1. What were some of your struggles before you came to TFW Abingdon?
My main struggle was how my weight was starting to effect everything I was doing. I felt uncomfortable in my clothes. I felt like I was letting my very sporty kids down with not being fit and healthy myself. I seemed to be in a constant bad mood.
After a thyroid operation I put on a significant amount of weight (not all to do with the thyroid) and I let go of myself in a way that I had not done before. I lost interest in most things and all this, added to my work arrangements being significantly changed, meant that I felt rather worthless. It all culminated at Christmas when I had a massive fallout with my family in Italy. That was the bottom and that’s when you saw me first. Always had a major struggle with food, but never hated myself like I did at that time.
My biggest struggle was thinking that I was never going to try something like TFW just because it seemed to be a world very far from me… I guess the old “me” now. But then obviously my excuses: I’ve got 2 kids, a job, house, homework, husband...where do I find the time to take care of my body, of my diet and my mind???
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2. What made you contact TFW Abingdon?
I contacted TFW after seeing a Facebook advert. It looked different and the gym wasn't working for me. I liked the idea of having someone go through nutrition rather than just give me an exercise programme to follow.
Saw a couple of friends on FB that we’re doing it and thought it might work for me too (maybe I still cared a bit…) so I swallowed my fear and contacted you.
I contacted TFW like 15 months ago, 5 months after giving birth to my 2nd child as I wanted to try something that would literally get me to “move” and because I felt I needed something for myself to help me to cope with the stress of that time as I said before I still think that TFW cured my psyche first then my body.
3. What are some of the significant results you've gotten since training at TFW Abingdon?
The best result is losing 9kg in my first 6 weeks of the challenge but the biggest change is how I now feel. My mood has improved even though i'm getting up for a 5.30 am class everyday! (I love sleep!) I genuinely enjoy every session at TFW and everybody is so nice. I was nervous to attend my first class after the 6 week challenge but I had nothing to worry about as everybody was so welcoming and gave me so much support. TFW is completely different to any gym. Although its group workouts it feels like its one to one. There is no excuse not to get it done and you feel like you always want to push yourself further because everybody else around has the same attitude and determination. I have also never had the encouragement and support that I have at TFW and can't imagine it not being part of my daily routine now.
I think first came the confidence to listen to my body (and my mind) and fight to sort my thyroid problems out. I don’t know how TFW helped with that, but it did. Then came the fitness. I was helping others instead of being the one to be dragged along! Finally I knew that I had to sort out my weight gain and I was aware I could not do it without help. If I could get myself fit enough to do a hurricane without passing out, I could also do whatever it took to get myself into shape. And I’m doing it.
I met new people and most of them are truly friends now, I’m more confident and gained self esteem. I gave up smoking almost one year ago and simply because I could not sprint like all my mates in class. I wished I would have stopped before, but i’m so glad I have now. I gained more muscle mass thanks to lifting weight constantly and changed most of my old food habits ( the bad ones…).