Let me be honest with you, growing up, gym and fitness weren’t for me.
I loved running, cycling, and football as a kid though throughout my teenage years I would pile on weight, and became less active and suffered from low self-esteem.
At one point I tipped the scales at 14.5 stone, which isn’t a lot for some people, for someone that is 5ft 6 and a waist that was expanding to 36inch waist, it was for me. I wasn’t happy, I lost my confidence, eating junk food, drinking pints became my comfort.
I didn’t lose the weight by going to the gym, I became active by going out and clubbing, I would dance for 4 hours non-stop, cutting out the pints and I reduced the amount of junk food that I was eating, I was lucky the weight just dropped off.
A few years later I had moved to Brighton, I wasn’t dancing/ clubbing as much, I liked being slim so I joined the gym.
I found gym life hard, I didn’t know what I was doing, I was intimidated by my peers, so I mainly did cardio.
If I did weights, I never felt I was doing it right, I would also move the pin a few stacks down on the resistance machines to make it look I was lifting heavier (Remember we all have to start somewhere).
After a break up of a relationship, I decided that I needed to focus on something to help me take my mind away from the hurt, I saw a poster in the gym for The London Marathon 2007 and running for Mencap.
Running became my outlet, I always wanted to run a marathon, I never realised how much training was required for a marathon.
I was happy to finally be doing something that I loved and I was able to do it because I was in good shape, my diet wasn’t on point but shape and mind were.
I completed the marathon in 4hrs 45mins, I achieved my dream and I was happy to put away my running shoes.
Fast forward a couple of months, I get an email from CFtrust regarding the New York marathon, I thought yeah I miss running, so I applied and I was offered a place.
This time I wanted to take it more seriously so I stepped up my training, March 2008 I entered Hastings Half Marathon.
On the day of the half marathon, I knew that I didn’t feel right, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
I don’t remember running that day, the next thing I know is I’m waking up in hospital in a world of confusion.
I collapsed at the end of the half marathon, and I had a cardiac arrest, after a 3-week stay in the hospital I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition Brugada Syndrome and I had an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) implanted.
The following couple of years were tough, cardiologist/ doctors wouldn’t give me any clear answers on what I could do for fitness, I was too scared to run.
In 2010 I would finally regain the confidence to get back into fitness & start running again.
I never knew that fitness would become my life, in 2012 I started working at Alive Gym.
I started in sales, over the years I would evolve, going to college completing courses in counselling.
I knew that I wanted to help people, then an opportunity came up at Alive Gym to train as a fitness instructor with Lifetime Training, I then followed it up with Personal Training the following year.
I was told that I would never run a marathon after Hastings, in 2015 I ran Brighton Marathon and completed it in a faster time by 22 minutes.
This is where TODAY comes in, I want to help people achieve their goals, help people to find happiness within themselves.
I want TODAY to be the day that you start to make changes in your life for a better tomorrow
Fitness/ health & lifestyle is an everyday journey and if I can help make that journey better, then my job is done.