LOOK UP THE DEFINITION OF DETERMINED AND FIND YOURSELF FACE-TO-FACE WITH OUR WINNER OF THE FINAL CHALLENGE OF 2020. DIANA PATRASCU IS ONE HECK OF A GO-GETTER – SHE JUGGLES HER TWO SONS, RUNNING HER OWN BUSINESS D RESIDENTIAL GROUP AND RENOVATING A HOUSE ALL WHILE GOING AFTER THE BODIES BY RYAN SIX-WEEK CHALLENGE WITH AN UNWAVERING INTENSITY. DIANA COMPLETED HER FIRST CHALLENGE WITH US IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER (TAKEN OUT BY ANOTHER WEAPON, JANELLE KAVANAGH) AND MADE SOME BIG CHANGES. SHE FOLLOWED UP AFTER A SHORT BREAK WITH THE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER CHALLENGE AND WAS IN BEAST MODE FROM THE FIRST TO THE FINAL DAY WITH DOUBLE SESSIONS, ROPING IN HER HUSBAND MARIO, WALKING HER ADORABLE DOG ALL OVER TOWN FOR CARDIO AND MEAL PREPPING WITH PRECISION. OUR HEAD TRAINER RYAN DEVEREUX SAID DIANA DIDN’T CRACK ONCE OVER THE BUSY PERIOD LEADING INTO THE FESTIVE SEASON AND SAID SHE DISPLAYED GRIT, DETERMINATION, RESILIENCE AND THE ABILITY TO SAY NO TO ANYTHING THAT DIDN’T SERVE HER GOALS. DIANA SHARES HER EXPERIENCE WITH US, FROM WHERE SHE STARTED TO WHERE SHE’S HEADED!
What was the state of your fitness and mindset before you started at BBR?
Training has been a big part of the majority of my adult life. I genuinely love it and like to think I’m relatively fit. I have two sporty boys so I kinda need to be, right?! However, before I joined BBR, I had been training at another gym for a while and found myself in a real plateau state. I noticed I was slowly becoming unmotivated and got to the point where going to the gym was more about the social side. COVID-19 really didn’t help. I’m a class kind of girl, so if that wasn’t an option, the chance of doing a solo workout was next to none. I really needed a change and a big kick up the bum! A huge reset is what I needed to get back on track again and boy, was 2020 the year of change for me, now that I look back.
What was the trigger that made you sign up to BBR?
For me the kilograms were slowly creeping up and I found myself to be the heaviest I had ever been. I was tired of feeling like a slug and noticed I was eating all hours of the day and far too much. My confidence was out the window.
It was actually the BBR Instagram that caught my eye. The gym looked cool, seemed professional and the set up was attractive enough to make me want to check it out (I have pretty high standards for my workout haha). I didn’t know anyone at BBR and that was a bit scary for me (actually, really scary!). I followed the page for a while and was always checking the posts out. At the time, I couldn’t join as I was living too far north but once I moved to Mt Hawthorn, it was within appropriate distance of BBR – so I could check it out, finally! I checked out the schedule online, liked what I saw and so I bought a 3 class intro pack and from then, I was hooked. I had to join.
How has the BBR experience been different to other gyms you’ve been a member of?
I think BBR being an independently-owned gym where the business owner coaches, mentors and also trains in the club – that is where the difference is. Not only a new level of accountability comes into the picture (especially when you’re on a challenge), but also the inspiration and drive you get from feeling like you’re part of a family with like-minded people is really special. I appreciate the classes are small and very structured. I absolutely love the warm ups and cool downs, and having each exercise demonstrated before the class kicks off is awesome so you know the standard expected. Form and technique is paramount and that’s something I have been working on at BBR. Also, it’s great having 2 separate classes running at the same time so you have the option to either do strength or HITT. Options, I love it!
I also love the energy and the music – and the trainers are bloody awesome!
Tell us about your first challenge and your experience there… what big changes did you make (things you stopped to things you added from food to lifestyle)…
I’ll be honest. I was in absolute beast mode when I joined the first challenge. I was extremely determined and motivated to get results which meant I had to put some serious rules in place (haha) I’ve done challenges in the past at other gyms but somehow, I seemed to fall off the wagon quickly or not 100% stick to it all the way through. Not cool I know.
