A quick interview with Randall Griffiths, 3rd Place Men’s Weight Loss who lost 16.2kgs in the New Year 2016 Challenge!

Q: Give us a short history of your journey to health and fitness before the challenge.

I’ve been overweight my whole adult life. I enjoyed partying and socializing, and always overdid it when it came to food and drink. My weight ballooned when I quit smoking 10 years ago. I’ve been trying for ages to lose weight. I’ve been to dieticians, joined weigh-less, and taken part in other weight loss challenges (W.I.A), but have never been motivated enough to keep at it for long. One cheat would result in all of my old dirty habits creeping back.

Diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure runs in my family. But I guess it’s because no one runs in my family. My dad died of diabetes related illness at the age of 61. That was a wake-up call for me.

January I hit the scale at my heaviest weight to date – 144,5kg. I changed my eating habits; cut out most of my bread + potatoes, made a point of drinking much more water, cutting out my 2L coke light a day, and all the beer!

Q: What prompted you to join the Ultimate You Transformation Challenge?

I’ve been following SG on Facebook for almost 2 years, but never really paid it much attention, or checked out the website to see what it is about. I just saw the amazing results of Sleekgeeks on the Facebook page..

After spending time studying the website, I committed myself to the 30 day Reboot even before considering signing up for the challenge. Only after mentioning the Ultimate You Challenge to my missus, and her convincing me that I should go for it, did I sign up.

By the time I started heat one I had already lost 4,7kg, and was already completing my first week of Reboot.

It was easy for me to stick to the Reboot. I thought I would miss the dairy (not milk, but more cheese and yoghurt), bread and potatoes, but it was easier than expected. I completed the 30 days on the first take, zero cheats.

Q: Give us a quick overview of the nutrition and eating plan that you followed during the challenge.

Seeing as though Reboot worked so well for me, I decided to stick to a similar eating plan, so I’m following the Paleo Low Carb plan. 5 small meals a day don’t work for me, nor does eating within 30 minutes of waking (I’m usually awake at 04:30 am). My breakfast is usually at 10am. It’s usually bacon and egg cooked with  tomato, onion and whatever other veggies I decide to throw in with it. Lunch at 2:30 is the same as what I had for the previous night’s supper (I always prepare an extra portion). Initially it was a problem getting the family to stick to the guidelines, and to cut the spices, sauces, etc, but after me refusing to eat what they prepared, and making myself another meal, they eventually got the picture.

Q: Give us a quick overview of the training and exercise plan that you followed during the challenge.

Gym is something that I find it difficult to get into routine with. At the start of the challenge I got myself a Fitbit Flex, and committed myself to at least 10 000 steps daily. I managed that 95% of the time (53 of the 56 days). I went to gym 4x weekly for 90min, and focussed on cardio and the super circuit during the challenge. I’m now trying to stick to a 3x weekly routine. Small changes also help a lot. I don’t use escalators- rather climb stairs, and walk to the shops instead of driving.

Since completing the challenge, I have lost a further 3,8kg, and weighed 119,8kg at my last weigh-in.

Q: Did you use any supplements or do anything else worth mentioning to help you get results?

I didn’t use any supplements. Just started the day with+-2 tots of Apple cider vinegar in warm water, and started using a variety of tissue salts.

Q: If you could give 3 pieces of advice to future challengers, what would they be?

  1. Find an eating plan that suits you and is sustainable. Don’t focus on an 8 week eating plan, focus on a lifelong change.
  2. Drink PLENTY of water.
  3. Do exercises outside of your daily routine. An active routine does not count as exercise.  Do something that challenges your body.

Q: What did you find most valuable about your experience?

Most valuable part of my Ultimate You Challenge was finding a routine which is sustainable for me, and finding an eating plan which suits me.

I also forgot to mention one of the BIGGEST helps on the Challenge- JOIN A GOOD TEAM FOR SUPPORT. Team Chantell’s Facebook page was a great support platform for me. We were a great bunch of guys and gals who supported and motivated each other..

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