Juliet Kriel

Category 20+ KG'S
Position 9 TH
Weight Details
103.9 KG'S Starting Weight
74 KG'S Goal Weight
86.6 KG'S Current Weight
Challenge Progress
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Start Finish

Hallelujah the scale has moved

Its about blady time!


Yesterday for some or other odd ball reason, I went to the toilet more often than usual.  And at one stage, I went 5 time after one another with 10min intervils.


My husband said to me the day before yesterday while I was laying on the bed that my ankles looked swollen.  I to had felt bloated that day and a little swollen if and can call it that.  Alot like the michelin man.


Must have been water retension, as I find it difficult to believe that weighing myself yesterday morning to this morning, and there is a 1.8kg loss.  Unfreaking believable – but I’ll take it!

There’s something funny someone sent me earlier today.

Mind over matter

It hit me like a ton of bricks this morning!  Week 3 & 4 of this challenge I only managed to  lose 500g whilst following the plan and taking all my tablets and injections.  This in essence is week 3 & 4 after our washout phase on the injections.  For some or other odd reason, I seem to hit a plateau in week 3 & 4 of the injections.  Mmmm very strange.


None the less – I am remaining positive and focusing on the remainder of the week, and of course how far I’ve come.  I refuse to allow a plateau in weight loss bring my spirits down.  Reading some of the posts I can see that there are many of us struggling with the scale, and not happy with the weight loss in the last two weeks.


Here are some important things to remember for after the challenge:


Healthy food, happy body

That craving for a bag of Doritos can be satisfied with the click of a vending machine button. But, the feeling after eating them might not be worth it.


Work for excellence

We know how hard it is to eat healthy all the time and stick to a workout plan.  It’s work!

But, the more you do something the easier—and more enjoyable—the moves become.  The same goes for healthy eating.  I know you can do it!

Hard work pays off

The key to working out to lose weight is to actually stick to your workout. It’s easier to dedicate yourself to a fitness activity when it’s something you enjoy.


Give it your all

Embrace your sore muscles! Know that every achy body part is becoming healthier and stronger.

Don’t forget to stretch your muscles to help recover and gain more flexibility.


Challenge yourself

Doing the same workout or eating the same meal might be convenient, but for the results you want, it’s good to spice up your regimen and try different fitness activities.


Smart eating

Fast food and many pre-packaged foods and snacks contain high levels trans fat, sugar, sodium, and carbs.

Choose whole foods such fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins to help lower your fat, sugar, and cholesterol intakes.


Win when you lose

Whether you’re on a 1400-calorie diet, doing fat-burning exercises, or working to eat more superfoods, bask in the fact that the more kilo’s you drop, or areas you tone, the more you’re winning!


Remember your goals

We’ve all had moments of weakness during this Slender Wonder Challenge.  The trick is to remember those key reasons you started in the first place.

If you’re getting fit for your family, or trying to do activities together, make an inspiration board with positive sayings and photos to look at for motivation during weak moments.


Lastly I want to take this opportunity to thank The Skin Renewal Clinic and Slender Wonder for giving me this opportunity to change my life.  I’m a healthier and more confident version of my better self.  I still have a way to go, but the kick start to my weight loss journey has certainly been memorable.


To my Slender Wonder Contestants – you guy’s rock!!!!

Your inspiration and stories are what have kept me going.  It has been and honour and privilege to have been able to do this with you.

Much love

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Final Stretch

Time is getting closer, and I’m getting rather excited to see everyone’s reveals.


As far as my weight loss……that scale has still not budged.  It’s supper frustrating especially when your sticking to the plan.  Not giving up though.  Going to push through right up until the end.


Also looking forward to my journey after the challenge.  I’m focused and determined to lose another 20kg’s.  It’s going to be tough, but I know I can do it.


Looking forward to what the future holds.


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Sunday fun day

So yesterday was awesome.  We decided not to have cell this Sunday, but instead go to the Route 44 Market in Stellenbosch, to have some quality family time with the girls.


Was such a lovely day out, and the weather in Cape Town was a lovely 27 degrees.  We walked around, and looked at all the lovely stalls, and then went to the food market.  Wow, what a delicious  selection of foods from all around the world.  Good quality, organic produce fresh from the farms.  Made the healthiest choice I could possibly make – a 500ml bottle of still water, and a lovely crisp and crunchy garden salad with grilled chicken.  Yes it had shredded carrot and beetroot in that I wasn’t allowed, but it was out of this world delicious.


Here are some photo’s I took of the day.

