13 Apr 2016

Thank you for such a positive response to last month’s story about our dynamic Dan. This month we are catching up with and profiling terrific Tia, and her personal trainer Kylie Calder to hear her inspiring story.

What is your diet and exercise background?
I have previously put ‘all of my eggs in one basket’, so to speak. Either frantically exercising, or excessively dieting. I have only just started to grapple the healthy balance of  both over the past 12 months.

So where do you think it all went wrong?
I think that the extremes of either just exercising or just dieting were unrealistic and obviously unsustainable.

What motivated you to find a solution to the problem?
A drive to feel and look healthier, I wanted to be able to go shopping and buy the clothes I liked. It is also very important that I am a healthy role model for my impressionable 3 young girls; I don’t want to provoke extreme dieting or exercise in them as they grow. Just a healthy balance and body image.

How did you go about making that positive change?
Much of it was shifting mental blocks, excuses really, that I ‘didn’t have time’ to go to the gym or prepare healthy meals. I started with just one PT session per week and built on that adding routines at home, then started going to the gym. The ‘small steps’ made me realise that there is always time for the things you really want.

Why did you choose Kylie as your personal trainer and what have you been doing together to achieve your goals?
I chose Kylie because she best suited my interest in functional exercise. She educates me in executing exercises safely and with maximum impact and really knows her profession. In addition to our PT sessions, Kylie develops programs for me to do at home or in the gym. She is always keen to answer questions I have about health and fitness.

What goals have you achieved so far?
So far I am managing a healthy exercise/diet/work/life/mother/wife/teacher/student balance. Phew! I am able to shop for the clothes I like to wear, my fitness levels are improving, I am feeling stronger and happier. I feel that the benefits of going to the gym and training with Kylie, being healthy, are filtering down into other aspects of my life.

What are your goals for the future?
To keep improving my personal ‘bests’ : Run 10km : Lose 3-4 kilo: Spend more time being active outside with the girls.

What is the most useful advice you could share with other readers?
I would say to expose and push past those mental barriers that trick you into not taking that first step. Start with small changes and soon you’ll feel empowered to do more. Stop allowing yourself to make excuses, mine was time, and now I feel I have never had so much time!

Thanks for sharing Tia and if you are looking to kickstart your own inspirational fitness story, drop in to see me at Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina or our NEW CLUB in MOONEE! You can also contact Kylie directly on 0414 257 086 to get started today.

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