" I first contacted Lisa this time last year when the pressure of working two jobs and doing voluntary work in a fairly remote coastal area coupled with a 5.30pm vino habit was starting to impact on my previously trim figure.

In the big 09 (apparently big 09 is a coromadel expression referring to Auckland - go figure!) I had been a daily Gym/dance class type of girl. The nearest gym now was over the water in Whitianga and the nearest dance classes were over the hill, an hour away in Thames.
I was in a serious rut and down at the mouth when a girlfriend suggested I check out the Go Figure site as Lisa was doing an 8 week challenge and maybe I should give it a go (I think she was just sick of me moaning to her about my fat arse!).

I started Lisa's 8 week challenge and proceeded to eat clean, exercise and drop over 5Kg's. It literally changed my whole attitude to life, gave me heaps of energy and made me fit my old 09 clothes! Even the no alcohol, no morning latte was a piece of.... Um.... cake?! I felt virtuous and was enjoying a clear head (once the caffeine detox headaches stopped!)

Lisa was there at the end of the phone - or more often email -  with support, diet tweaks and the sweet way she has of saying ‘don't be a pussy, suck it up and get on with it'; it was just the right type of motivation for me!!

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While cardio was a doddle with the beautiful walks and beaches we have, I found all sorts ways of doing resistance training with random objects around the house and the limited equipment I have!

After reading Lisa's training blog about Nat, my goal was to find a 55Kg person and squat with them on my back! I have now joined the gym ‘across the water' and make a point of having enough ‘me time' to get over there a couple of days a week.

I have since found that a Smith machine is easier to squat with than a 55Kg person!

I have a trainer over there, Justin ‘Satan' Murphy, who takes the great training plan Lisa has provided me with and makes sure I give it 110%.

I love working with Lisa, her style and approach works perfectly with me and my lifestyle and I would have been lost without her. She may even talk me (you bet I will, from Lisa) into a shape contest....one day!

Penne Clayton
13 Feb 09

A word from Lisa

Penne Clayton of Whitianga first started with me in early 08.  She experienced 5kg weight loss during her 8 week challenge, but then went slightly AWOL towards the end of last year.  But this year she's reimerged stronger and more determined than ever to achieve THAT body.  I know deep down Penne wants to compete in a Shape comp (oops the secret's out Penne so you got to do it chicky) but here comes the catch.

Shape competition is still about having muscle and muscle tone and she did take a little convincing when I said to her we needed to 'beef' her upper body a little bit.  I could just see her deleting my email at that thought.  Afterall, what girl wants to beef up when she wants to loose weight!?  I reassured her she won't get BIG but we do need to change her weight training regime so she can achieve a more athletic figure.

So far Penne's weight training hasn't been too challenging.  Sure she's gained some tone and lost weight but Penne needs to grow and that's where I come in with a serious muscle building plan.  This meant she needed to join a gym to get access to heavier weights. In her current regime, Penne's training 3 days a week with plenty of rest in between days so she can recover.

She gets plenty of cardio from teaching dance but since Penne's got that hardcore attitude this year, she's also incorporating more walking to keep her legs lean. We found out last year biking was making her legs too big to fit in her 'skinny' jeans. 

Penne not only has me pestering her but she's also got herself a hands on PT to kick her butt as well. So now she has 2 task masters to keep her on her toes and enjoy her training again.

I sense that Penne's in a good headspace and with a little more encouragement and more whipping in the gym, we'll see her on stage this year.....hopefully!
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