What happened to Jess? Where did I go? I just wasn’t me anymore.
This Christmas 2012 I went back to my home town of Yamba and I caught up with all my friends. Wow! Had I really put on that much weight? Well compared to my friends in my photos I had. It was these photos that made me horrified. I was always fit, healthy and energetic but after having my daughter nearly 6 years ago, it all fell flat. What was I doing wrong?
When I turned 41 I felt a change in my body and I knew I was slowing down a lot. I was not eating correctly and being a shift worker saw me pick up bad habits and buy quick easy meals. I had no energy; I was tired, grumpy and saw myself yelling at my daughter at the slightest thing! I knew something had to change and that it was ME that had to change.
While on holidays I picked up the “Oxygen Magazine” issue Jan/Feb 2013 and wished I was looking like the girls in the Mag! There was an ad from Ideal Bodies Online in there on exactly page 79… ”Get a Slim Sexy Body Fast”. It wasn’t the tag line but rather the woman whose amazing transformation I saw! I felt like her before photo… That was me and I wanted to change. Tosca Reno was also in there with a story and knowing she is in her fifties gave me more courage to change. If I’m 42 and she’s 53 then for sure I could do this. Then I saw Lesley Maxwell, who is 56, just AMAZING. Was this a sign? Everything here was staring me in the face as if the universe was talking to me… “Come on Jess! Move it! You can do it!”
So I logged into Ideal Bodies Online and I’ve never looked back. They supplied me with the nutrition and the exercise plans and based it around my shift work too. I thought this was great!
There were no real hurdles after seeing it all in front of me and I knew I could do this. What also helped was the knowing that the forum in Ideal Bodies Online were of women over 40 doing the same thing and I felt comfortable and a sense of calm knowing this.
In the end it’s your choice, no one else’s; no one can do it for you. If it’s to be, it up to me! This was my mantra all day every day. IF IT’S TO BE, IT’S UP TO ME!
Thanks to my feedback coach Carly for all the wonderful support along the way. And thank you to my partner Paul and my daughter Kobi for encouraging me along the way.