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Congratulations on Results

Wow, a HUGE congratulations to everyone on their weight loss.  Truly an amazing result.


Getting really excited for the last stretch, even though the weight loss has not budged sine last weigh in.  Excited to see everyone next week Saturday and how amazing they looking.


Keep up the good work, and stay strong the weekend.



No rest for the wicked

So nothing much to report on my side besides the fact that the scale is still not budging.  Trying to not focus on that to much and just go on my merry way.  Hopefully one morning when I get on the scale I’ll be pleasantly surprised.


Cant wait for the weekend to get hear.  Have a great but busy one ahead with my youngest daughter playing in a netball tournament on Friday from 13H00 – 18H00, and then my eldest daughter playing her netball tournament on Saturday from 08H00 – 15H00.  In between that, my youngest daughter has another school netball match in Melkbos at 09H30, so we need to rush her there, and then back again to watch the rest of my eldest daughters matches.  (can you tell I’m one of those mom’s who shout alongside court)  My kids hate it, and politely tell me I can shout for the school, but under NO circumstances do I shout out their names.  :0)  Sunday is early up for church, and straight there after home cell.  Only get home at around 15H00.  I guess now I know why I’m always tired, besides the anaemia I have.


Hope everyone is having an awesome Thursday!


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Today is a week ago since my last weigh in, and that scale has not budged one bit.  So frustrating!


Not letting this affected my mood, still going strong and following the plan.  On the bright side, I did managed to fit my fat ass into a size 14 this morning.  :0)


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Happy hump day everybody!!!

10 Proven Benefits of Drinking Water for Weight Loss

The importance of water just can’t be stressed enough. A person can go for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. It plays a vital role in nearly every vital bodily function we have.

If your body doesn’t get enough water, it becomes dehydrated.

When you’re dehydrated, you can’t function at your best and may be sluggish or have trouble concentrating, imagine what that’s doing to your organs, your skin, your brain!

When you’re dehydrated, your body also can’t flush out toxins or regulate itself as easily. By not flushing out these toxins you will be more susceptible to sickness, disease, weight gain and premature aging.


#1. Drinking More Water Can Help You Lose Weight

Did you know that you can lose weight drinking water? Drinking water to lose weight is one of the easiest things you can do to support your weight loss efforts. Studies have shown that drinking water raises your metabolism, and improves your fat burning rate.

And if that wasn’t awesome enough, drinking water before a meal can also help you feel more satisfied and eat less. Drinking water helps with water weight loss, reducing bloating.

So if your goal is to lose weight, drinking water for weight loss is a smart move.

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#2. Water Helps Your Muscles Perform At Their Best

If you don’t drink enough water during physical activity, your performance can suffer. As little as a 2% loss of fluids can have a noticeable affect on your athletic abilities.

So when you’re exercising and sweating, make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and make it easier for your body to perform at its best.

Sports drinks are packed with sodium, preservatives, fake sugars and artificial colors, all of which negatively affect weight loss.

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#3. Water Can Help Boost Your Brain Functions and Mood

Your brain is mostly made of water and is highly sensitive to dehydration. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration (1-3%) can have an adverse effect on memory and feelings of anxiety.

In another study, loss of fluids after exercising negatively affected the mood and concentration of the study participants, and increased the amount of headaches subjects experienced.

Yes you read that correctly, dehydration can cause headaches and migraines.

A 1-3% loss of fluids in your body can happen with just normal everyday activities. So to keep your brain functioning at its best, make sure you drink plenty of water all day.

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#4. Water Can Help Prevent and Treat Headaches

Studies have shown that drinking water can help prevent and treat headaches, especially the migraine type.Benefits of Water Headaches

So the next time you have a headache, try drinking a tall glass of cool water, it just might do the trick without having to take any medication.


#5. Drinking More Water May Help Prevent Constipation

Many people suffer from constipation. It’s caused by many things, including medications, stress, poor diet, and not drinking enough water.

Drinking more water (especially carbonated water) is often prescribed as part of a treatment plan for constipation and has been shown in studies to be effective.

So drink up and keep things moving…


#6. Drinking Water Helps Flush Toxins From Your Kidneys

Higher fluid intake increases the amount of urine that passes through your kidneys, helping to flush toxins from them and supporting normal kidney functions.

It also helps prevent the build-up of minerals which could turn into kidney stones.

So if you’ve been treating your kidneys badly and have consumed too many bad things (like alcohol and salt), do them a favor and drink lots of water to give them a good detox flush.

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#7. Water Can Help Make Your Skin Look Good

Your skin contains a lot of water. It also acts like a barrier preventing fluid loss throughout your whole body.

