Testimonial – Makhotso Mabote

My name is Makhotso Mabote a young lady originally from Soweto but currently live in Midrand. I am a young professional making my way through the corporate maze. I am an HR Business Partner by profession and a dreamer every other moment 🙂 I am a firm believer in laughter being the best medicine for everything. I love good food and travelling. I’m also a huge fan of Discovery ID on DStv 🙂 (I have a bit of an obsession with understanding how we as people think and why they do half of the crazy things we do)

When I undertook this journey, I really was trying this for the umpteenth time. This time I told myself that I had to do this for something bigger and more important than just looking good. I’ve tried most if not all diets, pills and shakes but I still ended up where I began and at times even worse off than when I began. My overall wellbeing became a focal point for me. I wanted to be better physically, mentally and emotionally. I had to overcome the negative self talk that told me that I would fail like all the other times. I had to overcome my own fear the unknown. I had to overcome my sense of apathy and being okay with things being “fine” when I knew I wanted things to be great. I had to see myself as worthy of having this new, energised and healthier version of myself

The moment that I realised things were different was when I found myself driving from work in Centurion, past my home in Midrand and heading to Dream Body Fitness even after some of my toughest days at work. I realised that I had made the transition from going there out of “obligation” to my cause but rather as an outlet and a therapy session. Seeing myself struggle and sweat made me feel so proud of the fact that I was there doing things that I never thought I would ever be able to do.

What made the biggest impact for me was the support that I received. It was like nothing I have ever experienced. DBF feels like more than a gym, it feels like you are part of a family. This family pushes you, supports you, comforts you but is always there to keep you on the straight and narrow.

When I started getting comments and compliments from those around me. The comments were about more than just my physical appearance but rather how I was now presenting myself. I realised it was more about my level of confidence. My confidence really got a boost from the work that I’ve been doing at DBF. My smile was a little bigger and I found myself able wear my clothing with a whole lot more confidence. I realised through this that this process is about more than looking good or being thinner but it’s also a process of me working through some of my old beliefs about myself and what I can achieve. I also gained a better view of health/wellbeing than me just losing physical weight but working on all the internal “junk” that contributed to the weight gain in the first place.

I started at DBF weighing 102.1 kg. During this process I lost a total of 6.4 kg of weight and 3.7% of my total body fat. This felt like the beginning of a lifelong journey for me. I realised through this process that nothing is predetermined, I have the power to change so many aspects of my life. It has not been easy and I have struggled at times, but knowing that there are people who will hold me accountable and give me support has made getting back up that much easier.

DBF is really such a special experience. I walk in and I am met by smiles and people who know my name. I can’t say enough what an impact this has had on me. I don’t feel like just another number, I feel like I have walked into a place with people who care and are concerned about my wellbeing. The constant check ups from the fitness marshals and the sporadic shout of your name from Steve make DBF an amazing home (which is something I would have never thought I would think of a gym).