Inspiring Stories

Below are some stories to inspire your health and fitness journey.  Need help?  Get in touch. 

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Having attempted to lose weight in the past, I had always struggled motivationally as I was not accountable to anyone other than myself. Working with Linda changed that attitude for the better. Linda was attentive and supportive and provided consistent advice throughout the 8-week programme.

 

Using calculated calorie intakes as well as bespoke macro calculations, she helped me with the tough task of maintaining enough energy to train for an endurance triathlon as well as lose weight/body fat.

 

When I began working with Linda I weighed 15 stone 9 pounds (99.5kg) and by the time her work with me was done 8 weeks later, I weighed 13 stone 12 (88kg) – a total loss of 1 stone 11 pounds (11.5kg). Not only had a lost the weight, I’d also lost 4.5 inches off of my waistline which was very noticeable in the way my clothes were fitting.

 

I am very grateful for the support Linda provided me with - I could not have achieved the losses I did without her guidance, she’s brilliant!

Ben - client success story

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I started working with Linda after Easter at the end of March 2018.

 

Whilst I was not training for anything specific, I wanted to do a wing walk for charity, which had a weight limit, which at that time I was exceeding by at least 1½ stone!  I have tried lots of fad diets, mostly involving juices and smoothies, but always slip back quickly into bad eating habits.

 

Having the opportunity to work with Linda, coupled with my son-in-law also wishing to make a positive change to his diet, we embarked on our healthy eating journey together.  Linda clearly explained the process, it wasn’t about fad dieting but making the right choices, guiding us through our food planners weekly and advising us on subtle changes to make for the better.  In addition, she suggested changes to my exercise programme, to maximise the benefit of any dietary changes.  Linda was able to view our diaries, through an on-line toolkit and offered words of comfort if it wasn’t going so well, but also word of encouragement and celebration when things were going well!  Over the 8 weeks of the programme I started to see huge positives, not only in my weight loss, but my energy and fitness levels.  For the first time ever I am now enjoying running and getting faster, I will never be Paula Radcliffe, but I do feel like her sometimes, especially when I get a PB.

 

I reached my weight goal and have now exceeded it – I feel healthier, more confident and more importantly finding it easier to maintain.  Nearly 3 months post completion with Linda, I am still maintaining my weight levels and continuing with my fitness and feel great, helped of course by the odd compliment or two from friends and the fact I can now fit into smaller sized clothes – a great boost for someone well into middle-age!

Lynda - client success story

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I have always enjoyed being active.  Swimming, cycling and running have always been my three main sports.  At University, my friends encouraged me to enter a local triathlon race and that started me on a  journey on staying and keeping fit.

My journey is still continuing. There have been ups and downs and while I have not reached my ultimate goal, I have enjoyed some incredible experiences and made some lifelong friendships along the way. 

I have run marathons, cycled thousands of miles, swam the English Channel in a relay team and finished 14 Ironman distance events.  I would not consider myself to be naturally talented or anything special, I am simply motivated to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle. I also enjoy helping others achieve their goals, sharing my years of training experience and have encouraged and helped others create training plans and get started in sport. I am also a qualified UK Athletics Running Leader.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” – Mark Twain.

 

23 years ago, I took Mark Twain's advice to heart, threw off the bowlines and sailed away from the safe harbour of my home in Singapore to do my MBA and to work and live in the UK.  It was a huge lifestyle and culture change for me. I was nervous and excited as I did not know if it was the right decision at that time. But I’m glad I did. I could have live my whole life wondering… “What if…” instead of giving it a go.

                                                                                                                                    I know starting a new adventure and taking that first step can be scary but whatever your goals, I promise you can do it.

Adrian's - Inspiring Story 

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I have always liked to keep fit.  When I was younger I enjoyed exercise classes and then switched to running when I started a job as an air stewardess as it was the easiest way for me to keep fit while working shift patterns and travelling. 

 

Then in 2004, I was on holiday in Lanzarote staying at fitness resort Club La Santa when I took part in a sprint triathlon they were holding. I came last!  Rather than putting me off it had quite the opposite effect on me, I absolutely loved it but I knew I wanted to improve before doing my next one. 

 

I began to work hard at training, learning to swim front crawl and ride a road bike as well as continuing to run.  I signed up for my first full Ironman distance triathlon on my 40th birthday and have never looked back, to date I have competed in 12 Ironman races.  In doing so I have won my age group and twice qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona. 

 

Overall, I have raced in 6 World Championship triathlon events including representing GB in my age group three times.

Consistency and working with a good coach, has been the key to getting better, faster and ultimately placed on the podium in my age group. I love the training as much as the racing and I particularly enjoy racing with women in my age group as it challenges me to push myself as much as I can. 

Training, racing and living a healthy lifestyle is a way of life for me that I would not swap now.   Having a healthy diet is equally as important as the training as well as rest and recovery.  In my opinion, you need to gain as much knowledge about diet as you do about training to perform well.

I have spent a lot of time over the years encouraging others to get into sport, whether that is triathlon, running, swimming or cycling. I am an active member of my local triathlon club and enjoy coaching and encouraging others to achieve their goals.

 

It can often be hard to fit the training in around work but I believe if you really want to achieve something, you will always find the time and you can make it happen.  

Paula's - Inspiring Story

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I was the girl at school that was always picked last for teams in sport.  I never really gave much thought to exercise until I was in my early 30s when I decided to start running a little and found I really enjoyed it. 

 

A friend suggested I enter a women’s only triathlon with her, which I did and discovered I loved it.  So much so that it began a whole new phase in my life.  I began to train hard and entered my first ironman triathlon as a 40th birthday present to myself and I have not stopped since. 

 

Finding a sport I love has also given me the motivation to eat well and improve my habits in a way that I hope will keep me healthy throughout my life.   

 

Sport gives me a mental as well as a physical boost.  I know taking part in events has also given me more confidence and belief in myself that I can take on huge challenges and achieve them.  It is never too late to get started in sport and be healthy. 

Heather's - Inspiring Story

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