Helping You To Understand Why I am Passionate About What I Do.
After a very active and energetic childhood, I became overweight as a teenager. I always assumed that this was just ‘my shape’ thanks to my genes and that I just had to adjust the clothes I wore to make the best of what I had, whilst secretly feeling miserable about my image.
When I was 17 I joined a health club for the first time and pottered about on some of the machines there now and
again, not ever really knowing what I was doing. It was only a few years later when I was permanently tired with skin problems and an ever-expanding waist line, that I decided it was time to change something.
I truly committed to an exercise regime, I experimented with my diet and I rapidly lost the excess weight that I had gained throughout my teens.
It was empowering to find out that I could change my body in such a way and I realised for the first time what healthy energy levels actually felt like.
However I found that anytime I did not work out as intensely, I started to gain the weight back. This then turned into an obsession – I began counting calories, cutting my food intake further and further whilst desperately trying to work out more and more to get those last few pounds off until I was in the gym 3-4 hours a day!
Unfortunately this obsession was a mistake that I am still paying for now.
I stressed my body out to the point of exhaustion, forcing it to hold on to fat and burn muscle as an energy source, trapping myself in a negative loop of exhaustion and dissatisfaction.
It was at this point that I decided to train as a studio instructor…after all if I was spending 4 hours a day at the gym I might as well make a living from it!
Obviously this level of exercise could not last forever and I then injured my back making it difficult for me to work out at all.
After 6 months of physiotherapy, MRI scans and doctor’s appointments, a friend introduced me to the world of functional training – I realised that the function of the foot can cause back pain, the way my right elbow works can affect my left hip and that working out so intensely can never be good for the body. From there I got a thirst for knowledge and I learnt that the ‘healthy diet’ portrayed by the media was not the optimal diet for me, I learnt how mental stress and my poor body image caused me to keep regaining the weight I lost and most importantly, I learnt how to listen to my body and interpret it’s needs.
This information changed my entire life in such a powerful way that I had to let others know about it. I decided to qualify as a personal trainer so that I could work closely helping those in a similar position.
This lead to years of research into the human body, mind and spirit. As Thomas Edison said ‘I failed my way to success’ with my health and this finally accumulated in the birth of H Personal Coaching in 2012.
I invite you to explore the H Personal Coaching website and get to know my ethos. Whether you decide to work with us or not, I hope that this site helps you to think about what your body truly needs and encourages you on your journey to a healthier, happier, hotter version of you.