So I got to 50 and had been moaning about getting fatter for years. My blood pressure was high, I didn’t really exercise, totally lacked any flexibility, and the beach body (I’d never had) was even further away.
I’m always difficult to buy for, but for this special birthday I was presented with “the gift of health” by my loving wife – 3 months of online and face to face sessions with Nancy to kick start me into becoming fitter and healthier. The wife had known Nancy for a few years (from her classes at the gym) and in her opinion, Nancy would be the perfect chaperone to guide me through the process. Luckily for me, she was.
You don’t really know what to expect at the first session. Not many ladies ask me to take my T-shirt off for photographs anymore, but apparently it was important. And so it was! It’s not until you see the before and after images that you realise what shape you had got yourself into and how much you’ve improved.
I’m never really going to be a gym person but for Nancy that wasn’t an issue. She expertly guided me through controlling my calories and increasing my activity levels. Nancy devised a set of circuits for me to work on at home (as I’m not a great lover of public exercise), combined with some running, the odd swim, and dusting off the home rowing machine for variety. I have a reasonably active job at times, and I do a lot of walking on my daily commute, so had no real issue with the daily step count. I just needed to supplement this, 2 or 3 times a week, to help build some muscle. There was no hard pressure to constantly be out exercising at a gym as I had feared.
What I hadn’t appreciated is just how important diet and calorie intake are and for that I very much needed some degree of external conscience to keep me on track. Enter a supportive, constantly bubbly, constantly online, calorie calculator – Nancy.
Nancy helped with some recipes and food ideas (most of which lack chocolate 🤔), she not so secretly follows you on myfitnesspal, and is always very fast to reply to any “how many calories is this likely to be” queries via Whatsapp photos from restaurants – even when I’m out with clients in another country and need some advice!
She is always happy to help with sensible food choices. In fact I don’t think she ever stops working, as she responds at all times of the day. It actually became a matter of personal pride to be up and about when the first motivational Whatsapp of the morning comes through (usually before 06:00!).
With Nancy’s help I managed to loose 10kgs of body fat and bring my BMI down to something sensible. It’s great when people start to comment on you looking better/slimmer. I highly recommend a little Nancy motivation.
David Spiers, Combined Face to Face and online PT, 3 months, 2019 – 2020