The first time I heard of The Firm was through a friend who lost 30kg. I was so envious, I've always wanted to lose weight but have never really done anything about it.When I did decide to do something about it, I couldn't find a clinic closer to my work place. So the opening of the Verulam clinic was a God sent for me.
I've been with them for 16months now and have lost 59,6kg so far. I'm currently at my initial target weight but I've since moved the goal post by about 10 more kg. It's a great feeling. I've dropped 5 dress sizes. I can now shop at basically any clothing store I want because I know they'll have my size.
It hasn't been easy though. I remember the first day I got the eating plan.
I got to my place and texted a friend on some "they've got another thing
coming if they think I'm gonna follow this thing". To which he replied,
"You’ve got another thing coming if you think you'll achieve your goal"
(traitor). I however got used to eating plan, with the help and a whole lot
of motivation from Ishara.
I was scared of the December holidays last year because I was going home. Home is never is good place to be if you're trying to lose weight, add the holidays into the mix and well... But what I noticed is that I got full a lot sooner than I used to. So that helped a lot, in January I hadn't gained any weight. I had lost a bit actually.
Where I get the motivation, I have no idea but it must keep coming!!!!!
Start date: 10 January 2013
Start weight: 97kgs, End weight: 71kgs
Start dress size: 18, End dress size: 12
Cm’s lost: 160 cm
“Without struggle there is no progress”- Frederick Douglass. Never could this short quote mean more to me than it does now.
When I started this journey at the beginning of 2013 I never thought I would feel the way that I do now. I was so deeply unhappy with the way I looked and the way I felt about myself. There was no photo of myself that I was happy with and there was no conversation with my family about my unhealthy lifestyle that ended happily.
Everything about my life has changed in the last 8 months and I could not be more grateful to THE FIRM and specifically to Carol
and Ellen at the Cresta branch. I am so lucky to have met the team at a time when I felt like there was absolutely nowhere else for me to turn. I drove
past the firm everyday to and from work and one day I decided to go in and buy a three month contract.
Once I started the programme I was pleasantly surprised at how manageable it was and how exciting it was that something was actually working for me... my weight was coming off and I was losing centimetres! I was initially nervous about whether I was going to be able to stick to the eating plan given but after a few weeks I knew that it would actually be more difficult to go back to my old eating habits. I never realised just how poorly I was eating, how wrong my food choices were that I was making. I now look back and am speechless at all the junk I was eating without even realising it. I now look forward to my detox day and also to preparing my meals each day.
Preparation is the key to success on this eating plan. Each evening when I am cooking my dinner I prepare my breakfast and
lunch for the next day. It is a quick and easy way to make sure that I am not going to end up turning to unhealthy alternatives when I am in a rush
the next morning.
During the first three months that I was at THE FIRM the changes that I saw in my body were so exciting that I decided to make
a few more changes. I gave up smoking and started running each day. When my three month contract had come to an end Carol and Ellen encouraged me to
continue coming in on a weekly basis to just to weigh in and share any struggles that I may have. I felt so supported and encouraged that I kept strong
and went in every week. The weight continued to come off and so did the centimetres. So encouraged was I, that I did another month at THE FIRM (August)
so that I could reach my goal to lose 25kg for my 25th birthday year, AND I DID!!
THE FIRM has been such an instrumental part in changing my life for the better, to the extent that it has touched the lives of
other people around me. My work colleagues and family in particular have been so encouraged by what they saw in me that some of them also joined up at
THE FIRM and are now on their journey of life-changing experiences. I have now also started to take a keen interest in health and nutrition and this is
broadening my general knowledge for my own life benefits.
I encourage everyone who has weight struggles to read my testimonial and know that there is a real life long solution and that
THE FIRM will partner with you every step of the way. I am still amazed at the impact THE FIRM has had on not just my weight but also my confidence and
Thank you to THE FIRM for changing my life in more ways than I could ever have imagined possible!
- Nicola Scrowther
Hi, my name is Roelien Duvenage and I would like to tell you more about myself and why I did this challenge.
I had a dream as a little girl to get married to a wonderful man and to start a family. On the 29th of October 2011 this became a reality and I got married to the man of my dreams. I was the happiest I have ever been and I thought the only thing in the world that could make me even happier was to start a family. This would complete my already perfect life and I started focusing n this only and became obsessed with having a baby. After 2 years of trying without luck it started dawning on me that there is a possibility that I may never have any children and my life started crushing down.
Failing to fall pregnant and not knowing why, had a huge impact on my self-confidence, my life as a whole
and ultimately on my marriage. I started eating to comfort myself and stopped paying attention to pretty much everything else.
I started gaining weight quickly and initially people would ask if I was pregnant but this just made everything worse. In 18 months
I gained 31 kg, I was uncomfortable, I had no clothes that fitted anymore and I just felt useless.
The turning point for me came after I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and felt like I was looking at someone else. I was at the point where I was an embarrassment for my husband and the worst part was that he stopped looking at me in the way that he used to. I realized I had to do something if I didn’t want to lose him. I started getting my priorities straight again and told myself that even though I didn’t have a baby I still have a husband and that he deserved a wife he could be proud of.
I tried various diets including a high protein diet in 2012 but nothing seemed to work for me. I even went to the
doctor who thought I may have some thyroid problems but all the tests came back clean. In April 2013 heard about The Firm and went to see
them at their offices in Vereeniging. My husband at that stage wasn’t very keen and told me I am wasting my time and money even after I was
told I could go for a free trial. A couple of days later I received a sms from The Firm with some winter specials and decided to go for it.
I was determined to prove my husband wrong and to become the wife that I knew he wanted me to be.
I committed myself to the 3 months plan and the results were astonishing. I lost 5.7kg and 31cm in the first month
and I felt amazing. After that I just kept going and now after 3 months I have lost a total of 20.9kg and 97.5cm in total. The most amazing
was the 21cm that I lost around my hips and tummy as this was my biggest problem area. The Eating plan is very easy to follow but there is a
few must knows:
Drink a lot of water and I really mean...Drink A LOT of WATER!!
