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Letter from the editor – January

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

My goals, lessons and achievements for January.

When we open our social media it’s easy to believe that the people we look up to have it completely together.

Businesses and influencers create facades to facilitate sales. And lives are edited to a point of what is aesthetically pleasing and will get likes.

As a female it’s easy to compare yourself to these Insta beauties and business people who are seemingly swimming in cash and buying Chanel handbags with their pocket change.

Me? I’m in a process of getting my shit together.

Back in September in line with the rebranding of Professional Babe I sat down and devised some personal goals that I wanted to achieve in 6 months.

These goals consisted of money, savings, weight loss and relationship goals I wanted to achieve in 6 months.

I contemplated keeping it all a secret and then when the 6 months hit, jumping out of a metaphorical cake telling you what I did and how I did it. I didn’t really want to share my unfortunate self who sometimes ties their hair up with underpants when they can’t find a hair elastic…

But I figure I like you all, and a small percentage of you could at least understand the struggle of getting your shit together.

So here we are, I’m halfway through my first set of goals, with three months gone.12473751_1012109822196165_6626931574833401437_o

To cut a very long-winded story short

12 months ago, after feeling not myself for 4 months I was diagnosed with glandular fever. I ended up in hospital sick, with a doctors order that I couldn’t work for 3 months.

I put on weight, ended up with temporary hepatitis caused by the glandular fever. My digestive system and body was basically effed from my diet of frozen Coke and icecream. I had zero savings from moving out of my apartment and the bills associated with it. I’d lost my 2k bond. I’d just had a car accident because I was too exhausted to drive. My credit card and line of credit was maxed (approximately 30k) and I was 2 months behind in rent for work (approximately 6k).

I had to cut classes which meant that 1/3 of my client base dropped. And the week I went back to work we had a natural disaster which basically shut down the entire Hunter Valley for several weeks.

My life was a mess. I definitely didn’t feel like a Professional Babe, more so a big fat failure.

The goals

On September 28th I sat down and decided that I needed to make a change. I didn’t want to be one of those people who used excuse after excuse and blamed everyone for their problems. I gave myself 6 months to achieve the following.

1. Get my debt down to $10,000.00 by April 2016 (At this stage it was down to $22,139.00)
2. Be 70kg by April 2016 (I was weighing in at 83.6kg the day I made these goals but I know I was sitting heavier than that)
3. Have savings (At this stage I had nothing)

The 4 month mark

1. I’m at $14,000.00 even with my debt. So that’s at least $12,000.00 shaved off in 4 months, as I have no idea how much interest I’ve paid in this time but I’d say it would be around the $2000.00 mark. This was a mixture of DVD sales (thank you to everyone who has purchased, you don’t know how much this helps me) and lots of new clients at the Pilates studio.

2. This has been the hardest thing for me. I do find it hard to lose weight. Even sticking to a strict calorie controlled and healthy way of eating I’m lucky to lose 1kg per week. I’m lucky I’m tall so I hold it well. I’m currently 78kg, so that’s 5.6kg gone. Apparently a good lean weight for my height and build is 70kg. That being said I do feel a lot trimmer than 78kg and I’m currently a size 10-12 in women’s clothing (6-8 US sizing).

3. In my personal savings account I have $3365.51

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My wins

+ Over this period I had 2 amazing photoshoots. I’m so happy with the results as well. I’ve always said that it’s important to love your body whatever stage it’s in. You won’t wake up one day when you’re at your goal weight and suddenly love your body. If you’re constantly looking at it with a critical eye, you’ll constantly find things you hate about it.

+ Work at the Pilates studio is booming. I’m at 90% capacity with 100 regulars who come 1-4 times per week.

+ I’ve been really diligent with sticking to my goals and working towards things. For me I can be a little bit scattered but on a weekly basis I’ve been making sure to check in and that I’m staying on track.

I also have to thank Alice Nicholls for being an amazing business mentor. In April I did her online course and a lot of my money success has come from what I’ve learnt in that and the new approach I’ve taken. PS. She has a free training series available.

What I could work on

+ I need to get into a good routine. Running two businesses that are quite demanding can be tough. I need to work out a weekly schedule that balances that and my personal life a little better.

+ Keeping into a positive mindset and surround myself with positive & uplifting people.

+ Promoting my DVD’s better as I do struggle with putting myself out there sometimes.

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I have approximately 2-3 months to complete my goals which I’m feeling so positive about. It’s been a slow process to shift my mindset into a positive direction.

Again with social media and TV shows, we are lead to believe we can overhaul our lives within 2 weeks and be an entirely different person. I’m here to tell you that isn’t the case and social media isn’t always what it appears to be.

I think as long we are are making changes and moving ahead that we should be so proud of ourselves for that. We don’t need to be able to lose 5kg in a week and think that we can only feel a sense of accomplishment when we do that. Even 200grams is something that should be celebrated.

We should be proud of our daily efforts. As these small steps equal big results.

Peta x

 

Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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