Weight Loss Success Story – Michelle Birbeck

Weight Loss Success Story - Michelle Birbeck
Weight Loss Success Story - Michelle Birbeck

Improving mental health through fitness

While the primary focus for Xercise4Less Hartlepool member Michelle has been to improve her physical health and lose her target weight, she has also found fitness has helped to enhance her mental health. She explains how she has struggled, and how working out at the gym has improved her confidence, morale and state of mind.

“My mental health is an ongoing battle. Some days are good, and some are bad. But going to the gym helps so much. It is time that I get to myself, time where I’m not running around after my daughter, or sorting something out for my hubby, or doing housework. And I always feel better after a couple hours at the gym. The little victories are fantastic, like adding another minute to my running time or another notch up on the weights. Those little things help me keep going especially on the bad days. “

Seeing results can be a fantastic source of motivation to continue training. For Michelle, she has tracked her progress and is able to achieve more in her sessions than she could before. Even the smallest improvements can have the biggest differences.

“I have an underactive thyroid, pcos, depression, and anxiety, so there is a lot to keep on top of.  My physical health has improved no end since I started at the gym. I’ve gone from being able to run for 3 minutes to over half an hour. I can now do squats with 25kg instead of 5. And I can manage a whole ten mins on the stair machine, where I struggled to do one when I started.”

“I am also a lot happier with myself. My self-confidence has always been on the low side, by a lot, but since starting at the gym I am happier with how I look, with how my clothes fit, and how I feel in myself.

Gaining positive results thanks to Xercise4Less fitness classes

As well as providing you with all the facilities and equipment you need for a solo workout, we also offer a range of fitness classes to help further improve your fitness. Plus, fitness classes are a great way to meet like-minded people and feel part of a team.

“Classes are new to me. I’ve never been one for group exercise where people can see me, especially if I don’t know what I am doing. But one day after a couple of months in the gym I didn’t know what to do and there was a class just about to start.”

“My favourites have to be BODYPUMP and spinning. I’ve never done any serious weightlifting before, so going into BODYPUMP was all new to me, but I love it. It is so great to see the improvement every week.  I forget that there are other people there, so I don’t feel self-conscious at all. “

Whilst Michelle hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with fitness classes, she has come through the other side and finds them a great way to relieve stress.

“Spinning and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate it because it is so hard, but I also love it because it is so hard.  I’ve also tried out the punching bags for the first time, too. They are fantastic. There is a lot of stress in my life at times, and I’ve loved being able to work out that stress on the punching bags.”

Balancing the gym around a hectic family life

Balancing your busy life with a weight loss journey can be extremely difficult. Sacrifices have to be made along the way in order to achieve the best results. Michelle has a small child to look after, as well as making sure her disabled husband has everything he needs on a daily basis. With help from her family, Michelle is able to get some breaks throughout the day to get her gym sessions in.

“Currently I go to the gym mainly in the mornings. My little one started nursery last year, so I drop her off, and then head to the gym, and pick her up afterwards. During the school holidays I end up there in the evenings after she has gone to bed. That is easiest for my husband to handle, as he is disabled, so we work our days around me looking after him and our daughter. “

Fantastic progress, Michelle!

Weight Loss Success Story – Beth Whithorn

Weight Loss Success Story - Beth Whithorn
Weight Loss Success Story - Beth Whithorn

Devising a fitness plan to see visible results

Having a consistent workout and fitness plan has helped Chesterfield member Beth Whithorn stay on track of her target of ten stone weight loss. Understandably, this has been a long battle for Beth, and she has endured many ups and downs along the way.  

Beth usually participates in a weights session at the gym, as she believes that delivered better results for her. However, she also goes on the treadmill to help improve her cardiovascular fitness as well as targeted weight loss.

“I feel that mostly weights work best for me as I feel that’s where I started noticing the results. An average gym session would consist of 10 minutes on the treadmill at the highest incline followed by an arms, legs and bum or back workout.”

Remain patient and stick to your goals

Making progress can often be in small steps, and for Beth this is no different. She has found gradual progression has worked better for her.

 

“I started noticing results about six weeks into my journey. I noticed I wasn’t getting out of breath when walking up the stairs. I also noticed my clothes were not as tight, which made me feel a lot more confident. About six months into my journey I was able to buy clothes in most shops again and not have to buy from plus size sections.”

Recovering from setbacks

As previously mentioned, Beth noticed results improved over a period, giving her the confidence and enthusiasm to follow her journey. Whilst there is still a further target in mind, Beth is happy with the progress she has currently made but is in no doubt about where she wants to go from here.

