'When I met Neil, I was overweight, struggling with a number of medical conditions including arthritis in both knees, and both my body image and self-esteem were at a low ebb.
In the four months that I have been working with Neil, I can honestly say that he has changed my life!
I always thought that I ate healthily (had the odd treat or snack) and exercised regularly (3-5 days a week) but I soon realised that I had formed some bad habits.
Following my initial consultation with Neil, it became clear that although weight loss was a significant goal, my main focus was to improve my general health, be able to manage the chronic fatigue caused by a medical condition and improve my gut health. Although I felt motivated to start this journey, was prepared to make this investment in my health and work hard to achieve my goals, I was overwhelmed with the enormity of the task ahead as there was so much going on in my life and I was not sure if I had the energy! I need not have worried!!
In the accountability sessions every two weeks, Neil’s compassion, professionalism and expert knowledge enabled me to stay focussed and reassured me that I was not alone in this journey. Neil provides support, sets achievable goals between sessions, provides education on not only nutrition but lifestyle as well all without being on a faddy diet!! He advocates a healthy nutritional plan which focuses on fresh ingredients, cooking from scratch and not eating processed foods. Very quickly I found I was not only breaking bad habits but also forming new good habits and making healthy choices. I have also discovered that non-processed food is much tastier, more enjoyable and much more satisfying so I never feel hungry!
On my journey with Neil so far, I have lost 28lbs, have dropped two dress sizes and am in sight of the goals I set myself at the start. My body image/self-esteem has improved in leaps and bounds, my medical conditions are much better controlled – I even went to a hospital appointment recently and was able for the first time to announce “I feel great” instead of having a list of issues to sort out. Without that extra 12kg, I have been able to go back to my combat classes and can now walk around a museum or go shopping without being in agony!
I have learnt so much since working with Neil and have come to realise that body composition is much more important than weight which at the end of the day is just a number!! All of my body composition statistics are now coming into the healthy range and I do feel great! Visceral fat and body fat %, body size measurements and my metabolic age have all fallen dramatically, and my hydration and muscle mass have increased. In addition, my chronic fatigue has improved hugely, my skin, hair and nails look healthy, I am sleeping better and I have so much more energy. This is all testament to what Neil has to offer!
My advice - if you ever get a chance to work with Neil, do it - you will never regret that decision and you will gain so much, much more than you ever imagine!' Christine Dewey
from Robert Gordon