I joined Peak back in November of 2017 after moving into the Tavistock area. I have used many gyms in the past to try and control my weight, but none of them have changed my life like Peak has.
I haven’t always found my weight hard to lose but keeping it off has always been a struggle for me, constantly yoyoing. We have all been there trying these crazy diets, over training or simply just trying to follow a lifestyle which isn’t realistic for us personally. Shortly after joining Peak I met Steve the personal trainer at the gym. I started training with him and at this point I would say I was only half committed to trying to lose my weight. After a few months this changed. And in April 2018 I decided to set myself a 12 week challenge.
Now I had done one of these before but ended up putting the weight I lost back on. Shock! This time was different. Steve was a massive support for me not only with the training side but hugely with the nutrition and my eating habits. I have always been an active person, walking my dogs and riding horses whilst being a member of a gym. But I have always struggled with my eating habits and mindset towards food. This is what has let my weight loss down in the past.
Steve really helped to change my mindset on the way I saw food and gave me great advice on things to try. At the end of the 12 week challenge I had lost over 2 stone and was feeling amazing. Not only had I lost weight but I had a completely new attitude towards training and most importantly food. Since the challenge ended I have lost a further half a stone. When I first started all of this like most of us I wanted to lose weight but over time it became more than that; I started to take more of an interest in my fitness, how heavy I could lift, how fast I could run and how far I could push myself.
My story continues further then just my weight loss, after losing the weight and having my new improved mindset I decided to go ahead and join the L2 gym instructing & L3 personal training course run from Peak itself. Shortly after this I was incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to start working for the gym. Embarking on a weight loss or fitness journey may not necessarily lead you towards working within the fitness industry but the point is it can change how you feel about yourself and give you the confidence to try new things.