December 2, 2014

Member profile: The amazing Helena and Sheradyn from Otara Fitness!

Meet Helena and Sheradyn, an incredible mother-daughter duo who have taken their health into their own hands!

Read on to find out why they took the leap and joined Otara Pool and Leisure Centre, in their own words.

Helena

Helena

Age: 43
Starting weight: 160kg
Current weight: 100kg
Total weight lost: 60kg
Favourite machine/exercise: Anything that involves a lot of cardio work like the treadmill orcross trainer, and a lot of core exercises
Least favourite machine/exercise: Bicycle

How long did it take you to lose the weight?

Three years: the first year I dropped 30kg, 2nd year another 30kg, and I’ve pretty much just hovered around 98kg – 100kg in the last year or so.

What advice would you give to someone starting out?

The advice I usually give people is, “just start”. What is 40-60min out of your day at least four times a week if it means saving your life in the end?! Do it with somebody you know who will push and watch you every step of the way. Take all the abuse, blood, guts and sweat that comes along with it! Oh and the tears, there were a lot of tears from me! Just think this time next year you could be a totally different you. If you’re not going to do it for yourself, focus on somebody important in your life that you can do it for – your kids, your parents, your partner, cat, dog…

Anything you would like to add about your journey?

For pretty much 20 years of my life I weighed in at around a staggering 160kg. I had high blood pressure during that time and was almost put on tablets to control it. When I started dropping weight, Fereni (my eldest), found it hard getting used to how I looked, only because most of her growing life she just saw a 160kg mama!

When I asked a very good friend to help me lose weight, he just nodded his head and said, “yes, okay, bring your shoes tomorrow.” We started with walking the inside of One Tree Hill (at this stage walking up One Tree Hill was a huge feat for me). We took on other challenges such as walking around the Domain towards Mt Eden and taking hourly walks each day. Before I knew it, what was once a very arduous task for me became something that I thoroughly enjoyed.

As an extra challenge I joined the Otara Fitness Centre and have never once looked back. The atmosphere here is absolutely wonderful. The people, the staff, and also the gym gives you every piece of equipment that you need to help you get to your goal weight. My two daughters have also jumped on board this weight loss journey. To date my 15 year old Sheradyn has dropped 26kg since she joined in November 2013. My 23 year old Fereni has lost 20kg.

So come on people – get serious and think of Obama – “yes we can” and just start. When you feel as though you want to throw in the towel just say to yourself, “I want to see a new me this time next year!” If I can do it, so can you…yeah YOU reading this!

Since losing the weight I’ve done some fabulous trips in the last three years, going twice to Europe and to Montreal and New York last year; something I never would’ve done at 160kg!

Best of luck everybody,

Helena

Sheradyn

Sheradyn

Age: 15
Starting weight: 120kg
Current weight: 94kg
Total weight lost: 26kg
Favourite machine/exercise: Cross trainer and the bike – it really gets my legs and thighs moving
Least favourite machine/exercise: Rower

How long did it take you to lose the weight?

One year to lose 26kg and still going. During the first two weeks I dropped 5kg, but from then on it started to get a little hard to lose weight therefore I had to amp up my exercises.

What advice would you give to someone starting out?

Be surrounded by positivity and stay away from foods that will tempt you. Get your eating right, start off by purchasing healthy foods and make the time to go for walks or jogs in your leisure. If there’s any time that you feel like you’re going to give up, think back to the person who you will become. Last but not least think of the future that lies ahead of you, how you see yourself, and the great things you will accomplish. Do this for yourself, because in the end no one is there to help you but yourself!

Anything you would like to add about your journey?

All my life I’ve grown up feasting on takeout and fizzy drinks – every night for dinner I’d go down to Mike’s Roasts and order a $7 packet of chips and chicken nibbles. Whenever my mum tried to help me I’d brush her off. It was not until one day, I came home exhausted from an outing in town. I can remember walking around huffing and puffing and it was that moment I realised that I needed to lose weight.

My mum was ecstatic and gushing in her seat, I still remember the look on her face and her saying to me that that is the best thing she could ever buy for me, my weekly subscription to the gym! If you think its easy losing, think again! I’ve always wanted to cave in but my instincts thought otherwise. My mum, bless her, was and still is my inspiration, she motivated me to become a better and healthier stronger me. So please! Be active, be hungry (to lose weight) and strive for more!

Thank you,

Sheradyn