I am a qualified Outdoor Fitness Instructor (Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral and Nutrition, YMCA Awards) and I have a Fitness Instruction Gym Qualification. I have been one half of NNCF for the past six years. I deliver outdoor classes including Nordic and Power Walking. One of my roles is to co-ordinate the fitness schedule.
reaching 17 stone in my mid-40s, I was shocked one christmas (2009) when my
brother bought me some red Snoopy XXL pyjamas which I could not do up at the
front. I made the conscious decision it
was time for a change. Time to become a healthier, fitter person.
started recording my daily food intake and realised I was over-eating, snacking
between meals, eating up left-overs and not doing exercise.
putting on weight I was a healthy size 14 in my younger days. Looking back,
stress, depression, holding down a job and raising two children on my own
attributed to my weight increase. I
used to buy baggy clothes to hide my appearance and say I was “happy in my body”. Looking back I am now very aware I was not happy. I had no social life and threw myself into
work and my children.
begin my transformation, I started walking, everywhere! I incorporated walking
and swimming into my weekly routine, and coupled with a healthy diet I started
to notice small changes. When
I felt happier in my body, and more comfortable participating in activities
with others, I joined fitness classes run by Sally King (North Norfolk Coastal
wasn’t all easy going. I took up running
resulting in a knee injury, which the doctors informed me was arthritis and I should
avoid impact sport. Sally introduced me to Nordic walking which, after much trial and
error (some people are not so easy to teach), became part of my regular fitness
further encouragement from Sally, I took up power walking and fitness yoga. After
two years of healthy eating, I reached 11 stone and fitted comfortably into
size 12-14 clothes.
Now, 6 years after the snoopy PJ incident, I am an Outdoor Fitness
Instructor, working with Sally King, helping others achieve their fitness