Hello Beautiful People,
My name is Alana and is my journey so far. My journey is far from over, but each and every day is a gift and I intend to make 2018 my year. As a young person, I was very fit and healthy, sport of any kind was my main focus, but at the age of 15 I had an accident which nearly cost me my life. My parents were told I may never walk again, but after spinal surgery and lots of physio I not only walked again, I ran. I married the love of my life, settled on the Sunshine Coast and had 3 amazing kids. I was happy and I was too busy being a good wife and Mum to worry about my own health, so my weight ballooned. I began the never-ending life of a Yo Yo dieter, I tried everything on the market. I’d loose some weight, but gain it and some more back.
In 2013 my oldest son got married, the family photo was beautiful, but I hated how I looked, I felt like a short fat oompa lumpa beside my tall stunning family – I HAD TO CHANGE. I joined a gym, started doing PTs and classes and by the end of 2014 I was so close to my goal weight, I could see myself in my recently purchased bikinis, I had lost 54kgs and I felt fantastic. But life had other plans for me. In February 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, boom my life took a drastic turn. I quit my high pressure, demanding job and began to fight for my life. After surgery and chemo, I had won my battle, but sadly I’d gained back 27kgs and mild depression came upon me. At the gym, I was just a member, I needed more, I needed someone to help me emotionally as well as physically.
A friend introduced me to Mel and MAB Personal Training & Adventures. I started training with Mel at least twice a week and she was exactly what I needed. Training became fun, I not only began to loose weight again, I began to find my inner strength, determination and fight. I was once again feeling fantastic. It’s funny how life works, they say you’re only given what you can handle, I thought I’d been given enough hurdles in my life, I didn’t think I could handle much more, but once again in July 2016 the big C was back. I ran away from my life, I’d had enough, what was the point in trying to be healthy, what was the point in trying to be fit, what was the point in fighting and I came dangerously close to giving up on life. Now this is why I love Mel so much and why MAB is such an awesome place to be. Mel didn’t let me give up, she messaged me and rang me constantly until I finally spoke with her, Mel not only cared about me as a person, she knew how important it was for me to not give up, to not give into the depression I was falling into. Mel stood by me every step of the next 6-month journey of gruelling chemo, I lost my hair and I struggled with the effects the medication had in my body. I continued training with Mel throughout my treatment and I managed to not put on as much weight this time which was awesome.
Mel has taught me so much, I am a strong woman but sometimes my mental health needed more attention than my physical health and that’s such an amazing gift Mel has, to be able to talk you through life’s hiccups and show you there is a light at the end of what seems an endless tunnel. As I said I still have a long way to go on my journey to being the best possible version of me I can be, but I know I can and I will do it. Having Mel and the entire MAB family supporting me makes the journey a whole lot more fun.
Dream Big and do lots of star jumps because life is totally worth celebrating
Hi, our names are Josie & Kelsi and we are beauty therapist on the Sunshine Coast.
Our lifestyle was working 12hour days use to mean not eating proper meals, very little water and being too tired to exercise. Fast forward to Amy coming into our salon, Brazilian Beauty Currimundi, and her inspiring us to change these bad habits. We started PT sessions with Amy the following week back in October 2016 and it was the best decision we have made. Not only does she push us to our limit physically but she also guides and coaches us in having a healthy mind and healthy body by fueling it with the right foods.
We have not only lost weight and toned up but we are happier and get so much more out of every day. Having the extra energy has pushed us to achieve great things and this reflected at our annual awards ball recently when our salon won awards over 20 other salons.
We both love the MAB community and are continuously inspired by other members stories and the amazing trainers Amy, Mel and Kim.
Josie & Kelsi x
Hi my name is Nicky Webb. My husband and I moved to the Sunshine Coast about 14 months ago from Bundaberg. Background We have been married now for 8 years. We moved for work reasons away from both our families and all of our friends. Life in Bundaberg seemed very normal to us (at the time). We worked during the week and socialised with friends and family on the weekends. There wasn’t much more to do other than getting together with our mates on the weekends and having drinks and parties. (Or so it seemed). Bad Habits were made over the years and our physical outdoor activities became limited. Our lifestyle was leading into more alcohol and “easy food options” socialising and less health conscious activities.
The Move When we made the move I decided that I wanted to feel better about myself and become fit again. I also knew that I wanted to meet people and start getting out and about. My husband works away half the time so I knew I needed to keep myself busy and I figured I might as well get fit at the same time.
I was introduced to Mel and the MAB team by a mutual friend and I have not looked back. I have been combining personalised PT sessions and with MAB bootcamp schedule through Mel & Amy’s guidance and this structured training has been implemented into my weekly lifestyle routine. I’ve been training with MAB now for over 12 months.
