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!