So Tired

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Forgot ‘Weight Loss’, this is ‘Hate Loss’. Peter has shown me how to stop hating life and start loving it! – Rachel Johnson

So Tired

An inspirational story by Rachel Johnson

Choosing to seek help with a Personal Trainer is a huge decision.

Well it was for me… I’ve been overweight all my life and I was incredibly unhappy – only now that I have changed my life do I realise just how unhappy I really was.

I had no consideration for me, no thought to the food I was putting in my mouth and kidding myself that walking the dog for a few minutes a day was adequate exercise. So it’s no surprise that I was over 25 stone… And growing!
Cranfield walk with LadyI’ve tried various diets throughout my life; some did work to a small extent but never for prolonged periods of time and none of them addressed the real issue – Mindset. I felt fat, useless, ugly and uncomfortable in my own skin. I was lacking energy, enthusiasm and had no passion for life.

I was tired….

Tired of the judgemental looks from people

Tired of having to do a recce every time I went to a restaurant/theatre/concert to check if the chairs were going to dig into my thighs

Tired of not being able to walk upstairs without getting out of breath Tired of being looked down on and treated like a second class citizen Tired of feeling depressed and unhappy

Tired of worrying if I would fit in an airline seat and the embarrassment of having to ask for an extension belt

Tired of the way children would stare at me, not able to understand why I was so big

Tired of not being able to go on a girly shopping trip because I can only buy clothes in one store

Tired of people’s pity… “Ohh but, you have such pretty eyes”

Tired of the accusatory looks and sideways glances whenever food was presented

Tired of having to work twice as hard as everyone else to prove I wasn’t lazy

Tired of having to ensure my personality overcame any prejudice on first impressions

Tired of making excuses not to go places, see people or join in with things

Tired of having fantastic job interviews that resulted in “They thought you were great! Really personable, great fit with the team, can do the job with your eyes closed, but….” {Enter feeble sizist excuse here}.

Tired of everything being such a struggle

Tired of being ashamed

Tired of hating myself

Tired of Life.

I needed help

Cranfield SunriseI looked at a few personal trainer websites and sent off some emails – with no real intention of actually following them through!

Peter responded the same day and then followed up his email when I didn’t reply the next day! He wasn’t pushy or demanding – just told me to let him know when I was ready to talk.

I was extremely sceptical about taking on a personal trainer. I was expecting an arrogant, judgemental, bodybuilder – sorry for the stereotype!!! Turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. Peter was incredibly understanding and non pressurising. We had a few chats, he gave me some simple tips for making small lifestyle changes and he was happy to leave it at that – if I didn’t want to continue with a formal programme,that was fine. No pressure, No guilt trip. I felt armed with more knowledge and understanding of how my body works than ever before.

I took on board what he said and lost 12 lbs in 4 weeks – without really doing anything other than the few small changes he suggested. He really fired up my motivation to change – as if he’d lit the blue touch paper and I was off. Peter continued to guide me for the next few months – 4 months after contacting Peter I’d lost over 2 stone! So I bit the bullet and signed up to his Body Transformation Programme for Success!

Undeniably Life Changing

Chamonix - 10 Mile Hike - 1 Just Started OutPeter designed a programme suitable for my level of fitness and personal goals which we reviewed and amended as my abilities changed.

I’ve discovered all kinds of new and fun exercises…. Free Weights, Abs Exercises, Nordic Walking, Boxing, HIIT and more recently running and “Benches” – who knew they weren’t just for sitting on!?!?!

There were times when I was concerned about being able to do all the things he asked of me, but there was no need to be – Peter adapted his usual exercises to work with my body size and shape – a truly personal service.

Peter always goes the extra mile to make sure you are fully supported every step of the way.

Starting to feel the effects

A few weeks into my Programme for Success I was starting to feel the effects of this new experience called ‘exercise’!

My back was stiff and achy from the new ways my body was moving, my arms were sore from lifting weights and it was starting to slow me down. I was really worried that this would stop me from keeping up with my routine and it would all have been for nothing!

Peter suggested I have a session with his Sports Therapist. My immediate reaction was No Way!!

Before now I had only ever been for one massage – I was embarrassed about my body, I felt humiliated and I hated every second. I left feeling more tense than when I arrived! However, I was determined not to be de-railed by my complaining muscles and more importantly the key thing I had learnt by this point on my journey was that I could trust Peter, so despite my reservations I booked an appointment with Viki Dury.

I was extremely nervous and had so many concerns!

I hated my body and I didn’t like to look at it, so couldn’t bear the thought of someone else not only looking at it but touching it too!

What would the therapist think of my horrible flabby body?

What if the therapy table won’t take my weight??

From the moment I walked in Viki made me feel at ease with her engaging smile and friendly demeanour. She was the absolute professional and extremely knowledgeable. We discussed my various aches and pains and she set to work. Once I got over my own issues of stripping off and exposing myself I began to relax and very quickly I felt those aches and pains melt away. I left Rejuvenate Therapy feeling like a new person and ready to get back on track with my Programme for Success!
Viki DruryI’ve been so impressed with the benefits of having a sports massage that now I go to see Viki once a month – I’d go every week if I could!! I really look forward to my sessions with Viki, as soon as I walk into the treatment room I feel relaxed and I know that I am going to walk away (or rather ‘float’ away) an hour later feeling amazing! Viki even finds the knots you didn’t realise you had!!

After a particularly gruelling 14 mile hike I was struggling to walk, just stepping up the curb outside Rejuvenate Therapy was painful, but an hour later I walked away feeling like a new woman, I was almost skipping out!!

