Wading through the tons of Instagram profiles of skinny, active-types with perfect hair and make-up, can be quite a daunting task! Therefore, finding a breath of fresh air, such as Tracey-Lee can be quite inspiring.

Tracey started her journey on 1 January 2016. She started her Instagram account to primarily serve as a visual diary to document her transformation. Tracey’s honest, quirky, to-the-point posts points to someone determined to make the best of every situation.

WEEK 106 / #TRANSFORMATIONTUESDAY I have some news…. 👇🏼 Sjoe, what a journey it has been ✨ 20 months ago I realized that my weight was spiraling dangerously out of control & I made the commitment to change life. Almost by chance, I struck up a convo with my coach @jackthesheriff & after hardly much convincing, I joined the incredible team at STS & so began my 20 month journey 👣 I owe quite a lot of my success to Jack. He came into my life at the exact time when I needed a miracle & boy, did he perform one 🙌🏼 In the early months, the weight came off quickly. We were working our asses off making sure my diet & training were on point so that we would continue seeing incredible results 👍🏼 The road however, has not always been smooth sailing. There were tons of days where I would tell Jack that I was demotivated. There were so many moments of self-doubt. But Jack always kicked me in the ass, offering some strong (& often controversial) words of encouragement, & I was always ready to hit that next chapter of the plan ✨ – I am deeply grateful to Jack & his team for helping me reach this point in my journey. Being an STS Ambassador for a world class training facility has been the most amazing opportunity. But with everything in life, the seasons change, time moves forward & journeys diverge. We have learned that the STS ambassadorship program has been dissolved. I will thus be moving on from STS at the end of this month… – I am forever indebted to Jack for absolutely everything he has done for me 💗 Jack & I achieved a 30kg loss in the first phase of my journey but I gained sooo much more than that. I think the most NB thing I have learned from this phase of my journey, is that my happiness is not dependent on a number on the scale & that true #selflove starts from within 🌸 The end of my time with STS does not by any means signal the end of this journey. In fact, in the coming days I will be sharing my plans & goals for PHASE 2.0 of my journey & I am honestly so excited for this new beginning 💗 To Jack, & all my family at STS, thank you for being an integral part of this chapter & for saving my life✨ All my love xx #transformation #bodypositive

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Tracey does not only spend her time on Instagram, she is a successful law graduate and is now a practicing lawyer in Cape Town, focusing on family law litigation. Tuning in on Tracey’s stories on any given day would give you a glimpse into her busy work day, in the office or at court, and usually wrapping up with a gym session.

WEEK 102 // FRIDAY✖ How to even begin… It’s been an excruciatingly difficult past 48 hours as I’ve been considering many options that have been put before me… Having to reconcile that I would have to make a massive change was initially a massive shock to my system and pretty much threw me for a loop. As you all know, I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder which is exasperated by change. And then something quite strange happened this morning… I woke up with such a sense of clam. Sure, the anxiety is still there. But I’m going to be OK. I put my big girl panties on, got myself dressed for the gym and I am currently typing this from the treadmill (inner strength at its best)… I realized that life has a funny way of working out. Whether you believe in fate or not, I truly believe everything happens for a reason. When one door closes, another opens right? So today, and for the next while, I will remind myself daily, that I am brave, and smart, and capable, and valuable, and special, and unique, that I do have a purpose, that God has a plan for my life, and that I can overcome anything. No situation is too hard for us to handle. It’s about changing my mindset and isolating the positives from a really testing time. And even though I cannot see it right now, I am confident that when I look back on this time 10 years from now, I will see that this change in path was the one that set the stage for the rest of my life. So to that little voice in my head that has been feeding me lies these past 48 hours, negating my abilities & self-worth, I say only this: I WILL SHOW YOU ; I WILL RISE 🕊

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Tracey is not on this journey alone; except for her personal trainer, fellow blogger-friends and her nearly 13 000 loyal Instagram followers, she is also in a relationship with foodie blogger Dean Horwitz who shares her journey and supports her every step of the way. You can also join him on his foodie adventures over at @instaeatscapetown on Instagram.

WEEK 108 // ANNIVERSARY 😍 I am so grateful for this incredible human 💗 Today this monkey and I celebrate NINE YEARS of love, belly laughs, good food, hundreds of weekends away, adventures, experiences, playing house and trying to “adult good” but above all, we get to celebrate US 💗 _____ I often get asked what’s the secret to a successful relationship? I’ve spent a third of my life with Dean. From our experience, it always comes back to effective communication and sacrifice. Relationships are hard, and they are definitely not smooth sailing 100% of the time. It’s a partnership. It’s about being cognizant of your partners feelings at all times, not just when you’re in a good mood. It’s about learning to love EVERYTHING about them, even when they don’t put the lid on the toothpaste every single morning without fail, despite your numerous requests 😉 Recently, I’ve learned that love is looking past the here and now, and looking holistically at your lives together. ____ Our love is imperfect. And it’s messy at the best of times. We argue about stupid sh*t and say nasty things in the heat of the moment. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love each other. We say those things BECAUSE we love each other. Every day we are reminded of our humanness. Butterflies fade, but the love keeps growing each and every day. Sometimes we don’t see eye-to-eye but that’s ok, because it allows us to communicate our feelings and see another point of view. Love isn’t something you can control, or clearly demarcate. It doesn’t abide by any rules. It goes where it wants to go, it feels what it wants to feel and doesn’t play to anyone’s tune. That’s why it’s called love. It simply happens. Let it ✨ ____ Happy NINE YEARS my moosie @mediamandean / @instaeatscapetown!!! Thank you for choosing me, and for loving me unconditionally 🤗 To many more crazy adventures!!! I love you more than you know 💗😍💗😍

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