It's time to rave about someone...and that someone is Cynthia.
She has been training with me since I first started @ Goodlife. I met her when I was teaching cycle classes.
She's been a bASHer for a long time. She was always an absolute powerpack. Run, climb, crawl. Whatever crazy event / workout we put on she did.
But then life got in the way. Work issues and pressures. Which lead to 'everything is too hard' and 'I haven't got the energy' and 'I can't be bothered'. We all know what that's like!
And then the battle to get back to where she was and who she was. (And that never works because you can't look back and move forward!).
Her work-life has been a massive drain on her energy to the point that the bubbly, energetic Cynthia I knew vanished.
Cynthia was retrenched very suddenly from a company she'd been with for a very long time. A massive blow to her self-confidence. And then the struggle to find another job that she enjoyed. Working but still hunting for that opportunity to enjoy work/life balance.
Being a shift worker added another layer of pressure. Sleep isn't consistent. Meals and mealtimes are erratic. As is training.
Basically Cynthia was very down. And in a crappy cycle of stop start training which screws your head so badly. She stopped training consistently and the weight piled on.
THEN rescue appeared! AN EVENT! A family wedding overseas. SHOWTIME!! The reason to get healthy had arrived.
Cynthia touched base with me. Knowing her history of inconsistency I set in place some very hardcore rules. Ones that would cost her big time!! She agreed... much to my amazement!
12 weeks - 3 days a week - 30 mins and stuff to do on 3 other days.
"I was so scared / nervous that I may not be able to commit"
Oh boy. The struggle. Not for me. For her! To do something you really don't want to do. But you've committed and you have to follow through or else it's going to cost
She gritted her teeth and dragged herself into the gym. Day in and day out. Within a few weeks she asked to boost her sessions to 45 mins instead of 30 mins. Still gritting her teeth. And swearing. And anyone who knows Cynthia knows she loves to swear while she trains. She's so small and elegant. But man, she can swear!
Week in and week out we pushed through. And each week she got fitter and she got smaller and she got more positive. And she didn't dread it so much. (She still tried at every opportunity to cancel/change/postpone the pain but we had that very hardcore agreement). There was no backing out!
"I kept going because of our agreement and the wedding"
It's only been the last few weeks that I've seen her actually enjoy training. Turning up & feeling energetic, positive and looking for more. Doing a bit more after each session. Well even when she hated it she still tried to put in a bit more.
As a result she looks amazing. And the biggest change is her attitude. It shines out of her. Her eyes shine, her smile is bright, her attitude is perky.
"I'm happy & surprised that I did it!
And grateful to for you sticking through it with me!"
Here are her results...
This is not the end of Cynthia's journey.
She IS still an absolute power-pack. She just had to find herself again.
Cynthia turns 60 soon. Yes 60!!
And she wants to be in the best shape possible.
So the journey continues.