I was lucky enough to interview a woman who has turned her body and life around. She describes her health in the past to have been appalling. She spent years heavily binge drinking two to three times a week, as well as smoking two to seven cigarettes a day, plus an extra pack on a night out. She ate fast and processed foods regularly and took no notice of what was in the food, such as additives and sugars. Her name is Gabrielle, and she decided, while sitting in the smoking area of a pub, intoxicated, that it was time to make a change. She is not only improving her body for her health, but will be competing in the INBA 2013 QLD State Championships for Body Building. What a goal!
This is where Gabe found her body to be when she decided enough was enough! These are photos that have motivated her to keep going with her change.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Gabe. Congratulations on making that decision to put your body first.
These foods that I have an intolerance to aren’t really that good or necessary for the body anyway, and there are numerous alternatives and healthier options out there, and word is spreading. When it comes to cheat meals as a part of my strict training programme, my food is nutritious and delicious without the harrowing effects of bloating, indigestion problems, cramping, headaches etc.
In the first few weeks of measurements on the competition diet plan, there was a rapid drop in my skinfolds & body weight, attributed to ‘de-bloating’. Clearly I was holding a lot of water due to my blatant abuse on my body. On talking to my coach, my constant craving of water and fluids was also attributed to a reaction to eating foods my body couldn’t cope with, as well as numerous other internal problems that had happened. I am so very grateful to report now to have rectified these issues and am on the path to healing.
You maintain a very strict diet. Do you have any experiences/tips/advice on how to prepare foods or eat out with strict diets?
Linking up to the social networking system quickly opened my eyes to the options and choices out there. Various pages, similar to Glimpsing Gembles that offer ideas & pathways to recipes and eateries available all over.
I recently had a blood test – from it we can see that I am in perfect health, and excelling in certain areas. Cholesterol is way below normal and my body fat and lean mass are very much in the above average for healthy. I haven’t been sick in over 6 months now at all, when I always used to get headaches, stomach upset, coughs, colds etc. Bone scans also showed up that I have increased my bone density from 1.6 – 1.9 in 7 weeks with healthy clean foods & regular exercise. In 6 months, my body has dropped 11.7kg and 13% body fat. My skin is clear, and my alertness is very noticeable. I feel my brain is functioning far better, and am more productive at work and in my social life. I have a far happier outlook on life and am never negative; it’s hard to stir me up as there is only positives that I see now. Since commencement I feel I have inspired friends to at least try the same, and I have made so many phenomenal new like-minded friends and we enjoy many social outings together.
What is your best tip or piece of advice for people who are also looking to lead a healthy lifestyle?
Forty weeks of hard work, diligence, motivation, training, and a strict diet of no gluten, lactose, red meat, sugar, carbs & alcohol have been a driving force for Gabe. However, this body change is more than working towards a stage event for body building. It truly is about recognising one's own true ability, and realising that everyone can make a change for the better. Gabe's story is obviously one of extreme improvement, but it is inspiring to us all, at any level. She decided that where she was at was ultimately not how she wanted to be living, and she did everything in her power to change it.
Thank you so very much Gabrielle for spending your time to share your motivational story with us. We wish you all the best on your quest for a fit and healthy body! You are looking fantastic! Good luck, and I can't wait to see you compete on stage!