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"I have lost 6st 10lbs in 10 months.
The hardest part is always the beginning. I had so much weight to lose it seemed like an impossible task so I just focused on a day at a time and trying to get fitter and healthier rather than obsessing about the number on the scales.
I felt so unfit that I wasn’t sure where to start but the Ryfields Gym Online fitness challenge in January gave me daily workouts, starting small and building up over the weeks as my fitness levels slowly started to increase.
I also cut out sugar, as I know that is my major downfall, and tried to make healthy choices with my food.
The first couple of weeks were the hardest. That is the time when I felt hungry and tired but I kept going and after a couple of weeks the sugar cravings passed and I started to realise I could do a bit more exercise without feeling so shattered.
Once I got through the first few weeks, it was a case of keeping motivated for the longer term.
Paul was a great help, even though the gym was shut due to covid restrictions he was only a message away, monitoring my progression in terms of exercise, pushing me when he thought I could do more and giving me encouragement to keep going.
By the time the Gym opened in April, I was feeling so much healthier and fitter and ready to increase my fitness schedule to include strength training in the Gym as well as cardio.
Ryfields is a great Gym and perfect for me. It is small, which means it has a more personal feel than the larger gyms.
There’s no-one posing in their designer workout gear, just ‘normal’ people focused on their own workout and no queuing for equipment.
And Paul or Becky or another member of the team are often around for a quick chat between sets or to answer any questions which makes the overall gym experience more enjoyable.
I have now progressed to Personal Training sessions with Paul and also go on monthly walks with the Gym.
PTs with Paul help keep me on track as now that I have hit my weight loss goal, I have to work to maintain it.
12 months ago I would never have believed I would be where I am today in terms of my weight and fitness.
I feel like a new person, full of energy and positivity!
If you are ready to make a change, I can’t recommend Ryfields Gym highly enough.
I have known Paul for 10 years and he was there with a ‘can do’ attitude to help me when I needed it.
Thank you to Paul and Ryfields for helping me change my life 🥰"
We'd like to thank Katie for sharing her story. Its a privilege to read and to be part of her journey. And whilst its remarkable, its also acheivable for anyone. All you need to do, is make a commitment and then do what you say you will.
We're looking forward to helping Katie develop and hit some new goals now including completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk in May. Maybe you could make a similar commitment to yourself this year and get started with a training program from us?