I remember clearly the day I called the gym and told the manager, Lisa, that I wanted to cancel my membership.
The defining moment
It was the end of June 2012, and I had been battling to lose weight for what seemed like forever. Two years earlier, I had hit triple figures on the scales. I wasn’t happy with the way I looked, I hated the mirrors, my clothes – everything.
I was upset, I had little confidence and I knew something had to be done, but I couldn’t work out what I was doing wrong. I was going to the gym in the morning, and I thought I had my eating plan under control by eating things that were low in fat or fat-free, but nothing seemed to work. I felt as though I had tried everything – at one stage I even quit the gym, thinking I’d exercise at home. You guessed it, that didn’t work, and I went back, but I still wasn’t losing the weight I wanted. I was so demoralised I decided once again to quit.
When I walked into the gym to cancel my membership I happened to meet my lovely trainer, Stephanie. She stopped and spoke to me about my goals, and convinced me to give the gym just a few more weeks to prove to myself that I could actually get some results. I did, and I have never looked back.
The path to success
I got my programs re-written, changed my eating plan and cut out all “low fat” products from my diet. I stopped saying “I’m on a diet” – I hate that word. I began eating more regularly and was careful with my portion sizes. I put in a lot of work, training on my own as well as weekly personal training sessions.
The hard work paid off, and between July 2012 and May 2015 I lost 32 kilograms, going from a size 20 to a size 12.
The new lifestyle
I eat very regularly now. I used to wake up and have breakfast at 8.30am, lunch at noon and then eat nothing for seven hours until dinner. I now have breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner and then if I’m still hungry I will have something that is protein-rich. I’m scrupulous about counting my kilojoules, and I keep a food diary. I’m also very conscious with what I buy at the supermarket, always trying to choose the more nutritious option, but I don’t restrict or cut out any food groups. I still eat carbs, including bread, everyday, and I have pasta and rice twice a week.
I use a heart rate monitor watch to keep me motivated at the gym – it monitors the kilojoules I burn, my heart rate, and calculates the intensity of my workouts. Having the number of kilojoules burned right there on my wrist as I work out pushes me to keep going, to keep aiming for a high number, as I know this is how I’ll see results. My next goal is to get my Certificate III and IV in Fitness, so I can help others.
*Fernwood client testimonial was achieved as part of an overall healthy diet and exercise plan. Regular exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult your healthcare professional before beginning any diet or fitness program.