What is your diet and exercise background?
Previously I was sitting at about 100 kg, give or take, and decided I needed to change my habits so my son didn’t grow up thinking it was normal to be of that size. With the hard work I put in, I got myself down to 72 kg; this took a good eighteen months or so, but that all changed when I fell pregnant again.
So, where do you think it all went wrong?
Upon discovering I was expecting my daughter in early 2016, my exercise patterns began to suffer for fear I would have the same pregnancy complications I experienced while pregnant with my son in 2011. I slowed right down and then came to the cravings – foods nigh in sugar and bacon. Oh, the bacon! My exercise didn’t pick back up the way I wanted it to after she was born, either due to trying to maintain a household, breastfeeding and returning to work only 10 weeks after she came along.
What motivated you to find a solution to the problem?
My brother bought my wedding dress as a gift, but it’s a smaller size. Knowing this, I wanted it anyway because it’s the dress I had my eye on for ages; so this is my current motivation to get to the size I’ll be happy with. I am getting married on the 30th of September 2017, and I didn’t want to look back at our wedding photos and be disappointed about the way I look in them.
How did you go about making that positive change?
Knowing that Personal Training had helped in the past, I looked into joining a gym and personal training. After getting to know what goals my fiancée, Pat, and I wanted to achieve, we spoke with the Club Manager at Coffs Coast Health Club Moonee, Lee, and he pointed us in the direction of Kylie. I have set myself the goal of trying to get back down to 75 kg in time for our wedding; my starting point was 97 kg.
Why did you choose Kylie as your Personal Trainer, and what have you been doing together to archive your goals?
As mentioned before, Lee pointed out that Kylie would best suit our goals after getting to know what we wanted out of Personal Training, and from there she has worked with us to come up with training sessions to specifically target our problem areas. Every week we do something different to change up our workout and keep our bodies guessing, so it doesn’t become mundane. She is always giving us tips on diet and exercises out of our Personal Training sessions as well, which is a good help when working out on our own.
What are your goals for the future?
My main goal in life is to be as best a role model for my kids that I can be in all aspects, not just with health and fitness, though that is one of the more important things. I want my kids to grow up loving being active and healthy. I feel like a better person when exercising and eating well, and want to continue to do so in the future. I also get inspired by friends and family who watch my journey and decide to change their way of life due to the outcome of mine. This is the perfect example of working hard to get results.
What is the most useful advice you could share with other readers?
Taking those first steps to a healthy life is the hardest; changing your eating habits and doing only 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week will help. It becomes easier the more you do it until it’s “second nature”. You would be surprised at what your body can do if you push yourself out of your comfort zone a little bit. Your biggest enemy is your own self-doubt.
Thanks for sharing, Tia. If you are looking to kickstart your own inspirational fitness story, drop in to see me at either Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina or Moonee! You can also contact Kylie directly on 0414 257 086 to get started today.