Se7en’s Blog: Meeting the Healthy Weight Team

Se7en’s Blog: Meeting the Healthy Weight Team

 

Claudia – Programme Manager

Early bird or night owl?
Former night owl who has changed her ways to become an early bird.

Favourite meal?
Scrambled eggs on toast – I can eat this all day, every day.

Tea or coffee?
Tea. Tea time is my favourite time of day!

Favourite exercise?
The plank.

Dream holiday?
I love traveling, I think Croatia is next on my list.

What do you love about the Healthy Weight Programme?
I love my interactions with both members and the team. The members are incredible, I love how they feed off each other’s energy and how there’s always a strong sense of community, drive and purpose within the group. I love that there’s a genuine support from the team and how everyone who works on the Healthy Weight programme sincerely cares about each member. It makes the programme so much more honest and believable. There is this authentic support and consideration for everyone which I think is very rare and very hard to recreate.

What have you learnt from working on the Healthy Weight Programme?
I’ve learnt that creating a safe and welcoming environment for each member is key. It’s not easy for someone to put themselves out there and give you their trust in that what you tell them or give them to do is the best approach and best practice.

If you had to offer just one healthy tip what would it be?
Back yourself. You’ve made a decision to change your lifestyle for the better. Sometimes friends and family unintentionally try to sabotage you i.e. “it’s just a small piece of cake, it won’t kill you”. Learn to back yourself – you’re the only one who can truly facilitate change.

Clinton Gähwiler – Sport Psychologist

Early bird or night owl?
Definitely the former! Do all my best creating, engaging or exercising in the first half of the day.

Favourite meal?
Dare I say it… pasta!!? And cheese – especially in a good omelette!

Tea or coffee?
Rooibos

Favourite exercise?
Favourite is to mix it up – little bit of everything, from park run and gym, to playing with kids, tennis, karate, hiking etc.

Dream holiday?
In Cape Town – with absolutely NOTHING on the ‘to do’ list 🙂

What do you love about the Healthy Weight Programme?
How it has the power to trigger such positive momentum in ALL areas of people’s lives.

What have you learnt from working on the Healthy Weight Programme?
That people are different, and that it’s about figuring out what works best for you personally.

If you had to offer just one healthy tip what would it be?
Not to automatically pick up on someone else’s ‘healthy tip’, but rather to embark on a series of ‘experiments’ to gradually get closer and closer to what is most appropriate to you and your life circumstances.

Rob Henst – Sleep Scientist

Hi, I am Rob, I am a sleep scientist at Sleep Science. If I am not sleeping myself, I am studying sleep and trying my best for others to get the most out of their sleep!

Early bird or night owl?
Definitely an early bird. If I am not in bed by 21h00 I get very grumpy!

Favourite meal?
Pizza and sushi, and I am not even ashamed of it!

Tea or coffee?
Definitely coffee! More for the taste than for the pep. I love it!

Favourite exercise?
Does sleep count as exercise? Jokes aside, I enjoy running and hiking.

Dream holiday?
In a country or location where I haven’t been before. I love exploring and learning new things.

What do you love about the Healthy Weight Programme?
The participants! I am getting to know some of the most awesome people in Cape Town! Every participant has their own story and personality. Because I would go to the homes of those that participate in the Healthy Weight Programme Sleep Study, I sometimes get to meet their families too. Really cool!

What have you learnt from working on the Healthy Weight Programme?
I have learnt a lot about how the Healthy Weight Programme participants sleep and how participating in the Healthy Weight Programme can change sleep. Unfortunately I cannot share the results, because the study has not been completed yet!

If you had to offer just one healthy tip what would it be?
Prioritise sleep! Make decisions throughout the day that help you to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night (some need more, some need less).

Ryno Klaassen – Biokineticist

Early bird or night owl?
I’m definitely a night owl.

Favourite meal?
Favourite meal is a chicken stack; three grilled chicken breasts stacked on top of each other with avo, bacon and mozzarella in-between.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee all the way.

Favourite exercise?
Barbell Bent over rows.

Dream holiday?
Exploring all the Hawaiian Islands.

What do you love about the Healthy Weight Programme?
Making a difference in peoples’ lives, and changing it for the better.

What have you learnt from working on the Healthy Weight Programme?
There’s always more than meets the eye and quick thinking on your feet.

If you had to offer just one healthy tip what would it be?
Drink a glass of water right before you have a meal.

Marie MacGregor – Dietitian

Hi, my name is Marie. I’m a registered dietitian with two kids. I spend my day working at SSISA in between school lifts, extra murals and playdates.

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird.

Favourite meal?
A really good roast with all the trimmings.

Tea or coffee?
Mostly tea, maybe one coffee a day.

Favourite exercise?
Pilates and running.

Dream holiday?
At the moment anywhere with just my husband and I would be a real treat.

What do you love about the Healthy Weight Programme?
Sharing someone’s happiness when they reach their goals.

What have you learnt from working on the Healthy Weight Programme?
Flexibility is an important personality trait to have.

If you had to offer just one healthy tip what would it be?
Eat your fruit and vegetables.


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