When I started training with Kim I was quite overweight, a gradual increase over the last 10 years as I had my 3 children. I was tired all the time & unhappy with the way I looked, felt & moved.
I was hoping to lose weight, increase my energy & fitness levels and improve my health to decrease my chances of developing illnesses like diabetes.
When I met Kim she said she would normally let me settle into the new fitness regime first before making any other changes, but I was ready.
In fact I think I had been ready for a long time but had lacked the motivation.
The monumental task of losing weight & making those changes had seemed too great.
There were many things I thought I wasn’t quite ready to give up & there was always an excuse as to why the timing wasn’t right. But having made that first step of contacting her and booking in to my first class, she could see I had made that commitment and I was determined to make the necessary changes.
It was then she suggested the 6-week challenge.
It involved giving up my three favourite things, Bread, Cheese & Alcohol along with several other things that didn’t hurt so much!
Kim’s style of fitness really suits me. It’s high intensity but low impact and small groups, which allows time for one on one coaching.
I started exercising 3 times a week at MET Fitness Studio 1 and also doing more cycling.
Doing the classes has certainly kept my motivation up to stay committed to the dietary changes, which has enhanced the weight loss.
The first few weeks were definitely the hardest but surprisingly, after that I started to miss my favourite things a little less.
What was great about the eating plan was firstly, using my hand as a guide to portion size, I was never without it!
And being able to modify my diet in the way she had suggested without having to prepare separate meals I found I could make the changes I needed fit into our regular family menu.
I found I really had to examine the reasons why I was eating.
As there is no snacking and I was definitely not feeling hungry between meals, if I found myself reaching for or thinking about a snack I had to mindful as to why?
Non-hungry eating had been a big part of my problem.
Finishing the kid’s uneaten food, using food as a reward, eating when I was bored, all this had to stop. The first few weeks were the most challenging I just had to really think about why I was considering a snack, remind myself I wasn’t hungry & move on.
Now I don’t even think of it, I’m not hungry between meals, snacking is not an option, another habit I have broken!
It took the first 6 weeks for my body to shift into fat burning mode.
I started to notice changes in my body (an incredible 52cm off my entire body!) and I decided to continue with the eating plan.
During the next 6-week period the weight has continued to come off and I feel fitter & stronger.
When I started I could barely do a plank or a wall sit. I can now do them full a full minute!
Kim is always so encouraging especially when I feel I’m doing terribly!
I am much more agile now & find it easier to keep up with my kids.
I had my first alcoholic drinks after 3 months of not drinking & whilst I enjoyed it & I had spent those months missing it terribly, I came to the realisation that I didn’t need it after all.
It was more a habit I had developed over time & I haven’t had another drink since!
So now I am 14 weeks down the track and its not just me noticing the changes, I’m getting lots of comments about how great I am looking.
But the most important thing is that I’m feeling great! Thanks Kim!