Where do I begin….
Let’s start with how I got into fitness.
Being a mum of 2 children, I, like many other women, gained a lot of weight with both of my pregnancies. After my second child was born in March 2016 I had put on a massive 42 pounds and weighed 14 stone.
In May 2016, 3 months postpartum, I had naturally dropped to 13 stone and was ready to start my fitness journey. Like many, I had no idea where to start or what to do. I had never been into any type of fitness – so I went with the typical starvation and cardio regime; I thought it was the right thing to do at the time. I drastically dropped my calorie intake to 1200 calories a day and took up running 4-5 times a week. Nearly 5 miserable months later, I had lost 3 stone and got down to a weight I was happy with. I liked the number on the scale, however I did not like the reflection looking back at me in the mirror. Not only was I starving and exhausted, I was flabby and had been left with a ‘skinny fat’ physique which I did not like.
In October 2016, I took the plunge and joined the gym for the first time in my life to begin weight training. I had absolutely no idea how to work any machines or what exercises to do, but I didn’t let that stop me. I mostly learnt everything myself from research and endlessly watching workout videos whilst my kids were asleep. It wasn’t easy stepping into the weight section and I felt quite intimidated at first but with time, I grew more and more confident. It’s taken me a long time to improve my form and technique but like with anything, the more you practice, the better you become. I’ve now been weight lifting in the gym for nearly 2 years and I’m incredibly proud of my achievements and the progress I have made. I’ve grown muscle which has given my body curves and has given me confidence. Many women fear that lifting weights will make them less feminine, but that is so not the case and I hope that many more women will realise this.
I was stuck in a job I disliked for 11 years until just recently. I gave up my job, followed my dreams and studied to be a Personal Trainer. I passed my Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma which now allows me to help so many other people achieve their own results. It is a career that I am very passionate about and I am extremely excited.
I can’t even begin to explain how much weightlifting has changed my life in such a positive way. Not only am I now happy with my appearance but I’m healthier and have so much more confidence. It’s the best thing I have ever done for myself and fitness will always be a big part of my life. It’s so much more noticeable to my husband and children that I am a happier person, and this makes them happier too.