What was your motivation to start training with us here at Red E?
My motivation to start training with Red E was all about getting fit. I had been doing some PT sessions with another trainer who moved away from Mackay and I knew that to keep training, I needed ongoing support. A friend of mine had been to a couple of Red E bootcamps and said they were fantastic, so I decided to contact the studio. The time spent with me on the phone to book a consultation, and the positive, friendly and encouraging attitude of Tali in the subsequent session, meant that Red E was an obvious choice.
What were your goals?
My goal was to get ‘fit’ and to be able to run 5km. These were important goals for me as I could see how unfit I was and was always envious of those people who just go out and run. I wanted to be able to do that too. Losing weight was a minor goal for me. While it is important, and something I am still working at, I wanted to really focus on my fitness levels, as opposed to the numbers on the scales.
How have you gone with your goals? What achievements have you made? What benefits do you feel?
I am now able to run for 5km. The first time I did it, I was ridiculously happy! I was the kid who chose to stay home from school to avoid cross country, so being able to run that was a huge accomplishment for me. I am feeling much fitter and more energetic. I am still battling away at losing weight, but my trainers are arming me with so much knowledge, that I know that I will get there. Their support has been unwavering, even when I go backwards at times. The constant encouragement means I am happy to keep working on my goals and have not hit the ‘it’s not worth it as it’s too hard’ mind set.
What did you do to achieve your results?
To achieve my goal of running, I needed to start small. I was given a really useful running program which was easy to follow and stick to. I am trying to put in place all of information that my trainers have given me regarding eating and exercise to get me to meet all of my goals.
What permanent lifestyle changes have you made?
I’ve gone from exercising once or twice a week to doing 3 PT sessions a week, as well as either running or walking three times a week. I’ve also got to the point where I miss it if I don’t do some form of exercise. That is a huge lifestyle change for me. I am not naturally inclined to exercise, so for me to chose to go out and do something is an indication of the progress I have made since starting at Red E.