Lost 12.4kg and 16.84% of her body weight

My weight was increasing slowly, but then accelerated once I had a hysterectomy 2 years ago. Due to some complications with surgery, I developed poor core muscles, which led me to my hips and pelvis being out. As a result, I had to give up my dance class, and exercise all together.

Initially all I wanted to do was to get back to exercise, and my focus wasn’t on my weight. After another set back from my hysterectomy, I was feeling a bit down in the dumps. My now husband and I decided to go out for a walk, and we walked past Healthy Inspirations. As we were walking and talking, I mentioned that I had been to a similar centre years ago and really enjoyed it. He simply said, “Give it a go.”  The very next day I called and met Coach Nola, joined, and started the program immediately. I love how the centre is close to home, but I wanted to engage in the local community just as much as I wanted to feel better… I got this in one place!

I also have food tolerances and the Healthy Inspirations unique eating program afforded me the opportunity to get back to basics with my eating. I started eating cleaner, felt better and the extra weight that I wasn’t really worried about, just came off! I did cut back a little on my beloved wine but discovered that Vodka and Soda (with less calories) rocks! Life is for living after all! I also was able to rebuild my strength on the circuit too and get back to doing more exercise.

During this journey, I recently got married and felt fantastic in my dress. I didn’t want to just focus on my weight loss for the wedding and my dress fitting but a total lifestyle change and to not feel guilty about doing something just for me!

Along the way I had difficulties with the restrictions of COVID (not for me but due to being a close contact on high number of occasions in the workplace). The team at Healthy Inspirations fondly named me the ‘COVID queen’ as I had the highest days in isolation!! I did lose my way a little bit at times, however my Coach Cheryl never failed to check in on me, whether that was remotely via the phone or in the centre, with messages of support and for that I am ever so grateful! 

My 3 top tips are:

  1. Make it fun, include the kiddies in the cooking (they are loving some of the newer recipes and foods we are eating). 
  2. Don’t skip the weekly nutrition check-in because you are afraid what the scales may say, it is a lifestyle not a race. 
  3. Find a balance you are happy to introduce into your lifestyle – it does not have to be an all or nothing approach.