This absolute superstar has absolutely blown me away with her amazing transformation.
Stacey came to me back in September when the rest round of my 12 day Gamechanger program launched, she was ready for change, she embraced everything she learnt in the Free 12 day program and began to feel much better. She then invested in her health and joined the 8 week Game Plan program and what a transformation she has had! She has then jumped in the 12 day program each time it's ran for a refresher and some accountability and community with other like minded individuals.
Stacey has completely embraced her new lifestyle and has lost a whopping 38kgs and is back in the 70's which she didn't believe could happen for her again. I'm so freaking proud of you Stacey - So many women will benefit from hearing your story as many also don't believe it's possible for them - it is - you can do it!
Read on for Stacey's Inspirational Transformational Story!
Please introduce yourself
- Hi, my names Stacey, I'm 32 from Melbourne, married for four years, a mother of two boys, a legal practitioner by trade & currently working in dispute resolutions at the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. I struggle to describe my hobbies, as I don't often find a lot of time for myself, but I have a new found love of meditating to chill out, and of course spending precious time with my family, going for walks along the water by the Docklands & catching up with friends.
What sparked your transformation journey?
- In my pregnancy with my nearly 3 year old now, I hit 107kgs, after giving birth, my weight continued to climb. I reached 112kgs, I was depressed, my anxiety was out of control & after a few years on medication I decided enough was enough. I saw Nyree transform on her personal and professional journey. I had started my own personal journey, but came to a plateau after losing the initial few kilos, and when I saw Nyree's program, I had nothing to lose. I was at a low & eager to turn my mind around and get off my meds, and I did! It wasn't so much about the weight loss but more so my mental health. The weight loss was an awesome bonus.
Do you have PCOS or other endocrine disorders? Tell us a little about your story.. Do you take medication, what advice were you given, how did you feel when you were diagnosed…
- I don't have PCOS, but have had some fertility issues, and more so hormonal havoc!
I was on meds for other things, depression, mostly anxiety. When I went to my gp and said I wanted to stop medication I was told I had only been on them for two and a half years, this is not long enough and I'd need to stay on them for a minimum of 7-10 years. The same gp told me that it may not be safe to stay on them if I wanted to fall pregnant again, so I should wait. So, I saw another doctor who said if i could find a way to make myself cope without meds, they'd support me.
How long have you been on this journey?
I started the journey on Nyree's first round, I believe (Nyree I can't remember the date?)
Which physical activities did you participate in during your journey?
I started by walking daily. I'll be the first to admit that I was never one for exercise. Then I started going to the outdoor gym near my house, and then hubby set up our indoor gym at home and I wake up at 5am each morning to use it! I'm not a massive exerciser, but anything helps, I've found.
How did your eating habits change?
- This was my massive change! Initially I cut out pretty much all processed foods, went fresh and only had whole foods, changed to organic foods, and it felt amazing!
What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner?
- Breakfasts - eggs, bacon, mixed veggies (ie omelette) with salmon, or yoghurt, mueslie, mixed berries. I still have a coffee with a splash of milk or almond milk.
- Snacks are any of the following - protein balls, smoothie, some cashews, fresh fruit, yoghurt and berries, celery/carrot sticks with nut butter or by themselves
- Lunch consists of either salads with chicken or fish, or veggies (either steamed or roasted depending of what I've prepared for work), a dollop of butter and some meat or chicken.
- Dinners initially were meat, fish or chicken, with veg or salads
Now I sometimes have wholemeal pasta, rice dishes, but I still generally go back to roasts, or meat/fish veg meals because they are easy for us and yummy!
What is your favourite fitness activity?
- I enjoy dancing and walking/exploring
What did you most struggle with on this journey and how do you overcome this?
- I struggled to exercise sometimes. I overcame it by doing a little bit in the morning as soon as I opened my eyes to make sure I at least got some exercise in if I didn't get back to it later, then I'd do some more at lunch, and some more at night. So I didn't do an hour straight all the time, but I still get it done, one way or another
What do you do now to maintain your physique?
- I still eat well. The program taught me glue to eat and this is how I live now
I also still exercise, not fanatically, but I know what I have to do & I just incorporate it into my day
How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid cravings etc (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?
- At the beginning it was hard, but once you haven't had junk food in a while, I found I didn't crave it anymore
I also eat regularly, so I'm never starving, I have enough protein to keep me satisfied in each meal, and enough veg to stabilise my blood sugar levels
I still eat junk every now and then, but I don't binge, I enjoy it and don't overdo it anymore - I eat it because I want it, not because I'm depressed and eating my feelings
What advice do you have for someone looking to get started with their fitness journey but not sure where to begin?
- Do something! Something is better than nothing
- Set your goals - your overall goals, and your pathway to get you there
- Get support! I wouldn't have been able to lose over 30kgs and keep going without Nyree and the girls in the group
What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?
- I think people think you have have to become a gym junkie and that it's hard. I do most of my exercise in the lounge room in my pyjamas.
Also, the food is amazing and I don't feel deprived at all. I have even learnt how to cook better I think!
Do you have any fitness inspirations? Who are they?
My inspirations in my journey were the other women in my group :)
How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)?
I'm in the Game Changer group :)
If you need help or are feeling stuck, inspired by Stacey's story and wanting to make a change, i'm currently taking online clients. Please contact me - Nyree - 0432 413 488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org