When Hazel joined DMC she was overweight, suffering from multiple long term injuries an allergy to latex - she thought there really was no hope. She couldn’t have been more wrong!

After DMC

When Hazel joined DMC she was overweight, suffering long term injuries and an allergy to latex. Hazel lost 3 stone (42lb) in weight and burned lots of inches.

It’s amazing how easy it is for things to get out of hand with regard to taking care of yourself and how hard it is to make the change even when you know that’s what you need to do. I knew I needed help and a leaflet came through the door from DMC at just the right time.

I had all my priorities wrong but at DMC they are helping me change that. That first day was very scary but I think that’s really all down to the embarrassment of being overweight and unfit. I’d tried a PT session 18 months earlier at a gym and left it feeling depressed and very sore. I just felt awful and embarrassed to go back because I’d done so badly.

I shouldn’t have worried though because I was immediately put at ease by the friendly team at DMC. It’s not the sort of place where you feel uncomfortable. I’m now starting off my third block and it’s amazing how much I’ve changed with regard to my goals and how I feel as a person. I have more confidence and feel happier than I have done in ages. It’s surprising how that’s more important to me now than just losing weight which was the initial goal.

None of it would have been possible without Grant there to support me. I feel I haven’t always made it easy for him but he’s given me a lot of strength and belief in myself. When I joined I knew I was unfit and overweight and I was recovering from an injury to my rotator cuff. Since joining I’ve also tested positive for an auto immune disease which helped explain the bouts of immobility and fatigue. I’ve also now found out I’ve got arthritis in my right knee and I’m waiting for results of a MRI scan. Throw into that a latex allergy and I’m sure you’ll agree I’m not the easiest of customers. Believe me I wonder what is working some of the time but DMC have also come up trumps.

One of the key lessons I learnt early on is to listen to my body. I’d got that used to dealing with pain that I didn’t register it properly and could have done myself more harm than good. Dave and Grant liaise on what I should and shouldn’t be doing. All round a fantastic service for those recovering from any injuries. I still have a way to go but having lost 3 stones, lots of inches and indeed a lot of clothes to Oxfam but I couldn’t be happier.

It might not always seem that way as a lot of the time I feel I’m letting people down in not being able to do as much as I think I should be able to. Grant has had to be counsellor as well as trainer and what a fantastic job he has done. At the moment I can’t imagine not wanting to be in for my weekly session. I’m supplied with home exercise programs that are possible even in my tiny flat.

With the advice on nutrition as well as exercise I’m leading an all-round healthier life. I don’t feel like I’m on some sort of diet that I’m struggling to stick to. Everything is generally more balanced. I know I’m doing the right thing for me. If you’re reading this and wondering whether to give that taster session a go then please do it. What have you got to lose? Believe me there’s a lot to gain. It’s a really good feeling when those close to you are proud of what you’ve achieved.

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