How Ju­lianne found the mo­ti­va­tion she needed

Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - News -

hen Ju­lianne Walker first joined Weight Watch­ers, peo­ple ex­claimed, “But you don’t need to be here!” eir sur­prise was un­der­stand­able. How could a for­mer triath­lete and top per­sonal trainer – a woman who’d helped hun­dreds of oth­ers get into shape – be strug­gling with her own weight?

WBut the Syd­ney mum’s story shows that any­one can suc­cumb to weight gain, and there’s no bet­ter weapon against it than vig­i­lance.

Her prob­lems took root three years ago, when she and her Bri­tish hus­band Sam and their kids – born while the cou­ple lived in Sin­ga­pore – moved to Aus­tralia. Ev­ery­one strug­gled to ad­just to a new life and coun­try.

“It was very stress­ful,” Ju­lianne re­calls. “Train­ing went on the back­burner, along with ev­ery­thing else I did for my­self, but I still ate as much and was prob­a­bly drink­ing a lit­tle bit too much as well. ­e weight piled on.”

It was an ironic si­t­u­a­tion for some­one who’d run a suc­cess­ful fit­ness busi­ness. She knew per­fectly well what she needed to do, she says, but, “I needed to be made ac­count­able.” When her mum, Chanel, sug­gested they join Weight Watch­ers to­gether, Ju­lianne agreed.

“Mum was a great sup­port. She’d come over to my place and if I com­plained I’d had a bad week she’d say: ‘Let’s go for a walk and pound out your stress on the pave­ment.’

“We re­ally mo­ti­vated each other and ac­tu­ally reached Goal weight to­gether.”

As she started feel­ing fit­ter, Ju­lianne be­gan weight train­ing, em­ploy­ing a trainer to set pro­grams and mon­i­tor her progress.

See­ing the ki­los melt­ing away pro­vided even more en­cour­age­ment, as well as en­sur­ing she got the body she wanted. “I like to look strong, not skinny,” she says.

Ju­lianne also started teach­ing in­door cy­cle classes, trained as a Pi­lates in­struc­tor and did box­ing and cir­cuit ses­sions, al­ter­nat­ing weights with high­in­ten­sity car­dio.

It was the per­fect com­bi­na­tion to en­sure op­ti­mum fit­ness, and WW helped her make sure she didn’t waiver.

“Track­ing made me think twice about what I put in my mouth. I’d put the item of food into the app be­fore I ate it and even if it only put me one point over, I wouldn’t touch it.

“I set my Fit­points goals very high so it didn’t mat­ter if I had my pe­riod or work wasn’t go­ing well – that pushed me out the door.

“WW also helped me main­tain. I know I’m prone to re­lax­ing once I reach Goal weight, but hav­ing to con­tinue at­tend­ing weigh-ins was re­ally im­por­tant.”

To­day Ju­lianne has a new job as a life­style co­or­di­na­tor for an aged care fa­cil­ity. She’s also study­ing for a de­gree in de­men­tia care so her time is lim­ited. Luck­ily, Sam en­joys walk­ing with her and she takes her chil­dren James, 12, and Kara, 10, cy­cling.

How­ever, she says, “I only train about six hours a week now, which is about half what I’d like to do, so I try to put as much into each work­out as I can.

“I love my job – it’s very re­ward­ing, but I do wish I could spend all my time in the gym!”

JU­LIANNE WALKER AGE 43 HEIGHT 172cm START WEIGHT 79.9kg CUR­RENT WEIGHT 69.7kg WEIGHT LOST 10.2kg TIME TAKEN 15 months HOW Group coach­ing with Gaye at Five Dock, NSW


“It’s im­por­tant to find a gym you like.”

Mum Chanel and hubby Sam (top) up­port Ju­lianne all the way.


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