Since moving to Australia seven years ago, life has changed quite dramatically for me in more ways than one.
Originally from Scotland, I fell into working in hospitality at 18 and just kind of stayed there. It was comfortable and paid the bills but most of all it allowed me to have the party lifestyle which I thought I wanted. For most of my late teens and 20s, I was a one meal a day (usually something deep fried), 20 cigarettes and at least a 6 pack of beers kind of girl. During this period of my life I don’t know how many times I would pledge to change my lifestyle and join a gym….only to never go again after that day.
Fast forward to my first year in Australia and working as a waitress in Sydney. We were fed pizza every night and as great as this was, I could see myself just getting bigger and bigger, I could no longer get into my clothes. The party lifestyle and junk food diet which I loved so much was not only beginning to create problems for me with my work but also my health.
I joined yet another gym in 2015 with a friend, but because I had a buddy to keep me accountable, the gym quickly became part of my routine. To start with I was a cardio bunny, running at least 20-30kms per week on the treadmill. About 6 months in, I decided to start training with a personal trainer to learn how to lift weights properly and from there I have never looked back. Through weight training 4 – 6 days a week, I have never felt stronger physically or mentally. In 2016 I entered my first bodybuilding competition and won. It was my first time on stage but I was hooked! I have continued to compete regularly ever since.
In 2018 I knew the hospitality industry was no longer for me, I wanted to be a part of improving people’s quality of life not diminishing it. I hit the books and became a fully qualified personal trainer and I am currently studying sports nutrition. My goal now is to give people the gift that exercise and good nutrition have given me which is a strong body, a healthy mind and a lust for life never felt before!