My Story

Welcome to my studio my name is Dawn and I am the owner of o2Body.

Thank you for choosing o2body to start you new life style, and yes life style not a diet, diet to me is a word that I think is that if you say it too often you will be bound to fail, because no one likes the word.

And yes, there are that many out there, we don’t know which one to go on or whether it will work.

I myself have been on a few the Atkins the no Carbs, the no fat. I lost 7 kg in 7 weeks on the no fat, but really I don’t think I looked that healthy and let’s face it – to have no fat is just not sustainable.

I have struggled with my weight for some time, when I was growing up I was called fat yes fat, and that was from my brother! Yes as kids do they like to call people names, and sometime names stick, and that name remained in my head for one heck of a time.

And that FAT name, well I guess when you are a child you just think it’s a name that someone says to hurt you. And it did hurt me, and I didn’t think it would. Well this was the start of me not being able to lose my weight. Things like name calling and other thing stay in your head for a long time, we are just not aware of it at that time, or for that matter at all. And until, you come to terms with it, you won’t move on.

There are a lot of things that also got in my way as well. As a child, my Dad was a milk vender for Victoria Park. He had that round for 25 years, so we had choc milk and milk but in those days milk was good not like today. When I look back now, I really don’t think it was doing me any harm, and when I say that I refer it to as not good for my body, as far as getting one’s calcium yes, but milk is not the only thing that has calcium try nuts green leafy salads and more.

As children we would not know things, and sometimes as mums we don’t ether, we trust that what we are told is right, and if we paid more attention to what our bodies tell us, then we may not be so sick with all the illness that we get.

I say this because, I for one was not listening to my body when I went on the pill, and that was another thing that stopped me from losing weight. I went to 13 stone and that was big! When you are only 17 years old and 5’4 and yes to me I was FAT! For me, the pill me was wrong, but for some it ok, so be careful what you do. I think that we are given this little pill and said try this and before we know it we have gained weight, and then we think how that did happened?? For me, weight has been a problem, I would run 13 k very day in my 20’s did weight training and ride, and I could not get down to the weight that I wanted. It was so hard and damned frustrating.

As we go on with our lives thing change we find it harder to keep the weight off after children, good living and less activity. Other conditions may also contribute to this and for me it is Bells Palsy and Hashimoto’s disease. I had never really heard of Hashimoto’s until I had three women come into the studio with it. When I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy the doctor ran tests and it was only then that Hashimoto’s also came up as positive. So there was part of the problem and a big part of the problem. This is why I believe it is so important to get all the facts with your own body, have a thyroid test and others if required then you know what base you’re starting from.

What is Hashimoto’s disease?

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. It also is called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (they-royd-EYET-uhss). The thyroid is a small gland in the front of the neck. The thyroid makes hormones called T3 and T4 that regulate how the body uses energy. Thyroid hormone levels are controlled by the pituitary, which is a pea-sized gland in the brain. It makes thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which triggers the thyroid to make thyroid hormone.

With Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system makes antibodies that damage thyroid cells and interfere with their ability to make thyroid hormone. Over time, thyroid damage can cause thyroid hormone levels to be too low. This is called an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism (heye-poh-THEYE-royd-ism). An underactive thyroid causes every function of the body to slow down, such as heart rate, brain function, and the rate your body turns food into energy. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of an underactive thyroid. It is closely related to Graves’ disease, another autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid.

What are the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease?

Many people with Hashimoto’s disease have no symptoms for years. An enlarged thyroid, called a goiter, is often the first sign of disease. The goiter may cause the front of the neck to look swollen. You or your doctor may notice the goiter. If large, it may cause a feeling of fullness in the throat or make it hard to swallow. It rarely causes pain.

Many people with Hashimoto’s disease develop an underactive thyroid. They may have mild or no symptoms at first. But symptoms tend to worsen over time.

Symptoms of an underactive thyroid include:

There is a lot more on this Hashimoto’s so you can check out www.womenshealth.com

If you are someone who is hitting the gym and on a diet, and not losing weight YOU are someone who should have this checked along with other important health checks.

So did I come to know about Hypoxi?

Well, was after year of manufacturing clothing for some fashion designers 35 year to be exact I had had enough of sitting on my backside. Not feeling good about myself and knew I needed a change.

I was looking at the Sunday Times Body and Soul magazine and came across an ad about Hypoxi and I was intrigued so I thought I would give it ago, I didn’t tell my husband as we women don’t, so I travelled 51 k to get there! In the second week I was hooked! I was fitting into my jeans better than ever. I had tried for years to slim down my legs and now I was wearing my favourite jean and feeling good about myself. And that’s when I decided to open my studio as I knew there were a lot of women out there that had the same problem like me, but I still had to work on my diet.

We sometimes think we are eating well but advertising claims can be deceiving – low fat, gluten free, wholemeal, slim pasta and on it goes…. so it’s important for me to properly research the contents of foods and drinks as what we think may be right could be in fact doing the opposite.

Sugar and numbers on packets don’t go well with me and my body does react to certain additives etc, so for most of the time I stay away from them. There may be additives etc in foods that are having an adverse reaction for you…quite often it’s just down to trial and error.

I have learnt to eat fresh and clean and tell my clients to do the same, and I understand that this takes time, but our bodies are worth it look after your body and it will take care of you.

I think twice about what I put in my mouth and what will happen if I eat the wrong thing. Carbs I do tend to stay away from as I found out last month when I thought I would just have bread with breakfast…big mistake! 5k later not happy, so we all make mistakes but again its down to trial and error, education and nutritional changes. Please remember though this is my story it may be completely different for you.

With both Bells Palsy and Hashimoto it is very important that I work hard on my general health and well being. My weight still goes up and down because of the Hashimoto. This will probably be an ongoing issue but I don’t let get me down and I know exactly what I have to do. I generally use the Hypoxi machine twice a week and sometime only once and a bit of weight training. I eat clean food and make sure I’m hydrated and active.

To achieve the best results it’s pretty simple regular exercise, eat well, get regular sleep and be well hydrated. I don’t drink alcohol or smoke, but there are some of you who do, and I am not saying stop all together BUT if you are serious about your weight loss then think and think hard why you are the size you are, you may not be overweight, you may be thin and have cellulite, Alcohol, smoking and processed foods can be harming us, and in ways that we cannot see. Our liver can be harmed, put too much or many toxins in there and you will slow down the metabolism, the liver is not a dumping ground for toxic waste!

Moderation and a realistic approach to your health is key and most importantly – GET REAL!