On 2 February 2017 I joined the Fernwood Gym in Darwin and that began a big change to my lifestyle.
Prior to that date I had been implementing some small changes like going to aqua fitness twice a week since September and going for some small bike rides and walks with the Aussie.
I knew before joining the gym I would have to make sure I had my diet under control more because there would be no point going to the gym if I didn’t start eating well and when I felt like I had that in hand I called the gym and booked my appointment to sign up for the gym.
I really enjoyed the Fernwood Gym, the staff were lovely and friendly and very encouraging to me to keep on going.
To begin with I could only manage about 10 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the cross trainer or 10 minutes on the bike on the lower settings. Gradually over time my stamina improved. I had a go at some classes and discovered I’m not so keen on large group sessions but I did enjoy smaller boot camp type classes.
After moving to Brisbane I joined Fitness First and started working out with a Personal Trainer doing weights and resistance training. I train with him twice a week and then he sets me cardio for three days per week as well with two rest days a week.
The weights and resistance training is helping me get fitter, stronger and toned up and is also a great motivator because each time I can lift the heavier weights or can ride the bike for longer etc. it makes me want to work that bit harder during my next session.
Currently my weight loss is 27kg, I really wanted to be at 30kg by now but the loss has gone up and down a bit with Bali and then Christmas. I am hoping that by my birthday this year I will have lost a further 30kg which will take me under the weight I want to be and will a couple of kg’s leeway for maintenance.
Over the time I’ve been working out I have realised that I will have to always exercise but I have also come to love working out and being fit and healthy. I look forward to going for walks and am excited to go for hikes when the weather is cooler over autumn and winter.
I also just think how different my life in Brisbane would be if I hadn’t started on this healthy path. We walk all over the place and I could not have kept up with that at the weight that I was this time last year.