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What the 3 Month Challenge Did For Me

Cue violins: Two years ago I was trying on boots and couldn’t zip them up without another pair of hands to help case my legs in like sausages. There are a lot of things I couldn’t do two years ago. I struggled to walk long distances. Climbing stairs was an Everest expedition. I struggled to bend over to pick things up: If it fell on the floor, it stayed there. I couldn’t run; I couldn’t skip; I couldn’t jog… My feet began to hurt if I stood for too long. No wonder, when you consider that I stand at 1.52m and was carrying the same weight as a rugby prop (the really big guys with no necks).

In 2010 I met Nicholas. I went to gym three times a week, started watching what I ate and lost about three to five kilos (so weighing about as much as a loose forward). But the real weight loss only started at the beginning of 2012, when Nicholas challenged me to a three-month weight-loss blitz (through what I thought was a very good stand-up comedy routine). My goal was to become leaner, fitter and lighter – and to increase my metabolism. This meant eight to nine gruelling workout sessions a week, keeping a food journal, cutting out sugar, fat and wine, and slashing my kilojoule intake.

It wasn’t an easy challenge. And that is the truth about weight loss. It’s not supposed to be easy. It’s about putting in a concerted effort, both diet- and exercise-wise. It’s about seeing food, not just as a piece of cake, but as fuel. A mix of carbs, protein and healthy fats energise me far more than any cup of coffee or energy drink could. Food is the fuel that helps burn fat.

In three months I lost 12 kilos. My body-fat percentage went from 27.8 to 17.4. I’m not at my goal weight, but because of Nicholas I can jump into my boots (literally – only two hands needed). I can now run, I can now skip, I can now do things I once thought I couldn’t.

About DiabeticAthletic (19 Articles)
A type 1 Diabetic and a firm believer that hard work produces the best results and that there is no easy road to success. Nicholas Caracandas is the owner of City Bowl Fitness - Strength and Conditioning as well as the TopShape online training portal called Nicholas has been in the game for just over a decade. With more than 600 clients under his belt and over 5000 hours of personal training completed his knowledge and ability to deliver results are unparalleled. Starting off specialising in Kettlebell training and boxing he became head coach and programmer for CrossFit Mother City's Strength and Conditioning program. He runs the Bikini Body Challenge at City Bowl Fitness which specialises in female weight loss and overall body sculpting. Being a type 1 Diabetic for 21 years he has a vast knowledge on Nutrition and healthy living with a vast understanding of tried and tested training methods capable of delivering any goals you may want and need. Nicholas works at 4 facilities around Cape Town and is the proud bid winner of a 2017 Government contract to provide services to profile government employees. Weight loss, lean muscle mass, sport specific training, performance training and injury rehabilitation are just some the services on offer. No matter your goal, shape or size he is one of the few trainers that offer a money back guarantee.

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