If you haven't already heard my story then sit down, get comfy and continue reading...
Backtracking to the age of eleven. I had been playing soccer for most of my childhood. After a while my young metabolism stopped working in my favour and my love of food got a little out of hand. Boy oh boy did i love food! Whole blocks of chocolate, YES! Whole tubs of nutella, YES! I could eat anything and wanted to eat everything. Slowly but surely i packed the weight on and kids started to notice and much as young kids do, they would make snarky comments. Subsequently this sent me on a downward spiral of binge eating in private and constant stop/start attempts to get skinny.
Fast track to the age of sixteen. I remember sitting with one of my friends balling my eyes out because i was eighty-something kilos. I was miserable, i had no self worth, i was depressed, anxious and had no clue on how to pull myself out. I had just started training at a gym which offered a 5 week bootcamp, which i signed up to. I gave up "junk" cold turkey and went to the gym 5-6 days a week and saw the fat just melt away. SWEET... or so i thought.
In the first few months i lost a whopping 12 kilos! I was determined to be below 70kg because to me that was my ideal weight. Over time as my weight-loss stalled i began eating less and less, and training more and more. It got to the point where i would stress about the calories of a lunch i ate out with friends or that time away from the gym would instantly blow me back out to unhappiness. Little did i know i was becoming obsessed with seeing changes. Checking my weight every day, sometimes multiple times a day, and becoming addicted to everyone telling me "I'd done so well." I trained for up to three hours a day to hopefully get smaller and smaller - oh how times have changed. I decided i wanted to help people who were struggling as i was and so i became a personal trainer.
I loved weights training at this particular gym and i loved the feeling of being strong! I decided i wanted to give powerlifting and strongwoman a crack. Over time i learnt about proper nutrition and how to fuel my body. I slowly stepped away from stressing about the scales and enjoy life again. I slowly crept back up to eighty-something kilos, but as a completely different person. I started competing in a sport i loved and seeing other people empower and cheer each other on. Over the past 3 years of competing I've gained different medals, records, and experiences i would never change.
At Sharpe Training i love people of all sizes, experience levels and with whatever back story! I never judge. I promise to continue to push, empower and create strong, healthy and powerful bodies!