Always attend your sessions.
Do not cheat as it will affect your diet and you will see it on the SCALE!
The program really works but the success is in your own self belief that you can and want to do it. I want to thank
The Firm for introducing me to this program as I now have a second chance to be happy.
- Roelien Duvenage
Every morning I get dressed in front of the mirror in my bedroom. For many weeks, I have been eyeing this unsightly, grossly overweight person, staring back at me. I would then touch the “spare wheel” underneath” breasts popping out of the bra and a stomach that looked like I could be near to giving birth. Only, I was not pregnant. My face would then twist in total disgust I felt for my body and to be truthful, I started to hate my body passionately, bit by bit more as each day passed by. Thinking about it, I realised that when in public, I had no confidence whatsoever and was embarrassed by the way I looked. I always used to fold my arms in front of my body in an attempt to hide my unsightly figure. It also felt as if everybody was staring at me.
One day, whilst getting dressed, I realised that I, once again, have to go shopping for clothing as I was growing out of my clothes currently in my wardrobe. It hit home that the situation was just going to get worse, unless I do something to change it! It also crossed my mind that I, on occasions, have heard adverts on East Coast Radio about success stories of successful weight-loss by people following the Firm’s easy weight-loss eating programme. There and then I decided to join the Firm and to embark on a journey to shed my excess weight.
On the Saturday morning I walked in at the Firm Malvern and made enquiries upon which Buhle explained the process patiently to me.
I immediately signed up for a 6 month contract and started on the Monday with my new eating programme. When being weighed in on the first Tuesday,
Buhle advised that I had to lose 16.4kgs. To be honest, at this stage I almost felt discouraged but decided to regard this as a challenge and being
motivated by this decision, I kicked off with this new way of eating, thus changing my unhealthy eating habits totally.
I carried on with this new eating programme until my 6 month contract lapsed. Although disappointed that I had not reached my goal weight as this point, it did not discourage me. Determination to reach my goal and eventually to maintain my weight, motivated me to sign for a further 3 months.
With a lot of encouragement from the ladies at the Firm and their preparedness to listen and understanding your problems as
well as your cravings, I have managed to lose 15.8kgs to date. I would be a liar if I state that I never had a piece of cake, a chocolate or even
a packet of chips during this journey. I even had an alcohol beverage or two at different stages. But, the main thing is to not over-indulge and
to continue with your correct eating programme as if the cheating never occurred. I know the guilt especially when you go for the next weight-in,
eats at your conscience but, hey, we are only human beings and since we were kids, we always did what we were not supposed to do as this was regarded
as a challenge. Just do not make the mistake to try to fool yourself that the cheating can continue on a daily basis. Remember, the scale will always
tell the truth at the next weigh-in.
Always flush your body by drinking your 2 liters of water daily. It is really not that bad once you get used to it.
I have found, that even when we go away for a week-end, I continue to drink my water. This has now become a habit.
Detox day is also important during your weight-loss process as your body rids itself of all kinds of toxins accumulated during the week.
My daughter is on a weight-loss program with a dietician. Consequently the two of us communicate regularly in this regard,
thus supporting and motivation each other. Furthermore, it is also extremely satisfying and motivational when your friends observe and comment
positively on your weight-loss.
The cherry on the cake: when you can rid yourself of the big clothing in your wardrobe that did not fit you for years!
This is like discovering new clothes, clothes you have forgotten about! I also like the feeling when I walk into Milady’s, try on a size 12
to find that it is too big for me, especially if I bear in mind that I used to squeeze myself into a size 16. At this stage the end of the
tunnel is in sight for me as I have only 0.6kg left to lose. Thereafter I am planning to maintain as I do not, ever again, want to be roly
poly and it is against my wish to feel about my body the way I used to.
I would not have been able to be so successful without the guidance, understanding and motivation of the ladies at
The Firm Malvern. Thank you gals, you are stars! You have helped me to be proud of my body once again and it is wonderful to be once again
confident in myself! Most of all: a big BRAVO to myself!!!!
- Hanelie Haynes
So, it’s not like I don’t have a mirror right, but one day I did my annual Discovery health review and got back a result that said Obese…GULP! As a single Mom, 45, I wasn’t a great example to my teen daughters plus I wondered what would happen to them if I continued to not prioritise my health and was no longer around. I was 69.4Kgs at a very short 1.44cms. My gentle curves had turned into hairpin bends! I also hated how I looked in pictures and could barely even bend past my tummy to strap on my own stilettos.
Even after I’d had 2 kids I had, once upon a time, still been able to fit into a svelte 1 piece denim dress from my 21st birthday, and I thought “I’d really like that figure again”. Co-incidentally, I received a promotional email from The Firm in Rivonia, read some stories and thought ‘They Can Help’.
Div was fabulous. She was helpful, educational and supportive every step of the way. The first 2 weeks took some discipline,
especially the detox Monday, but was not hard as the results were almost immediate. The results were not just shown on the scale but was visible on
me almost from the start and I was hooked. Particularly as the eating plan is far from a ‘diet’ just a re-education of how to eat well and has plenty
of food. I learned how important it is to drink my water daily – for all sorts of benefits besides weight loss, like my newly fabulous skin, lack of
headaches, energy levels and improved thinking.
Did you know that your brain transfers info between synapses in electrical signals that seem to work better if you’re well hydrated? Makes sense! As I was seeing visible results and feeling so much healthier it was easier to stay motivated. There were things I learnt along the way:
I didn’t put on all the weight overnight so it had to come off as slowly, as long as the scale was moving downward I was still winning and in the right way: no extreme don’t-last diets.
