My name is Elodie, I am 36 years old and I am a mom of a 12 years old teenager. I tend to put on weight easily and I always had to be careful not to overdo my diet weight. Until I got pregnant, I had a “normal” body. I used to do my activities by walking, which allowed me to maintain my weight. When I got pregnant, I gained 30 kg. The divorce with my daughter’s father was the trigger: I found comfort in food. Not doing sports only made it worse. After birth I found it really hard to lose weight. I started to try with different diets. Unfortunately whenever I lost some kilos, I gained them quickly back again. All these years I have been between overweight and acceptable weight.
2013 was a challenging year, psychologically speaking. My grandfather, with whom I was really close, passed away. At the same time my brother got sick and sadly passed away two months later. I took care of my family and stopped thinking about me. I got deeply depressed, I was on a medical treatment and again I found comfort in food. Once more I gained an important amount and went finally up to 88kg.
Time to start with sports again
At the end of 2014 I realized I was not feeling good, not in my mind nor my skin. My discomfort had an impact in my family and professional life. I had to do something as soon as possible. I knew a diet to lose weight was not going to be the solution; the lost kilos would come back again like they did before, and that was not going to make my discomfort better. The only way was to stop taking my medicine for depression and start doing sports again.
I passed a resolution. I looked on the internet and found Freeletics. A method that was suitable for me since I didn’t have to go to the gym for it, and the method was effective and with a reasonable price. In November 2014 I started this adventure with freeletics and with a balanced diet.
The first workout, I still remember it… Aprhodite!! 1 hour of suffering, doubts and tears… but with lots of determination I completed my training. The days went by and despite the hurt on my back and the hate for burpees and its variations, I wanted more. Little by little I was losing weight. My nutrition got better, I stopped my medical treatment and finally I found myself. I was feeling good in my own skin and mentally much better. I felt stronger than ever and ready to give my best. But then months passed by and I started to get bored. Sports were turning into a routine, every workout was getting easy and I didn’t see any progress. After 3 months my weight was still the same. I had the feeling that my muscles were not developing… and I needed some fresh motivation.
Goliaz set new impulses
After 48 weeks with Freeletics and 21 kilos less, I discovered Goliaz through a Transformation Project. I applied and was selected to participate. I discovered a new face of sports, a stronger workout-routine with more variety, more gameability and above all, more complete. Every week I discovered new workouts – here they call them “Duties”. I had a diet plan adapted to my needs, a new way to work out, and among all, the mental challenge is on duty every day. Eduardo… a top coach – he has all my trust. While working through the duties every day I often thought to myself: “No, this is impossible. I will not be able to do all these duties and run all those kilometers! Impossible!!” I’m honest, I had my doubts, I wanted to quit, but then I remembered why I started the project and also remembered my goal.
I did something that was impossible for me months ago… 500 burpees and twice!! I managed to start running and do 14 km without pausing. I know I can do even more. I did also workouts that seemed to be endless, like Titania… I will remember that one my whole life!
An even bigger challenge for me was to manage nutrition. In fact, I was afraid that eating more would make me gain weight again, but I trusted the coach and I lost 6 kilos. I have to calculate what I eat, pay attention to the amount of food but above all, pay attention to the quality of the food. My relationship with food is not the same anymore. I am very happy to be able to take care of what I eat. It allows me to achieve better performances and sculpt my new body.
I have a new, better defined silhouette. I am more confident and I could leave behind all the doubts I had about myself through all those years. I will always remember that sports saved my life and makes me feel good every day.
Healthy life = Healthy mind!!