I introduce my wonderful Mum – Diane, Who started as a client of mine, and did so well she trained up and joined my team!! Check out her story.
Fat to Thin – my 5 year Journey
So how did I become so fat? That I can’t answer, I remember it being a steady progression, the older I got, the bigger clothes I needed. I was unfit, unhealthy and unhappy with my weight, I couldn’t face dieting and had reluctantly accepted that it was an age thing and just the way it was. I have never been interested in being a sporty person and the circumstances for an active life never presented themselves, I was too busy being a wife and a mother for that!
I fell into my journey quite by accident. Why, because my daughter (Beki) started a new Boot Camp locally and I decided to go along and support her. By support I mean I was going to stand and take the money while everyone else pranced around, but it looked like so much fun, so I thought why not join in. Well that first night nearly killed me. At a size 20 and nearing 13 stone I struggled to get down to the ground for the floor exercises, and getting up again was a whole different story! It was quite an eye opener to realise just how unfit I was, and I will be honest, against the younger fitter Bootcampers I felt like a veritable beached whale, out of my comfort zone and yes I felt like everyone was looking at me. Like most things in life I took it in my stride and made a joke of my wobbly bits, I had enjoyed my evening so I thought why not come back the following week.
That folks, was the start of my journey, slowly week on week I found that I could do more, that I left feeling tired but exhilarated and wanting more. I thought long and hard about where I wanted this journey to go and decided that I didn’t want to stop – I didn’t know if it was possible to lose much weight but I liked that I felt better and could do more. I had the bug, I wanted to do more and to lose weight, so I had a discussion with Beki about Personal Training sessions and what they entailed. I have always wanted to join a gym but never had the confidence to do so, but with Beki by my side it was less daunting and was a natural progression from the Bootcamp.
I started initially with one gym session a week, when I felt stronger and more confident I moved up to two sessions a week, Monday morning up at 6 am and at the gym by 7 for a 60 minute workout, and Friday morning up at 6:30 and at the gym by 8 for my PT session with Beki. She worked me hard, and gave me the confidence to work on my own, made sure I knew all the equipment, what to do and what not to do. The most important lesson she taught me was to ditch the scales, to use the tape measure, the mirror and my clothes as a guide, from that point I never looked back. The scales are so demotivating.
I started my journey at a size 20, and I scoffed when Beki told me she would get me into a size 12……. But as my body started to shrink inside my clothes I started to believe she might be onto something. It wasn’t all about exercise though, I started to become much more aware of my eating habits. The killer for me was chocolate, I would eat the whole bar at one sitting – I eventually had to ban my husband from bringing it into the house! I missed it at first, but now it doesn’t bother me at all – I can easily walk down the chocolate aisle without buying anything – that would never have happened before. The next thing to go was alcohol, no not all of it, (don’t be silly), but I used to drink wine or lager every night, so I made a conscious decision not to drink during the week. Since that time I have restricted myself to water in the evenings, treating myself to a couple of glasses of wine on a Friday and Saturday night – and finding I actually now enjoy it much more.
Around a year after I had started the opportunity came up to join a team for the Major series. I was worried that I would be too slow, and too unfit to conquer the 10km of cold water, mud and obstacles, but it was a large team and we were told that no-one would be left behind, we would go as slow as the slowest person. I was excited about the challenge, but extremely nervous that I would be that slowest person. I am pleased to say that I wasn’t. We had a wonderful day, it was hard, it was cold and it was so so muddy, but what a laugh, and what a sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line hand in hand with my daughter Beki. If you had told me a year previously what we would be doing I would have laughed.
Having done the 5k Race for Life, followed by the Major Series we decided it was time to up my game. I had only lost around ½ a stone, but I had dropped from a size 20 to a size 16 – Beki’s promise of a size 12 was game on, and with that in mind I signed up for the Hull 10k the following summer. This would give me plenty of time to prepare. Race day came and I really didn’t know if I had the strength to run the distance but I did, clocking in at 1 hour 21 minutes – another challenge faced, and conquered.
I had hit the promised size 12 a couple of months before the race and now it was all about maintenance. I felt better than I had ever felt in my life, was happy in my clothes for the first time in many many years and had a zest to keep going. I would like to add here that at this point I had still only lost just over 1 stone – yet had dropped from a size 20 to a size 12 – exploding the weight myth. When people asked me how much weight I had lost I felt guilty because the loss didn’t seem that great, and I felt that people didn’t believe me. I now understand that it’s to do with fat loss and muscle gain and definition, it’s not about how much you weigh, it’s about the tape measure, it’s about your clothes, it’s about feeling good in yourself.
Since this time I have worked on maintaining my new body. I have settled into a size 12/14 (depending on make). I am so happy with my new wardrobe and the feeling I can now do anything I want. Hubby and I have just spent a fantastic week in Rome where we walked for miles, climbed so many steps I lost count, none of which I would have been able to do a few short years ago.
In summary, it has taken me 5 years to get my body to where I want it, and to move into maintenance phase, which basically means I have changed my food intake. I never ‘went on a diet’ at any stage of my journey, I just changed my eating habits for the better – but I still eat chocolate on occasion, I still have treats and I have a takeaway every Saturday night without fail, I can do that because the rest of the time I eat fresh unprocessed, home cooked and healthy food.
As for exercise…. Well I am now a Personal Trainer in my own right, so I get plenty of exercise with my clients and am enjoying helping others embark on their journeys to a happier and healthier lifestyle.
I am happy with my life – where once I saw a steady decline into ill health ahead of me, I am now planning a healthy and busy retirement doing all those things I once thought I couldn’t do.