Bel Meginley is 35 years old and loving mum of Isla, her 6 year old little bestie. Together they love to explore local cafes and events and love life. Bel is a tragic DIY-er and Pinterest addict. A lover of baking and all things fun and family. She likes to find the positives in life.
Bel says, ‘I want to set a good example for Isla that self care isn’t selfish. Fuelling your body properly and pushing to achieve goals are things I believe are so important to instil in her. I’m passionate about my health and fitness. I am proud of how far I have come.
This is her story…
Q & A with Nat and Bel – A NOURISH’D Tribe Member and all round inspiration…
N – When did you decide to seek change? And what was your goal or vision for that change? Tell us EVERYTHING!!!!
B- I got on the scales a few weeks before Christmas 2017 and was nudging 100kgs. I felt miserable, self conscious, my skin was terrible, my body ached and I was tired all the time.
I realised I had been rewarding myself with food; LIKE A DOG! haha. If I’d had a bad day I’d console myself with food. If I’d had a good day, I’d reward myself with food. Then 5 years later I looked up and realised it was everyday.
Over the last few months I had tried to convince myself “just love who you are, embrace you and be proud” but it just never stuck. In my heart I knew I had to make a change.
We had booked a family holiday to Fiji, and I just didn’t want to that mum who sat on the sidelines and didn’t enjoy everything on offer because of the way I felt about myself.
I had 20 weeks. So my goal was so lose 20 kilos. Huge goal? Damn straight!
N – How did you begin?
B – I joined F45 at Robina, and committed to train. My first week I did 2 days in a row and COULD NOT MOVE. Talk about a shock to the system. But I kept going, and gradually built up to 6-8 sessions per week.
I cut out everything bad from my diet – pulled way back on breads, no chocolate, no cake, no biscuits, no chips – learnt to track macros and follow a meal plan set out for me.
N- So did you reach your goal of losing 20kgs?
B- I actually lost 35kg! Thirty Five!!! Do you know how incredible it is to say that!!!
N -That is absolutely AMAZING!!! CONGRATS LADY!!!
What does your diet and fitness schedule look like now?
B – I now train 4-6 times per week, and continue to eat foods that will support that. I have learnt to tweak my favourite meals like pizza so I am still having the things I love but a more sensible version of them.
Meal prepping and having healthy options on hand during the working week is what’s worked for me. I’m WAY too likely to make poor decisions when I’m short on time.
N – Do you still have cheat days? If so what do they look like?
B – I definitely have cheat days, but I don’t like to think of them like that. To me they are LIFE days. Because what do we do all this for if not to live? I am still a sucker for bread and pasta- they are my true weakness. Plus a nice glass of Chardonnay.
N -How do you stay motivated?
B – I started an photo album in my phone called Change. In it I’ve put photos of meals I’ve made and loved, workout reports, Before and After pics along the way. What I’ve also done is taken a selfie for EVERY SINGLE workout I did for 12 months. I numbered each one of them and I found it was a great way to keep pushing. I’d say to myself “just 5 more sessions and you’re at 50!”. Now its staggering to go back and see those first ones.
N – Motto/mantra you live by?
B – Its a quote from Audrey Hepburn –
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone”
N – What advice would you give to women/ men who want to make change?
B – The change you want will happen, you’ve just got to start. Once you’ve done that, just keep going. Celebrate small wins along the way. Share your successes with those who love you. They may seem small but over time it amounts to big change.
N- What is the most important message you want to share with our tribe?
B – I’ve learnt that eating healthy and being active aren’t luxuries. They are VITAL. Nourishing my body means I am able to be the best version of myself both for myself AND for the example I set for my daughter.
Bel you are truly an inspiration! You should continue to be so proud of yourself! Thank you for sharing your story with us. You rock!
To follow Bel’s journey and continue to be inspired and uplifted, follow her on instagram here @coffee_mumma.