goal is to reach goal weight by next year March (60-65 kg). I have set myself the goal of competing in my first fitness show in March at the WBFF South Africa in both the Diva Bikini and Transformation divisions.
I have some other exciting projects coming up soon as well! So be sure to keep an eye on my account and website for all those details.