Losing weight in a steady way meant my skin retained its elasticity and I didn’t have any ‘droopy’ skin as the fat melted away.
On very few weigh-in days the scale didn’t move. That’s ok, family occasions, parties, the occasional drink and monthly cravings are part of life and I want a full, balanced one. I realigned the next day and moved on to further loss over the next week.
If you make small changes, stay consistent, then the weight will come off. Mom,(or your favourite restaurant) isn’t going to change recipes but share your intentions and as people want to be part of your success they will assist.
I’ve lost just over 16,2 kg’s and 133 cm’s in 6 months , can fit into that denim dress again and am currently below my goal
weight. I’ve moved from a size 16 to a size 8. And I feel amazing! Losing just 10% of your body fat can have remarkable health results so this was
even better. Plus, I’m back to being comfortable in company, talk to new people, feel confident, am seen as disciplined, love shopping even with the
horrible lighting that seems to be mandatory in change rooms and I sleep deeply with no feeling of weight on my chest and wake up refreshed.
If a single-mom, with an IT-driven 24x7 job can do this, so can you. One of the benefits of being at The Firm Rivonia is
that twice a week for 30-45minutes instead of being the mommy-person or super-worker you get to listen to great music during your treatment, read
something and just prioritise yourself.
If you are well then you are better able to take care of others. Stick to the plan, take advice from the Firm’s consultants
and tell everyone your goals – you’ll be surprised at the results, support you get and the compliments (and men ;) ) that follow.
- Cheers, Leora
To date Roxi has lost 17kgs and 135cm at The Firm Boskruin
My journey started one morning when I looked in the mirror and I didn’t recognise the person staring back at me. When did my body change so drastically? Overnight? Because that’s exactly how it felt - it was almost as if I had picked up 17kgs overnight, like the weight had just sneaked up on me, with me being completely unaware of it until that very moment. What had happened? The answer is simple...Life happened...I am not going to tell you how awful my life was before I lost weight, because it wasn’t...my weight has never defined who I am, but that morning as I stared into the mirror, I made a choice – a choice to lose weight so that the woman staring back at me was no longer a stranger. That’s how I found myself at The Firm in Boskruin.
I must admit, I was very sceptical when I first met the team and had my trial session, but what did I have to lose? (Aside from those sneaky 17kgs!). I received my diet plan and my first thought was “How can one person live on eating so little?”
In hindsight that should have been the first sign that I had been overeating (and all the wrong food to boot!) I was a woman on a mission, I had my goal, my diet plan and a wonderfully fantastic and supportive team at The Firm who encouraged and motivated me throughout my weight-loss journey. With all these positive aspects working in my favour, it was almost impossible to not to lose weight!
The best part about this weight loss process is that it’s completely sustainable – I know this because I was at The Firm for 3 months and then I took a break for 3 months (within this 3 month break, I took an overseas trip to the junk food capital of the world and enjoyed the delights of Christmas and New Years) and on my return to The Firm (In an effort to reach the goal weight that had eluded me first time round), I was surprised to find that I hadn’t gained a single gram! Case proven.
I am not going to lie to you and say it was easy, like anything worth achieving it was trying at times, but that only made the end result even more worth it! The Firm’s process works and it’s important for you to know that I am a normal woman; I crave chocolate, I eat when I am sad and I was never blessed with a fast metabolism or “skinny genes”, I am your average Jane, so if I can achieve my goal and lose 17kgs, then so can you...
These tips and mantras helped me on my weight loss journey and hopefully they can help you on yours:
The Firm is not magical – you can’t just attend your sessions and expect to lose weight. The team at The Firm is supportive, informative and will provide you with the tools which will assist you in the weight loss process, but remember this is your journey and you will only get out, what you put in.
Make the diet work for you – you will enjoy it more and be more motivated to stick to your plan if you do
I always tell myself that I am not on a diet; I am proactively changing my lifestyle for the better.
If you fall off the wagon, don’t despair and surrender – you are human and it happens, just start again the next day.
Drink your water and ensure you have a detox day at least once a week (If you can’t bear to do it on a Monday – like me – then swap it for another day in the week)
Be kind to yourself, you are on a journey - It didn’t take a month to gain all the weight so it’s fair to say that it won’t take a month to lose it all either
No chocolate or glass of wine will give you that same “feel good feeling” that losing yet another kilogram does.
Be honest with your friends and family about your new journey, you will be amazed at the support and encouragement that they will provide you with.
Remain focussed; keep your eye on the goal you have set for yourself and remember you can do anything you put your mind to!
- Most importantly, do this for you and not for anyone else.
My journey has been a wonderful one and I couldn’t have done it without The Firm, their constant support, advice and encouragement was just what I needed – Thank you for helping me feel strong, confident and in control again - I am healthier and happier which makes my husband happy as he always says “A happy wife makes for a happy life!”
- Roxi Dodkins
Like most women, when I got married I was at my prime weight. For me, at 1,69m in height and at 25 years of age, that was 56 kgs. That was also 15 years ago on 16 May 1998.
Then life happened, and my failed efforts at learning to cook and provide a balanced meal structure at home, meant that between my husband & I we both steadily gained weight. To make matters worse for my weight, children proceeded to happen! I gained 32 kgs for my 1st child, and 26 kgs for my 2nd. At my worst I weighed over 90 kgs fully pregnant and I've been battling to get the weight back down ever since! Yo-yo dieting and numerous, expired gym contracts are proof thereof, but I just could not seem to break back into the 50's kilo’s again.
Last year for my 40th birthday, my husband treated me to a holiday in Thailand in October 2012. My weight on that holiday was in the region of 66 kgs, peaking at 68 kgs after all the great seafood! As lovely as the holiday was, 1 was piercingly aware of being overweight and was not comfortable wearing a costume.
