Below you’ll find inspirational stories from our campers all over South Africa.
Read everyone’s unique story about their journey with ABC.
My achievementI've already lost 10 Kilograms!
Sometime last year I went to see a doctor and as she was busy examining me, I weighed myself and to my shock I was 80kg. I was told that, according to my height, I was considered obese.
I knew I had to go back to gym - I was still a member at Virgin Active but for some reason I just didn't get the inspiration to run on a treadmill or participate in any class.
I found out about Adventure Boot Camp and I registered immediately. I'm having so much fun while losing weight! Yesterday I weighed myself and I was 70kg, therefore I'm happy to say I have lost 10kg so far!
High five to Johan Viljoen....the BEST instructor ever.. And the endless support of the Sagewood campers.
My tipsFocus more on building a healthy lifestyle and the weight loss will be a bonus to your hard work.
My achievementSo far I have dropped 45 kg's through exercise, healthy eating, drinking water and a strong mind to make a LIFE CHANGE!
My tipsABC is WOW, I have tried MANY gyms, eating plans, pills, shakes, injections etc etc. No medication made me fat, so no medication will make me thin.Exercise, water and good nutrition is THE ONLY WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT, KEEP IT OFF and MAINTAIN GOAL WEIGHT THERE AFTER!
My achievementI lost 20cm and 4.1kg in one camp!
In December last year, I reached an all-time low. At the heaviest I have ever been (almost the same as the day I gave birth to my twin boys five years ago!) I decided enough was enough. After five years of yo-yo dieting and random spurts of exercise, I decided to see a dietician and change my lifestyle. Everyone thought I was mad starting two weeks before Christmas, but I said if I am going to change my life, then Christmas and holidays will always be a part of it, so I gave it my best and managed to actually lose weight over the Christmas period!
The new year saw me feeling extra motivated and so I decided that in 2013 I was going to do every camp. During my second camp of this year, I really saw the benefits of exercising regularly on my body as I lost an astounding 20cm. I have lost 11.6kg since December, and transformed my body by exercising. My aim is to have lost another 10kg by July. I will then finally be the same as my pre-pregnancy weight, which will be a huge achievement for me. After that I will just have a few more to lose until I reach my goal weight.
Seeing a dietician helped me to be realistic as to how much weight I had to lose, and to be able to fit in the types of food I can eat and like to eat in a structured way. I had never been big on exercising, until I met Cathy and started ABC. She is the most wonderful person and is so good at motivating us. I am amazed at what doing exercise has done to my body as far as the changing shape and I am loving my new fitness level!
My achievementI started off unfit and overweight and had so many pains in my body that at times I could not walk. After several camps, I CAN RUN AGAIN!
I have been struggling with some serious health issues for a very long time. Apparently my immune system has been compromised; Hoshimoto's hypothyroidism, ITP and so on. I am however told by doctors that I am healthier than most people!
My first camp was in October 2010. I weighed in the 90kg category and was struggling with stress and sadness. My eldest brother was dying at the time and I realised I needed to do something to get myself healthy again. I was always an active person, but due to illnesses things just spiraled out of control. My aim for joining ABC was not necessarily to lose the weight but to be fit and strong again and I needed some motivation.I told myself that I did not need to be thin to be fit and to be able to walk up stairs without being short of breath.
So needless to say, during my first camp I struggled, but at the end of that one I could already feel the difference. I completed several camps after that and this resulted in me being able to go back on the road and run again. I have to date not been able to attend more camps but I do realise that I need some serious cross training. My running is suffering, pace has slowed down considerably and I really do not want to be ill again.
I am still not on my goal weight, but I have managed to keep off the weight I said goodbye to. I still run and that is the most important thing!
My tipsWe are all strong individual human beings. We need to do things in life for ourselves and not to impress others. Should others benefit from it, great, but our ultimate goal is US.
Holly van Jaarsveldt
My achievementI've lost about 10 Kilograms!
My achievementI Iost the stubborn excess weight around my waist and increased my fitness, stamina and strength.
My tipsWe take our health so for granted but when you get older, it's no longer a given. It takes effort to maintain a good healthy body and we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to be in the best state of health we can be. Letting yourself go, should simply not be an option. If you want to change, be committed and do something different. Push yourself a little harder each day and watch the results speak for themselves. You can do it.
My achievement30 kg's down and 20 more to go!
I joined Adventure Boot Camp in May 2012 - morning classes! Oi! Before that camp I had never had any interest in moving my body at all, however I had a whole lot of interest in chocolate, cakes and pizza (who doesn't?). But after a guy I was seeing said to me, *Queue silly man voice* "hey babes, I think I should tie a rope around you and drag you around so that you start exercising", I started to have a look at how I treated my body (I also dumped that guy on the spot, but that is another great story).Yes, I adored to eat. And after having a look at my food diary, it wasn't that I was eating fatty, starchy meals all day, everyday, it was that I was eating too much. So I cut my portions down to a normal size and saw some results for a while. But then... nothing! I hit a plateau of no more weight loss and then I had to accept that yes, I needed to move my butt.
