13 Sep 2016

Thank you for such a positive response to last month’s story about getting started in fitness. This month we are catching up with and profiling “The New” Nathan Myers and his personal trainer Simone Saunders, to hear his inspiring story.

Before joining Healthy Inspirations, what was your weight management background?
I didn’t really have any, but did watch what I ate to a degree. I’ve never really been on a weight management plan such as Healthy Inspirations, which involved the exercise, and thought I could manage it myself. But, over time the management slips away, and it becomes harder to control. You get into set ways and think you’re doing well, until one day you hop on the scales and shout, “How did that happen!” Your weight has gone from A to Z without realising.

How has your weight management changed since joining Healthy Inspirations?
I now plan my meals and portion size, but mostly it’s the exercise I’m doing which is complementing the change in eating habits. By exercising more and changing my food intake, I’m finding my weight dropped off and now is more manageable than ever before. It’s taught me to eat in moderation, but exercise is the key, which wasn’t what I have done in the past.

So how did you go about making your positive change?
I was feeling sluggish and unhealthy and didn’t have the energy to run around with my kids like they wanted me to. My kids noticed my body getting “round”; basically, I’d grown a “beer belly”, where there wasn’t one before. My wife had completed the Healthy Inspirations programme with Simone and had a fantastic result, so I decided that I could do it too. I wasn’t happy with what I had become and wanted to join my wife in the healthy lifestyle arena.

Did you find the support from Simone at Healthy Inspirations helped you achieve your goals?
Simone and the Healthy Inspirations programme have done wonders for our family. By retraining us in the importance of healthy eating and exercising, I’ve now exceeded my goals and fitness level. Simone has pushed me to my limits; if I had trained by myself, I most likely wouldn’t have succeeded. Simone doesn’t take it overboard, but gauges you on how far she can take you, and that helps you accomplish goals. Without her help, you definitely wouldn’t have reached that goal.

How has your exercise changed since joining Coffs Coast Health Club and doing Personal Training with Simone?
I was so unfit, but I didn’t realise until I started my personal training with Simone, and then I really noticed it. Simone eased me into the training and took me to a level I could cope with, and then as my fitness improved, she changed the plan to push me harder. Having both the Coffs Coast Health Club and Healthy Inspirations in the same building is fantastic, because they complemented each other’s programmes and could be customised to my needs on the day. I’m now going more often than I ever thought. I was never into gyms before, but am enjoying the availability of training early mornings or late at night. And, Simone has been available to work around my schedules, especially if I was finding it hard to get to a session.

 Thanks for sharing, Nathan, 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 Simone directly on 0402 202 864 to get started today.

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