Fitness Success Story Competition

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Have you got a success story to share? It might be yours, it might be a friends, but we’d love to hear it. Enter our fitness success story competition for a chance to win celebrity trainer Michelle Bridge’s new book Crunch Time.

Tell me how a change in your health and fitness has made a dramatic improvement on your quality of  life. I am looking for you to share your stories no matter how miniscule or monumentous, simply share how fitness has improved your life.

Add your story into the comments section of this post and I will choose a winner next month. I am looking for what you to change your health and fitness and how it has changed your life forever. I can’t wait to read these entries and give Michelle’s book away.

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UPDATE: Winner of the Fitness Success Story Competition

Wow, what a collection of inspiring stories. Real people, real events, real results. Each story will resonate differently in the hearts of readers, but the winner of Michelle Bridge’s book, Crunch Time goes to Abbey Draper. Abbey you have clearly explained how focusing on being healthy rather than losing weight got you where you are today. Also your point about picking short term goals (like running 8km/hr for 5 mins) is a great tip when goal setting. I love that you are such a great role model for your children (and many others I imagine) and that you now live and breathe health and fitness. What a great success story, congratulations! (Abbey please email me the address to send the book to)..

Amelia

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  • Peter J

    Hi Amelia, this is my story. A few years ago I was 38 years old and I realised I had let myself go. A medical scare meant that I had to lose weight. I tried lots of different diets, with varying degrees of success, but my weight would always come back. Then one day I had a bit of a moment and realised that this was not about losing weight, but about just being healthy. I stopped ‘dieting’ and started just eating well. I exercised, starting with swimming and after a couple of months, jogging. Anyway for me , the achievement is not just about the end result of being fit and healthy, but the journey of what I went through has made me mentally fitter too, and i’m a better person for it.

  • Suzy Byrne

    Hi Amelia, I have always been a curvy girl and standing just 5 ft 1 inch, 1/2 kilo looks like 1 kilo!
    I did my first diet at age 12 and am one of those people who seriously has tried it all. I am now 41 and weigh the same as I did at my wedding more than 10 years ago (4 kilos less than when I did my first diet at 12). It has been a battle but for me the single biggest ephiphany was cutting down on carbohydrates. I was such a carb lover (mostly of the healthy, unprocessed variety) that I was perpetually craving sugar…from more carbs. Eating more protein has helped me to lose that constant hunger that kept me going back to the pantry. Lately too, having one on one personal training sessions has made the world of difference.
    Thanks so much for your wonderful newsletter which helps us all stay focused on our well being.

  • Debbie

    I never really had to worry too much about my weight until both my kids started school,and I found I wasnt active enough.I took my son to swimming lessons and thought why not try the gym out while waiting for him.It was as simple as that, just start doing it. I have now lost 20 kilos(I didnt realise i had that much to lose) by doing boxing,RPM,and grabbing any oppertunity to get my heart rate up. I now find I have heaps more energy and want to eat healthier.I think the key to weight loss is finding that happy balance,dont be so hard on yourself if you fall off the wagon, just jump back on.

  • Abbey Draper

    The moment i stopped trying to lose weight on the scales and began realising i could get much more satisfying results from fitness goals i was setting, like being able to jog on the treadmill at 8kph for 5 minutes to being able to run our local lake (2.5km) without stopping. Losing weight became a by product of my new found love for fitness and its instant gratification. Intense resistance training and kickboxing are now the favourite things on my menu! I have now lost over 35kg’s, changed my job to be a personal trainer and working as a leader for weight watchers. I now eat sleep and breath better health and fitness. I now just role model for children and clients. But most of all for a happier healthier me!

  • Kristin A

    Hi Amelia. I was just one of those people who was born chubby and never lost the ‘puppy fat’ like everyone else did. I was always unfit, and never did any sports that might have changed that, despite having a big backyard and owning a bike for most of my childhood. I got to my highest weight of around 90ish kilos when I was in university in 2004. However, my income source dried up and the 12 months after that I was literally a ‘starving uni student’, living on a pittance. By the end of uni, I was down to 63kg. Unfortunately, at this point I moved back home with my parents, had 3 meals a day plus snacks again, and I quickly put weight back on!

