With the end of the Get North Devon Fit Challenge finishing in December it has taken me until now to decide on the winner.
In the end it was a close call between two ladies. In the end I couldn’t seperate them and decided to split the prize between the two of them.
They both lost weight and re-shaped their bodies and they both did it in very different ways.
While they both followed my EAT Smart Diet program, Louise lost her weight trhough Personal Training and Bev did the entire challenge at home by following the “Movement Based Fitness Training” program that everyone on the challenge got.
The brilliant thing is, while I know personal training at my gym gets great results, in fact I offer a money back guarantee on it. It was the fact that Bev stuck to the at home program and got amazing results. Just shows that if you follow a plan that works you will get results.
So without further ado, here’s the winners and their stories.
I took early retirement in 2008 and took this opportunity to get fit and exercise. I enjoyed this and in summer 2009 ran the Race for Life. However I then began to have knee pain which curtailed my exercising. Although I had toned up I hadn’t lost any weight. Over the next year my knees restricted my exercise and even just walking, consequently I put on weight.
So August 2010 I joined Marc Kent’s Weight Loss Challenge. He gave me a programme of fitness training and really pushed me to achieve my best. This really toned me up. I also followed his eating plan and during the challenge lost a stone (10% of my starting weight).It has also really helped my self esteem and confidence because I know I look good. I really enjoyed the exercise and best of all NO knee problems.
Where do I start! I’ve been a yoyo dieter for years – literally trying every diet and swearing that this would be the time I’d succeed. Of course I was bound not to as the food I was eating was failing me, not me failing the diet. Having been to your seminar and seen the reasons for this failure I was totally convinced that I could do this and I have! No counting calories, points, punishing myself for ‘falling off the wagon’ and that is hugely liberating when you’ve very little time, energy or confidence.
I first noticed a boost in my energy levels towards the end of week two. I walk to work and it would have normally taken me about 50 minutes but I was doing it in 35 minutes. I could walk up hill easier and wasn’t puffing like a steam engine while doing it. And then I started getting compliments about my appearance and I defy anyone not to feel better when that happens! My posture has changed completely so instead of slouching while I walk I’m holding myself properly and that is so much easier when your clothes fit and are comfortable. My legs have toned so much that for the first time in many years I walked into a shoe shop and bought a pair of boots that fit my calves! I’ve been wearing jeans that haven’t seen the light of day for several years. In fact I’ve gone from not fitting into my my size 18 jeans into wearing size 16s with ease so I’ve lost two dress sizes already.
My skin, hair and nails have changed too – they’ve all improved amazingly and I’m taking great pleasure in taking care of my appearance now whereas I had started to let myself go a bit because it all felt a bit pointless.
But the biggest change to my life has been my mental attitude. I’m so looking forward to carrying on this way of life because I know that I can eat and exercise this way as a choice. I’m not working towards an end date where I can go ‘back to normal’ because this is now normal for me. I love the food, I’ve rediscovered the pleasure in cooking properly and I love the small bursts of intense exercise instead of trying to find an hour to slog away on the treadmill to no particular effect. I don’t feel like I’m ‘cheating’ when I have what I want and I look forward to exercise instead of finding it a horrendous chore!
I’m so thankful I saw the Get North Devon Fit campaign in the paper and decided to have one last go at getting my weight under control. Not only have I started along that path, but I’ve also rediscovered a zest for life that was buried deep in my lack of self confidence because of my weight. I’ve actually caught sight of myself a couple of times and thought ‘is that really me?’ and then had a bit of a smile to myself because yes, it really IS me!
The prize will be split between both of the winners.
And the good news is that we raised a total of £2550 which will be split equally between the “Help for Heroes” and “Devon Air Ambulence” charities.