Have you ever felt…
… frustrated you’ve followed all the latest diet fads and well-meaning advice from ill-informed friends but not seen progress?
… when you walk around you’ve got a wobble you don’t like?
… fear that once you lose weight you’ll put it straight back on again? With interest.
Hey, I’m Rachel. And that used to be me.
At 34, I’d embarrassingly “let myself go”.
After a couple of years living overseas I’d returned home to New Zealand with loads of great experiences but also loads of extra baggage. 14kgs (31lbs) of extra baggage to be exact.
A lifestyle of weekly dinners out, drinks with friends after work (usually ending with McDonalds on the way home) and bags of cheese Doritos on Saturday afternoons, resting on the couch while binge watching TV series, had taken their toll.
And despite coming home and actively getting back into playing hockey (field not ice) I still felt really unhealthy and unhappy.
You see, in my mind I was a fit and healthy athlete but the reality was anything but… I was overweight and pushing into the obese category for someone my age.
And I’d always be the last person to hockey training so I wouldn’t have to do the pre-training fitness with everyone else. I always had an excuse… my boss had landed something “urgent” on me at the last minute or traffic had been “terrible” trying to get home.
But deep down my competitive nature didn’t sit well with me being the fat kid at the back who was last to finish.
As a 35 year old still playing and wanting to compete in sports, I was disappointed in myself for being so far away from the fit, healthy and athletic person I thought I was.
It was hard to reconcile.
I knew this wasn’t the place I wanted to be. I knew I was capable of looking better and achieving more.
By this stage, I had so much doubt about myself as a person… about my life and the size I had become. I was able to function but internally I was deeply sad with myself but also everyone around me.
So I started to close down and withdraw. And eat more which just compounded the problem.
I knew I wanted to make a change and improve but I just didn’t know how.
Eventually how I was feeling all got too much.
The shame I felt avoiding seeing myself in the mirror started to depress me. The realisation I was distancing myself from the people who cared about me frightened me.
But it was when I realised I was just lying to myself that it hit me.
I would make excuses all the time like “I just can’t find the time” or “I’m too busy” or “That won’t work for me”… but in reality these excuses, which were just so easy to make, was me lying to myself.
Because if I lied to myself then I didn’t have to take ownership for the position I was in.
I was destroying my own confidence. I was putting my own health at risk. I was stopping myself from doing the things I wanted to achieve and be the person I wanted to be.
It was all on me.
So I had to do something.
Rather than telling myself the usual “I’ll start tomorrow” story, I instead committed to learning as much as I could about weight loss through nutrition and eating well.
I focused on cutting through the noise, and the competing nutrition information and advice on Dr. Google, to find practical and sustainable ways to get rid of the extra weight through what I ate.
And once I’d lost it I wanted to keep it off.
And using what I learned over eight months I lost over 15kgs (33lbs) and 13% body fat.
Old me would never have considered wearing
a singlet top in the middle of town. Ever.
Losing that weight completely changed my outlook on life… my outlook on who I was and what I could achieve.
For the first time in years I found myself excited to look at myself in the mirror. I wasn’t ashamed anymore of having “Let myself go”, I could instead see my hard work and progress staring back at me encouraging me to keep going.
My self-confidence shot through the roof. For the first time ever I was getting a tonne of compliments about my appearance. “You’re fading away”, “You look great” or my favourite…
“Oh I thought you were 20!”
These were all compliments I would accept graciously on the outside but on the inside I was jumping up and down, pumping my fists and yelling “F*ck yeah, I look awesome”.
That confidence moved into all sorts of different areas of my life… my work, my relationships and my sports. I got a promotion, I had a more positive mindset and attitude about myself which helped me better connect with my friends and family.
And for the first time in a very long time I was enjoying being me.
Best of all… I could now turn up to pre-training fitness and run faster than many of the 18 year olds in my team.
I’ve been in the best shape of my life for the past three years.
But being in shape and looking good is one thing.
Losing weight also gave me the confidence to stretch myself and do things I never thought possible… like represent New Zealand in hockey in the Masters 35-40 age group.
I’ve even won Gold at the World Masters Games in 2017.
From this experience, I’ve discovered there is only ONE thing you need to change in your life which is key to your success.
Whether your dream is to lose 10kgs or win a Gold medal, I’ve discovered what you eat is more important than exercise alone in helping to achieve that.
