Before starting, I had two spine surgeries that left me with metal works in my spine and permanent nerve damage to my right leg . I couldn't stand without pain and had a walking stick as sometimes my leg just gave way .
I struggled to make my children's meals or do much past lunchtime before heading to bed . I was putting on weight fast and taking 9 different types of pain relief including fentanyl which is primarily used for terminal patients . I felt fat , ugly and totally useless .
My main objectives were to get off my medication and shift some flab .
Before starting I wandered if I would look stupid in the gym . Wondering Would people around me think I was selfish as I knew if I went it may mean I couldn't do much else that day as I wouldn’t have the energy to.
But I started one to ones with ed , worked on my mental state with my pain team and just gave myself a goal that in a year I still wanted to have done at least one day a week ( pre pay so it's me that loses out if I cancel ... great incentive) I also get eds emails and keep them so I can reread if necessary really tried to make myself accountable for my food intake , I did eat rubbish as I felt miserable so didn't care .
There were challenges along the way, I had two more operations on my spine leaving me with a spinal cord stimulator which means I have wires connected to the spine down to a large battery which sits in my buttock fat and a hip block . I have to be very careful but worked closely with ed and have just tried to keep positive. It's not easy with 2 children putting yourself first at times but I have learnt ultimately a healthy happy mum is happy home !
I have mostly stopped eating after teatime as I wasn't hungry just bored . I try to have treats only on weekends now and have swapped things I eat like cauliflower rice instead of rice with meals and berries and nuts are always in my handbag now incase I find myself hungry when out, I know i pick the wrong things if there's not much choice at kids play areas !
My clothes size has dropped , I feel much happier and stronger
This was important to me so I can run around after my kids and still do fun things with the family and not be the mum that sits watching the kids swim because I didn't want to get in a swimming costume in front of others . It affects the whole family
In relation to all the results I have got I would definitely without any hesitation recommend Ed and the Lose and Shape Up system.
My advice to anyone in a similar position I was starting out is that Baby steps is just fine . Any change however big or small is good progress . just kept reminding yourself I am the only one that is in control of what I eat and how much I move so I am the one stopping myself if I don't make those little changes .
Initially I was at least 8 kilos (17.4 Lbs) overweight and I was very unhappy about this.I wanted to reduce my body measurements a little as well as lose some weight so that I could hopefully drop a dress size before my only daughter's wedding.
Before starting I wondered if I would be able to maintain a reduction in measurements as well as weight in the longer term.I changed my eating habits and consistently worked out in the gym.
Initially I lost weight and then reached a plateau for a little while.
I consistently focussed on Ed's nutrition advice which meant healthy eating became second nature.
I also kept Ed's disciplined structured approach to different resistance exercises that he introduced. During this period I also lost a high percentage of body fat to move me from a body fat rating of small amounts excess fat to quite lean. This was important to me since it raised my self esteem and gave me the confidence to carry on.
I would highly recommend the principles of the Ed's lifestyle system to get results. It was not a short term fix. It has become a way of life. As regards someone starting in a similar position to me I would advise asking Ed for consistent help at the beginning but one also needs to be prepared to change ones mindset in the process.
I had imagined that a few simple exercises for a short period of time and I’d achieve my goals but then Ed started educating me. 80% NUTRITION - 20% EXERCISE!!!
Exercise was being overseen by Ed so that was not too much of a problem but nutrition - now
that was different. I liked enjoying life and that involved copious amounts of food and wine (not white though) and how I loved crisps, chocolate and cake!!
Ed asked me to keep a food diary for him to assess my eating habits. Could I really disclose my lifestyle!
And so it began. Taking control of nutrition was difficult. Eating healthily rather than what I really felt like eating was tough. A bag of crisps or a bowl of olives - crisps every time!! I began to realise that no amount of exercise would solve my problems and I needed to heed Ed’s advice and work on eating the correct nutritional foods. I slowly trained myself to abstain from wine and eat healthily Monday to Thursday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were still for wine, food and fun.
