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Imagine trying to sleep on your couch at night (so as not to wake your partner) with a hot water bottle, dosed up on neurofen from the pain of diverticulitis.Imagine waking up tired and sore everyday from this nightly ritual. Imagine struggling to do day to day activities because you not only struggle with diverticulitis, but sciatica as well. Perhaps you don't need to imagine, because maybe this is you?

Having a vested interest in Brand New Me, I’ve been asked to write about my experience in the gym. A perspective from a quasi-client! I’ve always been one to exercise and gone with the various trends over the years: Oz Aerobics on the TV, I used to record on VHS and do later. I’ve been a member of various gyms, I’ve done karate, skied, done body-pump classes and Zumba had a PT,

“I don’t want to look like a man.”

“Lifting weights will make me bulky.”

“I don’t want too much muscle. Guys don’t like girls with muscle.”

“Squatting heavy will make my thighs big.” Hands up if you’ve heard, or even spoken these words?

'Rome wasn't built in a day'

How often do we hear or say this phrase? We know that building a house takes times, that working towards a promotion or studying a course takes time and that planting a tree and waiting for it to grow takes time.

Article by Liz Gold. I would like to share my story so far with you all. I realise it’s only been 12 weeks but I feel amazing. A couple of years ago I wanted to lose 10kg (which I lost but found afterwards!) I starved myself, walked for hours each day, rode the exercise bike for an hour each day sometimes twice a day until I was exhausted and felt awful. Why?


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