Despite trying to diet after that holiday, by Christmas-time (2012) I still looked like I’d “eaten all the turkey"! The catalyst was when my best friend’s daughter asked me if I was pregnant - and that was at 65kgs!!! And so I decided on a New Years Resolution - The Firm. I had read the article on The Firm in one of the North Coast magazines, and phoned in to the Ballito Firm. My sentiment was that I had tried all the diets, I had tried running and exercising, I had tried gym (many times), and now it was time to do something 'differently'.
Firstly, Ann was amazing! She was warm and welcoming and made me feel like I could achieve getting back into shape. Using The Firm's charts, the lowest weight for my height was 58 kgs. So I signed up for 3 months, aiming for 58 kgs, but secretly hoping for 56 kgs - my wedding weight.
The diet plan was easily manageable; in fact, I found the food a little excessive. However learning to drink so much water was, admittedly, a challenge. We spread the sessions over 2 x 45min sessions weekly, and by the second week I could see and feel results. I reached 58 kgs within 3 months easily, and healthily! What Ann and The Firm taught me, was that by eating regularly, and not skipping carbohydrates (bread), I could still lose weight - contrary to most of the other diets I had tried! To put that more into perspective, I didn't used to eat all day, only supper, and when I did eat I never ate bread or pasta. I also used to suffer with headaches most days, and was regularly terribly lethargic. But all of that is a thing of the past! I never miss a meal now, I always include
carbohydrates in my diet, and I thirst for water too, how my lifestyle has
changed! In fact, if I don't go to The Firm, my body feels like sludge and I have to exercise too. I now take myself off for walks, or do a little gym, and feel so much
better because of it I have finally learnt to enjoy doing exercise because of
how good it feels, and not for any other reason.
The net result is that my husband & I celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary in May this year. We went to the same resort where we had gone on honeymoon, and I was 'under' 58 kgs! Despite the 7 day buffet meals, I did not put on any weight - in fact I continued to steadily lose weight (300gm according to The Firm). I even went to the gym at the resort on the days that my body felt like sludge. This time, at 40 years of age, I felt like a 25 year old again! In fact, one of my Facebook comments to a photo I posted said "you look hot”...Who would have thought!
I deliberately took the same bikini with me that I wore in Thailand so I could see the difference between October 2012 and May 2013.
I have not yet reached 56 kgs, and 1 don’t know if I actually will. I seem to have stabilized at 58 kgs (as Anne said I would), but I am certain that with continued healthy and regular eating habits, and my overall lifestyle change, that I won’t be putting the weight back on again.
The important thing is that I’m healthy now, I don’t suffer with headaches, and I don’t have that excessive feeling of lethargy that I had before. I have a new lust for life, have more energy for my children, and going shopping for clothes is exciting. (I look at myself in the change room mirrors now). Socially, I have even found myself going out more and making far more of an effort with my friends than I did before too - amazing how much my being overweight had affected me psychologically, not just physically!
Thank you to The Firm, and especially to Anne & Charlene for their wonderful warmth and encouragement - without which I'm sure I would not have persevered - especially during those first few hard weeks.
- Tania Jennings
To date Nadia has lost 37.2kgs and 202cm at The Firm Strubensvalley
When I began at The Firm in Strubensvalley on 14 May 2012 I weighed 114.7kg. I was absolutely frustrated with myself. I was embarrassed at how I looked and could not bear to look at my whole body in the mirror and avoided photographs at any cost. When I joined I was determined to lose weight and I had my mind set on doing just that. I am proud to say that to date (8 April 2013) I have lost 37.2kg and 202cm. I have dropped from a clothing size 46 to a 36. I am well on my way to reaching my goal weight. Thank you Stella Daniel for your support and encouragement.
- Nadia Virasamy
To date Diane has lost 16.7kgs and 114cm at The Firm Ballito
After months of deliberating what to do about my weight gain, I found a pamphlet from The firm Ballito in my post box. The decision was now mine to make so I called to make an appointment. I arrived at The Firm nervous and anxious.
All those feelings disappeared when I walked through the door. Ann and Charlene are wonderful, They are so understanding and oozed encouragement right from the first weigh in and measure.
Each session is totally relaxing while the machines do their job. The eating plan is not difficult to follows and allows variety so you never feel hungry.
I have been at The Firm for 5 months, have lost 16.70 Kgs and 114 cm.
It is an absolutely amazing feeling to have achieved these results, so a big thank you to Ann and Charlene for everything.
I rejoined on 11/01/2013 weighing 58.55Kgs. I have been at The Firm for 10 months now and have lost a total of 22kgs and 160cm, having exceeded my goal weight of 20kgs with two months to go.
The Firm has changed my life, the way I think about food and the way I feel about myself. It is so encouraging to hear peoples comments and compliments on the new me.
The Firm has become a way of life for me and even though my contract expires at the end of July 2013,I will be back in January 2014.
Once again a very big thank you to Ann and Charlene for their ongoing support and encouragement and the absolute wonderful atmosphere they bring to The Firm Ballito. ft has been a pleasure for me to attend my sessions.
- Diane Barlow
To date Debbie has lost 19.7kgs and 127cm at The Firm Bryanston
The Firm has change not only my life, but has really helped our family become more health conscious and happier. I have been overweight for most of my life and have tried many diets and exercise programs without much success. I am an emotional eater and would turn to food for comfort.
My mom passed away two years ago. She was my pillar of strength, the one who used to motivate me and encourage me to keep trying to lose weight and then one day she wasn’t there anymore. I was so miserable after her death, eating far too much of the wrong food and never wanting to go out. I would hide behind my size 22 clothes. I was clever, I was the one who always held the camera and took the photo shots until December 2012 when I visited a long-time friend in New Zealand. We both had cameras and both took shots of the other during our site seeing trips. I could no longer hide behind the lens. I saw several photos of myself over December 2012 and nearly didn’t recognize ME. I took a long hard look at myself, my life my future and realized I could not carry on like this. I had to take control of my life.
