How long you have been training with NuStrength?
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a fulltime mum of 4 kids 3 boys and 1 precious little girl 🙂 their ages from 12, 8, 2, and 1 years old. I also have a husband we have been married for 12 years, for those doing the math I was 19 when married and if you have seem my husband you would have married him too hahaha 🙂 ( he is a sexy chocolate man 🙂 ) I also work full time as the Regional Admin for APM QLD/NT.
I really love reading that is probably my favourite hobby oh and lifting of course 🙂
What is something that was holding you back or causing you issues?
Mmmm things that were holding me back in a nutshell myself. My mindset, motivation, lack of confidence which lead to poor diet. Doing crazy exercises from apps you could download joining weight loss Facebook groups and eating really low calories. I think it was like 800 a day form memory wasn’t it kitty? I had no energy to play with the kids always had really bad headaches had cut out dairy and red meat completely from my diet and was eating lentils very little carbs very little fruit, I think I even tried this 0/20/20 diet that saw me eating like 8 bananas a day with kale and banana shakes and lettuce soups yes that is right you read that right LETTUCE soups hahahaha. (I see you laughing Drew)
I also put a lot of stock in what others especially family think of me and my appearance, always trying to please everyone and felt that my hubby was embarrassed to be seen with me coz he is like 10 and I am a 5 on a good day.I also hate mirrors and I will not look at one unless absolutely essential ( Jake makes me go on the mirrored side at the gym sometimes and I cringe, I prefer to look up or down directly at the part of the body I am working anything but my face. Self esteem is so low that I was waiting for him to leave me for a better person ( this did cause issues ). In short I felt like an emotional and physical mess and my husband and kids were always wondering what mood I would be in when I woke up that day and if I would stay in that mood as I was so up and down one minute I would be happy and two seconds later I was grumpy then someone would do something small and I would blow up and start yelling and crying.
What did you change or implement to overcome this/these issues?
My journey has been anything but smooth and kitty can atest to this. But below is how I got to where I am today. One day whilst surfing facebook I saw the 28 day challenge pop up. I was sick of gyms where they make you run on treadmills, do classes and spin argh I did a spin class once and almost fainted, and if you ask for help they give you basic help if you can even find a trainer.
I took a chance and called the number and the rest is as they say history. I am pretty shy until I warm up to people so i was intimidated by Jake and Kitty with their big welcoming personalities ( how dare they be welcoming hahahah ) but I fell in love with lifting weights so much so that I started not caring if my family said I should not be lifting I should be doing cardio to loss my chub and I will just get bulky I reintroduced dairy and red meat it was like fucking Christmas I was so happy and my taste buds did a happy dance hahahaha. The headaches went when I did this and slowly I gained more energy and became less angry and stopped losing my shit at the smallest things.
But I went a bit hard with the diet change and my gosh I was eating everything I went from barely anything to eating big steaks drinking heaps of milk and OJ and fruit I had no restraint and this was also wrong. When I saw the numbers on the scale going up as I was so conditioned to behave a certain way toward weight loss, food and exercise I felt like a failure.
This is when the doubtful you are shit you can not do anything right Melis came out and I started beating myself up ( figuratively) and I spiralled into what I could call depression I do not suffer with depression but I can only describe what I was feeling as a sadness over me I was not happy I was crying and I hit a low started turning the blights off when I would shower so as not to accidently look at myself in the mirror.
After another catch up with kitty and a bit of a talking to as I could not consistently stick to my dieting I pulled my socks up gave my self a bit of a no one is going to do it for you speech dropped my figurative mic and left my own pity party. 🙂
I started devoting more to trying to be consistent with food and attending my training sessions I found a happy medium with food and it is still not perfect but each day I make better choices.
But my true epiphany came when I attended the Change your mindset workshop run by Emma and it was like I stood back outside myself saw my behaviour and the cycle that my behaviour was creating especially with my kids and I decided then and there the blaming my parents and everyone else would stop and I would own my behaviour and my choices and decisions I make.
I have done this for the most part I have moments where the old “its not me ” mentality try’s to be a sneaky prawn and rear its ugly head but after a minute I pause and I own it.
My journey is still continuing and I am so lucky to have meet my NuFamily ( see what I did there kitty ) I am constantly growing and learning and will continue to for the rest of my life. But since I have found Kitty and the team I feel like I belong and I am happy.
What was the result?: My kids LOVE me hahaha they say I am a happier mum I take them out I can play games we cook food together I am encouraging them more. I feel happy I am slowly trying to make more friends ( props to you Sonia 🙂 ) engaging in more conversations with people, I fell like I have come out of my shell a bit more and soon you will all see how loco I am mwhahahaha. I feel like a dark unhappy weight has been lifted off my shoulders and it feels amazing. My moods are more consistent, my headaches are less frequent, and my body is slowly learning to crave the right foods 🙂
To the NuStrength team I include you in this Emma you are awesome keep doing what you are doing you have changed my life, my family’s life. Even hubby has said my moods have been consistent he feels like he can let his guard down hahaha.