When I was asked to be a columnist for IN, I was honoured. A place to ramble about all things health and fitness? Yes please! So it would only be fair for me to tell you all a little bit about myself.

A Little Bit Of History

Having danced for 15 years, I’ve always been active, however I didn’t step foot in a gym until I was 22. Prior to that, I did a lot of swimming. I loved the feeling it gave me, but I got obsessed, and then bored. I started going to my university gym in my second year, but like most girls, I only did cardio. How dare I even think about stepping foot in the ‘manly’ weights section? Hell no… Back to the treadmill I go.

I started working out everyday, for the pure fact that it was a good way to burn calories. My eating habits took a turn for the worse and I developed a very bad relationship with food. I ended up walking miles on the treadmill and spending hours on the cross trainer to justify having a bowl of cornflakes. (I now eat cornflakes by the box).

When I left university, I decided to join Pure Gym. I wandered in to the free weights area, picked up a dumbbell, and this was where my world changed.

And Now….

Weightlifting and educating myself on nutrition are what made me well and truly fall in love with fitness. Being able to lift heavy pieces of metal is a powerful feeling, and needing to eat a lot also has multiple benefits.

I now know the true importance of fuelling and nourishing my body instead of depriving it. I’m grateful for the beginning as it made me the person I am today. The dedicated, driven, passionate individual who puts her all in to everything she does and wants to help others achieve the same.

I finally have my dream job and am now a Personal Trainer at Pure Gym. I train 6 times a week and now eat enough to feed a small army. I spend most of my free time educating myself on health and fitness; positive body image and nutrition are both something I am extremely passionate about.

What’s Next?

I will be writing regularly for IN from now on, so keep your eyes peeled. I’ll be talking about proper nutrition, balance and motivation, and different types of training. Remember, fitness isn’t a phase, it’s a lifestyle!