Lost 11 kilos and 48 cms

I saw a photo of myself at my daughters wedding. I was disgusted by my appearance. Also seeing my neighbour Annie’s results, together with her encouragement, I decided to join HI Blackwood.

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes over 15 years ago. The problem with diabetes is you don’t see the damage it is causing your body. There’s no blood or bandages so you tend to ignore the problem. Over the years my blood sugar levels rose, I put on weight, and I found life very difficult.  I was injecting insulin 4 times a day.

Within a month of joining HI, I was down 3.2 kgs, and my levels were dropping. I was able, with consultation with my diabetic specialist, my GP and diabetic educator to reduce substantially the amount of insulin required and with some results, no insulin at all.  My specialist was amazed that I was losing weight and using less medication. 

Not only have I lost kilos and cms but my diabetic levels are now under better control and I have been able to reduce my insulin intake.

I can now bend and spend more time in the garden, play with my grandchildren, have much more energy and the desire  to do more things even if its just go for a walk, visit friends, go out for coffee. 

I now feel capable to do these things.

My success would not have happened if it weren’t for the HI staff. Doesn’t matter what your mood when you get to the gym, the friendly smile and ‘how are you today’ from Jodi, Lisa or Jodie makes you feel brighter, as does the warm hello from all the other gym members. Weigh ins, the weekly catch up – never mind if you have had an off week, they will offer suggestions so you don’t fall into a trap. There is never any scolding or belittling, just encouragement. And …if you perhaps have slacked off on using a machine for the greater benefit, the eagle eye, particularly of Jodie K will show you how to correct your technique and tell you what parts of your body this exercise is helping you with.

If you want to feel good about yourself, learn about enjoying a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life, lose weight and cms in a super friendly encouraging enviroment, then this is for you. 

My top tips:

  1. Write down everything you eat. 
  2. Drink enough water – add lemon or lime juice, mint leaves if you want.
  3. At least 40 minutes of exercise or walking a day.