My Fitness Journey: Diane
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!
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