My journey started back in 2015 my life had hit a stumbling block & I didn’t know how to get over it. My weight was spiraling out of control, I was on the brink of sugar diabetes & having high cholesterol. I looked liked I could have been the cover guy for KFC. I was constantly making excuses to my wife & kids as to why I couldn’t do things with them, fully well knowing in the back of my head it was my weight holding me back. I was drinking & eating like there was no tomorrow & I also used to be a smoker & I knew something had to give otherwise I was going to lose everyone & everything that I loved.
So came the day…I tried gym’s (which I hate), I tried every fad diet known in the hope that weight would just fall off over night, none of it seemed to be working I started questioning is it even worth it? That was until the day my wife Jodi recommended I join her in a session at Raw Energy & Wellness. What can I say! It was the day that changed my & our lives forever. From the minute I walked through the doors I was welcomed into a family not a gym, the words of support & encouragement were overwhelming but I knew then & there I had found the place that was going to turn my life around.
The support from trainer & owner Mel has been amazing & nothing short of exceptional, her knowledge & support in fitness & nutrition is second to none. We can not thank Mel enough for what she has created at Raw Energy & Wellness it is very homely & welcoming to all even the kids love going as much as we do which gives you that extra motivation needed on the days you feel like packing it in. Words can’t describe how my life has turned around, I feel like a new man & i’m pretty sure my wife is happy with my results too! Haha!
I started this journey weighing 102.3 kgs & since joining I am now down to 87 kgs & counting. Thanks Mel & the team at Raw I love what has been created, it is a place like no other. “It’s not a fad it’s a lifestyle” – Danny Dimitrovich
Thanks so much Mel for helping me achieve goals I thought were impossible at 35. When we moved to Yanchep a year & a half ago I was lonely & felt like I didn’t fit in anywhere & then I joined Raw & my life completely changed. I’m healthier & happier & that’s cause I’ve found my tribe & Ill be forever thankful to you Mel – Jodi Dimitrovich
My journey is far from over, it’s only just beginning and I’m damn proud of how far I have come in the last few years. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, on track, off track but at the end of the day, I’ve kept moving forward and shed over 23kgs and had a baby in between. Edging towards 35 and I’m the fittest and healthiest I have ever been and couldn’t have done it without Drew and the kids by my side, my Raw Pack Family and of course Mel – Michelle McPherson
I’m one of those people who has tried every fad diet and piece of exercise equipment that ‘guarantees you the body of your dreams’, so why is it that I found myself still 30-40 kilos overweight and unhappy on the wrong side of 40 years of age? Because they are short term fixes that initially give you results, but are not sustainable and don’t address the real reason for being overweight and unhappy in the first place.
So when did everything change for me?
July 2015 when I decided to join Raw Energy & Wellness; I had a few messages back and forth with Mel Atarau as I wasn’t 100% sure if it was going to fit in with my work schedule (that old excuse!), Mel quickly called my bluff by suggesting I came to meet her the next day straight from work, therefore not giving me time to think of an excuse as to why that wasn’t possible. So there I was, sitting in my car psyching myself up to walk into a room full of complete strangers who I was sure would all be young, fit, toned, beautiful and would surely judge this ‘overweight older lady who is clearly lacking in any self-confidence’………how wrong I was; the gym floor was full with a mix of age groups and sizes and there was a really good vibe of fun and encouragement amongst the girls working out.
My journey had started…….
Initially I committed to 3 mornings per week at 6am, as I had no excuse to not attend these sessions as my employers were flexible with my work hours and I was quickly finding that I didn’t feel the need to make excuses as I was actually enjoying the sessions; yes they were hard, yes I was out of my comfort zone, but I had support from other people with similar health goals to mine and more importantly, I had the support of Mel…..I wasn’t just another paying member.
Mel took the time to understand why I hadn’t succeeded in my past attempts and also helped me to understand ‘my body type’ and what ‘I needed to do’, it was not just about the food and exercise it was about changing my way of thinking; not only about myself, but others and situations in life.
I have also participated in numerous ‘group challenges’ designed by Mel and open for anyone to participate in; there was never any pressure to do these challenges, however once you’ve done one and have experienced the support from everyone and seen the results, it’s hard to not doing the next one and the next one.
