Hey and welcome!
I’m Jessie, a personal trainer and womens health coach! However you ended up here, I hope when you click away you leave having learned something new or feeling a bit better than before!
I think a bit of a backstory is probably a good place to start, so let’s dive straight in!
I first started gaining weight at 15. I was super active throughout my childhood and early adolescence, particularly with tennis and dancing. I gave up tennis around 13-14 and dancing soon after at around 15-16. This meant my activity levels took a pretty sharp plunge thereafter. That same year, my older brother got his licence and any teen knows that a fresh drivers licence is the beginning of endless fast-food runs. My diet had no control and I really didn’t think it mattered. What even were the terms ‘health’ and ‘fitness’ at that time? Underage drinking wasn’t uncommon where I grew up, which meant I had my first alcoholic drink at the ripe young age of 16 (I do not condone underage drinking, or drinking at all, for that matter). This eventually lead to me binge drinking most weekends at parties. With large reduction in physical activity, endless fast food and the introduction of alcohol, it’s not hard to see why I gained weight quite rapidly.
Fast-forward about 6 months later and none of my clothes were fitting me properly anymore. I looked in the mirror one day and saw a girl who was overweight and miserable with herself. I was seriously self conscious and feeling as though I’d hit rock bottom. I was a junk-food eating, binge-drinking teenager with little to no respect for what went into my body and I wasn’t okay with that anymore. I decided a change was necessary so I started packing salads for lunch, reduced the take-away runs and started running.
The first 5 kilos came off pretty quick, but the rest was far more stubborn. Later that year I was introduced to weights with my first ever trainer. I built a much more positive relationship with the gym and with myself. I became more educated and that allowed me to make more educated decisions. I eventually dropped all the weight (roughly 10 kilos). It sounds easy in writing, but it wasn’t. There was tears, moments I gave up, weight gain and weight loss, two steps forwards one step back.
A few years on and I was finishing school, with a massive passion for health and fitness but with my eyes set on becoming a queen in the world of PR and communications. With a Bachelors degree up my belt, I worked as a PR account executive in Melbourne for about 9 months, but merely grew into a somewhat unhappier version of myself. I enjoyed work, I dug the team I worked with, but the lifestyle that came with the job wasn’t all that I’d imagined it to be, particularly due to the long commute I had to make each day. There was no time for my passions outside of work.
So how did I get from Public Relations account manager to Personal Trainer? A dream. No, seriously. One night I dreamt I was a personal trainer and I woke up at 3am thinking “oh my god this is what I’m supposed to do with my life.” I was buzzing with excitement, nervousness and a lot of ‘who, what, when, where, why, how’s’. The next morning, it’s like I just knew and to my surprise, my partner and Mum both supported my decision. I did struggle coming to terms with feeling like I’d ‘wasted’ 3 years of my life going to university just to end up doing something else, but honestly, I know not a moment was wasted. Everything I’ve done has lead me to where I am and it made me a better communicator and even now, a better coach.
I have enjoyed every second of being a trainer, both on and offline. I am incredibly passionate about helping women achieve their goals – especially in a way which is flexible and sustainable. Everyone deserves to feel good in their own skin. The reason I’ve rambled on with this story is partly to make you feel like you know me a little better, but it’s also to make you ask yourself “what is my story?”
By that, I mean what has lead you to feel, think, and act the current way you do? What is it you’re after or wanting to change and improve? It’s important to recognise where we’ve been and what we’ve done to get where we are, to understand where we want to be and how to get there.
Ask yourself what you want, then, ask yourself “WHY, do I want to lose weight, tone up, get fit etc?” What is it that has made you believe there is an aspect of your life that needs change?
Got your answer? Good! That answer is going be the fire that burns every time you think it’s too hard! Use it. Your ‘why’ is the reason you keep working towards your goals. If you don’t know why you’re doing something, what reason is there to continue? If you want to give up at any point, remind yourself of the reason you started and let it be the reason you keep going. I hope that I can be a part of your journey at some point, whether that be working together 1-1, or perhaps just being a source of information that can help you work through on your own. Either way, I hope to play a part in your journey to a healthier, happier you.