CHECK OUT THE INSPIRATIONAL POST BELOW WRITTEN BY OUR LATEST TRAINER
AT FITTER BODY BOOTCAMP, JULIE FAREY.
I started my FitterBodyBootcamp journey on 6 April 2015.
Throughout my 20’s I could eat & drink anything I wanted and I never changed weight or size
and was a ‘happy’ size 10. In my 30’s things made a difference to my weight, several
years of fertility treatment and IVF (lots of drugs), I started to put on weight.
Hitting 13st was my lowest point in 2010 when I was diagnosed with an underactive
thyroid (my new excuse) and whilst I lost a stone initially after starting on medication,
I never went back to my 9 ½ stone size 10 ‘happy’ place.
My turning point was coming back from my holiday in Gran Canaria at the end of March
and promptly deleting every photo I was in. I hated the way I looked – a size 14/16, bloated, fat faced.
I remember my first session very clearly, thinking god help me what have I done.
I couldn’t do a burpee, a press up or a sit-up and actually thought I was going to throw up, I was still shaking 3 hours later.
I weighed in on that first session just under 12st and body fat at 45.1% – ouch!
I did take the time to read through the Transformation Success Manual and my first self-assessment on nutrition,
training and lifestyle were all NO!
I made my decision that day, only I could change me. I went shopping.
If I can some advice to anyone starting out, it’s – Be honest with yourself, I needed to change
all 3 elements if I was going to succeed. I wanted to be a size 10 again and I wanted
to be fitter and I knew at the grand old age of 43, it was not going to be easy.
I thought I ate quite healthily but realised quickly that cereal for breakfast, sandwiches
for lunch and every dinner contained potatoes or pasta was not as great as I thought.
I never turned down a biscuit, sweets or chocolate and drank far too much pop and alcohol.
I made the best start by doing 10 days completely without any carbs and this kicked started my
weight loss so I saw instant results week on week at the beginning. During my first
12 weeks I stuck to the 3 classes per week and by the end I was sleeping like a baby, was sooo much
happier and far less stressed in general.
I stopped aching for 2 days after each class and knew it was time to
up my game and increased to 5 classes every week, EVERY WEEK.
By the time I went on my holiday in August, I was 10st 2lb and 34.1% body fat.
And of course I had to have a whole new holiday wardrobe, gone were the full length
tent dresses and baggy t-shirts to cover me up!
I re-did the self-assessment today from the Transformation Success Manual and I can honestly answer
YES to healthy eating, YES to training regularly and YES to a healthy lifestyle.
At the end of my first full year, just 12 months, I’m now a very happy size 8/10, 9st 4lb and 32% body fat.
I am #fitterfasterstronger and love my life. I can now do 25 press-ups on
my toes (still hate burpees though) but we can’t have it all J.
My decision to join the FitterBodyBootcamp team was probably the easiest decision I have ever made,
I am still inspired everyday by amazing ladies, encouraged and challenged and I truly hope I can do the same