“Two years ago, turning sixty, I was facing a lot of family problems and generally felt really unhappy with myself and with what was going on around me. Although I thought I was active and had a healthy diet, my weight was increasing and this in turn was having a negative effect on me.”
Sue decided it was time to do something about the way she felt so she took the plunge and signed up to join Performance Project. In the 12 months since joining Sue has completely turned her life around and now feels happier, stronger and fitter. She is also the smallest size that she can remember for a long time and has a whole new lifestyle that she enjoys.
What made you start personal training?
Two years ago, when I was turning sixty, I was facing a lot of family problems and generally felt really unhappy with myself and with what was going on around me. Although I thought I was active and had a healthy diet, my weight was increasing and this in turn was having a negative effect on me.
Since having my children thirty six years ago, I have had weight issues which I have addressed with exercise and diet, sometimes more successfully than others. Finally, last year I decided the time had come for me to do something about the weight that I just couldn’t seem to shift.
I was looking at local exercise classes when Performance Project started appearing on my Facebook feed. The fact that it was targeting women of my age range interested me. I liked the idea of there being a trainer with me at all times, as I felt there would be little room for me to cheat (how right I was!).
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Can you describe how you were feeling physically and mentally before starting your journey?
When I started at Performance Project I felt extremely nervous, worried that everyone around me would be a fraction of my age and extremely fit. Initially I struggled doing most things, especially walking down the stairs at the end of a session!
I remember wondering for a good few weeks after starting when would the ache in every part of my body stop?!
What did you want to achieve?
When I started I was the wrong side of 13 stone and at 5’4” tall I was very overweight. I wanted to lose weight but I also wanted to feel stronger in myself and fitter.
I wanted to feel that I wasn’t ‘past it’ and that I was still able to achieve something for myself, regardless of my age.
What results have you seen whilst training with us?
The weight didn’t start to come off for a while but once it did it was steady. Then I had a chat with Gina who introduced me to an app that allowed me to log my weight and calorie intake daily. She reduced my calorie intake and gave lots of advice on how to combat hunger. She also upped my daily step rate.
I am very pleased with my body shape and feel happier with how I look now. I generally feel fitter than I have for a long time and find myself doing most tasks now without hesitation, although the stairs are still difficult to walk down after some sessions!
I am now around 10 stone 8 and am the smallest I’ve been for as long as I can remember. I have learnt a new life style. I make sure I do as many steps as possible daily and have a better understanding about calorie intake.
Would you recommend PP and why?
I would highly recommend Performance Project because it works in a very relaxed way. You don’t actually realise what is happening to you. Every trainer is very supportive and encouraging without making you feel like you are under achieving or failing.
The increase in activity just seems to happen and there is no pressure other than that you might put on yourself.
I have met many people of varying ages and everyone seems to have a similar outlook. They have various reasons for attending PP and are all achieving in their own way. Everyone is friendly and there is a lot of humour throughout the sessions.
At Performance Project you are made to feel like a valued member by all staff, rather than just a number!
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