Getting rid of a bad image

2010-07-02 11:30

I gained a couple of kilos and developed a beer belly over the last couple of years of avoiding the gym. This is all blamed on my good old pal Heineken. I have since filled divorce papers on it, and am looking for a new pal who will deform my shape like Heineken has been doing to me.

Most clothing items no longer fit me. Some of my friends started making fun of me saying "I'm three months pregnant" and that does not do a lot of good to a guy’s self confidence. A decision had to be made, and so I decided to try to lose one or two jeans sizes.

The gym seemed the logical option.

Needless to say, it’s easier said than done. It takes blood sweat, and tears to lose The Belly. To the untrained eye, you wouldn’t see the results of the hard work I’ve been putting in trying to get rid of three months pregnancy.

While huffing, and puffing doing push-ups and sit-ups, cursing the Heineken and all the unhealthy food stuff I love so much, I got to think about my beloved country, South Africa, and the pain it was going through.

This country is also trying to shed its old image of the apartheid years. Lots of progress has been made in that regard. There are some doomsayers who can or will not see it. Luckily the majority of the people can see it, and till have hope.

If I cannot lose the beer belly that easily, how can the country lose the bad image so fast?

How come we expect the legacy of the bad things that happened in the past to disappear in a short period of time? Our past (apartheid) created this monster (The Beer Belly = inequalities) that we should all tackle and overcome for our country to succeed.

Shouldn't we all be committed and strive for the greater good of all people. It will take all our combined blood, sweat and tears to achieve that goal. If we stand together nothing will be impossible.

Hard work still lies ahead and it’s a good thing because that means as South Africans, we all have a dream to wake up to and we all have a dream to try to achieve. That dream is the rainbow nation with everyone living in harmony with one another; with everyone enjoying equal rights, and equal shares to the wealth of this country.

We are indeed a nation united. It has nothing to do with the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa that we are united. We are united by our common goal and our dreams for South Africa. We deserve the credit for all the hard work, and sacrifices made by all South Africans. "Amandla Ngawethu".

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  • City Life 2 - 2010-07-02 11:45

    Really great to read such a positive article for a change!
    Well done & good luck with the pregnancy! Lol

  • Lorenzo - #1 Rule - 2010-07-02 11:45


  • SAYWHAT - 2010-07-02 11:48

    United we shall stand..great idea! Now go on hit the gym some more, no pain no gain!!

  • Andrew - 2010-07-02 11:50

    We desperately need a new government. The current one divides us and plunders the country’ wealth.

  • Executive weight - 2010-07-02 11:53

    Nice article except Heineken is a kak beer!

  • john - 2010-07-02 11:54

    The magical answer is Weigh-less - works wonders, even if you dont hit the gym.
    Not so sure it will do the country any good.

  • clarissah - 2010-07-02 12:03

    How come we expect the legacy of the bad things that happened in the past to disappear in a short period of time? How much time do you think is enough? 50 years, 100 years. this country will change because that's the way things are in life, nothing is stagnant - its just about which way its going to change.

  • AJ - 2010-07-02 12:08

    What about after you have been going to gym for 20 years and you have still only lost 1 kilogram. At want point do you reckon you've got the wrong physical trainer?

  • BeerBelly - 2010-07-02 12:08

    I thought u loved me man....Y do u wanna get rid of me?I gave u warms,I gave u shape and even a surplus of carbohydrates incase you get lost in a dessert.Now this is the thank I get??An online piece about how you are trying to lose what man.stuff you

    Beloved Beerbelly

  • Josoap - 2010-07-02 12:09

    DMK Jack

  • cuba - 2010-07-02 12:09

    This should motivate you to get back to gym :D
    As for the analogy, quite a good one and you are 100% correct

  • Slingervel - 2010-07-02 12:11

    All good and well and awesome for the effort. I agree but we have one problem our personal trainers (ANC) doesnt want us to loose the bad immage because then they wont be in power any more and wont have access to the money for their self enrichment, So to put in in context , they keep us (the masses ( fat by feeding them Heinikin (lies) all the time. Until that changes you can do a million situps a day and you will stay fat . That is the reality

  • TheManInBlack - 2010-07-02 12:12

    To carry on the analogy, you get the beer boep by consistently giving resources to one part of the body. Going to gym will be healthy for all parts of the body. Looking after all parts of the body equally is the only way to ensure good health. Doing something that spreads the fat from your boep to your backside will not help. Wearing clothes that make you look slimmer will also not help.

