Coral has given me the tools to let me see how to take control and make the changes.
'Coming to terms with the fact that you are overweight is difficult, but actually doing something about is downright scary.
I’m in my mid-fifties and have spent the last thirty years looking after family and being the ‘breadwinner’ which meant that I didn’t actually look after myself. Looking back, I realise that I had always been ‘big’ but as my 50’s arrived, I noticed that my middle was starting to increase gradually, and I had many items of clothing that no longer fitted.
Whilst I hadn’t actually been on any formal weight loss programmes, I had always tried and failed to sort things out, but my excuse was that something always got in the way.
At almost 120kg (pushing 19st) and standing at 195m (6’5”) I thought I could carry the extra bulk, but there was no way to hide my ever-increasing mass. I avoided exercise and never took my shirt off in public (so no swimming).
I realised that I couldn’t handle this by myself, so got in touch with Coral. After eighteen months, I now weigh 97kg (just over 15st) and Coral has given me the tools to let me see how to take control and make the changes. I say this because you need to actually want to make some changes, you need to be prepared to change old habits, you need to be able to listen and follow advice and suggestions, no matter how alien they may seem at the time. My lifestyle changes were small and manageable and more importantly, realistic.
I think that one of the key things for me has been to make some really big changes. These include smaller portions, avoiding processed foods wherever possible and at times of emotional overload, not reaching for the biscuit jar. I realise that I am the one who controls what food I choose to eat and I am the one who is responsible, not my circumstances (or things that go wrong in my life).
My journey has not been one of prescription, but of guidance and help. Coral suggested I get a set of electronic scales that would connect to the internet. This took a lot of pressure off me as I realised that Coral didn’t have to ask how much I weighed, as she knew it was a touchy subject.
I have always enjoyed cooking and Coral helped me choose wholefood ingredients and recipes, plan ahead and not comfort eat.
I have rekindled my interest in cycling and even have an indoor trainer. I ride as often as I can and the weather is no longer an excuse to sitting down on the sofa!
Coral’s no-nonsense approach and helpful attitude has enabled me to take control and change my lifestyle. She was able to point me back in the right direction when I got things wrong, without making me feel silly.
I can wholeheartedly recommend her skills and approach, and if you make the choice to enlist her as your coach, you will not regret it. It’s hard work but, with Coral’s help, you will become the person you want to be.'
I was feeling really down about the way I looked.
‘I asked Coral at Zest to help me lose the extra weight I put on over Christmas. I was feeling really down about the way I looked. Coral was great, we had a long chat about the issues I had and what I wanted to achieve. She was confident she could help me and come up with a plan, supporting me along the way. Coral was consistently in touch with me along my health and fitness journey and I felt comforted by her encouragement. I got down to my target weight and felt so much healthier and happier with myself. '
Coral’s ability to deal with specific issues such as overeating or lack of motivation for exercise have been incredibly helpful in pushing myself forward.
'Before I started my programme with Coral, I had difficulties with overeating food, I’d just turned vegan, but was still struggling with emotional eating and eating out of boredom. I didn’t have a support network to help me lose weight or give me guidance on my diet which just aided my overeating.
I was unsure about whether or not I could follow a regime day to day, but was assured that the process isn’t a diet, and is more a way to live healthier and improve your wellbeing and fitness.
It’s been extremely comforting to have a support network within reach, meal plans are perfectly tailored and the assistance of shopping lists make the process that much easier. Coral’s ability to deal with specific issues such as overeating or lack of motivation for exercise have been incredibly helpful in pushing myself forward.
I’ve realised that the weight loss that I’ve wanted to achieve is possible, meal plans have allowed me to gradually lose the weight at a healthy speed whilst not feeling like I’m ‘dieting’, it’s improved my confidence and helped me feel more secure in my own body, it’s been a pleasure.'
When I eat healthy the whole family eats better too
'Coral has helped to kick start me back into healthy eating after comfort eating since my father became ill and then passed away. When I eat healthy the whole family eats better too as I’m the shopper and the cooker so me being healthy also has a big impact on the rest of the family and that actually makes me feel better too.'
If anyone can put you on the right track to eating well and feeling good, it's Coral.
'I've known Coral for a few years, both professionally and as a good friend, and she's always been passionate about healthy eating and plant-based cooking.
Coral's positive and approachable style, as well as her professionalism (and patience!), means she's a pleasure to work with. Her in-depth knowledge of nutrition, and enthusiasm for fitness, is infectious and she's always happy to offer tips and support.
So, if anyone can put you on the right track to eating well and feeling good, it's Coral.'