#whatcomesnext – Laura Allison
Coached by Carly Malcolmson
When I first signed up it was all about physical transformation. I wanted abs and that was my only goal – I didn’t even consider anything else! I also worked way too much and lost sight of the importance of balance and just how important having some down time and a social life is.
I signed to the photoshoot challenge for this reason – I wanted a new goal and something to focus on that benefited me. This was one of the year’s highlights and I have no regrets. My transformation was amazing, I couldn’t believe it was me in those photos. I achieved what I set out to achieve and I was proud of myself – such a great feeling.
I guess after that though I had to be really honest with myself and with my coach, Carly about where I was mentally. I was so focused on the goal of the photoshoot I don’t think I had actually realised just how drained and confused I was with life in general. When I did start to think I realised that I was very low on self-confidence and practiced little to no self-love. I was looking at everything negatively, rather than positively, which really isn’t like me.
Carly could relate to everything I was telling her and took everything into consideration. She started to increase my calories gradually and provided fantastic support and guidance. Although I seemed to have a social event on every weekend towards the end of the year, which I was initially nervous about, to my amazement my body continued to respond very well. I couldn’t believe I was socialising (and drinking quite a lot!) every Saturday and feeling so good. My training was great, my mindset definitely improved and I was still maintaining body composition and a social life. The ups and downs of my journey has taught me a lot but mainly that you can still be lean with a life; you just need to find a balance that suits you and makes you happy.
I finished 2017 in a very good place. I found out so much about myself and as a result, have grown massively as a person. I entered 2018 the strongest I’ve ever been both physically and mentally and so excited for the year ahead.
Carly has taught me way more than I ever thought – she’s taught me to love myself, that perfection doesn’t exist and just be the best version of you. She inspires me daily and I am so grateful for all her support over the last year and for helping me find some much needed sense of direction.
I I’ve been coached by Carly for just over a year now and I can honestly say that I trust her 100% and I’m absolutely loving my journey so far. Body composition is still important to me but I now know that there is so much more to life and my appearance does not define me as a person. My 2018 goals are all about strength improvements in the gym, having balance in my life, loving myself that little bit more …oh and definitely another photoshoot!
Check out Laura’s transformation here