Pinnacle Upwey Member, Donna Nicol, was a winner of last years 12 Week Winter Challenge. During the challenge she lost 31cms, 9.8kgs of fat, 6 visceral points, and gained 1.6kgs of muscle! With the skills she learnt during the challenge, and her inspiring self-belief, Donna shed another 4kgs in the 3 weeks post-challenge. Here is some of her story, and advice for any one who is considering signing up… 

What was your motivation for signing up to the 12WKC?
I actually went into Pinnacle Health Club,  Upwey to sign up for a regular membership. I saw all the signs around the club, and being competitive by nature, thought this could be a great starting point. The actual driving force for signing up was my kids. I was sick of not being able to keep up with them. I have a back injury & the excess weight made it worse. I couldn’t even get on the floor to play with my kids.

How did you feel before you started the 12WKC?
Before I started the 12WKC I was miserable. Everyday was a struggle to get out of bed.

How did you feel after the 12WKC?
I felt awesome. I had made a new lifestyle for myself & I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What results did you achieve?
I lost weight, gained muscle & improved my overall fitness.

What do you think was the key to achieving these results?
Having a great support network. All of the coaches at the gym, my PT and my family.

Best thing about the 12WKC?
Meeting some great new people who are going through the same struggles.

Toughest thing about the 12WKC?
Making the commitment with 3 young children.

Top 3 things you learnt during the 12WKC?

  • I’m stronger and more capable than I give myself credit for.
  • Eating healthy can be really fun. Google has a recipe for everything.
  • I really enjoy lifting weights. And it is really good for you!

Advice for someone else considering the 12WKC?
Just do it. It’s 12 weeks of your life. You never know you might enjoy it. I know I did.

Registrations open for the next Pinnacle 12 Week Challenge this weekend and close Wednesday 22nd Feb. The Challenge starts 27th Feb.

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