I can tell you that my idea of working out was a cute pair of trainers to saunter on the treadmill for 20 minutes whilst I thought about how many minutes I HAD to do before I could call it a "work out". I couldn't work out on my own. For starters, I don't know what to do with all those funny machines in the weight training circuit and I was most definitely not keen on faffing on a machine that looked like a bike but didn't go anywhere. And then I remembered...one of my old friends was always going on and on about her Adventure Boot Camp and how wonderful it was. So I hit Facebook and found out about ABC and registered in time for the Winter Special (bonus!). ABC was a little shock to the system, I wanted to cry when my trainer, Louise (yes, Lulu!), suggested that I RUN?! I had never run, well, not since that school sports day when I had to stumble across the field holding down my tummy and breasts, hoping that no one could see me.
In my first week I was in constant pain - I really thought that my legs would fall off and I might have to find someone to drive me around because my arms were too sore to turn my steering wheel. But then it got better, quite quickly. I dropped weight like butter melting off a hot knife. Within the two camp Winter Special I had doubled my weight loss. Those 5 kg's I had I been trying so hard to shift over three months had turned into 15 over those 8 weeks. Plus, I could actually jog! I had never been able to do that. I was starting to keep up with my fellow campers and with the constant loving and passionate support I received throughout every moment from Louise and Liandri, I began to push my body to do things I didn't ever think I could. My first plank - I couldn't even hold myself up for a split second. Now I can plank for a good 45 seconds. Yes, there is still work to be done on that but that is what is making this journey so exciting.
I started at ABC weighing in at 117kg's and today I weigh 90kg's. My goal weight is a good 20 kg's away but it's still 30 kg's less away from where I was. I look forward to ABC and its daily challenges. Sure, some days I do bunk and other days I don't feel I could face my body, 30 kg's lighter or not, but that is just that one day. Tomorrow I will feel better, tomorrow I will see it for what it is - gorgeous and HEALTHY. And going to ABC reminds me every moment how powerful my body is and that little moment when you have done your assessment run faster than you ever have before, or you plank as long as the chick next to you...wow.
I am still on my road to the best me I can be, but knowing that I have such great support from my ABC friends and my gorgeous and amazing trainers Louise and Liandri, I actually want to take a nice run along that road, no matter how long it takes.
My tipsI'll tell you a little secret, I ate some kind of chocolate or cake or some "forbidden food" most days. I knew that I cannot cut out my "bad food" but I could manage that caloric intake by making sure I eat healthy, low calorie meals and exercise on those days. I didn't miss out on a thing!And to be honest, ABC is sometimes a killer (right now my bum is so stiff from yesterday's Bum and Legs Cardio day) and you will want to sit it out and say, "no way can I do that", but just try, just do a little of it. But try with a good heart. This is for you. If it burns a bit, hey, that's your body working.You can do it!
My achievementI haven't measured but I am fitting into clothes which I couldn't before, I am fit and mainly I am happy!
When I got married to my husband, I became an instant mom. My precious boy, who was 2 and half then, is now 7. It took me two years to get into life as a mommy - not doing any exercise, running around, trying to keep the home going...and of course eating way too much! After two years of that and many moments in front of the mirror feeling sorry for myself, I decided to put my foot down and change this. I started going to the gym but it was difficult and not fun at all, and seriously, I saw no results.
Last year my friend Naulene and I made the huge decision to join Adventure Boot Camp. With my husband standing by me, helping me out at home and with Zander, I was able to get into it. A year later it is now a part of my life. Not only can I look at myself and feel good but I have energy, I am emotionally stronger and I just love the stiff muscles I feel every day, knowing I worked hard the night before. It isn't easy to get into the car and go to ABC every night, but as soon as you are there with your buddies cheering you on, you know you are at your "Boot Camp home".
I am so grateful to the Lord that I am able to exercise, for giving me a husband who gives me the time to do what I love and stand by me (now I just need to get him to massage me every night when I get back!), and for my son who will always try to outdo my sit ups. Thank you to Marelize for being the most amazing trainer, for understanding that us women go through bad days and good days, for keeping us going and not giving up on us. You rock!
My tipsKeep on going, no matter how hard it gets...
My achievementI have lost more than 50cm and transformed my body. But more valuable than that, ABC has helped me through a breast cancer diagnosis, bilateral mastectomy surgery, oncology treatment and recovery with a strong body, heart and mind.
At the end of the April/May-13 Boot Camp, I was awarded the “GI Jane” award. After 29 camps, this was the first time that I received this award and so it was a real achievement for me. But, it was particularly special as this was my first camp back after my breast cancer diagnosis and bilateral mastectomy.
