Health Journey – Post #2

by Samantha MacKenzie

It’s been about 6 weeks since I last posted about my health journey. What a difference 6 weeks can make! Since beginning personal training and working on my nutrition with Cassie Bubb, I’ve lost 7 kilograms, that’s a total of 13kg since my heaviest. I’ve had a couple of people ask me what my ‘secret’ is… but it’s no secret. It’s taken hard work, dedication to the goal and so much communication with my trainer. I’m sure I drive her nuts, but Cassie Bubb has helped me achieve so much in just a few months. 

I’m currently 3 weeks into a little (19 weeks) challenge I set myself. While I’m definitely not restricting food intake, there are certain things that don’t align with my health goals right now. I’ve chosen to give up ‘junk food’ as much as possible. No ‘real’ ice cream or chocolate or sugary drinks. Keeping away from deep-fried food and super high-fat options. The thing I’m learning is there are so many delish and healthy options to most of the things I crave. YoPro Protein Ice Cream, Muscle Nation Protein Bars and Shakes, Air Fryer Hot Chips using Spud Lite low carb potatoes… the options are seemingly endless. I can even have a few red frogs before a hard workout. Great for someone who can’t tolerate pre-workout. 

The biggest challenge I have with food is honestly reaching my Protein and Calorie goals. I’m currently using My Fitness Pal to track Calories and Macros. While tracking, in general, isn’t stressful or triggering, I find the numbers really hard to stick to. I’ve played around with different calories, but when I lower them because I’m not reaching the goals, I somehow end up not being able to reach the new, lower goal. It’s been recommended that I try lower density, higher-calorie foods so I don’t have to eat as much while still getting enough fuel for my more active lifestyle. 

The Exercise – I love my PT sessions! Boxing has just been added which I’m really enjoying. I must admit the last week has been a challenge mentally. I’ve wanted to tap out and go home, and there was even a session where I got 3 out of 8 exercises done. But I know I have to show up for myself. No one else can do this, and no one can make me do it either. As long as I give my all at the gym every time, whether my all is 5% or 100%, I’m on the right track. 

In just over a month, I turn 35. I have a weight goal I would really like to achieve in this time. I’m only 3.5kg from there and I am so incredibly proud of myself. Obviously, it’s not the worst thing if I don’t reach this first milestone I’ve set by April 14, as long as I try my hardest! This is the first time in my life that weight loss has been done in a safe and healthy way, so I’m pretty happy with where I’m at right now. 

I am so grateful to have fitness and nutrition guidance from a trainer who keeps me in check, the fantastic community of others on their own journey in the Cassie Bubb Fitness team, a GP who is cheering me on having seen how far I’ve come and my Husband supporting me all the way! I’m excited to see what I can achieve next week! 

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