The power of my journey. I was at a very low point in my life, regarding my weight. The scale told me that I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life – including at the height of my 3 pregnancies. I have tried so many times to lose weight throughout my life and have had some success, only to find myself back at square one with all the weight piled back on – plus some extra for punishment. Needless to say, having done this cycle of failure too many times, it became a narrative in my brain which dominated my life and affected me deeply. Having been on a diet since I was 9 years old, my 60-year-old self was pretty much over it and ready to just give up on trying to lose weight.

An answer to my prayers came in the package of the Challenge and I decided to commit myself fully to the program, thereby giving my body a chance to break the cycle finally. I knew that this was about giving me a chance to overcome, to reset my mind and to change my negative narrative about my beautiful body. This meant embracing all aspects of the program which included working on my mind, my body and my soul. Getting my body fit and healthy depended on ensuring that my mind was agile and alert to possibility and new ways of functioning. These daily routines turned out to be key to my success!

The Challenge was the life-saving gift which set me on a path to re-discovering myself. Thanks to this incredible program, I have lost 11.1kgs and 93 cms in 8 weeks. More than that, I have lost the negative narrative, the destructive sense of despondency and the hopelessness that comes with the cycle of failed attempts. Thanks to the amazing support of my personal coach, the leadership team and the group of ladies on the challenge, the 8 weeks just flew by with the encouragement and camaraderie every step of the way.

I lived in a body of shame but that has changed and while I still have a long way to go, I feel alive, vibrant, and totally committed to the next phase of my transformation. Something has shifted, something has changed. I now live in a body of hope, and it feels so, so good! 

I am in control
I am beautiful
I am worthy
I am Joyanne!

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