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Karen’s Story | “…my life is so much better as a result.”

  • by David O' Connor
  • May 7, 2019

After initially joining in the lead up to her Cousin’s Wedding, Karen has surpassed her own expectations to date while showing lads & ladies alike that Doc Fitness is so much more than ‘just’ fat loss.

Hear it straight from Karen’s inspirational words below;

What Kind of Position were you in before you started?

I was overeating and fed up about it while not being able to break the cycle and going around and around in circles putting on more and more weight. Weight that I had previously lost and a lot more for good measure.

What was Holding you back from Joining (if anything)?

The courage to join a gym where I knew no-one.

The self-belief to take that scary step into the unknown.

What made you decide to try Doc Fitness?

I had 2 reason’s for joining Doc Fitness;

I joined in April 2018 as I had my cousin’s wedding coming up in September and I knew if I didn’t start then I would never reach my goal and the circle of overeating because I was pissed off with myself that it would continue.

The other reason was I had joined a similar gym the year before and had made great progress, but I got injured and while I was recovering the gym closed, so I was looking for something similar and that was convenient.

What are your Results like to date?

Like I said, I had a goal to fit into a dress for my cousin’s wedding last September, and within those 5 months, I not only reached my goal but felt and looked amazing.

EVERYONE was complimenting me on how good I looked.

To date, I have lost around 15lbs, but for me it’s not about the weight loss alone, it’s how toned I now am, how strong I am, I can now stand in front of a mirror in a changing room and see myself how others see me and feel proud and self gratitude for pushing myself to join D.F (before this I would leave the shop pissed off and probably go buy chocolate).

The numbers that interest me now are the ones I lift! It can be very easy to get bogged down on the numbers on the scales and there were times when I was extremely frustrated with those numbers but with the help of the coaches and Robbie specifically, I have learnt to not let the number on the scales dictate how the rest of my day will go!

What 3 Biggest Areas of your Life has this Impacted?

The biggest impact is me, how I feel about myself!

It takes a while and I have been trying for the last few years to love myself but I could never fully buy into it. I have always been very self-critical and it’s only in the last year that I am learning to be proud of All that I have achieved in my life.

I am learning to do this through the feedback from the weekly check-in’s with Coach Robbie (he always has a great perspective on what you say in your check-in and always has the best advise) and also the 90-day goal setting exercises we do.

I have found these workshops to be very beneficial as they really help to focus the mind and make you think about what you want to get out of life and set a plan on how to achieve them.

The praise Robbie gives you in those feedbacks really make you stop and think he’s either totally bonkers or he actually means it and if he can heap this much praise on me why can’t I do the same.

Like I said, it takes time, but I am learning to accept compliments from others but I am also starting to give them to myself as well (still feels strange but a work in progress).

My circle of true life long friends has expanded greatly thanks to the Doc Fitness Community. To be honest, I don’t think Community is the right word to describe what David and the coaches have created, it’s so much more than that, it’s a family. I see the other members as Family, and my life is so much better as a result. I’m in the process of changing career and it’s thanks to Doc Fitness and the effort I’ve put in there to change one aspect of my life that I have the courage to change other areas and actually go for my dream job!

Karen (pictured in the Doc Fitness Beanie) with some of our Doc Fitness Hiking Group

Again Robbie (My Main Coach) has been a rock encouraging me to go for it and set goals in order to achieve it regardless of my circumstances.

What’s your favourite thing about Doc Fitness?

Very hard to answer this one, everything about Doc Fitness is savage, but if I had to name one; the people, the craic in the classes just makes exercising fun.

I look forward to going to class. There is always someone there encouraging you, be it the coaches, but also your teammates. There is a sign on the wall Egos are left at the door and that is a fact in there, everyone is Sound! The coaches are outstanding in their jobs, they really know their stuff but they also care about your progression.

Karen is bottom left in this picture after one of our ‘Fitness Challenges’ 😂

Lastly, what would you say to someone who’s sitting on the Fence about Joining?

I know it can be scary but take that leap of faith in yourself!

It will be the best thing you ever do. I am a testament to that, I am so proud of myself for taking that initial step to fill on the form!

You get to meet like-minded people and it’s not just a gym, there is a great social aspect to it and we take part in activities outside of the gym as well.

Last year a group of us did tough mudder, I would never have had the courage to do that before, and we all stayed as a group and helped each other out, it was the best craic ever! Go for it you won’t regret it!

Karen, picture bottom left with our Tough Mudder Group July 2018

Want to find out more about getting Started Like Karen?

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David's passion lies in coaching you through the easiest path to losing weight, toning up & getting back the confidence that's been hiding for a while. Head Coach & Head of Nutrition at Doc Fitness, if you don't find him there, he's probably training, sipping coffee writing Nutrition articles or playing Hurling for Ballinderreen.