How John Sticks to His Routine
T: So John, how did you start your journey?
When I retired from my job 5 years ago, it left me with a few minor injuries and torn muscles as my job involved lots of lifting. As the injuries stopped me from moving, I got bigger, bigger and bigger.
I grew up doing a few competitive sports, I had always been active. I was in an NRL team and I loved being fit so it is always sad not being able to exercise.
Then I moved down here after my retirement. In the first 12 months, it was just going in and out from the doctor. I continued to get bigger right up until my wedding day.
Fast forward, I had my lap-band done and Mr. Wilkinson introduced me to Lisa, saying that she will be able to give me the post-surgery care.
I’m really honoured to be the first one that joined TRANSFORMED even before the program started.
T: We are glad to hear! Have we (TRANSFORMED) been helpful?
Coming to TRANSFORMED has changed my life. I got motivation from what I do here. I am able to exercise properly now under the supervision of Accredited Exercise Physiologists here at TRANSFORMED.
I’ve been doing 5 circuit classes a week, parkrun and Yoga on Saturday. I’m still coming in to see the TRANSFORMED coach. It gives me the responsibility to have a weigh-in and to stay on track with my weight.
I really like the one-on-one coaching. I’ve learnt a lot from the coach because lap-band (surgery) is just a tool, and the coach helps educate me on how to use it. When I have any questions, I can just ask the coach.
Doing parkrun is also a fun part.
It allows me to keep track of my personal best for how long I took to do a 5 km run or walk. I set it as my bench mark but it is not the end of the world if I miss it, because it is a fun run, or a fun walk, it’s supposed to be fun. You can run if you want or you can also walk if you want.
You’ve got to be educated. You’ve got to learn what you can and what you can’t do. Everyone is on their own journey and they’ve gotta set a goal and find a way to achieve it. Set a specific goal, for example, I thought about where I want to be in 6 months.
T: You really know what you are doing John. Did you have any struggles along the way?
My journey has been tough. I’ve had a few injuries and some setbacks but I know what I’m doing everyday when I get up by following my goals.
You’ve got to also use people around you to help you.
My TRANSFORMED coach, Lisa, has also had her own journey. So she knows what she has done and she can understand me and help me.
I’ve been coming to the Hub (TRANSFORMED) every day because I know that this is where I can find help and support. If you’re sick, there’s a GP here, if you get injured, there are Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists that can help work out a personalised plan for you. If you need someone to talk to, your coach is always here.
T: Thank you John! Thanks for speaking so highly of us and we are glad to have you around. Last question, do you have any tips for starters?
1. Start slowly. Consistency is important.
2. If you’re here, you’re in the right place. Get your coach to work with you. Work with the Exercise Physiologists, they can give you an exercise program that’s right for you.
3. Look what you’re eating.
4. Set a specific goal, for example, where you wanna be in 6 months time?