Three years ago my life was completely different.
I was commuting to work – a 40 mile round trip often taking 2 -3 hours. I would leave the house at 7.30am and often not return until 7.30 pm in order to avoid the rush hour traffic. I was consistently up until 2am marking and planning and never allowed out on a school night. I would crash at wine o’clock on a Friday night. Yes - you guessed right, that was my life as a teacher.
Saturday was a manic clean, shop, wash and iron and so the cycle would continue. I felt I was on a tread mill. No quality time . But what about the holidays? I would usually collapse by the holiday and be ill!
Lunch would often be skipped or would be a ‘Tesco Meal Deal’ or a canteen ‘something and chips’. Evening meals were often ‘something and oven chips’ and there were too many ‘take -aways’.
Pressure at work was continually increasing and I believed I was being targeted as was one of the oldest. When a carrot of a voluntary redundancy was offered - it was too good an opportunity to miss. I was delighted to be accepted but shocked to discover that I had a week to clear my desk and the dozens of filing cabinet drawers representing 30 years of loyal service.
What next? What do I do after 30 years of teaching ? The answer came when I viewed the statuses of a friend on face book who I hadn’t seen since our graduation day over 30 years ago. She appeared to have sacked her boss, be working far fewer hours than she had been and was experiencing a great standard of living . She was going on amazing holidays including a free cruise and more importantly looked fantastic and was having fun.
I wanted to know what she was doing and she invited me to a Herbalife Kickoff event taking place the day after I finished my job.
I have not looked back, my friend was my mentor helping me start up my business and now I’m helping others!
I now choose when and where I work . I love the freedom and the opportunity to choose how hard I want to work.
As well as having a new career as a health and wellness coach and business adviser , I have benefited from using the products. I have dropped a dress size , lost a stone and 3 inches off my waist and hips. My muffin top has gone!! I recently ran a 10 k and cycled to France. I have so much more energy, better complexion and feel fitter than I did when I was in my twenties. My metabolic age is as low as it can be.
I now spend my time helping others to lead a healthy active lifestyle and reach their health and fitness goals.