OUR MARCH MEMBER OF THE MONTH ABSOLUTELY SMASHED OUR FIRST CHALLENGE OF 2021 WITH A TOTAL PHYSIQUE CHANGE AND SHE’S HAPPIER THAN EVER WITH A PLAN THAT WORKS… SO SHE CONTINUES TO PROGRESS! WE ARE SO HAPPY TO SEE SIMONE WRIGHT DOMINATE THIS CHALLENGE AFTER JOINING NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO AND SEEING PLENTY OF SUCCESS OVER HER TIME AT BODIES BY RYAN. HOWEVER, THIS MONTH SHE CAUGHT HEAD TRAINER RYAN DEVEREUX AND OUR OTHER TRAINERS’ EYES WITH HER DETERMINED, UNBREAKABLE ATTITUDE AND THE UNDENIABLE PHYSICAL CHANGES WHICH INCLUDE A PERMANENT, BIG SMILE. HER STORY BROUGHT US ALL THE GOOD FEELS…
When did you first join Bodies by Ryan and what was the state of your health and fitness prior? Share with us a little about your sporting/fitness history before BBR …
I joined BBR in June 2018 at a time when my fitness level was at an all-time low. My husband and I have spent most of our adult lives constantly moving and living interstate or overseas and so I have never really had any stable or constant exercise routine. I always managed to keep busy with work or chasing after our three boys. My husband is a very active person completing in ironman events and cycling. And our boys have always been swimmers, rowers and footy players.
Above: Sim (second from right) with her husband (far right), three sons (middle) and eldest son’s partner (far left) on an active holiday in Cairns.
Despite this I just never really made much time for myself to do any structured exercise. I joined MANY gyms but never really committed. In fact, I loved the idea of going to the gym but I was terrified of the equipment and the members. I guess I wasn’t really confident and because of this I never really gave anything a good crack. Therefore, I didn’t see results so I usually threw the towel in pretty quickly after joining.
In 2013 I started running with a group called Runaway Moms in Houston where we were living at the time. I had finally found my tribe! I very quickly became addicted and stuck to it for two years, running four times a week with the group. We set goals every four months to do an event together and we very proudly completed the 10 For Texas which saw me run 10 miles. My last hurrah with the Runaways was to be a Half Marathon the week before we relocated back to Australia. Unfortunately, I injured my ankle training for this event and subsequently that is when I started going backwards! I would try and run and then my old injury would flare up. I had all sorts of foot and ankle issues. This went on for quite some time and over the course of 2 years my weight ballooned and my confidence plummeted!
What was the motivation to join BBR?
I was at a function one evening and saw a friend who looked totally AMAZING! She told me all about this fantastic gym she went to and then convinced me to come along with her and give BBR a go. I figured I had nothing to lose so I pushed all my gym-related anxiety aside, put my trust in her and there I was in the HIIT gym the very next morning with her holding my hand as I bumbled through my first class. I joined pretty much the very next day. (Thank you, Anissa!)
What was your first impression of the gym?
Firstly, I couldn’t believe how welcoming everyone was! Ryan, the trainers and the members, they really went a long way in allying my anxiety, believe me. I think being in a smaller class definitely helped too as I had always been used to hiding up the back of a large class. The first few weeks saw me struggling with a few different sets and I had absolutely no idea about technique. Personally, being in that smaller class setting allowed me the opportunity to gain my confidence. Ryan and the trainers were able to correct my technique and coach me through sets I struggled with. They even convinced me to trust myself and believe I could actually do things!
The members or BBR were so friendly and encouraging. I had quite a bit of weight to shift and I was concerned that I didn’t fit the “gym set” but that didn’t seem to matter to anyone. Seeing a smiling face on arrival or getting that high five at the end of the class was huge for me as I was quite nervous and self-conscious when I first started. I loved that we paired up for classes as it was an opportunity to meet someone new or be encouraged or inspired. Yes, sometimes sets seem harder than others (like ass bike sprints) but I don’t think I have ever smiled or even laughed as much in other gyms like I have at BBR.
What challenged you the most in your early days?
Incredibly I thought my biggest challenge would be getting to class on time as I am ALWAYS late for everything. But I am proud to say that I’ve never been late, not once! I even have everything ready to go before I go to bed the night before!!
