12 Week Challenge winners one year on: Kate Russell

Kate was a state runner-up in the 2014 challenge.

During the 12 Week Challenge I ran my first fun-run. Since then I have completed another five fun-runs and I’m working my way up to this year’s goal: my first half marathon. Running is a huge part of my life now. I run socially with friends, or by myself with my music. I have also continued with my weekly personal training sessions with Maddy, who supported me through the challenge and continues to inspire and motivate me to push myself.

I think I gained two really important things from the challenge, the first being self-confidence. I have a lot more self-belief than I did before, I suppose because I have seen that I am capable of achieving my goals. The second is that I made some great friendships. I’m never without a friend in any class at the gym now and I catch up weekly with one of the girls from my group training sessions – we chat about how we’re going with our goals, fitness and everything else in between.

I signed up to the challenge with a lot of apprehension, but I told myself that I was investing in my health and to just throw myself into it. My tip is to embrace the challenge, give everything a go. Do all the classes that your Fernwood offers, chat to the other people doing the challenge, motivate and support one another.”

*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.

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