Before I started the challenge I was stuck in a vicious cycle of Weight Watchers. At the point of joining the challenge I consumed alcohol most days which led to chocolate and cheese and I drank Diet Coke like it was going out of fashion. I was worried about not feeling lovely when I become a bridesmaid for my good friend in June when my friend suggested we join the challenge together. The biggest challenge for me was giving up the Diet Coke - averaging around 5 cans a day. Once I had got through the first 5 days, I seriously felt amazing. I thought I would miss the bread, pasta, crisps etc but I seriously didn't. I love cooking and am a bit of a foodie and found the recipes really delicious. I prepped and planned my meals at the beginning of the week to make sure everything was to hand when I was hungry and I didn't reach for the crisp cupboard. I am most pleased with my weight loss over the 4 weeks - 8lbs of fat lost as well as some muscle gain. I have much more energy, sleep amazingly and got a real confidence boost when friends and family commented on how good I was looking. I am also really pleased with my improved fitness levels and changing shape as a result. I would say to anyone considering this challenge to do it!! The food and exercise plan make you feel amazing. I have started my half marathon training and I am already seeing that I am considerably faster and stronger than last year. Looking forward to starting the next challenge!
I had been trying to get back to my old self since coming back from the Falklands and whilst I had lost a stone, it was slow progress. My daughter got me into the courses and the newsletters followed. I read the email about 5 times before I thought....just go for it....the only thing you have to lose is a few quid. The idea of support, a menu plan and exercise was the boost I needed to get to my goal. The plan was easy to follow provided you were prepared. I managed to maintain my social life (although now a bit of a lightweight), go on holiday, work away and still remain reasonably on track using the principles of the plan. I am quite fortunate in that there is generally a gym when I am away for work. The support and encouragement from the group has helped me stay on track. That in itself has been invaluable. I am now in a happy place with the way I feel, look and I am currently going through my wardrobe having a big clear out as nothing fits!”
I was at the lunch and learn you delivered last year and I thought it was absolutely fantastic and really helpful!
Was lovely having you in and we have received great feedback! Thank you so much for today, was amazing and we all loved it.
I am sure T. passed on my message but I just wanted to make sure you know how delighted I am (and my doctor!). I had my blood test results back and cholesterol and blood sugar are way down and into normal range. Thank you very much for what you have done.
I am so thrilled that at the end of my 12 week programme, I have lost nearly two stone and achieved some pretty transformational body stats. Joining your programme was one of the best things I have ever done, and while I still have plenty of work to do, it is fantastic to feel energetic, strong and in control again! Many thanks to you all.
I really enjoyed our session. It’s so nice to talk to someone who understands what’s happening in my body and who can offer practical ways to get to the bottom of it all. My doctor just looks at me blankly and I generally leave there wondering if I’m going crazy or overreacting.
The increase in energy is very noticeable - I can sort of feel it buzzing in me. It’s hard to describe but I’m definitely feeling more rested when I get up in the morning whereas previously I’ve always felt exhausted. On my way home tonight I didn’t just go home, but felt compelled to go do my food shopping and then my washing when I got in. Previously, all I’d be able to do is go home and lay on the sofa. My mood is better and even my gut feels a bit better and I think my motility is improving. I’m still getting a little bloating but no where near as much. I can’t thank you enough for your help.
I was introduced to Sarah Carolides through a mutual contact, who recommended her as someone who could host a Learning & Development talk for members of the network, focusing on the topic of health and nutrition in line with many people’s New Year’s resolutions. Sarah’s talk was our most attended Learning & Development event so far and rightfully so – she was incredibly knowledgeable, engaging and happy to respond to audience questions.
Thank you so much for Tuesday! I am brimming with ideas and determination! Now to put some of that good stuff into practice..!