One of the personal commitments I made was I would be in 100% all the way and would cut out all sweets, tempting snacks (things like crackers/crisps/dried fruit…the list goes on…) soft drinks (not even the zero sugar ones!) and not have a drop of alcohol for the whole eight weeks. For those who know me, this was a big deal for me. I’m a real sweet tooth and so sugar was the most challenging part for me to cut out. The first 2-3 weeks was incredibly hard, but I persevered. From about week three onwards, I noticed my sweet cravings slowly disappeared and I was starting to actually enjoy and appreciate my meals on the food plan. I felt good. I actually looked forward to eating wholesome food and my veggies! (who am I? haha).
I introduced walking again in the evenings – anything to get my steps up as I don’t like running. It’s amazing how good you feel after a decent walk and yes, I can confirm you feel lighter the next morning.
I enjoyed watching the live videos from Ryan, especially the ones on Friday afternoons. They really helped me get through the ‘danger weekend zone’ and reminded me, you can do this and magically refuelled my willpower again to face the weekend. I want to add the accountability factor was pretty up there and would have to the biggest motivation during the challenge. I didn’t want to let myself, the other members, or Ryan down.
Congratulations on winning the latest challenge – how did you up level in this challenge? What were your goals this time?
Thankyou!!! Completely surprised and very humbled, to say the least. Looking around at the other members and seeing their bodies transform was very inspiring and I decided to continue on from the first challenge as I knew I had more to give and was not finished. Plus, I was on a high from the first challenge, I just had to do the next one, too.
One of my goals was to challenge myself on increasing the weights in the classes and to take control over my mind. All positive vibes. I remember looking at the dumbbells thinking, I’ve done 10s for a while now, seriously pick up the damn 12.5s! For me, it’s all in the mind. I had to push past the “you can’t do that” or “it’s too heavy” barrier and let my self-determination be in control. God, did I feel good after each session knowing I was going up in my weights. I wanted to take it up a notch and try doubles so I added a 5pm class. It was a good challenge, especially the compound days! Plus, having my hubby train at 5pm, FOMO kicked in – I couldn’t miss out! Haha.
Please share your results from physical to mental transformations, goals achieved and any unexpected great outcomes…
I loved the overall process and really enjoyed learning along the way from being corrected on technique in class to keeping your mind in check with the daily inspo videos from coach Ryan. If you don’t follow and trust the process you will not achieve, that’s what I learnt.
I was thrilled with my results! From the first challenge and onto my second, I noticed a huge difference in my waist, back and my glutes. The drop in my weight was not massive, but I certainly noticed a difference and felt really good. Looking over the before picture from the first challenge to the most recent after pic on the second challenge – proves it not an overnight thing, it takes time and effort.
I also want to add, for years I’ve had a weak back and had back pain on and off. I blame the office posture. ‘SSI’ (Set up, Stabilise, Initiate) was something I took on board and it has made a massive difference to me. With proper exercise demonstrations, I watched and took everything on board. I focused on every rep and set, and noticed over the weeks my back pain was suddenly disappearing! I noticed my core was getting a lot stronger and I think that had a lot to do with it. Overall, I feel like I am a lot stronger structurally.
What aspects of the challenge worked so well you would like to incorporate into your lifestyle going forward?
Keeping the training consistent. Starting the day by training at 5.15am works best for me. Something about early morning exercise sets me up mentally for the day.
Having a food plan in place doesn’t mean boring and unenjoyable. I know what I need to eat and I try to keep it simple. Skipping breakfast is something I would do in the past – not anymore. I’m more conscious about fueling my body with the right food. Overnight oats are my absolute fav post workout meal.
I know I have the willpower to be disciplined – I will not let those unhealthy habits creep back in! Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a bit of ice-cream or chocolate here and there, but not like before. Just enough to taste so my head doesn’t think it’s not getting any at all!
What are your goals for 2021 in the gym?
• Work on shoulders and arm definition
• Continue to strengthen my core & back muscles
Fast five faves
1. Fave station at BBR Anything arms or shoulders! (and secretly burpees).
2. Least fave… Prowler and rower.
3. Fave café and your order there… Someday in Floreat. Almond latte & chunky banana granola or the avo smash always goes down a treat.
4. Fave cheat meal A good woodfired pizza or chilli and garlic crab linguini
5. Fave holiday destination In WA, it would have to be Dunsborough/Yallingup and overseas Venice!
I would like to add a big thankyou to everyone who welcomed myself and now also hubby to the gym! It took me years to convince Mario to join a gym! There are a few special members that took the time to check in and were very encouraging and supportive, so thank you! I’m really excited to continue getting stronger and fitter this year! Much love, D.