About Me

 

 

I’m going to start with a truth: getting in shape takes effort. I know, because I’ve put the work in.

If you’re looking to lose weight, get in shape, be more healthy and enjoy life a bit more for longer then I can help. Find out a bit more about my own story by scrolling down.

 
 

My Story

 
 

In my late teens and early twenties I yo-yo’d up and down in weight and size. I was never someone who was interested in exercise or sport, I was more interested in music (and eating carbs).

In my early twenties, fed up with how I looked, I started to skip meals (not something I would recommend!) I don’t remember what triggered this specifically or how long it lasted. The weight dropped off and I got really thin, but when I looked in the mirror what I saw was different from reality. I still saw myself as ‘fat’, even when I hit my lowest weight of 9 stone (56kg/126lbs). People kept telling me that I was too thin, but I didn’t see it. That is, until I saw a photograph of me taken at a family wedding and this was my lightbulb moment. I saw it. I looked ill. I realised that action was required, and I started eating more food again. I’m quite clear in my own mind that I was on the verge of a serious eating disorder.

I started to gradually put on weight and my weight fluctuated up and down. I had spells of going to the gym in this time - at one point I exercised every day and got into a shape that I was relatively happy with. My diet wasn’t great, but my training was, sort of, making up for it. (Note - training can’t and shouldn’t make up for a bad diet! This is not a good thinking pattern!) As often happens, life then took a change of direction and I stopped going to the gym, and started seriously over eating. The weight piled on, and then some.

At my peak I got to, probably, around 16 stone (102kg/224lbs). Bear in mind I’m only 5ft7, so this is quite heavy for my height. I was so unhappy with how I looked there are very few photos of me from this time. I didn’t want to fully accept and own my reality, so I don’t know how much I weighed (hence the estimation). After the breakdown of a relationship something triggered in me. I realised that I needed to make a change. That I was the only person that could make the change. It was up to me.

This change did not happen overnight. It did not take 12 weeks. It took years. But step by step I made improvements.
December 2013 - the very start of my long-term journey

December 2013 - the very start of my long-term journey

The change was a change in mindset followed by action. Now, this transformation did not happen overnight. It did not take 12 weeks. It took years. But step by step I made improvements. I started doing a 20 minute fitness DVD at home 3 times per week. Then I joined a local gym and with some direction from the staff there I followed a programme 3 times a week, then 5 times a week. At this point my diet was unchanged, but things were starting to change in my brain. I started to see food differently.

When I relocated to a new area, the first thing I did was join a new gym. A small independent gym. I carried on doing what I had been doing before, but after a few months I realised that whilst I was seeing some changes I didn’t really know what I was doing. I’d spotted one of the Personal Trainers in the gym who came across as warm and friendly so I plucked up courage and booked a consultation. This step was pivotal. With proper guidance and support I started to make better food choices. I changed how I trained in the gym and I started to see changes in my body composition. I had regular PT sessions, learned new exercises and learned how to change how I saw food and exercise.

When Anytime Fitness opened up in town I was one of the first to sign up. My PT moved to this gym as well, and it was at this gym that most of my transformation happened. I started to get to know new people, took part in fitness challenges, had continual support from my PT and kept seeing improvements. I should also say that the family environment at this gym makes such a difference, and people are so encouraging of each other.

Cut to now. Inspired by my own journey and transformation and desire to help other people, I decided to train up as a Personal Trainer. The course was hard work, but really rewarding.

So, here I am. Ready to help. I know what it takes. I know the battles we can have with food. I’ve been there - I’ve seen both sides of the spectrum. I’ve struggled with motivation to exercise.

I’m here to tell you - If I can do it, anyone can do it. I’m here to help, encourage, inform and support you through your own journey. The question is, are you ready?