She has got her diabetes under control, she has slimmed down by 44lbs (20kg) and she has even become a role model for the diabetic community with her transformation story gracing the cover of a magazine – and she’s only just getting started.
Winnie was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes at 14. Ever since then she’s been taking insulin in order to prevent health complications.
Because of diabetes, Winnie developed an unhealthy relationship with food, which over time resulted in an unintentional but gradual weight gain: a pressing concern lurking at the back of her mind throughout her entire adult life. So it all came to a head when her consultant ordered that she took a low-dose statin to reduce her elevated cholesterol levels.
Reluctant to take more medications than she needed to, Winnie was forced to take a long hard look at herself.
With her 40th birthday looming, Winnie decided that it was time to take back control of her life.
In July 2019, Winnie took the plunge and signed up for personal training at Ultimate Performance – and what a difference a year’s made!
After training with us for 35 weeks, Winnie’s lost 44lbs (20kg) in weight. But it has been the dramatic changes in her health that have made the biggest impact on her life. Winnie has lowered her blood pressure from 140/84 to 128/83, brought her HbA1c down to 6.4%, and reduced her cholesterol by 22% to a healthier 5.2mmol.
Is there any wonder that she’s feeling the best she’s ever felt?
“U.P. absolutely had a big, big, BIG part to play in my new life so I feel like this is a celebration not just for me but for U.P. too, because you helped me to accomplish this.”
Winnie was originally set to grace the cover of Balance magazine, a leading wellness publication by charity Diabetes UK. Sadly, the plan was put off due to Covid lockdown restrictions.
While Winnie was denied her chance to become a magazine cover model, she’s still the best role model any diabetic could wish for.
“To have the opportunity to tell my story and therefore inspire people who might be reading Balance, who might be thinking ‘Okay, it’s time to make some shifts now. How can I do it?’ means the absolute world to me.”
“I’m so happy. I’m so proud of myself. Especially in the time of Covid, this makes me even more grateful for this decision I made a year ago to join U.P.”
When discussing the impact U.P. has had on her life, and how she’s now an inspiration to her community, Winnie couldn’t help but shed a tear of pride.
Being Type-1 diabetic in itself presented many complications, but it also put Winnie in one of the groups of people at higher risk of severe symptoms and health issues from coronavirus, so the lifestyle change has really made a huge improvement to Winnie’s quality of life.
“Honestly, every day I’m so thankful.”
“Why I’m so grateful is because for the first time in my life I’m not overweight. From a diabetes point of view, that’s made the absolute biggest difference to my blood sugar control but also from a Covid point of view.”
Looking at the new Winnie, it’s difficult to imagine that Type-1 diabetes was a hard reality that she had to face on a daily basis for a quarter of a century.
“I’ve been part of Diabetes UK for 25 years, ever since I was diagnosed, and I’ve been reading Balance magazine for 25 years so it means the absolute world to me that I get the opportunity to help my people, my diabetes community through this – through the actions I’ve taken.”
“I would not have been able to do it without U.P. so, first of all, I’m grateful that I made the decision to come to U.P. I’m grateful to my trainer and I feel like we are such a good match.
“I’ve made the progress I have because of him. But it’s not just my work with my trainer, it’s the whole environment at U.P., it’s everybody! There’s this inclusiveness, this collaboration, and this championing that, for me, has absolutely encouraged me and helped me to keep going, and I look forward to coming back and being in that environment again. I really do.”
For Winnie, gaining control of her diabetes is only the first step to a new beginning.
No doubt her U.P. body transformation has given her a new lease of life, but she’s not stopping here. Now that she’s fully equipped to keep up the change, Winnie’s looking to go on and motivate more people to do what she’s done.
“I, for one, will never stop extolling the virtues of U.P.”
“Balance readers are going to receive benefits from what I’ve transformed, what I’ve changed, and what I’ve learnt in my journey at U.P., so thank you so much.”
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