Now that you know a little bit about us and how G-Train began we decided it’s time for you to get to know your fellow G-Trainers. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be putting our ‘proud parents’ hats on and sharing two very dedicated G-Trainer’s journeys with you.
Earlier this year we sat down with Georgie and Matt as they decided it was time to start putting their health and fitness first. Over the past few months we have been supporting, pushing and documenting their fitness journey to help them achieve their goals and now it’s time for you get to know them!
This week we’ll be sharing Georgie’s story with you. For those of you who don’t know Georgie, she is a smiley, bubbly, outgoing and devoted bootcamper with a gorgeous chocolate Labrador. Georgie’s determination and willpower to succeed is amazing and we are so impressed and proud of her progress on her journey so far.
Tell us a little bit about yourself….
I moved to Canberra in July 2014 from Adelaide for work. I had a great gym in Adelaide who supported me to my ultimate goal of completing the 2013 London marathon, and then later that year, the Melbourne marathon. I joined G-train after being in Canberra for 6 months. I was looking for something that was physically challenging, more than just repetitious weights or cardio, and offered the opportunity to meet new people and have a laugh! I needed somewhere where the trainers would identify that I am my own worst enemy and greatest competitor… tell me I can’t do it, and I will. I also needed to find exercise where I could include my dog, Nellie! G-train has ticked all of these boxes, I love that we do something different every day, in front of or on some of our country’s greatest land marks! I have made some fabulous friends and could not have found better, more supportive trainers! (and Nellie loves it too!!!)
You've told us you've changed your lifestyle this year, why are you doing it?
Late in 2015 I realised that I had actually become quite unhealthy! Despite ‘semi’ regular attendance at boot camp and usually having a good diet, I had gained weight, lost fitness, formed poor sleeping and working habits, and had lost energy and motivation. I am someone who enjoys being active, being around other people and making the most of every opportunity, which you can’t do when you feel like you have no energy.
What is your ultimate goal?
Ultimately, I would LOVE to get back to my marathon fitness and health! I was the fittest and healthiest I have ever been, and had the most energy I have ever had despite following a full on training schedule!
Realistically, I don’t have the time to commit to this type of schedule right now, however I would like to get back to a point of fitness/endurance where a 20km run is a cruisy Sunday ‘long run’, lose some weight (I’m not a fan of numbers), be disciplined with food and alcohol, sticking to a mainly clean/paleo diet and have good sleep and working habits.
Tell us a little bit about how you're achieving it and your achievements so far.
As of January 1st 2016, I cut out all alcohol, tea, coffee, processed foods, most dairy and limited fruit. I cut out all breads, grains and pasta, strictly limiting brown rice and quinoa to when required.
I committed to daily exercise and fortnightly massage.
I made a conscious decision to eat lunch away from my desk, move more while at work, and attempt to leave earlier more often.
I have also increased my running, going back to the brilliant C25K app to get me back on track!
In a short period I have lost weight, improved my fitness and increased my energy. I am also sleeping a lot better. I still have a way to go, but you have to start somewhere!
What do you think your toughest hurdle in achieving it is?
Ultimately, creating the habit and sticking with it during the period you don’t see any change is tough. I am realistic about it. I planned for the periods that would be hardest. I gave myself a week off strict eating while in Qld with my family recently and thoroughly enjoyed good champagne, gin and decadent food! I still exercised daily and tried to eat ‘clean’ when possible. The challenge is to ‘get back on the horse’ when you get home, and not get sucked back in to bad habits!
I have another week off in April for a close friend’s wedding… so I’ll work hard again until then, avoiding chocolate and alcohol at Easter!
Once you've achieved your ultimate goal, how will you celebrate?
I’m actually not sure, but I know I’ll think of something!