Meet Jane, one of our awesome clients and members of the Progressive Fitness Community. Jane has been with us since July 2014 and in that time has turned her life around. I will let her explain how:
“My story goes a little like this….
I have never been a sporty type, in fairness while being a reasonably popular girl at school I was instantly put to the bottom of the pile for team sports unless is was for rounders (I have a mean bowling arm) or 100m sprinting as my friends were always guaranteed not to come last if running against me. On leaving school sport really didn’t feature too heavily in my life a brief stint playing hockey for a ladies team and swimming boring lengths at Reading Central swimming pool. In 2013 I became quite ill which resulted in me having an operation in early 2014. At this time I was pretty down, really overweight, a smoker, drinking a lot and generally trying to put a brave face on it all. As part of my operation recovery I had two weeks off work, after the first week I felt pretty good and considered going back to work but decided instead to pack in the cigarettes, a habit that had been with me since school.
So fast forward 6-months to July 2014, I no longer smoked and had put on a bit more weight but actually felt more positive than I had in years. My friend suggested that we should both join Progressive Fitness for the 6-week boot camp. The first fitness test showed me what a mess I had become, I could barely do anything and while everyone was able to complete the fitness test in under 12 minutes I took 18. Each week showed me to be more capable and by the last fitness test I had shaved 4 minutes off of my time. In the beginning the experienced campers had scared me a little, but they were actually all really encouraging and rather than get frustrated at having to wait for me to finish some would go a little slower to ensure that I wasn’t running alone at the back. Over that first 6-weeks I had lost nearly a stone in weight and felt absolutely great. From that moment on I was hooked, while I can now burpee as good as the next person I have also learnt how to run, completing my first half marathon this year, and managed to take part in Endure 24 covering 30 miles over a 24-hour period. My total weight loss by May 2015 was just under 2 and a half stone and I have pretty much managed to maintain this weight ever since. The best bit, exercise is now a complete part of my life, I make time for it and absolutely miss it when I can’t do a session, even taking running gear on holiday with me. ”
When fitness transformation stories come up, what most people assume is that you are going to read about someone who goes from obese to 6 pack in a short time frame. These are normally the stories and images to hook you into buying a product or service that just doesn’t exist in the real world. Or if t does the reality is there is just a small minority or people who will ever achieve that image. These quick fixes normally come at high price though. Lets look at some of the Biggest Loser contestants as examples. It was reported most of them put back on over 50% of their weight loss after the show. Not only is this bad on the body, imagine the mental impacts and what it can do to someones confidence if this happens. The cycle just keeps on repeating. Quick fixes are not sustainable and the likelihood of relapse and going back to square one are too high. I do believe that in a long term programme/strategy you can have “short bursts” of where you are very strict with training and diet, but for most part of the year its has to be something you can live with and sustain. As long you as you are progressing and happy there’s no need to try and have it all NOW. Play the long game for long term health and happiness.
Jane is a perfect example of what can be achieved when you keep going, when you make health a priority, when you say enough is enough and I WANT this, I want to be healthy and live a longer happier life! She has turned it around and most importantly she hasn’t stopped, this isn’t the end, this is now her life. Health and fitness has no end you just keep going and see what you can achieve or change as you go.
YOU can do this too if you WANT to!