Success Story – Pippa Pringle
Pippa has lost an Amazing 50kg on her Weight Loss Journey !!
Pippa Before Photo above taken in November 2015, Pippa’s Starting Weight was 115 kg and her Bodyfat% was 43%
Pippa’s photo below taken in May 2017, during her Journey Weight 75kg Bodyfat % 19.8%, she had already lost 40kg
Update – Latest Photo of Pippa here below in March 2018, her Weight 65kg is now, she has already lost an Amazing total of 50kg.
November 2015 March 2018
My First memory of trying to beat the bulge was at the age of 12, when I was signed up to our local Weigh-Less group. Since that day it was a struggle to shed weight. Looking back at photographs of myself when I was younger I don’t consider myself as being overweight and I feel if my parents had monitored my eating from the sidelines it may have painted a completely different picture, But I can’t change that. Having tried everything except wiring my jaws shut and except undergoing Gastric Bypass Surgery (which I had researched). I think finally hit rock bottom towards the end of 2015. A friend of mine had lost an incredible amount of weight and I took it upon myself to find out how she did it. With the information at hand I made an appointment with the nutritionist she had sought help from and vowed to myself that this would be my absolute final attempt to lose weight. If it didn’t work now it never would.
I still remember how I felt at my first consultation. Uncomfortable in my own skin, depressed and ready to give up. But I had to give this a try. I was given a BIG reality check when I was told that I had to lose a whooping 50kg ! I thought maybe 20, but not 50kg. My BMI was a deathly 42 and my Bodyfat percentage was 43%. I was a heart attack waiting to happen. Kevin Naude’, the nutritionist assured me that he would help me along this journey, but reminded me that it was up to me to do the work. If I didn’t do this now I was at least five years away from a heart attack or a stroke. And I wasn’t even 40 yet. Initially it didn’t sink in, but gradually it did and what a wake up call it was.
With the information in hand and another 10 days before I would get my personalised eating plan, I decided to adopt the approach of “one meal at a time”. If I could get through breakfast eating what I needed to eat, then I could get to my snack, and so on. It wasn’t easy, but I managed to get through week 1, week 2 until I reach the mega- milestone of a 10kg loss, which was motivation to carry on. Fast forward almost 18 months and I’m almost 40kg down with 10kg to go until I’m at goal weight.
Besides losing the weight this has truly been life changing as I am able to do things I could never do before which I never realised were normal. For example I could never sit with a plate on my lap and now I can because I no longer have a large tummy in the way. But the cherry on the cake for me was being able to go on the water slides with my two children last December which I had never been able to do before.
The expression on their faces made this journey so much more bearable and has given me the boost to continue until I have succeeded 100%.
Don’t be fooled with the good comes the bad, and along the way I had to overcome various challenges. Not talking about the temptation to give up, but more like the challenges you never anticipated you would have to encounter. As a large person you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. Well, having lost this obscene amount of weight you do draw attention to yourself and it is something you have to adjust to. I have turned what could very easily be a negative into a positive. The attention has led to people telling me that I have inspired them to embark on a similar journey and this has kept me on the straight and narrow. Another challenge to mention is having to change your mindset about clothing. In my previous ”life” I was used to wearing a certain style suited to plus size women. Having started wearing a snug size 20 I now comfortable fit into as size 14, sometimes a size 12, and that in itself has presented its own set of challenges. Where as before I was limited in my choice now the skies the limit and I have to be even more selective because not only do I want to look good but I also need to dress my age and not mutton dressed as lamb.
This has changed my life in so many ways but it is a journey I want to continue.
Now in the Hindsight, I ask myself are there things I would have done differently before or during my Journey ?
Not necessarily differently, but some advice I can offer and which really helped me is to Plan All of your meals. I would (and I still do) make a point of planning my week’s menu on a Sunday. I would also take into account days that I would be out of the office and plan accordingly. This helped me so much in staying on track.
Also I made a commitment to go to gym at least three times a week and in sticking to this I religiously pack out my gym clothes each night for the next morning so that I don’t have an excuse not to go.
I have been asked who helped you push through this experience ? A book, a person, an incident, therapy, medication or is it just simply time / discipline ?
A friend of mine inspired me to start this journey. She sought the help of nutritionist, Kevin Naude’ (Body Sculpt Doc) who is based in Somerset West, and I turned to him for help. Besides giving me a very balanced meal plan, I also see him once a month for a weigh-in and also a counselling session. This has contributed greatly to my success as he walked this journey with me and helped me to overcome the challenges.
Personal Growth that my Journey has taught me.
I always used the excuse that I’m a comfort eater. Well, at first session with my nutritionist I was put in my place re: this theory. He promptly told me that life is never plain sailing and that bad things are going to happen which we don’t have control over. If we always use this as an excuse to eat we will never succeed in losing weight. This opened my eyes in a big way, but I have learnt to adopt his theory and it has helped me to overcome numerous comfort eating scenarios along the way.
My Journey and Success:
When I started in November 2015 I weighed 115.0 kg and now in May 2017 I weigh 75.0 kg. I have got 10kg to my goal weight and I can honestly say that for the first time in my life, that I love the person I am because I feel comfortable in my skin. I am not in a hurry to lose the last bit because I am enjoying the new me and want to appreciate what I have. I don’t have any regrets in getting this right only now at the age if 40, because I have realise that no matter how old you are it’s never too late to change your eating habits for a better and healthier lifestyle.
Update now – on 26 March 2018, Pippa is now weighing 65kg, she is at her Goal Weight.
Regards Pippa Pringle
Wife, Mother of 2 children, Age 39 years
Pippa’s Success Story above was written by Pippa herself.
“Well done Pippa, you have done an Amazing Job !! I am so proud of you, your commitment and determination to reach your goal has been inspiring ! It has been so great to see your Confidence grow and Shine through now. I am looking forward to assisting you to now lose those last few kilograms and reach your Goal Weight – Best Regards Kevin Naude.”