Karen 53 {weightloss, fitness}

Q&A with Karen (53) – Manager at QUT

Why did you decide start personal training and wellness coaching?
Overweight, health issues, miserable, stressed, exhausted… basically sick of myself! I knew I had to do something but could not do it by myself. I sent an email to the gym at my Uni campus and Chris replied … how lucky was I!karen1

January 2014 – Sad and ready to be saved!

What goals did you have when you first met Chris?
To get healthier, happier, and less stressed by losing weight and getting fitter.

Did you have any injuries or special concerns that you needed Chris to be able to work around or improve?
My doctor had prescribed heart medication which I was reluctant to begin. All tests indicated my heart issues were due to stress, anxiety and being unfit and overweight.

What changes or achievements do you feel you’ve made to your fitness and well-being to date?
I’ve lost around 25kg … a few more to go, I do not take any medication, and I exercise regularly, eat well and drink very little alcohol. Through a varied program, including yoga, I think I am probably in the best shape I’ve been for over 20 years.karen3

November 2014 …. The grandson that I could hardly lift into the pram in January 2014, who is now 2 and weighed 18 kg in this photo – I carried up Mt Coolum. An then I carried his cousin, my 3 year old grandson all the way down.

How do you feel now, compared to before you started your program?
Fantastic, wonderful, great…. Almost awesome! … have a bit more work to do but I will get there.

What sort of training have you been doing?
Flexibility, strength and cardio …. Yoga, running, weights … anything Chris tells me to do!

How many sessions do you do each week?
I plan for at least once a day for 5-6 days of the week.

Do you train on your own sometimes? Or do you only do the sessions with Chris?
Currently I have two sessions a week with Chris, I like that because he works out a program of things to do that I would not necessarily do by myself; we talk a lot too, which I really like. Checking in with Chris keeps me highly motivated; on the days I don’t train with Chris I like to run, bike, or do a yoga class – some days it’s just taking a nice long walk.

How do you find the nutritional program and guidance?
With Chris’s guidance I have been re-educated and reminded about nutritional ‘value’ of what I prepare at home and choose when eating out. I come from a family of cooks where every event is about ‘the food’. I still love to cook but now only fill up my cupboard and fridge with the items that are healthy, nutritious and guilt free … except for the dark chocolate!

What line has Chris used during training that made you chuckle or roll your eyes? ‘
“Your other left!”
“We’ve only done that a thousand times.”
…. I am such a bad listener.

What are your favourite words of wisdom from Chris that have really struck a chord for you?
Where do I start… Chris has an old head on some young shoulders …. I think he identifies well with the ups and downs of life. He has a lovely way of helping you deal with what life might throw at you and to build the resilience to cope, not give up and to get on with it.

How has Chris helped or supported you with achieving your goals?
Just by being there …. I don’t know how he manages to keep up with the demands of all his clients… heaven knows I’ve had my ‘needy’ weeks where I must have driven him mad.

What part of your training program do you enjoy most?
I like nearly all of it – I like the variation – With Chris introducing new things every week I don’t get time to get bored either.

What part of your training program do you enjoy least?
Lunges, lunges, lunges…. Oh and that rowing machine AHHH!

How did you find out about Chris?
A desperate email to the gym at my Uni campus where I work.Karen2

 10km QUT Classic run – May 2015

Would you recommend Chris to your friends and family? Have you recommended Chris to your friends and family?
Yes I would and I have 🙂

What’s your next health and fitness goal and how are you planning to achieve it?
To stay healthy and fit – remember where I’ve been and where I want to be … have goals but not to get too hung up about the future… and always have a trainer or some support structure in place.

How has your life changed since you started your program? How do you feel?
Working with Chris has given me the opportunity to reflect on how I want my life to look – I have realised just how important it is to take the time to think about, and appreciate the relationship I want to have with myself and others around me. I still have my not so awesome and very ordinary weeks, but I’m not as hard on myself as I used to be – I know it will pass and I just have to hang in there, keep going … And as Chris says… don’t screw up all his hard work!

Any other experiences, thoughts or background you’d like to share?
A lot of people think that paying for a trainer is a luxurious indulgence – I really admire those who can stay motivated and focused on an individual wellness program by themselves – most of us cannot do that. Paying for the service of an experienced trainer is probably the best and most important gift you can give yourself 🙂

Thanks for sharing your experience Karen!