Over the last few months I have been referred to as “inspiring” or “inspirational”. I’ve never thought of myself in that way at all. I probably struggle to take a compliment, like many women. I am a worker, I try to get things done but often forget to reflect on what kind of an impact my “work” does for others. I only hoped that I could motivate my clients to lead happier, healthier lives in a way that they want. It really got me thinking about who inspires me? Who’s values do I connect with to make me be this inspirational person to others.
In my work as a Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer I am given the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. I meet them as clients but I also meet them in the business world. I have come across women who have overcome great things to be where they are today and this resonates with me as despite not having the worst life ever, I have definitely been through some tough times. Being on the other side of these tough times makes me appreciate the struggle that we go through.
My clients are a wonderful inspiration. I get to meet people with their own stories to tell. One lady that I think is so special is a Foster Mum. She takes children into her home, loves them and cares for them in ways that they have never known before. It is so sad that they have had to go through this much so young but she does what she can to help. She creates them scrapbooks to take with them to their permanent homes so they have memories of when they were babies. Can you imagine what your life would be like if you had no baby photos or memories to look back on? I love photos and I believe this is something so special to give and so easy to do. While taking on all of this responsibility she finds time to come for a massage to care for herself so she can keep giving. She inspires me to want to be a great mum and appreciate the life I am able to give my child. It makes me want to teach other mums how to create their own lifestyles where they are happy, their children are happy and that there are people who are not so lucky.
I have many women as clients who are dealing with depression. They have been to the depths of their lows and fought their way back. They are also surprised to learn how many of their training buddies are in or were in the same boat. I don’t share specifics of who but through getting to know one another they have found common ground. They all inspire me to embrace the bad days and look to the brighter ones as I have that ability to do so. Depression makes having bad days worse and I want them to know how amazingly strong they are to have found a way for them. I also hope they realise the impact they can have on other women by sharing their stories.
As part of the Linking Ladies networking group we are offered a 10 minute business highlight spot. I have heard some fantastic stories from local business women. They share how they got to where they are and what they needed to overcome to do it. They show us great strength and vulnerability when sharing their stories. I have developed a greater respect for these women and have found women I relate to more than I would have expected. This sharing helps those around to see what can be achieved and we all want to see them continue to grow. I’m stepping up next month to do mine and I hope I will be able to show some vulnerability and share mine. I don’t often share the really bad times as they are embarrassing to me but I take full responsibility for the choices I made and they drive me to where I am today.
Now the women in my life are so wonderful, I could spend all day writing about them, but what about our men? My husband Tristan is a huge inspiration to me. So is my little man Blake. Tristan has a great story to tell and I can’t wait for him to get his blog started to share. He works hard to make sure that we can pay our bills. He is showing us what it means to follow your dreams, however crazy MMA Fighting may seem and he does it all without too much complaining. He has given me the opportunity to run this business for the past year so I didn’t have to return to work in the city and to a job I hated. He wanted to make sure that I was able to work where my passion lies. This inspires me to put everything into this business to allow him to give up the job he hates and start working where his passion lies. We are a pretty awesome team and we are working to support one another to be better people in so many ways.
Everyone has an amazing story for how they got to where they are today. Sharing your story may help to inspire someone else in their business or personal lives. Have you considered how your actions are inspiring others? What words would you like to be used to describe you?
I would love to hear your stories and how you would love to inspire others. It doesn’t have to be huge but it can be significant to you. Contact me at [email protected] and let me know if you would like to share your story in a future blog.
