Posts Tagged ‘Bec Taylor’

My Fitbitch Dream Challenger Year

March 15, 2015 at 10:08
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Have you ever wondered what you might accomplish if you had a year of fitness and nutrition coaching to pursue your dream goals?

That’s what Bec Taylor, 38, has experienced for the last 12 months after becoming our Dream Challenger winner in March 2014. This entitled her to ONE YEAR of Fitbitch camps, HiiT sessions and running coaching. 

In that time, Bec has changed her body shape (click here for the latest and pictures) weight and fitness from an obese, stay-at-home worker who never exercised, to the kind of woman others now look up to as an inspirational fitness figure.

She still has one more Dream Challenge to go, the Brighton Marathon. But before that final chapter, read   Bec’s penultimate despatch about her incredible journey.   And how YOU could become our next Dream Challenger 2015-2016…

 

‘When I won the Dream Challenger competition, I was elated but terrified. It was an amazing opportunity but it was scary to think of a year of fitness training. What if I failed and couldn’t stick to it?

I was 37, 15 stone and my BMI put me in the clinical obese category. I had not exercised for years, suffered from insomnia and daily back ache.

I knew things had to change, but taking that first step was scary.

The negative thoughts, could my body cope, what would it be like training with a bunch of women I’d never met, how would I cope with getting up every morning? All of those thoughts are the kind of things that could have stopped me making that first move, and missing out on what has proved to be life changing.

The first camp was tough. I couldn’t run one kilometre as part of the fitness test and had to walk/run it, and I couldn’t do a single sit up or a push up. But everyone was so friendly, encouraging and supportive, it made it an enjoyable, if challenging experience.

Still, it was all I could do to imagine getting through the year of camps. If you had told me then where I would be now, I would never have believed it.

Week by week, camp by camp, I became fitter and stronger. By the end of that first course, I’d gone from not being able to run 1km to running 5km. Each obstacle I overcame made me more determined and the support from the other Fitbitches and coaches inspired and motivated me to keep working.

Soon, the weight started dropping off and I could see visible changes in my body shape. This wasn’t just due to the exercise but the Fitbitch eating plans.

I work from home, and had been eating microwave ready meals, Pot Noodles, tinned soups and takeaways because it was easy and I couldn’t cook. Add to that the fact that I had access to the kitchen and temptations.

Having a simple eating plan with a clear list of what I could and couldn’t eat took away any indecision over what to put in my shopping basket. Most significantly of all, I learned to cook by following the Fitbitch recipes.

I now realise that the key to healthy eating is to plan ahead. I eat eggs for breakfast with asparagus or spinach which keeps me full until lunch. And I’ve learned to no longer eat diet or low fat products, which contain hidden sugars and leave me feeling unsatisfied.

Not only did my body shape begin to change in those first few months but the healthy eating and exercise cured me of insomnia, my backache improved, my skin glowed and I was full of energy.

I’d felt so self conscious of my body when I started, I wore baggy tracksuit bottoms. Soon, I swapped these for running tights and I became less concerned about my body image as becoming the fittest and strongest I could become.

Then in April, Rachael the founder of Fitbitch, asked me to take on my first Dream Challenge, to be the swimmer in a relay triathlon team. I decided to challenge myself further and take on the entire thing on my own.

And so for four Saturdays, Fitbitch ran free triathlon training and a group of between 10-20 women met to swim, bike and run the distance. Looking back now, I realise it was a monumental thing to take on so early in my fitness journey. But crossing the finish line of the triathlon on June 1st 2014 was one of my proudest moments.

I’d got the bug and couldn’t wait to sign up to more Dream Challenges. Now, they felt exciting not daunting. I knew that if I just committed to them and trained, I could do anything.

I became part of a Fitbitch Dream Challenge team taking on the Kamikaze obstacle race in May 2014, and Nuts in August, 2014. Being part of a team, and the encouragement and feedback I got from friends and colleagues gave me such a confidence boost. And it was amazing to realise that I was beginning to inspire those around me.

My parents signed up to their local gym, and now regularly test their 5k running times, and my brother has entered his first marathon, the Brighton Marathon.

It’s also created an entirely new circle of amazing friends and helped me connect with family.

When I ran the Great North Run, a half marathon in September last year, I stayed with my aunt who I hadn’t seen since I was a kid. I would never have met her again had it not been for this and our relationship has stayed strong.

