Maria has achieved a life changing transformation in both body and mind since joining the team at Vision Brighton and we couldn't be more proud of what she has achieved! Here she shares her experience since starting back in March 2012.
I had been overweight for 15 years, most of my adult life. I was a heavy smoker, drank most weekends and indulged on fast food a few times a week. I had joined numerous gyms, paid the monthly fees and attended maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I was motivated to join but never motivated to attend frequently or eat well.
I met with Vision and of course, I signed up. In my mind I thought I was signing up to yet another gym that I would pay for and not attend. But all of a sudden I was attending 2 personal training sessions a week. I then went along to a group class. I hated it but enjoyed it, if that makes sense. For the first month my body ached daily! By the 3rdmonth I had lost nearly 10kgs!
The team at Vision helped me with my training and taught me the healthy way to eat. They also taught me the effects that alcohol has on my weight. They didn't just hand me a meal plan, but helped me build one by educating me on the foods to eat and when to eat them.
My brother also joined Vision and I would see him at the gym each morning. I trained with my sister in law during group classes. I was attending the gym and it was fun too. I met new people, others who struggle with their weight. It helped having people around me to share the journey.
I have been a member at Vision PT for 4 years now. During this time I have lost over 30kgs, learnt to eat well, exercise, drink less alcohol and quit smoking. Vision is my home away from home. I am there daily at the crack of dawn to train or attend a class. My trainer has been my constant rock throughout this experience. Always there to help me through the tougher times. I also have a close-knit group of friends that I meet at the gym to train with. We support each other inside and outside the gym. This is now a way of life for me that I am grateful for.