And having the right mindset and approach.
You see I’d always been one of those people who didn’t want to “eat healthy“.
I just wanted to do what I wanted and didn’t ever want to “watch” what I ate.
But making the decision to lose weight meant shifting how I thought about what I ate and how I fueled my body.
And it meant making decisions to sustain my progress.
Because once you’ve stripped it off, you want to keep it off.
Here’s a secret no-one else will tell you though…
It’s not easy.
First there is so much bad or inaccurate advice out there. It’s hard to know what to do or where to start.
And if you do find the right advice, most of the time, it’s given in a vacuum. Because 99% of advice doesn’t give you the ability to tackle the biggest challenge of all.
And the stresses and challenges that come with it.
To show up, be consistent and to take action on a daily basis is hard.
Which is why having the right mindset and approach to get through challenges and situations is so important. When your real life hits you need systems, processes, techniques, determination and desire to stay track.
By going on my own journey I realised the advice available specifically for women over 35 was limited. And for women who still played or wanted to compete in sports… pretty much non-existent.
So to help women, like you, who still want to play or compete in sports, my coaching combines:
- what I’ve learned playing and coaching representative hockey over the last 20 years
- trial and error from my own weight loss experience
- skills and knowledge from being Precision Nutrition-trained and
- the exact mindset and approach I use to continue to play high-level hockey at the domestic and international representative levels.
Do you want want to look and feel good?
Do you have goals and dreams you want to achieve?
Even over the age of 35?
- looking to do something for yourself by getting back into exercise or sport after being everything to everyone else
- already into sport and need nutrition plans, advice, guidance and support
- competing at a high-level and want specific nutritional support
- following macro-eating; or
- after some accountability and sustainable advice on nutrition and the right approach
Then I can help you.
Because I don’t believe we have to stop being athletic or good at sports over 35. It’s never too late to look and feel better than you ever have.
And in our 30s we’ve only just started!
We’ve got another 50+ years of our lives to live.
Let’s not resign ourselves to “middle-aged spread” the extra 10kgs (22lbs) of weight we’ll put on over each decade.
Let’s not look wistfully back on our lives wishing we hadn’t given up on our dreams to win medals, compete at the Olympics or be injury and sickness free our entire lives.
Instead let’s spend the next 50+ years doing the activities we want. Looking and feeling our best all the time.
Doing things we never thought possible…
What others are saying about me
“I was that person who followed all the latest diet fads, the Facebook testimonials and well meaning advice from ill informed friends. I was training six days a week and seeing no progress, sure I was fit but my body wasn’t changing and I was getting more and more deterred as time passed.
That was until I worked with Rachel. She taught me how to make my diet work for my lifestyle and how 1% changes in habits can have the greatest impact. I feel amazing and have more energy than ever before to continue to smash my training and representative goals.” – Diane W
“I was called up somewhat surprisingly to the New Zealand 40s (hockey) team to travel to Canberra and play in the World Cup 2016 – I had around 20 days to prepare myself as best I could. I knew I immediately had to drop some weight. I was reasonably happy with my fitness levels but I knew that my weight was going to be an issue. My main stress point was being able to fit a New Zealand uniform, I knew they were pretty small.
I personally knew it would be a big step for me in actually asking for help. That is something that I don’t do. I never ask for help.
But I knew I needed to drop some weight, and I knew I needed to do it quickly, so I approached Rachel. Rachel designed a very specific programme for me.
I followed the dietary programme to the letter. It helped me go from 78 kilos to 70 kilos heading into the World Cup. I dropped 8 kilos before heading to Canberra, so I felt very confident in myself.
I have been able to maintain Rachel’s programme for the past 12 months, I have gone from a starting weight of 78 kilos to 63 kilos. I am happy with my current weight… I wear a size 10 generally so that in itself for me is amazing. I catch myself trying on size 14 clothes and then get told by shop assistants… you are not a size 14….please try the 10!
I can honestly say I feel a totally different person. Losing weight has given me way more confidence, a sense of healthiness, which also helps for my busy lifestyle and also for raising two young children, being able to keep up with them and stay healthy.
I really enjoyed working with Rachel because she not only understood my busy lifestyle demands, I never once felt like a question about nutrition or fitness was a silly question and Rachel always made me accountable for my choices” – Leah M
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