Transformation – Rachel Passeri

*This story is not about someone who has lost weight (though Lord knows she has certainly done that!!!!). It is a story of a young woman who has saved her own life. This story is about Rachel Passeri. My beautiful Rachel is well on the way to Unleashing the Best Version of Herself!!! I am so proud of her I can’t even put it into words. When I read her write up I burst out in tears. I know her whole story, the ins, the outs, the ups, the downs, the works. Through a journey of turmoil, disaster and distress, surfaces a story of triumph and success, and one that has formed a deep and beautiful friendship.
When I went to “PT school” I remember the coach saying to us, ‘never get personal with your clients!’ How do you spend every single day with someone, learn every single little thing about them and not get personal? For me, I am a ‘Personal’ Trainer. It means getting to know your people so that you know their good days, their bad days, their off days, their sick days and their amazing days. You need to know their moods, health and mental state so that you know how to push them in training, or sometimes, how to back off. You need to know which battles you can fight and which are a lost cause. As a Nutrition Counselor you need to know what food you can get them to eat and what food they’ll throw at you! When I first started counseling Rachel, the topic of food was a massive challenge. Was! Not anymore.

Rachel started off struggling through one single class. Today she is an athlete in her training. The pride I exude when I watch her in action is beyond the walls of our training room.

Rachel Passeri is one amazing woman whose story is an inspiration to all!!! She is an incredible woman, whom I love dearly and am honoured to call my friend. She started out a client; but has changed my life in ways you could never imagine. What she details below is only the tip of an ice-berg of her life. But you will get the idea. She is amazing. I am very proud of her. Go Rach!!!!!

“The 5th of February 2014 was the day I took control of my health and fitness and changed my life for the better. I had been training with Terri and Terrific fitness for about 8 months prior. I was doing one circuit class a week and I absolutely dreaded going every week. I would always come up with a reason to miss class. In September 2013 I pulled out of training and the weight piled on. I went through some really hard stuff and just didn’t care about my health or fitness. In January 2014 something hit me and I realised I needed to do something urgently as I didn’t want to live my life like this anymore. I would walk up a set of stairs and be 100% puffed at the top. My heart would be racing and it was embarrassing. Simple activities would exhaust me. I felt very sad and depressed about life in general. I hated the way I looked, the way I felt. My anxiety was out of control. I was an emotional wreck. So in January 2014 I contacted Terri and booked in for a 1 on 1 nutrition consult. This was the day that changed my life forever.

I have now done a complete 360 with my nutrition. Before my nutrition consult I ate take away at least once a day, ate sugar and chocolate, drank endless amounts of soft drink. Pretty much whatever I wanted to eat I ate. I was an emotional eater big time, when I felt crap I ate crap. I never ate vegetables, yuk I hated them. Lets face it I never ate anything healthy.
I have now completely changed my eating habits. Was this easy? HELL NO. It has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. Sometimes I still slip up and eat things I know are not the best for me, but I accept that I ate it and move on. I get back on the train and keep eating good nutritious food. I have also cut out carbs and only eat good carbs after training. Cutting out carbs wasn’t easy. I was like you cant live without carbs! That’s ridiculous! How wrong was I! I eat vegetables! Yes vegetables. Maybe I still don’t like them, but I know to become healthy and achieve my goals I need to suck it up and eat them. I just eat real food, lots of meat, vegetables and fat. I have also found that I am intolerant to gluten and dairy. So on top of changing my nutrition, I have also completely cut out gluten and have almost completely eliminated dairy from my life.
The changes in my fitness and exercise are what have surprised me the most. I have become so fit! I don’t walk up stairs anymore and get puffed, hell I run up steps now. I have gone from doing push-ups on the wall and one circuit a week to almost training every single day. I now do circuit on a Monday and Saturday, Boxing on Wednesday and Friday, Martial arts on a Thursday and Saturday and Calisthenics on a Tuesday. I absolutely LOVE exercise. 12 months ago if someone had of asked me to walk around the block with them I would have thought of every excuse under the sun to get out of it, now I’d probably run it. I have taken part in lots of charity fun runs too. The color run, Run for the kids, 10km rip to river and will be taking part in the Relay For Life in a few weeks, I don’t just exercise because it will improve my fitness and health anymore, but because I actually love it. I started off very unfit, but overtime my fitness has improved.
So if you are at the beginning of your journey, remember, take it little bit by little bit, keep pushing through the pain because it only gets easier. I still have things that make training hard for me! My knees are a mess. They stop me from doing certain exercises….but there is always an option. Injuries suck, but don’t let them stop you. My health isn’t the best either at the moment. I’m having a few issues but I keep on fighting, through and keep training. Remember NEVER give up, because nothing is ever easy!

My life has changed in so many ways since starting this journey. I am a fairly shy and quiet person, however I feel my confidence has grown over the last 12 months. I would normally walk into a room of people with my head down and not talk to anyone. Now I have more confidence to talk with random people. I am also beginning to love the way I look. For the first time in my life I wore a dress last week and actually felt good in it. I wasn’t worried about how everyone was looking at me. I wasn’t worried about if people thought I looked fat. I didn’t care, because I felt great.

There is so much I could share with you about my journey but Ill leave you all with this;

This journey has been one of the hardest of my life. I am not going to lie and tell you that it was easy to change my nutrition, lifestyle or mindset. It wasn’t, it was hard work! I’m still working hard to achieve my goals. I have lost just over 30kg to date. I am so so close to going under my biggest weight loss goal to date!! Yes, Just over 2kg to go until I go under 100kg. 12 months ago I would never have told anyone what I weigh, but its just a number, I’m no longer ashamed of it and I’m working hard to bring it down.
We all have stuff going on in our lives, we have family, kids, work and lots of stress. We are all going through something difficult. I know this has been one of the hardest years of my life. I’ve suffered from the worst anxiety and panic attacks from some pretty crappy stuff I’ve been through this year. I’m still dealing with it all now. Somehow, I am not sure how, in the hardest year of my life I have found the strength to fight through it all and in the midst of it all somehow I have smashed all of my goals, improved my fitness, lost weight and improved my health.
If I could give you all one piece of advice: My journey has not been an easy one. Life is not easy. When you get to the point that you are ready to achieve your goals and give it everything you have. Go for it. Change your nutrition, improve your fitness, and improve your health. YOU can do this. I’m doing it. So can you! If you slip up, that’s ok. Get back on the horse and keep going. Don’t give up, just keep fighting for your health! For your LIFE!
Joining Terrific Fitness has been the BEST thing I have ever done in my life! I would like to give a MASSIVE shout out to Terri, as she has changed my life forever and I will be eternally grateful. I have made the most awesome group of friends at Terrific Fitness and I LOVE training with such an AWESOME group of people!” – Rachel Passeri, Epping

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