Running a business, planning a wedding and keeping up with all that life throws at you leaves very little time to focus on your health. Enter Zoe, the superwoman who was juggling just that. After years spent in the corporate world, she made a career 360, starting her own business and working from home. And with this, she saw a huge change in her lifestyle – no more 9-5 and no more routine.
Zoe had never had an issue with her weight but found that her change of lifestyle made a difference – if only slight – gaining 5kg over a couple of years. Granted, she knew age was not on her side but being newly engaged her wedding was looming. And, with this came pressure on herself to tone up for the big day. “I wanted to gain back control of my weight and lifestyle – become healthier, and stronger”.
Zoe already knew what she had to do – move more and eat a little better. Like many of us, she made her first steps in January, joining a gym to commit to working out. But, unlike many of us who do commit to a membership in January, Zoe consistently trained 4-5 times a week.
Meanwhile, she also did research on how to clean up her diet. Using MyFitnessPal to track her calorie and macronutrients she made positive changes whilst not feeling restricted to a particular diet. All in all, she was making the right steps, but not seeing the results she wanted. “isoshealth offered the unique proposition of giving me bespoke advice – I wanted confirmation of what I was doing or more detailed and relevant information for me specifically.”
And so her journey with isoshealth began. “I got on well with all of the experts – they were all enthusiastic and very intelligent. Each offered a unique perspective which was highly beneficial with their work complementing one another.”
“One of the first and most clear things that working with the team made me realise is that my goals weren’t quite right – it made me reassess what I really wanted”. Once they were all on the same track, sessions progressed with each building on the last.
Losing weight becomes more difficult with age – and therefore it’s not always a goal which can always be achievable. Zoe’s mind turned towards a much more realistic and sustainable goal to get ‘fitter’. This way, her mind wasn’t stuck on the scale but more on how she felt physically and mentally.
Once her goals were in check it was a case of working on the small changes that could make a huge difference. First up was her nutrition. Working with her Dietitian, Zoe found that she wasn’t really aware of portion sizes. She was eating the right foods but not in the right amounts. Her Dietitian gave her some quick and easy ways to keep check of her portion sizes to make sure every one of her meals was balanced.
Doing High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) 4-5 times a week is stressful on the body – something Zoe wasn’t tuning into. But with HIIT you have to be at your best to really make the most of the quickfire rounds of cardio. Her Physio was able to give her a specific stretching routine and key exercises to help her in her troubled areas.
“My Psychologist really understood my lifestyle and the areas I needed to work on. Together we worked to sort out my sleep and open up my understanding of my body and mind”.
Zoe made the recommended changes and started to see a difference: not necessarily on the scales but to her lifestyle and mindset. “I needed assurance that I was on the right path but needed to optimise some elements – we do have access to information now, but not in a way which directly benefits individuals. isoshealth gave me exactly the guidance I needed from experts I grew to know and trust.”
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