‘I had chronic fatigue for six years, then discovered bootcamp – now I feel like a different person’

Now that I’ve changed my diet and exercise I feel like a totally different person. I used to profoundly dislike my body for the way it looked; now, apart from a stomach that has carried three children, and which I regard with compassion, I love the way I look and feel. I have strong arms and love wearing sleeveless tops. 

But more than that, having buried far too many people, some of them too soon, I’m very focused on living and even dying well. Part of that is to do everything you can to be fit. It’s nice to be able to love my body now, but more importantly, I know I’m giving a gift to my children and my husband that they don’t have to care for me for as long as possible. Looking after your health and body isn’t a selfish thing, it’s a gift to those you love. 

My workout week

I have a treadmill and spin bike at home; I’ll do 30 minutes with my husband. I go to Barry’s Bootcamp twice a week and also have a personal trainer come to the house. It’s important as you get older to lift weights, but you need to do them right and prevent injury.

What I eat in a day

Breakfast: Either gluten-free porridge or eggs; I have green juice once a day

Lunch: Homemade soup with lots of vegetables and lentils and cheese for protein

Dinner: Fish and vegetables and rice

Snacks: Nuts and fruit

Lifestyle notes

Guilty pleasure: Milka lollies, which are about 30 calories but taste like ice cream

Alcohol: Mostly not; if I meet a friend out, I’ll have a vodka with slimline tonic, but very early in the evening

Caffeine: I don’t have it very often, and not within an hour of food as it can leach minerals, including calcium

Sleep: It’s a challenge, but I’ve got used to waking up at 5am and getting up to have a coffee and actually use the morning 


As told to Jessica Salter

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