People easily slip into the assumption that things can't ever have been different to the times that they have known, their beliefs caged by their own experiences. You may have come across my Instagram or looked through this website and figured that I have always been interested in training. Or that I may have been particularly good at sports as a child but didn't make it as a pro. Let me assure you, it hasn't always been this way!
As a youngster although I was active I was certainly no athlete (other than when it came time to run to the sweet shop), which probably wasn't helped by the fact I used to buy a daily 4 chocolate bars with my lunch money, and then sneak more chocolate to bed to eat under the covers at night under the misguided belief that my parents would never notice. Yes my parents loved me, yes they fed me vegetables and yes they taught me right from wrong. I just had no control.
Fast forward to adulthood and the first 6 of 9 years working in Financial Services; long working hours, non-stop dinners and alcohol, more alcohol, and yet more alcohol. Not only was I not in good shape, I had no concept of being healthy, and still no control. I favoured excess and as a result constantly lacked energy, would get sick a few times a year, and spent every afternoon yawning away at my desk - sound familiar?
Personally I began by using the gym as stress relief. I would train in the mornings before work, and began to look better for it. I began to feel better for it. It was the first positive habit I can consciously remember instilling that was of my own choosing and it was my control.
I don't claim to have all the answers, but then the answer is different for everyone. That's what makes us individuals. What I do have is experience of varying ends of the lifestyle spectrum, a flexible, realistic approach, and a desire to help people ingrain their own positive habits that give them the focus to succeed in the boardroom and the energy to play with their kids at the weekend,
For some time whilst I was at school I wanted to be a teacher, which is strange given I didn't particularly enjoy school. I guess things have come full circle to a degree.
I am lucky enough to know some incredibly gifted individuals who write beautifully. They have the ability to convey emotion, feeling, and their message through words and structure that is almost poetic.
Honestly, I am not them.
I write as I see it, and often as I would say it. My aim is to bring you insight, talk about the types of challenges that you might be facing, and more generally just to write a few hundred words every few weeks about things you might want to read about.
Over the coming months I want to give you ideas that you might apply to your lifestyle, fitness or nutritional regimes (should they exist), or encourage you to think about how you might benefit by creating them if they don't.
If you have specific ideas that you'd like to hear about or questions you'd like answered, send me an email.