"I didn’t want to go on holidays feeling like I didn’t want to go swimming with my boys and I didn’t want to hide my body under a T-shirt and board shorts"
I remember not being able to sleep one night, that was the night I contacted Megan at a ridiculous hour in the morning.
I was 20 weeks pregnant with my second child, had a 10 month old and gestational diabetes. I was fearful that I was going in the wrong direction health wise and I wanted to do something about it.
Realistically every excuse which could have prevented me from starting this journey.
My husband worked away, I wasn't sleeping well. I was working 20 hours a week in my hair salon and I suffered high blood pressure in my first pregnancy.
I decided then that I wasn’t going to make excuses because I was pregnant and I had to eat healthy for myself, my whole family and the little one growing inside me.
I’m just going to make this happen.
Initially my only goal was to do my best to prevent pre-term labor, control my blood pressure and gestational diabetes. Megan was great, she helped me focus on making small and manageable changes to my lifestyle.
Through working with her during my pregnancy I managed to make it to 38 weeks!
I decided to keep going post-partum because I didn't want to go through the rest of my life feeling unhappy with my weight.
I didn’t want to go swimming with my boys feel like I needed to hide my body under a T-shirt and board shorts. I wanted to be that fun energetic parent I always pictured myself being and to be happy and mentally stable.
I wanted to have energy and give my children the best of me everyday and I want to be patient and teach them how to be confident which is something that I have always struggled with..
This journey hasn't been easy
I've never has a single day where I've 'eaten perfectly' and I've never had a single week where I've managed to 'get all of my exercise in'. I've craved carbs and given in to those cravings on multiple occasions but it has become easier and I now find that I am not craving the carbs like I used to.
I am still sleep deprived with a 6 month old baby but the exercise helps with my energy levels and has boosted my mental capacity which keeps me on track.
I've been overwhelmed, had a lot going on at times but I kept in close contact with Megan and never shut down.
Turning up to our 6 week check ins would always give me a little extra motivation because I saw progress and If I didn't I knew how to fix it.
I now fit into a size 9 pair of jeans that I haven't worn for almost 2 years and I'm stoked they fit me.
After having my photos taken I felt more confident and I can fit into a size 10 bikini and not feel self conscious now when I go on holidays.
I have learnt how to implement this program to suit my lifestyle. I have learnt that less is more and to listen to my body and not to stress and be so critical of myself.
When I started I was scared.
I had no idea what MP was all about and before I met with Megan, I was mentally prepared thinking I would have to go home and cook up chicken and broccoli and measure everything and have to report back and possibly get frowned upon if I did the wrong thing but to my delight it was the total opposite.
My perception was totally wrong and it is so nice to feel supported and that it is ok to have ups and downs and that we’re all human.
I have noticed a change in my attitude and that if I have a bad day i find it so much easier to get back on the wagon and focus because I have goals and by following the weekly tasks, reading the material provided and even just getting on Facebook and watching other people’s posts and journeys it keeps me on track and even if I get too busy to actually submit my weekly tasks I am still using them as a guide week by week.
My habits have also changed dramatically and I have noticed that I am making better choices with food and that being prepared is key in continuing to succeed.
I feel that if I continue to educate myself and repeat what I am doing and just be honest that each program and each week will become more of a habit and therefore it doesn’t feel like a chore or hard work.
I feel I have gained respect for myself and I can say that I feel proud of what I have achieved so far knowing that I am not 100% compliant but I am exited to keep pushing because I have goals and I want to get better every day.
"Kerri is in for 2019 and this Mumma wants abs next year!"
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