My journey into health and fitness has paved an interesting course over my lifetime thus far. I was an all-round athlete from a very young age excelling at indoor soccer (Futsal) and representing Australia internationally at only 14 years old.
I was a very confident, intelligent kid, succeeded in everything I did and had a large circle of friends. However though, my life took an unexpected turn at aged 15 when my mum decided I needed to lose weight. I was 50kg (110lbs) at the time. The emotionally bullying tormented me and I began to console myself with food. Peanut butter, white chocolate and tim tams were my foods of choice and a ten year battle with binge eating began. A hatred with my body image became my reality and I started over training, my grades dropped and I became obsessed with ‘getting skinny’. This however did one thing, it sparked my interest in nutrition. After graduating high school I completed a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Nutrition. I also joined the local gym and became hooked on weight training.
My desire to create my ultimate body led me to trialing every nutrition plan available at the time. The one thing that I wasn’t working on was mindset and letting go of my past. I would get great results for a period of time BUT then a stressful event would occur and I’d resort back to my binge eating ways and self-sabotage myself.
After graduating uni I scored an amazing position as an Account Manager for a natural medicine company, becoming one of the youngest reps in the industry at the time. I also moved out of home, away from that toxic environment, joined a new gym and met some girls who were competing in figure competitions. I decided that I wanted to do that do. Deep down my self-talk was that comp prep was the secret to staying lean for life… How wrong was I! Two years of competing, overtraining, messing up my metabolism and I was in an even worse place physically and mentally than before.
In September of 2009, a friend introduced me to the world of BlogSpot. It was here I found inspiration. I started connecting with some amazing girls within the fitness industry and thought it was time to share my journey and start the healing process and work towards finding a balanced me. It wasn’t long until I came across Kelly Olexa’s blog- the Kelly O show. I loved her sass and humour and looked forward to her daily Vlog. We soon connected and became blogger friends. (More about us later!) I actually have Kelly to thank for the next breakthrough in my journey – intermittent fasting (IF). (Do yourself a favour and read Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon, it’ll change your life!)
Intermittent Fasting released me from the shackles of eating every few hours that the fitness industry brainwashes you to do. It allowed me to understand the difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger. It allowed me to reset my appetite- eat when hungry, stop when full. And most importantly, I began to take control over my mind once again. As my weight and body fat began to drop, my self-confidence began to blossom and I started to see a world of opportunities. I became heavily interested in psychology, personal development, and property investment. In 2012 I switched industries and became National Sales Manager for a sport supplement company. Fast-forward to 2014, I switched companies again and an opportunity for an interstate promotion allowed me to pack my bags and move to the other side of Australia. I now live in Perth, the most beautiful city in the country!
That same year, I started following Layne Norton which sparked my interest in macros, flexible dieting and powerlifting. Training specifically for performance and not aesthetics was a new concept to me and I quickly found a sense of empowerment from becoming strong. I really loved the compound lifts and the euphoric feelings of hitting PBs however I tweaked my back one morning doing squats which put me out of action for a good few months. The other downside was that I had become an anti-cardio Nazi and a holiday to Thailand in 2016 had me hurling my guts up at a Crossfit camp! It was a wakeup call and I had me asking ‘How did I get so unfit!?’ Not long after my partner and I got back from our trip I joined Movement Co- a functional training facility where I specialise in calisthenics, gymnastics and a touch of Crossfit. To date, I train hard 5 days a week + a few beach walks here and there. I am the strongest version of myself. My flexibility and mobility has gone through the roof, I’m working towards Front Levers, Flags, Muscle Ups and I recently deadlifted 120kg (264lbs).
My macros are at happy amounts – 1800-2000cals depending on my goals. I still incorporate Intermittent Fasting when I feel the need to tighten up. My partner and I enjoy eating out a couple times a week, we don’t obsess about foods and I don’t remember the last time I binged. I get quarterly Dexa scans, do a weekly weigh in and use MyFitnessPal to keep me accountable.
I’ve learnt that there are always going to be stressful periods in life but that I am responsible for the life I lead and the decisions I make. I keep a vision board in my office with all my goals and strategic plans on it, I listen to podcasts on the daily and surround myself with the most amazing people. These are my foundations for a beautiful and successful life.
The coolest part of this whole journey and the title of my blog happened back on the 2nd November 2015. I had flown over to NYC for a two week holiday to celebrate my 30th Birthday and staying with my Auntie in Manhattan. I had just got back from Central Park and was randomly scrolling through Facebook… And what do I see? Kelly Olexa had just checked into a hotel in NYC… 4 subway stations away from where I was staying!!! My Auntie and I were seeing Chicago on Broadway (a block away from Kelly’s hotel) that night so I messaged Kelly on the off chance that she had an hour spare to meet for the first time!! Two hours later we were drinking coconut lattes and chatting away like long lost friends. Sometimes the stars align in the craziest of ways but I know for sure we’ll be friends for life. #thepowerofsocialmedia
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