Joining Vision Randwick saved my life. I have now lost 30kgs in 10 months and since December 2014 I have been in recovery from an eating disorder. Not only that but because of this life-changing experience I am now studying to become a Vision Personal Trainer.
When I started at Vision Randwick I had been battling binge eating for 3 years, I had gained 30kg and I was stuck in a binge-restrict-binge cycle. I was consuming over 5000 calories a day and I would turn to eating to deal with my emotions. I tried numerous diets but when I started restricting that only made my binges worse. I ate differently in private than I did in front of others. I would sit in my car eating until I couldn't eat anymore. I isolated myself from everyone and I lost friends. I had no energy, I was often sick and my clothes were getting tighter and tighter. At my heaviest I topped the scales at 99.4kg and at that point I was seeing a psychologist on a weekly basis.
With weight loss attempts in the past, I would start and give up so many times, but at Vision something just clicked and the environment facilitated a positive change in me.
I'm proud to say I currently weigh 58kgs and I am toned, fit and strong. At first I struggled to run for 1 minute, I lacked confidence and I had an excuse for everything. Running was something I hated but now I absolutely love to run. My first 5km event was scary but exciting and I did my first 10km run in August. I'm gradually loving the longer distances and I want to attempt my first Half Marathon in 2016.
Vision has taught me so much about nutrition. My mindset towards food changed when I attended my first seminar and shopping tour. At the time I didn't realise how much of an impact they would have on me. I knew the changes required would never be easy but they assured me if I worked hard I would see the results I was after. I have learned I can have a healthy relationship with food and even more importantly I am still 324 days binge-free.
My results would not have been possible without the continued support and encouragement from my incredible trainer. From the outset Will has enthusiastically helped me set, achieve and challenge my goals. He has believed in me which has given me the confidence to achieve things I never thought possible.
Along the way I have posted about my weight loss journey on Instagram and I have accrued over 2000 followers. To know that I've inspired others to begin their own weight loss journey is incredibly gratifying. I have also reached out and connected with clients at other Vision studios. It is so nice to be part of a positive network where people like me are going through the same things. Having the ability to reach out and help others has inspired me to pursue a personal training career. I have started my Certificate III and IV in Fitness, and my aim is to become a Vision Personal Trainer and be a role model in my community.
I am truly grateful for everything the team at Vision Randwick has done for me. I can't thank them enough for their continued support and encouragement. I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for this studio.