This is an interview with Bec, she’s a Mum from Australia who is working her way through my program and getting great results!
First congrats on your weight loss so far, you are doing a really good job! Tell us where you are at right now? Where you started?
Right now I am 65kg with a body fat percentage of 31% 😀
I started my journey in August 2011 when I joined the local gym, I wasn’t happy with my reflection in clothes or otherwise and the changes post-pregnancy weren’t helping with any self-confidence.
Originally I started going to the gym just for the classes – BodyStep, BodyPump, Thump (boxing class) and a class called Ripped (that made you sweat!!). I wasn’t seeing any changes so decided on a PT for a 12 week stint – saw some good results there but as soon as I was no longer being pushed or accountable I stopped progressing and went back to my starting weight of 74kg. That was upsetting in itself, the time and money on a pt just seemed wasted. I also went and saw a nutritionist who really helped me outline and put in place some really good and realistic eating habits (my biggest weakness was my poor food choices).
In December 2012 I had my first fat callipers/body fat percentage measurements taken, I was 38.8% fat, that is considered obese A very upsetting prospect, I didn’t feel that big but apparently I was.
In February 2012 I left the gym, the money and time wasn’t worth the results I wasn’t getting. A friend put me onto Lauren’s Fitness on Facebook and the explored the website and found plenty of good materials to put in place as I started to workout at home. I have a few bits and pieces of equipment here at home and was just floundering around with what to do and when, but was managing doing some sort of light weights/body weight exercises 3x a week, with a walk at least once a week (even if it was walking the playground perimeter while my kids played at the park)
Body Fat % measurements – December 2012; subscapular 22, triceps 41.5, abdominal 55.5, thigh 61 (total 180).
Body Fat % measurements – May 2013; subscapular 22, triceps 21.5, abdominal 43.5, thigh 45 (total 132.5).
What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?
I put on a fair bit of weight during both my pregnancies and I wasn’t enjoying my reflection or feeling confident in my clothes. I was out one day looking for clothes/new outfit for our sons christening and I was deflated to discover that I needed size 14 or 16 pants. Needless to say I didn’t buy anything new and a few weeks later joined a gym and started trying to change my ways – more exercise and less food/better food choices.
Have you worked out at a gym before? Tell me about the experience.
I have been a gym go-er before, but mostly I just go to the classes, I get lost and intimidated on the gym floor with all the weights machines and free weights section. I’m never sure if what I am doing is right and with all the personal trainers floating around (and not helping unless paid) I figured I’d just stick to what I know, the structure of the classes.
What made you grab a copy of No Equipment No Excuses?
Workouts at home, advice on eating healthy and workout routines set up already to go, what’s not to like? I struggle with putting together workouts; I never know where to start so this was perfect for me.
How have you found the programs in the ebook?
Really enjoying the programs in the book, I’m currently doing the 10 week beginner workout routine and have so far really enjoyed the workouts, as I’m getting through the weeks the workouts are changing and getting harder which I am really enjoying stepping up to the challenge. The contact with you has been fantastic! I’ve had queries about exercises and with my back issues prior to starting week 10 you have offered support and alternatives.
Are you enjoying working out at home?
Really enjoying working out at home, there is less planning involved and it takes less time than getting to the gym and home again. The workouts are simple and I can do them around my kids, or they can join in with me and we all have a good time.
How do you keep yourself motivated to keep going?
The motivation to keep going is at times tough, there is a lot happening in my household which can be distracting and very tiring. But I think of my goals and see myself fitting into clothes I haven’t for a while and I’m motivated to keep going with the exercise. My husband is also on a lifestyle / body transformation so if he can stay on track then so can I. We also motivate each other to keep on track.
What are your long term health and fitness goals?
Weight wise I’d like to be 58-60kg/my fat percentage to be within the healthy range, have a toned/defined body. And mostly to maintain the lifestyle changes that I have achieved so far – healthy eating, all things in moderation enjoy the exercise I do and be a good role model for my kids.
Thanks Bec! You are doing an awesome job and I am looking forward to working with you even more!