My journey towards becoming a health coach was initially motivated by my own quest for health and wellness. I struggled with my own weight, which drove me to extreme measures from starvation to emotional eating. These and certain excessively stressful issues in life all contributed to serious depression. This led me to look for answers. With some help from friends and nursing colleagues I started toward real and lasting changes. Using a blend of exercise, nutrition and emotional/psychological approaches I saw my whole life change for the better.
I was 14 and a half stone. I got breathless going up stairs, my knees and back ached with carrying the extra weight around. I was only 53 but felt a lot older. It was making positive changes in my lifestyle that sent me on the right road. I decided to take real steps towards losing weight. A healthy diet and regular exercise followed. Over a period of 10 months, I lost two and a half stone. The exercise increased with momentum over time, from walking to jogging, to running and I used weights to exercise at home. These steps took sheer determination and a resilience I am proud of.
I had another one and a half stone to go to reach my target and I seemed to have reached a plateau. With the encouragement of a friend I joined Fitbodybootcamp in Edinburgh. The exercises in bootcamp were really hard work but I’d known for a while now this is what it takes. I pushed myself through the initial period of muscular soreness. After a few weeks, I felt a sense of achievement as I was starting to see real results. The encouragement from the bootcamp owner and his staff really helped motivate me and I can’t thank them enough. The classes were great fun and I made some real friends in the other clients. It was great to share experiences with them. The challenging exercise and the fun created by the instructors made it a very friendly, happy environment.
I got my weight down to 9st 12lbs and was a size 10 for the first time in my adult life. Most of all, I felt I deserved to be that way because I had worked hard. I had a more toned physique and I feel great. I wouldn’t say that I push myself too hard during exercise because I always think I can improve. I always say if I give it 95% in order to push myself a bit more each time. I believe it’s false to say you give 100% – it doesn’t stop there. The experience at bootcamp was part of my journey to health and vitality. The journey that led to major life changes and the transformation I have made has brought about positive changes to greatly improve my life. Following this experience I went on to gain fitness qualifications.
Needless to say I now have an extensive knowledge of different types of training. For my own health and vitality, I now do some modified strength and endurance training as well as some running and yoga. I follow the practice of mindfulness and incorporate this in my training as well using Tai Chi and Chi Gong. I find this is a good combination for me. We are all different in our fitness and health needs and they can change in direction throughout life. Having my own business in the health and wellness world means I get to do what I love and I can pass on to others what I have learned from my own experience as well as using my expertise and skills.