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Lauren Gift

I was relatively active throughout my childhood. I played soccer and a lot of driveway basketball. I stayed out from morning until night and ran around the neighborhood.

I didn’t really struggle with weight as a child or even a teen. I did however gain a lot of weight my first pregnancy at 21 years old. Being young I was able to get the weight off relatively quickly but definitely not in a healthy manner.

I then went on to have three more kids and every child it was more and more difficult to shed baby weight so I kind of lost motivation and gave up.

In 2016 my oldest son was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at age 8. It was a huge roadblock for us and completely unexpected. Our world was turned upside down and suddenly my child was forced to have shots all day long every day in order to live. We had no choice but to pay close attention to food labels in order to count carbs for him to know how much insulin he needed.

This was a very eye opening experience. Not only did it get me paying attention to labels which I hadn’t previously done, it got me thinking more about health in general. This was the start of my new lifestyle.

I decided to join a network marketing business for health and fitness which lasted a few years and in that time I created some bad habits. Truthfully, I’m still thankful for the experience because it got me where I am today. It was a stepping stone on the path to where I’m at.

I now do ZOOM workouts in the morning with a few of my girl friends. We get up early and workout “together” virtually. My choice of workout always involves weights. I love lifting and feeling strong. It gives me a confidence I wouldn’t otherwise have. Plus, cardio is hardio. It’s definitely not my cup of tea and that’s ok!

Working out with my friends virtually is my favorite part of the day. I absolutely love motivating and helping others. We all deserve to feel great about ourselves. We need to treat ourselves with respect and love and what better way than through health and fitness?

I’m not done with my journey and still have a ways to go, but I’m closer today than I have been in a long time. That’s because I made the choice to just do it and you can too. Change is hard and uncomfortable but being uncomfortable is part of the change.

You can’t have a lifestyle change without changing your lifestyle. You’ve got this! I believe in you.

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Zara

I started educating myself about fitness and nutrition about 3 years ago, and even then, I have experienced many highs and lows.

In the past, I have weighed so much less than I have now, constantly counting calories, eating low carb, weighing everyday. You name the diet, I will have tried it, and those “diets’ only lasted for a few months. I have learnt to just do half hour of training each day, whether it be putting on my running shoes, or doing a HIIT workout at home.

I’m still on a journey, no where near the goal that I want to be at, but I have learnt to embrace who I am and give myself a bit of self love. No longer am I hard on myself if I miss a training session or if I decide to have a few gins and a slice of cake.

Life is for living. We can be so critical and judgemental of ourselves, that we end up trying to be someone else and losing the true value of having our own identities.

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Amy Molesworth

“The year before falling pregnant I was at my very fittest, running 5km in 25 minutes and 10km in 52 minutes. I ran or went to gym classes 6 times a week, as well as eating a fairly healthy diet. Exercising during pregnancy has been a challenge, at the beginning it was like I wasn’t pregnant I could do everything the same as normal but obviously being a little more cautious to not overdo it. Then I started to notice that it took me longer to run 5km, I had to stop for water more frequently from about week 14 onwards.

Come week 24 although I wasn’t majorly showing yet, I couldn’t really run due to needing the toilet so desperately. I didn’t normally actually need to go, it was just where the baby was getting bigger and pushing on my bladder. I wasn’t accepting that my body wasn’t letting me run and I tried to persevere for weeks but now I go for long walks and try to include a few small jogs in between, if I feel comfortable enough to do so. I do pregnancy workouts from YouTube and other apps too, which are good but at first it felt like I was cheating because they didn’t seem hard enough. The further I go on this journey, the harder they have become because of the extra weight I’m carrying, not to mention the fatigue that I feel after doing even a small task, let alone working out.

One person said, “exercise in pregnancy is not about having an exercise goal it’s about keeping you and your baby healthy” and that’s something I have grown to learn over time. Body change in pregnancy has definitely been the hardest part for me though, I didn’t accept my body changing and at first it’s because I just looked bloated and did for quite some time, so it wasn’t obvious I was pregnant. I’m 30 weeks pregnant now and the main thing I’ve learnt during this experience, is to not put too much pressure on yourself.”

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Hannah Divall

“My school days were some of the toughest moments I have been through in my life. When I started playing sport I could escape all these negative feelings then becoming ‘good’ at sport meant people would talk to me more.

