Bella

X marked the spot, from XXX and XX to I can wear anything

By Tyla Harrington

There’s dieting, there’s weight loss and then, in the rare cases, there’s life changing. Enter Kim Sinclair, who told TYLA HARRINGTON that losing 40 kg is just the beginning as she continues her remarkable transformation

ECHUCA'S KIM SINCLAIR is staring at a before photo — and it weighs pretty heavily in her hands.

Just as it once did on her mind.

It pictures the Kim of 14 months ago. The Kim who was a significant 40 kg more than she is today.

A frightening comparison that is still powerful enough to make her breakdown and cry for the woman she was.

The tears are for a woman who weighed 125 kg and who was a lot less happy, although still incredibly bubbly and charismatic.

Her look is fierce, unwavering, determined and happy because the weight of the world has since been lifted from her — physically and mentally.

Kim admits she does not like to be emotional in front of others but in this case she can't help it because few people at 40 can say they have lost more than 40 kg.

And of the small portion who can, none would dare suggest it had been an easy road.

Kim knows how she battled her way along that road, the scales she stood on, the muscles that hurt (really hurt) and all the sweat and tears along the way did not make for a cruisy Sunday drive.

She's been shedding the weight along the way, but for much of that journey lifting the weight from her mind was even tougher because she was determined to be rid of it for good.

It has been the most rewarding experience for the mother-of-four who now realises putting herself first was the best thing she could have done.

“You don’t realise how bad you look until you change,” she said.

“I know that doesn't sound nice but that's just me being honest. It's been a big, big change and I feel amazing.

“It's been a hard road — I have been overweight for 21 years — and I am really proud of myself. It hasn't been an easy fitness journey, it can be very emotional and tiring, but it just feels so good.”

Today Kim is addicted to chasing that euphoric feeling many athletes experience after exercising. And for Kim she finds it mostly at the gym.

Before she can talk about the woman she is today she must go back 14 months when something in her “just clicked”.

“I just started walking, I thought it was time to start worrying about me,” she said.

“I started walking my daughter to school and found I had more energy. I would walk along the Campaspe track and then I would walk home.

“I started walking to work (Vivid, formerly known as Murray Human Services).

“It started with 6 km a day. I got up to 14 km and that didn't include the kilometres I did at work."

In six months Kim lost 22.3 kg. Then in April she joined the gym.

It was her first challenge there, as one of 60 in an eight-week program, Kim was the winner.

Meaning she not only lost even more weight she won a $500 travel voucher, which took her to Palm Cove.

“You win it by the number of classes you go to and the weight loss body fat percentage,” she said.

“The first four weeks I was going to five classes a week. At week five I started doing five double classes a week.

“You can see the change in your body, your clothes start to fall down, which makes you work harder to see even more results.”

It only took the first free seven days for Kim to know she was doing the right thing.

“I felt the atmosphere, the friendliness and the intensity of the place and now it's a really big addiction,” she said.

“I've completed three challenges.”

The program Kim is using is considered to be a revolutionary training system. It was born in Australia and has changed lives around the globe.

“Trainers basically take you through a circuit and depending on what class you do it could be 40 seconds on, 20 seconds off with a resistance class,” Kim said.

“With a more intense cardio class you can do 60 seconds on, 30 seconds off and then it will go to 40 seconds on 20 seconds off and so on … until you've literally got five seconds in between.

“So it's super intense but the trainers keep it motivated, they are amazing. By the third visit they all know your name.

“As you come in and see your progress and they celebrate with you.”

But Kim says her weight loss is not all due to exercise — a lot of it is diet.

“One of my other big changes was food,” she said.

“After being in food for 23 years of my life and four children (Dylan, Kristi, Liam and Chelsea), doing lots of split shifts, it was more I thought I didn't have the time and found it was easier to get takeaway.

“But I'm even busier now.

“I just eat healthy and what I tell people is I eat real food — lots of protein, red meat, vegetables and lots of really good stuff.

“It's changed my skin. I got told last week, that I don't look like I am at the age to have a 21-year-old.

“You feel the difference and the cleansing in your body.

“Everything has changed but my face has changed so much.”

Kim's favourite workout is firestorm — a very high intensity class, 30 seconds on and 10 seconds off.

“You can burn 800 calories in 45 minutes,” she said.

“What you do in here for 45 minutes is not what you would do in a normal gym for two hours.”

In her spare time Kim is now also a football trainer at Echuca United Football Netball Club.

“Literally in between work I do classes,” she said.

“I used to think I didn't have the time but now that I have taken the time out for myself I feel like I've got all the time in the world to appreciate me.”

From the start, Kim's goal has always been to be happy and healthy and at 83.5 kg (as of October) she can safely say she's achieved that.

“I feel more energetic," she said.

“I would like to get down to 75 kg so then I can psychologically have my 50 kg loss.

“At the end of the day, having good feedback and seeing the changes in yourself, is what is rewarding.

“It feels like a quick change but I can still go into a clothing shop and can buy an extra-large or 2XL. Then I get home and think, why did I do that? But it's just the old me.”

   

Kim recognises herself when she looks in the mirror but has had close friends see her in the street and need time to realise who she is.

“They say, 'Oh, my God, I didn't recognise you'," she said.

“It's been awesome and that's what keeps me going. I have always been happy but I recently saw this girl who hadn't seen me in 12 months and she said 'Oh, my God, you are kidding me'?

“She said, 'You were always happy and bubbly and had a great personality when you were at your biggest but you just seem like you have this light. You're still you but you're more the you always wanted to be'.

“My key message would be just believe in yourself, because you can do it.”

And it would be hard to argue that point with her.