Well after having 2 kids, holding down 2 jobs and undergoing medical treatments my weight just seemed to get out of control. I no longer enjoyed the things in life that I loved. Going to the beach was embarrassing, shopping for clothes was a nightmare and going out socially was a real chore as I had to try on 20 or more outfits to find one that looked remotely ok. I felt and looked terrible. I really was miserable and to get back into life I had to do something about it. I wasn't my usual happy, positive self. And you know what, I'm sure others around me were suffering as well.
I don't really know what it was, but something just switched on in my brain and enough was enough. I had to take control and make some changes. As I was stopped in traffic, I saw a sign for a little Personal Training studio that guaranteed weight loss and I immediately wrote the phone number down. The minute I walked in the door at home I rang and left a message. I rang again as I was really keen to do something and the very next day I was there when they opened the doors.
That was the turning point in my life and I will be forever grateful. I signed up for a weight loss programme and got started straight away......and you know what, “I have never looked back” and that is going on for 5 years now.
I lost 11kg in my first 6 weeks and after 18 weeks I was a staggering 17kg lighter. I went from a size 14 to a size 8 and found I could wear clothes that I hadn't worn for years. I actually went back to the beach wearing a bikini and shopping for new clothes became a favourite pastime.
I won't kid you it wasn't easy. But I was determined to make some positive changes with my life.
Training was hard and there were many times that I wondered why on earth I was doing this to myself, but with the encouragement from my personal trainer it all seemed worthwhile. I was making steady progress with my fitness and after only 1 week I had lost 2kg and several centimetres. That was it....It was immediately paying off and my hard work was giving me rewards.....I was now on a mission.
We looked at my diet and what I perceived as healthy eating and made some changes. This immediately paid off and to this very day I follow a very similar eating plan and that is 5 years on.
My life has changed dramatically since then as I now co-own a similar Personal Training studio and enjoy being able to help others on a similar journey. I guess for me, I have been there and know what it's like to be unfit and overweight....I have been there myself. I haven't always been a fitness health freak, but have rather evolved into a health conscious adult who can see the huge array of benefits in keeping a healthy lifestyle and the positive outflow into our day to day lives that this can bring.
I read a quote once “ Life is not a spectator sport...if you spend your whole life in the grandstand, you will watch your life go by without you”.....and for me, since my weight loss and zest for health and fitness....there is absolutely no way that I will watch MY life go by without me. I am participating in, and enjoying more things than I ever have in my entire life.
Twelve months ago I opened my own little personal training studio and brought with me all the experiences I had on my journey into a happier healthier lifestyle. With my co-partners and my awesome team of quality personal trainers we pride ourselves on helping others reach their goals.
Here at Absolute Fitness Manly we are a Personal Training studio that is private, intimate and fun. We pride ourselves on the individualised attention we give to our clients, ensuring their experience is nurturing, positive and extremely enjoyable.