When I started on my own personal journey, I went through many phases of training. The first of which – and I’m sure it’s the first step everyone takes – was cardio training and very basic pin-loaded weight machines. Just like all of us, I was intimidated by the ‘big boys’ in the free weights area.

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In retrospect, it was probably an accumulation of events, comments and feelings that led me to a life dedicated to health and fitness. But, in that definitive, life-changing moment, all I remember thinking is;

“I’ve had enough of this”.

I’d had enough of being unhappy with my body, I’d had enough of feeling insecure, I’d had enough of reminiscing on the active person I used to be, I’d had enough of clothes not fitting and I’d had enough of body shaming myself.

So, I decided to change. It was probably my biggest moment of self-motivation and commitment. But, there is was. And it was the best decision I have ever made. Not only because it led me to the person I am today, but because of the lessons I’ve learnt, the people I’ve met and the confidence I now have within my body, and myself.

When I started on my own personal journey, I went through many phases of training. The first of which – and I’m sure it’s the first step everyone takes – was cardio training and very basic pin-loaded weight machines. Just like all of us, I was intimidated by the ‘big boys’ in the free weights area.

I remember feeling like everyone in the gym knew that I had only just started on my journey and I was convinced that they were all judging what I was doing, the sweat that would pour down my face after 10 minutes and my jelly legs once I’d finished my work out.

Looking back now, I know that nobody was interested in what I was doing. All those people on weight training programs knew what they were doing and had already made some of the (many) mistakes that I was about it make.

I WAS, SIMPLY, BEING PARANOID

For a while cardio and pin-loaded machines did exactly what I wanted them to do. I lost weight and the clothes that once fit were now too big. I was seeing the results I wanted, but now I had them – I wanted more.

So, I turned my focus towards my nutrition.

I’ll be honest, I tried all the fad diets: the weight-loss protein shakes, the meal replacement shakes and even the weight-loss pills you see advertised on social media. But, I didn’t know any better – I was just doing what the Fitness Models said they did and what the Magazines said were the best options for weight loss. I soon became wary of everything I ate, and the amount I ate became very little. I’m not proud of this, but it’s a part of my journey that needs to be shared.

At this point in my fitness journey, I was pretty happy with the results I’d achieved on my own. But, I also felt like I was at a stand-still. The scales weren’t changing, I was using the same weights and I was getting bored with my routine.

So, I swallowed my ego and sought out help.

And, I found Thomas (now the love of my life).
As my Coach he introduced me to the ‘big, scary’ free weights section of the gym. And you know what? The boys weren’t that big, and the odd shaped dumbbells weren’t that scary after all! From the day he started my programming, I haven’t regretting seeking out help and learning how to train with free weights.

I felt like my body was changing before my eyes! My waist was slimming down, my back was looking leaner and I finally saw some growth in my legs and booty!

[Now, this isn’t to say that I don’t include or endorse cardio in training. For my somatic type (body shape) to allow me to stay lean, even now, I still have to make a conscious effort to find time for low intensity cardio sessions every week]

To compliment free weights and the changes I was seeing, Thomas and I started to focus on my nutrition. Suffering from a gluten and lactose intolerance, IBS and having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – it was hard work (it still is). We worked out foods I respond positively and adversely too and when the best time for me to eat my meals are. And I’ll tell you now, I had no idea what a healthy relationship with food does to your results! I was building muscle, getting leaner and glowing with so much confidence! I was also eating more than I had in the last three years.

I set goals, I achieved them, and I’d never felt better.
It progressed from a hobby, to a lifestyle, from a passion to a career. I learnt through the best Personal Training RTO, was (and still am) mentored by the most experienced Personal Trainer and Coach in the Southern Highlands and extended my knowledge through courses run by the most elite Personal Training Educator’s in Australia. I did all this to become the best Personal Trainer, Coach and Mentor to my clients, and wider community, that I could possibly be. For me, nothing comes even close to the feeling of changing people’s lives, empowering my clients and sharing my knowledge so that no one has to make the same mistakes that I did.

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