Hi there! Thanks for being here. I’m Kim and this is my story.
My journey into fitness started in 2008 age 38 when I became a fitness instructor. I taught various fitness classes within the local community and also worked alongside other fitness instructors.
I’ve always been a super positive person and have tried to be the happy face of all my sessions. My passion for helping people with their health and wellness goals has to be one of my key strengths. I never ever wanted to let anyone down. However, in December 2017 at the age of 47 I decided to pack it all in.
Throughout my life, I’ve always suffered from anxiety. I found that exercise (especially dance fitness) was my escapism and the key to my happy place. So, in 2010, that’s when I decided, I wanted to share my love of fitness with others. I took courses got my fitness instructor qualification and the rest is history.
Back in 2017/18 I started suffering again with anxiety and overwhelmed. Because of this, I decided to finish teaching and in December 2018 I packed it all up.
By this time, I just became a nervous wreck and hit a mid-life crisis. I withdrew from everyone, came away from social media, and just went into hiding for 3 years. Within that time, I decided to go back to work as a carer (which I’ve always loved but a very demanding job).
I felt that I needed to keep myself busy but I was so stressed all the time. I was feeling at my lowest so to compensate for this I started to self-medicate with wine most nights and comfort eating with all the wrong foods. The thing is I knew what I was doing was wrong but I just got stuck in a rut. In this time, I managed to put on an extra 2st in weight and went from size 8 to borderline 14. I was emotionally and physically in a mess.
For years I’d been in constant pain with my stomach. 2016 I was diagnosed with Crohns and ulcerative colitis IBD. However, I also suffered from heavy menstrual. My periods were 10 to 15 days long and my cycle was every 3 weeks. This went on from about my early 40’s. The constant heavy bleeding meant I was anaemic, I just had no energy at all. Also, I had painful joints, it was an effort to get out of bed in the morning. My knees, my ankles, my elbows my back, they were always hurting. It would take me a couple of hours just to loosen up again. I just put it down to my age so just put up with it (how wrong was I)
I was back and forth from the doctors for the pain. 2017 the gastroenterologist sent me for an MRI. This is where I was diagnosed with abdominal progressive fibroids. I was told that I needed to see a gynaecologist and finally after about 18months later I got to have a scan.
In September 2019 I was chemically induced menopause (Prostap). Then in September 2020, I had a total hysterectomy which put me straight into cold turkey menopause. My doctor refused me HRT until I had results from the hospital so no HRT for 3 months. I felt like I was going crazy. I kept thinking what the hell’s going on with me! I think I had every menopause symptom going which prompted me to do lots of research on how to deal with menopause.
I’ve completed various courses on women's health and wellness, studying around the clock. My learning just went from strength to strength. I used all that I learned to help myself with my own lifestyle journey. What I have learned about menopause is mind-blowing and NOW I just want to share this with you.
I did have to do lots of my own life’s laundry after my hysterectomy. I put myself on a 90-day program and by March 2021 I lost weight especially around my midsection, gained more energy, and got my glow back. Now I’m ready to share this with you as I’m so passionate about empowering women in all phases of menopause to become healthy, confident, and fit just like me.
Hope to see you on the other side
Love Kim x