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Healthy Meal



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"I had known for quite some time that I needed to lose weight and focus on improving my overall health and fitness. However, I felt very self conscious and lacked the confidence to go to group classes or bootcamps with my friends, worrying that I wouldn't be able to keep up at all. I decided to start training after having wanted to lose weight, feel generally better and be more able to keep up with my much fitter friends for quite some time, but self consciousness and not knowing where to start had held me back from making any changes or improvements. With the general chaos of 2020 putting an end to holidays and work travel, I saw an advert for personal training and decided that this was going to be the point at which I had the time and flexibility to bite the bullet and to get going and so kicked myself out of my comfort zone.


As a result I decided to try personal training with Ally and after the initial consultation felt reassured that this was something that could be achievable for me, yet was left in no doubt that I would be challenged and pushed well out of my comfort zone in regards to exercise as well as nutrition and consideration of my overall health!


Having previously been known for my use of the phrase "no meat, no meal" I was sceptical about a largely plant based diet but as a keen cook have actually thoroughly enjoyed the creativity involved in coming up with tasty meals to provide balanced nutrition and have appreciated Ally's support in helping to plan and understand this.


Although tough, I look forward to the strength training sessions and am appreciative of Ally pointing out progress to help with development of confidence, and the sense of humour that comes along too! I understand that improving my health and fitness is an ongoing project but I am delighted to be sleeping well after years of insomnia, am enjoying cooking even more than ever, have lost more weight than I thought I had it in me to and love that I can now start to keep up more with friends when hiking and taking part in other active pursuits.


I have learned about the significant impact my diet has on all aspects of my health (both physical and mental) and not just my waistline! I have always enjoyed cooking but have learned to look at recipes and my favourite dishes and adjust them to match my tastes and to include a variety of different nutrients. I have learned that I enjoy pushing myself and benefit from the sense of achievement that comes along with it. I've also learned to never admit when I don't find an exercise too difficult! 


I enjoy the friendly approach in sessions, both human and canine! I look forward to knowing that I am going to be challenged in lots of ways and really like the feeling of accomplishment that comes with making progress, although I am still sometimes hesitant about quite how far I am going to be shoved out of my comfort zone (and nagged!) and how much I am going to ache the next morning!"


Thanks Ally for your support!​"

Beth, 37 (December 2020)

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