“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.”
Courtney Ann Grove had no idea how unhealthy she had become until the results of a scheduled medical check-up laid bare a few shocking results.
She had one of two choices – continue in the same way and deal with mounting medical bills or taking a leap of faith and changing her relationship with food.
“In the end I chose health,” Courtney recalls.
It was already the end of the year, which meant Courtney started her transformation in November, instead of January – the usual New Year’s resolution commencement date. “I was really dedicated and committed to creating a healthier version of myself so I trained really hard and ate clean throughout the festive ‘binge-eating’ season.”
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She started training in an old-school gym with a friend who was a personal trainer, in addition to a few bootcamp classes and CrossFit sessions.
The hardest part was adhering to healthier eating habits while still socializing with friends and family. She however stuck with it and started losing weight. It took just under two years for Courtney to improve her health. “I wanted to be healthy because I needed to know I wouldn’t have to spend my life on medication, which I’ve now achieved, but I’m not done yet.” She has also found a passion for motivating others who are in the same position she was.
“Through my experience I have learnt that there is no end unless you start, and doing so will be the best decision of your life. Don’t worry what someone might think of you at the gym. You owe yourself the chance at a healthier life. Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take that step!”
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can’t do.”
A day in the life of Courtney:
05h00: 45-minute cardio session (either outdoor fitness or the treadmill)
07h00: Breakfast (egg whites and oats)
08h00: Off to work
10h00: Snack (grapefruit and chicken)
13h00: Lunch (brown rice, chicken and veg)
15h00: Snack (tuna and rice crackers)
17h00: Weight training
19h00: Dinner (chicken and veg)
Favourite healthy meal: Spinach wraps stuffed with lean chicken, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and avo
Favorite exercise: I love squats – front squats, back squats, sumo squats!
Must-use supplements: Vitamin C 1000mg, and a thermogenic fat burner (caffeine)
Top diet tip: Prep your meals and carry them (and your water) with you everywhere you go. Never leave home without your meal bag
Weight before: 106kg
Body fat before: 36%
Weight after: 72kg
Body fat after: 18%
Career: Finance Manager
Hometown: Scottburgh and Amanzimtoti
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Author: Tanja Schmitz
Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.