A bit of History:
As a child I was always active, I loved dancing and once auditioned for the Royal Ballet. I played tennis, and loved riding my bike around the local village. As I got older however, my activity levels started to dwindle. I was always a member of a gym and did occasional bits of exercise but it was few and far between. During my years at University I gained quite a bit of weight and was the epitome of unhealthy! Takeaways were the norm and I hate to think back over the portions I was eating. I became a typical yo-yo dieter. I tried everything and anything to get the results I wanted, only to end up right back where I started or worse, once I fell off the wagon!
I had a now or never moment one Boxing Day, which involved all my clothes on the floor, shouting, ranting and raving with frustration none of my clothes seem to fit or look right. I decided there and then that I had to do something about it. I was desperately unhappy.
My life changed massively. I followed a calorie controlled diet and tried to incorporate some form of exercise in on most days. Seeing results motivated me and I managed to lose over 3 and a half stone to get to a healthy weight again. I wasn’t obsessive and still enjoyed treats, seeing it as a lifestyle change and not a “diet” and I still continue in this way today. Exercise is now a massive part of my life and I managed to turn my passion into a career, setting up as a Personal Trainer.
My Before Photo (Taken on the aforementioned Boxing Day)
I truly believe “diets” do not work, and quick fixes are not the way to go – focusing on getting healthy and enjoying exercise are my main philosophies and this transfers into my Personal Training. I really think you should use exercise to enjoy life and not live to exercise. I believe in moderation, and the 80/20 rule. If you are good most of the time you can still enjoy the occasional treat! I love going out and enjoying a nice meal and a glass of wine. A little bit of everything will keep you happy and healthy!