    In other words concentrate on healthy food and healthy work (education and meaningful work, health and security) rather than spreading the fat and concentrating on appearances (tenderpreneurs and millionaires).

  • cuba - @Executive weight - 2010-07-02 12:12

    HERESY!!! I love my Heines, they make me a happy chappy

  • Cynical@author - 2010-07-02 12:14

    Why not try this eating plan:
    - Breakfast: 3 dozen sausages fried in deep fat, 20 scrambled eggs and a gallon of double thick full cream milk
    - lunch: 15 packets of fried chips, 19 McDonalds hamburgers and a half a cream cake
    Dinner: half a leg of roast ox, 300 mushrooms, 33 dozen vienna sausages, unlimited pork bangers etc plus acan of diet coke
    Good luck with the wight loss....ha ha ha ha

  • karenp - 2010-07-02 12:15

    Lovely article - and very true - anything worthwhile in life only comes through hard work, determination and discipline (and TIME!)...

  • Positive - 2010-07-02 12:35

    Good Article. Problem is there are too many out there that believe they deserve to be given something for nothing. The fact is some people are not ready to move on and forget. I don't agree to forget but remember and build on that, realize what was done wrong in the past and build up a better future. Believe that in order to have something you need to work for it. Believe in your fellow man whether he is from South Africa or from Zimbabwe. Leave the hatred behind. Sadly for some, they are not happy unless they have that chip on their shoulder or that hatred in their hearts. Now if more people could have your attitude we are 90% of the way there.

  • Cynical@author - 2010-07-02 12:37

    What you need is a real exercise routine:
    -300 push ups on your thumbs with someone sitting on your back
    - quick 50 km uphill run with the same person on your back
    - underwater swim to Robben Eiland
    - some cycling, preferably 1000 km in 15 minutes
    The idea is to get your heartrate up to at least 550 beats a minute. Got it? If this routine doesn't get your weight down, it'll get you down - into your coffin! Haaa ha ha ha

  • Amanda @ Anthony - 2010-07-02 12:38

    Hehehe - nice one. Good luck. I know how difficult it is to get rid of those unwanted kilo's. (Clingy little bastards, are'nt they?)

    Now for rest of the article - We do not expect the country to loose its bad image overnight. Actually, we should always remember the past so that we never make the same mistake in the future. However, we need to move on and start working together to make this country work. I firmly believe that education for our youth is important as they are our future. We as grown-ups should also set a better example for them. At the moment, we are doing a crappy job. So, my solution - education and respect. Respect for yourself and each other.(PS: Enjoy the soccer - personally, I cannot wait for 4'o clock).

  • zeek - 2010-07-02 12:40

    Read "body for life" - the EASIEST way to lose the beop, tube, belly, tyre, etc. GOOD LUCK and don't give up!

  • nicolec - 2010-07-02 12:43

    I've been eating healthy and doing excercise and have lost 12kgs. I feel great. If I can do it anyone can.

  • TheRunner - 2010-07-02 12:46

    Join a running club! Gym is for sissie!

  • Riaan - 2010-07-02 12:50

    Were going for 20 years of democracy soon and still we are addicted to those comfort foods like double apartheid on the rocks with a slice of BEE butter. It seems that those words will never die as it it keep the sumo sized guys fat and empowered and the previously advantaged lean to anorexic...

  • Your Girlfriend - 2010-07-02 12:52

    You rejected me when I wanted your attention most, preferred to hold Heineken ALL day.

    Enjoy Hoola Hooppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @nicolec - 2010-07-02 12:53

    give me your number please nicolec?

