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Tracee Arnup: "Nutrition is never about food."

Congratulations Tracee for completing yet another photo-shoot challenge with us!

Tell us, what was the best part of this journey?

The realisation of having set myself a big scary goal of my first body-building competition and achieving it. It gave me confidence knowing that I had spent the past 3 years creating new habits which have now become my new normal.

What was the biggest habit holding you back? And have you conquered it completely yet, or still working on it?

The biggest habit that I have recently noticed was the job that I was in, it was creating anxiety in my life. It was stressful, draining and I had no passion for it and I was simply going through the motions because it was something that I was safe in, I had a weekly wage, sick leave and annual leave to rely on. I have since left this job and I am pursuing something that I am passionate about.

Instagram highlight reel versus reality - Tracee has been busy getting stuck into some labouring work while she studies to become a PT

What did you struggle with the most on this journey, and how did you overcome it?

Taking that big step of quitting my job, it was scary both emotionally and financially. It gave me confidence however that I had some great habits in place and also the support of my partner, family and friends certainly helped a lot I could not have taken this risk without them.

What did you find the easiest?

The routine, I love to train and I love to nourish my body with good food choices. 

Tracee getting one of her workouts done at the Ab Factory

Favourite motivational quote:

"I am not what I have done, but what I have overcome.”

What advice would you give to someone who resonates with your story and might be struggling?

Everybody's situation is different, but for me, my mental health is more important than anything. If the situation you are in no longer works for you, then leave. It's never worth staying in a job that makes you miserable and doesn't help you become a better you.

In bullet point form, list 3 ingredients that you feel are vital to a successful transformation?

  1. Trusting the process/ enjoying the journey;
  2. Having goals that both scare you a little and excite you a lot; and
  3. Data collection.

What did you learn from this experience?

That nutrition is never about the food. Each program that you do allows you to improve and make better choices for your lifestyle and constantly makes you raise your bottom line.

More than 3 years of hard work and consistency has paid off for Tracee

Tell us something about yourself?

As a girl that has overcome constant yo-yo dieting, depression and constant comparison to others, I can confidently say that I am proud of what I have overcome and I have this program to thank for it. It forced me to peel back the layers program after program until I found the real causes to my depression. I'm not saying that my life is all smooth-sailing, but what I can say is that I have developed habits that I can rely on to get me through those bad days.

It has also made me realise that I have always wanted to help people, I just never knew in what field I could actually do this. I just needed help first with my own journey to be shown that my calling is to become a Transformation Specialist myself.

Tracee xoxo

PS: You can read more about Tracee here.

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