So this is me week 0 and now week 34. In exactly 2 weeks I turn 40; eep. I'm very happy with where things are at. Joining the method has helped me get control over my health and fitness, not that it was terrible but it wasn't where I wanted it to be. There have been a few challenges along the way such as overseas travel and a severe case of food poisoning. Consistency and trusting the process has been the key. Joining the method wasn't the only change I've made this year. After a fall out between the owners of my previous box I moved across to Mode. This change has improved my strength and fitness significantly. I'm stronger than I've ever been and I'm just as fit. I've defiantly found my enjoyment for crossfit again.
Before I started on The Method, I barely ate one meal a day (and that was only when I could be bothered eating!), binge ate when I was emotional/bored/tired but still saw food as the enemy. I thought that if I ate more, I’d get fat. Classic diet culture, right? I was constantly getting sick, I was perpetually tired, my moods were all over the place and I wasn’t getting quality sleep. Not really a great way to live. When I finally decided to take control of my nutrition, I started working with coach Rachel in March 2018 and I haven’t looked back. I’m eating more food than I ever have before and I’m still losing centimetres and getting stronger at the same time. I’ve learnt that restriction is not the answer, and I still manage to get my favourites (read: donuts, chocolate, cake of any description) into my diet. Change certainly hasn’t been overnight, but we all know sustainable change isn’t quick. It’s about gradually making better decisions and improving on where you were last week. In the time I’ve been with TMN, I’ve been on two holidays, one which I continued tracking, and one which I took a break from tracking for. Both times, I’ve felt comfortable enough to make smart decisions about my food, because of the knowledge I’ve gained from working with my coach. Food is no longer my enemy, or something I even worry about. Almost every part of my life has improved since starting TMN; I’m getting a solid 8.5hrs sleep a night, I don’t get sick nearly as often, I’m far happier and my moods have evened out significantly, I’m hitting countless training PB’s and best of all, I’m eating ALL the food. I’m finally at a place where I’m starting to be happy with my body, now that I’m learning how to fuel it properly. Even my friends and family have noticed a difference in me. Joining the TMN team is honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’m super excited to see where the rest of the journey takes me.
I’ve never been one for selfies. For a long time I haven’t been comfortable with the physical person staring back at me. But lately I’ve stopped to take a second glance or a lingering look at the person I’m turning into. Physically there’s less of me. But mentally is where the biggest changes have come about. I’m stronger and more appreciative of this body. Of where she’s taken me. How she’s carried me through the last 32 years of this life. Through injury, breakups, death, triumphs. Every bad decision and glorious victory. Every moment of darkness and dazzling light, she’s carried me through it all. And I look at her and realize I’m more than just this physical embodiment. I’m made up of every experience and every person that’s touched me. And I’m still here. And so I’m going to take a little more time appreciating the person staring at me in the mirror. Because she’s f*ckin worth it.
I started The Method February this year and am still doing it after 35 weeks, I'm interested to see how far it can take me. I did have another go last year but was not fully committed but this time I am soooo glad I did thanks to my fantastic coach Paige Williams. It's not just the weight loss but the cm's and the pics tell a whole new story but it's more about how amazing I feel every single day. I am just bursting with energy and enthusiasm and loving my new body shape and gains in my cross fit life. I've never felt faster, fitter or stronger in my whole life as I am now and I've always been sporty and done every diet you can imagine only to put back on the weight and more. The Method is a whole new mindset, a way of life you can sustain. I've learned a lot about feeding my body what it needs in order to continue with a healthier life. Who would have thought you could have abs at 58. I go to a Dr once a year for my yearly service, you know all the bloods etc and I have been dealing with high cholesterol for many years. It's a family thing. Last year the Dr was really unhappy and wanted me to go on medication. I said No. Well, when I went back for my yearly service this year she was amazed at how good at all my blood test results were. I also have to thank my amazing daughter Loren who introduced me to The Method as she was competing in the Regionals this year and I saw the positive changes in her and thought WOW this is what I need. I spoke to my Masters ladies in February and wanted them to join me but they came up with the usual excuses, now they so wished they had and are now some of them are starting the program because they can see my results. I urge anyone who is thinking about it to try it, you won't regret it. You're never too old to feel amazing every single day.
So. Just over 2 years ago I was told I had hyperinsulinemia. My fasting insulin read 4 times that of a ‘normal’ female. I was considered a pre-diabetic. I wasn’t obese, I trained regularly, I ate well – but obviously what I was doing with my diet wasn’t working. I couldn’t shift the weight – insulin doesn’t make this easy at the best of times ... Googling and trying to learn for myself how to eat and lose weight with Hyperinsulinemia or Insulin Resistance – brain overload (don’t do it), I had no idea where to start. I wanted to get away from being considered pre-diabetic, I wanted to feel amazing. Enter, The Method Now. 18 months later. Quite a few kg’s down, feeling damn good in my wedding dress, some massive life changes in between and I can shout from the roof that I am no longer pre-diabetic. My insulin levels are NORMAL! Bringing insulin down was always one of my goals. Right from the start. #smashedit I actually cannot believe I have achieved this – I didn’t think I would do it in the 18 months. I wanted my blood test to show a step in the right direction – even better it said it was normal!!! My reason for starting why – wasn’t all about how I looked, feeling better and getting better was the reason. It was all about getting out of the pre-diabetic state of health.
• mental & physical changes ✨🌸 . . . 🌿 @mimi.ingram 💬 ‘In April I found out I had some medical issues that coupled with a car accident, really tore me down. I stopped eating, I stopped wanting to go to the gym, I stopped being my positive self. I got quite depressed, and I lost my motivation with university, gym and life. I pride myself on always being positive and pushing on when life gets tough, but this was different. I had never felt so destroyed. I had to defer my uni exams and I became a person I didn’t want to be. . 🌿 I was feeling very self conscious about my weight. I wouldn’t wear certain clothes because I felt like I’d look too fat and I wouldn’t do certain activities because I felt too big and uncomfortable - I didn’t want to be seen by anyone. . 🌿 I pushed myself though and made the decision to start training at a CrossFit box and also to take control of my nutrition by messaging Kayla Banfield about @TheMethodnow . 🌿 I started with the Method in September weighing 73kg and I have had a great experience. I have always been critical of my weight and I thought that weighing myself every day would be the worst thing for my issues with that number, but it's been great for my mindset around nutrition. I have been able to learn about myself and about what foods work with my body. My coach Madison also helped me set goals - I definitely have had my off weeks but Madison has helped me to be strong and turn that around. . 🌿 I started at Sovereign City CrossFit at the same time as I started at The Method, and I have never been so welcomed by a group of people. No matter what weight i wanted to add or what i wore, I was accepted by everyone. . 🌿 My goal is, and has been since April, to get stronger and fitter to be able to achieve these goals of doing CrossFit competitions and finish my University double degree of Paramedicine and Nursing. I am so proud of myself for getting from where I was to here, about to do my first CrossFit comp, wearing a shirt representing the CrossFit box i absolutely love walking into every day, fuelled with the nutrition & positive mindset that I have worked so hard to refine thanks to Madison & the team at the Method’