I first joined Lonedog with terrible intentions - simply to impress everyone who wasn't me.
I didn't aim to knock over goals, I simply wanted people to view me as "someone who exercised and someone who was fit."
With an exciting & motivating atmosphere, its amazing the things you accomplish with a push in the right direction.
After a couple of years with Lonedog my views of other people have changed, but more importantly the way I view myself. I am finally exercising for me, I aim to get fit and kick goals to impress no one but myself now, not so that I can tell everyone around me that I am fit.
I have now lost around 7kgs since starting with Lonedog and I have developed muscle definition I never thought I would be able to accomplish. I am constantly reaching for goals like learning to run 5km with Run Program and do 5 unassisted chin ups, I am just constantly impressing myself.
Halfway through my Lonedog journey I was given some terrible news that really changed my reasoning to become fit once again.
I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome (PCOS)
This is a condition in which a woman's levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance. Which leads to the growth of ovarian cysts.
I can just remember the doctor reading out some of the symptoms and he slipped out "very low chance of fertility" and as he rattled off more symptoms, everything in the room just went in slow motion. My heart sank and I straight away went into a panic attack. I couldn't breath and I couldn't focus. In that moment all my dreams of a child and of having my own babies in the future went down the drain. I was simply crushed.....
Once my doctor finally helped get me out of a panic, he began discussing "treatment".
He then explained to me treatment for PCOS is not curative. Treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and managing the condition to prevent complications.
He explained that if I wanted to have the best odds to have children, the best option I have is to have a healthy diet and regular exercise.... From that moment my goals and motivation was purely for my unborn children.
I then joined the first nutrition program with Lonedog and the knowledge I learnt and the support I received (and am still receiving) is incredible. I finally feel as though I run my body by the choices I make and that my body does not run me, by preventing me from reaching my goals and accomplishments.
Once I had my nutrition on track and was at my ideal body weight, after losing 4kg from the nutrition program alone, I then joined "5km Lonedog run program".
I can say by far it is the best decision I have made for years. I have now ticked off the 5km, with the 10kms at arms reach for the new year. Every time I'm running I run through my head all the reasons I am doing it for and the list is endless.
I would say my last couple of years with Lonedog have been the best years of my life. In fact, I would say that it has opened doors to what feels like the beginning of a new life full of unlimited opportunities and support.
Thanks Shannon, Cheryl and all the team players @ Lonedog!