 

“I would like to lose a further two stone to hit my ideal goal of a ten stone loss since starting my journey. I would also like to become fitter and healthier, building my strength back up as I am currently on a break from the gym as I am unwell and awaiting surgery at the beginning of February. I am already missing the gym and can’t wait to be back there doing the things I love.”

Keep going, Beth!

Weight Loss Success Story – Samantha Hunt

Weight Loss Success Story - Samantha Hunt
Weight Loss Success Story - Samantha Hunt

Using cardio to improve fitness

The thought of an intense cardio workout can often be daunting or intimidating. For Samantha, she has found cardio workouts to be the most effective for weight loss. Sticking to similar training patterns, routines and outputs for her results.

“I tend to stick to an hour and a half of cardio when I go to the gym. This is normally made up of 30 minutes on the bike, 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the stepper. To have variety when I’m exercising, I often mix it up by doing a walk on incline, sprints and interval training.”

“In future, I would like to attend the classes but right now it is difficult to fit them around my shifts.”

Supportive gym, supportive friend

Here at Xercise4Less gyms we are all about friendly service and an inclusive feel, generating a comfortable atmosphere for all our members to work out in. Samantha found this particularly resonated with her weight loss journey, as she remarked on the environment created by our helpful, professional staff.

“The staff are always happy to help and are very friendly. It makes a massive difference! Having the separate female only zone also helps a lot.”

As well as finding help through Xercise4Less, Samantha has enjoyed sharing her fitness journey with a close friend, who has also supported her along the way.

“Going with my friend has supported me during this journey because during days where I’ve really felt like I’m lacking motivation, having the support from my friend, knowing we’re going together gives me the boost to just get to the gym. When I’m at the gym, I usually have the motivation to have a good session!”

Cleaning up eating habits

Eating well is also important to a fitness journey, as you want to supplement your exercise with a healthy diet. Samantha has made a conscious effort to improve her diet so that her hard work in the gym has the best chance to pay off.

“I’ve made a change to my eating habits. I find going to the gym and working hard to burn calories makes it easier to stick to better eating.”

“I also try and go to the gym on days off instead of previously, I would opt for a cinema trip or have a lazy day in front of the TV!”

Slow and steady wins the race

It can be difficult to stay motivated or keep the faith, especially when you don’t instantly see results. Typically, positive weight loss results do not happen overnight, and it is a gradual process. As difficult as it may seem at the time, you must keep searching for the drive to succeed. It might not be a visible result, as Samantha can recall, she found she was able to perform exercises for longer and that kickstarted her motivation to continue.

“Sometimes I do really struggle with motivation. My weight can often be up and down due to shifts at work, and unpredictable sleeping patterns. When I feel like this, I just remind myself of how far I have come and even if I go to the gym and only do a 30-minute workout, it is still 30 minutes more than if I hadn’t gone. I track my workouts on my Fitbit, so this keeps me motivated as I can see progress.”

“I had a few weeks off over Christmas, so I am feeling it at the moment. I enjoy seeing results. For example, a few months ago I could only do 5 minutes on the stepper – now I can get up to an hour!”

Great work, Samantha!

Weight Loss Success Story – Andy Toynton

Weight Loss Success Story - Andy Toynton

'Tackling A Long Term Weight Issue'

Weight Loss Success Story - Andy Toynton

Xercise4Less Burnley member Andy Toynton has had a long-term battle with his weight, trying various diets and programmes which have not been successful for him. This led to Andy having a ‘final straw’ moment and getting on top of his physical health by using his family as the motivational tool to embark on his weight loss journey.

“I want to be able to set a good example to my family and not only lose the weight but also manage to keep it off as I have failed with previous attempts. This has been an ongoing battle for a number of years.”

“I also don’t want to look fat in my swimming shorts on holiday. The turning point for me was when my son asked me if I was having a baby.”

Andy’s ultimate goal is to lose up to 3 stone, and he is well on his way to achieving this. Noticing results within 3 months has helped Andy to keep his confidence and motivation up to reach and surpass his targets.

Family Support And Learning From The Past

We all need support and a gee-up from our loved ones from time to time. Andy was given a huge lift when his wife decided to join the gym and help support him through his weight loss journey. This was a real confidence boost and pivotal moment for Andy.

“My wife joined the gym as well in order to support me. My whole family have been very supportive, even if there are too many carbs in the house!”

