One thing I just could not do was run. It infuriated me, I would see other participants start their journey as non runners and by the end of 12 weeks they were running with ease. When I say run I mean running 1km without stopping. This frustrated me. So in June 2014 I made up my mind to change this once and for all. My goal was to run 1km without stopping. Now, let me assure you my style of running is more of a shuffle - some would call it a very fast walk - whatever, I don’t care, for me it is running.
So, every day I arrived at the "track" which was the Westville Civic Centre. The track was 333 metres long. My first attempt I made 100 metres without stopping. I kept this up every day. This was my goal, I owned the goal. People stared at me - I did not care. Two years later….if you get to the Civic Centre early enough on a Saturday morning you will see me running "my track". 5kms without stopping.
My point? The journey never ends….we just set new goals. Start your journey today.
Best of Luck!
Weight loss isn’t ever something that happens overnight, I am testament to that. By trading the yo-yo dieting and lack of exercise for the Fitness Maniacs lifestyle, I have lost over 30kg's and kept it off! Having experienced weight issues from childhood through to my mid-30’s, I was finally motivated to make a lasting change. I had never had a problem following diets, and losing weight came easy, but the problem was that most of the weight would creep back on after every dieting spell.
I wanted to increase my fitness levels and be able to run short distances, but the thought of going to the gym was far too daunting! The wake-up call came at 35. I had grown tired of being uncomfortable and battling to find clothes that fitted me properly. Special occasions had become my worst nightmare because I never felt good in any outfit I wore. I avoided having photos taken because seeing myself was too upsetting.
In January 2009 I walked into a gym for the first time, signed up with a personal trainer, and the rest is history! My trainer educated me on the fundamentals of functional training and healthy eating practices. At the same time, I fell pregnant with my second child and with a newfound appreciation for gym, I trained throughout my pregnancy. I was back at training 2 days after the birth of my daughter. I never gained a single kilogram in my pregnancy and I managed to maintain my starting weight. Just 2 months after Katy was born, I had lost 18kgs and I lost a further 6kgs in the next 2 months.
I've made a commitment to myself, to never stop improving. I continue to train at least 4 times a week, and although I still have some weight to lose, I've maintained my weight loss since 2009 and continue to lose in small, sustainable amounts. I will never stop setting goals for myself and I am amazed at what I can achieve with determination, perseverance and a great support system.
In November 2009, I joined the Fitness Maniacs Team and participated in my first 12 week Transformation Challenge in January 2010. I attribute my 6kg weight loss over 12 weeks to the lifestyle changes I made and seeking out healthier food options. Prioritising gym sessions became incredibly important, because as a mother of two, a wife to David and a business owner, I would've found any excuse in the past to miss training sessions. Now, fueled by a fitter and slimmer version of myself, my personal motto is “No Excuses!”