I am Christina, a 40 year old mum of two. As a child I always used to be more substantial – not fat, but quite unsporting and a hearty eater.
With growing-up I alternated between being “slim” and “normal”. Then I got pregnant twice, with the result of having two wonderful kids but also about 30kg more on the rips.
Slowly I lost kg after kg, counted calories, pushed buggies, ran with it at some point, but nothing was really successful. Meanwhile I could tell the amount of calories of the food on my plate just by looking at it. But honestly: sometimes you try here, have a bite of that, until you realize that the daily permitted amount of calories is already exceeded – and then it makes “click” and your mind tells you “well, damn it, now you can eat the rest, too – tomorrow will be better”. Mmh, after many days like these you realize that you have to include some movement. Effective body shaping and fat burning movement and good nutrition.
A hard start
A word and a blow. I informed myself and discovered Freeletics. I didn’t know a Burpee yet, but it was said to burn lots of fat, and a workout of 20 or 30min could be done quickly. And to be honest: Squats, Situps and Co. couldn’t be that exhausting, right? That was what I thought. No sooner said than done, I installed the app and chose Aphrodite. Sounded nice. I placed my mat and a towel in the snow and started. After the 10th Burpee I suddenly came to the realization why a Burpee burns so many kcals. How the hell should someone be able to do 50 of them? After 30 minutes – and nooo, the workout was still far from being over – I gave up.
This Aphrodite preyed on my mind, fretted me several days. So I started a second try… and I made it through, even if it took perceived three hours. BUT I made it. I was happy, chose full of euphoria to do Kentauros and asked two girls if they wanted to join my training the next day. A word and a blow, we tried Ken. It was hard, it made me sweat in shorts in the snow and it was the reason that I walked very funny for one week – more like a toddler than a trained free athlete – but I nailed it also. It was tremendous: My biggest enemies weren’t my muscles, but my mind. I stood in my own way. But the challenge was done, my weaker self was beaten.
Goliaz – a battle against myself
Time went by and Burpees, Froggers and many gods got as normal as the daily teeth brushing. My shape developed in a positive way, but I missed the final touch. I had muscles, but I wanted to have a lean, trained but at the same time female body. At that time I got to know Eduardo Santos and his Goliaz. I took part in the first Challenge – and abandoned. Today I know that Goliaz doesn’t only develop the physical fitness but also trains your mind. It makes you strong and stable. I wasn’t ready. My mind bailed out. It was mental. Back then Eduardo helped me a lot, had long conversations with me. So… second challenge, I’m coming!
And: I finished the second challenge. Fought and won. I had learned how to shut up the voices in my head and to control myself. Goliaz is a cardio-muscle-mind-training. Goliaz is not a battle against others, it is a battle against oneself. You need mental strength for physical training, and this has to slowly grow.
By this time I ran daily and made FL 3 to 4 times a week. It got lonely. I had to justify myself for my sports. But the sport was so good. I overcame many obstacle runs with my husband and experienced a group dynamic there which I liked a lot. Then the 4-month- transformation project was presented. I directly yelled “Here, I am in!”. A word and a blow, it started. Daily workouts, nutritional plans with macros and roadwork.
The Transformation project changed my attitude
I had my doubts, in constant intervals. Will I make it? How can I get through? Again messed up with the macros, too many calories, no free time etc. It is hard, many give up. I am in an amazing Goliaz Group, we write us every day, motivate each other, help each other with the nutrition. We listen to each other. Give strength to each other, because in the meanwhile the “real” fellows doubted our sanity. So much sports can’t be healthy. What, you’re eating salad again? Come on, shall we eat that cake alone now? Don’t you think it is enough by now? All these comments and shafts we had to deal with additional to our own weaker self. Thanks to Britta, Heike, Sabine, Tina and Sonja for that amazing time. 500 Burpees were once unthinkable, now mentally and physically no big deal. I faced long workouts, was stretched to my limits, talked to myself, motivated me. No, I don’t need 600 Burpees, it’s just 6×100, and no, not 100, just 4×25… and yet my mind calmed down, it got easier and what shall I say: I made it, and you can make it, too! It’s difficult when your body puts on 2kg and actually you try to lose weight. It’s frustrating, it is hard. Me too, I didn’t reach my final goal at the end of the transformation project. I will go on. Yes, I have a sixpack and amazing muscles and yes, I’m very happy with who I am. I developed a new physical feeling. I take care of my body with good food, with endurance training and Goliaz.
My attitude changed, I’m calmer in everyday life, more resistant, more stressable. I learned when my body needs a rest and when just the mind screams to stop. I don’t look for excuses anymore. I don’t stand in my own way anymore and true friends saw that by now I’m feeling much more confident and developed in a positive way.
A big thank you to my husband who supported me after he recognized that goliaz is in my veins. Thanks to my goliaz girls group (mentioned above), thanks to my whatsapp-group and a special thank you to Ceci Santos, who became a real friend across the world (see you soon) and Eduardo Santos, our supporter and Coach. Many thanks to Denise Bernard for the translation and supporting me at the beginning of Goliaz.
Thank you very much!!!!