    After moving out of home again some months later, I decided to do something about my weight. I was back up to 76kg, and couldn’t struggle up a single flight of steps without being severely out of breath. I found this very embarassing at work! And I was binging on chocolate regularly, to the point where I had chocolate daily, and often binged to the point of feeling sick, after which I would skip normal meals. This had to change!

    Firstly, I found Calorie King, and started tracking my food. After a few weeks I had had some good losses, and thought it was about time to start some exercise. I had recently cancelled my expensive-and-hardly-used gym membership, so I looked for something I could do in my lunch break at work, that didn’t require the gym. I heard about the C25K program (a beginner’s running program) and over the weeks, I learned how to run. It was tough going, but I suddenly -for the first time -had found a form of exercise I enjoyed! Before I had even finished the program, I entered two running races and loved the atmosphere! Then someone on Calorie King mentioned a women’s only, beginner’s triathlon. Next thing I know, I’ve signed up for it! I picked up my old mountain bike from my parents, and had some quick refresher lessons on how to swim. The bike was a breeze, but the swim not so good -I couldn’t even do 25m, and I needed to do 100m in the triathlon! I spent three intense weeks in the pool! And then the day came -and I loved it! I was hooked!

    Since then I’ve spent three more months training 6 days a week, have completed another triathlon, and have my third one this coming weekend. After which I plan to further my running over the winter, and then go back to triathlon next season.

    I’m now getting close to my goal weight of 58kg (currently 59.9kg). I can’t believe how far I’ve come. 12 months ago I was overweight, unfit, and unhappy, but now I’m the lightest I’ve been in my adult life, and bounding with energy! And I’ve discovered that exercise helps me deal with stress better too. Bonus!

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  • http://www.ameliaburton.com.au Amelia Burton

    UPDATE: Winner of the Fitness Success Story Competition

    Wow what a collection of inspiring stories. Real people, real events, real results. Each story will resonate differently in the hearts of readers, but the winner of Michelle Bridge’s book, Crunch Time goes to Abbey Draper. Abbey you have clearly explained how focussing on being healthy rather than losing weight got you where you are today. Also your point about picking short term goals (like running 8km/hr for 5 mins) is a great tip when goal setting. I love that you are such a great role model for your children (and many others I imagine) and that you now live and breathe health and fitness. What a great success story, congratulations! (Abbey please email me the address to send the book to)..

  • http://www.ameliaburton.com.au Amelia Burton

    Peter you are lucky it was a medical ‘scare’ not medical ’cause of death!’ Many people are not as lucky as you and once their ticker goes, it’s no second chances.

  • http://www.ameliaburton.com.au Amelia Burton

    Suzy, your love of carbs is a common trap people fall into and I am glad you’ve managed to curb it. It really is an epiphany isn’t it! Training with a trainer is such a great idea. They will help you stay focussed and continually educate you. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.ameliaburton.com.au Amelia Burton

    Hi Debbie,
    I love your approach. No bells and whistles. You just did it. Actually what you did is very challenging for many because it is changing habits, and the fact that you didn’t really exercise until your kids went to school meant you had to change your habits to fit the training in. Luckily it fitted in with your kids, and lucky you stuck at it. What fantastic results you achieved. You go girlfriend!!!!

  • http://www.ameliaburton.com.au Amelia Burton

    Hi Kristin,
    It sounds like you have been a bit of a yoyo dieter. Very common. But what I love about your story is it really highlights how performance based goals (such as fun run or triathlon) had so much more impact than a weight loss goal. The weight loss has really been a side effect hasn’t it? Yes it may always be in the back of your mind, but I bet it’s your performance goals that have gotten you out of bed, not the desire to lose that last 1.5kg. And yes, it certainly does help with stress (‘Thank God!” exclaims your loved ones!). Great work
    Amelia
    PS Why don’t you enter the half marathon in Sydney on May 17th???

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