Starting Weight: 64.8
Career: Customer Support Manager here at Ashy Bines
Why: Back in 2011, I did the second round of the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge at Burleigh. Before starting this, I was at a job Id fallen out of love with, in quite a tumultuous relationship where I was being called names and abused on a daily basis. My parents had recently separated with one parent having a breakdown and then forming cancer, as well as partying a lot (probably to alleviate the stress, dull out the pain I was feeling and searching for the connection/s I was lacking).
I was extremely unhappy and felt like I had no control over my life, and as stupid as it sounds I started ABBBC because I wanted to shape up so my partner at the time would "love" and be proud of me, and hopefully the horrible names I was being called and the put downs would stop.
This is when my whole life transformed.
The connections, support, and comradery with the girls I trained with was what got me through and made things so much more bearable. Most of them didn’t even know what was going on, but just spending that one hour a day with them, being surrounded by their love,
encouragement and positivity, as well as their belief in me, was the soothing medicine I needed at the time for my soul. Because I had them there beside me it didn’t matter how grueling the session was (Id never trained like this before previously so it was very full on!) or if I wanted to give or honestly felt like dying, I had these amazing women right by my side pushing me and encouraging me, screaming words of encouragement as they were lapping me on the beach stairs.
Soon that voice in my head (that we all have) started to hear what my "squad" were saying and was like "oh ok maybe I can do this, ok maybe I do got this". And from constant and regular sessions this inner voice got stronger, and louder, and more confident and definitely more positive. All of a sudden I realised, I DID HAVE THIS. I WAS STRONG. FUCK I CAN DO ANYTHING!!! I CAN CONQUER THE WORLD!!! and that my self talk and self belief had totally done a 180.
I was a totally different person from who I was to before I started training with Ashy and those previous girls who are still my friends, I had evolved and it was definitely one of those moments in your life that you know nothing can be the way it was again because it has shaped and morphed you into being closer to the person you are meant to be on this earth!
So after a reeeeeally long back story, the reason I now want to do this program is because I want to show other women how honestly life changing this program is and can be, and for them to have the opportunity that I did that honestly changed the course of my life and totally for the better. I want them to know they are not alone, and that with the support of amazing women (like we have in our Squad) that they can do anything and to be inspired to just take that first lil step and keep putting one foot in front of the other whilst we all cheer each other on.
Goals: I would really like to drop half a kilo of body fat every week. To feel in control of my body and gain balance in my life
Biggest Weakness: BREAD!!!!!!!!
Fear(s): That I’m not in control of my body I guess. That it doesn’t matter how hard I feel like I’m working, that nothing will change
Greatest Success: hmmmm,this is a toughie! That Im still breathing? haha
I’m probably most proud that (I like to think) , I’m pretty positive and resilient person when faced with fairly tough situations or life throws you curve balls. I’m proud that at my core I’m really drawn to trying to be a person of service and support in this world. I’m proud that I am a maternal and nurturing being without having to have a partner or human children. I am proud that I am passionate, OTT, and a very loyal person
Fave Things: Walking my dogs (I live in a beautiful part of the world surrounded by creeks and beaches so our walks are beautiful and Bongo loves to have a swim on the way). Strolling through weekend farmers markets. Galavanting and exploring new places on a sunday road trip (normally over the border). Being in rainforests and going for lil day hikes Lighting some candles and incense and having a dance in my kitchen. Being on the broadwater and marooning on a sand bank or exploring an island or section that can’t be gotten to by car. Food date catch ups with my amazing girlfriends
Quote:"If you think you can or you think you cant, either way you are right"
Advice for girls thinking about doing the challenge: DO IT!!!! Whatever it is you're searching for, you will find it in this program!!! But remember that you get back what you put in xxx