When Dan first asked me to write about my progress so far, I didn't really think that I had achieved very much at all and certainly nothing worth writing about. Apparently I've lost 4kg since starting 9 months ago and, to be honest, I was quite disappointed to hear that. I thought "4kg, that's not much at all. There's others at the gym who have lost much more than that and in a much shorter period of time. 4kg is nothing compared to them. What could possibly be motivating about 4kg?"
But then I took a step back and thought about where I would be if I hadn't started at Results Room ...
Back in 2012, I used to belong to another gym in town, but it was small, it was cramped, there were too many people and it was not a pleasant place to be. I was training for a half-marathon and so I was running on a regular basis and playing squash regularly.
St Patrick's Day, March 2013 was half-marathon day and it was a shocker. I made it to 15km and then everything seized up and the last 6km were awful. I could hardly walk let alone run, but I made it across the finish line and even managed to run the last 1km.
After that day, I just stopped running and stopped playing squash. I was still going to the gym occasionally, but was just going through the motions. I wasn't accountable to anyone and, other than doing a few weights, wasn't doing any regular exercise at all.
Fast forward to January 2014 and I had put on 10kg. I was 70kg and hated it. I knew I needed to do something to get back to exercising regularly and getting back to my ideal weight. Looking back over 2013 I knew that I didn't have what it takes to do it on my own. I needed a fresh start and so decided to find a new gym and get a personal trainer. I had injured my shoulder at the end of 2013 and my physio suggested I check out Results Room and recommended Nikki as a trainer.
Since then I haven't looked back. Nikki moved to the U.K. in August and I'm now training with Kasey. I'm in the gym twice a week and try to run twice a week with an occasional squash session or bike ride thrown in as well. I've lost 4kg with another 6kg to go towards my main goal.
As I mentioned at the start, 4kg doesn't seem like much. If I'd been as strict with my diet and exercise as I should be, I could have lost 10kg by now, but I have good weeks and bad weeks. Overall, the good weeks outnumber the bad.
As for where I would be if I hadn't started at Results Room - based on last year's efforts, rather than losing 4kg, I would probably have put on another 10kg. So maybe I should look at it from that point of view. If I hadn't got back in the gym I could be 80kg by now, instead of 66kg. That's 14kg difference and maybe that's what I should be proud of.