On 14 January 2013 I woke up with a spring in my step. I knew my life would change for the better today. I knew I had to take charge of my life and make a serious lifetime commitment if I wanted to live and enjoy my future grandchildren one day. I haven’t looked back since. I have lost 19.7kg, a total of 127cm in a period of 21 weeks. I am nearly at my goal weight, just another 10.8kg to go.
Bee and Emma at The Firm, Bryanston are the A team. They encourage you to keep trying motivate you to stay focused, applaud you for your efforts and celebrate your triumphs with you. They make it worth getting up at 6 am on a winters morning – always a smile on their faces.
Thank you The Firm, Bryanston for helping me gain my confidence and self-esteem through encouragement and motivation.
- Debbie Burernett
To date Amanda has lost 17.9kgs and 103cm at The Firm Vereeniging
I stopped smoking today two years ago and I have gained a lot of weight in that process. I came to a point in my life where I could not bear to look at myself in the mirror and when I wanted to buy clothes I looked like a baby elephant in everything I tried on. My weight was a staggering 101.lkg! I never weighed so much in my whole life. I thought at 53 years of age that it would be impossible to achieve any weight loss.
My journey to a new ME started in October 2012 when I joined THE FIRM Vereeniging after reading about them on Google. I walked into THE FIRM with determination and with a mindset that I CAN and WILL lose all this weight! Up until today I have lost a total of 17.9Kg and 102.4cm in total. I still want to lose at least another 5kg to end up with a weight of 78kg even 75kg if all goes well. ©
I already look like a model to myself and have gained a lot of confidence and get compliments wherever I go.
I feel like a NEW ME already.
- Amanda Hattingh
To date Joanie has lost 14.2kgs and 90cm at The Firm Boskruin
Is it not amazing that when life happens you often do not realise the result until one day you look in the mirror and really see YOU. Very often, that is a shock to the system, to your self-image and to how you function.
This is exactly what happened to me and I knew that something had to change. I tried to go to the gym with my husband and 3-year old son but did not find it reasonable towards my son to spend an hour or more in a place, which he really did not like after spending the entire day already at pre-school. I was desperate and searched on the Internet and around for something that worked for me, and that fitted into my already busy schedule.
I previously saw The Firm Boskruin franchise but did not know the details of what exactly it was and what I had to do. On the 2nd of February 2013, I arranged a free try-out session that turned into a sign-up session.
This was it, the line drawn and nothing was going to deter me from owning my life and my body. Three times a week for only 30 minutes each morning before work without working up a sweat, I was not only losing weight but also toning my body. The real difference I discovered between The Firm and other institutions and diets were that at The Firm they targeted your specific problem areas with the electrotherapy machines allowing your body to tone whilst getting rid of the extra kilograms.
The people at Boskruin The Firm are amazing and truly inspire and motivate me on a weekly basis. I absolutely love my sessions and the transformation that occurred in the way that I look from the time I started until now.
I am close to reaching my goal weight and am determined to see it through, with the help of The Firm Boskruin.
I absolutely recommend The Firm to anyone that wants a 2 in 1 solution to his or her weight problems.
- Joanie Nel
For all my life I have been wearing size 34 & 36. When I go shopping obviously I will go for those size garments. Imagine my surprise when I go to the fitting room and those garments don’t fit at all, then I started to make a mistake of accommodating my weight which meant I was bigger sizes and the whole weight thing started escalating from there.
But it wasn’t long when my health started to deteriorate. I started having chest and under breast sharp pains, when I walk a small distance I would struggle to breathe (did I mention that at my prime I used to be an athlete and aerobics instructor?) I couldn’t wear high heel because I was too heavy for my shoes, I couldn’t bend anymore to tie my own shoes or pick something up. But the show stopper was when I saw the pictures of myself I was like ‘no I don’t look like that’ I was weighing over 80kg and colleagues use to tell me I look good, imagine that. I was not feeling good about myself and my looks.
Then I made a conscious decision to take control of my life, my health and my looks especially at my age it is not easy to maintain your good looks, that’s when I decided to join The Firm, it was not easy it takes a lot of discipline to stick to your session schedule and diet, but if you are focus nothing is impossible. The results have been great! I feel good about myself because I know I look much better now and I get compliments all the time.
Everybody wants to know what my secret is and I always tell them that it is not a secret, it’s The Firm.
The success tips that I always give people who want to look like me is that the important thing with joining The Firm is to be completely dedicated and disciplined, stick to the diet plan then you will see the results. After all you spend that much money to see results!
- Musa Mhlongo
To date Angela has lost 20.7kgs and 70cm at The Firm Queensburgh
"I started my weight loss journey on my own and then joined The Firm. It’s been a life changing experience, I’ve lost a total of 20.7kgs and 70cm and now weigh 84.3kgs from 105kgs. I’ve gone from a 42 to a 36 and it’s so easy to find clothes to wear.
I’ve never looked or felt this good. I could literally feel from one session to the next the weight and centimetres melting away.
The staff at The Firm has been amazing. You get times when you feel like giving up but they keep you motivated. I couldn’t have done it alone. My advice is to keep going and you will get the results.
Go regularly for your sessions and follow the eating plan and you will get the results. Before I started on this journey I was sad, depressed and it was an effort to motivate myself to do anything or go anywhere. I am high on life now. I now have so much energy I want to jump up and down. So very happy I keep pinching myself to see if it is real. If I can do it anyone can."
- Angela Van Rooyen
"Having battled with yo-yo dieting for the best part of my adult life, I got to menopause with a couple of health issues and a lot of extra weight. I'm sure that I must have been the biggest supporter of the "I'll start on Monday" group, but also the worst at it!! Last year, I found my weight creeping up into the 80's and it was only after my doctor told me to make some life-style changes that the penny slowly started to drop. Also, Christmas was looming and I was desperate!
