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Bonita Suckling living the FitChef lifestyle

Bonita Suckling living the FitChef lifestyle

Name: Bonita Suckling (43)
Profession: Freelance group fitness instructor

My name is Bonita Suckling. I’m 43 years young and I was a mom to my incredible son named Jed who passed away from brain cancer at the age of 6 years 8 months and 21 days. Losing a child broke me completely, no parent should ever have to bury their child. Since Jed’s passing, I volunteer at the non-profit organization called
Rainbows and Smiles in memory of my precious boy Jed.

The mission of Rainbows and Smiles is to provide emotional, social and financial support to families and caregivers in need when a child (or children) of that family is diagnosed with cancer. Rainbows and Smiles encourage childhood cancer advocacy and GOLD RIBBON AWARENESS to educate people, in the hope of promoting early detection. Our principles include creating hope, smiles and relief for families and caregivers of children with cancer. I also help write for and sit on two international childhood neurology boards.

I work as a freelance group fitness instructor to supplement my income and I’m a proud FitChef ambassador. I believe a healthy lifestyle equals a healthy mind. Since I started my journey with FitChef I have learnt that the correct nutrition can impact the survival of a cancer patient and I strongly advocate a clean healthy lifestyle.

How did you hear about FitChef?

I entered an online FitChef Facebook competition in September 2017 and I won an amazing prize.
This prize included meals and smoothies to help complete the 21 Day No Bread No Sugar challenge to the fullest. I was really excited to start the journey towards my health goals. A new balanced healthy lifestyle and to improve my running and cycling preformance.

Your transformation is inspiring! Can you tell us about your rock bottom?

I don’t think I hit rock bottom with my weight. My rock bottom was when my son passed away from cancer. I am not superficial enough to let my appearance get me down but my lightbulb moment was when my running/cycling wasn’t improving and I was training harder and smarter. My addiction to sugar, and believe me when I say I was addicted to it as I was drinking tins of condensed milk while in bed after a long training day and I knew I had to stop! My hyperactivity and sleep disorder was off the charts and I needed a natural healthy solution.

What has been your biggest accomplishment on your FitChef journey?

I’m thrilled with my improved running times and just completed a sub 4-hour marathon! I’m able to keep my sugar cravings under control and no longer drink condensed milk – ha ha!

What is your happiness philosophy?

Just before my precious little boy JED passed away he was lying in bed and he said to me “mommy let’s make today the funnest day ever”. Those were his words just a couple of days before he passed away. Whenever I’m having a bad day, when I don’t feel like being active, eating healthy or just feel like taking it easy I remember those words “Mommy let’s make today the funnest day ever” and that is my happiness philosophy. I had these words tattooed on my back to remind myself of this every day.

Are you an emotional eater?

I am a woman! Enough said! The answer is of course YES.

What is your kryptonite?

SUGAR! I’m a 100% sugar addict and I’m also a 100% radical sugar addict. So, I’m
either binge eating on something sweet or not having any sugar at all. I’m currently not eating anything with added sugars and it feels like I’m an ex-smoker. Whoop whoop to me for making the best lifestyle change!

Who is your role model and inspires you?

This is going to sound cheesy but it’s my bestie Cindy. When I was having a bad day, and craving sugar I would call her and she would motivate me to keep going and not to give up. The way Cindy lives her life, her moral standing and her health philosophies are an inspiration to me. It’s great to have a woman in my life who helps me feel empowered and helps me to keep going forward. This is something we should be doing for all woman!

What do you wish you knew 5 years ago?

I’ve tried every diet you can imagine and I know all the details about every diet out there. I guess I knew then that all I needed to do was eat healthy but I didn’t implement it. I didn’t know you could feel full (from eating high fibre foods) and could eat nutritious food and still maintain a healthy weight. I think I knew it but didn’t believe it and finally 5 years later I now I believe it and live it.

What does the world need more of?

Love, compassion, empathy and gratitude in all aspects of our lives.

What top 3 tips would you like to share with others who are at their rock bottom?

Love your body enough to fuel it correctly. Don’t beat yourself up when you have a bad day and appreciate all the blessings you have. Start with you and then focus on others.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs! I love my Bounce and Lala and they love FitChef too 😊

What does the next chapter for you entail?

After doing the 21 Day No Bread No Sugar challenge with FitChef, I soon realised how incredible I was feeling. Giving up sugar was an immense task. I have made the decision to keep the healthier lifestyle with FitChef as my nutrition food partner. My running times have decreased and my favourite brag moment is my sub 4-hour marathon. I’m doing a 2-day trail run end of March and running Comrades in June. I hope to inspire and motivate other women and help them achieve their goals.