This time last year I was at a low point. I was approaching my late twenties and I felt unfit, tired and lacking in self confidence. Although I wasn’t hugely overweight, I was unhappy with the way my body looked and I wanted to make a change.
I had spent my entire adult life on one diet or another, losing and gaining the same half a stone over and over again. A few weeks of will power and determination would quickly be followed by a few months of overeating and inactivity. I followed this cycle for years. Gym memberships, running programs and hundreds of fad diets came and went, but I could never find any consistency.
I have never been able to stick to a gym regime, I find it utterly boring and uninspiring. I enjoy running occasionally, but without support I find it very difficult to stay disciplined with a routine. In September last year I decided that enough was enough and I realised that doing this on my own was just not going to work.
I had seen DS Lifestyle & Fitness on facebook and had heard rumours of their ‘terrifying’ sessions and workouts. I decided to take the plunge and I contacted owner and trainer Dom via email. She suggested I come to one of their Thursday night PADS classes to check it out. Taking that first step and attending that first session was hard! As I made my way to class, horrible thoughts and feelings of self doubt kept creeping into my mind…
“What if I get there and everyone is super fit? Clad in lycra and looking amazing? What if I waddle in to sneers and judgemental glances? What if the class is so hard that I vomit or fall over or have to stop, and all the glamorous lycra clad people point and laugh at me?” I wanted to turn the car around, go home and eat toast in my pyjamas.
I’m so glad I didn’t. After overcoming ‘the fear’ and forcing myself to walk into the class, I was relieved to see that it was full of ‘normal’ people, not the mass of super buff fitness heads I had been dreading.
There were some big guys who looked like they could be boxers, some older people, some younger, some larger, some fitter. I didn’t feel out of place. I must admit, that first class was hard, but it was also exhilarating and nowhere near as terrifying as those rumours had it! Dom and Steve are really supportive and inspiring and I knew even then, that this was something I could finally stick to.
I began attending DS sessions 3 times a week. PADS and both ProEx PT’s. The first few months were really hard going. My muscles ached constantly and I felt really tired after each session. But I felt determined to continue, and I began to notice changes in my body. My clothes fitted better, my muscles felt firmer and other people started to comment on how much better I looked.
A year on, I continue to attend 3 sessions a week, EVO-CT on a Monday, ProEx PT on a Tuesday and PADS on a Thursday and I love my routine. I enjoy walking to work and going for a run on the days when I haven’t got a session. I have followed Dom’s tips and advice about my eating habits and I feel fantastic for it. I never diet any more, I eat a healthy, sensible clean diet and treat myself when I feel like it. My cravings for sweet or fatty treats don’t happen so often, but when they do, I feel that I can enjoy them without spiraling out of control. I have reached a point now where I have trained my mind and body to want healthy options. My energy levels have soared and I feel happy and confident.
I’m not going to lie, it’s not always easy and it hasn’t happened over night. I honestly don’t think I could ever have done it without the support and encouragement of Dom and Steve and my ‘Team DS’ friends, who continue to inspire me with their own progress.
I have finally found a regime that I can not only stick to but actually thoroughly enjoy.
Exercise is no longer a horrible chore that I have to worry about, but an enjoyable part of my daily routine. So here they are, my then and now shots…
I am slightly cringing about putting my body being out there on the internet. I want to continue to improve my physique further. However, even the self-critical me can see that there is a big difference in the way I look and I hope that inspires other people to get themselves into a proper health and fitness regime. It is the best thing I’ve ever done.
I would say that the biggest difference is not how I look, but how I feel. Not something I expected when I started out.
I would highly recommend the services of DS Lifestyle & Fitness to anyone. Dom and Steve are truly inspiring people who are genuinely passionate about what they do. Whether you want to lose weight, improve your fitness or just generally feel better about yourself.
So go for it! You can do it.