Hannah is a busy mum who went on a journey to transform her mind and body in 2015. Her new found energy instantly jumps out at you and that combined with her positivity and desire to inspire others is probably what has seen her grow a loyal and dedicated Instagram following. Hannah shares her story of body image, weight loss and transformation.
Growing up, I was always overweight. From the age of about two years old I was off the charts in my weight and height and I continued that way until I reached adulthood. I was a happy and healthy child, I had lots of friends and a wonderful family. It wasn’t until the age of about 10, when most girls become aware of their bodies and body image, that I began to realise that I was much bigger than my peers.
I reached 105kg by the time I was 12 years old and in year 7 wore a women’s size 16-18. For me, food was comfort, a boredom buster and just something I turned to for any reason I could think of. I think it can be that way for a lot of people.
By the end of my last year of high school I had reached my highest weight of 113kg. I ate my stress away and wasn’t really conscious of just what I was eating. I used to eat healthy food but just far too much of it.
Between finishing high school and when I fell pregnant with my daughter I had lost 10kg trying everything from eating nothing but lettuce and tuna and seeing a personal trainer who made me feel like rubbish. During my pregnancy I developed a strange relationship with food and eating. I became very cautious about everything I ate and very anxious about hygiene and the pregnancy food guidelines. As a result, after having my daughter I was another 10kg lighter than I was pre-pregnancy.
I then over the next 18 months yo-yo dieted again and again, gaining and losing that same 10kg. It wasn’t until a friend of mine who was doing Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation came over and made me one of the meals from the program that I thought, hey maybe I should give this a go.
I began my first round of 12WBT on the 2nd of February 2015. By the end of the first round I had lost 16kg. But not only that, I had completely changed my mindset in relation to food and my body, and my fitness was the best it had ever been. So I decided to sign up for another round that began immediately after my first round.
Sticking with the program, I managed to lose another 16kg and between February and July of 2015 I lost 32kg. I went from a size 18 to now a size 8 and I have been maintaining my loss since then. I feel so much happier and stronger and most importantly I feel like I have the energy to keep up with my busy two year old.
I still enjoy delicious “treat” food often, I just don’t trick myself into thinking that it’s okay to sit down to a movie with an entire block of Cadbury chocolate and eat it for myself like I used to. I am more in tune with how food and exercise makes my body feel, and I strive to eat and move in a way that maintains a feeling of good health.
If I could give any advice it would be to find what works for you and stick with it. We all have setbacks along the way, weight loss is not a straight decline, and there are ups and downs like most things. Don’t try to compete with anyone else but yourself, only focus on being better than you were the day before. And if you have days where you aren’t, that’s okay too, just remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing. For me it was so that I could join in the fun and no longer sit on the sidelines like I used to, and to stop my weight from holding me back. Especially now that I have my daughter to have so much fun with.
Have you been on a similar journey to Hannah?
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