Let’s start at the beginning.
It all came to a head one day around my 40th birthday when I saw a photograph of myself. I took a good hard look at my picture and thought – is this who I want to be for the rest of my life? Is this the role model I want my children to aspire to? Is this the best me I can be?
I was a regular working mum. Running a growing garden design business and a busy household with a young family. Juggling workloads, chores, two small children, a husband and three dogs with not much, if any, time for myself. Always exhausted, rarely feeling valued, comfort eating, lacking in confidence and self-esteem. Prior to this role I had had a successful career in business development, I was motivated with a zest for life – what had happened to me? Where had I gone?
I took it upon myself to turn my life around. I wanted to be healthier, have more vitality, energy and strength. I wanted long-term benefits not a short-term fix by dropping a dress size for a few months.
This wasn’t going to be a quick fix; I was in it for the long run. Through hard work, self-motivation and commitment I became stronger and fitter. It was tough going it alone, but the results were beginning to show, I had more energy, more motivation and eventually more self-confidence. Best of all it gave me a whole new perspective on my life. Those around me noticed the new happier, healthier me and now life is good and I will make sure it continues that way, I like the new me.
I know how hard committing to a new fitness regime can be. Trust me, I have been there. I have learnt much on my journey and now I am ready to share my advice and support to help you to become a new and better version of what you can and will be.
“I took it upon myself to turn my life around. I wanted to be healthier, have more vitality, energy and strength. I wanted long-term benefits not a short-term fix by dropping a dress size for a few months.”
Me, My Fitness & I
I started at the beginning. Adjusting and getting my body and mind used to this new routine, these new movements, building my strength and my confidence in my ability. I spent time learning to exercise well and safely and gradually pushing the limits of what I thought I could do. After a year or so of this I was ready to explore new ways of exercising and using my fitness to challenge myself more. It was at this point I was introduced to Crossfit.
The definition of Crossfit – Constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains. Essentially, a high intensity, hugely varied sport that uses movements that translate into our real lives. Challenging, fun and useful!
For me, Crossfit was the natural progression from what I started out doing. From the minute I started at Crossfit Didcot, I felt I had found my sport, my hobby and my passion. And I haven’t looked back since, competing in local and national competitions both as an individual and as part of a team. Using these competitions to motivate me to do my best when I train so I can be the best I can be!
How does this affect you?
My goal, with The Southey Way, is to help you become strong, energised and confident. To give you the skills and strength to live your life to the full and go out and explore what the world has to offer.
As you get stronger, fitter and more confident, you may want to try different sports, activities, and challenges. The key to success is to find activities that you are passionate about, challenges that drive you forward, hobbies that excite and engage you. Find that activity and you will find the commitment to eat better, train harder and look after yourself more so that you can be the best you can be doing what you love!