Here I am 14 months along in my journey and I’m still learning, still improving my levels of fitness and my general wellbeing; I exercise 9 times each week and can honestly say I love ‘almost’ every minute of it; I barely recognise the person I’ve become and can honestly say that meeting Mel and becoming a member of Raw Energy and Wellness is the best thing I have ever done.
I have made some lifelong friends and have learnt some lifelong skills too, but more importantly I’ve learnt to love myself and to respect my body and recognise how truly amazing it is and that it’s not our body that limits us, it’s our mind…………..“Dream, Believe, Achieve” – Anita Strickland
At the end of last year, undeniably one of the toughest, emotional and life changing one in my (then) 31 years, I walked into Raw Energy & Wellness scared, depressed and desperate for a change!! I can say, hand on heart I have NEVER looked back!! Some days I feel pride at how far I have come, other times I cry in pure frustration and there was one time where I had to compose myself so I didn’t projectile vomit ….
I have made amazing new friends, gained confidence in myself I never knew I had and said goodbye to the crippling post natal anxiety that was holding me back from being the best mum, wife and friend possible!!
Thank you everyone who has been a shining light in my life for the past 6 months!! Without your support I NEVER would’ve had the confidence to do a photo shoot, let alone post it on Facebook!!
Here’s to many more milestones, goals smashed, laughs/tears and memories – Emilie Dougan
Almost a year ago we lost our baby boy, almost a year ago i fell into deep depression turned into a monster and gained 30+kg. 11 months forward and i am slowly understanding that life throws u curve balls on all angles, and no matter what.. YOU have to face them whether u like or not! 14kg down and let’s say another 20 to go!
These photos show me how far i have come in more ways than u can believe, but still so far to go! To all the supportive gym peeps who have turned into friends and family especially Mel, thank you for helping me find me again, helping me kick goals, changing my lifestyle for the better and always being supportive and having a good laugh. – Ash Jolly
We all have our hidden insecurities and battles and finally thanks to Mel and everyone at Raw I can say that I am finally knocking them on the head. So proud that I have gained my strength back, eating freely without fear, I’ve toned a little and gaining my confidence back, all this just 6 months after having our third beautiful little boy. Still loads more to achieve and I’m super excited for that!! Thanks everyone, so blessed to be apart of a truly beautiful and encouraging family. – Bree Carter
When you find your Tribe…here’s where all the fun happens everyone… if you wana get in on it why not message Mel at RAW… I promise your body will thank you for it! totally changed my life… and this awesome RAW PACK will always have your BACK! they challenge, support and inspire… adore them all – Tammie Rafferty
Mel gave birth to a baby boy 3 months ago! She walks the walk and talks the talk! Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and massage therapist, and very successful business woman. She believes in us and has helped many achieve astonishing goals! Mel you rock! – Angie McLean
So most of you have known me for a long time and those that have only known me for a little while be prepared for a bit of an insight into my life. I’ve suffered from anxiety, depression and being obese for the last 5 years. My heaviest was 112kg. In this time I’ve also become a wife & a mother, losing my mind and becoming a shadow of my former self. I tried to hide it, deny it and run from it but that didn’t work. I needed to do something to help myself so I could be there for my family in the way I truely wanted.
This year I made a real commitment to myself, to get fitter, stronger & regain my former self. To not be so anxious, and unhappy in my body and to change it for the better so I can be there for my babies. I’m now sitting on 92.1kg as of today. Which is JUST shy of 20kg. It’s been a process! I have stopped and started more times that I care to admit, I’ve been attempting to lose weight for the last year but something has finally clicked, since January it’s been my focus that comes before most other things in my day. 9am every morning I’m hitting the gym with my #rawpackbabes and making a positive change in my life. With my babes in toe to watch mumma smash some goals! I am stronger, faster, fitter and happier than I have ever been & I’m not done yet! Is it hard? Yes!
Do I think I’m gunna die? Hell yes! But I don’t! Everyday I surprise myself with the weights I can lift, the distance I can run and the fun I can have while working out!
Mel & the whole Raw family have given me my life back! I may not be one of the strongest or the fastest but that doesn’t matter because they are there every step of the way to cheer me on!
So thank you! And I’ll see you babes tomorrow!#9amrawpackbabes – Elle Chambers
I have so much fun with these wonderful people, to think it took two years for my friend Chantelle to convince me to join, two years wasted!! I’m now making up for lost time !!! This is what Raw Energy and Wellness has done for this old bird! So happy! – Annie Davis