#BristolPost #FatLoss Feature: Lee Fellows & Yvonne’s journey

Bristol Post - Featuring Lee Fellows Personal Weight Loss Expert http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/pictures/PHOTOS-personal-trainer-Lee-Fellows/pictures-18896766-detail/pictures.html personal trainer Lee Fellows http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/FIGHTING-SHAPE/story-18932723-detail/story.html#axzz2TMMCQDRV I’m 53, fat and unfit. At the moment I’m so fat that walking up stairs leaves me breathless and my heart pounding. My fasting blood sugar level is now seven, which means I’m technically diabetic and, if I don’t sort myself out, I’ve just got a life of illness and restriction ahead of me. I’m at a crossroads, and I’m determined to take the right path. I have struggled with food all my life, though it’s only been in the past 10 years that weight has become a real problem. I currently weigh 93kilos (which is about 14st 6lbs) – and, as a woman with a small frame at 5ft 4ins, that means that I’m fat! I used to be a freelance artist and lived in Spain for seven years, painting and exhibiting my work, but when my marriage broke up in 1993 and I came back to the UK, I found I couldn’t paint. It was a huge block. I didn’t know what to do. This feels like a time to stop and take a breath, something I haven’t had the time or energy to do for the past 20 years. My son is now 24 and living in London and it’s time to change my life – lose weight, get fit, make time to meditate and start living in the present instead of worrying about the future. I started going to Lee Fellows’ classes exactly a year ago, but motivation has been difficult. At the beginning I thought that a few hours’ exercise a week was all it took and I could continue to eat “normally”, but I now realise that exercise alone will never be enough for the average person and that a good diet is essential. Two years ago, I walked alone across Spain (550 miles). When I started I really doubted I could do it. Although I wasn’t the weight I am now, I was still 80 kilos, so I decided that the only way to complete the walk was to not even think about giving up and to break up the journey into three-day chunks. I’d pick the name of a place I liked the sound of that was about three days away and that would be my focus. Four weeks later I had completed the whole journey, and I knew then I could do anything I put my mind to. And this is how I’m going to approach weight loss and exercise. My goal is to lose 30 kilos and to run the Bristol Half Marathon in September for my dad, who is an ex athlete and now in his 80s. I can walk the distance if necessary (though I want to run most of it) but to lose 30 kilos? The only way I can do it is to break it up into five-kilo chunks. I’ve tried every diet going; my last was the paleo diet (based upon eating wholesome foods similar to that consumed by our hunter-gatherer ancestors during the Paleolithic era, or Stone Age). I’ve also tried Weight Watchers, Slimming World, vegan and vegetarian diets, the Mediterranean diet, GI diet, Atkins….but I know now that there are no quick fixes, no magic formulae, nothing apart from having the desire to lose weight and get fit that is stronger than a desire for chocolate and wine. It’s a state of mind. So, here I am! I want other people to read this and know that there’s hope, not just through Lee’s classes, although they are a huge help as he’s an inspiring and talented trainer, but that there’s hope in everyone, somewhere. It’s just about taking time to find it. I’m currently going to Lee’s boot camp on a Friday and usually a spin class on a Wednesday, but I also plan to take lots more classes with Lee as well one-to-one sessions with him. There are only four months until the Bristol Half Marathon and I will do all it takes to run this for myself and my dad. We’ll be following Yvonne’s progress. For more about Lee Fellows’ boot camp, see page 13. Read more: http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/FIGHTING-SHAPE/story-18932723-detail/story.html#ixzz2TMMOmqHU  Follow us: @thisisbristol on Twitter | thisisbristol on Facebook