Picking up and working out with a dumbbell that once served the purpose of a doorstopper was Siobahn Gordon’s saving grace.
Weighing in at 84 kilograms and unhappy with the way she looked, Siobahn had a history of untagging herself from Facebook photos.
But looking at a photo of herself taken in December last year, sparked what she called a “mental flip” that saw her lose a whopping 31 kilograms in nine months.
Daunted by the gym, Siobahn started out weight training for 20 minutes a day, two times a week at home with dumbbells her husband bought three years prior at a garage sale.
Giving fad diets the finger, a highly independent and motivated Siobahn scoured through the internet, read books and watched youtube videos to educate herself on nutrition and weight training. “I think the biggest initial step I made was to start eating breakfast, it kept me fuller for longer and I didn’t have the urge to snack,” she said.
“I have oats or weetbix with a scoop of protein powder. I also looked into whole foods with good balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat.”
Sharing her recipes and exercise videos on Facebook, @Siobahn’s Journey to Fit, she hopes to inspire others.
“To anyone who wants to start their weight loss, 100 per cent believe in yourself, it’s achievable,” Siobahn said.
“Try not to focus on the end goal, set small weekly goals and focus on feeling stronger and feeling better – the non-scale victories.
“If you have the want to do it, it just snowballs and before you know it, you’re at that end goal.”
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