“Unfortunately, in the past, I have had my fair share of injuries which has not helped me to get the weight off or stay fit. 

'Fitness Classes Helped Me Reach Targets'

Andy found that attending a range of our fitness classes helped him make positive strides in his weight loss journey, giving him confidence and energy to make his goals become a reality. 

“I attended classes to help improve my fitness. I went to HIIT, indoor cycling, BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT classes.  I wanted to mix up my training and test myself.”

Classes are a great way of exercising, as you can seek advice and support from your peers as well as fitness professionals. All our classes strive to provide a friendly, inclusive service whilst delivering functionality and success for each individual.

For Andy, attending the gym a few times a week enabled him to notice progression and his varied training of classes and doing cardio work on the treadmill offered a successful routine, sustaining heightened fitness over a period of time. This is something Andy is grateful for.

“Xercise4Less are run by a friendly bunch of professionals who give encouragement, advice and motivation to keep me focused.”

Excellent Work, Andy!

Weight Loss Success Story – Georgia Simpson

Weight Loss Success Story - Georgia Simpson

'Feeling Uncomfortable On Holiday'

Weight Loss Success Story - Georgia Simpson

For many of us, we want to look and feel our best for our well deserved holiday. A holiday is supposed to be a time where we totally switch off, relax and spend time with our family and friends. Unfortunately, Doncaster member Georgia Simpson spent the most of her holiday wanting to improve her health and well-being.

“I went to Florida in September 2019 and just didn’t feel comfortable or healthy. Nothing felt as easy to do as it did before. Things like exercising, buying nice clothes and even crossing my legs was a struggle.”

“When I saw the pictures I decided something needed to be done before it got too late. It made me finally accept I was bigger than I thought I was.”

Starting My Weight Loss With Xercise4Less Gyms

After her holiday, Georgia got herself signed up to the gym and began to start her fitness journey. Small steps were taken to help her to begin to feel confident and focused on the task at hand.

“I wanted to lose 3 to 5 stone.”

Georgia used weights and resistance machines to kick start her regime, finding them extremely beneficial and noticing results quite quickly. 

“I found the dumbbells the best piece of equipment for weight loss. I noticed results and the praise I received from other people motivated me to continue.”

We know losing weight is a real difficult battle, and the diet can be more problematic than the exercising. This is something Georgia knew she had to grasp in order to reach her targets and goals.

“I had to be strict on my diet. I started to see results and although I had a spell where I went off the rails a bit, I then became more conscious about what I was eating.”

“My diet gave me more energy, especially due to eating whole foods rather than processed food. I also reduced my sugar intake and cut out junk completely.”

Working out at Xercise4Less has helped provide Georgia with confidence and the ability to train in a friendly, inclusive environment.

“The Xercise4Less community is friendly, I like how I can come to the gym and get on with my own workout and other people around me seem to do the same.”

Finding Motivation And Self Belief

It is one thing to begin a fitness journey, and another to perservere with it. Having unconditional support from your family and friends can help spur you on to perform above your expectation levels, and guide you to your targets on days where you are finding it difficult or contemplating excuses to avoid going to the gym. 

Throughout her weight loss battle, Georgia has always had the support of her family, especially her parents.

“Everyone has been so supportive. My parents said I looked so much happier and healthier because of the weight loss. This meant a lot to me.”

“There were times of struggle. Sometimes motivation to go to the gym is lacking when you’re busy with work but I always feel better after I’ve been and I use that as motivation to go.”

The Next Step Of The Journey

Whilst she has made incredible progress, Georgia still feels she has a way to go to be at her optimum weight.

“I feel really good but I’m not there yet. I feel so much better and happier. I would just like to lose a little bit more.”

Keep going, Georgia!

It’s Never Too Late To Start Working Out

older people exercise - never too old to exercise

Get Fit At Any Age: Don't Let a Number Stop You

Whatever age you are, starting a fitness programme will be beneficial for your physical and mental health.

Up to now your busy work schedule, family responsibilities or just a lack of energy may have stopped you starting a fitness programme. But if you haven’t already joined your local Xercise4Less gym now is the time to do it! Let’s look at how you can work out before you get another day older.

older people exercise - never too old to exercise

Starting Your Exercise Programme

There are, of course, differences between people in their 40s beginning to work out compared to someone in their 60s or 70s just starting to go to the gym. A 40-year-old may be able to start strength training at a higher intensity or run for longer on the treadmill than an older person because maximum heart rate decreases with age. It’s always best to check with a doctor when you’re moving from couch potato to gym bunny.

