In December 2017, I was at work when all of a sudden I found my vision blurred, head pounding and my feet so swollen they couldn’t fit into my shoes. I was later rushed to my GP who immediately ran a few tests. My blood pressure was 158/115.  

It was then that my doctor confirmed that I not only suffered from high blood pressure but my glucose, insulin and cholesterol levels were dangerously high. My doctor left me with the parting words that my children were on the brink of losing their mother. Extremely harsh, but something I needed to hear. 

A chaotic and hard childhood saw me use food to help soothe my emotional pain. This comfort eating led to me being an overweight child who then become an overweight adult. Way too many excuses saw me neglect myself and my health.  Not so great eating habits coupled with minimal sleep meant that I was slowly piling on the kilos. Added to that, I was traveling the world so jetlag, lack of time and the opportunity for a foodie to experience new cultures through their amazing cuisines, basically sealed the deal and I woke up one day to find that my dress size was a 46. 

This major health scare in December 2017, made me realise it was time to prioritise myself. I made the decision to make a drastic lifestyle change in order to improve my health.  I changed my eating, stopped consuming alcohol and sugar and started exercising. 

Along with my sons, I joined the local gym and began working out six days a week. Within the first two weeks of her lifestyle changes, I lost 5kgs! And after just one month I was down by 10kgs. Along with dropping a huge amount of weight, I have gone from a size 46 to a 38, and the best part- I'm no longer on chronic medication.

FIBO Africa will be following Natasha's weightloss journey and doing a big reveal on Saturday 27 October. She has also been named the Face & Body of FIBO Africa 2018. Read what this means here.

What does fitness mean to you?
Fitness is a lifestyle that isn’t defined by the number on the scale or your size. It is a commitment to yourself to be better than you were the day before.

Why should someone attend FIBO Africa in October?
It’s the first of its kind in Africa and is an expo that caters for the entire family.  Attending FIBO Africa would hopefully ignite an interest in fitness in many people who attend the event. Fitness has the ability to change lives and attending FIBO Africa, could just be the beginning of a new chapter in peoples lives

What are your top two fitness tips?
1. Focus on progress instead of perfection.
2. You can’t out exercise a bad diet.

What is your advice to someone wanting to start their fitness journey?
My 5 steps to starting a fitness journey:

STEP 1 - Be realistic
STEP 2 - Have a Plan of Action
STEP 3 - Determine what works for you
STEP 4 - Prioritise yourself
STEP 5 - You can’t out exercise a bad diet.

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