I am an accountant and Tax Agent which means I sit at a desk all day long. This has meant I have become inactive and put on a fair bit of weight over the 8 years of Tax Returns. Well I decided this needed to change. That’s why I decided to join Evolution Health Services 12 Week Challenge. Best decision I have made for a long time. The 12 Week Challenge has allowed me to push myself, reach goals, and lose weight. I lost a total of 7.4 kilos and a huge 36 cms off my body. My biggest goal during the challenge was to run 1 km. I told Melissa I thought it might be a little hard to achieve. 10 weeks in I surprised myself by achieving this, and loving every centimetre of it. Best part about the challenge is the friends I have made. The whole group has bonded over the challenge, supported each other, and shared in the highs and lows. Read their inspirational stories including Kristen, Kerianne, Janelle, and Peita. And there’s the trainers Melissa and Tristan Woodward. I had the pleasure of seeing these two beautiful people get hitched and share in their special day. They have become good friends, and are awesome trainers. Tristan has a knack for reading my mind, and seeing when I’m not pushing myself. He gently urges me to push further, there’s no cliché yelling. When I’m sore from doing tax and doing training I go see Mel for a massage, she has awesome hands. They have been a vital part of my success in this challenge. Thanks Mel & Tristan! I can’t wait to start the next challenge. My goals for this challenge include losing another 7 kilos, running more, and doing a proper push up. Bring it on! Amy is a local small business owner of Startfresh Accounting out of the Oran Park Smart Workhub. Amy is not yet convinced that she should dance at training but we are working on changing that. She does have great taste in 90s music so she will soon be inspired by my awesome singing and dancing. Look how gorgeous these girls looked at our wedding. From Left to Right: Nic, Peita, Amy and Kristen.
In October 2014 I decided that I was going to run the 2015 New York Marathon. This had been a dream of mine since 2003, and finally I was determined to make it a reality. The New York Marathon will be my 4th Marathon. I have officially been running for 20 years and in that time have done countless fun runs from 5km all the way through to a full marathon (42.2km). To clarify when I say running, I mean faster than walking pace. I started running at 19 years old, when for me it was an effort to just run from 1 electricity pole to the next. I built my fitness up and before I knew it I was running fun runs. At the time 5km felt like a marathon. Even now when looking back I still surprise myself to realise how far I have come. What I have learnt along the way is that to be a successful runner, you need to look after yourself. This is more than just eating well and doing exercise. If you are consistently asking your body to perform at a level beyond what your usual activities are, you need to make sure you are giving yourself the right care. Over the last 20 years I have learnt when you don’t look after yourself, you pay the consequences and get injured. Injuries I have had include, shin splints, torn harmstring, and sprained ankle. This led me on the mission to find an amazing massage therapist. I knew when I decided to run the 2015 New York Marathon I needed to have a good support team surrounding me to ensure my body was well looked after and that I could not only do well in the marathon but also still maintain my health and fitness as a mum of 2 young boys (aged 3 and 1) and a business owner. For me it was critical to find a decent remedial massage therapist and schedule regular appointments. So I tried my usual ways of locating local services to solve my problems. I let my fingers do the walking and went straight to Google. I searched for remedial massage therapist Campbelltown. I called 2 massage therapists. Neither one returned my calls. I was feeling deflated. As a business owner, I had recently joined a networking group. I was fortunate to meet Melissa Woodward (formerly Melissa Malone) from Evolution Health Services at a Networking Meeting. At the time she was conducting remedial massage appointments from home. A fully qualified massage therapist plus several years experience working with Osteos and Physiotherapists. I was excited. After my first appointment I was impressed. One of the big differences in good massage therapists and those who give relaxation massages is their knowledge of the human body and their ability to help identify pain points and potential injuries and help prevent them before they occur. Melissa listened to my concerns and identified my pain points with precision (and yes at times it wasn’t pretty). Melissa is an integral part of my training program now. I see her every 3 weeks and I look forward to each session working through my aches, pains and niggles and the best part, the most amazing night’s sleep that night. Through each session Melissa and I chat about business and life. I mentioned to her in my first appointment my difficulty in finding a good quality massage therapist. It is one thing to be ranking well on Google, but it is entirely another to actually follow through with good quality service that will actually get you the business. I am very fortunate to have since had the opportunity to help educate her on how to improve her digital presence so she can be found and then deliver great customer service. She is now located in the heart of Campbelltown opposite Campbelltown Mall in her very own business premises on Queen Street. She is very inspirational. I am fortunate now to consider her as an essential part of my marathon training team, my business inspiration and my circle of friends. If you need a good massage therapist, do yourself a favour and get to know Melissa Woodward. Serena ‘dot’ Ryan loves running and is a big fan of Forest Gump and John Bingham a.k.a. ‘The Penguin’ (“Waddle on Friends”). When Serena is not running marathons she loves training Small Business Owners in how to use Digital Marketing Tools.
12 weeks ago while browsing Facebook, I came across a post saying that it wasn’t too late to sign up for the Evolution Health Services 12 Week Challenge, which started the next day.