I was diagnosed early in February 2013, had diagnostic surgery two weeks later, and then the full surgery early in March-13. It was an emotional and physical rollercoaster which had me distracted from most of the normal things in my life, naturally. Instead of a profound feeling of my body failing me during this time, I had the opposite experience of realising how strong and resilient my body has become through my 'ABCing'. This was so clear to me when, during a favourite moment, the surgeon, doing his rounds in the high care ward, stopped at my bed to check my chart and vitals. He said something along the lines of “How are you feeling? Your vitals look strong.” Then, he stopped and said: “Actually, you have the pulse rate of an athlete!” Me, an athlete? You have got to be kidding! I had never considered myself anywhere close.
When I started ABC I had noble intentions of getting fit, but if I am honest, it really was about feeling better in my jeans and losing a bit of weight. Through going to camp my body shape is now completely different, and my jeans do feel a lot better. I have lost more than 50cm! Through my experiences, I know that my body is stronger than I imagined. Physically, I have been able to bounce back from my surgeries quickly and well. I can do a full pushup again! But, I got so much more out of it than that. I can honestly say that ABC made the difference in terms of how I was able to cope emotionally through my ordeal this year. ABC has taught me that I am capable of so much more than I ever realised. It has shown me how resilient I am, how confident I can be in the face of difficulty, how to try hard and how to enjoy the process of improving. ABC has become a way that I take care of myself. On top of that, it has given me a great network of awesome ladies that have provided immeasurable support. It is such a privilege to be out on the field with my trainer, Michelle, and those special ladies!
Now, as I start the oncology part of my treatment, I am still going to camp as often as I can. It gives me more energy than I thought possible and a dose of inspiration, perspective and fun, through the interaction with the ladies in the class. It is with humbleness that I write this story. I am at this point, the sum of parts adding up to more than I imagined - great love and support, physical wellbeing and tools to take on a big challenge, being three significant parts. And, all thanks to Adventure Boot Camp. I am so grateful.
My tipsYou are capable of so much more than you ever thought possible. And while you are out there, building a stronger, leaner, fitter body, you are also building a heart and mind that can take on any challenge. Don't give up!
My achievementLost 18kgs and regained my health, fitness, energy and enthusiasm.
December 2011 was my tipping point: I was the heaviest I had ever been, I was sick and unhealthy and hardly able to enjoy a dream holiday in Dubai. I swam with dolphins on Christmas Day and what should have been a highlight of the trip just became another stick to beat myself with because I was so fat I could not even look at the photos taken that day. I returned to South Africa determined to fix myself. I started my familiar routine of dieting – denial and deprivation, with the resultant losses and gains. Fast forward 5 months and I had lost 3kgs overall but was as unhealthy as before. I was introduced to Adventure Boot Camp by a friend who had achieved so much through the camps that I was inspired to attend a buddy class. Well, I crawled out of the class red in the face, sweaty and breathless but utterly won over.
On the 28th of May 2012 I started my own journey, signing up for the Winter Special. I weighed 77kgs on that day and had a goal weight of 68kg. The first few camps were an eye opener. I considered myself a somewhat fit person but was shocked at how little I could manage - in the first assessment I could not even run the width of the rugby field! I walked out of every class stiff and aching but with a sense of achievement. By the week 4 assessment, I could run the full circuit, albeit at times hardly faster than a walk. I have now attended 12 camps and one year on I have lost 18kgs seemingly without effort and without the usual up and down yo-yo. I have reached and blown past my initial goal weight. I have lost centimeters in a slow and steady manner, dropping 3 dress sizes and well on my way to the next one. Yes, I watch what I eat but not in the same way as my dieting years. I am inspired now to fuel my body with decent food and now that I know what it takes to work off a muffin or Coke, I am less inclined to reach for those empty temptations. I have muscle definition that I would never have believed I could achieve, I have even managed to reshape my “dumpy dwarf” body. I have rediscovered a love of running and as my fitness improves with each camp completed, I am loving what I look like and what I can do!! Best of all I have regained my health – I am no longer pre-diabetic, my cholesterol stats are normal, my heartburn and gallstone attacks have all stopped without need for medication or surgery.
I have tried many diets, pills and shakes, joined gyms, bought exercise DVDs, even a treadmill – but nothing has ever achieved the results that ABC gave me. The mix of cardio and strength training is the perfect approach. The exercises are varied so I never get bored. The approach of building us up through the 4 weeks works brilliantly for me – each camp I achieve just a bit more than the last and the incremental improvements keep me committed.The camaraderie and support from the other campers gives me a lift when I am down, gives me encouragement to do that 30th squat, gives me the wings to run that last stretch just a little bit faster. But the trainers are the real secret weapon of ABC – Anne-Mari and Bianca are so motivating and they keep me inspired and enthusiastic about every class; I am amazed at the endless variety of exercises they come up with, the way they keep pushing and stretching us to achieve more. I cannot foresee a time when I will be bored at camp, the endless repetition of a gym circuit is a dim memory as I join my fellow campers on the grass, stretch up into the sunlight and look forward to another amazing class!
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