16 Aug ‘My Fitness Journey’ – Rozanne McKenzie
Rozanne is a mom, wife and career woman, while I don’t have kids of my own, I do so admire women who do and still manage to pursue their ambitions and look amazing while doing it. I love Rozanne’s ability to make time for everything in her life, whether it be spending quality time with her son and her husband or working late nights doing what she loves on television.
She is living proof that you really can have it all and look fabulous doing it too! This is why Rozanne had to be part of my FABUFIT Women’s Month campaign. The level of dedication and passion she pumps into every sphere of her life is immense. In terms of her health and fitness, she too does not do anything in half measures – up before the crack of dawn to catch the 5:15am gym class everyday is massive dedication and discipline – one we can all learn from. She shares her secrets to success below…
Name: Rozanne McKenzie
Occupation: Mom, wife, TV and Radio Presenter
1. What inspires you to get out of bed every day?
I am inspired every day to have a better day than I did the day before. I set goals for myself and it’s so important for me to achieve them. I want to be a good role model for my son, James. I want him to see that with hard work you can do anything.
2. What does a typical day for you entail?
As a freelancer, my days are always different and I really enjoy that. Weekdays I wake up at 4:15 and go to SWITCH class at 5:15. Then I get showered and ready for my work day. I start my shift as traffic presenter on the Workzone on Jacaranda FM at 9 and I’m on air until 12. Afterwards, I go to meetings, castings or voiceovers, but mostly I spend afternoons at IdeaCandy (Pty) Ltd, the production company my business partner, Wim Steyn and I started earlier this year. Then I sit in traffic for a bit and I go home to spend time with my little family. On Thursdays, my days are a bit longer, because I present FLITS on kykNET which goes out live at 22:00.
3. How did your health and fitness journey start?
My health and fitness journey started on a bit of a negative note: I had never worried about my weight. I exercised moderately, but I ate what I wanted. I started working on TV in 2008 and on one episode of the show I was working on, I saw myself on screen properly and I was mortified! I was wearing a t-shirt and the fabric was clinging to every roll of my stomach. I had no idea I had gained so much weight and I knew I had to do something about it. At the gym, I always saw this guy training people with equipment I’d never seen before- kettlebells, TRX straps, and sleds. It looked so exciting to me and I could see his clients were really working hard. The trainer’s name was Grant Myburgh. I went up to him and booked a session with him and since that day my whole life changed. Grant helped me change my relationship with food and he motivated me to push myself further than I ever had before.
I lost 17kg in 18 months and I kept it off. I trained with Grant throughout my pregnancy and together we worked to get me fit again after James was born. It’s been the most amazing journey and we’re still on it together.
4. Why is health and fitness so important to you, and how do you prioritise time for yourself?
Health and fitness are important to me because I never just take my body or my health for granted. It’s the only body I’ll ever have and I have to take care of it. For me, it’s not about being skinny, but about staying fit and working towards my goals, whether those are to improve my time in a Warrior Race or to run a half marathon. I don’t want to regret the things that I could have done if I’d only set my mind to it.
Life is also really busy, so taking time out to train feels like me-time and I get to just focus on that training session, nothing else. Even when I’m sweating it feels like relaxation!
5. What is your favourite way in which to exercise?
I need to be challenged all the time, so I love to mix things up. I love SWITCH, because it’s never the same and every session you get the chance to show yourself what you can do. It’s also a really encouraging environment and the atmosphere makes you want to go harder. I do that 4 times a week. I box with Grant once a week, that’s a real mental challenge still, even though I’ve been boxing for 5 years. I always told myself that I would never be a runner, because it was boring. Just over a year ago, I decided to start running and I loved it. I try and fit a 10-15km run in once a week too.
6. Women often body shame one another and themselves – what is your opinion on this?
Body shaming is horrible, not only because it’s abusive, but because you can never win. Bigger women will be told to lose weight because they’re too big and then smaller women will be told to “eat something” because they’re too thin. At the end of the day, no one has the right to comment on your body, because it’s yours, not theirs. This is easier said than done, because in the social media age, it’s so easy to hop behind a keyboard and hurl abuse at someone. I often think about how much stronger we would be if we built each other up instead of tearing each other down.
7. What would be your top three healthy habits you would suggest other women adopt?
– Take a large water bottle with you to work, fill it and drink throughout the day.
– Schedule your workouts into your day.
– Avoid sugary drinks.
8. Life is all about balance – what is your favourite indulgence?
My favourite indulgence is the Milky Bar cake from the home industry shop near us.
9. Women have proven they can accomplish great things when given the space to do so – how would you like to see women do greater things in future?’
I feel like women still have so much to show the world, but more often than not the opportunities are just not there. The moment that there really is equality in society, women will be more represented in all spheres of life, especially leadership and I think that’s when we’ll see real change.
Happy Health Fabulous
Rozanne was dressed by Tally Weijl.
Photography: Hemisha Bhana
Photos of Rozanne – her own
This FABUFIT Women’s Month campaign is brought to you in association with Belvita Breakfast Biscuits.