Thursday, January 14, 2010


Guess I should start by telling you all about myself. I am actually 35, closer to 36 but feeling more now like I am 18. I started swimming as a child due to Asthma. Found out that even though I hated it at the beginning - I was pretty good at it. Made it to State Championships within a year and Nationals when I was 12. By the time I reached 14, I found swimming to be "so last season" and quit.
In between then and 2008, I finished school - well to Yr 11, travelled a bit, found the man of my dreams (Stephen) and became a mother to the lights of my life - boy/girl twins Kurtis and Taillah who are now almost 14 and Kyle who is 11. I also finished my nursing degree in 2006 - which had been a goal of mine since I was 18. Tough going but I DID IT.
When my twins were born I had a very sore back for a couple months afterwards which didn't seem to want to go. Saw my GP and after Xrays and scans they found inflammation in my sacroilliac spaces. Referral to rheumatologist saw some more tests being done and initial management with medication. This made me feel like I had a constant headache which I wasn't happy to settle with so I stopped the medication and didn't go back. I figured that I had to take everyday as a new day and try not to overdo it.
That is until 2008. I guess 4 years of a degree, running around being a mum and working took it's toll. My back got worse and I just couldnt manage it anymore and intervention was needed. I returned to my rheumatologist (with my head held quite low) and new medications were given. They worked but the side effects were not pleasant. My hair thinned, I bruised, my memory wasn't crash hot and the weight gain was horrendous. 20kg in 6 months. EEEEKKKK!!!!!
So the GET WELL and WEIGHT LOSS journey began and who knew there was going to be some added benefits along the way.
Stay tuned!!!!!! The story will continue. I promise :)


  1. You should be so proud of your achievements
    I'm so inspired by you as a friend and training partner... I'm really looking forward to seeing what this year will bring for you and look

  2. I am thinking this is either Mel or Susan? Mmmmmm
    Thankyou so much. It is quite humbling to know that I have inspired someone. :)

  3. Hi Barbara, I saw your nifty new blog linked from dailymile. Congrats on your new nest on the web!

  4. Thankyou so much Elodie. I wanted a way to connect with people who may be having difficulty getting motivated to lose weight or to just tackle anything. Fingers crossed it goes well.


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