In that time I’ve become stronger, leaner, healthier and so much more confident in my own skin. I have more energy than never before and this has come from a structured eating plan which MAB has also taught me to implement. Before that my eating was too complicated causing weight gain and my meal size portions were far too big.
My biggest self achievements so far have been the MAB 6 mountains adventure day and also the 10 km fun run this year. I have participated in the 6 mountains twice now. The second time really showed me how much my physical fitness had improved from the first time I did it. By the end of the day I was so proud of my improvement and this brought me pure happiness and a feeling of true accomplishment. My husband always comments on how much happier I am now and how much more confident I am. I feel as though Mel & Amy gives me the tools I need to succeed in my personal goals. There have been so many opportunities for me from the MAB team that I cannot wait to see what my future with MAB holds. I have met an amazing bunch of people and every training session is made fun. No training session has ever been the same and so I’m never bored as there are no repetition feelings that you may experience in a typical gym environment. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mel & Amy and the MAB team for my achievements so far. It’s been a blast !!
In June 2008 I moved to Australia with my husband David and son Patrick for a better life and settled in nicely, giving our son the life he deserved. This was the life we dreamed of. Sunshine, outdoor life and more family time and family fun. I always thought I was a reasonably fit, healthy person and everything was going smoothly until April 2013 when I suffered a mild stroke. Our life was turned upside down. I could no longer work due to fatigue and my brain worked much slower than it used to. I was a Police Officer for 25 years in the UK and a Private Investigator here in Australia, so this lack of brain function and daily fatigue hit me really hard. I suffered post stroke depression and spent several months in and out of bed. Life was not good.
I first met Melinda from MABPT two years prior to my stroke when I participated in the Pretty In Pink Bra Breast Cancer Walkathon which she organised, and saw her enthusiasm and dedication with everything she did. So, in January 2014, nine months post stroke, I had gained a few kilos, slept most afternoons and felt my life was going nowhere and I knew I needed to change. I met with Melinda and she believed in me and gave me the confidence to rebuild my life. I start training and took part in one of her eight week mind and body challenges. By May 2014, I had lost 9 kilos, lost 27cms and lost heaps of body fat. Most of all, my mind was in a much better place and within weeks of training, my afternoon naps became infrequent. I participated in the MAB bootcamps, climbed mountains, began running and through the MAB network of like minded clients, I felt motivated and alive for the first time in ages. But could this last?
It is now January 2015. I have maintained my weight loss through regular training and with one MAB PT session a week and two MAB bootcamps, plus personal fitness, I am living and once again loving life. My regular naps have become a thing of the past and I manage my fatigue well. I have met some amazing people who continue to inspire me and give me the motivation to continue in my fitness quest. My goals are simple….to continue to love and live the life I have.
The two photos I have chosen are worlds apart. The one taken in April 2013 was ten days post stroke. I was ill, I had lost my sparkle and although trying to smile, I hurt so much inside, as I felt I had lost my life. I have never posted this photo before but wanted to show what MAB have done for me. The one taken in December 2014 was in celebration of those who participated in another MAB challenge. I think it speaks for itself. I have chosen one with Melinda as I feel she has shared my journey. My sparkle has returned!
My story: Leanne Coleman
In 2012 I celebrated my 50th Birthday! As usual I love a costume so 1950’s Hollywood was the theme! At 103kg I was a super sized Marilyn Monroe !
I was three years clear of breast cancer at that stage and had had a bit of a challenge with depression and had turned to comfort food eating!
In November of that year after months of gym membership but no motivation I was fortunate to meet a PT who took the time to work out what made me tick! Laurie encouraged me to participate in my first 6 week challenge and thus started me on a new path in my life! I will be forever grateful to her!
I had a new mind set and each time I stepped out of my comfort zone I reached a new milestone! I grew in confidence and making life decisions became a reality and not just a dream! From my teenage years I have gravitated to the Sunshine Coast , I made a lifestyle decision to move and that came to fruition in August 2013.
Along the way due to changes I had two more PT’s who kept me on the healthier fitness path!
The last two years my goal was get strong to participate in the 60klm walk to raise funds for Cancer research , I’m happy to say both years I comfortably completed the event!i was 75kg at the time of this years event!
There have been times I have slipped back into some old habits but once I listen to my body I get back on track!
Life will always have it’s challenges however I think here as a part of the MAB family we have such a wonderful support network that our goals can be realised!
I am still stretching for new goals in my health & fitness journey and that is the great thing about where we live and can enjoy so much at our doorstep !
Here’s to many more adventures with the MAB family!!