But whatever age you are, the aim will always be to start slowly and build consistency, so exercise becomes a real habit for you. Practically every workout you can do in your local Xercise4Less gym is adjustable and can be tweaked to suit where you’re starting your fitness journey from. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym either, 30 minutes working out is a lot better than 30 minute snoozing on the sofa! Keep your fitness schedule simple, find something you like doing, and keep it manageable so you can realistically stick to it.

mixed ages treadmill - never too late

Feel Younger with Regular Gym Sessions

One of the best reasons for working out as you’re ageing is that you can feel younger for longer. You won’t restore your youth but when your body is more physically active, you’ll feel the mental energy benefits no matter what age you are. Want a younger mindset? Exercise is the key.

mixed ages spin class - never too old to exercise

Work Out for Improved Body Confidence

As we age it’s easy to feel like our bodies are actively falling apart. Working out regularly though will help improve your confidence in your body. Exercise builds strong connections between inter-working muscle groups and improves your neuromuscular connections. So, as you feel stronger and fitter, you’ll feel more confident in your body’s ability to deal with everyday tasks and keep going for longer.

older people group exercise - never too old to exercise

Reduce Your Risk of Injury with Fitness Routines

Working out in the gym regularly will really help reduce your risk of injury. Exercise strengthens your muscles, joints, and is also vital for bone health. Add in the benefits of your muscles and joints working together more efficiently and you get less pain and problems if you are strong physically. When you’re fitter you’re far less likely to injure yourself by falling. Or if you do unfortunately fall and injure yourself, you’ll be able to recover quicker thanks to your newfound strength.

Improve Your Fitness Faster in a Gym

Just because you’re older doesn’t mean your body won’t love workout out. Surprisingly in fact older adults who begin a fitness programme progress with relatively fast gains in strength, power, and lean muscle tissue. Older gym members can quickly thrive on their fitness journey towards a healthier life.

older man dumbbell - never too late

Transform Your Everyday Life with Exercise

Working out has many benefits for older people but a really positive one is that exercise makes you stronger and fitter for everyday tasks. Going to your nearest Xercise4Less gym will make lifting, bending, and pulling, for example, a lot easier to manage in your daily life. Your general health and wellbeing will also be improved, and you’ll develop better body mechanics and enjoy better physical balance. Training in the gym will even improve your mood and boost your mental energy. Ready to start working out?

mixed ages barbell lunges - never too late

Age is Just a Number with Xercise4Less Gyms

We welcome members of every age, body shape and fitness level at Xercise4Less Gyms. We’re there to support you on your fitness journey whether you’re looking to lose weight or safeguard your health and wellbeing as you age. Join a gym community full of new fitness friends and expert trainers ready to help when you need advice or encouragement. Our gym facilities reflect our desire to provide you with everything you need to get fit and stay fit. From our inclusive group exercise classes to our private Ladies Only Gym Zone and Combat Zone with full-size boxing ring, working out in an Xercise4Less gym offers you the exercise variety you need to stick to your fitness goals. Whatever your age, it’s just never too late to start working out at Xercise4Less Gyms.

Weight Loss Success Story – John Jordan

Weight Loss Success Story - John Jordan

'Lose weight or risk Diabetes'

Weight Loss Success Story - John Jordan

Health is arguably the most important commodity in life. When this is jeopardised, we realise there is no alternative but to amend our ways. Xercise4Less Wigan member John Jordan was severely at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. He knew at this point he had to do something about his weight. 

“In December 2018, after a blood test, my doctor told me that I was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It was this that convinced me to do something about my weight to improve my health.”

This was obviously a massive shock to John, and gave him the impetus to start a fitness regime, subsequently joining our Wigan club in his quest to lose up to 4 stone.

Starting My Weight Loss Journey With Xercise4Less Gyms

At the age of 42, John had never been in a gym before and wanted to be part of an environment where he felt welcome and be given the confidence to succeed on his weight loss journey. 

“It was difficult at first because of my weight and my age, but all the staff and the PT were extremely helpful, taking time to show me how to use all the machines and equipment.”

John also revealed how he struggled with certain exercises, but was ably assissted by the PT in order to ensure he performed the exercise correctly and it would be beneficial for him to achieve his goals.

“I particularly remember trying to do a plank on the first day and was very unsuccessful. Since then, my PT has helped me with my technique and to gradually lift heavier weights. He is also readily available on social media and over the phone if I need him.”

