Prior to joining MEE-FIT Sarah had tried most of the usual weight loss diets out there, to no avail.
“I had tried most of the diet groups, mainly Slimming World but I’d also given Weight Watchers a try as well as spending a fortune on Janeplan & Slimfast. Nothing worked and exercise had never taken any part in my life!
I’d always told myself that working 12-14 hour days & spending long periods of time on my feet meant I didn’t NEED exercise. I was soon proven wrong! These ‘diet’ plans did work for me on a very short term basis – with all of them I lost a bit of weight but found it impossible to sustain the eating habits they condoned. Within a few months I had regained all weight I’d lost and a bit more too!”
There were a few events in the middle of 2017 which made Sarah realise that she really needed to make a change;
“In August last year (2017) Simon & I, along with my sister & brother in law, attempted to walk up Snowdon! I had an epic fail, not even managing to climb the Tarmac road, let alone reach the beginning of the actual path! I had a whole day (whilst the other 3 successfully completed the climb) to contemplate what I had allowed myself to become!
Just prior to this I had been told my blood pressure was extremely high. I decided something had to change & the fast approaching big 50 was the final catalyst for a massive life change!
As if by magic MEE-FIT appeared on my Facebook feed, and I saw a space for their 30 day trial! I rang them the following day, insisting to him that a gym wasn’t for me, that I’d probably only do the 30 days if that, that I was beyond help & that I didn’t do Lycra! Their positive, knowledgable, professional & patient attitude persuaded me to just give it a go!”
As with most new members who join us, Sarah was extremely nervous about getting started;
“I truly had no idea what to expect. I had never been a member of a gym before and never had a personal trainer. Everyone, without exception, was welcoming, supportive & encouraging. At no point have I been made to feel fat, unfit or ashamed in anyway of what I’d allowed myself to become!
I love the team spirit at MEE-FIT – everyone is there for the same reason and everyone helps, encourages & supports each other! I have made new friends and really look forward to small group personal training and team training sessions!”
The changes Sarah has made since getting started with us in September 2017 have been nothing short of astonishing;
“Within 7 weeks of joining I had lost weight and my blood pressure was normal. I have to date lost 4st 41b (June 18), but, to be honest, this is not what I feel is the biggest achievement!
I have, with support of the MEE-FIT coaches & every single one of my fellow MEE-FITers, totally transformed my life! I eat healthily on a daily basis, not rewarding myself with food or succumbing to regular ‘black hole days’ (days off the diet where I literally used to inhale food). I understand how what I eat affects my body, on days off work & the gym I go for long walks and attempt to get as much physical movement in as possible rather than sitting on my backside eating crisps, watching TV, telling myself ‘I deserve to do that because I’ve been busy all week!'”
What’s even more amazing is that Sarah has inspired her husband Simon to join #teamMEEFIT too, and they now are sharing this journey together.
“Any concerns were soon overcome, having someone so close to you ‘gymming’ with you actually makes it easier! We encourage & support each other in and out of the gym.”