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Taking It Off... – Week 8

I did it! Or should I say we did it? Eight weeks gone and I’ve finally finished the Shannan Ponton 8 Week Challenge and the result is phenomenal. I won’t say the journey is over because it isn’t. I’ve still got a long way to go.

The journey began a year ago when I finally made the decision that I had to do something about my physical condition. The decision was easy. The required action was hard. I began training with Renee Atkins at Beachbodies Health Club after a chance meeting one night and when I look back at some of my early training sessions, I’m amazed I ever made it this far. In fact I’m surprised Renee had the patience to put up with me. There was a lot of “I can’ts”. I remember feeling like I was going to die the first time I lumbered up the Collingwood Street hill. I’m now conquering Muttonbird Island quite easily and often use it as a warm up exercise before getting stuck into real training. The “I can’ts” have been replaced by “let’s give it a go”. The bottom line is that if “I can” then so can you.

There’s a number of people I need to thank for helping me immensely on this journey. Firstly, I couldn’t have done any of this without Renee from Beachbodies – I owe her a lot and can’t recommend her enough as a trainer. I also have to thank exercise physiologist Chris Cherry who has carried out some invaluable testing for me, measuring my fat and muscle content. I would recommend that anyone embarking on a fitness program engage someone like Chris, so that you can accurately gauge your results. I’d also like to thank a good friend of mine Meghan Hinchey, who is also a fitness trainer and has provided a lot of advice and encouragement along the way. Of course I have to thank Shannan who provided me with the kick-start I needed to take it to the next level. Most of all I’d like to thank all of you for keeping me accountable throughout this part of the journey.

So, I guess you want to hear the result? Well, I’ve lost 21 kilos in the last 8 weeks, 70 kilos overall and my body-fat has dropped by nearly 20 kilos. I can’t begin to tell you the sense of achievement I feel now. So much so that I’ve readjusted my goal and am now aiming to lose another 40 kilos. I’m really looking forward to the next phase of the journey. So what are you waiting for?

If you're in the Coffs Coast area and you're looking to embark on your own fitness journey, contact Renee Atkins at Beachbodies Health Club on 02 6652 1428 or and Chris Cherry Exercise Physiologist on 02 6653 3806 or

Reader Comments (1)

Well Done Sir!

Congrats on your achievements to date and I will be nagging....oops I mean asking about those bags of sugar and kegs for a bit longer yet :)

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

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