I had heard about the Firm's new diet, so I thought that as a last attempt, I would try it out. I phoned Jenny and although I wasn't 100% ready to do this, I started in October. I lost about 6kgs in the first month and decided to do a second month. I managed to lose another 4kgs and by then I was getting into things. The new diet is hardly a diet, but rather a very healthy and easy-to-do eating plan. I went to Cape Town for the holidays and was really concerned about what I was going to eat, but by having salads or vegetables instead of starch when we ate out, I managed to lose another 3kgs.
At the beginning of this year, I decided that I would do another month at The Firm to get the last few kgs off, but Jenny advised me to do a 6 month course, which I believe has been the key to my success. I reached my goal of 62kgs in March, but carried on until the beginning of July by which time, my new eating style had become second nature to me and I had lost another 2kgs along the way. My weight has remained constant and while I do allow myself the odd cheat on weekends, I now do not let it get out of control. I still use the eating plan as a guide and I've found that portion control, especially on the protein side, is a must. Added to this, is my health is great and my family eat exactly what I eat which makes life really easy.
I highly recommend the Firm and a BIG thank you to Jenny who understands the battle and was there to help me along the way."
- Sharon Schnell
To date Candace has lost 33kgs and 107cm, she still attends The Firm Umhlanga and is still losing weight.
"During my life I've always found myself to be someone that can achieve my goals and desires, however, after giving birth to my daughter I found myself in a situation where the weight I had put on was simply not coming off no matter what I tried. After learning about the Firm I decided to try them to see if they could help me. The people that I talked to were friendly, understanding, and supportive of my situation. They explained to me in detail how the programme works and what type of results I could expect. Although I felt that the first month of the programme was very challenging, I persevered because of the motivation I received from the staff at the Firm and by the end of my contract I had reached my goal weight. I know that without the Firm I would have never achieved this result and for that, I am thankful that they were there for me. I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone looking to slim down to try the Firm because I know first hand that the programme really works."
- Candace McMurtry
"Weight Loss 10.65 kilos and 59 cm in 46 days (6weeks 4 days), Ek het by 'n vriendin gehoor van The Firm en toe besluit om 'n draai te maak en te sien wat hulle aanbied. Die vriendelike Personeel het my alles verduidelik en gesÃª ek moet vir 'n Free Trial kom. Na die Free Trial het ek besluit om aan te sluit. Eerste dag - Detox dag was baie moeilik maar die volgende dag toe ek vir my eerste sessie gaan kon ek nie glo dat ek 1.2kg ligter was nie. Elke keer as ek gemeet en geweeg was het die kilo's en cm's net afgeval. Ek is nou maar net 46 dae by The Firm en het alreeds 10.65 kilos en 59 cm verloor. Ek voel weer goed oor myself en pas weer in my ou size klere in."
- Juliana Chippett
"My name is Berenice and I'm 31 years old. Before I joined The Firm (Northriding) I have been yo-yo dieting for almost 10 years and almost gave up at the prospect of being a slimmer person!
I have always seen the posters and ads for The Firm but was one of those non believers until my doctor advised me to lose about 5kilos. Needless to say that I was panicking cause I love food and I have tried just about everything, or at least in my mind…
So I went through the testimonials on the website and thought that I've got nothing to lose but weight and off I went to my first appointment on 29 March 2010.
The first day was tough cause it was the notorious detox day…I was starving by 4am the next morning and couldn't wait for breakfast time…on my second appointment which was 2 days later, Marina told me lets see how you've done and to my biggest surprise I was 2 kilos down! I could not believe my eyes when I saw that digits on the scale….and that was my motivation to continue! Of cause it wasn't easy during the first 3 weeks but three months down the line my boyfriend told me wow you are starting to disappear and by then I was 10 kilos down.
The support that I got from my boyfriend, my colleagues, Marina and Pat was amazing! By then I had to alter most of my clothes and buy new undies! I felt amazing!
I continued with the programme until September 2010 and was 14 kilos down by then…I have to admit it almost became like an addiction as I was scared to leave the security of the weigh ins and the reprimands (which helped keeping me on track) and Pat and Marina were like my new family!
After I took a break I went back in January of this year…I completed the programme in July this year and was down by an astounding 20kilos!
When I told my friends on the Saturday before my first appointment that I've joined The Firm, one of them was quick to say you'll never see this through…I wish you could see the envy on her face now every time she sees me!
My experience at The Firm was absolutely life changing!"
- Berenice Williams
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Weight Loss 43kgs and 236cm
"Hoekom ek besluit het om gewig te verloor:
Die onmoontlikheid om mode items te verkry
Ek was my lewe lank oorgewig gewees, nadat ek 'n foto van myself gesien het, het ek besluit kom wat wil, ek gaan gewig verloor.
Ek het `n advertensie van The Firm in die plaaslike koerant Laevelder gesien, ek het gaan uitvind hoe dit werk, en wat dit my als gaan bied, ek het toe by hulle aangesluit, en vandag kan ek nie genoeg dankie sê nie, sonder hulle hulp en bystand sou ek dit nie kom doen nie.
Ek het amptelik op 22 Julie 2009 begin, ek het op daardie stadium `n volle 96.4kg geweeg, ek het twee keer `n week gegaan vir `n sessie van 45 min lank en het hulle gesonde gebalanseerde dieet gevolg. Ek het begin om gewig te verloor en cm ook, ek het sover 43kg en 236cm verloor, oor `n tydperk van `n jaar en vyf maande, en vandag nog hou ek by hulle dieet patroon.
Met my nuwe gewig van 53kg , het my gesondheid verbeter, ek gebruik geen medikasie nie en my maag probleme het aansienlik verbeter.
As dit nie vir The firm en Anna-Marie en my gesin was nie, sou ek verseker nog oorgewig gewees het, nogmals baie dankie aan hulle, en ek beveel The Firm aan, as jy desperaat genoeg is, en reg gemotiveer is, sluit aan en jou lewe sal ten goede verander, na `n nuwe JY, glo my dit werk kyk na My, en Jy sal nie spyt wees nie.
