My exercise regime was walking a couple of times a week and playing golf every Sunday. I believed that was quite active and was just enough for me. If I really felt adventurous, I'd turn one of the walking sessions into a jog/walk session but that would be about it. Nothing too strenuous but it's all about making an effort right!
My eating habits were basic - whatever was convenient or quick to put together. This included fast food (i.e. McDonalds, KFC, takeaways, bistro meals - I'm sure you get the gist of it) and while at work café, food court or vending machine options and of course, I couldn't have these meals without 'washing it all down' with a soft drink (Sunkist Orange or Fanta would be the preference). This would be the routine four or five times per week - easy!
One day I was scrolling through my Facebook Newsfeed (as we do) and noticed that my friend was posting pictures of Vision Personal Training. At first, it was a shrug of the shoulders thinking 'awwww yep' (aka whatever) and keep scrolling but she would just keep on posting about Vision. Sometimes she'd leave a comment but most of the time, it was just a picture. I needed to know (not just find out but know) what all the fuss was about and thought maybe the time was right to make some changes. So, I called Vision Personal Training Parramatta and scheduled a meeting with Luis - the new owner. After my initial meeting with Luis, it felt like hard work and effort "do I really want to put myself through that"? I had to do something - my weight and life were getting out of control. So, I started going to group sessions but I would do a couple one week and then a couple another week ...... there was no consistency and it was no wonder that I felt I was always at 'square one'. I then found myself in a better 'head space' and started going to sessions every week and that was the beginning of what is an amazing journey.
I have only been a part of the Vision Family for a very short period but my life and lifestyle has changed enormously. I am now achieving things with Vision that I thought would be impossible for me. I'm the first to admit that I'm a lousy runner but my 'walking a couple of times a week' has turned into 'running a couple of times a week', I also do Run Club twice a week with Vision. If two months ago someone said to me 'Cardio, strength sessions and a food diary will be part of your day', my reply would've been 'You're outta your mind' but they are now part of my day. Nutrition has never, ever been a strength of mine. Carbs - what's carbs. Protein - awwww chicken. Fats - yep I've got heaps of that. The Nutrition Seminar I attended, helped me understand the difference between the three, and also the importance of having all three in my meals. So that was the easy part but how do I know that I'm having enough or too much of either? That's where VVT is the bomb - I can monitor my carbs, protein and fat intake to boost my metabolism and help with weight loss.
With all of that said, my life and lifestyle have massively changed, I go to Vision six days per week, either for group sessions, Personal Training or sometimes both. My fitness level has increased and I will be attempting my first 10km run, since joining Vision in July, the goal is to run the full 10km. My golf has improved, I now compete against the men and can show them a thing or two. I reckon the best thing though is that I have started to influence others to make nutritional changes and start exercising for a healthy lifestyle.
I will continue on my journey with Vision Personal Training Parramatta and set new challenges as I go along (for both weight loss and strength). I would like to reach my ultimate goal of losing 35kgs from my starting weight. I would also like to continue to influence and support others as they make changes towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.