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.
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.
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.
to Sally King, I was introduced 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.
two years of healthy eating, I reached 11 stones and fitted comfortably into
size 12-14 clothes.
nearly 5 years after the snoopy pj incident, I am an Outdoor Fitness
Instructor, working with Sally King, helping others achieve their fitness