I was unhappy and unhealthy and nothing I tried worked in the long run
Ever since I was a child I have struggled with my weight and also took up smoking as a teenager, and both ruled my life for over 20 years. I remember how miserable I was, and thought I could never do anything about it. I tried numerous times to stop smoking, and spent so many years gaining and losing the same 3 stone, if not more. Nothing ever seemed to work in the long term, and my eating habits were not at all aligned with my desire to be a healthy weight, and to look and feel better about myself. I really did want to have my cake and eat it and had a very unhealthy relationship with food. I was uncomfortable physically and unhappy mentally and had lost all belief and confidence in myself. Yet I knew that if I carried on I would be shortening my life and increasing the likelihood of being very unwell in my later years. Hitting my mid-thirties, with 40 around the next corner, made me acutely aware of this, especially as I found myself getting lots of aches and pains and a nasty cough that wouldn't go away. So something HAD to change!
I found the right solutions for me and started fully living my life. I gained fitness, health and confidence.
Eventually, after a lot of self-help and expert help from various sources over the years, I finally stopped smoking, got my weight under control, learned how to enjoy my favourite foods in moderation, and gained a whole new lease of life. I have since run 12 marathons, numerous half marathons, 10ks, a Tough Mudder, and have been weight training for over 8 years. I got so fit and strong that I was able to join the fire service as a part time fire fighter, which I loved, and something which would have been impossible just a few short years earlier. I had to give up the firefighting in the end as it was no longer compatible with my life due to the hours but it is something I am incredibly proud of having done. Not only that, my confidence increased enormously and I just felt so much healthier. I grew in confidence in my career, I ended up travelling to various places to run races that I otherwise would never have visited, and have even done some modelling, including bodypaint modelling. I would never have had the courage to do that before. Losing the weight and stopping smoking has opened so many doors for me, including this one of starting my own business to help others.....
I decided I wanted to empower others to fully live their lives too.
So after a varied career in the public sector, including being a prison officer, drug and alcohol worker, part time firefighter, a successful 18 year stint as a senior manager in the NHS, and a short spell as a successful part-time Cambridge Weight Plan (now 1:1 Diet) consultant, it was time for me to bring all that experience together with my passion for health and wellbeing, and help others to achieve their potential and break free from the yo-yo diet cycle. So YourOneLife was born. I embarked on a year-long journey to retrain, getting new qualifications, building on the ones I already had, to make sure I could offer the best quality service possible.
You have the power to change your life! You just might not know it yet. That's where I can help!
While I appreciate and respect that some people who are overweight feel happy and healthy, there are also many people who are not, and that's where I can help. It makes me sad that so many people think like I did, that they are stuck with being overweight and can't do anything about it. This is NOT TRUE!!! You only get one life, it's YOURS, so let's work together to make it the best it can be!! What are you waiting for? The time is going to pass anyway so let me help you to use it wisely and achieve what you want in life.