A Journey from Being a Spectator to an Active Participant in Life

before and after transformation

In the tranquil town of Hoedspruit, a tale of determination, transformation, and renewed hope emerges. This is the inspiring journey of an individual who, at 47 years old, chose to embark on a path of health and well-being, overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable.

Adél Annandale reached a pivotal moment in her life. The simple act of boarding a flight highlighted the reality of her struggle; the need for a safety belt extension brought to light a weight-related challenge that couldn’t be ignored. Fatigue, breathlessness, and missed opportunities marred her existence. Life had become a delicate balance between health and impending danger.

“We recently had to fly, and I had to get a safety belt extension, I didn’t fit into a normal safety belt.  I couldn’t partake in the holiday activities and was tired all the time, I couldn’t even breathe properly. I have also been hospitalized a few times over the last few years and had a few near misses. It is literally do this or die”.

Years of inactivity, sedentary office work, emotional eating, and a lifetime of unhealthy habits had contributed to Adél’s weight gain. The journey to a healthier life had to commence, driven by the urgency to rewrite her future.

Through friends and social media, she discovered Slender Wonder—a program that promised a healthier path forward. With health concerns mounting and the desire to grow old alongside her husband, the decision was made. She made an appointment with Dr. Jaco Blignaut and the journey of transformation was set in motion.

Embracing the Slender Wonder program, she found its structure surprisingly easy to follow. The cravings for unhealthy foods diminished, and a newfound energy reinvigorated her spirit. The support of her loved ones propelled her forward as she experimented with the program’s recipes to keep things exciting.

The program brought not only physical changes but psychological ones as well. Compliments and renewed energy infused her days with positivity. From being a spectator on the sidelines, she began to truly live life, embarking on activities she once could only watch.

“I am not even going to be humble; I love the compliments and the energy I now have. I feel like I can live a normal life and not sit on the sideline and watch life happen around me. I am no longer just a spectator, but I’m living it”.

As with any journey, there were challenges to overcome. The transition from the Simoen B Phase to Go Moderate (GM) tested her adaptability, yet she conquered it with determination and resilience.

While she’s come a long way, her journey is far from over. Still dedicated to the program, she is steadily working towards her target weight.

The scale once read 153.7 kg—a burden that took its toll on her health. Today, after 5 months of dedication, she stands 45.7 kg lighter, a testament to her unwavering commitment.

Slender Wonder stands apart from other diets and products for her as she discovered that it’s not just a diet; it’s a lifestyle change. It has redefined her relationship with food and health, offering a sustainable approach that endures.

“This is something I can maintain for the rest of my life; it is a lifestyle change and not just a diet. It completely changed the way I shop for groceries and cooking. I have a healthier approach to food than I used to.”

The rewards have been manifold. Physically, health issues like sleep apnea, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance have improved. Mentally, she’s gained self-confidence and positivity, spilling over into all aspects of her life.

“I have had several health issues, I had sleep apnoea needing a machine to help me breathe when I sleep, I had high cholesterol, I had high blood pressure, and have been using insulin meds for my insulin resistance. That has now changed, I don’t stop breathing at night when I sleep anymore. That CPAP machine is now redundant, my cholesterol has halved, my blood pressure has gone down as well as my insulin levels. For the first time in my life, I’m excited to see what the results will be when I go for my six-month blood tests. I’m sure my medicine will eventually all be discontinued.”

 Reflecting on her journey, Adél is astonished that the doctor’s scale couldn’t even measure her weight. The very next day, she found herself in the hospital, where her weight was finally revealed. At first, the doctor had to use two measuring tapes due to the extent of her situation. While Adél experienced emotional guilt over the distance she had spiraled down, she now takes immense pride in the progress she has achieved. She firmly believes that anyone striving to enhance their health, whether their goal is shedding a few kilograms or making significant changes, can find inspiration in her story.

Her motto, “Take one day at a time,” embodies the essence of her journey. The weight was gained over time, and the transformation is a journey that unfolds one step at a time.

When asked if she has any advice for those struggling with similar difficulties, she said “Don’t give up, even if you have a bad day and wandered off the path, just get right back in and carry on. One slip shouldn’t become a habit again that you are working so hard at to change. This is a life altering experience for me”.

Everyone’s story is different, and Adél’s story stands as an inspiration. We look forward to following Adél’s story and catching up with her as she reaches her goals.



For anyone struggling with weight our health concerns, Slender Wonder offers a path to transformation. Contact your nearest Slender Wonder Doctor for more information or visit www.slenderwonder.co.za

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