“As you can see from my photo I have a pretty big journey ahead of me and although the A Healthier You program was a starting point, I know that I have a long way to go. I have chosen to blog my journey, partly to keep myself on track but also to encourage others who find themselves in a similar situation to take the plunge – you can do it with the right support. I hope you can join me…
Starting was one of the hardest things I have done but as my weight crept up to almost 100kg I knew it was time I took control. I was having pain in my knees and hips and I couldn’t do things I enjoyed – I was living life on the sidelines. I also knew I couldn’t do it on my own (I am a bit of a couch potato) and that I would need someone to push me so I asked my family for personal training sessions for my birthday.
I didn’t just randomly choose Chodat Fitness. My son has been doing sprint training with them for a few years and as watched him train I saw trainers that were friendly, supportive and inspiring. They are truly passionate about what they do, are extremely knowledgeable and honestly care for those who train with them. They also take the time to match you with a trainer that is right for you. My trainer is Jenny and I have been training with her for nearly 6 months. She is just the right mix of supportive, encouraging and tough. On top of that she really knows her stuff – no 2 sessions with her are ever the same, but my feeling of achievement at the end of every session is. I also know she is there for me if I am having a bad day as well as being there to celebrate the good.
I will never forget that first day in the gym – the fitness testing alone nearly killed me. I have just repeated that testing and can do more than 3 times the number of squats and push-ups, hold a prone hold for nearly twice as long and do 1km on the cross trainer in 2/3 the time I did it that first day and still have enough energy to do a 30 minute cardio session after it! When I started I was reluctant to go to the gym outside of my PT sessions but now I am doing a mix of cardio and strength sessions at the gym 3-4 times a week in addition to my PT sessions, as well as some yoga and bellydancing. I am prone to making excuses so I made sure that my husband and son have gym passes as well so that I always have someone to go with. I haven’t tried any of the group classes, not because I don’t want to, but because of work and family commitments.
My ultimate goal is to walk the Tongariro Crossing in NZ early next year but my next goal is to break 90kg and I have given myself the next 6 weeks to do it. I will let you know how I go.
The hardest part is starting – if I can do it so can you.”
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