Member Success Stories
Just like everyone else, I entered January 2021 facing another period of lockdown. Unlike everyone else, however, I reached a personal milestone that I knew I had to deal with. The 4th January 2021 saw the bathroom scales reach the 19 stones mark. I was seriously unhappy with my weight and felt ashamed I had allowed myself to let the pounds pile on. I knew it was time to face my weight problem and start reversing the process, so I decided, finally, to do something about it.
I decided I would keep things simple. I reduced my calorie intake and started to ‘move’ more. Instead of taking the car the one mile into town, I would walk it. I used the stairs more at home (if something needed taking upstairs, I would take it up there and then. I wouldn’t pile it all up at the bottom of the stairs for me to take up in one go later). I invested in an Apple watch and put an App on my phone to monitor my progress. Each day I made sure I knew what calories I had eaten and had an idea of what calories I had burnt. I had a daily calorie allowance and I stuck to it. I also decided to try the gym (again). That turned out to be the best decision that I made. I joined Gym & Tonic. In the beginning, I was able to work at my own pace. I wasn’t made to feel conscious of my weight or ‘different’ as someone unable to run a sub 8-minute mile. I simply followed daily exercise routines suggested by Kate and went walking each day. Kate’s daily motivational messages to our ‘lockdown group’ were brilliant.
Once we were out of lock down, Jemma’s spin class added that little extra spice to my exercise routine and kept everything interesting. Before long, I saw my fitness levels improving and the pounds were coming off. For the first time in a very long time, my weight loss felt natural and, more importantly, sustainable. Before I knew it, I started to see a real difference in me. I felt 100% happier with myself and enjoyed seeing myself improving as each week passed by. Kate and Jemma have been fantastic. Both have been hugely supportive and my success in my weight loss journey is due, in a large part, to their help and support.
I am still on my weight loss journey. I continue to watch the calories in and the calories burnt. I am still loving the gym (thanks to Kate and Jemma) and am now 5½ stones lighter than when I started.
I have always battled with my weight loosing weight and then piling it on again. When I started at the gym at first I was really scared and didnt know how to do things but the staff were so supportive and gave me the ability to let my confidence grow, I have progressed so much with the help of everyone from form checks from Chris to hearing yes Mand from the girls! And help and support from all the other staff members, They believed in me when I didn't! Believe me this helped so much I used Jem and Kates stored voice memories to help when lockdown training got hard.
We set ourselves a challenge to keep us active, we signed up for the Stafford half marathon I'm not a runner ( before lock down the longest run was a 5 k) I prefer to lift weights and do classes, but we got up at 5:30 to fit a run walk or bike ride before work, we hit a stalling point with weight loss and we looked into our diet it's not until you track everything you start to see where it all adds up, with the help of my fitness pal and now the gyms are back open were heading to our target! So far I have lost 3 stone and also noticed a big difference in my measurements and my mental health.
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