"I had a brain aneurysm 18 months ago which has affected my sight and my mobility. The nurse in my GP surgery referred me to the Fit for Life Ability Bow programme because I had high cholesterol and I was overweight. They thought this would be a great thing for me with my new condition, but at the time I was depressed, I had no motivation and my leg was playing up. I just felt, ‘what’s the point?’
I didn’t think I had a weight problem until I got on the scales. Before the aneurysm I was very active, running after the grandchildren. I was always a social person anyway but I pulled myself away and for the last year I’d been living in my bedroom. I’d become used to not going out much. I don’t always feel like talking to people , so the idea of going to a gym did not appeal. I thought this was going to be like every other gym: macho types competing with each other. I couldn’t imagine it being the place for me.
But I can’t express how wrong I was! My trainer, Tony is absolutely brilliant. He understands and respects my feelings. You don’t feel out of it, you feel part of it. They let you work at your own pace, and everyone is treated equally. At Ability Bow they are always checking we’re OK and that we’re not overdoing it. It’s not an intimidating atmosphere – I feel relaxed. They let you work at your own pace, and everyone is treated equally.
I go every week now and I can really see the improvements. My eating habits have changed, my skin feels healthier and I feel healthier. I was always drinking fizzy drinks and now I drink water. If I want to treat myself I have a diet drink instead – I would never have touched them before! I now have a balanced diet and my husband comes with me so that he can do the cooking for both of us.
I took 3 inches off my waist, but it’s not just the fitness in your body, it’s the fitness in your mind as well. It gives you more than weight loss and keep fit – it’s given me confidence. Ability Bow helps take away our disability.
Now it’s a pleasure to walk. I can say to myself, I don’t need that cane today, I can hold on to my husband’s arm. Eventually I’d like to get rid of my stick, so while I can, I’m going to carry on.
It gives you more than weight loss and keep fit – it’s given me confidence.”