The friendly, inclusive nature of Xercise4Less has provided John with the comfort of being able to perform the exercises he needs to do, in the time frame he wants to do them, and without feeling the pressure of being intimidated by the presence of supremely fit or muscle-bound people.

Developing Fitness With Specific Gym Workouts

In order to succeed in his weight loss journey, John has a plan of action to attack each and every gym session he attends. He feels that weights and resistance training works best for him.

“I believe that working with weights has been the best solution for me. At first, I needed cardio to lose weight but my PT explained how lifting weights can burn more calories. I have gradually improved my technique and increased my weights with exercises such as; deadlifts, squats and shoulder presses.”

The Benefits Of Exercising: My Success Story

After training regularly for the best part of a year, John has seen a dramatic increase in his health. Not just through losing weight, but also his general physical condition and well-being have improved.

“Nearly a year to the day since I started working out, I took another blood test which found my blood sugar levels were at a normal, healthy rate. This meant I was no longer at risk of developing diabetes. I was amazed and so proud of myself for being able to accomplish this.”

In addition to his health being improved, John has new-found confidence in the way he looks and feels.

“I have a physically demanding job which has been made easier through weight loss and fitness. I look better and now I enjoy going into the studio at the gym and feel comfortable looking at my reflection in the mirror. It is a pleasure to work out in there now because of my improved physique.”

Great work, John!

Weight Loss Success Story – Sarah McCutcheon

Weight Loss Transformation - Sarah McCutcheon

Not Being Wedding Dress Ready: 'I Knew Something Had To Be Done'

Weight Loss Success Story - Sarah McCutcheon

For many, getting into shape for their big day is the greatest motivation. But for Sarah McCutcheon, it was after the wedding she felt like action needed to be taken. This was the real lightbulb moment for Sarah, who explains how she felt.

“When I couldn’t fit into the wedding dress I had longed for, and paid for, I knew that was it and time to do something about it. I had to get forced into it on my special day and that sickened me.”

Her weight became an issue and it began to have detrimental effects on both her physical and mental well-being.

“It was affecting my mental health, my relationships and my general appearance. My self esteem and confidence were at a low.”

Getting Over That Brick Wall

When beginning her weight loss journey, Sarah began to doubt herself and how she would be able to get down to the target weight.

“I have previously attempted diets before and tried Slimming World but there has always been too many temptations.”

Thankfully, with the help of Xercise4Less Wakefield, Sarah has been able to fully commit to exercise, partaking in a range of classes to guide her through the weight loss journey.

“I go to different classes about 2 or 3 times a week. These are mainly 15/15/15, BODYPUMP, Les Mills and Zumba which have all been great for losing weight.”

Also, the positive vibe at the gym has helped to give Sarah the confidence and motivation she needed to embrace her fitness journey.

“The Xercise4Less community has had a huge impact on me. I can’t thank the staff at Wakefield enough for what they have done for me. I am more confident and more happy than I have been before.”

'I'm Stronger Than I Think'

A weight loss journey can help people to discover things about themselves, discover traits they never thought they had. For Sarah, she has realised she is a lot stronger than she thinks.

“I feel in a much better place now. I’m still not 100% happy but I am a lot stronger than I think. I definitely have a lot more confidence in how I am and what I wear. I am happy to go anywhere and enjoy sharing posts and photos of myself and my progress.”

As a result, Sarah is enjoying a much more active lifestyle.

Whilst it is important to have the drive and motivation to succeed, you cannot do it alone. Family and friends become crucial to your weight loss journey, which has been vital for Sarah to succeed.

“My family help me a lot. They help me shop, cook and support me to every session or every class. My family always compliment me and tell me how proud of me they are.”

“I have lost 3st 3lbs in just under two years.”

We're Proud Of You Too, Sarah! Keep It Up!

Weight Loss Success Story – Smaira Malik

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Overcoming adversity to lose weight

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Stoke-on-Trent member Smaira Malik has overcome adversity in her quest to reach her weight loss target. In just over 18 months, Smaira has reduced her weight dramatically – falling from 16 stone down to 9 stone. This has been an incredible transformation, filled with struggles and battles along the way. 

Smaira’s health began to deteriorate and she had a miscarriage as well as the tragedy of a still born baby. As a result of these incidents, Smaira decided it was time to lose weight and put her health and fitness towards the top of her priority list. Juggling a busy family life makes fitting in exercise and attending the gym a lot more difficult.

“I was focused on bringing up my children and devoting my time to family. After an ankle operation I was embarrassed about my weight and scared of getting diabetes and arthritis. I needed to make a change.”

