I got this tshirt recently & made a joke when I 1st wore it that I’ve been doing more doughnuts than deadlifts recently. I was trying to be funny, but there’s truth to what I said. It’s been the case for a while, but I’ve not wanted to acknowledge it.
I know there’s a trope some PTs gain weight in their 1st yr of coaching 'cause they’re suddenly working long hours, don’t have as much time to train & end up eating more junk food. This has been the case for me, as in the last year I’ve balanced coaching alongside a FT job, learning how to run a business, as well as maintaining my relationships with my partner, family & friends. It takes a lot of time. I’m constantly exhausted. As a result I’ve fallen into old eating patterns – healthy breakfast & lunch, but I eat more than I should in the evening, with a dinner that could feed a family of 4 & lots of unhealthy snacks. I knew the reasons why I ate like this. I also knew what I needed to do to change, but was too tired to care, so I ate what I wanted.
At the time I qualified as a PT in Dec 2017 I was the lowest weight I’d been in years. I’d lost 3 stone & 4 dress sizes & was proud of myself, but even then I still carried a little extra weight round my belly, & it made me feel like an imposter in this industry, like I thought no one would take me seriously if I was still overweight myself. Because of this mindset, once I started to put weight back on, I was embarrassed & felt like I was being judged, which made me depressed & I ate even more for comfort. I was able to get away with this when training regularly, but in the last 6 months, I’ve not been training as much as usual, either due to injury or lack of time. As a result I’ve gained back 1/2 the weight I lost.
I couldn’t ignore this any longer, so after a chat with my gf last wk, we both decided we wanted to lose weight & set ourselves a target date of Belfast Pride in Aug to reach our goals. I put together a plan for us, which we started on Mon & so far we’re both sticking to it though it’s been tough at times. But not everyone has a PT at home, so if you’re struggling with weightloss, reach out to me & let’s chat about how I can help.