This week we share Josie Saunders’ fantastic testimonial and transformation since joining the Citywide Fitness fam.
CF: Before finding Citywide, what was your struggle? What were your biggest frustrations?
JS: I have struggled with my weight since the end of high school when I decided that drinking Stones Green Ginger wine and smoking in the bushes was way cooler than running cross country.
I had always been the only overweight person in my family and had talked myself into believing that fat was more fun and an easier way to be, because I could eat and drink what I wanted without having to think about self control. I took on a bit of a yobbo persona and relied on my ability to binge drink extraordinary amounts of alcohol and be a clown to get acceptance and recognition from the people around me.
I guess my biggest frustration was that I actually hated who I was, to a point, and I wished I was fit and healthy and beautiful. I wanted to take control but it was easier to tell myself I was ok the way I was.
CF: How did your struggles and frustrations affect your life? What did you feel like before you made your transformation?
JS: I pretty much hit rock bottom when my Mum had a 60s themed party for her 60th birthday and I had to go dressed as a whoopie cushion because I couldn’t squeeze into anything more glamorous. It was a funny costume but a sad realisation and not long after I decided it was time to take some action.
I tried a few different approaches – fat shakes and an online program through which I had some success, however I got bored and frustrated being told what to eat and when, day in day out. I also had a membership to one of those 24 key pass gyms which I hated using. I found it boring and scary because the only thing I knew how to do was run on the treadmill. The weight area was a no go zone for me, I had no idea how to use any of the equipment and I found all the burly 19 year old footy players very intimidating. So, I began the transition back into my old habits. Two pies and a sausage roll from the bakehouse at 3am > waking up early to stare at a wall and run for 45 minutes any day!
CF: How did our program help you?
JS: Signing up to the 28 day challenge was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I saw the ad on Facebook and thought I had just sent an enquiry. 5 minutes later I had a coach on the phone telling me when to come in for a meet and greet so I could get started. I remember getting off the phone and thinking “O Ohhh, I’m actually doing this!” I was terrified but my fear turned to excitement as soon as I walked through the door into the success seminar.
The program has helped me tremendously with my mindset and I have, and continue to, gain knowledge about exercise, nutrition and mindset that enable me to make positive choices for myself. I keep the wisdom of the coaches in the forefront of my mind every day. Even if I make a choice that is potentially detrimental to my progress I know it’s not the end of the world, I can now be kind to myself and move past it without wallowing in pastry for a year.
I find a lot of comfort in knowing there is a challenge I can join every 28 days when I feel like going solo isn’t working very well and I need some extra accountability. I have done 4 challenges in the last 12 months. Who knows where I’d be without them.
CF: How is life different for you now?
JS: Well I can use my whoopie cushion costume as a swag when i go camping now so that’s a bonus! I have lost weight and have a new found love for group exercise, but i think the most important thing for me is that I have a much stronger ‘can do’ attitude and a more positive outlook on life.
I look forward to sweating before the sun comes up, I am more aware of my body and what I need to do to keep it happy and I am not content with lazy any more. I still binge drink like a crazy woman on occasion but I do it for fun now, not approval or recognition. Citywide has added a new dimension to my character and has helped me discover a part of me that I like. Life is good!