I haven’t always been interested in fitness. Growing up I was active outside of school, but I hated PE with a passion and I failed miserably every year. Out of school, I rode horses and competed to a high level in dressage and played representative beach volleyball, so I got plenty of exercise but my weight fluctuated through my teen years.
My weight went up slowly but steadily in my adult years as my levels fluctuated and I became less active. However, my crisis point didn’t come until I gave birth to my first daughter in 2010. I was under a clinic that had little experience of maternal PKU and long story short, total bed rest and huge amounts of calorie supplements boosted my weight up to 140kg – over 300lb. I gained 50kg during my pregnancy.
After Miss E was born, I could barely walk to the end of our driveway without getting out of breath. I slowly increased the distance I walked, then started doing short jogs. At the beginning of 2012 I started working with a personal trainer and saw my first real progress in terms of fitness and weight loss. Not long after this I fell pregnant with our second daughter. Under the care of a more experienced clinic, I only gained 9kg this time – much better! In 2014, I joined an early morning exercise class focussed on high intensity interval training (HIIT) and that’s when my world really started to change.
Fast forward to now. I’ve left behind the very well paying public relations career that was making me miserable and re-trained as a fitness instructor, personal trainer and sports nutritionist. I then went on to train in pilates and pre and post natal fitness. I spend my days at home with my 2.5 year old and in the evenings I work in the gym, helping people to overcome their fears of what can be an intimidating environment and work towards their goals.
I am really passionate about helping the PKU community. That isn’t the easiest thing to do, so I spend a lot of time experimenting on myself and testing out different ideas about nutrition and different training systems and exercise methods that I suspect could be beneficial to PKUers.
I do offer online personal training for those with PKU, which allows me to work one on one with people with Phenylketonuria from all over the world. I also work with metabolic companies to deliver insight into issues around PKU, health and wellbeing, and to deliver on-site training at PKU events. If you’d like to work with me, then check out my online training platform and create a login to view and purchase package options.