How to lose weight and influence people

Ok, I am lying about the influencing people… but it made my headline way more catchy this way.

So, it’s Saturday night and I am at home doing nothing but watching cooking programs and keeping myself entertained which got me thinking about sharing some tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years on how to lose weight, which I am pretty good at (I lost 50kgs, if you are new here and don’t know about my past)

So here are my tips for losing weight and sticking to the plan to reach your goals

  1. Plan, plan, plan and plan some more. Being caught at a place where there is nothing you can eat is heart-breaking. Prep your meals, weigh out your food and always have snacks on hand.
  2. Don’t think that drinking fruit juices is healthy. It takes like 10 oranges to make a freshly squeezed orange juice. Would you eat 10 oranges in a day? Nope, probably not.
  3. Don’t go overboard with working out if you don’t like the gym. Taking on too much at once is setting yourself up to fail. You can’t change a lifetime of bad habits  in a month, so don’t try to. I lost 20kgs doing NO gym and just eating right. Also, the gym is way easier when your lighter (trust me).
  4. Order off the menu. There is no shame in saying “Can I have the steak, but with no sauce and with mushrooms on the side instead of chips/butternut/cream spinach”. If the restaurant doesn’t want to accommodate you or charges you more, then they aren’t a nice restaurant.
  5. Stay away from cappuccinos and lattes, they are both made with copious amounts of milk, and milk in excess is the devil. Good lord, I miss my cappuccinos. Americanos are where it’s at, I don’t like them very much if I am totally honest, but I am learning to.
  6. Focus on little goals and then treat yourself when you reach them. Did you lose 2kgs? or fit into a pair of jeans? Well done, you skinny bitch, now go treat you damn self by getting a haircut or going for a lux massage. Losing 20kgs is daunting, losing 5kgs… not so much.
  7. Document everything. Weight yourself, take photos, measure yourself and try on clothes that you couldn’t fit into. When the scale is not moving and you don’t know what else to do you will be quite surprised to see that your cms have gone down and those jeans are that much closer to button up.
  8. Make different plans. As South African’s we always tend to meet with friends and family over food. Stop doing that. I meet up with my friends to go for walks, hikes or visit garden centres, whatever you do keep moving. Sitting down at a restaurant and staring at a menu where everything is delicious and you can’t eat anything is torture. Don’t do it.
  9. Less alcohol. I am pretty lucky, I have never been a big drinker so I can very easily just stop drinking, if you can’t and HAVE to have a glass of wine or a beer drink less of it and make smarter choices. Castle Lite is great, as is dry white wine (add soda to make it last longer)
  10. Get bad ass gym attire, when you do start working out. Look freaking awesome doing it. I treat gym like a fashion show, if I don’t feel like I look good at the gym then I don’t want to go because everyone in there has all the right bumps in all the right places.

Ok, that is all MY tips. I am not saying that you should follow them all, but it’s all things that have helped me when I am doing a super strict diet and have helped me post eating plan to keep the weight off… So give them a try. What doesn’t kill you, sometimes makes you thinner.



  • Dave

    January 7, 2018 at 9:45 am Reply

    Yes to all of this! Plan, measure, and work your magic! I didn’t know you had done such a weight loss, that is fantastic! Huge respect to you!
    ALSO – one epiphany I had reading this – when you treat or reward yourself for a success, that reward does not have to be an. edible one – that’s the mistake I keep making!

    • Justine

      January 7, 2018 at 9:57 am Reply

      I was a big big girl.

  • Leigh van den Berg

    January 7, 2018 at 10:13 am Reply

    I enjoyed reading this and I hear you on the mooi activewear. I work from home so I get up and put on gym clothes almost every day, regardless of where I’m going so if I get a break (the work stream comes in erratically) I’m all set and have no excuse not to bust out a pilates tutorial on YouTube.

    • Justine

      January 7, 2018 at 10:39 am Reply

      Dude, athleisure is a thing. At one stage me gym wardrobe was better than my actually every day wardrobe, and don’t even get me started on my sneaker colletions. But yeah, if I feel like I look shit hot it makes the gym and all those beautiful people in there feel way less intimidating.

  • Linda Herud

    January 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm Reply

    Fantastic.. your are amazing…x

    • Justine

      January 7, 2018 at 3:20 pm Reply

      Thank you Linda xoxo

  • Dave Taylor

    January 8, 2018 at 10:23 am Reply

    I’m starting a journey to get back to double digits. Ended off the year at 103kg (not as bad as post-Honeymoon at 107kg), so looking to get to 90 by the end of the year. Signed up for a few mountain bike races so the training will be a big boost. Thanks for this post Justine, some rad tips!

    • Justine

      January 8, 2018 at 1:28 pm Reply

      Dude, try out Weight Watchers. Seriously you don’t have a huge amount of weight to lose and you are planning on doing it slowly so you should totally look into it. That way you can still enjoy a beer and a steak if you are traveling or at an event etc.
      And there are loads of guys who do Weight Watchers, it’s a really good and balanced vibe – it’s what I will be going back onto when I am done with the hectic part of my diet (I need to lose weight quick) because it’s so easy and manageable and I don’t feel like I am cheated out of food all the time. xx

    • Dave

      January 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm Reply

      David, take a look at what Justine is saying about the eating – it’s mostly the eating that will help you shed those kgs (although the working out adds some serious feel good factor to the mix!)

      I’ve lost 18kg so far and it’s mostly been through changing my diet, and then working out enough to ensure that apart from getting the right food in, in the right amount, I’m run-in at a calorie deficit too.

      • Justine

        January 9, 2018 at 9:51 am Reply

        Eat less (first and foremost), run more – that’s my mantra

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