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Consistency For Confidence

NICOLE FOUND A SPORT SHE COULD STICK TO – A ND BEGA N TO SEE HER BODY IN A NEW LIGHT.

Lisa Abdellah

THE WAKE-UP

I‘d been overweight for as long as I could remember. When I was growing up, I did very little physical activity, and I was a shy, self-conscious girl who ate food to make herself feel better. It wasn’t uncommon for me to have potatoes and rice in the same meal.

I have a fr iend who’s a stereotypical ‘fat guy’: always happy, eating, and he wears a button-down shirt pulled tightly over his beer belly. I was horrified when I found out he weighed only 2kg more than me. I had always known I was big; but the thought of looking like him was enough to make me realise I needed to change.

THE SHAKE-UP

My biggest challenge was consistency. I would sign up for boot camps and weight-training style classes, only to get bored easily and stop attending them regularly.

I decided to try running as a way of coping with the stress I was under when my father died and I’d quit a job I loved. As with all the other activities I’d attempted, I didn’t think I’d last very long. Even so, I decided to give it a try.

Of course, I hated it at first.

I would be out of breath from my first step. and I felt bad for being the slowest in the bunch and holding my new running friends up. But I had to show up, because they would notice if I didn’t. It wasn’t like it had been at the gym, where there was no accountability.

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