The reason I am so passionate about my job is because I too have been through my own weight loss/fitness/health journey.
Growing up I had always been very active (hockey/athletics/training in general). Mum & Dad always ensured we ate well & adopted healthy living habits. Once I finished school & lived more independently, I fell into poor eating habits (mostly takeaway & junk food) & was training & playing far less sport. I tried several "fad diets" to budge the 20+kgs I had gained since finishing school, none of which were successful! I would lose 10kgs through restricting what I ate & endless amounts of cardio to then gain it all back (plus more) within half the time it took to lose.
Then I found an approach to nutrition which allowed me to be flexible whilst still accountable - tracking macros. As opposed to restricting calories/carbs/low fat diets I simply moderated my intake of ALL types of food. I still enjoyed treats whilst ensuring I ate wholesome, nutrient dense foods as well. This flexible & sustainable approach to nutrition allowed me to achieve my best results to date with weight & fat loss!
I have lost over 20kgs & totally changed my body composition (I am still no where near where I want to be, but because I have taken the time - although at times frustrating - to build and work on my once weak metabolism, I can continue to chip away at this through persevering and remaining accountable for how hard I work out in the gym & the level of consistency that I sustain with my nutrition.
Training consisted of 4-5 powerlifting sessions (squats/bench/deadlifts/accessories) & 2 HIIT sessions (as well as hockey 1x a week). When I trained hard I didn't want to then go home and undo all the hard work I had done all day (it was much easier knowing I could have a small sweet treat for desert to hit those cravings). Of course, like everyone, I wasn't perfect - one of the perks of strengthening your metabolism is that allows for mishaps every now and again!
In 2017, I adopted a new method of approaching nutrition - to incorporate tracking macro's & eating intuitively to enable me to make healthy & wholesome food choices. I am a firm believer in balance, however, I still believe we need methods of accountability & counting our daily intake helps to do so to ensure we are either in a calorie surplus or deficit depending on our goals. Training now consists of both weights (to build lean muscle mass) & HIIT (to strip body fat but also build a high level of fitness). I love being pushed to the limits & learning new things! This helps me to create & develop several different types of training sessions & programs for all of my clients. As we know, no two people are the same & our goals & fitness journey are a reflection of this!
For all of you who are yet to find a healthy and sustainable work/life/training/nutrition balance - flick me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book in a consult, pt session or perhaps arrange online nutritional coaching to get you back on track and happy in your own skin.