Another month, another glorious client story for you to read! I am so so proud of Amanda for stepping out of her comfort zone and writing this for you to read! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!
I am not really sure where to begin with this so I will start by sharing some of my background when it comes to ‘dieting’.
I feel like I have battled with my weight since I was a teenager, and when I was 17 my mum took me along to my first slimming club where I started my weight loss journeys, but from then onwards I relied on all these different diets to try and control my weight which then resulted in years of yoyo dieting and I pretty much tried everything out there from clubs, meal replacement shakes, diet pills, sachets, you name it I have probably tried and I would hate to think about how much money I have wasted on it all if I thought about it.
I had on and off exercised throughout this time, mostly going to the odd fitness class or if I did go to the gym it would be to only use the cardio equipment, I never picked up a dumbbell.
So fast forward to 2018 I had my first child and my second in 2019, having my pregnancies so close together my weight just went up and up, becoming a mother was a challenge of its own let alone trying to think about anything else and my own needs came last.
In 2020 I was the heaviest I had ever been (18stone) and when we went into the first lockdown I knew I had to try and do something to help myself, I was crying almost daily because of how uncomfortable I felt, and if I did go out I was choosing big baggy dresses to hid underneath. So I started off by doing PE with joe on facetime with my sister to get myself motivated to do something, my diet at this point was nowhere where it needed to be but it was a good start. Then I got my fitness watch in July 2020 and that really did make me realise how little I was moving.
I had been following Erin (NRF Ambassador) and was so inspired by what she was doing and wanted to believe that I could turn myself around (At this point I really didn’t think I could). Erin then shared a offer for NRFHome when joining in September, I kept thinking about it but truly believed it would be something else I would fail but I would give the month go and see if I enjoyed it. It took me a lot of courage just to message Erin and then Nicole, I felt so anxious just about taking this step (Little did I know how much it would change my life).
September came and I started with the home workouts, and I was soon doing the daily challenges and really enjoying it (So much that even on holiday I was doing the challenges in the caravan) I loved Nicole’s style of training and I really liked her. Also baring in mind I hadn’t used dumbbells before and I had no clue what all of these exercise were called until I joined NRFHome.
I soon started to notice my weight was slowly shifting since I was moving more and taking some of the nutritional advice shared in NRFHome. After a month or so of NRFHome I joined the coaching team, alongside as I wanted the extra support because I knew I had a long road ahead.
So towards the end of October 2020 I began my coaching plan, it was by far the best decision I could have made. I spent the first 6/7 Months of my training at home and then moved into the gym in May this year, this is something I never EVER thought I would do (I now love the gym). I have become a completely different person to who I was a year ago, I lacked so much confidence and yes I still have areas where I want to grow a lot more, but I have come so far and have found a real passion for what i am doing which I most definitely did not expect.
I have worked incredibly hard these last 10 months, it has not been easy and everything does not come all at once, my habits have taken a long time to build and I still have days/weeks where I struggle but I get back to it. The support from Nicole and from all the other amazing women is just everything! I am so greatful to each and everyone of them. I could not have done this without the support and guidance I have received. Nicole is just the BEST coach.
I can now do things with my kids that I couldn’t do before in fear of being too big or unfit, I get up I the morning and I am either walking or I am at the gym, I enjoy the foods I eat, I don’t fear my wardrobe or dread having a occasion to dress for instead I look forward to putting on nice clothes, I also started pole in May this year, there are so many things that have changed for me and old me would not recognise this girl. This has not been/is not ‘just another diet’ this is a complete mind reset, realising how you can live and enjoy your life in a healthy way. I do no not know where I would be right now if I hadn’t taken the steps I did to start my NRF journey. This started off as a weight loss journey but it has now become so much more than that, I have no end goal I just want to see what happens if I don’t give up.
NRF has given me my life back, helped me find who I am again as I had really felt like I had lost myself. I look forward to the next 6 months and see what they bring!