Rachel Kolisi's lockdown body evolution

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Rachel Kolisi and her husband Siya. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)
Rachel Kolisi and her husband Siya. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)

Lockdown has been a wild ride for everyone, and it’s safe to say that, for many of us, it’s been pretty stressful juggling working from home, family commitments, keeping fit, and a lot more trips to the kitchen for snacks!

Even the famous among us have not been immune to having to watch our body shapes change, and not always in the way we’d like.

Rachel Kolisi shared her fitness journey, speedbumps and all, on Instagram recently, writing that she went into lockdown “feeling like I could keep up with the training and eating well, but obviously that wasn’t the case.”

She admits in the post - which shows her belly is a bit less defined than it was a few months ago — that it is “important to know this is what some people’s normal looks like — and I’m not ashamed. I’m irritated I didn’t have more discipline and maintain a good thing instead of having to start again”.

Rachel was quick to add that society places unrealistic demands on women “that [are] close to impossible”.

“Recently a lady told me she put on so much weight in lockdown she’s not going to visit friends until she loses the weight - that shook me. There’s so much pressure on women to have it all together all the time,” she wrote.

The mom-of-four shared a familiar struggle of trying to manage home schooling, work and workouts. She has managed her lockdown weight gain, but it hasn’t been easy.

Take a look at her body transformation below:

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Some lock down honesty ?? This is where I am currently. I went into lock down feeling like I could keep up with the training and eating well, but obviously that wasn’t the case. Recently a lady told me she put on so much weight in lock down she’s not going to visit friends until she looses the weight - that shook me. There’s so much pressure on women to have it altogether all the time with the unrealistic demands society places on us that’s close to impossible. @risewomen__ started a 21 day “RISE TO THE CHALLENGE” a few months ago, which run monthly. Includes: ??20% discount on selective Rise Transformation Tools ??21-day challenge pack ??Daily Motivational Content Communicated via WhatsApp ??Weekly 30min Zoom Focus Session (Monday 17:30) 7 September- Healthy Habits 14 September- Fuel Yourself Right 21 September- Train for Life 28 September- Consistency Is Key ??Option to have all your meals monitored by submitting Photos via WhatsApp I know many of you have done, this will be my first time joining and excited to get back on track ???? Important to know this is what some people’s normal looks like - and I’m not ashamed. I’m irritated I didn’t have more discipline and maintain a good thing instead of having to start again ???? But I love a good challenge. If you swipe through the pics you’ll see where my body was just 7 months ago. I’ll pop the link to this challenge in my story and hope you’ll be joining me! I’ll update you in 21 days (starting Monday) ??

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Rachel did a 21-day challenge to get herself back on a healthier track and tried different eating eating plans, including a no-sugar detox and the “Daniel fast” in which she only ate fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

“I always wanted to try a plant-based diet. Definitely would not be able to follow a permanent vegan or vegetarian diet but we will definitely be incorporating meat-free days into our weekly meals.”

The sugar detox, she says, was as unpleasant as it sounds. “Headaches, sore tummy, nausea - the works.”

The 21-day challenge is part of her Rise Women platform which she and her business partner, Tammy Rawstron, describe as a “transformation guide”, which includes a workout program “but the heart of Rise is about equipping women to strive to find their best self and encouraging them to lift each other up in love and celebrate seeing others thrive”.

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