I’ve been a vegetarian for 6 years, am a huge animal lover (especially pugs), enjoy the odd block of chocolate (yes I said block..not piece), travel enthusiast and celebrity diet stalker.
I grew up in Canberra alongside my three crazy siblings. I’ve got an older brother, twin sister and younger sister. We had quite a quirky upbringing, my dad would always bring home bargains he’d found at the auction-house he ran so we’d have a lot of random things to play with. Probably the strangest thing he bought was the contents of a burnt down petrol station! We also had a giant ‘santa house’ in our backyard – we were definitely the crazy family on the street. Anyway, I could go on all day with my weird upbringing stories..but that’s not really related to what spurred me into creating this blog.
When I was 12, my whole world was turned upside down when my parents announced that we’d be moving states. The first year of high school in Canberra was bad enough – on the first day of school I went to sit with my best friend who I’d just spent the summer hanging out with. It came as a shock to me that she’d decided to be friends with the popular girls instead so turned her head and moved away. The popular girls giggled as she joined them and I felt my face turning red as I tried to fight back tears. I was already painfully shy in social settings so making friends wasn’t easy, thankfully I had my twin sister to hang out with and eventually I made some new friends. After finally being accepted into a new group and settling into high school life, I had to move and do it all over again!
Life at my new high school was a bit better. I made a few friends and started studying really hard, I decided I wanted to be one of the smart girls so I’d sit at the front of every class and raise my hand at every question (yep, I was that girl) ha ha.
Everything was going smoothly until I hit my extremely awkward teenage phase! The harsh Queensland sun had given me a face full of dark freckles, I had chunky metal braces and for some reason thought it would be a good idea to slick my thick hair back into a bun.
This was also around the time I started to notice myself gaining weight. I was the epitome of awkward and my self esteem plummeted.
I’ll never forget the time a modelling agent came to school and said they were looking for fresh faces. I shifted awkwardly in my chair, I longed to look like the pretty popular girls and secretly wished I could be a model. That’s when one of the ‘hot guys’ turned around, looked directly at me and snickered as if to say ‘YOU will never have a chance!’.
I painfully rode out the awkward phase and began to experiment with new hairstyles and makeup. I also focused my attention on losing weight. As most confused teenage girls do, I believed the term ‘diet’ meant to stop eating. This is when the yo-yo dieting phase of my life began! At 16 I found myself trawling websites that promoted anorexia and bulimia. The girls who posted on the forums had so many tips and tricks, they had before and after photos to prove their methods worked so I thought I’d found my answer. No breakfast before school, an apple at recess, no lunch and then by the time I got home from school I’d be so hungry that I’d inhale whatever I could find in the house!
I’d lose a few kilograms then gain it back plus more. I remember curling up on the couch with hunger pains, breaking out in a sweat with my vision blurring. The battle with my weight continued through high school and even a few years afterwards. I remember my boyfriend having to carry me to his car after I nearly passed out from not eating. I was doing everything wrong and creating this blog was turned out to be one of the things that saved me.
I got to the point where I realised my extreme diets weren’t working and instead searched for a long-term plan. I focused on the diet plans created by nutritionists for celebrities that were often featured in gossip magazines. I cut out the recipes, began cooking my own meals and joined a gym! I began to work out every day, always looking forward to my next class – sometimes even doing two classes per day. I loved the rush of endorphins after a fitness class. I began to see fitness as my future and began to study, I became a qualified aerobics instructor as well as completing Certificate III in Health & Fitness. I loved it and the results I was seeing!
By the time I was 22 I had finally found the perfect balance with my weight and dieting. My workouts were based around weight training, my diet was packed with fresh fruit and vegetables, protein shakes and vitamins. I indulged in two cheat meals per week and maintained the body I longed for.
This blog is a platform for me to post recipes, training tips and encourage others like me who have struggled to lose weight. I understand that everyone is on a different journey and I want to invite you to become a part of my celebrity diets community. I believe in weight loss the healthy way. I’ve learnt that the secret is moderation and concentrating on adding nutritious, wholesome food into your life. It really is a lifestyle change.
This website is a place where you’ll find up-to-date diet plans from top Hollywood trainers, celebrity diets, motivating quotes and healthy recipes!
I often receive emails from women telling me that my tips have helped them overcome eating disorders and change their lifestyle. I just love hearing positive feedback and connecting with others so please come and chat with me on twitter, pinterest or facebook.
I am still with the lovely boyfriend who carried me to the car when I was a teenager. His name is Dane and we’ve been together for almost 8 years! We’re currently travelling around Europe together and will be settling in London in October. We are on working visas for 2 years and made the hard decision to leave our lives in Australia (our house, our pets, my business) behind to get some travelling done before we settle down.
Also, as an update to that nasty boy who turned around in his chair and snickered at me..I saw him recently as I was on my way to grab a skinny capp at my local cafe. He was drinking and smoking at a bar at midday and was quite overweight – how things change!
Well now that you’ve met me, I’d love to get to know you!
Ps: I often create ‘diet challenges’ and invite readers to join, here’s an example below from an older challenge. To get access to the diet challenges when they’re on, like my facebook page or enter your email in the pink box up the top of the blog!
Old diet challenge video – do you want to join me and hundreds of other girls on the next one?? It’s a great way to stay motivated!