I am a woman in my 40s and I can finally say that I am no longer constantly sick, exhausted or overweight!
This is my story…
"Are you ok?" my husband, Matt, asked through the closed bathroom door.
Sadly, the answer was a “No”.
I was lying on the bathroom floor having passed out from being ill for the 12th time that year.
It was a long road that had led to that point…
I was born in North London in 1975 and, apart from a few years living in Bristol for University, have lived there all my life, until Covid happened at which point I decided to move to Brighton and have now settled in Shoreham-by-Sea.
After graduating in 1996, my career in IT recruitment started with Computer Futures where I spent 8 years as a top perm biller before becoming the Recruitment Manager for a Microsoft Gold Partner called Conchango (which was then bought by EMC, now Dell) and then setting up my own recruitment / career coaching business called Intrinsic Recruitment.
I worked hard with passion, I exercised and socialised, and worked some more to build my business and be a success.
I met Matt in 2007, fell in love and we married in 2014. But 3 months after our wedding I woke up having what I thought was a heart attack (luckily it was not). Following endless tests, it was discovered that I had a cyst on my heart. Although normally these are nothing to worry about and I should be able to lead a perfectly normal, healthy life, I found this wasn’t the case.
The time following my initial diagnosis saw me bouncing from illness to illness. I caught every bug going and, even though I ate well and exercised daily, I gained all the weight I had lost for my wedding – and more. I couldn’t understand what was going on.
Time went by, I almost got used to being sick and tired but then suddenly there I was, out cold on the bathroom floor, with Matt realising that “in sickness and in health" really did mean just that…
That rock bottom moment made me realise I simply HAD to take time out of my career and busy schedule to find out what was wrong and to try and get my health back.
I started working with a Health Coach and she gave me my "light bulb moment". I was working so hard building my career and helping others with their personal and work challenges, I had forgotten to take care of myself.
I committed the time and energy to look after myself with the #1 focus being on reducing stress, as this was what was ultimately making me ill and preventing me from losing weight. Since then, I have not been sick, am now 2 stone lighter, have significantly increased energy levels and probably healthier than I have ever been.
I was so inspired by everything I learnt on my journey that I decided to train as a Health Coach. Now, I support others to transform their lifestyles so they can lead healthy, happy lives - with the added benefit of losing weight if they want to.
I understand how daunting this journey can be, I have made it myself, so if you want to start making the changes you need to be the best version of yourself then please reach out to me and I can guide and support you on the way.