Before Weight: 69kgs
How did you get started?
As a child I was always on the heavier side there was a time where I was 69kgs by the age of 13. Growing up I always loved the sport football and I mainly played it as a grew around boys. But playing the game never really helped me lose weight. By the age of 14 I started experiencing stretch marks on my body mainly on my legs and around my stomach that’s why I looked into the mirror and asked myself “do I really want to live like this all my childhood? That’s when I started.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation comes from my mother. She’s a brilliant athlete and watching her motivates me.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
Out of the gym my flexibility is a huge plus point on my football career, I think that my flexibility really allows my body to push itself on the field. But it mainly helps with my freestyle that I have recently started doing. As it’s more of doing tricks and being flexible means better and cooler the tricks, in the gym it just helps my body push to the limit with the weights and everything.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
Football it’s the best workout I can even ask for.
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
Like I said as a child I was always on the heavier side. Whenever I went for football coaching these were the three main exercise the coach would stress on and I always found it impossible to do them as I couldn’t handle my own body weight. But the day I pulled my socks up and started forcing on my body these were the 3 exercise I started with, knowing I couldn’t do them but if I believed in myself and gave it my 101% I knew I could succeed. As a child I always said “it was too hard” and go away with everything but now I realized that was just a block in my head and all I needed to do was trust and believe I could do it.
What is your diet like?
I follow the normal football diet, that contains 6 meals a day and where as no sugar or chocolates are allowed and cheat days can be done on a Sunday. This is the rough schedule of my diet.
Meal 1: Breakfast
2 slices of multi grain bread
Glass of milk/coffee/tea no sugar
Meal 2: 2 hours after breakfast
Fresh juice (no sugar)
Sandwich and fresh juice
Meal 5: Dinner
Grilled chicken/ lots of meat
Meal 6: before bed
Milk or low fat yogurt
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?
Chocolate was one food I could eat all day and night! My mother always told me calm down on the amount I ate and I never listed. But I knew if I wanted to be fit and peruse my passion for football and the gym I needed to stop and get a hold of myself. Yes food cravings are defiantly the hardest to handle but my mother told me the best way to handle your cravings would be by drinking a glass of water and trust me it may sound very stupid but it’s the most effective.
What’s something not many people know about you?
It’s a saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and being a sports person breakfast is the best thing. But no to me I always skip breakfast this started when I was a child because I was scared to put on weight and I was also prone to weight gain but over the years it has changed but I still don’t eat breakfast regularly.
No matter who you are it’s the simple things in life that lead you to believe that you can achieve anything. -Ronaldinho