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How Tara Gleeson’s quest for change paid off

Tuesday, April 2018

Plus, 8 things that helped this Step into Life Chelsea member lose 18 kilos.

By Harriet Edmund

Tara Gleeson turns 48 this month and to celebrate she has some impressive fitness goals in mind.

The Step into Life Chelsea member plans to run her first marathon later this year – a feat she did not think possible when she joined in December 2016.

“Back then, I lacked physical strength, struggled to run 200 metres, had low self-confidence and my diet was extremely poor,” recalls Tara.

She says picking up the phone to her local Step into Life trainer Caroline Morgan was “a life changing decision”.

Caroline praises Tara’s determination and consistency to attend 10 sessions a week! “Tara gives 110 per cent at every session. She is always pushing herself and we can’t wait to see her take on the marathon.”

Here’s how Tara’s quest for change paid off.

Why did you join Step into Life?

I joined Step into life Chelsea at the end of December 2016 because of the need for change. I was overweight, unfit and unhappy. I had extremely low self-esteem and was experiencing difficulties sleeping.

I had led a physically active lifestyle when I was youngster, but had lost the motivation and enjoyment for it. I was very nervous when I started, I kept thinking – what if I’m not good enough? What do I wear? What if I can’t do it? But, from the day I made the first phone call, I have never looked back. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

You have lost 18 kilos, what has been the key to your success?

I’ve had a total lifestyle change and established routines and habits for the long term. I have gone from consuming all the wrong things, to developing a fitness routine and eating and drinking more sensibly.

The key to success for me was committing to change and finding the right support structures both physically and mentally.

Enjoyment is a huge factor. I thoroughly enjoy each session and love the people I train with. I have made some amazing friends – we work hard, but laugh hard as well!

Variety in the training is another key factor. And, of course, having an awesome trainer in Caroline who guides, motivates, encourages, challenges and knows how to get the best out of me.

What is your advice to others who are on a mission to lose weight about how to stay motivated?

  1. Commit to making the changes. I believe if you want something enough and are prepared to put in the work, anything is possible. Just thinking, wishing, “mights” and excuses won’t get it done.
  2. Set daily and weekly routines so that these become habits.
  3. Build up gradually – don’t try to do it all at once. Set yourself short term goals and celebrate your achievements along the way.
  4.  Keep track of where you started. I keep a series of photos as a visual reminder of my journey along with my initial fitness evaluation results. I also distinctly remember my first training session and reflect on how far I’ve come.
  5. Train with friends and have fun.
  6. Choose a variety of sessions to help keep things interesting.
  7. Find a fantastic trainer and group you trust and connect with – they will support and motivate you every day.
  8. Remember that diet and training are inextricably linked so you need to focus on both.

What are your current fitness goals?

I have achieved so much already! I struggled to run 200 metres and have now completed a number of fun runs ranging from 10 km to half marathon distance.

I have a much-improved body shape. I am fitter, healthier, a great deal lighter, physically and emotionally stronger and – best of all – happier and more positive. I feel so much better within myself.

My goals for 2018 are to continue building strength and overall fitness – running further and faster, and completing my first Melbourne Marathon!

Read more success stories like Tara’s quest for change at Real People Real Results.

 

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How Tara Gleeson’s quest for change paid off