Thank you Viki and thank you Peter for persuading me to go!!

Celebrate – An extremely well named business!

After the 12 week Programme for Success I had lost a further 3 stone and since it’s finished I’ve lost another 2!! That’s a current total weight loss of 7 STONE since I met Peter at the end of January. And I have absolutely no intention of stopping there!!

What else have I achieved in the last 10 months???

I climbed Snowdon – in the rain!Snowdon - Gran's MemorialI am running for the first time ever and LOVING it!! I’m doing a Santa Dash round Willen Lake later this month!

I can buy clothes in a ‘normal’ shop!

I don’t need an extension belt on the plane!Fitting in Airline SeatsI’m running up hills on holiday in Gran Canaria that 2 years ago I couldn’t even walk up!

I have given £100’s worth of clothes & shoes to charity because they are falling off me!

I am stronger, fitter, healthier and more confident than I have ever been in my life!GC - RunningEveryone I know has said what a change there is in me; not just physically but my attitude, my confidence, my zest for life!

I have a new passion in life!

I have a life!!!

Most importantly, I have gained respect and love for myself. I have accepted who I am and I love me!! I never thought I could or would want to. I have passion and purpose and I am finally loving life! I am grateful for what each day brings and I love to get up early to walk or jog into the sunrise with my dog. I can’t wait for the next challenge to come my way.

My 12 week programme with Peter finished in September, but I still continue my sessions with him every few weeks because there is always more to learn. Peter keeps me motivated, accountable and inspired.GC - On My BoulderEvery step of the way Peter has been nothing but supportive. He has an intuitive understanding to know exactly how to help people. I’ve never met such an inspirational and caring person.

Forgot ‘Weight Loss’, this is ‘Hate Loss’. Peter has shown me how to stop hating life and start loving it!

Thank you so much Peter. X

December 2015

Do What Rachel is doing

Rachel took some time after her home consultation to try out some of the recommendations for changes to her eating patterns and to introduce some exercises she could easily do herself and it was a few months later (after already impressive weight loss) that we started her Body Transformation programme

Peter Moorhead is her Personal Trainer and Rachel has regular massage treatments from Viki Drury

Rachel mentions being inspired and I’m here to tell you that inspiration is a two way process, I am so delighted that Rachel has discovered joy in her life and learned to love herself and in doing so earned the respect and admiration of all those who love her.Willen - Lake Walk

From the moment I walked in Viki made me feel at ease with her engaging smile and friendly demeanour. She was the absolute professional and extremely knowledgeable. We discussed my various aches and pains and she set to work. Once I got over my own issues of stripping off and exposing myself I began to relax and very quickly I felt those aches and pains melt away. I left Rejuvenate Therapy feeling like a new person and ready to get back on track with my Programme for Success!

I’ve been so impressed with the benefits of having a sports massage that now I go to see Viki once a month – I’d go every week if I could!! I really look forward to my sessions with Viki, as soon as I walk into the treatment room I feel relaxed and I know that I am going to walk away (or rather ‘float’ away) an hour later feeling amazing! Viki even finds the knots you didn’t realise you had!!

After a particularly gruelling 14 mile hike I was struggling to walk, just stepping up the curb outside Rejuvenate Therapy was painful, but an hour later I walked away feeling like a new woman, I was almost skipping out!!

Thank you Viki and thank you Peter for persuading me to go!!

Celebrate – An extremely well named business!

After the 12 week Programme for Success I had lost a further 3 stone and since it’s finished I’ve lost another 2!! That’s a current total weight loss of 7 STONE since I met Peter at the end of January. And I have absolutely no intention of stopping there!!

What else have I achieved in the last 10 months???

  • Snowdon - Gran's MemorialI climbed Snowdon – in the rain!
  • I am running for the first time ever and LOVING it!! I’m doing a Santa Dash round Willen Lake later this month!
  • I can buy clothes in a ‘normal’ shop!
  • I don’t need an extension belt on the plane!
  • I’m running up hills on holiday in Gran Canaria that 2 years ago I couldn’t even walk up!
  • I have given £100’s worth of clothes & shoes to charity because they are falling off me!
  • I am stronger, fitter, healthier and more confident than I have ever been in my life!
  • Everyone I know has said what a change there is in me; not just physically but my attitude, my confidence, my zest for life!
  • I have a new passion in life!
  • I have a life!!!

Most importantly, I have gained respect and love for myself. I have accepted who I am and I love me!! I never thought I could or would want to. I have passion and purpose and I am finally loving life! I am grateful for what each day brings and I love to get up early to walk or jog into the sunrise with my dog. I can’t wait for the next challenge to come my way.

My 12 week programme with Peter finished in September, but I still continue my sessions with him every few weeks because there is always more to learn. Peter keeps me motivated, accountable and inspired.

Every step of the way Peter has been nothing but supportive. He has an intuitive understanding to know exactly how to help people. I’ve never met such an inspirational and caring person.

Forgot ‘Weight Loss’, this is ‘Hate Loss’. Peter has shown me how to stop hating life and start loving it!

Thank you so much Peter. X

Rachel Johnson – December 2015

Footnote by Peter

Rachel has been and continues to be, inspirational. She has worked through her programme with quiet (well not always quiet) determination and it has been a real pleasure to see her confidence soar as she continues to work towards her ultimate weight loss goal. I feel blessed to know her and she, in turn, has helped me understand my clients with similar dreams and obstacles.  I look forward to the next part of her journey.