'Xercise4Less classes gave me confidence'

At Xercise4Less gyms we have an array of fitness classes which have been specifically designed to suit a range of fitness needs, helping our members to achieve their goals and targets in the process. Smaira regularly attends classes to help with her weight loss journey, and they have helped fill her with confidence and motivation to succeed. 

“Before attending classes I just did low intensity workouts. Within 12 weeks I switched to high intensity training, which led me to classes.”

“The classes helped me immensely, not just physically but also mentally as the more I attended the more confident I felt as I was able to face different people from different backgrounds with contrasting physiques on a daily basis.”

The classes in which Smaira participates in are; BODYATTACK, BODYCOMBAT, HIIT as well as Bums, Legs and Tums.

'Using family support to motivate me'

We all have our sources of motivation and inspiration in life, and for Smaira, her drive was through her loving and supportive family – keeping her motivated through every step of her weight loss journey.

“With the support of my amazing family I have been able to stay determined regardless of results. I always hoped the goals would be achieved and I have found through this I am a very strong-willed person. I look back on what I have achieved already, and this helps me to continue.”

Eat well to keep the weight off

Smaira knows that eating well both pre and post exercise will help her to maintain her weight loss, giving her the best chance of meeting the ideal weight. She gave us an insight in to what she eats to try and be as healthy as she possibly can.

“My diet is made up of high protein meals, including chicken, eggs and salad boxes. I reduced my sugar intake and do not allow myself any cheat days, so I snack on plenty of fruit and always try to have veg!”

“This is a real struggle at times, especially when the kids are off school. I fear going off track but I take each day as it comes and I can proudly say I survive them.”

Well done, Smaira!

Weight Loss Success Story – Lee Smith

Weight Loss Transformation - Lee Smith

'I wanted to lose weight to be there for my family'

Weight Loss Success Story - Lee Smith

Our Newport member Lee Smith cites his family as the main reason for embarking on his weight loss journey. Family life is important to everyone and this is something which Lee felt he needed to prioritise and gave him all the motivation he needed to make his transformation complete, losing just shy of 5 stone in the process. 

“I weighed 19 stone before I joined Xercise4Less. I was struggling to run around with my children and play football with them. I was always out of breath and could not do fun things which began to have a huge impact on my life and more importantly, on my children’s lives. This was the turning point in my life, and I decided to get myself fit.”

Being able to workout at his local Xercise4Less gym has given Lee the ability to see gradual results in his fitness, weight loss and general well-being. A transformation is something which requires a lot of time, patience and dedication. This is a familiar story for Lee as he found going back to basics the best way to begin his journey.

Using the treadmill to improve my fitness

At Xercise4Less, we have a plethora of equipment and facilities in our clubs to help suit any fitness needs or accomplish any targets. For Lee, he found the treadmill the best way of losing weight. Starting off steady and gradually increasing intensity was the name of the game, ensuring he was comfortable and confident in the program he had set himself to lose the required weight.

“I began by using the treadmill for 40 minutes with an incline of 15. This helped me to gradually increase my fitness and burn the calories. I would do this routine a few times a week and began to notice the results.”

After a period of time with this routine, Lee stepped up the intensity as he strived for further weight loss and improved fitness. 

“Once I got more confident, I started to run on the treadmill rather than walk. I increased the speed and time on a month by month basis. Now, I am able to run 10km on the treadmill which is an amazing progression.”

 

How losing weight changed my life

Now Lee has put in the hard yards and achieved his targets, he reflects on how losing the weight will dramatically improve his life.

“Before losing the weight I visited the doctor and was told I was overweight with high blood pressure and cholesterol. While this was not too serious, I knew I had to do something about it.”

“I have more energy and I feel a lot more confident about myself. People around me have been amazed by the amount of weight I have lost in just over a year. I have dropped from 19 stone to 14.6 stone. The reaction from my family and friends has been amazing.”

Setting realistic targets and goals

Lee feels that setting small, realistic targets was the best way to start his fitness journey and help him lose the weight gradually without placing undue pressure on himself to lose his target weight in an unrealistic time frame. This was admittedly a struggle at the beginning, but something he eventually became accustomed to.

“The biggest struggle was knowing where to start. I set myself realistic targets and goals. I proved to myself once I put my mind to it, I could commit and began to see the benefits.”

“Throughout my fitness journey I found Xercise4Less to be friendly and inclusive.”

Great work, Lee - well done!