Dan always plans my personal training sessions to work towards my goals. We either work out at my home, in my garden or at the local recreation ground and a regular diary commitment means no excuses. Every session is different and every session is motivating and challenging.
This morning I am getting ready for a personal training session with Dan. I am looking forward to it and that is something that I certainly wouldn’t have said a few years ago! I am also wearing a Kiss Fitness t-shirt in a size small. The first one of these I was given was a large. For somebody who has worked so hard that is a good feeling and it prompted me to write this long overdue testimonial.
After decades of yoyo dieting and failed fitness regimes I have been working with Dan and Nikki at Kiss Fitness since January 2012. With their help I have made huge changes to my body in terms of weight and fitness and made a real difference to my life.
Unfortunately, last year I had 2 sprained ankles and a broken ankle, all of which took their toll on my workout schedule, effectively putting me out of action for the best part of 6 months of the year. My will power dropped, I really missed the exercise and my weight rose yet again.
So what’s changed this year? At Christmas I bought myself a few extra training sessions to give myself a good start to the New Year. I knew that if I didn’t make a change then, it would never happen. I started training with Dan once a week on a 1-1 basis and continued to do 3- 4 group exercise classes a week. We set achievable goals on a short and long term basis and Dan set about getting me fit once again and losing the excess weight. The first challenge was to strengthen the ankle and then work on the overall fitness.
So what has this Personal training done for me...
- Between January and July I lost 10kg and 9% body fat
- I have learnt to love exercise
- I have made “me time” a priority
- My self esteem and confidence has risen considerably
- My stress levels have dropped
- I feel good!
As for the group exercise sessions...
- I have made some great friends
- I have so much fun with some truly lovely people with varying degrees of craziness!!
- I know I will have a different well structured full body workout at each session
- As a group we encourage each other
- A regular schedule creates great habits
- I am always motivated to try my hardest
I know I will be reminded of this many a time but I have to say, Dan is right! For ages he has been telling me to stop dieting and just eat properly. Having spent 2 years ignoring him, in January 2015 I stopped “dieting”. I eat regularly, a varied diet and as “clean” as I can, I enjoy my food and do not deny myself treats. I exercise once a week with Dan, enjoy the group sessions and work out independently following the online training programme that Dan regularly updates for me. I live life to the full. My weight has followed a downward trend and stabilized. I may not have lost as much as some people on the classic diet regimes but the difference in my body is immense and having made a lifestyle change I am no longer living in fear of it all going back on.
Ok, I gained a few pounds on holiday but who doesn’t?! I kept moving and enjoyed all the local hospitality (for it would be rude not) to but I wore my bikini with pride because I worked hard to feel confident enough to do so.
Dan always plans my personal training sessions to work towards my goals. We either work out at my home, in my garden or at the local recreation ground and a regular diary commitment means no excuses. Every session is different and every session is motivating and challenging. I always feel the difference that the session has made and I always enjoy the buzz that working out gives me. I even like to feel the ”DOMS” the next day, pure evidence that I have worked hard and made a difference Sometimes Dan puts up with a lot of moaning from me, other times he shares my excitement if I have achieved my next goal. It is not unusual for me to swear at him if the session is particularly tough! We even had a bet one week on whether I would achieve a target and having smashed through it Dan publicly paid the penalty. I enjoyed watching those burpees Dan!!!
My goals are always moving because I have found I respond well to a challenge and a target. It’s no longer about the weight, it’s about my fitness and giving myself every chance in life. I want to still be enjoying Kiss fitness sessions for decades yet! And I have every intention of doing so!