MY WAKE-UP CALL
After two unfortunate events occurred in her family, Agata Cronin overhauled her and her family’s lifestyles to give them all the best chance at a long and healthy life.
By Agata Cronin | Photography by Dallas Olsen
Name: Agata Cronin
City: Gold Coast, QLD
Occupation: Business owner
Connect with Agata on Instagram: agata_kat
In 2015, I placed first in Bikini Diva 35+ at the WBFF Gold Coast. It had been a difficult prep and the months leading up to it tested my will power and motivation. Approximately four weeks before the competition, we made a massive lifestyle change and moved from NSW up to the Gold Coast. We purchased a business up here and between selling our house, packing up a whole house and jumping into a new business, the stress was unbelievable. Many times I wanted to give up and pull out of the comp. But I made it.
My journey started a couple of years ago when my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer. She was first diagnosed 10 years ago and it was a very difficult and stressful time. She’s always had poor health and the cancer broke her spirits and changed her as a person.
Thankfully, she made a full recovery but her health was never the same. She lost a spark. She went from being a happy and independent woman, to a mere shell of herself. Unfortunately, three years ago, the cancer was back. As she was going through treatment once again and struggling with life, my beloved grandmother passed away from a heart attack.
My grandmother was an amazing woman who inspired me on a daily basis. Her outlook on life was amazing, despite what she went through during the war. She was very health conscious.
Those two events made me decide that I wanted to be healthy, not only for myself but for my children. I wanted to give myself the best chance of living a full, healthy life and always be around for my children. Also, with cancer being in my family, I worried I was at risk, and wanted to eliminate the chances of falling ill.
I decided to start exercising and overhauled my family’s diet. I have two children aged nine and six and they are my priority. I want to be here for them. I also want them to lead a happy and healthy life. Our lifestyle has changed drastically, my children love vegetables, know the importance of good nutrition but also know its okay to eat out every now and then for balance.
My goal is to inspire all mums out there and to show that age is no barrier. I competed last year with ANB and placed fourth on Central Coast and fifth in the INBA Bikini Momma division. I then spent 12 months training for WBFF – and achieved my goal – stepping on stage looking healthier and fitter than ever before. I was honoured to win Bikini Diva +35 division.
Today I feel younger, more energetic and full of life. I don’t feel my age and I still pinch myself on a daily basis that I have changed my body so much through weight training and good nutrition. I now realise what I thought was healthy, wasn’t actually as good as I thought.
I want to be the best version of myself. I love the challenge. A few years ago, had someone told me that I could change my whole body shape through weight lifting, I would have laughed at them. I’ve always had wide hips which I believed were a genetic thing and I would stay that way. I now have the narrowest hips I’ve had since I was a child.
The most rewarding aspect has been the massive impact it’s had on my children. Our lifestyle has completely changed. They always ate healthy, wholesome food, but now, they love their green vegetables too – broccoli, beans and my daughter even ask if we can buy more Brussels sprouts!
The hardest part has been receiving negativity regarding my age and what I do. There seems to be a stigma as to what a woman in her late 30’s ‘should’ be doing. I’ve come across many people telling me that it’s ridiculous that a woman my age wants to step on stage and compete. I’ve had many heated discussions with people about my choice of lifestyle and came to the conclusion that I don’t care what they think and how they see me. I’m happy and healthy, my family is happy and that’s all that matters.
I truly believe that age is no longer a barrier in achieving anything your heart desires. There’s no such thing as being ‘too old’. Better to try things than die with regret!