When you’re dehydrated, your skin will look more dry and wrinkled. But once you take in the proper amount fluids, it will look its normal, beautiful self again. Skin moisturizers also help create a physical barrier as well to lock in moisture, but remember to treat from within as well with lots of water.

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#8. Water Helps Prevent Hangovers

Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it promotes the production of urine and causes excess fluid loss in your body. Hangovers are partly caused by the diuretic effect of alcohol, and the dehydration it causes.

Benefits of Water HangoverTo help alleviate the chances of a hangover when you’re drinking alcohol, try drinking a glass of water between each drink. Also, have at least one large glass of water before you go to bed.

If you do wake up with a hangover try drinking one of these restorative fruit infused drinks, if you have a bloated feeling hangover Cucumber Lemon Water will help you feel less bloated and get your headache and fuzziness in check.

If you have a nauseous hangover Mango Ginger Water will help easy your tummy while clearing any headaches and dizziness caused by dehydration.


#9. Water Helps Regulate Internal Body Temperature

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and is responsible for helping to control the temperature of your body through sweating. Since your body creates a lot of heat through metabolic processes, it’s important that it’s able to regulate temperatures properly.

When you’re dehydrated, your skin isn’t able to produce as much sweat and you can become overheated. This can lead to symptoms as mild as red flushing or as serious as heat stroke.

So when you’re hot, make sure to drink lots of water to ensure your body can cool itself properly.

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#10. Drinking Water Fights Bad Breath

Water Benefits Bad BreathBad breath (halitosis) is caused by bacteria lodged in the grooves of your tongue, teeth, and gums. This build-up of bacteria causes bad smelling things called volatile sulfur compounds.

When your mouth is dry (like when you first wake up in the morning), you lack the saliva to rinse these compounds out of your mouth.

Drinking water helps flush these bacterias and keeps your mouth from having a build up the bad smelling compounds.

So drink lots of water and keep your breath fresh!



There are so many drinking water benefits that it’s impossible to list in just one post. Drinking water to lose weight may be the most important reason for many, but there are so many others benefits of drinking water as well.

Needless to say, if you want to be healthier and lose more weight, drinking water is one of the easiest things you can do. Water and weight loss go hand in hand.


Have a super day all!

Weight Loss Plateau

Found some interesting reading material on why we lose weight slower, the closer we get to our goal weight, and why we also reach plateaus.

1) Weight Loss Plateaus are VERY common

If you do not experience a weight loss plateau as you approach your ideal body weight, consider yourself very, very lucky. Weight loss plateaus are to be expected as you are losing weight. Our bodies are resistant to change. A large chunk of people who reach their ideal weight have experienced as many as 2-3 plateaus lasting several weeks. Remember that if changing our bodies was easy, then everyone would be walking around with a six-pack.

2) The More Weight You Lose, The More Weight Loss Slows

This comes down to simple mathematics. Take a guy Mike who is at 104kg’s and loses 1% of his body weight in fat per week (0.5%-1% is a solid pace of fat loss). Mike would then lose roughly 1.4kg’s of fat per week. Now if he gets down to 90kg’s, losing 1% of fat is now 900g, or 15% less than 104kg’s. As Mike’s weight decreases further, less weight would be lost as a percentage of his total bodyweight so weight loss inherently slows down the leaner you become.

3) Losing Weight Becomes Harder The Closer You Get To Your Ideal Weight

Not only does the pace of weight loss slow down, but your body will work harder to hold on to your fat stores the leaner you become. We are left with a sobering fact – the ability to lose more fat decreases and it becomes even harder to do so.

Weight at a standstill

So since my last weigh in which was last week Wednesday I haven’t lost a single gram, and I’ve followed the plant to the “T”.  I’m really hoping that this is not a repeat of a disastrous two weeks I had two months ago, where I only lost 500g.


Despite all this, I’m trying to remain positive and not focus to much on the scale, and just focus on what I’m supposed to eat, and drinking my 3L of water.  I’m still feeling a little tired and drained, and hopefully that goes away soon.


Strong’s for the week ahead everybody.


Hi my name is Juliet Kriel and I’m 42 years young.  I’m currently working as an Executive Personal Assistant in Cape Town.

I have a wonderful husband to whom I’m married to for 16 years.  We have two beautiful daughters Zoe (16) and Hannah (12).

My family is extremely active, and love their sport.  Over the next 12 weeks I’m determined to loose the weight so that I can be active with them.

I’m not only doing this for me, but for my family as well.

Looking forward to a journey of a life time!


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