I was working and studying full time full time had started my own business. As a result to let loose I would be partying Thursday-Sunday and drinking very heavily. I’d eat anything and everything! I had no stable diet and consumed a lot of takeaway, a lot of alcohol, had not much sleep, and did zero exercise.
As a result, I ballooned to around 122kgs and was a shadow of my former self. Prior to this I was an athlete and a competitive swimmer and netball representative.
But now I had zero energy, was often sick and wasn’t happy with the way I looked. I decided to try a session at the local Vision PT.
I did a boxercise session at Vision and it felt like home. I found a boxing coach and started to rebuild my body, learning how to use it again. I decided I wanted to fight and I wanted to be a champion.
Today I am now an elite-level boxer and an Australian title holder and World Championships representative and part of the Australian boxing team.
How I did it.
To start my health and fitness overhaul, in the beginning I started off with all the fad ‘diets’. Paleo, keto you name it. When I became an athlete I spent a lot of time educating myself about nutrition – education is vital. I believe a diet is a short-term solution for what should be a long term goal. The key is a lifestyle change. Learning how to fuel your body and what nutrients you need is vital for both day to day health and performance in any sport, it’s also important to eat in a way that is sustainable long term.
I eliminated sugar – that’s a big one. Nowadays I eat according to my training program, when I’m fighting and how I need to fuel my body. I try and steer clear of processed foods, additives and artificial sweeteners. I cook everything myself (bread, cereal, protein bars – you name it) and eat according to macronutrient goals. I compete in a weight-class sport, so it’s important to stay ‘on-weight’ and be able to fuel my body for my (gruelling) training routine.
The first few weeks.
I was so hungry, but determined to make it work. I saw changes very quickly so that was a huge motivation. I turned the negatives of ‘boring’ food into a game to see if I could make my food interesting.
Now a typical day on a plate for me is packed for of protein and lots of meals as I’m training six days a week. Breakfast is usually protein oats with almond milk, lunch is a protein (chicken, lamb, beef) with rice/sweet potato/quinoa, and dinner is usually white fish or salmon. I snack on eggs for added protein, nuts, homemade protein bars, homemade hummus, fruit for fibre and heaps of vegetables. Dessert is usually something I’ve baked myself, always raw and refined sugar-free.
My fitness routine.
As I’m a boxer, my training is very structured. I have a schedule of strength and conditioning sessions, sprints, road work, padwork, bagwork, sparring, drills and I train twice a day, six days a week. I’m up at 4.30am for my first training round, then training at 6pm after work.
I’m a ‘middleweight’ boxer, so I fight in the 69-75kg category. My ‘walking weight’ is around 77kgs, so that’s a weight loss or about 45kgs. I lost this in around three years.
My starting Body Fat was around 40 per cent, now it’s about 18 per cent.
My biggest challenge.
My weight loss journey has run parallel to my boxing career- so I had a ‘purpose’, which in hindsight I really needed. The biggest challenge is not knowing what you’re doing, and social media can be super dangerous for ‘diet’ advice.
My advice is keep it simple. Weight loss isn’t easy, but it is simple. Stay away from social media, both for diet advice/fad diets and the plethora of fitness models who really have no place giving advice. Educate yourself, have a good team around you and remember it’s possible.