The year that was a high point!


So this is how it ended!

I had the privilege to spend just over a year on “sabaticle” with the family in the berg!
The most wonderful time of my life and an opportunity not many get .

So why?

At 43 I have done a lot of different things and have had positions of responsibility and management in various roles that have exposed me to the best and worst of business and people!

I was not loving where I was and needed to understand what I was going to do.

So first of all I was FAT and no matter what justification for that I made I had to do something about it. I was also upset that in the scheme of the world I was a “taker”(making a living off others efforts)
and not a “maker”(adding to the world through real effort). While this is hugely financially rewarding it leaves you with a incredible feeling of worthlessness!

When you wake up to that realization it is an eye opener of note!

A truly defining moment ……..

So after 25 years of every meal being a buffet it was time to diet …..Dukan diet ……. High protein low carbs. I weighed 125kg at 1,79 m tall. Severely Obese on all BMI scales

14 months later 25kg down on the back of lots of exercise mostly in the form of cycling and the diet with the support and watchful eye of the family who always made me aware when I was straying from the plan !

I also stopped drinking all alcohol ! Now it’s not that I don’t like alcohol, but in this time off I spent time with people who did not drink and I was amazed that the following where actually true-

-You just feel better…
-You can have fun without drinking…
-You miss out on soooooo many subtle messages and things when your drunk…
-You get another 3 hours a day which are not “hazed”…
-Mornings are truly beautiful…
-Weight loss is inhibited by alcohol…
-And most importantly you are in control of your actions …I shudder at the fact that I used to drive my family after a night out …

I wish I had learned this 25 years ago!!

While the ability to do this came as a result of having time ( a good ride takes 4 hours) and that the daily work related stress that I was living under had totally disappeared . I made this time work and when people say you did nothing for a year that statement is soooo not true.

-I spent time with my family at a period where “us” time was possible .
-I got fit.
-I lost 25kg .
-I know what I want to do with my life

A very productive year by my reckoning!

So back to the end I did what I never thought possible .

I rode the Old Mutual Joberg2c a 930km 9 day mountain bike stage race.The worlds longest mountain bike stage race.


I now look forward with a clarity of mind to the next stage of my life knowing it is true that you can do ANYTHING and that you are never given a dream without also been given the ability to make it come true.

To my family and friends , thank you for EVERYTHING and know that I love you all.

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7 Responses to “The year that was a high point!”

  1. Gary Cherry May 18, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    I love this story as I love this family. I don’t think Brett knows how much his life change has has influenced those around him.
    I am proud to call him a friend and look forward to a photo of him skiing in his jocks with his new athletic body.

  2. Craig Dungan May 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Brett , proud of your accomplishments and wish you all the best with this next season of your life.
    Look forward to seeing what Brett Dungan 2.0 achieves in this next stage.
    Believe it will all be GREAT.

  3. Shayne Griffin May 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Thanks Brett for sharing and sending me the link! What a wonderful ending to such an important and valuable year in your life!! Thanks for all the support and care (and middle of the night chats)… Hope to see you all again soon!

  4. Clifford May 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    You have grown wise in your “sabatical” year my friend and not lost the spark which was always Brett. Good to have a wiser, slimmer, fitter and hopefully not a teetotaller forever colleague back in the industry. We missed you but know it was for a very worthy cause. Sam, you are a saint.

  5. Karabo Phatsoane April 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Brett you are truly an inspiration indeed, i feel motivated now to lose weight. i know i will make it. i also want to lose 25 KG

  6. Charlene February 3, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    Well Brett – well done – 25 kilo’s my word – found this on the net while looking for other things and it was like a blast from the past. Hope you and your family are well and Sam is looking as gorgeous as ever. Keep well and by the look of things you seem to have made a few changes and big ones.

  7. Mercedes Westbrook January 16, 2018 at 9:02 am #

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational year and its lessons Brett. Best wishes to you and the family for the year ahead… it sounds fabulous!!

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