“To the rest of the world I was a happy individual but behind closed doors I really disliked my physical self.”
Tania Verbs was suffering from depression and at odds with her body given some recent weight gain.
“I was disgusted looking at myself in the mirror in the morning. Walking past windows was shameful as I looked at my reflection, but the worst was feeling my stomach wobble no matter what I did.
“I have a weird body shape and all the weight I had, I was carrying around my stomach and bum which really didn’t help my confidence!” Tania told myBody+Soul.
At her lowest point, the blonde saw a friend's weight loss before and afters on social media and decided to try the same program in the hopes of regaining some of her self esteem.
Now, 15 kilograms lighter, Tania says she's “never looked back”.
Taking on the six-week program initially had it's hurdles, including some strenuous exercises and taking the time to plan meals but that hasn't stopped Tania from continuing with the program and is now into her third round.
“I spent 9 weeks doing DICED by Varlah, 6 days a week, then I slowed down and committed 2-3 days a week for another 5 weeks after that which is where I’m currently up to.”
“As soon as people started telling me I looked lean, I slowed the program right down,” she revealed, adding: “As soon as I was happy with my weight I made sure I indulged a bit in junk food as the workouts were that intense I didn’t want to look too thin either”.
Having never been one to cook and eating plenty of takeaway, Tania says she was surprised by how much you could do with proteins like chicken, eggs and salmon. But the best bit was not having to give up the breads and pastas.
“Salads became better than fast food and I never had to give up carbs…Soon enough I was craving those meals as much as I did fast food in my previous, unhealthy life,” she admitted, adding that giving up alcohol altogether was a big help too.
Cooking wasn't the only thing Tania avoided previously – with exercise not really a part of her routine, other than lifting a heavy camera bag at work.
However, seeing the results was motivation enough to get out of bed and workout but the camerawoman admits she struggled to do the full 45-minute workout at first, leaving her feeling deflated.
“In my mind, I thought I was failing if I didn’t do the full 40-45 minutes,” she said.
“To be honest it wasn’t until into my second round that I could pull through a full workout, that’s how challenging these are. The best thing about that is it shows that even if you only accomplish 20 minutes of the workout a day, you will still see amazing results.”
Having completely overhauled her life, Tania is in a much better place and in her relationship with her body is better than ever.
“The best thing was that I could get fitter, leaner and tone up not because of supplements I was taking, but because of exercise, diet and a strong mindset.”
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