Honestly, my biggest challenge was sticking 100% to my very first food plan. I signed up for a 30 Day Challenge within the first few weeks of joining BBR. I really had myself convinced that I could do it. How hard could it be? Follow a food plan, train hard at classes, do some cardio. Piece of cake I thought. Well, my food plan was a bit blah to say the least. Tuna in springwater with sauerkraut and 5 brazil nuts every single day for 30 days was one of my meals. I seriously thought I would die. I also gagged at the AMP oil and Apple Cider Vinegar first thing in the morning. But I stuck to it and guess what? It didn’t kill me AND I got results. But just quietly, I can’t even look at canned tuna anymore.
What is your favourite part now about BBR?
Oh that’s an easy question! The people at BBR. I love that I belong to a community that is friendly, full of positivity, encouragement and inspiration. Honestly, training in a room full of good vibes sets me up for the day.
Please share your physical and mental transformation over your time at BBR including any important stats you feel comfortable sharing…
Since joining BBR I have lost just on 14 kgs. Yes, it did take some time and there were a few bumps along the way but needless to say my physical appearance has definitely changed! The biggest win for me is the mental shift that has taken place. I have more confidence in my physical ability. I am pushing myself which I haven’t done since my running days, I am setting goals again and I am more focused on my physical and mental health. While my boys are older and quite independent, I am still busy but I place a greater importance on myself, and my health and fitness is a priority. Overall, I am a much happier person than I was three years ago. And I’m not scared of gyms anymore!
What was different about this recent challenge that saw you achieve your best results yet?! What did it take?
Starting this challenge in the right mindset was definitely a benefit to staying focused. Before I started I thought about what I wanted to achieve, set goals and made the decision to complete the challenge with determination. Throughout the challenge there were times where I really could have reverted back to old habits and so I had to constantly remind myself of why I was doing the challenge and what I wanted out of it in the end. I think really owning my decision from the beginning to commit to eight weeks was the key. Another bonus to my achievement was definitely the support from my family. My husband and boys rallied around me with encouragement and understanding especially when I had prepped my meals but was still cooking for them. Sometimes this was a challenge when I really wanted to eat the same meal as them. Especially if it was lasagne!
What were your results from this latest challenge? And how did you feel about your results?
Overall, I lost 4kgs which on paper doesn’t seem like much really but it was the change in shape that took place. I lost 5.5cm off my bust, 5cm off my waist and a whopping 10cm off my hips! I am really very happy with those figures as I proved to myself that if I set my mind to something and commit, I can achieve. Another goal I met within this challenge was being able to change up the basic protein component in my food plan so that I had a variety of dishes to choose from over the course of the eight weeks. This was something in previous challenges that I struggled with, especially towards the end. This challenge I used My Fitness Pal and religiously weighed and logged my food. This was a valuable tool which I am continuing to use, so I have been able to maintain all the positive changes I made.
Do you have any other daily health routines that help you achieve your goals outside of the gym?
At the beginning of this challenge I made the decision to start stretching more. I go to a stretching class on a Wednesday afternoon to break up my week. I’ve also attended two of the yoga classes at BBR which I loved. I’m hoping to progress and do more yoga. I also walk to the beach every Sunday morning and have done this ever since my first challenge in June 2018. I use this time to reset; moving on from everything that happened during the week so that I am ready to tackle new one.
What are your current set of goals you are working towards post-challenge?
I am quite lower body strength dominant so my current goal is to work on my upper body strength, namely my shoulders and arms as well as improve my core. Also, I am trying to read and understand more about nutrition, mainly macro nutrients. And I haven’t given up that dream of running that Half Marathon one day.
Tell us something special/surprising about yourself that we wouldn’t know?!
I am a turtle tagger! For the past four years I have been heading up to the Pilbara region for a few weeks over the summer working with flatback turtles collecting data on females that are nesting. It’s hot, sweaty and very sandy work walking up to 12kms at night on soft sand in steel cap boots but I love it!
My youngest and I are big KISS fans!
Fast five favourites
Fave HIIT/Strength station?
HIIT – Sled push/pull
Strength – Definitely deadlifts!
Fave café and your order there?
Handy – large latte
Fave cheat meal?
My Sunday staple. Two poached eggs on a hash brown with rocket, fetta, pepitas and Devils Tears Hot Sauce.
Fave holiday destination?
I’m happiest wherever it’s warm and I can wear shorts and thongs and be my true hippy self! If I can sneak across to the beach in my pjs with a coffee and watch the sun come up even better!
Well done Sim on an amazing challenge and winning Member of the Month title for March! If you are inspired like us by Sim’s story and want in for our upcoming challenge, contact Ryan here.