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Anytime Fitness Rocklea, QLD
I had been battling some tough mental health issues for most of my adult life but last year was the tipping point. My social anxiety was at its worst, my self-esteem plummeted and I really let myself go. I reached my highest weight – over 100kg – and was diagnosed with multiple health problems including Hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and I was pre-diabetic.
I knew it was time to start taking care of myself. I signed up to Anytime Fitness Rocklea and began working with a personal trainer. Tommy Gilbert inspired me, helping not only with my diet and training but also teaching me to celebrate every achievement no matter how small. With the combined support of Tommy and my gym community, I began feeling more confident.
But after a little while, I hit a plateau. If I wanted to reach my goals, I had to take things to the next level and after hearing about the 8 week challenge, I knew this was the push I needed.
I wanted to accomplish something great, to keep improving my physical health. After 8 weeks, I can say without exaggeration that this challenge has set my life on a new course. This experience has taught me so much about how to lead a healthier life from food prep, to tackling new challenges such as cardio – something I always found too daunting to attempt.
Most of all though, I’ve been able to turn my mental health around. The 8 week challenge was my first ever time joining group classes, and I’ve met so many friendly people. Finally, I’ve discovered a new sense of confidence and become a part of the Anytime Fitness community.
I’ve lost 7.8kg through this challenge and not only can I see the difference, but I can feel it too! My co-workers, friends, and my doctor have all noticed the change and my mental health has improved by leaps and bounds. I feel WAY more energised and so much happier than when I started.
My journey is not over yet but I feel empowered to continue working towards a healthy weight and maintaining my brand new healthy lifestyle. I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing people and because of them, I know I’ll be able to keep going!
Finally, I’ve discovered a new sense of confidence and become a part of the Anytime Fitness community.
Anytime Fitness Upper Coomera, QLD
These past 8 weeks have been quite the journey, one that I have enjoyed and that has been long overdue. Over the past few years my self-esteem and confidence have taken a negative turn because of the weight I have gained. This meant that I haven’t been as consistent with the gym and when I do go, I don’t put in 100% effort. I often find myself reflecting on when I was younger and a lot more fit. This was a negative comparison and would cause me to plateau and doubt my abilities in accomplishing my fitness goals which lead me to feel depressed. I once had a passion for going to the gym and living a healthy lifestyle, but because of my weight gain, I did not feel like going, it felt more like a burden than a joy. This led to eating more unhealthy food and larger portion sizes, often making me feel sick.
The last eight weeks has been challenging as I am a support worker and live away from home for seven days caring for my client. This means that I must provide constant care and was unable to be consistent at the gym while I was away. This challenge has helped me understand that diet is key to successful weight loss and was very important while I was away. This meant I had to work extra hard the 7 days I was home.
Losing 13kg over the eight weeks was exactly what I wanted to achieve. I did not think I could achieve this goal due to missing the gym every second week because of work, however, I was determined. I had to get creative with my exercises while I was away.
This challenge was a good starting point and has helped rekindle my love for the gym. I have wanted to complete a challenge with anytime fitness for a long time and this was the first challenge I have completed. I often compared myself to others and I am still learning “comparison is the thief of joy”. I am reminded that self-care and love are key to a healthy life and sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I am at a different stage of my fitness journey than others and have to remember to love myself and appreciate all the hard work and effort I do to look after myself. I have to learn to celebrate the victories, no matter how small.
I am glad I made the decision to join this challenge and am grateful for the support of the Upper Coomera team. You need likeminded and positive people in your life to help keep you accountable and assist you in achieving your goals. I could not have done what I did without the support of friends, family and of course my wife, who completed this journey with me and lost 6kg herself.
I feel like I am beginning to find myself again.
This challenge was a good starting point and has helped rekindle my love for the gym. I often compared myself to others and I am still learning “comparison is the thief of joy”. I am reminded that self-care and love are key to a healthy life and sometimes we are our own worst enemy.
I have to learn to celebrate the victories, no matter how small.