Before I begin throwing workouts and recipes at you, I wanted to share my story with you, just to give you a bit of background and to explain where I’m coming from.
Five years ago, back in 2009, I was nowhere near as interested in health and fitness as I am now. I knew the general gist of it all (you have to workout, you have to eat fruit and vegetables, you should avoid sugar etc), but I certainly didn’t apply it to my lifestyle. I wasn’t eating very healthily and I certainly wasn’t working out but I didn’t think I needed to change anything. I remember watching the weekly weigh-in on Biggest Loser and seeing people step on the scales and weigh less than I did, yet they still looked overweight. I rationalised it with myself, saying it was the camera angles, they were much shorter than me etc. I’ve alway been taller than my friends, and I’ve always been average-slightly larger so I didn’t think much of it when I started to buy size 16 clothes. I figured that was just me, that I was a big boned person and size 16 was normal. I’ve also never been particularly fit. I’d played netball (at a very social level) all through primary school and high school but that was it. My parents got a personal trainer at one point, and I went along to a few sessions with them and really loved it. It was a type of exercise I hadn’t seen before and I really liked structure. For one reason or another it never stuck though. I also hated PE at school and hated running even more. I’ve never been very co-ordinated, so team sports in PE were torturous for me. I was always the one bringing up the rear or the one who would get picked towards the end (I can’t remember being picked last but it’s likely I’ve probably blocked that memory). I can’t count the number of times I got out of class by faking an injury or playing up my asthma. In 2009 though, things started to change.
I can’t remember ever having an “A-ha” moment. I didn’t wake up one day hating sugar and loving all things green. I didn’t bounce out of bed and become a runner. I remember I started taking salads for lunch some days (I discovered I love beetroot and to this day if you get between me and my beetroot things are going to get ugly ), I’d have a tin of tuna with it, and I’d have a carrot and some hummus for a snack. I never stopped and thought about things in terms of carbs, fat or protein. I just knew from the magazines I read that those things were healthy. At the same time I started the Couch to 5km program. I do remember being embarrassed about not being able to run even 1km at school. At the age of 18 and injury free I really had no excuse, so I decided to do something about it. The idea of running 5km seemed really daunting, but the program broke it down into little chunks so I just went at it piece by piece. That year I lost ~10kg. I was never able to build up to 5km that year, I got a really bad chest infection in winter so my exercise was put on hold for a few months, but I’d still made an incredible amount of progress.
This trend of little changes continued the following years. In 2010 I started uni and got a gym membership. I don’t remember ever sticking to a “diet”, I just ate a bit more fruit and veg and a little less sugar. I tried the Couch to 5km program again that year, but again I was sidelined for a few months. I lost a further ~7 kg that year. 2011 was much the same, I became a lot more focussed on my fitness and lost a further few kilos, rounding it out to 20kg in total.
2012 is a highlight for me, I finally finished the Couch to 5km and completed a 5km fun run as proof. It was at that point I started to describe myself as a “fit” person. Following on from the 5km I was inspired to run 10km. I never thought I would even come close but after completing 5km and realising how far I had come I realised I could do more than I thought. In April 2013 I completed my first 10km fun run with my partner. The biggest highlight for me was doing it in under 1 hour, something I never thought possible. 2013 was also the year I decided I wanted to be a personal trainer. I realised how much fitness had become an integral part of my life and I wanted to try and share that with other people. Over the years I had been sharing the things I’d read and learnt myself with my family but I wanted something more official so that I could reach more people.
Fast forward to 2014 and I’ve now started this blog, to try and reach even more people. I’m sharing my story with you because I want to show you I know what I’m talking about, and I know what you’re going through. Despite losing 20kgs I’m always going to be a fat girl at heart, I’m always going to want desert and cake. I’m never going to be able to give them up completely, but I can work them into my lifestyle in a sustainable way, and that’s what I want to share with you. I’m sharing my story with you to show that being healthy doesn’t mean eating extreme clean eating or extreme exercise, you can have your cake and eat it too (and trust me, I will share many cake recipes )
I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it