Case Study #9 Victoria Ormshaw… “I am Going on Holiday for the First Time Ever Feeling Confident.”

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 As a coach people often come to you for advice, support, help, education etc…But never underestimate how much coaches learn from their clients.I have learnt so much from Victoria over the past 2 years, and I am a better coach for the experience.

It’s been a roller coaster ride… lots of highs and lows… and we have challenged each other, sometimes to tears!

But I can’t really put into words how happy I was last week to receive a picture of Vic in her wedding dress! Makes you realise what this job is really about…

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In April 2013 Victoria Ormshaw came to sit down at RMF for a consultation…

I was relatively new to the industry and having trained and played sports from a young age I was unaware how hard it was for people to take that first step into making a lifestyle change.

I didn’t know the battles that go on in peoples minds, how many times they think about starting but find a way to put it off.

“I’ll wait for the perfect moment to commit”

“Its a bit expensive”

“People will be much fitter that me, I’ll feel silly, maybe ill get my fitness up a bit on my own first, then I’ll start”

You take it for granted and just assume that people need to sort their shit out and stop being lazy…

no excuses and that rubbish…

but the truth is that life does get in the way sometimes people do slip into poor habits, kids do come first, work does take over..

Ill be honest I don’t know what its like to be overweight, or not feel confident in a dress (obviously, but you get my drift)… not many trainers know what it REALLY feels like!

Forgot to say thank you to Vic for giving me permission to share her Pictures… 

Its not something she is that comfortable with to be honest but is keen to help inspire other people…

So.. We made a start…15st 2lbs and 47% Body Fat…

To her credit Vic got stuck straight in… 

She made some changes to her diet along with the basic exercise and slowly but surely the weight, inches and body fat started to come down and her confidence grew.


Although she won’t mind me saying… that training in her words “breaks her heart” and it still does…

Thats right it not all roses… she doesn’t really enjoy it that much, she’d rather not do it sometimes… but the truth is she understands that to be where she wants to be requires hard graft and taking yourself out of your comfort zone.

Sometimes its not what you want to do when you have had a stressful day a work and its ‘one of those days’…

Or you slipped up on the weekend with your food… guess what it happens!!! Don’t stress draw a line under it and move forward..

Fast forward 12 weeks Vic is around the 13st mark… 2 stone down FANTASTIC! Its not drastic, its realistic and it sustainable and its not been plain sailing but it all going in the right direction… remember 1-2lbs a week is great progress…

Yes, you may lose more in the first week ‘detox’ or ‘elimination phase’ or last time you tried a crazy 600cal a day diet… 


But the fact of the matter is that the quick fix doesn’t exist…

This is the tough bit… explaining that you can’t always progress in a linear fashion… theres going to be weeks when you put on a pound or two or you feel like you have been treading water for a while… IT HAPPENS… a few old habits have crept back in you had a weekend away or holiday and you have lost your MOJO!

When ever Vic went on holiday or out for a meal we would use the phrase… ‘DAMAGE LIMITATION’

You need to keep pleasure in your life and in your food it’s about making sensible choices its boring but its true!

Again credit to Vic… these can be the stages when you ask yourself whats the point it was flying off me before… am I still enjoying it?… what excuse can I use for a way out?

But this didn’t happen she kept her head down and focused on her long term goal…

This isn’t to say that short term goals are a bad thing… she started on a challenge and this is cool its a great way to kickstart your journey… but you have to keep in the back of your mind that its either your start point or its a part of your journey where you are being a little more strict…

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SO… the 12 week challenge came to an end… thats it then, wait till the next challenge… NO!!! 

That was the start of the journey like we talked about before… 
So on Vic went and by month 6 She had broken her next target of 3 stone… so it took double the time to lose half the weight she’d lost before?I hope this makes you understand fat loss a little more… she was eating better, training more and not losing weight as quickly! This will sound familiar to a lot of people reading this…By this time we began to focus a little more on making sure Vic was consuming enough food… as sometime people fall into the trap of “If I eat less and move more I’ll lose weight” (at the start this is kind of true for a lot of people, but as you progress you learn its not alway the case) so we made sure her protein target was being hit and started to consume a little more of those pesky CARBS that people are scared of…

At this point you begin to shift attention to clothes sizes and body fat % (although this again has its flaws as there is no real accurate way to measure it… other than a Dexa Scan or a Post-Mortem) so Vic was now at a much healthier body fat having lost 12% and inches were down too 8 from the hips and 5 from the waist… and a fair few clothes sizes as you can imagine..

Although another thing Ive learnt is that some shops your one size then an other you bigger or smaller… I really do feel for women! There is a lot of pressure to fit the mould! Be a certain way, shape, weight or size. 

Now for the tricky bit… 

People telling you that you’ve lost too much weight… you should stop now… you are boring remember when we used to eat takeaways all the time and drink loads… 

You soon learn on your journey who wants you to succeed… at this point I’ll say that the support from Tom (Victoria’s now Husband!) has been second to none… the people around you can make or break your success and its been awesome to see…

During this time Vic has Completed a Born Survivor Military 10km Obstacle Course… and Some 5km and 10km runs for charity… and running has become something Vic enjoys and thats great!

Ive not mentioned the ‘break’…We had a small break around 8 weeks I think… (like Ross and Rachel off friends we joked when she came back)… but it does sometimes get too much and frustrating (on both sides), other things get in the way Job, Family what ever it may be that prevent optimal progress…and thats cool…staying still sometimes is a good thing in the grand scheme of things.

Vic, now into running focused on that a bit more and some other exercise classed etc and kept the weight off and kept working hard and then she came back leading up to the big day a few pounds lighter too…and we picked up where we left off… 

We haven’t made huge strides over the last few weeks its been focused on tightening up a bit, keeping going with the running and aiming to bring that constancy back, not to mention getting the dress fitting right, (this has its own stresses) and keeping focused on maintaining the great progress for the Big Day! 

Ive waffled on a bit now so I’ll fast forward to today… 

Around the 4st weight loss mark it goes up and down a little bit (so what)…

9.5 inches off the hips and 9 inches from the waist… I’ll add the clothes sizes to this post when I catch up with her..

But these numbers pail in comparison to the email I received with regards to Victoria and how she feel about herself…

Im not going to lie I was choked up… and damn proud!

Seeing someone change and grow in confidence like this is something I’d never experienced before and its something you really get passionate about working in this industry…

It is flattering when I client tries to give you the credit for their work, but its their work, their achievement and their investments of time, money, sweat and sacrifices.
 

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I want to use this blog as opportunity to say thank you and a massive well done to Victoria… 


I know she feels there is still a way to go… but Im confident that she will continue to progress… and we both know there will be ups and downs along the way…

I think anyone reading this will agree she looks AMAZING! 


And Congratulations to VIC & TOM!

Sam.

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About the Author Russ

I specialise in taking busy guys from being out of shape to being in very good shape. Founder Director of RM Fitness and have been a professional coach for 14 years.

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