Erandi Hettiarachchi came to Terrific Fitness in January 2021. A quiet and shy lady, Erandi perhaps found the new environment a challenge. However, under what seems softshell, is a brave and committed personality that broke new ground in community and circles of friendship. Week by week Erandi had a hunger to try new elements of personal health. So enthusiastic is her curiosity, that Coach Steve, encouraged her (pulling back the reigns) to take her time to experience and master the group classes and interactions first before taking on committed challenges. One measure of Erandi’s enthusiasm has been her frequent questions, thirst for knowledge, and how to apply it in the manner of her circumstance to improve her health and well-being.
Erandi has done some world travel, born and raised in the family’s country of Sri Lanka in the late 1970s, a short stay in New York, and settled in Australia in 2015. Erandi and her husband, Ruwan, had their first child, Emith, in 2011, but not without complications and some trialing times. Erandi, unfortunately, lost her first conception in 2006 due to an Ectopic pregnancy which made her lose one of her Fallopian Tubes. Just three years after followed an ovary drilling surgery in desperation. IN an IVF program, counsel with her specialist GP and a diagnosis of PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome), it wasn’t until sometime that her specialist advised her to lose weight to help with PCOS that she fell naturally pregnant and the birth of a first child in 2011.
Since then Erandi and her family have established a home, husband a career and their son Emith have a place to call home under their own roof. Early this year Erandi join the Terrific Fitness Community. A frequent class member, Erandi had been inquisitive about the nutrition coaching service and after about a month after joining, took up the 1st of 3 consults with coach Steve to improve her nutrition. Erandi had a determination to make a change and sort the guidance of the coaches and saw how the examples of the community made a difference from what is being shared as good health practices and choices and wanted her own tailored counsel to guide her ambition to make a difference.
It has been 7 weeks since Erandi’s first consult with coach Steve, and she has stuck by the regime and application of the guidance, the food elimination trial of the 14 day “Bootcamp”, the re-introduction of food testing for intolerances and immune reactions, coping with withdrawal and habit changes, and the daily food diaries, adjustments to food, portions sizing and purging processed foods from her diet. Erandi has mentioned that she has come out the other side of this experience with a better knowledge of her own body and of food and how it affects her. She has developed a better discipline of food and a respect for what is good for her own health. Even after 7 weeks, Erandi still maintains a food diary, has lost 5kg in weight, 12cm from her waist, 8cm from her hips, and is now shopping for clothes to fit her smaller frame (from a size 12-14 to size 6-8).
When asked what differences and gains she has experienced since joining Terrific Fitness, there are mentions of finding an easy, comfortable, warm environment where everybody is friendly and engaging. The interactions with the coaches and experiences with other members have broken the barriers of shyness and apprehension to come forward to ask questions to help her develop a circle of knowledge and development. Mentions of 200% satisfaction in responses from the coaching and staff inquiries. Erandi has developed a talent for asking many questions to curiosities she has about self-improvement of training and nutrition that never stops. The TF crew will always answer her call so long as she has questions. The learning continues.
- Coach Stephen