I was a fat kid, then fat adult. Reached 40 (now 47) and realised life was short and I needed to make changes in order to get the life I wanted.
I followed a healthy eating plan and began to exercise. I then fell in love with feeling good. I lost 4 1/2 stone which I have managed to keep off and although not slim (size 14 - was 24), I'm now able to take on numerous challenges that I had previously never dreamed possible: I completed a skydive, the Yorkshire 3 peaks and a marathon (6 hours 15). I've just signed up for the 3 national peaks next May.
I've been a teacher of Food and nutrition for 20 years and last year retrained in Weight management where I studied Child obesity prevention, behaviour change, pre and post natal nutrition, nutrition for sport and achieved a City and Guilds diploma in Weight Management.
I run a weight management group once a week and work with clients 1:1 both online or in person to design weekly food plans which fit around their lifestyles including their physical activity commitments in order that they achieve their optimum performance.
This summer I organised and ran a footy skills club for kids aged 7-14 within the local area with the coaching skills of ex-professional Brazilian player and current Chelsea Youth Coach Gustavo Oliveira.
I have just completed a project for the FA working on a healthy eating school project that will be going national later in the academic year.
I have produced a publication for youth players aged 12-18 explaining their nutritional needs, pre and post match food choices etc which the FA are currently looking at implementing into their youth development.