FAT TO HEALTH - MY JOURNEY
I always thought that to be a success you needed to have your shit together and absolutely kill it in your job or career. I didn’t really think health came into it at all really.
In fact, it’s not until recently that I realised…That for me to be a true success I just needed to be a happy individual that is able to inspire, motivate and empower others!
From a young age, I have always wanted to feel like my life had a purpose but I always felt kind of lost. For me to now be able to use my experiences to help others feels like all those years of bad decision making finally mean something.
This is why I decided to work on gaining my personal training qualification.
As a member of the Body Positive Community, I want to empower, motivate and inspire others to put their best foot forward and live a healthier life.
Your body is the best that it can be today and you really have to appreciate it and love it for what it is, but you also want to take care of it and make it the strongest and healthiest it can be.
For me, that was losing weight and getting healthier, for you it may be putting weight on, toning up or even working on your mental health to avoid burn out, etc.
I wouldn’t really be able to inspire without telling you my origin story and exactly how we got the the point I am at right now so, let’s get started…
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
It would be so easy to blame everything on my parents because growing up we never really had a lot of massively nutritious food, but if I’m being honest, it wouldn’t have mattered.
From a young age, probably since the beginning of my secondary school years, I developed a really bad relationship with food, specifically chocolate and sweets.
I remember every day, I would pop into the shop and get myself a chocolate bar…
And this behaviour continued.
My mum and dad would always nag me because whenever they would wash my clothes they would find chocolate bar and sweet wrappers.
To be honest, I should have been massive but I wasn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I was a little bigger than a lot of the girls I was at school with but I was a very healthy size.
At seventeen I decided to join the Royal Air Force and knew I needed to get a lot fitter to pass my fitness tests, plus I needed to lose a few pounds so I decided to go on a Slim Fast diet.
I did this for around 3 months, as well as running and the weight dropped off. I was so proud of myself and I felt great but you can’t continue with the Slim Fast forever.
Unfortunately, I started basic training and the weight piled on, exacerbated by the busy routine and late nights…
THE RAF YEARS
As I mentioned, basic training made things very difficult to keep a good relationship with food. It was a busy schedule so we didn’t get a lot of time for meals.
Of course, this meant going for unhealthier options, and even on some occasions, eating dessert first to made sure we didn’t miss out.
The nights were worse, hungry from the days activities the long nights preparing for the following day’s inspections were fuelled mainly by Haribo.
It sounds ridiculous when I read it back, but that is my truth and if I am honest, the start of my journey from a healthy size 12 to a size 22.
After basic training my diet improved a little but at the age of 18, I also discovered alcoholic nights out with my friends.
Within the space of 2 years I basically doubled in size and as a result, my fitness suffered too.
For the following years, I managed to kind of maintain my weight.
Many faddy diets followed but I could never stick to them and every time I fell off the wagon, I would pile even more weight on than I lost and end up in a bit of a shame spiral. At my worst, I was walking around at just under 300lbs.
So fast forward 17 years later and I was finally in a place where I felt ready to make the changes that were required.
THE LIFESTYLE CHANGE
I had been doing little bits to reduce my weight for about a year or so but never really was consistent enough to get any real results.
At the beginning of 2019, weighing in at 112KG/247lb I finally decided enough was enough and made a few well overdue changes to my eating habits.
I started by substituting some of the bad choices for better ones and eating a few more healthier, home cooked meals. The only problem is, I didn’t really make enough of a difference.
I found it difficult to give up my daily chocolate bar and my pudding after our evening meal and most importantly, I suffered from food envy.
If I saw Matt eating something, I would feel like I needed to have it too.
Over the course of 3 months I lost a measly 1GB/2.2lb. Then I watched one video and everything changed.
Finally it clicked and I knew exactly what I needed to do.
So stick around and let me help you get the results that you want… because if I can do it, so can you…