My love for sport grew from that, leading to my sports degree today. I was selected to train at a high level in badminton which was an amazing experience, competing for my school and county gave me a real sense of achievement. I then left my small village for University. To gain some friends I joined sports clubs and had never been happier, everyone was so friendly like never before. When I got membership for the University gym in 2nd year, I was very scared to go as I have never really exercised at a gym. I very nervously signed up and attended a female weights session, this started my love for the gym as the instructors were very approachable and encouraging.

My Master’s year was significantly harder than my previous university experience as most of my friends had graduated, so I decided not to compete in badminton or join the club but join a local badminton club. The people were welcoming, and the sessions were fun which was what I needed.

As lockdown hit, I left Portsmouth. I felt sad leaving a club I built connections with and will miss playing badminton with them. Now in lockdown, I am grateful for living in a quiet area and have started my running journey. I have always wanted to be ‘good’ at running but have never had the motivation until starting couch to 5k, seeing my time reduce is great progress. I am achieving something which I have never been good at and gives a nice break from attempting to finish my degree at home.”

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Jacob Delveaux

I grew up in a heavy family from the American Midwest — think Big Macs and Thanksgiving dinners. I knew no other lifestyle other than sedentary. Of course I had heard of exercise, but it wasn’t for me. I didn’t like to get sweaty, I was busy, I had other things to do, etc. etc.

During my first year of undergraduate, I was pulled away from my family. It was the first time I started to question my lifestyle and I found that it didn’t make me satisfied. I started exercising, light at first — just going on walks while listening to some podcasts – and soon felt great! Why had no one told me that life could be this amazing? That my days could be so clear, that I could have so much energy? It was like waking up into a world of possibility, energy, and life! So much different than the dark, sluggish world I knew before. I added in push ups to my walks, then crunches, then found my way into the gym. I found that what I once thought was a gruelling chore was soon becoming the best part of my day. It took some patience, no doubt, (and I had a cheat day here and there), but by staying consistent and disciplined, I found myself shedding pounds and turning into something beautiful.

Now you can’t keep me away from the gym, a round of pushups, or an on-the-fly HIIT class! If I’ve learned anything from this journey, it’s to go out and do what you think is amazing – no matter what those around you think. Don’t wait for anyone else’s permission, don’t seek anyone else’s approval but your own, don’t let others negativity get you down! Get out there and get fit! Let’s do it!”

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Alexandra Aguinaga

“The journey has been a roller-coaster full of ups and downs. Specially when you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, gaining weight is something so easy that you have to control your body no matter what. It also hit me that I don’t want to be a person someone needs to take care of, since after putting so much weight it put a toll on my knee and Achilles tendons.

Like many people, I too have past traumas that creep up once in a while, but exercising keeps my mind and body in check. Especially during the lockdown, it has become one of my routines to at least set aside 1 hour to sweat off the frustrations. This is my body and I want to take care of it, I know it may be hard getting that first Burpee or push up done, but once you notice you can do it, and later on do it easily, at the end it is a personal satisfaction and challenging yourself to finish the routine.

Take the time to make it about yourself and your well-being, at the end it’s just you, your body, and mind.”

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Amol Regina

“I started participating in physical activities at a very age of 6 years. I was in the athletes team of my primary school and was a great performer, got many certificates for good performance and I remember each time I had a competition on sports day my opponents would beg me not to beat them which to me was crazy because winning was my aim. As I advanced to my higher levels of education I continued with athletics and then I also joined the school netball team as well and it was an amazing journey. It kept me fit and each time I had stress and participated in athletics I felt so much relief. As I advanced into the university, I somehow relaxed because I didn’t have enough time though I would just get time over the weekends and did some physical exercises. After university, a friend of mine introduced me to daily workouts and gyming and I have never regretted it. It’s so refreshing and keeps me fit all the time. Because a good life is a healthy life I also try to regulate what I eat. I hope to get back to athletics and netball soonest as I work on my fitness.”

