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My gym journey

Five minutes of of being brave can change your life. I remember exactly how I felt the day I decided to join Everybody’s gym by taking up a new challenge and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

I had just gone cold turkey on my anti-depressants and I knew that I had to be the one to push myself off the dark road I was heading down.

For some people walking into a new gym is fine, but for many it proves to be a huge challenge. I remember that outside I had to give myself a huge pep talk and force myself to go in... all helped by the fact that my friend Sarah Cooper was waiting for me inside.

Heather before her weight loss (47301469)
Heather before her weight loss (47301469)

Once I was inside I had a long chat with the then owner Simon and I was good to go and get started. Putting yourself out there is scary and you mostly (depending on your circumstances) think that you will be judged. All of which you are not at all.

And as time went on it got easier. A few people started saying hello and I started to feel more comfortable. The trainers were (and still are) encouraging which goes a long way when you’re struggling.

Throughout my own personal weight loss process I haven’t done any diets. All I have done is count my calories and moved more.

Heather during her journey (47301472)
Heather during her journey (47301472)

My weight loss wasn’t rapid... however 1lb, 2lb or 3lb here or there over weeks and months soon starts to have an impact and make a positive difference.

For me it’s not about losing the weight in the fastest speed possible but more about making a positive life change that I can stick to long term!

Throughout the four years of me being at Everybody’s Gym I have naturally moved towards weight training with the deadlifts being my favourite.

I know that it might sound corny but there is something empowering about lifting something that is heavier than yourself.

Heather as she looks now (47301466)
Heather as she looks now (47301466)

As you are doing the lift it’s like your brain is saying no, yet you push yourself past that and get stronger, both mentally and physically. Which is why I would always recommend giving it a try. Nobody starts off as excellent and it’s a learning process so don’t let that put you off.

In these past four years I have learned a lot about myself. I love fitness so much that I have also trained as a instructor myself... because for me it’s a passion and I truly want to make a difference in people’s lives.

I want to play a role of helping someone turn their life around. Fitness saves lives, gives lives, helps people with depression or anxiety. And brings people together. Whatever day you may have had, fitness always has the power to turn how you’refeeling around.

Adam Jones, who owns Everybody’s, has worked tirelessly to create a gym that essentially is a strong community. A community of like minded people that purely want to achieve their goals. I like that a lot which is why I’m lucky to train where I do. That place has seen me at my very worst and has encouraged me towards my best. Don’t ever let the fear of joining a gym put you off... as if you let it it will take you far!

Four years on I have lost 10 stone, plus I’m still not on any anti-depressants. I feel stronger mentally and physically and, I guess,just happy in my own skin.

Don’t ever feel selfish for doing what’s right for you as if you’re not happy it’s not going to work.

I’m driven, ambitious and I’m looking forward to the future ahead. I’m very lucky to have a good network around me and I can’t wait to get started with things and just make a difference.

Follow me on Instagram @ tallgirl_fitness1or on Facebook @ tall girl works out.

As always, thanks for reading. Heather Walker x

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