- Karen Alberts
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Age: 45 | Weight Loss: 21.9 kg and 223 cm in 4 1/2 months
"I was very overweight and did not care what I looked like. I loved my food. I said my mothers fat so I am fat because I have the same genes as her.
I tried many diets, I would lose and then put on more weight for even trying, I soon gave up that idea. I am a pre school teacher and noticed that sitting on the floor with the children was very uncomfortable.
I have been at The Firm for about 4 months now. I have lost 18 kg so far and I feel so good. I noticed the other day that I can now sit on the floor with ease, I can now run and do things that I could not do before.
The staff at The Firm really are on your side and so friendly. They praise you so much that when you finish your session with them you feel that you are on top of the world and ready to lose that weight. I still have to lose a lot more, with the friendly and encouraging staff behind me I will reach my goal weight in no time.
I have decided that it is just changing your mind set on how you eat your food. It was hard at the beginning sticking to the diet which The Firm provides and all that water you need to drink. I promise you once you set your mind to lose weight and stick to it, it makes you into a new person and you feel on top of the world all the time."
- Kay Brown
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Age: 62 yrs | Weight Loss 68.8kgs and 180cm
"I have been over weight most of my life believing that I was just big built but as I got older I realised that I was not going to be a healthy retiree as I suffered from high blood pressure, head aches, swollen legs, ankles and feet due to water retention - not to mention my constant fatigue.
A family member offered to help by introducing me to The Firm® Slimming & Health Clinic. When I arrived the team at the Morningside branch in Durban were understanding of the amount of weight I had to lose as I weighed over 160kgs.
They had to get extra long belts to accommodate my large size and eventually purchase another scale to register my weight loss once I had reached a 160kgs.
I found the eating plan easy to follow even when eating out at restaurants with family and enjoyed shopping for my veggies each week varying them so I didn’t get bored.
I have had to buy several different clothes sizes over the last year. Family members are my biggest fans and support team never forgetting to ask about my weekly weight losses where I would lose at least a kilo per week.
I now have much more energy and feel like a young person again where as before I could hardly walk without stopping to catch my breath. My Doctor is very pleased with me as my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are fine and he has cut down most of my medication.
To date I have lost 68.8 kgs and 180cm. I will always be grateful to The Firm for their constant support and partnership in my life-changing weight loss journey."
- Basil White
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Weight Lost: 23.3kg
"After many attempts to lose weight through all kinds of diets. I simply just let myself go and indulged in all bad eating habits. In the process I lost my dignity as well as my self image and on top of all, my health was in serious jeopardy.
A good friend suggested that I join The Firm (Nelspruit), which I subsequently did.
Through following a well balanced eating plan, I lost 23.3 kg’s and in total 98 cm’s. I dropped from a size 42 dress size to a size 34 in only six months time. There were times that I felt down, but through perseverance and the support from The Firm, I made it!! I am especially grateful to Anna-Marie for her support and understanding through the past 6 months.
I have now regained my self image, feel on top of the world, eat healthy and receive an awful lot of compliments.
I would strongly recommend The Firm"
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Weight Lost: 16.4kg
"I joined The Firm in Nelspruit after the birth of my first baby. I had picked up a lot of weight during my pregnancy, not to mention my body shape had gone for a loop! I was still wearing my maternity clothes as I couldn't fit into any of my "old" clothes, so I decided I needed to seriously take control of my life! After losing 16.4 kilograms and 120 centimeters, I can now fit into clothes I couldn't even wear before my pregnancy. I feel great and much more confident in myself.
Not to mention the improvement in my skin texture. What makes this even more exciting is that other people notice that I do not only look smarter and slimmer, but am also far more confident. I am still at The Firm, but now it is for the relaxing and toning that I enjoy more than the little kilo's I still have to shed.
I would recommend The Firm to anyone who has struggled or is struggling to lose weight. It was so easy and relaxing, and the ladies at Nelspruit (Anna-marie and Gift) were so motivating!
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Weight Lost: 13.3kg
"Before I lost weigh I was tired all the time I was miserable and uncomfortable I wanted to loose the weight to improve not only my look but to improve how I felt and it has really changed a lot of how I feel now.
I chose the firm as I had seen a friend accomplish great results and after trying every diet pill diet mixture, I decided I am going to try the firm. I have lost a total of 13.3kg I feel so much more energetic so much more life in me and healthy too. I gained discipline and I gained me again. What stood out was the 2 ladies that assisted me at my branch, Jen and Jacqui, who were excellent with their motivation , I also enjoyed the feeling of the machine itself.
It was a great experience overall and I can’t thank the firm enough I recommend it to all friends and family who ask what my secret is."
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Age: 34 | End/Goal weight: 65kg | Weight Lost: 12.65kg | Centimetres Lost: 74cm
"Feeling overweight is an issue that weighs heavily on so many womens minds. For me, when I had to start buying bigger and bigger clothes I thought to myself, "something has seriously got to give!".
I wanted to lose weight for myself. Two beautiful children later I got to the point where I really felt the need to be more self confident and generally happier within myself.
There are so many options and promises available, but I chose "The Firm" as the eating plan looked reasonable and I trusted that the outcome was possible. The idea of firming and toning with centimetre loss looked phenomenal. Seriously - it works!!!!!
Today I feel healthy and light. I know I can walk into a clothing store, grab a size 10 and it will fit!
Being a Christian, I need to say a big heartfelt "Thank You" to the support I found in my belief in Jesus. That strong feeling that I was never alone really made all the difference. Also, my family and friends were never-ending in their support and encouragement - I couldn't have succeeded without that!
To the awesome ladies at "The Firm - Northriding" thank you for always being so positive and for making my experience there so comfortable. I really looked forward to my sessions at your clinic.
