The year was 2021, and the fat-loss challenge had been issued, but then came the (un)expected plot twist – the lock down.
Despite the odds, the team at Higher Performance decided to carry on! Kettlebells & equipment were loaned out & new programs were crafted and set in place to help members to continue their body transformations from their homes. Many saw great losses (in the best sense) despite these unprecedented circumstances but two winners emerged with results that had some of our other members exclaiming – Wah! How ah?
#HPStories is proud to share a little bit of Shatrugan Selvakumar & Bruna Fontes’ journey. Come read more about the personal discoveries that helped them on their 2021 fat-loss journey as they reflect back on the 8-week challenge!
1. What helped you through the Previous 8 Weeks Challenge?
The previous challenge was easier as it was difficult to dine out due to the lockdown. This allowed me to consume more home cooked food where I could monitor how much food I consumed!
I was disciplined, making sure to really stick to the diet as well as following up my progress closely with the coach. I also made sure to celebrate my small wins!
I would weigh myself in the morning! Seeing my weight going down progressively was also a good motivator!
2. What habits and tricks did you find helped you with the dieting portion of the challenge?
I found ways to make the food tasty and have replacements for sugar. I substituted the craving with food like frozen grapes or dark chocolate. I also got household members to support me and not have sugary/fatty food at home!
For myself, sticking with the same food was essential as I had a good idea on the calories and macro breakdown of the food. I would also keep some calories for a late night snack to keep myself satiated. My go-to meal snack was cheddar cheese and a hard boiled egg.
3. Lastly, is there anything would you do differently for the upcoming challenge?
I will go with a meal prep service to save me the time to calculate my macros & consume food where I don’t go over my daily calorie budget.
I would mentally prepare for the fact that progress might stall for a few days / weeks. It is important to accept it and have strategies ready to address and not be so obsessed with the weight changes day to day!
I would also plan before going out with my family for meals, deciding on healthy meals & one which fits my daily calorie needs.
And I would plan to have carbs at key times to support training performance!
Here at Higher Performance, we are grateful and encouraged by the honest reflections by both our winners. Afterall, the process of transformation stretches beyond the numbers on the scale. In fact, it is true testament to dedication, mindful preparation and discipline in one’s mindset and environment in order to see through that commitment for change.