My Fitness Journey: Diane

Diane transformation


It is difficult to put into words just how much my life has changed since I started my first course with Lifetime in 2013 it was such a big thing for me to even book onto the course coming from where I had started.

I’m 38 now.  I spent the majority of my childhood, teens and 20s very overweight and lacking in confidence.  At my lowest point, aged 25, I was tipping the scales at over 16 ½ stone.

In 2009 I lost my weight for what would turn out thankfully to be the last time.  I slimmed down from a size 18-20 to a size 12 for my wedding.  I would never be bigger than this again.

I got into group fitness classes as a way to maintain my weight and it turned out to be the best thing I ever did.  I fell totally in love with Les Mills classes due to some pretty amazing instructors and would do rather too many classes every week as I loved it so much.

I really wanted to be an instructor myself but always dismissed the thought.  I thought I can’t do that, I’m too old, not fit enough, “people like me don’t do this”.  I had zero confidence in myself, I think on the inside I still felt like the fat girl who wasn’t good enough.

I had a successful career as an accountant in a large firm but I hated my job to be honest, the only thing that kept me sane was going to classes.

I changed jobs, I had more free time and then eventually in late 2012 I had this “sod it!” moment and booked ETM plus Les Mills bodyattack one lunchtime when I was bored at work . 

On that the first weekend on my ETM I was the worst one there.  I stood up to teach my warmup, couldn’t catch the beat of the music and stormed off and cried in a corner frustrated with myself.

I practiced all week and the second weekend my tutor, Jeni, said she had never seen someone improve so much in the course of a week.

I passed my assessment and 3 weeks later I was on my bodyattack course, I passed that too and my video assessment passed first time.  I started covering classes, I wasn’t very good or confident and had a fairly bad time of it but I stuck with it, I am a lot of things but a quitter is not one of those.

Within 2 years I had certified in 5 Les Mills programmes and booked on my level 2 gym and level 3 PT with lifetime.   I now also teach indoor cycling, circuits and fitness yoga.

In April 2015 I quit the last job I would ever have after falling out with my boss.   I was teaching 10 classes a week alongside my job.  Teaching classes has changed me into a confident person, I walked out of the door with the biggest smile on my face knowing I would be fine and started calling around gyms to pick up work.

I set up my own accountancy business doing tax and accounting work for those in the fitness industry, which has really taken off.

I now have 65 accountancy clients, I plan to at least double this next year.  I do home PT and I have 20 regular fitness classes of my own.  None of this would have happened had I not been brave enough to book that ETM course!


Thanks for reading! Stay tuned on our website for National Apprenticeship Week 2016!

Get in touch with us on Facebook or twitter and share your first week stories, we love hearing about them!

Got a question?

Request a call back

Lifetime Training Login



The Portal

The Portal is a tool for apprenticeship learners and managers to track learner progression and upload evidence.

  Portal Login





FUSE is an online learning community where apprenticeship learners can access resources, and interact with tutors and other learners.

Fuse Login




MyLifeTime is an online learning community where course learners can access resources, and interact with tutors and other learners.

MyLifetime Login




Apprenticeship Job Boards

The Apprenticeship Job Board - click here to apply for apprenticeship jobs and view your applications. 

Job Board Login