Lastly and most importantly, to all the people who are struggling within themselves to lose that burdensome weight and are not sure if they should attempt this - if I can do it - so can you! Go for it, you won't look back!"
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Yvonne Mey's Testimonial
Height: 1.65m | Weight Loss: 25,8 kg | Cm lost: 129 cm – from size 18 to 10/8
"I knew I was overweight when I had trouble tying my shoelaces, struggled to work in the garden because I couldn’t squat, couldn’t reach my toenails to clip them, couldn’t sit with my legs crossed, wouldn’t swim with my family because of how I looked in a swimsuit, never could look in the mirror and feel good about myself.
When a friend told me about The Firm, I decided that I desperately needed help, because I couldn’t do it on my own. I joined in February 2009 and was disgusted to find out that I wasn’t just overweight, but OBESE!! I weighed in on 88.7 kgs and had 23 kilograms to loose. My BMI was 32.58. 27 Weeks later, with the support and help of the dedicated staff of The Firm in Nelspruit, Annemarie (Franchisee owner) and Gift Phoku, her assistant, I lost 25,8 kilograms and 129 centimeters in 6 months. Thanks to them and a lot of prayer, I am down from a size 18 to a size 10.
I am still going to The Firm religiously twice a week, even after I had reached my goal weight, because I need the support of my friends there to maintain my weight.
Thank you, Annemarie and The Firm for believing in me to do this! "
- Yvonne Mey
I joined The Firm Nelspruit in January 2009. I had picked up far too much weight over the past few years and I decided it's now or never. I could never stick to any diet for longer than two weeks, but your tasty eating plan made it easy for me to stick to it.
The food that we are allowed is simple and easy to make and most of all, not exspensive. The love and kindness that I recieved from Annemarie and Gift was out of this world. I looked foward to my sessions so I could "relax" & read my favorite magazine while the fat was melting away. What a pleasure lie back and the electrotherapy machines do all the work while you are reading the lastest "gossip" and planning what new outfits you are going to buy when you have shifted the rolls. I lost 14.3Kg in six months and still maintaining.
I can recommend "The Firm" to anyone because it works. I have never felt so good about myself and recieved so many compliments. Do yourself a favour and try it, I did and I am thrilled with the new me!!!"
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What was the turing point for you?
"Excess weight was causing health problems: shortness of breath, always tired, no energy, could not climb stairs, poor self-image, tried to avoid being photographed as it was depressing to see myself in photos, I had to buy XL and XXL clothes which added to feelings of hopelessness & depression. When my specialist warned me about the dangers of excess weight, I decided in the interests of my health, to try to do something about it ."
How did you come to hear about The Firm & what made you join?
"My daughter had joined a little while before and she encouraged me to give it a go saying I had nothing to lose as the first trial session is free of charge! After that if I joined up, I could look forward to possibly losing both weight and cm and improving my health, but that it would depend on my own efforts. At my age (being a senior citizen!), I was not interested in jumping up & down at a regular gym with lithe & lovely youngsters gawking at this golden oldie, so The Firm seemed like the best solution for me to try."
What has been your experience at The Firm & how has it changed or impacted your life?
"I had to get my head around attending regularly every week & not missing the sessions.
The new eating plan thing was extremely difficult at first but I gradually changed my eating habbits & together with the sessions, when I started to see actual results – weight & cm loss - it strengthened my resolve. Although I haven’t followed the eating plan strictly I have changed by eating habits completely and now cannot eat those huge meals that I was used to previously, so my food intake has decreased drastically.
The staff at The Firm Northriding has been so encouraging even though my weight see-saws weekly. It hasn’t been all plain sailing but with perseverance & encouragement, I am getting there… Still have a little way to go & am now concentrating on “firming up” rather than losing kg."
Any motivational tip for sticking to your eating plan / program?
"Go through your wardrobe & give away your XL & XXL clothes to institutions like Hospice or the Salvation Army who generously give of their time and efforts free of charge to those less fortunate than ourselves. That way you won’t be tempted to lapse because you won’t have those huge clothes left in your wardrobe!
Go out & buy yourself one or two trendy pieces of clothing that are just slightly too small to fit in comfortably & look at them once a week as encouragement – You will soon be able to get into them & feel & look so much better!
Take before & after photos & look at them constantly. You could even stick them onto the door of your fridge & also your larder, as reminders not to raid the fridge or pantry for in between snacks!
When hungry in between meals, snack on some fresh or dried fruit or even a palmful of unsalted nuts or sunflower seeds."
Would you recommend The Firm to anyone who wants to loose weight & firm up?
"Definitely - Try it yourself for a change in lifestyle & improved self-esteem. When one’s self-esteem improves, happiness is not far behind either… See My Before and After photo’s."
- Coral Swanepoel
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"To the ladies at The Firm Atrium, Port Elizabeth.
As a person who has struggled with her weight all her life I can honestly recommend The Firm because it is due to your programme that I now can swim, dance with my family and most importantly walk from my car to the supermarket without losing my breath.
There are no words to express my gratitude for all the support and motivation during my weight loss journey. It has been a long 6 months but pictures don't lie - see for yourself. I have now successfully lost 16.7kg's and 105 cm's and feeling like a new person who is well on the way to a health life.
I would not have been able to do this on my own, once again "Thank You All".
- Belinda Nel
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"To the ladies at The Firm La Lucia,
Thank you for all your motivation and support during my journey of weight-loss. Being a young and fairly active person, I still found it a struggle to lose weight even though I frequently visited the treadmills at the gym. This is what lead me to The Firm, in hope of losing 2 kg's. So I signed myself up for 6 months and the results speak for themself. I have now successfully lost 10kg's and feel full of life and energy. I would not have been able to do it by myself (without the help of the Firm)
Thank you again"
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Lost 11,4kg & 151cm
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