I enquired about the pricing & the timetable to see if it was something I could do.
All of the excuses that I had been using to justify not working out were suddenly addressed. I didn’t need a babysitter; I could bring my kids to the group fitness sessions. The sessions were held at a park less than 5 minutes away from me, and the price was very reasonable. It didn’t matter how unfit I was, the sessions were tailored to suit all fitness levels. And I liked the idea that it was a short term commitment – 12 weeks seemed achievable to me.
At the time I wasnt sure if it was a moment of weakness or strength, but on a whim and without thinking about it too much, I signed up.
I was hoping to improve my fitness so that I could keep up with my 2 young kids & lose some weight.
The 12 weeks flew by. Some weeks I attended 5 sessions, some I only managed to get to 1. During the 12 weeks there were periods were my family were sick (multiple times), I suffered from pneumonia, we had a short holiday and all the usual life interruptions threatened to get in the way of my goals.
I didn’t count calories or have meal replacement shakes or anything like that – with Mel & Tristan’s help I made small changes along the way and focused on eating a healthy balanced diet. And by balanced I mean I still had the occasional biscuit, slice of pizza or glass of wine.
I enjoyed the sessions. During the first 2 weeks there were times when I was struggling for breath, feeling awkward trying to get the technique right while fending off my kids who were whining for a muesli bar. I wondered whether I’d get to the end of the 12 weeks. But it got better.
I really like Mel & Tristan’s approach – they dont run a boot camp; they treat us all like adults and respect that we all have very different fitness levels and physical capabilities.
So 12 weeks on I have lost 11 kilos and 46 centimetres. I feel great. I am not about to run any marathons but I am the fittest I have ever been. For the first time in my life, I did push ups on my toes! I can run (short distances)! My body is doing things I never imagined it would do. I am proud and to be honest, surprised by what I have achieved.
I am so glad that I made the choice 12 weeks ago to give it a go. The change I have experienced is awesome. I cant wait to see what I will achieve in the next 12 weeks. To Sign Up to the next 12 Week Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, head to www.ehsfitness.com.au for further details and to Register.
Photo – Top Row: Taken 23 June 2014Photo – Bottow Row: Taken 8 August 2015 My story start 3 years ago. I was getting married and wanted to feel great on my day. Well I didn’t, I loved my dress and the day and at the time I felt ok, not great but ok. I had an amazing day and was very happy.
I then started trying to have a baby. After some tests, I was told I was borderline type 2 diabetic and had PCOS. The OBGYN told me I would need to lose weight before I could have a baby and would be at least 1 year of hard work. At 123kgs, little did we know I was already pregnant.
When I found out I was pregnant with my baby I was so excited and then my sister told me she was having a baby too and it was an awesome. By 15 weeks I was showing signs of Gestational Diabetes and sure enough I had it. By 17 weeks I was on injections and following a strict gestational diabetes diet. Testing my levels 4 times a day and injecting myself with insulin 4 times a day was not fun. It was hard but I tried so hard to follow the diet and do my needles even though it drove me to tears. Many times no matter how hard I tried my sugar levels kept playing up and my insulin levels kept getting higher. But I worked hard and I had my gorgeous (little) baby boy! I had lost 10kgs while I was pregnant.
When I moved back to Campbelltown and my sister had her baby, and we wanted to get back into the gym and exercise. Then Melissa and Tristan started their business.
I trained at the gym with Mel, then Mel and Tristan in their garage and I was introduced to Metafit. Wow what an introduction. Then outdoors… In winter…… It was cold but this is where #shitgetsreal
Now just over a year on I am still training. I am now almost in the double digits (fingers crossed after this weigh in) but I am so much fitter and stronger then I have been since having my daughter 12 years ago, probably even before that. My husband has never known me at this weight. I am 10kgs lighter now than when I met him.
My motivation is my kids and my husband. I want to be happy, fit and healthy for them and for ME. I train so hard so I don’t get type 2 diabetes or other health issues that go along with being overweight. I have just had tests done, I am no longer even close to having diabetes and there is no evidence I have PCOS. I’m not perfect but Mel and Tristan are there for me to help and support me when I have a bad day or week. They have kept me focused and motivated to work towards my goals and a healthier lifestyle and to teach my kids a better way. The group we have is so supportive. It’s great to be working towards our goals together. These girls are amazing.
