"I was unfit, obese category 2 and very unhealthy"

Anonymous' Success - Lost 9.8kg (21.6lbs/1.5 stones) in 12 weeks

"Well, I started my health kick on the morning of Christmas Eve 2008, weighing in at 219.6 lbs (99.6kg). I decided it was the right time because I was having pains in my chest, I'd be out of breathe at a simple task ( going up stairs) and my knees were starting to hurt. I realised something had to be done. So I spent the whole of December 08 psyching myself up to embark on a lifestyle change. I made a pact with my sister - in - law to beat the flab by summer this year and I was mentally ready.

One of the best pieces of advice I had was to seek professional guidance from a trainer and I was fortunate to have Ryan recommended to me by one of the gym staff. On the first session I had my initial Stats taken, which I dreaded for a week prior. I knew there would be some hard messages outlining how seriously at risk my health was.

January 6th 2009:

Weight 96.3 kg (so had lost some since xmas eve!)

Body Fat % 43.7%

Upper Arm (cm) 39.5

Waist (cm) 113.6

Hips (cm) 120

Upper Thigh (cm) 74

Resting Heart rate 68

So week 12 Stats ...

March 31st 2009

Weight 86.5kg

Body Fat % 35.9%

Upper Arm (cm) 37

Waist (cm) 102

Hips (cm) 112.2

Upper Thigh (cm) 69

Resting Heart rate 57

Total success after 12 Weeks:


9.8kg (1.5 stone)

26.9 cm (10.6 inches)

11 beats per minute (Resting Heart Rate)

2 dress sizes



Self esteem



In a nutshell, I was unfit, obese category 2 and very unhealthy... but had taken a step towards improving my future.

Ryan devised a plan that was a challenge, but not too intimidating! He was really positive and encouraged me to go a little further than I thought I could. Within 2 weeks I felt different, I had much more energy to push a little harder each week. Ryan also suggested I keep a food diary, which definitely helped me take control of what I was eating. Before I would rack up the calories and couldn't remember everything I'd eaten. By just going through this process, it has made me conscious of my diet and I haven't found it too hard really. Every now and then I really fancy a take away or a glass of wine, and Ryan has advised me on how to 'treat' myself wisely.

It hasn't been easy all the time. Around week 8 I hit a bit of a low point. I was moving house, work was going through a tough patch and all in all lacked motivation to drag myself to the gym. Ryan was great. He, gently, kicked my butt into gear, reminding me how far I'd come and refocused me onto my goals. After that session I felt great, energised and back on track. Ryan also shared some motivational stories of others who have pushed to achieve their goals. Even now, when I'm on the treadmill striding up a huge hill, I think about those and keep pushing.

As I said before, this is a lifestyle change and I still have a long way to go before I reach my ultimate goals, nevertheless having achieved so much in just 12 weeks I am excited about what the future will hold."

Anonymous - April 2009 *

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