“My story is probably not unlike many other women my age. I am a busy mum, working fulltime and trying to juggle several hats at any one time. I feel like I have been on one form of diet or another my entire adult life. I have tried anything and everything, you name the ‘diet’ and I have probably tried it. I have ‘struggled’ all my life with feeling comfortable in my own skin, resulting in yoyo dieting. I bounced back and forth between a size 10/12-14. I had my ‘go to’ diet, counting points/calories and when I became unhappy I’d try something new. All of them worked for a period of time but long term none were maintainable and really resulted in an ‘all or nothing’ diet mentality, which really just perpetuated years of yoyo dieting. I have always been one of those girls who had to work; damn hard to get results and to loose the smallest amount of weight, in my mind I only wanted to loose and maintain that allusive 5kgs.
As my work commitments increased over the last few I managed to go to the gym less and less and eventually not at all; exercise was limited to the odd run each week. I began to blame lack of exercise for my slow weight increase and felt like I had to settle and come to terms with the fact that this was me.
With my 40th birthday looming, I became determined I would not face my celebrations feeling unhappy in my own skin and so yet again I was going to ‘start’ over. It was my husband who said “enough, try something different”.
It was around the same time that a Kim Beach live feed came across my facebook page. Whilst watching it intently, I asked Kim a couple of question and my cousin who was watching it online too, almost immediately contacted me and asked if I had done #noexcuses. With that begun a conversation, recommendations and results from my cousin that I could not ignore. My decision was also influenced by the notion that 80% of my results would be affected directly by what I ate and 20% exercise. I requested a ‘sample’ and signed up for #noexcuses.
I promised myself I would follow the food element as close as I could, knowing and hoping that I would be able to maintain that. I also didn’t want to kid myself about the amount of exercise I would ‘suddenly’ find time to do. I was determined to increase my exercise but not dwell on what I couldn’t do, but rather what I did do well. Throughout the program Kim and the ladies in the support groups reiterate the notion of ‘aim for consistency not perfection’.
I didn’t find it hard to get into a rhythm with my food and felt like the program was a breath of fresh air, I wasn’t counting calories, I was eating clean, whole food and lots of it. I was genuinely enjoying being on the program. I was full and satisfied and my cravings for sweet things diminished; impressive for the ‘biggest sweet tooth’ EVER! The obvious weight loss I was achieving was certainly also helping with motivation and consistency.
I was and still am absolutely astonished at my results. The weeks went faster than I thought and my results were better than I could have ever imagined! I initially lost 6.5kg and 31cm over all, I was smaller than I could ever remember. I went on and did #noexcuseslife and said goodbye a further 2kgs.
I have maintained my 8.5kg weight loss following the principles that I have learnt. This has been the best thing I have ever done for myself, it has been a life changing program and for that I will be ever so grateful for the support from Kim and her gorgeous Beachfit ladies. This is something I will continue to do and would highly recommend it to other ladies like myself.”