  • Rose - 2010-07-02 13:01

    Some women still like big, cuddly men who they can love just like skinny women love skinny men.

  • DeonL - 2010-07-02 13:03

    I take my protein shake 2 x day and it works fine! Most Fat people just eat too much! Go Herbalife!

  • Ederik - 2010-07-02 13:08

    I can help all you overweight people! Easy!

  • Stalker - 2010-07-02 13:13

    Yes Nicolec give US your number....I also want to make friendz with u hehehheheheh

  • mariza - 2010-07-02 13:16

    keep going and your weight gained would soon be something of the past.
    I am not much into politics, because it is all today about how much money your power can bring you, do not think the leaders really care enough. there is offcourse exceptions like helen ziller, yes now you know, I am a democratic, will always belief in democracy and two sides to a story.
    I agree with you that time heals most, but I belief that the countries economy is most important, because if we become a first world country, we would all benefit and not just the selected.....

  • BRI@ AUTHOR - 2010-07-02 13:20

    Great article and so true. Well done dude, we all have work to do!

  • Gaz - 2010-07-02 13:30

    Always keep it real mate, change from the Heiny's to Windhoek....see how things change

  • DJ - 2010-07-02 13:56

    Nice to see you are positive and I don't want to bash that but one thing I am sick of hearing is how aprtheid is responsible for all the inequaliites today. I do not condone apartheid or want it back but it is not to blame for everything.Even if had never happened there would still be rich and poor and in a country where the majority is non white they would make up the majority of poor as well. Why is the rest of Africa the way it is? All the white mans's fault???

  • Anthony Lekhuwana - 2010-07-02 13:57

    Thanks to all...
    I enjoyed the feedback.
    Great Country indeed.

  • paulb - 2010-07-02 14:22

    Awesome article...and analogy! Good luck to you.. and us all! Amandla

  • Reader - 2010-07-02 14:25

    Get some of the politicians to excercise with you, they can all do with less kilos. Life in government is too good - SARS keeps up the supplies!

  • Scooter - 2010-07-02 14:41

    Man that is one of the best pieces I have read in a long time. I found the only way I could lose 26kg was to get divorced. May that never happen to us who are positive for our future

  • Amityville - 2010-07-02 14:58

    I'm proud of you brother! Keep at it!!!

    I did the same about 3 years ago. I went to the store to get some new pants and realised the only ones that fitted are size 36. I put everything back and started on the road to personal bliss. Today I wear a size 30 pants and in September I compete in my first body building competition.


  • Lin - 2010-07-02 15:12

    A positive contribution. I think the time to trust is NOW - there are so many people willing to move forward and to make things work. Unfortunately it is the few who cause the biggest damage and the majority who has to pay the price. Lets stand together for a rainbow nation - apartheid was BAD, but during that time an infrastructure was built and has to be kept up and that can only by done by standing together and making it work through freedom, equality and brotherhood.

  • Julias Malema - 2010-07-03 16:51

    I need to lose weight to as I am a fat bloater at the moment.
    My fat stomach is from drinking to many bottles of champagne.

  • Nemesis hex - 2010-07-03 18:53

    How about we start by losing some excess baggage like Showerkop Zuma and his half wit son Toiletmouth Juju. We can all can shed some dead weight.

  • TimothyB - 2010-07-06 10:29

    This can't be the same Anthony Lekhuwana, I know, well I guess if this guy can change his mind set, we should all be able to turn it for the best

  • Eles - 2010-07-07 08:55

    Exactly that Anthony - you are taking the right steps eating right, cutting out alcohol and exercising. That is what I want govt to do - a health check. Tighten their belts, stop flying all over the world to attend opening of envelopes and wasting money on entertainment (such as all the soccer tickets) and take the tax payers money and turn this country around by doing their jobs. Upgrade education and healthcare - get rid of ineffective management riding gravy trains and replace with competent professionals. It never fails to amaze me that the seemingly most lazy disinterested workers work for govt - surely they should be the most inspired?

  • Meshack - 2010-07-08 08:23

    Impressive , Tony ....i like the analogy.

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