Patience Mushaya got tired of the yo-yo diet lifestyle. She’d had enough of reaching great results just to find herself at the same place a few months later, and that inspired her to make a change. Today, she motivates and inspires other women to live healthily through her bootcamp. Here is Patience’s #StrongWomen story…
Tell us more about your fitness journey.
So I am 36 years old, a wife, a mom to 2 and a business woman.
About a year ago I decided I had enough of yo-yo diets, so I joined a gym that focused more on fat loss than weight loss. I was introduced to weight training and I loved it. The unwanted fat started falling off and I loved how strong and fit I was getting.
I have since then started getting women together for boot camps so we can encourage each other to do better in terms of health and exercise.
ITS THROW BACK THURSDAY.😂😂#TBT ..One thing about changing the way you eat,drink and exercise is that you will see progress.It might take a whole year like in my case👈 but it will happen.and it will be yours💃💃💃 Make that decision TODAY… to eat better,to drink more water,to move more and I promise you on this day next year you will be Thanking yourself.👏👏👏 Start with what you have.Forget the fancy things you can't even pronounce😂😂stick to basics and your body and pocket will reward you for it.Forget the vibe and do you✋👊👏 almost in March #MarchMovementMadness #letsgo #teamfitness #teamfitmoms #weareaboutthislife #fitfabmovement #letsgo
What were your challenges and triumphs during your journey?
Challenges: The biggest challenge for me and I think for most women out there is finding time to exercise. But I have since realised that one doesn’t need to visit the gym all the time to keep fit. If you can run for 30min or do a home workout or even dance while your chicken is in the oven, it’s enough to keep you fit.
Triumphs: Just seeing my body changing and getting stronger has been amazing for me. I love how I can do more and more burpees each week. It’s amazing how the body can just respond to whatever you put it through. And of course losing the mummy tummy.
What does being strong mean to you?
Being strong for me is having that drive, that determination to do more and achieve more and more each day. Whether it is family, work, fitness or in business; you need the drive and the focus to achieve what you want.
Who inspires you to be strong?
I follow this lady called Monika Human on Instagram (@polishmissfit). She is amazingly strong.
Who do you nominate as your #StrongWomen?
I nominate Monika. She is a mom, a wife, a fitness professional (she is competing this year), a teacher and now she is pursuing another degree. I am inspired by how she finds time to do all this in a day and she is never too busy to help anyone who knocks on her door. She has inspired me to start my fitness course. I remember her telling me that you are never too old to learn. You can start anything at any age. She even offered to help, and mind you this is someone I have never met in person.
What is your favourite #StrongWomen quote?
“I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me”
It’s funny how I always psych myself with this quote every time before I up my weight game each week. It pumps me up.
Backyard workout.what an awesome morning with my fit and fab Moms💄💄💄..💪💪👊👊they came, they worked, they had fun💪💪thank you ladies for doing this for yourselves.we do it again next week…because we are fit and fab like that👊👊👊#teamfitness #teamfitmoms #weareaboutthislife #10fitfabladies #fitfabmovement #sharedlove #sharedblessings
Author: Mariska du Plessis
Mariska is the editor of Fitness Magazine, Bootcamp Instructor, Writer, Photographer and Wellness Blogger.
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