Victoria's Story . . .
My own personal before and after photo - From June 2011 until April 2014
My philosophy is that good health, Nutrition and exercise does not have to be hard or restrictive. My indepth consultations allow me to look at the body as a whole and get a good insight into the specific symptoms and health concerns that you are presenting with. Following this I will come up with a tailored nutrition, lifestyle and/or exercise plan to lead you on the road to regaining your full health.
My approach to Nutrition is about everything in balance and moderation to make it as sustainable and realistic as possible for you.
Having grown up the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and
working in the corporate world of print and publishing for
4 years once finishing my commerce degree, I decided to
let my passion for food, fitness and good nutrition take over.
It was through health problems and a weight loss journey
of my own that led me to understand how a good balanced
approach to nutrition and exercise is not only vital in
helping you feeling your best, but can be the make or
break for many chronic conditions.
Have you ever been that person who thinks that they
can’t lose weight?
“This is just my body”,
“I’ll just put up with it” ;
Any of these sound familiar?
To me they sure did!!
I told myself a variety of these things every time I stepped on the scales and saw the numbers
skyrocketing up at a very alarming pace!
Looking back now, I can probably pinpoint the moment when I started putting on weight.
Having lived at college in both Canberra and Canada for three years from the beginning of 2007 until
the end of 2009, the last thing I was thinking about was my health and fitness lets be honest. You would
be more likely to spot me drinking and out on the town than
pounding the pavement. Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a
complete lazy slob. I did try and do exercise a couple of times
a week, but let me just say nights out drinking outweighed my
exercise regime I’d say 3 to 1. Moving back to Sydney in 2010
didn’t really do much for the figure either, although I was secretly
hoping it would seeing as I had beautiful beaches close by.
On the 10th of January of 2012 (I still remember that day so clearly
as if it was yesterday), jumping on the scales and weighing
in at 72.2kg, I was the heaviest that I had ever been in my then
23 years. Now let me put this out there, I’m only 158cm so not
overly tall!! So 72kg for me is VERY heavy. I still remember the day
that I saw that number on the scales and I bawled my eyes out!
This was definitely one of my lowest points in my life and I’m
not afraid to say that and tell people about it now. At the time,
however, I was in denial about my weight and until I actually
saw that number didn't think that I actually needed to lose any.
A month later in February, out at dinner with an old friend, whilst
I was complaining about my weight, she suggested I tried personal
training with her brother as he was a trainer and owned a gym
close by. This was perhaps a subtle (or not so subtle) hint that I
needed to lose some weight ... and boy was she right! (let me
say this, I love this girl and she is one of my oldest and dearest
friends so definitely don't think it was a hint and I still thank her profusely to this day and tell her that she saved my life) To this I replied my usual “yeah yeah for sure, this week is a bit busy, I'll give him a call next week” – meanwhile my head was screaming “Personal Training … UMMM NO, I DON’T THINK SO!”
I think what daunted me the most was that he would tell me there was no way I could lose weight, as I had tried in the past and failed and that I would be stuck being this fat forever. And him telling me that was something I was definitely not ready to hear.
Two weeks later, having still not been in contact with him, and DEFINITELY prompted by her, I received a message from him saying that I should come in and have a chat and look into doing some training with him. I relented and with my mothers voice in my head screaming “don’t be rude darling, you have to go”, thought “why not?’’ and booked in to see him in the week later to see what - if anything - he could do for my lost cause of a body.
I started with my trainer the week after and I’m not afraid to say this now, but I had thought about cancelling the first session before I even went! The thought that was going through my head for most of the week before was “this isn’t going to work”. I still remember sitting at work with my then boss trying to come up with excuses that I could use to get out of the session. The first weights session I had with her was one of the most physically grueling sessions I had done in a very long time (probably my whole life if i'm honest) and I very clearly remember I felt like fainting afterwards. Having a month trip booked in May 2012, gave me a goal to work towards. Lose at least 6kg before May and I would be happy... Little did I know my love affair with the gym and training was just beginning!!!
It took just over twelve months, losing some 20kg and a whole lot of training to have me completely converted so much so that ......
The following year in the February of 2013, I took the plunge and started studying to become a Personal Trainer, becoming qualified in the November of that year. Then entering the world of personal training, I worked in a gym for around 6 months before going out on my own. It was during this time that I realised that what I loved most of all was food - I mean really who doesn't and being half Lebanese it's basically in my blood.
So at the beginning of 2014, I started studying to become a Nutritional Medicine practitioner.
People now ask me whether I would change my life and if I wished that I was never overweight and the answer is simple - no, I wouldn't change any of it. Yes it was hard and losing weight is not a walk in the park, but I have learned so much about myself and through it have found my absolute passion.