I’m often asked about my commitment, dedication and perseverance with regard to my transformation. What people really want to know is how to start and how to keep the momentum going. Sounds easier said than done, or is it a simple approach to a radical lifestyle change that is required?
So, when I was asked to write for the Entertainer Hub about this very topic, I jumped at the opportunity.
The hardest part of any fitness journey is knowing where to start.
Towards the last week of July (spurred on by a post from one of my followers), I decided to create the hashtag #WYSJOUMAAG(translated into English, it means show your stomach). I however seriously underestimated the power of this challenge.
Known for my workouts in a sports bra, (despite having fat rolls and stretch marks), I have been receiving an abundance of messages from women praising my confidence and courage. I decided that for the month of August , also known as Women’s month, that I wanted to impact the lives of women with the main focus being self-love.
I launched the #WYSJOUMAAGchallenge on 1 August 2018 and after a mere 5 days into the month, women have unequivocally accepted the challenge.
The month of August is the opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and the important role that women of all races and religions have played and continue to play in South African society. I want to especially focus on learning to celebrate ourselves, flaws and all. I want to inspire women to accept and love themselves. I want them to realise that they are enough, that they are perfect and that they are unstoppable. I want women to know that they deserve better and that they should never settle. I want women to just stop giving a damn, but rather embrace what is and celebrate the now.
I started the challenge keeping in mind that I probably wouldn’t have many people saying, “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED”, I however have been surprised beyond my wildest dreams. I am humbled and in awe. Women are being so badass about the challenge that they fill my heart with an unbelievable amount of happiness and joy. Yesterday I received a video that had me in tears. The good, proud, this is so worth it kind of tears.
You my dear Merlize are courageous, immensely brave and strong. I want you to know that you are ENOUGH and that you are indeed OWNING THIS LIFE.
Thank you to all the women who have accepted my challenge. You are pretty damn amazing and have forever changed my life with your awesomeness. So to all of you out there, I challenge you to join the #WYSJOUMAAG movement. Post your pics on social media, tag me and use the hashtag. Show some love to the incredible women who are stepping outside their comfort zones and challenging themselves to live their best lives. Be the kind of women who celebrates other women.
Let’s be the revolution, because self-love is indeed the greatest revolution.
I recently blogged about the launch of FIBO Africa and the fact that I was over the moon to be one of the Fit Influencer for the event taking place later this year. I received tons of messages of congratulations and well wishes, but I don’t think any of us expected the next phase of my journey.
The Face & Body of FIBO Africa
Monday, 23 July 2018 FIBO Global Fitness named FitLikeMummy aka “ME”, as the Face & Body Ambassador of the Lifestyle and Fitness show. When I started my weight loss journey in January 2017, little did I know or even consider that 19 months later I’d be a Fitness Blogger, Fitness Influencer …. and definitely not the Ambassador of an international fitness show. I mean really, THE FACE & BODY OF FIBO AFRICA! Let me just pinch myself, because that’s actually me that they are referring to.
About FIBO Global Fitness
From Cologne to Shanghai and Johannesburg to the United States, FIBO is expanding its global activities and establishing a direct presence in the target markets. FIBO in Cologne, the Leading International Trade Show for Fitness, Wellness and Health, draws about 1,000 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors to Germany each year. This is where innovations are launched. This is where international trends are set. This is where the industry comes to invest. FIBO China has been the central meeting place of the Asian fitness industry since 2014. FIBO USA will also be launched in 2018, but first it’s time for FIBO Africa to bring the heat.
I am extremely passionate about helping individuals realise that there are #NoExcuses and that we shouldn’t allow anyone or anything from stopping us live our best lives. I’m a 40-year-old working mom who blogs part-time, and has managed to improve my health and fitness despite being a social butterfly. I’ve spent the past 19 months smashing stereotypes and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. #SMASHEDBYTASH
I’m going to record my nutrition and exercise regime daily on social media (so best you go follow me on social media if you aren’t already)
I will be doing a BIG REVEAL which will take place at the FIBO Festival on Saturday, 27 October. Yes, you heard right! I will be strutting this FACE & BODY on the Saturday, but I can’t do it without you. Please come show your support as I step out of my comfort zone to show your how I have found my FIT in FITness.
Many of you have been wanting to learn to Meal Prep Like a Boss, so join me at the FitFood Zone on Sunday, 28 October 2018 as I will be demonstrating a 7 day meal prep you don’t want to miss.
So with all that being said, best you head on over to www.computicket.com to purchase your tickets for FIBO Global Fitness Africa and come have loads of fitness fun with me and all the other amazing Fitness Influencers