I believe that everything in life happens for a reason and I have been on a journey to where I am today for a purpose. This journey of mine has been greatly influenced by the people who have made a positive impact on me. My recent experience of the help I have received from Scott Bryant CHEK Master Practitioner and Master Personal Trainer has had a lasting effect on me. I am a Personal Trainer and presently completing CHEK Exercise Coach. I have also studied Holistic Lifestyle Coaching in depth and now an HLC2. I have achieved these qualifications with much help and encouragement from Scott.
My past is chequered with a history of illness brought about by a downward spiral of ever increasing stress. Due to the stress of working busy shifts as a Registered Nurse, two divorces, bringing up my children on my own under the duress of poor nurses wages I became very unwell indeed with the condition adrenal fatigue. For a while I did fast pace aerobic exercise and calorie restricted diets, which had a terrible effect on my adrenal glands. Adrenal Fatigue which is otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue is a term used to denote a syndrome due to decreased ability of the adrenal glands to respond adequately to stresses. It affects the daily lives of those suffering from it. It is a less severe condition than Addison’s disease.
When I finally decided to do something about the terrible bouts of depression I had been experiencing as a result of my adrenal fatigue. I went on to train as a Personal Trainer. This was as a result of being encouraged by other fitness professionals to do this. I knew this was what I wanted to continue doing with my life so I took early retirement from full time nursing and started setting up business as a PT. This was one of the best decisions I made for my health as the nursing job was killing me.
Following several months work as a PT in a Glasgow Gym , I found this unsatisfactory and wished to pursue a more holistic approach. Whilst looking online I came across The CHEK Institute. I proceeded to apply for the course and study to become a Holistic Lifestyle Coach (HLC) Level 1 then later Level 2.
Following my successful result in these Advanced Training Programmes I decided I wanted to further myself academically with The CHEK Institute and train towards becoming a CHEK Practitioner. So I joined the CHEK Academy. It was just after this that Scott contacted me to say he would be my mentor during my time with the academy. As I wished to walk the walk as a CHEK Professional Scott offered to also be my own Personal Trainer and HLC for the foreseeable future. So I embarked on a journey of health improvement whilst Scott also guided me as my mentor in the CHEK Academy. This started December 2014
Scott and I meet up over video calling on Skype as he is in London and I am in Lanark, Scotland. I had to fill out a series of questionnaires and he was able to do a certain amount of physical assessment with my interaction. The main problem I was having was low back pain and I also needed to lose about 20lbs in weight with the majority of the fat being round my middle.
It has been with Scott’s help and through my studies as an HLC and CHEK Exercise Coach that I have come to realise that I should not have been on those anti-convulsants for idiopathic seizures in my teens or the anti-depressants in my fifties for what I thought was menopause related depression. There would have been a different route to take other than the allopathic one. This is the reason I will now look for holistic therapies rather than through conventional medicine. The root causes have been addressed by Scott and I feel satisfied that I am on the mend.
Scott didn’t just look at these factors alone. He looked at me as a whole person. He gave me the right kind of exercises that were based on the responses in my questionnaires. The exercises I was advised to do by Scott were Paul Chek’s Zone Exercises. He also advised me to keep meditating each day. These helped me gain more energy as the stress I had been experiencing had severely depleted my adrenal glands. He told me that I would go back to doing more challenging exercise when I had the energy to do it. Every now and then I would find that energy just to be shunted back a step with more problems with my adrenal fatigue. Scott taught me how listening to my body was so important. As I continue on my journey it is thanks to Scott I will have a greater chance of healing my adrenal fatigue
Scott is also a Metabolic Typing Advisor and through a process of his screening I was found to be a “Polar “ type which meant I was to have 60% protein and fat + 40% carbohydrates n my diet. He emphasised the importance of doing this and through trial and error I managed to get on the right track. Scott advised me to try Doug Kaufmann’s ‘Anti-Fungal Diet ‘ and following the initial phase of feeling spacey and lethargic I started to feel really well and lost 16 lbs in weight.
I have had two lots of specimens sent off to a lab in South Wales via Scott’s help – one in Feb this year and one in June. The first lot came back stating that I have intolerances to eggs, wheat and dairy. So I now avoid the offending foods thanks to Scott’s help and advice re how to manage my diet. It also showed up that I have dysbiosis in my gut and I was producing too much bad bacteria.
Scott advised me to eat in accordance with my Metabolic Type (MT) and to adhere to the 6 foundation principles of health. NUTRITION, HYDRATION, SLEEP, BREATHING, THINKING AND MOVEMENT. With his help I have covered these areas with success. We have long conversations over the phone and on Skype about adrenal fatigue, breathing correctly, meditation, drinking enough good quality water, getting to bed on time, spiritual issues, metabolic typing and the importance of having quiet times – particularly due to my adrenal fatigue. This is to name but a few of the topics of conversation we covered on our calls. Scott has given me some great advice about running my business and I really appreciate his long years experience as a PT.
The main difficulty has been the adrenal fatigue because when I am tired I reach for the stimulants. I had a spell of severe stress due to having to move house and study for exams as well as my mother very ill with shingles. My adrenal fatigue took a slump and my diet fell by the wayside. However, Scott was by my side and he was there on the end of the phone or on Skype giving me support. It has been very difficult to get the weight off and I have been glad that I have had the time to focus on doing so at home while I was studying for HLC2 and now CHEK Exercise Coach. Scott’s help to do all this has been invaluable.
My second lot of labs have come back with more the dysbiosis in my gut is still there. So I continue with further supplements to take care of this as well as a change of supplements for my adrenal fatigue. Scott continues with support in relation to this including advising me to read the book “Adrenal Fatigue” by James Wilson. He has given me useful advise in relation to reducing it’s effects by avoiding energy draining people, ensuring enough rest and relaxation as well as avoiding too much exercise. He reminds me of the principles of being more Yin instead of Yang. I am now a Mixed metabolic type which is consistent with the change of the climate here in Scotland. He has advised me to cut out grains as much as I can and I must admit I do feel a difference doing this and I am starting to lose more weight again. I had put a bit of weight back on during the recent stressful time but I have lost that weight again with Scott’s help. I adhere to the six foundation principles every day and things have settled down at home and I can get on with building my business. Six months on I feel 10 times better, my depression has stayed away and I now have a healthy formula to follow for life
Scott has made a significant and positive difference to my life and his help continues with my journey to heal my adrenal fatigue and my gut. I thought of going to another Personal Trainer to help me lose the weight and start to feel better but I now know that Scott has been the right person who has been highly skilled enough to do what was needing to be done. He has been very thorough and patient with me and helped me take responsibility for my own health. I know now that there is something simple that runs through everything in his approach if you just stick to it. I will carry my experience of the help Scott has given me on to my clients in my personal training business.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart Scott.