Defining day –
As a child I was extremely skinny, to the point that family members would joke about being able to play a tune on my ribs and pass comments such as “you’re a bag bones”, I was born very premature and had severe asthma and a congenital lung abnormality which means only my right lung works. Aged 12 I was in and out of hospital every week on high doses of steroids and extremely inactive; the weight began to pile on. At 13 years old I was admitted into hospital for a lengthy stint of 6 months. For 6 months by health remained stable and I sat on a hospital bed all day every day and ate. Meal times became the highlight of my day and chocolate milk, chocolate muffins and chocolate bars were bought for me in abundance from the hospital canteen.
By the time I had left the hospital this is what I looked like. Fast forward 5 years and I moved to London to train to become a paediatric nurse, I suddenly had my own money and nobody to tell me what I could and couldn’t eat or to cook me healthy food. I’m ashamed to admit it but I lived on a diet of coco pops, cheesecake (whole ones in one go), triple chocolate cookies dipped in Nutella and Sam’s chicken shop chicken burgers with chips. As you can imagine I soon ballooned even further and my health declined to the point I was admitted to intensive care on non invasive ventilation and I looked like this.
It was whilst I was laying in a hospital bed in Kingston that I new things really needed to change. Not only was I damaging my health, I also felt like a fraud at work (aren’t nurses supposed to be healthy?), I was extremely unhappy with my appearance and very self conscious. A nurse came to give me a ‘bed bath’ and I desperately didn’t want to undress in front of her, at that moment I promised myself that upon discharge I was going to take charge of my diet and lose weight.
After being discharged from hospital with a new diagnosis of “medication induced lactose intolerance” and spurred on by the weight I had lost already from being in hospital too breathless to eat; I decided to take control of my nutrition. My main food group up until this point had been chocolate and I could no longer eat it, the weight naturally started to fall off as I swapped chocolate muffins and bars for bagels and bread based snacks (still not healthy but an improvement on before). I felt like I was really getting somewhere and so I started going to the gym, once a day at first, then twice a day, then 3 or 4 times a day to the point of me being a little obsessed (also not healthy).
I became friendly with the circuit instructor and she mentioned she was running outdoor bootcamps in Greenwich park so a friend and I went along. I loved it! That day, I realised that I was naturally quite strong and could keep up with the boys, strength wise; everyone enjoys activities they are good at and I was pretty good. I left the class inspired to change how I was feeling through what I was eating. Despite all the exercise I was doing, my weight loss had stalled and I realised, that day, that I needed to know more about nutrition. I had an epiphany: exercise alone will not get you where you want to be with body composition. You need to have good eating habits too and the more research I did the more I wanted to know. I learnt how to cook and signed up to a year long nutrition course and the rest is history.
Since then I’ve gone on to do 4 further nutrition qualifications including a naturopathic nutrition degree, I’ve become a qualified running coach, kettlebell instructor and have worked in gyms teaching fitness classes for coming up to 4 years.
Had I not been admitted to ICU seriously ill in that November, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today and I couldn’t be happier that I took responsibility for my own health and nutrition. Now I work with mums to help improve their nutrition and draw on my own experiences from struggling with my weight to help women reach their goals in a healthy and nutritionally awesome way.
MGF EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFER:
Kirsty is offering MGF mums the opportunity to join her plus her current clients on a 30 day plan which aims to reset your nutrition and create lifelong habits. You can expect to lose weight, have brighter skin, stronger hair and nails, feel less bloated and experience an increase in energy levels. You’ll be added to her private nutrition group on Facebook so you can take advantage of the constant support from both Kirsty as well as other likeminded mums. You’ll receive all the information and recipes you need to get going plus a handy shopping list and a comprehensive PDF document full of useful tips and information.
MGF special offer – £14.99 – Usually – £49.99
DEADLINE: April 30th 2016
She has many, many happy MGF customers.