It was a week early in February that I received the email. It was 6pm and there was something in my Mumsnet Enfield inbox from George Pelekanos, an Enfield-based personal trainer. George was keen to advertise his GPFIT London personal training business on my website to promote his 1-2-1 customised fitness programmes. I phoned George; we had a good chat about his business – goals, target audience and key messages. We also chatted about my Digital Mum social media studies – I graduated from the advanced live learning programme last year – and how my life had become sedentary, with lots of late nights working away at the laptop.
We decided on a GPFIT London sidebar residency on both my Local websites, Mumsnet Enfield and Mumsnet Barnet. George has a background in design so he produced a great-looking animated gif file. I uploaded the advertisements and scheduled some Facebook posts and tweets to reach even more potential clients. And voila, in hours the GPFIT London web and social media advertising campaign was live!
And then it happened. George asked me The Question. Would I participate in GPFIT London’s Platinum fitness programme? Um, why? ‘Why?’, replied George, ‘to show how a 1-2-1 customised training and healthy eating plan can help you achieve wellness and feel fantastic’!
Err, what, me? On paper I was the perfect guinea pig. My youngest daughter is five next month and I’m carrying about 16kg more weight than I was pre-first pregnancy. (For my fellow 70s kids, that’s almost three stone)!
Seven years of being ‘mum’, coupled with a severe knee injury last January and sitting on my bum studying and working all day have all taken their toll. As has eating a triple fried egg sandwich on white each morning. With ketchup. (I never buttered my bread though; that was my nod to healthy eating). Rubbish ready meals late at night, all washed down nicely with a glass or three of my beloved Sauvignon Blanc completed this woeful state of affairs. Oh, and let’s not forget the suspected Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation) and it’s not looking pretty!
So, yep, I was in need of a total fitness shake-up and George was handing me the opportunity on a plate. So of course I said yes straight away.
Um, actually I told George I’d think about it.
I felt so overweight and unhealthy I couldn’t bear the thought of being weighed, measured and put through my paces by a fitness guru.
But I was avoiding going out because clothes no longer fitted. I was breathless on the school run. And I was running a social media campaign for a client on the importance of moving and eating for wellness, but I certainly wasn’t practising what I preached. I felt so guilty. What a hypocrite!
‘It was time to change’
Before I could change my mind, I phoned George, gave the green light and waited for the email to confirm our face-to-face consultation.
Fabulous. So far, so good. I’d taken that first step and that felt good.
To follow me on my journey to fitness, follow this blog and read the second blog post in my #121toFitMum series.
Will you join me?
If, like me, you’re fed up of making excuses and telling yourself ‘I’ll start working out/eating more healthily tomorrow’, why not take a no-obligation look around the GPFIT London website? Here you can check out George’s approach to improving his clients’ health and wellbeing. George doesn’t advocate fad diets or clean eating; he’s about looking at the bigger picture, addressing lifestyle imbalances, eating nutritious food and implementing action that is both realistic and sustainable.
The website also gives details of the various customised fitness plans available, together with pricing. I’m on a 10-week/20 sessions programme but you can book just one or five sessions, depending on your fitness requirements and budget. If you decide on a block booking be sure to quote Mumsnet Enfield or Mumsnet Barnet and you’ll receive a brilliant 10% discount!
Good luck and see you next Monday!
Jenny & George
PS. To read the next, second blog in the #121toFitMum series click here.