12 week fat loss challenge

fat loss challenge

This is the story of 6 Innervate Health and Fitness Sydney personal training clients (and one Sydney Personal Trainer : Lisa Brown) and their individual journeys during a 12 week body transformation challenge of: no wheat, no processed sugar, no alcohol and of course training hard.

Mel’s story

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I’m Mel, I’m in my mid-thirties and have been prioritising my career over my health, I’ve been using chocolate and/or wine to get me through each deadline and kept promising myself I would go on a “diet” when I’m less stressed!

Why did you decide to get involved in the 12 week fat loss challenge?
Lisa had been telling me about the challenge and encouraging me to join and it sounded exactly like the kick start I needed but I was about to go on a ski trip to Japan and knew it wasn’t feasible to not have a sake or two while away. After a few weeks travelling around Japan, we arrived at the ski resort and on day one I went to get ready for skiing and my ski pants were too tight – I had to go and hire a pair and missed the first day of skiing. It was a reality check and I came home determined to lose weight, feel better and stop making excuses.

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what exercise did you do outside of your personal training sessions?
I did two hill sessions a week in Sydney Park and also started walking to work a few days a week.

Tell us about the nutrition side
It’s amazing how many things sugar is in that you don’t even think about. I kept to unprocessed whole foods – primarily following a paleo style diet with the addition of dairy. I did think about barbeque sauce quite a lot but apart from that I actually didn’t find that I missed anything that much, even the alcohol wasn’t such a big deal.



What was the best thing about the challenge?
Whilst I went into the challenge focusing on weight loss and I was really happy with the weight loss I achieved, what I really benefitted from was how much better I felt in general. I had much higher energy levels; I was sleeping better and was calmer in my approach to any stressful situations. I loved the group atmosphere also; we were all really supportive of each other so if you were having a tough day everyone else was there to keep you motivated. There were a lot of laughs along the way – especially Hayden’s countdown to having a Maxibon.



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What were the biggest challenges/obstacles you faced?
The hardest thing was going out and not drinking, I still socialised but I did say no to a few invitations that I would have normally gone to as I knew there was only so many times a week I could go out and still stay focused on my goal. In general though it was actually so much easier than I thought it would be, after the first few days I just felt so much better that I enjoyed it and was getting such good results it was motivating to keep focused.

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Mel after a a big lifting session



What did you learn?
Maybe I’m not as neurotic as I think I am – if I just exercise and eat properly I’m much calmer! 



What physical results did you get?
I lost 13.2kgs and the ski pants that were too tight for me are now too big – I need to go down a size or two.

What advice would you give others?

You have to be organised and have groceries in the house and good back up options for socialising. I dedicated a fair amount of time into planning each week to make sure I wasn’t in too many situations that I found challenging.

I lost 13.2kgs and the ski pants that were too tight for me are now too big – I need to go down a size or two.

How has it been for you since the challenge finished?

I miss it, I didn’t realise how sluggish alcohol and sugar make you feel and whilst I have introduced them back in moderation I have noticed I don’t feel anywhere near as good as I did during the challenge. I am still exercising a lot more than prior to the challenge and I have taken up hiking on weekends – Sydney has some beautiful walks that I had never explored before.

What now?

I want to do another challenge. I would still like to lose a few more kgs but am about to go travelling for work so I am focusing on maintenance for the next month and once I get back I want to do it all over again.


would you do something like this again?

Absolutely – I loved it!

Look out for the next blog, it will be Grant’s story of his 12 week challenge.

Do you want to lose fat, tone up and transform your body like Mel? Get in touch with us and we can help you create change.


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What you're saying...

Before I started with you guys I couldn’t tie my shoes without pain. I could never have imagined I would now be dead lifting and squatting pain free. Thank you so much.

Robert

2015-04-21T13:32:54+00:00

Robert

Before I started with you guys I couldn’t tie my shoes without pain. I could never have imagined I would now be dead lifting and squatting pain free. Thank you so much.
I grabbed the sides of my jacket and started to breathe in to get the buttons done up and to my surprise I no longer needed to breathe in!!!!! I am so happy. 15 kgs down and i’m pumped about buying a new smaller size jacket soon.

