Cobia Mashegoana, mom of two from Midrand, shares her weight-loss success story and her secrets to losing a whopping total of 40 kg. “I accumulated a lot of weight after the birth of my first child. Sadly, I did not make any attempt to lose it,” says Mashegoana.Like many moms who plan to have children close in age, Mashegoana didn’t stress too much about the weight as she thought she would try losing it after her second baby. Things didn’t work out exactly as planned. “All the attempts to lose weight were a nightmare,” says Mashegoana, who blames her lifestyle on her struggle to shift the extra kilos, “I was addicted to meat and takeaways, and never watched my food portions or the type of food I was consuming.”
The turning point
While many people embark on a weight-loss journey after a period of self-loathing, Mashegoana never fell into a depression about her weight. Even at her heaviest, she loved herself and believed she could still be “big, beautiful and healthy.”
Instead, the turning point came when she wanted to look as good on the outside as she felt on the inside. And unlike many weight-loss stories, Mashegoana journey started with a Facebook ad from My Lifestyle Fix. ‘’I fell in love with the how the My Lifestyle Guide was build. Just eating normal food, no supplements and the best thing of all is that I can eat dinner with my kids without making separate food.
Making healthy changes
What kind of exercise did she start doing?
“Walking and running,” Mashegoana says, adding that she recently completed her second Soweto Marathon Race. Having started small, she built up her fitness and now runs 10 km every morning before work and then 21 to 25 km on Sunday mornings. Mashegoana also goes to gym after work for an hour every day, except Fridays and Sundays. During these sessions, she takes an aerobics, spinning or kickboxing class.
As for her lifestyle, Mashegoana says, “I did not embark on any special diet, rather I reduced my food intake drastically with the help of the My Lifestyle Guide.” Her first step was lunch. “I started investing time by preparing my lunch at home instead of buying takeaways.”
“I had to develop a relationship with food I had to see food for what it is – energy – and eat to live not live to eat. Its true when they say it all starts in the mind.”
No weight-loss journey is without challenges and for Mashegoana, it was especially hard to give up eating all the meat she used to enjoy. “The first weeks were tough,” she says, “I had some headaches and there was a temptation to go back to old habits, but I had the will to press on.” That drive paid off and, after three months, she started seeing the numbers on the scale go down.