Talene

“I was not a large person, in fact I was the opposite. I had a very poor diet which consisted of junk food and I would constantly have an upset stomach which gave me bloating, wind and constipation.  I was malnourished and borderline anorexic… When I finally understood how to feed my body and how to take care of myself – my life changed.”I was not a large person, in fact I was the opposite. I had a very poor diet which consisted of junk food and I would constantly have an upset stomach which gave me bloating, wind and constipation.  I was malnourished and borderline anorexic. I weighed a frail 53 kilos and my height is 169. I know everyone thinks they want to be the skinny girl and say“sure I would trade any day to eat what I want and look like you.” But what if every time you looked in the mirror you saw a teenage girl not a woman and felt so unhealthy? I felt tired and lethargic all the time. I over worked and starved myself and when I would finally eat – it consisted of something big, bulky and heavy. I felt that I needed to make a change because my health wasn’t heading in a good direction.

I joined the gym several times but would get so unmotivated because I would be confused or shy and unsure what to do.

My cross fit journey began 3 years ago. I went in search of a place I could go where I’m showed and taught what to do instead of having to figure it out for myself. I joined to do a 30 day challenge and my life changed forever.

I couldn’t back out of it because I committed myself to do this. My sister in-law and I did it together so we didn’t want to let each other down. Although my first thought was“How am I going to train 5 days a week I barely get 2 seconds to myself usually?”. Was it easy? Hell no!! The first 2 weeks I was hurting and scared asking myself is this was a good pain. I kept thinking – what am I doing to my body? I couldn’t sit or roll over in my sleep. My husband thought I was crazy, but my coaches didn’t let up. I remember one day I could barely drive my car home because my poor leg was shaking. I had to keep going because giving up was not me. I knew I didn’t feel healthy and wanted to. So, I never gave up.

When I finally understood how to feed my body and how to take care of myself – my life changed. 30 days past and I couldn’t stop, I couldn’t go back to my old ways. I realised how important this time was for me. I put ME first for once because I can’t care for my family and myself if I’m not healthy. I never thought I could fit in this time until I realised I needed to make this a priority for myself. My stomach has changed, I caused a lot of damage in the past but with the right diet I am able to control it. I am the fittest and healthiest I have ever been. I wouldn’t change this feeling for the world.

I owe so much of this to Revolution X for teaching me about nutrition, guiding me to make healthy choices and believing in me to make this a permanent change. From day one the coaches have helped me become the person I am today. My skill and technique have been taught by the best. I love all the support and encouragement around me at Revolution X by staff and members. I always feel welcomed and I have formed lifelong friendships. I enjoy training with all my friends. It’s not a chore, it’s my escape for 1 hour and I am the happiest, healthiest and a much better mother for it. I am now a proud 61kg.