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Spotlight Sunday: Jodie Armstrong – “For the first time in a long time I have a positive outlook and enjoy getting out of bed in the morning.”

I’m writing this having just done something I wouldn’t have dreamt of doing six months ago but a bit first about where this journey started.

I was pretty fit as a teenager but over the years I got busier with working full time and raising my son and there never seemed to be time for exercise. To be honest I thought you had to spend hours on running machines or at a gym full of ‘meat heads’ and ‘bunnies’ and none of this appealed to me so I made all sorts of excuses not to do it.

Jodie Before, with her son.

Having gone up and down in weight for a few years with different diets and slimming clubs I found I was back in a space where I wasn’t happy with my body and that was making me fed up. I spent my holiday last September on the sun lounger looking down at a body that I really didn’t want to admit was mine. I still didn’t do anything about it though, just got another drink from the bar and buried my head further in the sand.

A few weeks later, and back at home with another alcoholic beverage in hand, I was sat on my sofa thinking about the impending winter and dark nights. I was flicking through social media and up popped PW Physique and Fitness challenging me to ‘Lose a dress size in 21 days’. I’d seen a friend posting about this place and having probably had one too many drinks I signed up. To make sure I carried it through I posted to all my friends and family what I was doing.

The next week was my first session and assessment and I went along with trepidation and in truth thinking it would just be another one of my fads. How wrong could I have been.

I got the friendliest welcome whichever class I went to. No one was judging you, if fact, everyone wanted to help and encourage.



Spotlight Sunday: Nicola Hinton – “I have lost 3 stone to date and feel strong, lean and incredible. I love feeling fit and long may it continue.”

I have a background in endurance triathlon, competing and coaching and have always been healthy and happy with my weight/clothes sizing being fairly constant for years. Training had started to stall approx. 6 years ago when my husband became ill with various issues. He was my main training partner at the time, and as time progressed he unfortunately became less able to train with me.

Initially (because I was heavily involved in a triathlon club) this only had a slight impact on my ability and desire to train, however 4 years ago we had an additional move from Wiltshire to West Sussex to an area where we knew nobody. This had an additional impact on my training and I started to lose confidence and performance and eventually the training dried up. Weight started to creep on and earlier this year I found myself 4 stone heavier and 3 dress sizes up.

At the end of last year I was asked to be a bridesmaid for my friend’s wedding due at the end of June and when in April I tried my dress on, I hate to say it just felt wrong – not the dress but me. I felt very down about not feeling the love and confidence for my body, I wasn’t used to being unhappy with what I looked like so it actually caught me by surprise and was quite depressing.

I immediately thought I would get back into what I know, so I started (4 stone heavier than before) to try and get back into running which unfortunately resulted in a bout of runners’ knee which stopped me in my tracks. I was devastated but realised I needed to shift the weight and do some strength work if there was any chance of running again, I knew it was time for action….



Spotlight Sunday: Gail Waller – “I feel so much more energised and I can cope with the challenges of being a busy working mum!”

In my 20s, I was a skinny thing who could eat whatever I wanted, spend entire weekends lounging around and not put on a single pound of weight. I had no idea how lucky I was! Fast forward to my early 40s and it was an entirely different story.

I had two young boys, was working full time in a fairly demanding job and studying to become a solicitor. Although my husband and parents were all really supportive, I found that there were never enough hours in the day. I was constantly thinking about all the tasks I had to do – sorting out a costume for World Book Day, sewing on Cub badges, writing college assignments, preparing for business meetings, laundry… the list went on and on. Finding time to exercise or eat properly seemed impossible….



It’s all about family (Monday motivation)

Prior warning, this is going to be a serious one! I’m going to be getting pretty deep here, so if you’re in this post looking for jokey, doesn’t take the world seriously Punshon, he’ll be back after a short interlude. 🙂

A couple of weeks back I had a photo shoot with my family. We went down to the little mini-woods in Goring Gap.

It’s great down there. It’s like a crack in the universe. You just step through a tree branch out of this field into this strip of tiny forest, where through the gaps at each edge you can look out onto wide open field and beach like looking through a portal.

It almost didn’t go to plan either. Our photographer, Sophie, had an old wooden step-ladder as a prop. That very morning, she’d lean’t it up against something while she took some photos of the family she was shooting, turned around, and they’d completely disappeared!

Turned out Beach Patrol had taken them! So she had to go right down to the beach office to get them back.

So when we got there she was running a bit late!

But fast-forward to today, and we were in her studio looking at the photos, trying to narrow it down to 10. as they were laid out in frames for us to choose.



It all went pear shaped…

Technology’s great! I’m a big fan. It allows me to send you useful emails regularly, for example. Imagine if I had to hand write and post 7,000 odd letters? Yeah, I don’t think so…

But technology’s great up until the point it doesn’t work…

Yesterday was day one of the LBD challenge. Day one’s always a bit manic, as you can imagine! Everyone has orientation, then we need to weigh everyone in and calculate their body fat percent, get them all set up with their eating plans, choose their teams… Like I said, manic. ?

We actually split it over two days for that reason. In fact I’m going back into the studio to do it all again in about an hour.

Yesterday was the day that technology decided it wasn’t going play ball. Yesterday was the day the internet connection decided to be about as reliable as an indicator on a BMW.

Of course everything runs off the internet these days… Our body fat calculator, even our check-in kiosk. So immediately we were on a go-slow with one weigh-in taking nearly 15 minutes!

I also needed to set up for the morning’s MCX 30/30 workout. And guess what? The MP3 player got half way through the first track and died. Kaput.

All the electronics had clearly had a meeting that morning and decided it would be a laugh to prank Punshon….



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