Life gave me lemons on more than one occasion, I have experienced what it is like to have a high level of fitness taken away from you. I have experienced the long slog to recovery and not only the physical challenge but the mental battle too. It’s an arduous journey to complete, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. Nothing lasts forever, and that includes the hard times as much as the good. I know what it’s like to struggle with emotional eating and more importantly, how to overcome it. You can read more about how I ended up at this point in my life at the bottom of the page.
The great news is that we are the ones in control of this journey. Through a few healthy habit changes and a little more knowledge in the bank, we can create healthy habits that will not only make life much easier but more enjoyable too. Whether it’s a long day out with the kids or even a Sunday afternoon walk in the countryside, it’s much more satisfying when these activities don’t tire us out.
My aim is to help as many people as I can live a happier, healthier life. On this site, the social medias and YouTube, you will find plenty of helpful tips to keep you fit and healthy. This can be in the form of a new blog post covering different topics, YouTube tutorials and how-to recipe videos, or even as a client on a bespoke Online Training package that is fully tailored to you. You can also follow my adventures via YouTube and Instagram stories. Future projects will see myself and seven other Instagram Bloggers heading out with Crystal Ski to the French Alps. You can get a real insight into the daily life of a blogger and see more of the ‘person behind the page’.
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How I ended up here
After a somewhat less than straightforward youth, at 19 years old, I made the decision to join the British Army. I enlisted into the Royal Engineers on 5th June 2005 for basic training. Nine months prior to this I was attacked by a group of six males on the way back from a night out in Sheffield. This left me with a few injuries, one of which was a dislocated left shoulder. Fast forward to the end of basic training and an accident with a Bergen caused the same shoulder to dislocate. I had a few weeks of physio and completed basic training, passing out on 1st December 2005.
After taking part in the PT display during the pass out parade, I was confident that I had overcome my injury, but a sudden dislocation whilst tackling the 12 foot wall on the assault course politely reminded me that wouldn’t be the case. This time it would require surgery to fix. After the surgery and rehab, six months of physio and lots of missed opportunities everything was good to go again. It never lasted though, and two more surgeries would occur before I lost my Army career through the injury to my shoulder.
The last incident was the assault course again, three weeks before a deployment to Afghanistan, which I could no longer do. It was hard to train for so long and watch your team go away without you, but I had no choice. This is where things went downhill. I contracted a post surgical infection which developed into septicaemia and septic arthritis.
After a long process I was medically discharged from the army and had to decide what I was going to do next. Fitness was a huge part of my life in the army, so I used my resettlement grant to contribute towards the Master Personal Trainer course offered by Discovery Learning. It was a six week residential course and I absolutely loved every minute of it.
Following that , I started a Boot Camp in the town I settled after leaving the army, but a relationship breakdown left me with no reason to stay there once the initial drama such a situation usually entails had settled. Before I moved back to Nottingham, I spent ten months working all over Europe with various motorsport categories, while also competing in some amateur racing in karts.
Once back in Nottingham, things didn’t pick up the way I had hoped, and fresh off the back of a difficult break up I sort of sat and wallowed in self pity. For a year. I ate and drank uncontrollably to try and make myself feel better, but it never worked. I just found myself becoming even more miserable with the reflection looking back in the mirror.
Something had to give, and it was December 2015 when that something came about. It was a ski trip, but I only knew two of the seventeen people that were going. They all turned out to be amazing people, and that week changed everything. It showed me that there was still time for me to achieve everything I wanted to in life.
As soon as I got home I realised that I had to go back to being fit, and working in the fitness industry, so I started the food diary on Instagram and set about putting all I’d learned with Discovery, into practice on myself. It was a really fun year too. Little did I know just what a community Instagram would become, let alone turn into all this that it is now! That is pretty much how I ended up to be where I am now, and in the future it could lead anywhere. All I know is that I want to help as many people as possible succeed on their own journey so they can too get the most from life and all its opportunities.
Thank you for reading my little story, and remember:
The magic happens as soon as you step outside of your comfort zone.