After months without exercising for one reason or another and over indulgence over Christmas 2016, I was starting to think about losing some weight and improving my fitness…however the thought of starting was daunting to say the least. Encouraged by a group of friends I decided to give Activ8 fitness a go. I knew Carol, but was still apprehensive about facing up to my weight gain and actually committing to starting, what if I failed? I have always been a bit of a yoyo dieter and exercised sporadically, did I really want to lose weight or should I just accept defeat now?
When I met with Carol for a one to one and weigh in it was such a positive experience that I felt quite enthusiastic, despite realising that I had over two stone to lose…how did that happen??? A week later I went along to the Wednesday class and weighed in…I had lost 4 lbs which was such a motivator. I stayed for the class which I really enjoyed and felt really pleased with myself. Eventually I tried all the different classes local to me (at first I was only able to manage the easiest options that Carol gives but built up over time) and realised that having different classes on different days gave me choice and little excuse not to make at least two a week. I tried Pilates and loved doing something so different to the high impact fat burning classes. It also meant that whilst I was at a class I wasn’t eating or snacking and having to weigh in once a week meant that I was accountable and gave me a focus. I didn’t go near scales for the rest of the week so it was a genuine surprise each week and usually a positive one.
Carol always made me feel good about losing even when it was only half a pound and even on the weeks when I stayed the same. Having the certificates each week and support of Carol and everyone at the classes kept me motivated and it was nice to share in everyone’s successes. Using some of the recipes and ideas from Carol’s talks kept me on track even when I had social occasions where I was ‘bad’. Breaking down the weigh lose into half stone chunks made it manageable and the classes meant I was more active so could actually eat quite a lot as long as it was balanced. Alcohol was difficult for me to give up completely but the weeks when I could go without really helped to shift the pounds!
After a determined few months I finally achieved my two stone weigh loss. I was so chuffed with myself but also a little scared that I wouldn’t be able to maintain it. Carol was and remains so encouraging and has such a realistic approach…of course we are all going to have weeks when we eat or drink more than we need (or both!) like on holiday, but it doesn’t have to mean we have failed! Carol sends messages on the facebook page encouraging us all to ‘get back on it’ and the weekly talks have some good information and ideas too.
I now enjoy being happy to get my arms out in public (which I did for Ascot Ladies Day for the first time in years!) and feeling comfortable to wear more or less what I want. I have more energy and sleep better and cannot recommend Activ8 any higher. I am confident that by continuing to go to classes each week and weighing in regularly I will be able to maintain my weight loss. It is a great way to combine activity with socialising and seeing friends. But don’t take my word for it come along and see for yourself!!