Mother to a four-year-old and a six-month-old baby, Rebecca was too busy to even think about fitness.
Four years away from work raising her two children, she lost any kind of routine, gained weight and fell out of love with her body.
With her 40th birthday on the horizon and getting ready to go back to work, Rebecca wanted to feel herself again.
But with a busy job as a Brexit negotiator travelling to Brussels regularly, she didn’t believe she’d have time to even start.
Recruiting Ultimate Performance and having a professional trainer manage her whole transformation helped her get the results she wanted.
Even with a five-month hiatus in the middle during the Brexit negotiations, Rebecca was able to hit her goals with U.P. behind her – losing 17kg and dropping 3 dress sizes.
“I’d just turned 40, so I decided it was a big 40th birthday present for myself. I wanted to go through a transformation and try and get myself to a position where I was happy with how I felt and how I looked in the mirror.
“I feel like I’ve really achieved something personally. I’ve come out of this year with huge personal progress, as well as just having coped and survived.
“It’s almost been a life coach thing for me, as well as a way of losing weight.”
Here, Rebecca explains how she has got into her best ever shape, and how she was able to fit her training into her busy schedule.
What was your motivation to join Ultimate Performance?
When I started at Ultimate Performance, my second child was six months old, and I was at the point of going back to work. I’d spent most of four years having babies and looking after babies. I was in a position where I kind of felt it was time to get my body back. I just didn’t like how I looked in the mirror, everything ached, I was going to the osteopath every week because my back was hurting.
I’d also just turned 40, so I decided it was a big 40th birthday present for myself. I wanted to go through a transformation and try and get myself to a position where I was happy with how I felt and how I looked in the mirror.
How did you find the training plan you were put through; did it fit in well with your daily routine?
My training lasted one hour, and we trained several times a week. I was doing something that was about me, that was about helping me feel better about myself and doing something that was a personal gift.
It’s almost been a life coach thing for me, as well as a way of losing weight and looking and feeling better. It would’ve been very easy to have just looked after children and worked during the pandemic. But I feel like I’ve really achieved something personally, and I’ve come out of this year with huge personal progress, as well as just having coped and survived.
Talk us through the break you were forced to take in the middle of your plan, how did you and your trainer work around that?
I took a break of a few months because, from a work perspective, we were working and negotiating seven days a week. A lot of the time I was in Brussels for a set of weeks at a time, so it just wasn’t possible to keep the gym sessions going consistently.
So, I took a break in the middle and then came back to it in January, when lockdown had happened again. I effectively did it in two halves. I did the first half at the beginning of the year, and then had another push and lost another 10kg in the second half with my trainer’s help.
After your transformation, have you started to feel a lot more confident in yourself?
I recently bought myself a pair of bright pink gym leggings, which I never would’ve done in my entire life. I would always have said, “My bum and my legs are just too big, it needs to be black or navy.”
That was quite a big thing for me to put my bum in bright pink, I would never have dreamt of doing that before. Now I feel so much more confident, happy and strong. It has been difficult and there have been times when it’s been really tough but having my trainer Chris’ support continuously has been vital.
What do you think has been the biggest learning curve in your transformation journey?
I now really understand what it was I needed to do with my nutrition, what I needed to do with my step count and the work I need to put in terms of training. Having done it once, I could then implement it again and have another big push and lose more weight. I’ve dropped three dress sizes in clothes.
Even though I just went back to the weight I was when I got married 10 years ago, I’ve never felt as good as this. I feel like I’ve never looked as good as this, I would always previously have covered my bum up, whereas now I wander around in slim-cut trousers and things.
With my trainer’s support, over time I was able to make a huge amount of progress. It took work, but he helped me work out how to eat, how to make sure that I had enough food, the right kind of food, the right times of the day.
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