Reasons why you love eating healthily/being fit: I have so much more energy to keep up with my two children. I’m not lethargic or tired anymore. It’s like having a whole new lease on life!
Your weight loss (if any): I started in July 2011 at 97.2kg (my heaviest) and by September 2012 I was down to 72.5kg. A total of 25kg has gone, never to be seen again!
What’s your favourite way to stay active: I recently cancelled my gym membership because I lacked the motivation, so now instead I workout with my neighbour on the weekends in her home gym in the garage or we go for walks with our kids. During the week, I have my own little set up with cardio equipment & weights and usually on average spend 30-45mins, 3 days a week doing my own workouts, mostly outside in the fresh air.
Any goals: I would eventually like to be a competent runner. My body wants to run, but my legs don’t seem to catch-up at the moment! Also wanting to tone up the areas that need a bit of attention.
What do you find easiest: In regards to food/nutrition, I would have to say meal planning all meals and having healthy snacks on hand at all times. Especially when out and about. In regards to fitness, just getting out in the fresh air even for a walk. Any sort of fitness counts.
What do you find challenging: Sometimes it’s the motivation. Quite a few times I’ve had to kick my own butt to even go to the gym or for a walk, but afterwards I felt so glad that I did. I’ve found working out with a friend makes it more enjoyable. When I am having a plateau moment or a bit of a down day, I just look back at that first photo and realise why I started all of this in the first place. I’m not very creative when it comes to being able to just throw a meal together, so it’s sometimes the meal planning and trying to have a variety & make it exciting so I’m not having the same food day in and day out.
Any tips you’d like to share: These points have helped me a lot in getting to where I am today:
·Making sure you’re hydrated.
·Remember it’s 70% diet, 30% exercise.
·Positive thoughts: never say you ‘can’t’.
·Motivation – Go with a friend! It’s more enjoyable & makes the time go quicker without you even realising it!
·Making the right food choices.
·Don’t make excuses, your only letting yourself down the most.
·’Life allows us to have pleasures’ : don’t deprive yourself of something you may love to eat, just downsize it.
·Don’t be afraid to ask for help or where you may have gone wrong.
·Recipes, snacks lists, breakfast options sheets. I have mine in my pantry door so I see it every day.
·Meal planning for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Now I meal plan, it takes the guessing work out and makes sure I provide myself with the correct choices, not the quick grab a snack or not eat at all option.
·Don’t take the easy ride at workouts; push yourself to your limits. It’s in there… You’ll see! Even if you think you’re dying, you’re not.
·Tell everyone what you’re doing. The more that know, the more that can support you.
Name: Sarah S.
Reason why you love eating healthily/being fit: It gives me a lot more energy and helps me provide a lot more one-on-one time with my young children.
Your weight loss (if any): I was 116kg and now I’m 67kg. (A massive 49 kilograms – CONGRATULATIONS SARAH!)
What’s your favourite way to stay active: I go to gym 5-days a week; I do boxing and Pilates.
Any goals: I want to be happy in my body and be in the best head space I can possibly be in.
What do you find easiest: Preparing my meals for the week is the easiest way to stay on track. Meal prep is what has kept me going because I don’t reach for crap any more.
What do you find challenging: Believing I could do it and keep going. It’s hard to believe in yourself when you haven’t for so long.
Any tips you’d like to share: Just believe in yourself, and remember even if it isn’t much you’re closer [to your goal] than you were yesterday.
Any other comments: Don’t weigh-in. Don’t be too strict; make this a lifestyle change, not a diet. Keep seeing the goal, not the hard work.
Wow. Sarah’s journey is truly inspirational. 49 kilograms is nothing to sneeze at! She’s done an amazing job and is looking super sassy! Congratulations and best of luck on your lifestyle change Sarah!
Name: Jess S.
Location: Mornington Peninsula
Reasons why you love eating healthily/being fit: I love being able to feel light and healthy all the time. I remember what it felt like to be overweight and uncomfortable in clothes. So I’m loving the healthy me and being happy all the time.
Your weight loss (if any): Over a few years I’ve lost over 20kg. I started this journey when I was 16. I was sick of being teased and feeling uncomfortable being me. I feel like I didn’t know who I was.
What’s your favourite way to stay active: I love going to the gym. I feel so happy and accomplished when I do a work-out. I train 3-4 times a week.
Any goals: I want to have some abs this year. Not massive ones but definition.
What do you find easiest: I find it easy to eat healthily because of my food intolerances (wheat gluten, fructose, dairy and acidic foods). I also don’t drink any alcohol which keeps a lot of weight off.
What do you find challenging: Getting my butt to the gym. And I love Nandos and nachos. I can’t say no.
Any tips you’d like to share: Find what motivates you. Everyone is motivated and likes to stay active in different ways.
Any other comments: Don’t feel bad for having chocolate or a treat. We all fall off the band wagon or just need that chocolate. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself with small things. Or like me… Shoes!
Please check out Jess’s Facebook page for more information on her beauty therapy work at https://www.facebook.com/jess.eventhairandbeauty
Reasons why you love eating healthily/being fit: It makes me feel good inside, gives me a sense of achievement, more energy, more confidence; I love cooking healthy meals.
Your weight loss (if any): I was 77.8 kg and lost 13.7 kg in 3 months making me weigh a total of 64.1. I was able to achieve this through Michelle Bridges’ 12 Week Body Transformation which I believe to be a fantastic program if you are willing to put in the hard work. After the program I lost another 4.2kg making me weigh a total of 59.9. During my weight loss I learnt a lot about how to lose the weight but struggled to maintain so unfortunately I have been yo-yoing in between 66kg and 63kg for the last few months due to stress/ uni/ family issues. I am hoping to find a balance and get back on track.
What’s your favourite way to stay active: I’m not into working out outside; I love going to the gym! My favourite thing to do is weights.
Any goals: To become toned and have a flat stomach. I want to also complete at Tough Mudder in 2015. I want to be a better runner even though I really don’t like running.
What do you find easiest: Not much.
What do you find challenging: Staying at my goal weight and trying to be healthy and active while at university. I love cooking and being active but when I’m busy I seem to find everything a challenge. I need to work with myself more to find a healthy balance in life.
Any tips you’d like to share: Try not to have an all or nothing attitude, this is my biggest problem which I’m still struggling with. For example, if you have a piece of cake it’s not all over, just move on. Even if you slipped up one day, still work-out if you can. Don’t give up. Nobody ever regrets completing a good work-out.
For more information on the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation program, visit the website at: https://www.12wbt.com/
For more information on the Tough Mudder challenge, visit the website at: http://www.toughmudder.com.au
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