Lost 7kgs in Beat the Winter Blues 2022 12 week Transformation

I have been a member since 2006, when I lost 10 kg. I’d kept my weight under control for many years until during the last year of COVID I gained weight.

When my jeans started getting very tight and uncomfortable and “love handles” and “muffin tops” bulged over my waist, I knew action was required. I lost 2-3 kg by myself, but when the Winter Challenge was announced I knew it was time to bite the bullet and get serious. I knew it would be tricky in the winter when all those comfort foods beckoned, but I knew I needed help.

I am feeling much better and happier now that I can feel really comfortable in my jeans and have said goodbye to the “love handles” and muffin tops”.

Jodi, Jodie and Lisa have been so positive at the weekly coaching and weight recording sessions.

They always asked how my week had been, which put the emphasis on me to be responsible for my own choices. They were always supportive by offering recipes to try, alternative menu choices to make when dining out and making sure I was prepared in advance for tricky times such as weekends away with my friends. The emphasis wasn’t just on food and weight, but also on getting enough sleep and the importance of well-being.

I have more energy, am starting to sleep better and when bushwalking, which I have always enjoyed, tackling the steep hills doesn’t seem such an effort.

We can all read about what we should or shouldn’t be eating to keep healthy, but with weekly coaching we have positive support to help us take responsibility for our own actions and be accountable each week. I’d always kept active running and walking, but at H.I. we also do strength resistance exercises, circuits, classes and yoga. It’s also a great way to make long-lasting friendships and have fun together.

My 3 top tips:

  1. Always have some protein with each meal and snacks.
  2. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and 2 pieces of fruit per day. Have at least one main fish meal per week.
  3. Mousse made with Protein Powder and cream satisfied my appetite when I craved something sweet