Fitness fanatic shares her inspirational story
Chawa Setimela had a teenage life she would rather forget. The 21 year old Marobela lass was teased, bullied and was the butt of all jokes for her chubbiness.
Determined to make her 20s worth living Setimela harnessed that negative energy and used it to burn access fat on her body.
In this interview the Instagram fitness sensation with close to 10 000 followers fields questions from Voice Photo Journalist Jennifer Letshwiti.
Q.What triggered the change in lifestylet?
I was unhealthy, asthmatic and pre-diabetic and if I didn’t make a drastic change in my life, I would have found myself diagnosed with type two diabetes and depression due to self image issues.
I wanted to feel like someone my age because I had always felt like I was living in someone else’s body who was several years older than me.
Q. What were the challenges at first and how did you overcome them?
One of the main challenges in the beginning was figuring out what to eat, the right portions as in what eating plan worked for me.
There was also the issue of exercising and self doubt. The other challenge was realizing that this weight loss was for me and not for somebody else.
Q. How much do you weigh and how far are you from reaching your target?
I’m currently 78 kg from 135kg. However I plan to reach the initial 70kg goal by June.
I do intend on building muscles this year and toning. I’m no longer pre-diabetic, all my vitals are healthy and I haven’t had an asthma attack in three years.
Q. How has your life changed since you lost weight?
In 2015 I started a lifestyle line called Tunashe Lifestyles or TSL, based in Cape Town but product shipping is world wide, then I started to look for CoolSculpting places once I started losing some of the weight.
It focuses on empowering individuals who are battling with body image issues.
I provide thermo products and eating plans that caters for both men and women.
The thermo products stimulate blood circulation in the targeted areas of the body thus causing excessive sweat and eventually cause weight loss.
At the moment we have thermo belts and pants which range from P50 to P1 850 and will soon launch other exciting products later this year that helps one to achieve fitness and wellness goals.
It is also very nice to be able to walk into a store and fit the clothes that are readily available on the rack.
Q. What is the importance of keeping fit?
Fitness for me is not just the weight and scale and how people see you, for me fitness is related mostly with mental health.
There is a certain level of discipline you develop as well once you get into fitness that you are able to also extend into other aspects of your life.
Your work, school, life in general will benefit from a step towards fitness.
Q. What do you want to achieve in the next two years in terms of your business?
The next two years I would like to see the shift from online to physical store.
I would like to broaden the scope of products offered.