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I thought this was my fitness journey but it’s so much more……

More than I ever could have imagined!

Eight months ago, I would never have believed I would be working out twice a week, looking at everything I was putting in my mouth and no longer being able to fit into my clothes because I have lost so much weight. WOW!!

My journey began with Gabriel Ancu from GA Fitness Training in May 2017, when I pretty much got fed up with looking and feeling like shit!

I was a size 18-20, more 20 to 18 if I was being honest with myself, on the highest dose of the anti-anxiety medication for which I had been prescribed after the birth of my second child in 2011. Separated from my husband who had been the love of my life for 20 years, eating anything I felt I needed or wanted, drinking every night, not doing any exercise what so ever and living in a city (London) to where I feel totally disconnected from as a SAHM!

I knew I needed to make a change for not only me but also my two beautiful daughters, who were unfortunately getting the brunt of my heavy mix of anxiety and depressive laden moods. Most of the time I just wanted to curl up in bed and close my eyes hoping the world would just go away.

I took the first step and searched the personal trainers register in SE London, looking for someone with kickboxing experience, as I knew this was something I wanted to try and Gabriel’s profile came up.  After contacting him and explaining my goal of wanting to lose weight and generally get fit, we agreed to have a trial session.

Now I am someone who doesn’t really do gyms!  Last time I stepped foot in one was back in 2005 when I worked full-time for large bank (that the taxpayers now own 80% of….) in the city of London. At that time, I was also cycling into and back from work everyday and going to the gym at least 2 days a week.  I was a size 14, reasonably fit but didn’t really lose weight due to all the restaurant meals and drinking I participated in, being a couple with good disposable incomes to spend.

With this in mind, I knew myself well enough that unless I had someone come to my house and make me workout, there would be no chance of me achieving what I really wanted too. Finding motivation to exercise has always been difficult for me and even more so because over the last 10 years I have suffered from anxiety and depression, which if you have had no experience of, can stop you getting out of bed, let alone out of the house to go to a gym.

Gabriel arrived with all the equipment that I needed and after an initial chat about my goals, we had a fun and lively kickboxing session in my garden.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and after a couple of days of contemplation, over spending money on myself for something as selfish as a personal trainer was my thinking, I booked Gabriel’s 15 session package, working out with him twice a week.

Little did I realise then, that was just the beginning of my weight loss and fitness journey with Gabriel.  Over the past eight months due to Gabriel’s ongoing motivation, experience and humour, I have dropped to a dress size 12-14, am more toned than I have been in my life (yes even when I was in my 20s..), actually have a core which allows me to do push ups without having to be on my knees and the most impressive for me and the NHS I’m sure, is that I no longer need to take ANY anxiety medication.

Although I was aware of the correlation between mental health and exercise, I guess I didn’t really believe it could have such an impact on me.  When you feel so down about yourself and you struggle to think positively about anything, it can be really difficult to see any light at the end of the tunnel.

Working with Gabriel has been such a positive experience and although my journey has in no way finished, without his genuine encouragement and belief that I could achieve my goals, I think I would still be that person I was eight months ago.

HayleyB

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