#SimplyLikeMe – Zoe Whittaker

Our next #SimplyLikeMe campaign is about one of new Personal Trainers, Zoe Whittaker, who is working at our recently opened Coventry Earl Place Gym. You may recognise her from ITV’s ‘This time next year’ with Davina McCall…. Read her incredible transformation story below:

I’m 42 years old with two son’s aged 24 and 13.  Since becoming a mum at 17, I devoted my life to my children and forgot that I needed time for me and stopped doing everything I enjoyed.  On top of my inactivity I was also diagnosed with an under active thyroid. This means my metabolism is very slow and my weight steadily grew to 16 stone (well that’s when I stopped weighing myself).   I then had an accident and damaged my pelvis and the pain I suffer everyday stopped me from exercising (or so I thought it did).

In 2015 I decided I needed to change my life as I was not happy or healthy.  With all of my ailments mentioned above, in addition to arthritis, hypermobility, dehydrated spinal discs and a prolapsed disc in my neck I decided that nothing was going to stop me.  I was in pain everyday anyway so I might as well be in pain but getting fit, so there it began.

Over the past couple of years I have transformed my life, lost 7 stone and I am the fittest I have ever been.  I love my new body and the energy I have. Now I want to help inspire others to make positive changes in their lives. Last year I appeared on Davina Mc’Call’s This Time Next Year where I pledged to have a tummy tuck to remove the excess skin from my tummy and compete in a bodybuilding competition for the first time.  I’m happy to say that I successfully achieved my pledge.

Last year I qualified as a PT so that I could really help people to transform their lives so that they can be healthy and happy. I now have the privilege of working with Simply Gym which is an amazing facility where my clients can really achieve their goals.

“Discipline and consistency are the key to transforming your lifestyle and to maintain your new life. It has to be a lifestyle change.  No fad diets.” – Zoe Whittaker #SimplyLikeMe

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