I can’t say enough about our trainers. They are amazing. There is no yelling but they know how to motivate us and push us. I can now run over 1km and never thought I could, but they did. I am excited to work towards my next running and other goals. I couldn’t even jog 50ms when I started.
If you are looking to get healthy and be part of a fantastic group then come and join us. We love to welcome new members and make our group bigger. Well some fantastic news since Kerrianne shared this story with me. She is now under 100kgs which was a major milestone for her. During the 12 Week Challenge, she lost 6kgs and 20cms in her measurements. Awesome work Kez, we are proud of your hard work and the results speak for themselves. If you would like to join the next 12 Week Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, head to www.ehsfitness.com.au for more info or to register today.
Peita is one of Evolution Health Services‘ Clients who has shared her story about training with us over the past year. A year that changed my life is a fitting title for this inspirational story of success with weight loss, self confidence and being proud of what she has achieved. Peita has been a part of our Outdoor Group Training sessions and signed up for our first 12 Week Challenge. We have included these before and after photos. Photo 1 – Taken 5th January 2015Photo 2 – Taken 29th June 2015 Peita does not have a “before” photo from starting with us. Read on to find out why. It was just over a year ago that I woke up one morning and couldn’t walk on my right foot. I went to the Dr who told me I had a heel spur (Plantar Fasciitis) and told me it had a lot to do with being overweight. After years of avoiding mirrors and scales, hiding behind my kids in photos, the lower than low self esteem and not to forget the total self loathing I had about my body image, I said to the Dr ” I need help”. He referred me to a Podiatrist and Nutritionist. So off I went to see how they could help. I then got some sexy new footwear, new insole supports for my sexy shoes and a healthy outlook on diet and exercise. I started doing “The Biggest Loser” workouts in my lounge room a few times a week and started to see a small difference. This got me motivated and after having a chat with Kerrianne, who I’ve known for a few years now, she got my interested in joining up with Mel and Tristan to step it up a notch.
Best decision I’ve ever made in my life so far!
As I write this I’m trying not to sound too cheesy but joining with these guys has changed my life. From the dietary advice, killer workouts and the massages I get to relive my aching muscles, my life has totally changed.
I’ve gone from 2 sessions a week to three, then four and now I’m doing 5-6 a week, with one or two workouts at home, that I write up, based on the workouts Mel and Tristan provide us.
In a year I have now lost 31 kilos and 70cm off my body as a whole. And I’m going to keep going. Not because I want to be slim or anything, because I enjoy it. Sometimes I hate it while I’m doing it, but I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment at the end and I feel proud of how far I’ve come. Even if I still can’t do push ups on my toes.
I admit ithasn’t all been smooth sailing. I’ve pulled muscles, I’ve ached in places that I don’t think should ache, I’ve gotten depressed that I can’t eat certain things that my body has craved, I’ve been upset and too hard on myself that I can’t do certain exercises that others can and sometimes I still feel blah about how I look!! But it’s all part of my journey and I’ve learnt that I can deal with all that and still keep going. Even on the days I don’t feel as motivated as I do other days.
This 12 Week Challenge has been mentally hard for me, partly because I think I’ve been too strict on myself at times and too negative about “not losing enough”. My goal for the next 12 Week Challenge is to chill out, not stress and just do exactly what I normally do on a day to day basis and not do my own head in.
One of my proudest and saddest moments was when my son said I could cuddle him in bed now that I’ve lost weight and won’t squash him. I’m proud that my kids see the hard work I’m putting in and proud of the fact they’re taking it all in. They are even busting out their own workout moves at home. I never want to be an embarrassment to my kids with my weight, I know how kids can be cruel and I never want to be the “chubby” mum on the playground that their kids are ashamed of.
So to wrap it all up YAY to Mel and Tristan for their awesome workouts, motivation and guidance, and also to the girls that support me and everyone else at our sessions. I’m getting my self esteem back and a lot more confidence too and I’m loving that.
Mel and Tristan, I can never thank you enough, you mean so much to me and all I ask is that you keep on pushing me and making me work hard to achieve more goals down the track. Deal. From us Peita, thank you for sharing your story. We are touched that we have been able to inspire your success but know that it is you who has put in the hard work and consistent effort.