A letter I wrote to the amazing fernwood head office.. As always a great response received.. Watch this space for more to come on this 😊
“I don’t know if you are the right person to send this to or even why I’m actually writing this (I have a sick lil man and have not had a lot of sleep so my mind tends to wander) but I hope you’ll bear with me 😊
I have noticed that a lot of fernwoods advertising/marketing and social media focuses on fit healthy woman and woman who have reached there goals. Please don’t get me wrong I think is great and I support all woman no matter where they are in their journey but think it would be beneficial for woman like me to see that this wonderful woman’s only club is really for every woman no matter your age, size or fitness level.
Joining a gym is tough no matter whether you have 5 or 50kgs to lose but for someone who has been close to 180kgs it is even more daunting. Given the growing obesity issue within Australia it is apparent that there is a need for change and I think fernwood has the right clientele to make that happen.
I have been a part of a 30+ Michelle bridges 12 week challenge group on Facebook and have found being amongst people with like minded issues and challenges helpful and wondered whether something like this could be created within fernwood. A network or extra support group where people can share there struggles and get support.
I have found my Instagram to not only help keep me accountable but keep things real and show that life’s not always perfect. I know when I have those shitty days, weeks or months that there is someone who has been there and done that and bounced back from that. A simple comment of support can mean so much.
I did a class last night where there was a lady who was a similar size to me but not at the same fitness level (despite my weight still hitting around the 120 mark I have a fairly reasonable fitness level) and I noticed the very real struggle she was feeling and could totally relate as I have been there. I wanted to say to her just keep going but find that it is difficult sometimes when you don’t know how that person is going to respond and you don’t want to offend anyone. I wonder if there wasn’t this stigma around talking about when something’s tough or not going right and knowing there were other people going through the exact same issues would have helped in this situation? I work out with a great bunch of skinny, fit beautiful ladies who have supported me through my whole journey and I love them dearly but they haven’t been where I was or even where I am now so it’s hard for them to truly appreciate the struggles of a morbidly obese woman on this journey.
My pt and food coach has been a wealth of knowledge and support and I am so grateful she is in my life and truly believe I couldn’t have done this without her.. But again she doesn’t truly understand..
When your addicted to alcohol you just stop going to bars or buying alcohol… Addicted to gambling you can stay away from tabs or race tracks to avoid temptation but when your ‘addiction’ is food you can’t stay away from it – you have to eat to live. Overcoming this is hard and I know for some people it probably goes deeper than what a support group could deal with but it might help to support them to take the first step.
I love my club.. The staff and trainers are such beautiful strong woman who are supportive and awesome at what they do.. But I didn’t know that when I signed up and having had bad experiences in gyms before it was difficult to come back..
This year I have changed my life and whilst I still have a long way to go I really want to support woman (especially mums) like me who just lost themselves to make the plunge and get there life back. Show them that there are genuine people who care and what to see you achieve your goals and be happy.. Show them they can do it.. It is possible and that fernwood can support them during there journey. The happiness I have gained this year really has changed my life. Fernwood is more expensive than other gyms and this year I have spent more in gym fees than I have in my life but it’s been so worth it and I wouldn’t change that for anything! What I have learnt and taken away so far is priceless.
Wow.. Sorry this is really long.. Just wanted to pass on my thoughts/suggestions/ideas in the hope that other woman might be able to get out of life what I have this year 😊
I appreciate your time xo”