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Sophia Graham

“I’ve never been a very sporty person. I was overweight as a kid and was always picked last for PE. Luckily my metabolism kicked in when I got to about 15, and I lost all the excess weight, so I never turned to exercise really until I finished University. I joined a gym and actually stuck with it for about four years and loved how it made me feel! I had bags of energy and could basically eat whatever I wanted. I then had a bit of a breakdown and stopped exercising and really struggled to find the motivation to start again.

That was until my husband joined his friends HIIT classes, and my competitive side kicked in. I knew that lockdown meant that my physical activity would be next to none, and I couldn’t have my husband getting fit while I turned into a couch potato, so I decided to start doing 20mins of HIIT a day and I’m so glad I started! I’ve now up’d it to 25mins, 6 days a week, and I’m starting to really feel the benefits both physically and mentally! It’s definitely something I’ll carry on doing once life goes back to normal.”

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Liam Addison

“20 stone is when I started losing weight seriously. I always struggled to maintain a healthy weight even as a child. I was completely oblivious to how heavy I was. Takeaways and processed food was my food of choice and working as a travelling engineer, sandwiches and pasties were my go to food.

My relationship with exercise started up again seriously in November 2019. After taking just over 7 years off, because of a steady girlfriend who is now my wife and the children that followed. It was nerve racking at first but since the diet change in august, I had lost over 2 stone and wanted to keep the momentum following. I was exercising 5 days a week following a simple routine I had found on the Samsung health app. The workouts are just simple movements, nothing fancy, basic push/pull exercises followed by cardio on either the x trainer, rowing machine or bike. But ironically the bikes were never my favourite in the gym. My workouts were before work also usually at 6am and for about an hour and a half.

Since the lockdown though my exercise has changed. I am now training everyday, roughly for 30 mins in my home gym and ride on average 30km on my bike every other day. I wasn’t working out at all before November. I work as a travelling engineer so that was my excuse. Being on the road and sleeping in different hotels. Today I weigh 16 stone and in the best shape of my life. I started my Instagram page to keep me accountable and to remind myself of where I was. I still travel with work but a gym has to be available in the hotel or I won’t stay there. I guess you can say all in my priorities have shifted and for the better. I’m most definitely a healthier happier person because of exercise and losing the weight.”

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Isabel Fernandez-Moreno

“I learnt to love working out in my 20s. Fitness and high intensity training can often feel like an elite club, reserved for skinny influencers or 200 pound body builders. And, in fact, there is an entire industry based on making women feel shitty so they feel like they need to exercise. As I’ve grown older I have reframed my mind-set to form a positive relationship with exercise that has allowed me to form habits that stick rather than using low self-confidence to force me into working out.  

When I was in my teens, I mostly viewed exercise as a way to lose weight and so it quickly became tied to my negative body image. I always felt like the athletic people at school were just built for exercise in a way that I would never be and for this reason, I shouldn’t try because I would never be as good as them. It felt like truly enjoying physical exercise just wasn’t on the cards for me. 

The first time I came out of the gym feeling excited to go back was when I started attending yoga classes. Feeling so in tune with my mind and body gave me this sense of peace and positivity that I began to crave daily. I would wake up excited to go to my 9am yoga class and by the afternoon I was already planning the next one because it just felt so good to be full of serotonin and energy. So, if you are in a rut with exercise, I would definitely recommend trying out a load of different activities and finding something that lights that spark inside you. 

The more comfortable I got practicing yoga frequently, the more adventurous and confident I grew to challenge myself. My love for yoga inspired me to reform my relationships with other types of exercise and things that I thought I hated. Last year, I started pushing myself to go running for the first time since the bleep test in high school, where I would literally scratch the CD before the teacher came into the sports hall just to avoid doing it. Instead of viewing it as a punishment, I gradually grew to hate it less and now I put on a banging playlist and run around my park feeling so proud of the progress I have made.

Obviously I’m still human and I still have my good days and bad days when it comes to self-confidence but I now consider working out as integral to my happiness and wellbeing. Instead of comparing myself and seeking out unattainable weights, I am building strength, physical fitness and power. I think exercising is empowering for women for many reasons but the idea of harnessing power is what resonates with me the most. Every day that I work on my fitness, I am challenging my mind to reach further, to not give up and to push past mental blocks that held me back from working towards my full potential. I think that the act of training your mind like any other muscle in your body is what allows you to grow resilient and what helps you thrive in life.”

 

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