Meet Bev - Healthy Inspirations

Meet Bev

Lost 21 kg and 56 cm – That’s 26.96% of her body weight

Prior to my 50’s I managed to maintain a healthy weight and a reasonable level of fitness. It wasn’t until I experienced the joys of menopause that my weight increased.  I had thought that putting on weight around the hips and waist was a common symptom of hormonal changes and therefore accepted my weight increase as normal. Coinciding with menopause, work demands and stress levels increased and exercising and eating regular meals suffered.   Once retired I had time to pick up my exercise interests again and started cycling, kayaking and taking long walks however I lacked discipline to modify my diet to reduce weight.

Generally I had good health except for a few aches and pains in the shoulders, knees and hips which I didn’t think was uncommon for a woman in her mid 60’s who had played sport or exercised for a good deal of time.  I had accepted that the stiffness and soreness would never get any better and I would continue to need physiotherapy from time to time.   My weight gave me more concern.  I was on the brink of being an unhealthy weight for my height and therefore at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions. Not ideal given my travel bucket list was still long and I wanted to be able to enjoy these trips with no health concerns.

It was while I was out walking with a girlfriend who had just moved into the Prospect area that we saw the Healthy Inspiration’s sign and on impulse popped in for a chat with Nola.  Who could resist this bubbly, vibrant individual?  No more procrastinating; Nola helped me set me a goal and once I had made that commitment there was no going back.

I’ve been a member for 2 years now and can’t imagine life without Healthies.  Having a variety of exercise programs and receiving positive feedback from wonderful inspirational women members and the HI team has kept me motivated. 

My hubby also deserves some kudos for keeping me on the straight and narrow when late night cravings hit. Apparently what I really craved was a cuppa!!!!

In addition to helping me reach and maintain my goal weight, Healthies has taught me the importance of strength, flexibility and balance as we age.  I can now lift weight, squat, touch my toes and stand on one leg.  Being able to samba, jive and twerk (well I haven’t quite mastered that yet) has increased my aerobic fitness.  My blood pressure has dropped, I have more energy and no longer need physiotherapy for my shoulders and back.  I’m now a much happier and healthier person and maintaining my goal weight and continuing with a fitness regime is my focus.

My top 3 Healthy Inspirations tips are:

  1. Aim to eat sensibly and healthily most of the time. Accept you will slip occasionally.
  2. Think about what you will eat long before your tummy starts rumbling.
  3. Any movement at all is better than sitting on a couch.