Jo

2015-04-21T13:35:00+00:00

Jo

I grabbed the sides of my jacket and started to breathe in to get the buttons done up and to my surprise I no longer needed to breathe in!!!!! I am so happy. 15 kgs down and i’m pumped about buying a new smaller size jacket soon.
Jean has been a very pivotal part in my life changing and I have lost 13 kilos since April this year.  I am very excited to be going to what she calls “another level in training” next year. She is fantastic!!

Tanya

2015-04-21T13:41:47+00:00

Tanya

Jean has been a very pivotal part in my life changing and I have lost 13 kilos since April this year.  I am very excited to be going to what she calls “another level in training” next year. She is fantastic!!
My staff train twice a week with Innervate: once before work and once after. They absolutely love it, they tell all their friends and more importantly all of our clients how amazing we are for putting it on for them. It is well worth the small (tax deductable) spend”

Matt Stubbs - Stubbs Design Tribe

2015-04-21T13:46:26+00:00

Matt Stubbs - Stubbs Design Tribe

My staff train twice a week with Innervate: once before work and once after. They absolutely love it, they tell all their friends and more importantly all of our clients how amazing we are for putting it on for them. It is well worth the small (tax deductable) spend”
I could not wish for a better or more supportive personal trainer. Your life - commitment to fitness shines through and its been a blessing to share this with you.

Nicci

2015-04-21T13:50:26+00:00

Nicci

I could not wish for a better or more supportive personal trainer. Your life – commitment to fitness shines through and its been a blessing to share this with you.
Josie ROCKS! She walks the walk and talks the talk. She is a total inspiration to me and I TOTALLY love training with her.

Mal

2015-04-21T13:52:53+00:00

Mal

Josie ROCKS! She walks the walk and talks the talk. She is a total inspiration to me and I TOTALLY love training with her.
I’ve had such an amazing time training, my body feels completely transformed, I think the last time I was this toned I was like 22! I’ve dropped nearly 5.5kgs and my goal weight is very much in my grasp, my waist has gone from 35” to 29” I am over the moon with these results and we actually have a laugh in-between the intense parts….. which makes it all the more bearable.

Rebecca

2015-04-21T13:54:51+00:00

Rebecca

I’ve had such an amazing time training, my body feels completely transformed, I think the last time I was this toned I was like 22! I’ve dropped nearly 5.5kgs and my goal weight is very much in my grasp, my waist has gone from 35” to 29” I am over the moon with these results
It has been great seeing staff reaching their personal goals, becoming fitter and healthier, reducing their stress and having fun in a team environment. I view the training as an investment in the health & happiness of my staff. They definitely appreciate it – I often get thanked or told how much fun they are having. I consider the training part of the formula for happy & engaged staff.

Jonathon Lewis - General Optical Pty Ltd

2015-04-21T13:55:33+00:00

Jonathon Lewis - General Optical Pty Ltd

It has been great seeing staff reaching their personal goals, becoming fitter and healthier, reducing their stress and having fun in a team environment. I view the training as an investment in the health & happiness of my staff. They definitely appreciate it – I often get thanked or told how much fun they are
I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying training with Hanna. I am already seeing results and she is really challenging me. So, so, so happy.

Emily

2015-04-21T14:02:26+00:00

Emily

I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying training with Hanna. I am already seeing results and she is really challenging me. So, so, so happy.
Danielle kicks ass. She comes with something new each week, lots of variety and everyone is loving it and getting fit as!

Stu

2015-04-21T14:03:17+00:00

Stu

Danielle kicks ass. She comes with something new each week, lots of variety and everyone is loving it and getting fit as!
Lisa, my gorgeous Personal Trainer. I hope you know how fantastic you are. You are goddam amazing and such a gift to me and planet Earth.

Jane

2015-04-21T14:05:27+00:00

Jane

Lisa, my gorgeous Personal Trainer. I hope you know how fantastic you are. You are goddam amazing and such a gift to me and planet Earth.