My fitness journey started with walking twice a day. I’m not going to lie; it was a real struggle. Of course my diet also changed. No more chocolates with my morning, afternoon and evening coffee, and salads and vegetables replaced the chips and fried food. The walking got easier and I increased the distance, speed and introduced hand-weights to increase my cardio and to also give me an all-over body workout.
10 weeks after starting I had my first diabetic review since starting my lifestyle change. I was thrilled that I had lost nearly 2 stones and even more by the fact that the Nurse reduced my Metformin tablets from four a day to three. That was it; I was hooked. I was determined to do even better at my next review so I decided to make the step up from walking to running. Well; easier said than done! I ran for about 15 seconds and that was it. I was a mess, and this really upset me. But with the help of my Mrs, we moved on.
I started to run for 15 seconds, then I’d power walk for 2 minutes. Before too long, this had reversed to 2 minutes of running with the 15 seconds of power walking. The weight was just falling off and by the time my next diabetic review came along I had lost nearly 5 stones in total. The Nurse again gave me nothing but praise and further reduced my Metformin to just one tablet a day.
It was at this point I realised I could reverse my diabetes and I thought “If I can do this, so can anyone.” I decided at this point that I wanted to help others that were in the same situation as myself. I went back to school in the summer of 2015 and got myself qualified as a Personal Trainer. Not only was I changing my health and fitness, I was starting a brand new career.