During my pregnancy I put on a few extra pounds as is it usually the case, the problem was that my stomach muscles were stretched too much, and after delivering my baby girl ,they did not return to their original strength and shape, they had lost their function and my stomach was now very loose and hanging out.
I was referred to the physiotherapist after seeing my GP, who told me that my condition was called diastasis recti, which is a weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles due to the strain placed upon them by the pregnancy.
He gave me some exercises to rehabilitate them which I stuck to diligently for 5 months and as they got slightly better I was discharged from therapy.
Unfortunately after a couple of months I noticed that my abdominal muscles gap was widening again and I started to suffer low back pain; it was so bad that I could not lift my daughter up any more.
I decided then to start exercising on my own and took up a diet to lose weight, and after a couple of weeks I was jogging every day for about 30 minutes.
After 5 months on this diet and exercise routine, nothing had changed or improved to my disappointment. As a result I got depressed, I was stressed, moody and tired all the time.
Sleeping was very difficult too, I would wake up 2 or 3 times every night and stay up for 2 or 3 hours very often, I also hated watching myself in the mirror and although I was hungry all the time I felt guilty when eating.
So I decided to go for cosmetic surgery and found myself trying to save £5000 and looking out for a good surgeon.
While I was saving money for the surgery I would often talk to my friend Kym Shaw-Gray who had had a baby a month and a half earlier but was already back in the gym training with weights.
I told her that my girl was 2 and half years old but I was still unable to do sit ups let alone to lift her up so she suggested I joined the gym she was going to.
I did it and after I joined I was offered a complimentary training session by one of the gym trainers but somehow I did not find it helpful even though he was a nice guy and after commenting this to my friend Kym so she gave me the phone number of the person that had previously trained her, that was how I got to meet Marco Berta.
Just 4 months after I started to train with Marco my body and life have changed 100 %, he taught me to eat according to my genes and metabolic needs, in 15 weeks of training I lost 10% body fat, I reduced my waist size by 8cm and dropped a dress size not to mention the 12 lb of muscle gained which completely reshaped my physique, now I can eat more without getting fat again.
I feel younger; my energy levels sky rocketed, I sleep much better and recovered my confidence, so I am determined to keep training until I look my best ever.
I wanted to tell my story to help other people who feel trapped like I felt, I never believed I could do it, at least until I met Marco who not only taught me what I needed but also made me to believe in myself.