It all began not long after my 40th birthday. My son joined a rugby club as he wanted to be the next Sam Tomkins and our social life seemed to go up a notch on the back of that. Weekends were spent drinking (who doesn’t love a pornstar martini right?!) cooking meals for friends, cheese and wine nights, you can see where this is going… We were having so much fun but it was having an effect on my waistline – my clothes were shrinking (well that’s what I was telling myself) and I was so bloated from the alcohol and over indulging that half the time I looked like baby number 2 was on the way. I was tired, lethargic and spent half my time snoozing on the sofa once I’d put my son to bed but would still be awake half the night because my routine was all over the place. I knew it had to stop and something needed to change.
I tried slimming world but found the check in meetings a little unnerving to say the least. Why would you stand in the middle of a class of 30 people and announce to the group how much weight you had or hadn’t lost that week?! Next was Herbalife… I actually quite enjoyed the drink itself (I know, I know…!!!) but was STARVING all the time. It wasn’t for me. So one day a very good friend of mine was listening to my tales of woe when she suggested getting an online coach that would basically give me a food plan, gym program and do weekly check-ins. From the day I picked up the phone, stepped out of my comfort zone and joined a gym for the first time in 10 years, I have never looked back.
The first step was to lose weight. I was the heaviest I had ever been. The gym seemed such a scary place though, full of people looking like they knew exactly what they were doing…. I just stood on the side lines plucking up courage to sit on that bench and pick some weights up. I laugh to myself now at how nervous I must have looked but I honestly found it so intimidating having never lifted a weight up in my life. I would sit with my phone and watch videos of the movement I was supposed to be doing then try and mimic those movements and hope for the best. This was never going to work for me. I’m not a confident person at the best of times but something just didn’t feel right. I’m the sort of person that needs her hand holding until I’m comfortable with a situation then I’m ready to run with it…. so I made the decision to book a session with a PT. I can honestly say this was a game changer for me… THE defining moment when everything just seemed to click into place. My food plan was ticking along nicely and my sessions in the gym were hard as I now had someone guiding me through it, keeping me safe from injury but pushing those boundaries that I had never experienced when going it alone before. He educated me on proper technique and form and my strength increased massively.
I’m still learning though. I was lucky enough to attend the TJP workshop last year in Glasgow and it was fantastic. It helps to remind you of the techniques and form which you already know but you forget over time. I came away from that weekend with a spring in my step and a passion to train with even more emphasis on not going through the motions but slowing things down and thinking about the muscle groups you should be working… massive game changer for me.
Weight loss. I don’t understand the science behind it but I’m learning how my body reacts to certain situations, extra steps, higher calories, lower calories, water intake, sleep etc. My coach, Joe has taught me so much about listening to my body, mood swings, time of the month, tiredness when training… the list goes on. I’m currently prepping for a photo shoot and I’m finding it relatively easy so far. Ok I’ve had the odd mini meltdown but I’ve come out the other end stronger than before it. But the main thing is I have the support system around me to help me get back on track. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, once you get over the hurdle you’re back smashing it!
Food. I love it. My Instagram has more pictures of food than anything else but, that doesn’t come without its troubles. From being in my late teens I was diagnosed with IBS that left me with horrendous stomach cramps and bloating. The medication I was prescribed had little or no effect so I made a list of the foods that seemed to trigger an attack and completely eliminated them from my diet. I take probiotics every day and digestive enzymes before my meals and this helps a great deal. I still have flare-ups from time to time but it is now all about understanding what causes them. Stress, alcohol and food items from my ‘naughty list’ are the main culprits.
The main thing I’ve learned from Joe is to be consistent. Tracking your food on MyFitnessPal and I mean ALL your food. I was the world’s worst at putting my food in for the day, calories used up then sneak back into the kitchen for rice cakes, protein bar or worst still chocolate. The ‘un-trackables’ as Joe likes to call them.
TJP has played a crucial role in improving my confidence, improving my health and being happy with ME. I’m the best version of myself and I have a better relationship with food. I came to Joe with no real plan of what I wanted but after our initial phone call it all became very clear to us both that we firstly needed to get my calories up to a good number, (I was around 1200 on a training day which wasn’t ideal) to get stronger in the gym and live a healthier more sustainable lifestyle. I’ve achieved all of those things but the sad part is eventually I will need to stand on my own two feet and fly the nest with the tools, knowledge and confidence that Joe and his team have taught me.
Thank you to all at TJP, you guys are amazing x