The photograph on the left.. taken on New Year 2015/16. I was very unhealthy; I drank a lot of beer and ate nothing with any nutritional value and hardly exercised. I became too comfortable and let myself get to a point where I was miserable, drained and not motivated to any degree.
So, I changed. Slowly.
I became a member at Fitness First gym; I started spinning three times a week and was hitting the leg press and squat rack everyday. I had an unhealthy obsession with the gym, but even though I saw a slight difference, my diet was still full of alcohol, pizza, pastries and all of the unhealthy goodness.
I needed a change from the gym, so went with my friend Nikki to circuit classes which she had been going to twice a week. Fight For Fitness offered a range of classes, from circuits, boxing, yoga, morning boot camps and abs and cardio and it wasn't long until I found myself attending every class I could.
Fight For Fitness wasn't just a few classes a week, it was and still is, a family. You would turn up and know everyone, they would know you and you developed these friendly-competitive relationships - I absolutely loved it.
Alongside Fight For Fitness, my friend Hannah introduced me to Netball. We started out going to Back to Netball training and joining a friendly league before we decided to enter into a serious league.
I always used to play football as a kid, and missed the 'team' and competitive feeling, so I was keen to get involved.
During the winter league, our games would start at 8:30, which meant I got to still attend circuits before at 6:15-7:15 but when we switched to the summer league, our games started at 7:15, so I've annoyingly had to leave behind Fight For Fitness for a couple of months. (I'll be back though Dave, don't worry!)
Alongside netball, I have recently started BodyDrop. The owner, Bradley advertised on Facebook that he needed 20 woman to take part in a programme which will guarantee results. BodyDrop offers three personal training sessions a week (some of these may be group classes, but each class will work you to your ability), nutritional guide and meal plans are also included.
I am monitoring my BodyDrop results here, so you can follow my fitness journey week by week.
It is now July 2017 and I am currently the picture on the right. I've dropped from roughly 10st 6lbs to 8st 10lbs in the space of a year and a half. I became vegetarian (the day after the left picture was taken), cut out beer from my diet but I didn't count calories, I only monitored what I ate, and made sure I chose the healthier option, instead of choosing the easy takeaway/junk option.
I am not as strong, fit or as toned as I would like to be but I need to keep remember how far I have come, which is easy to forget on my non-motivation days!
Measurements on the left, taken 09-05-2017. Since then I have had a couple weeks off at the beginning of June and spent one week at Glastonbury Festival, where my diet completely went out the window but surprisingly, the results weren't as bad as I was expecting.
Will be measuring my weight, BMI, body fat and body fat mass throughout the next few weeks while I change and stabilize my diet, along side the three personal training sessions a week, netball and circuits classes.
Watch this space!