Mandy’s Story

Before joining MEE-FIT Mandy had not done any regular exercise for nearly 30 years. 

“I was kidding myself that the daily dog walk round the block was keeping me fit. Having a bit of a midlife moment I was persuaded by a friend to sign up to go trekking in Nepal and I knew I had to get some weight off and get more active.

I managed to get my weight down with dieting, losing 5 stone over a year and even managed the trek but my knees were shot and it exhausted me. Without the focus of the trip I knew my couch potato life would return and the weight would creep back on.

I was adamant gyms were not for me having joined several over the years but giving up after a few sessions as I struggled with my motivation. Not to mention the cost, paying for the rest of the year!”

Mandy (left) during a team training session

Mandy knew she wanted to try something different, but wasn’t sure quite what.

“I saw a Facebook post for MEE-FIT‘s 30 day trial and I was attracted because the people looked like me, not all young, muscular and super fit. I also liked the thought of somewhere local as a chance to meet more people in the local area as I work some distance from Whitchurch.”

Following on from her 30 day trial with us Mandy decided MEE-FIT was the place for her, and decided to continue with us with a membership. 

“Where do I start about MEE-FIT. I have never found a place where everyone is so friendly and supportive, the coaches and the other members welcome everyone no matter what their starting level.

Mandy enjoying a well earned break during a personal training session

The sessions are set to your personal goals and adapted to any limitation due to ability or injury. The coaches are really knowledgeable and just seem to work out how much to push and encourage to build your confidence. It is truly a personalised service.

I feel I have achieved such a lot since joining and am now able to do things I never thought possible, I am fitter now in my fifties (both mentally and physically) than I have been since my twenties. 

I joined hoping to keep my weight down but feel I have achieved so much more. I am much stronger and far more flexible and have lost weight and gained muscle but most importantly I have spent the summer in sleeveless tops and even wore a bikini on holiday (a first for me).

Mandy has seen some huge changes in her time with MEE-FIT

There is a great friendly atmosphere in the gym with lots of opportunities to join in with other things with the coaches or other members. I enjoyed the team games arranged in the summer and may even do a bit more running. Advice and support is always available on all aspect of training and nutrition from the coaches and the Facebook group is great.”

Mandy (right) having a warm embrace with her team members after our Summer Games

If Mandy’s story has motivated you to start your own fitness journey contact us here or check out our 30 day trial.

Loquita’s Story

Before working with MEE-FIT Loquita (Keets) main form of fitness was running. She’d done lots of 5ks and one 10k as best as she could but felt that it was very poor, and she generally felt sluggish. Although she didn’t feel like she was overly good at  running she did stick to it as she enjoyed it.

However, this was causing the typical problem of thinking if you’ve exercised you can pretty much eat whatever you want;

‘In my mind if I ran 5k in a morning I deserved the food I ate, and the snacks I had for the rest of the day. I had used My Fitness Pal on and off but I had my head in the sand and believed in the old “if I don’t account for it and see it in black and white then the calories don’t count!”’

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Elaine’s Story

Prior to joining MEE-FIT Elaine wasn’t doing much in the way of exercise. She’d tried various gyms across the years, but never found the right one for her;

“I did try a gym a few years ago but it only lasted a couple of months. I hated the lack of support and direction. The staff just stayed by the desk and it seemed full of people trying to impress one another. Continue reading “Elaine’s Story”

Nicky’s Story

Before working with MEE-FIT Nicky wasn’t doing much in the way of exercise. She was walking the dog regularly, but other than that not much else. She has a full time which involves her being sat down most of the day, meaning her activity levels were generally very low. The only exercise she was getting was walking her dog. 

Unfortunately this was leading to a steady rate of weight gain, so Nicky knew she needed to do something; 

“After gaining weight and getting older I was having problems with my knees and joints. A friend had just completed her 30 day trial at MEE-FIT and had decided to sign up to a membership afterwards. 

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Cindy’s Story

Prior to starting with MEE-FIT in April 2018 Cindy had already begun her weight loss journey;

“I had reached a point at the end of 2017 where I realised I desperately needed to do something about my weight.

Over many years I had slowly piled on the pounds. Most of the time I knew what I was eating was unhealthy but I didn’t care as I couldn’t see how I was ever going to shift the weight.

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Carol’s Story

Carol is another #teamMEEFIT member who’s prior weight loss efforts had been focused around various dieting groups;

“Before MEE-FIT I was stuck on the cycle of weight watchers which had involved me losing weight then gaining it then losing it again for 14 years. Last December I had enough – I felt rubbish, was always tired and aching and hated how I looked – just felt I was getting old, fat and slow!”

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Sarah’s Story

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!

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James’s Story

James had always traditionally been a cardio fan.

“Having piled on a lot of pounds many years back, I set myself a challenge to lose the weight, and run a marathon. I’ve kept this cardio routine for the last 7+ years – mainly now hill / fell running, with some road riding thrown in for good measure.

I was doing a number of adventure race events, from 10 miles to 30 miles and throwing in different runs to keep things mixed up.”

But despite how much cardio James did, he never seemed to achieve the body shape he was looking for.

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