Small sacrifices were Kelly O’Brien’s tickets to success

Kelly OBrian-  October 2012 Bodyblitz winner - Women's Health & Fitness

While I’ve always been an active and sporty person, my interest in fitness began when I first stepped inside a gym five years ago. I saw a personal trainer on a regular basis for two years and while I didn’t have a lot of weight to lose, I toned up and looked great. My always-encouraging trainer, Glenn – who also happens to own the gym – suggested I do my Certificate 3 and teach some classes. So, that’s what I did. Very slowly and without really noticing, I was putting some weight back on and it wasn’t until I saw photos of myself when I looked really good that I realised.

That was the motivation behind my entering BodyBlitz.When I signed up, I booked a photo session in the city for once I’d finished. I got a nutrition and exercise plan and got things underway. It was tough to start with. I missed doing lots of things that had just become normal to me – like curry nights, a few glasses of wine here and there, and coffees. There were challenges like having to go away for four days and live in a motel. I had to prepare all my meals and sit in my motel room while the rest of my family headed out for breakfast etc. However, I was loosing weight and centimetres so I was determined to stay focused. There were a few times where I lost my willpower and succumbed to the little devil sitting on my shoulder – he convinced me to eat the chocolate biscuits in the fridge. I kept going, though, as I had a vision of how I wanted to look in my after photos.

Kelly-OBrien before the BodyBlitz challenge - Women's Health & Fitness

At about week six, my results started to slow down, that’s when I enlisted the help of Alison Mathews at Prepared 2 Win. She gave me an individualised meal plan to follow. We talked once a week about how I was going, how my energy levels were and if I was hungry at all. If needed, my diet would get changed and I saw amazing results from eating the right foods at the right times. I was also lucky to have a very supporting family and a group of great friends who travel the 60 kilometre round trip to the gym with me most mornings and keep me motivated.

Not only was I starting to look better on the outside, many of the biggest differences you couldn’t see. I was sleeping so much better as this had been a real problem for me for a long time, and I also had so much more energy. I can’t remember the last time I felt tired mid-afternoon. This has really made me realise how much diet and exercise impacts all aspects of your life. There are many old habits that I will never go back to, because now I feel so good.
Looking back, the 12 weeks went so fast and it has been so worth it! I would encourage anyone needing a little motivation to do this.

Every year seemed to be the same.  Put weight on, and then take the weight off.  However, each year the amount put on got larger and it was harder to get off.  It seemed that I would just have to look at food and I put on weight. I couldn’t understand why I was getting larger and eating less. I starved myself, and still seemed to put on weight. I hated the way I felt. It was affecting my work, my moods and my happiness.
I was introduced to my awesome personal trainer, who taught me how to eat right and get the most out of exercise, so I started my own 12 week challenge – simply eat clean food and exercise. I was eating more food, but still losing weight. It was working!

Right near the end of the 12 weeks, my mother passed away suddenly. I stopped everything I was doing and of course slowly put the weight back on again, plus more. I was more miserable than ever.

The decision came that enough was enough with my wedding approaching. I wanted to look and feel the best I have ever and fast. So, I decided to compete in the  BodyBlitz 12 week challenge to keep me motivated. It was a tough 12 weeks. Easter and Mothers Day all fell in this time, and instead of going to food for comfort I looked to exercise.  

I soon became addicted to the way I was feeling – healthy and happy. It’s brought my partner and I closer, it’s improved my work and it’s made me like myself again. Working out also helped me deal with the loss of my mother. I’ll never go back to the way I was before. This is the new me!