Spring was the time for our 28ers to shape up for Summer and with the chance to win a holiday for four to Bali serving as motivation, thousands of 28ers took part in our 8 week Bali Summer Challenge. At a time of year where we tend to let our hair down and loosen the reins, hundreds of incredible 28ers kept their foot on the pedal and continued to make fantastic progress in the lead up to Christmas. There was plenty of blood, sweat and tears but also many kilos lost, smiles widened and goals achieved.
I know that when we hear the word ‘transformation’ we often immediately think physical. However, anyone who has spent 8 weeks on a journey to better health will be able to tell you that the benefits go well beyond the number on the scales or the size of your jeans. When we eat better and move often we don’t just look better. We sleep better, we have more energy, we feel more confident, we are stronger, we are healthier and often then we are happier. The beautiful stories that were shared of people who experienced these benefits are just another reminder of why I love doing what I do.
Choosing the winner and runners up was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. My team and I spent hours going through all the amazing photos and stories, feeling so proud to have the best jobs in the world. A big congratulations to our winner, Amy Lane, who lost 10.9 kilograms whilst juggling a 2 year old and a newborn and has found her pre-baby confidence.
After it was announced to the 28 community that Amy was the winner of the challenge, she decided to share some insight into her journey and it was clear from the feedback that this was something so many people related to.
“Sometimes I have clingy babies that need to be cuddled when I want to do my workout; sometimes I skip the fourth round because I have a sore back from my toddler climbing on me for the first three. But I don’t beat myself up about it, I aim for 3-4 workouts a week along with a few walks and an occasional run. I still eat pizza for dinner most Fridays (usually Sam’s roast veg cauli pizza but sometimes just regular old pizza!!), I have a glass of wine with dinner a couple of times a week and I rarely sit down to my evening cup of tea without some chocolate (although I’ve got it back to a row or a couple of pieces rather than half a block now!!). I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything and I’m still getting great results which is why I love this program so much. It’s flexible and it’s not an all or nothing program. You fall off the wagon, you climb back on the next day.”
What I love about this is that it’s refreshingly honest and what our program is all about. No one is perfect, giving up the things you love isn’t realistic and to achieve true success your journey needs to be sustainable. Progress, not perfection.
Here are some of our amazing runners up:
& some incredible stories shared:
“I keep showing people my “new” body. I’ve realised it was always my same body, Sam just showed me how to love and nourish it.”
“I found a confidence, energy, happiness I thought died in my teenage years! I feel calmer/mindful.
This lifestyle transformed my mind/body beyond aspirations!”
“Found my confidence, found a voice
Every day a positive choice
In how to move, what I ate
How I think.
“28 transformed my mind and body from a post cancer treatment train wreck to feeling alive.
I needed help and you certainly gave it. #my28bodyisatemple”
“I’ve learnt to love and appreciate strength in my body instead of a scale number.
Most importantly, how to be consistently dedicated to my health”
“10 months post partum with excess “luggage” and a foggy mindset,
28 has helped the luggage lighten, the fog clear and I feel alive again!
“The biggest impact has been mentally, feeling so much more healthy and confident in myself!
This is the start of big changes for me and also my partner, who has been inspired by my 8 week transformation!"
“I’ve lost over 4kg but also transformed my mindset and the way I live life.
I have the energy to keep up with my 3 young children. It’s amazing!"