Reviewed by: Lisa Donaldson, APD, M.Nutr&Diet, B.Edu
When changing your lifestyle to embrace a healthy outlook, you can go through a lot of highs and lows before your new ways become habits! Our inspiring End of Round Winners share what motivated them to get started and the best tips that got them through!
I have lost a total of 11.2 kg for this round not to mention the 27cm that has disappeared off of my body. A new me has evolved over the past twelve weeks and not only am I aware of it, but my friends and family have all been commenting and asking what I have been doing to achieve the results I have. As the fitness side of it has only improved very moderately for me as this is the area I struggle with, I think one of my proudest moments was completing the 1km time trial in under 10 minutes.
I was feeling dull and frumpy and had been told to lose weight. I lacked self-esteem and was caught in the eat and drink to not face it cycle.I have an incisional hernia and the surgeon said he would not operate until i was down to 70kg. Being told how obese you are isn’t pleasant but it did instil a resolve to lose the weight. My husband initially made it clear that he didn’t think i’d stick to the program, that hurt! I started the 12WBT before but failed but resolved to be different this time
Katrina’s Tip: I love my kitchen scales. Everything gets weighed when cooking no matter what it is. The one thing my husband does say is that I use too many chopping boards! I have been known to use one for each ingredient .. no cross contamination there! 🙂
I am so proud of the weight and cms I have lost. I lost around 5kgs in the pre season tasks and 10 within the 12 weeks and have lost just over 15kgs in total. The physical changes in my body are amazing.
Before 12wbt I wasn’t in the best place mentally. I had no self-esteem and no motivation, I felt down most days. I now get up every morning looking forward to the day ahead, I have not felt like the old me since I started this journey. I have motivation and determination to achieve what I have set out, In my business and personal life and most of all with my son. That is my proudest achievement overall. It has certainly changed my outlook on life.
I make up a meal plan every week, I love that this keeps me on track not only eating healthy but also saving money on takeaways. I will also be sticking to my morning exercise it makes me feel so much more energised. There is probably so much more that i will be sticking to but it is all just life now, new healthy life.
Emily’s Tip: I always get into my gym gear in the morning. Especially if I am having a day where i’m not in the mood to exercise. I always get in my gym gear, then probably procrastinate for a little bit and then workout. If i’m not wearing my gym gear I so easily put it off. But being in my gym gear just puts me in a good mindset.
I’m a sucker for improvement so I’m proud of everything achieved. Overall weight is just a number so I prefer my cm list changes and also love the improvement to my fitness score and doing that little bit better each time.
I generally very mentally strong but my focus on what I have put into my body has improved (still can get better) which tells me my willpower is a lot stronger and helps me stay on track.
I’ve made good food and exercise my priority over everything else, I plan ahead and make I think about how I can incorporate a plan into my event life to ensure I stay on track.
I’ve tried a few different meal plans and PTs but 12wbt always gets me the results there are a lot of gimmicks out there but this program is just clean food and honest hard work at the gym, the results from that take care of themselves.
Rodney’s Tip: Doing the challenge with someone to push each other and hold each other accountable ensures better progress.
My focus improved a lot over the course of 12 weeks. I changed my impulsive ways of reaching out for a quick cheat snack by always having a healthy snack close by. Thanks for a fantastic program.
Susan’s Tip: I have a water jug on my desk and make sure I finish one before lunch and another over the course of the afternoon. Has a double benefit. 1 – getting enough water in over the day 2 – needing to go to the toilet often which gets me to stand up and walk away from my computer screen. Best plan ever.