Jackie Stevens, 50 years old, Pakenham

Jackie is such an inspirational person.  I don’t think I’ve ever met someone that can be as upbeat and positive in light of the health issues that Jackie has encountered in the past few years.  Jackie is also a wonderful example of how dramatically improving your health doesn’t always have to be about the numbers.  Have a read of what she has to say:


“While I had been attending regular personal training sessions with Studioz alongside my husband (Ron Smelter) I had become a little disheartened because I was not losing weight as easily or at the same rate that my husband was.  What made it worse was that I was preparing all the food for us both but we were having very different results! 

I thought that by attending the Body Balance Challenge (BBC) I could discuss with other like minded people the issues that I was having. I was also hopeful of taking away information that would help me with my weight loss journey. 

Half way through the challenge I found that the food plan was not a problem as I had got used to the preparation of each meal and I found that shopping was really easy and I spent a lot less time in the supermarket doing my weekly shop.  Unfortunately I had been experiencing terrible health issues during the challenge but kept on doing as much exercise as I could and sticking to the food plan. It was really beneficial when we had a guest speaker at one of our meetings who had been on the weight loss journey herself and she spoke about the issues that she had experienced initially. It was really great to hear from someone who had been where I was and that she had been so successful and was continuing to live by the principles that she had learnt.  

At the end of the 1st BBC what has really helped me is to know that I am not alone with the issues that I had been experiencing and I don’t feel like such a failure.  I have learnt that any weight loss is good no matter how small that loss is.  I also take away from these 8 weeks a positive view in relation to my health and well being.  I have looked at my life and health issues and have reduced my hours at work to revitalise my life. A saying that I often say “you are here for a good time not a long time” is one that I am actually putting into practice.  Having had a near death experience two years ago I now understand this is “my” time.   Dedicating time to myself is important.  I need to be healthy and fit for myself and my family.  

Thanks to Robb for making me “see the light” about putting myself first and for always being there for me.  I have a long way to go in my weight loss journey but I know that Robb’s support will be unwavering.

After the 1st BBC I decided to sign up for the next one as well.  I can now really start to see and feel the difference that taking part in regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle change can make.  Not only have I lost 8.5kg of weight, reduced body fat by 4.3% and lost a total of 36cm from my chest, hips, waist and thighs, but my hair, skin and nails look so healthy.  I receive a lot of comments on how different I look which makes me feel great and encourages me to continue on my weight loss journey.  I need to lose another 9kgs to get to my goal weight but I know I have all the tools that I need to achieve this. 

Robb continues to be a great support for me on this journey and is always keen to offer great solutions and advice when I need to change my exercises to suit   some health issues that I have been experiencing.  I have learnt that no matter what health hurdles come along there is always something n the form of exercise that you can do.

Robb your dedication to the individual person is second to none and your passion shines through – thanks Robb you have made such a difference to our lives”.