Cheltenham-based, 39 year old mum of 2 beautiful girls, aged 11 and 1. My fitness career started way back in 1996, at the age of 18, when I started working in an American Fitness Centre in Hong Kong. It was the first of its kind back then in Asia and I loved being a part of the movement. I learned so much about strength conditioning and it was there that I found my passion for weight training – at last, a sport that I could get down with. I returned to the UK to go to Reading university and got a job at the uni gym and shortly after that, at a David Lloyd Club. Back then, however, I couldn’t really see a career for myself in the leisure industry. I wasn’t a qualified fitness instructor and I didn’t want to be a manager of a club either. Long story short, I spent the next 15 years carving out a successful career at Microsoft but my passion for fitness has never wained – something my colleagues can vouch for. Which brings me to today. In 2016, after 15 years of working in a large corporate, I decided that it was time to pursue my passion for helping women to feel more confident, energised and armed to deal with the challenges that everyday life throws our way. I’m not a magician but I do firmly believe that through our minds, tummies and our muscles, we can feel physically and mentally stronger and more able to face the day, the sleepless nights, the school run, the rat race, the dramas and the unforeseen circumstances. Through good nutrition, we can stave off colds, stop feeling lethargic and generally feel happier. Through weight training, we can improve our bone density, increase our muscle mass, burn calories more efficiently and be fitter for our kids, families, jobs and our future.
I have tried just about every FAD diet out there over the last 20 years! I’ve suffered with body dismorphia that led to battling bulimia for 6 years and I put on over 63lbs when I was pregnant with my first child. I’ve been there. Whether you’ve disliked what you’ve seen in the mirror most of your life, whether you’re unhappy with how your body has turned out now, whether you’re fed up with feeling tired and unfit or whether you just don’t know how to feed yourself and your family for optimal health – it’s never too late to do something about it and I can help you. I’m not invincible, I gain weight as easily as the next woman but I choose to look after myself and 80% of the time, make good, clean choices when it comes to food. I’m ‘normal.’ I love a Big Mac and can’t say no to a tube of Pringles washed down with several G&Ts with a side helping of Malbec BUT all in moderation. Whilst pregnant with my second child, I still put on (according to NHS guidelines, slightly-more-than-necessary) 48lbs but I weight trained throughout my entire pregnancy, took up pregnancy yoga and invested time into looking after myself. I remained very active and consequently breezed through pregnancy, had a homebirth and made a very speedy recovery afterwards.
When I was 34, I decided to compete in my first physique competition. I came 3rd in Bikini Tall and won the Yummy Mummy category. I went on to gain my Pro status with UFE in September 2014. Throughout that journey, I learned a lot about myself and what our bodies are capable of. I also learned that to be lean and fit, no FADs or gimmicks are required and this is what I want to share with you.
Awards & Qualifications:
Educated and continue to study with Burrell Education – world renowned leaders in Women’s Health Fitness & Nutrition, specifically in pregnancy, postpartum and menopause – 2017 to current
Diploma in Swedish Body Massage – August 2017
Diploma in Aromatherapy Massage – August 2017
Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Coaching – passed with Merit 2016
Level 3 Diploma in Sports Nutrition – passed with Merit 2015
UFE European Championships: Winner Bikini Open & Bikini 35+ – Awarded Pro Card Sept 2014
WBFF Danish Championships: 2nd Place 35+ & 5th Place Bikini Open May 2014
Miami Pro World Championships: Winner Mum’s catergory & 3rd place Bikini open