The ever challenging gym sessions continued. Nutrition was constantly being reviewed by Ed with the suggestion that 2 days of wine, food and fun would be preferable. Ed’s regular measuring sessions on the scales were showing good results and with my daughter’s wedding imminent motivation was high. I was much fitter and faster on the tennis court and that was an unexpected bonus. Ed’s strict regime of nutrition and exercise, backed up by his inspirational emails and ebook, have enabled me to achieve good results.
One year on and I have lost 18 pounds, dropped two dress sizes, feel the fittest I have ever been and I even have a waist! I am still working to improve both my muscle tone and posture. I’m pleased to say nutrition is becoming more manageable and these days I choose olives over crisps every time!Thanks Ed - you’re a genius - I couldn’t have achieved this without your help.
When I started I weighed over 15 stone (96 kg) and wore a size 20. I got out of breath walking up the stairs. I have lower back problems and was regularly in pain. I felt shocked at the realisation that I weighed about the same as a rugby player and embarrassed that I had allowed things to get so bad.
I wanted to lose weight and be and feel healthier. My target was (and I’m nearly there) to lose a third of my body weight.The goal was so large; I didn’t know where to start. I felt self conscious, thinking that everyone in the gym will be toned and beautiful and will be looking at the fat, sweaty girl who can't do very much.
I did the 12 week course and exercise sessions. I made changes to my diet, breakfast and dinner was more balanced. I started going to a Body Pump class as well as doing the lose and shape up exercise session. When the course was over I kept up a weekly PT session with Ed and I've also kept up the weekly body pump class.
I struggled with the eating programme initially; I am a comfort eater and I work from home so making sure there were no sugary snacks in the house worked well for me as if it isn’t there I can't eat it. I also struggled sometimes with getting to the PT session and classes; there's always something else you could be doing; but thinking about the goal and how good I will feel afterwards always gets me there. Plus it's only an hour....I have lost 4 stone in weight and have clothes in my wardrobe ranging from a size 10 to a size 16 (women's sizing is so inconsistent)! My back is in 'the best shape it has ever been' according to my osteopath. An unexpected result is that I have gone from getting migraines almost every 2 weeks to hardly ever. I have much more energy (I can now run up the stairs) and will happily take the dogs for long walks. I feel much better about myself, my posture is different and I feel more confident.
A close family member, around the same age as me, had just had a stroke and that was a huge wake up call for me about being healthier. They are, thankfully, fully recovered now. I knew I was obese and whilst my cholesterol levels and blood pressure were fine I was putting my body under pressure and that scared me. Plus I didn't like how I looked and wanted to change.If asked would I recommend the programme I would say Absolutely!!! It's not easy (it's getting easier each day) but it definitely works!
If I had advice for someone thinking about starting I would say: Do it! I am not a 'sporty' person and did not think I would ever be able to achieve what I have. I have an under active thyroid and thought that meant I'd always struggle with my weight. Make one change, then another, then another and before you know it you're on your way.(And no one is paying you any attention in the gym; they're focusing on their goals and what they want to do!!)
I wasn’t looking for a personal trainer but when Ed offered his help with direct instructions for a nutrition plan I thought I needed to give it a go, after realising just how busy I was, Ed recommended for convenience and to help me adopt the plan gradually I include supplements (meal replacement shakes twice a day) which proved to be a good aid to get me losing and feeling a bit better about myself after that I went on to follow his advice and P.T sessions until May of the following year – I got back to being me–the me after two cesarians-quite an accomplishment! I lost 25 Lbs in total and now follow his maintenance programme of consistent exercise and healthy eating via his exercise at home package. This is invaluable as a working mum who needs to grab time to exercise as and when and cannot always make the time for the gym. Thank you Ed its been an enjoyable journey without too much hardship!!!!
By applying all the information from the course as soon I as I could" I lost 17.2 Lbs in 12 weeks.
I really enjoy Ed's exercise sessions, they are tailored specifically for my objectives and giving great results.
(Lost 13.2 Lbs)
Through Ed's "lifestyle science" and his exercise sessions I lost 16.3 Lbs in 12 Weeks.
Ed helped me lose 24.2 Lbs through his exercise sessions and applying the eating habits.