It’s amazing to be able to think of myself as a runner, something I would never have dreamed was possible. Two weeks ago, I ran the Brighton Half Marathon and took 25 minutes off my time from September. And this weekend, I ran 18 miles for my marathon training. A year ago, I couldn’t even run 1km.

My lowest point this year? NOT being able to exercise when I got a hamstring tear.

And my real standout moment of the year was taking part in the Advanced Body Athletic Camp (coming in May 2015) alongside the fastest and strongest women at Fitbitch. After 16 weeks of consistent training, I was able to keep up and hold my own.

This year has changed the trajectory of my life. I’ve transformed my health, body shape and fitness, made amazing friends and raised over £1000 for charity. Most of all, it’s changed my idea of myself and what I can achieve.

I will never revert to how I once was because I have the tools and confidence to keep on challenging and training myself.

My fitness journey is an ongoing adventure with lots more Dream Challenges in line for the year ahead, including London to Paris bike ride and the Great North Run.

I know other women reading this probably think, ‘I could never do that.’ But you can. You really can.

It does feel hard and it does hurt at first, but from that challenge comes an incredible sense of achievement.

I started from a very unfit, unhealthy place and look what I’ve managed to achieve in one year?  I’m no different than anyone else.

My motto? Be brave. And get support. Training with the Fitbitch coaches and the other women within the camps and running club, has been the key to keeping me motivated and has been vital in my success.

Bec’s Dream Challenge Achievements 2014 – 2015

  •  Hove Parkrun 5km, April 2014
  • Kamikaze Obstacle Race, May 2014
  • Sprint Triathlon, June 2014
  • Phoenix Seafront 10km, July 2014
  • Nuts Obstacle Race, August 2014
  • Great North Run, Half Marathon, September 2014
  • Brooks 10km, November 2014
  • Brighton Half Marathon, February 2015
  • Brighton Marathon, April 2015

 If YOU would like to be our Dream Challenger 2015 – 2016, enter our competition HERE. Closing date 29th March, 2015.

Alternatively, if you would like to join us in training for one of our Dream Challenger events this year, please indicate which events HERE

Terms & Conditions:  Our Dream Challenger competition is only open to new members. Please read our list of terms BEFORE entering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



No Comments »

Are YOU ready to take on YOUR Dream Challenge?

March 9, 2015 at 5:46
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you REALLY want to change your fitness and body shape for LIFE, the simplest way to do it is to open yourself up to adventures…

Last year, we launched the first of our Dream Challenger Competitions, where one lucky woman won a one year of free fitness camps with us and the chance to join Fitbitch teams in a series of challenges from triathlons to half marathons and obstacle races.

In 2014, that lucky winner was Bec Taylor, 38, who entered our competition because her weight and body statistics put her in the obese category.  She wanted to lose weight and get fit.

But here at Fitbitch, we know that to really help someone on a journey to lifelong fitness and healthy living, it’s about inspiring someone to take up a challenge, something that excites while being a little bit scary but which means they will carry on exercising long after they’ve reached the correct number on the weighing scales.

Because once you have lost weight, it is all too easy to think ‘goal achieved.’

We are about to publish our final dispatch from Bec detailing the incredible journey of her last year with us. Yes, she’s lost an incredible amount of weight, her body is completely different, and she’s super fit now. But it is the challenges that she has taken on – and continued to sign up to for 2015 which makes her year such a defining success story.

So, if YOU want to become your own success too, why not join us this year in our Dream Challenges 2015?

Whether you already have your own challenges lined up (we know some Fitbitches are doing the Polar Ice Marathon, others are doing the Three Peaks Challenge, and some others still doing an 108 mile race by foot, bike and kayak across Scotland) or you want to join and train with us in a group effort, you can become part of the Fitbitch Dream Team.

In the next month we will reveal our new look Dream Team t-shirts, where we will be donating a part of the price of the t-shirts to a local charity. And our training groups for events as diverse as  the Ardingly Sprint or Relay Triathlon to the Rapha 100km Women’s Cycle event, and a Parkrun to a 10km race.

It doesn’t matter WHAT fitness level you are now, nor your age or background. The Fitbitch Dream Challenges are about committing to an adventure, being part of a community of women who will help inspire you – as well as holding your to account to make sure you train.

And while you’re busy doing that, having fun, trying new things that will make life in general seem more interesting, you’ll discover figure changing transformation going on without you having to even think about the weighing scales.

If you want to be part of our Dream Team 2015 and are NOT yet subscribed to our newsletter, please subscribe via the button on our website so you receive news of our Dream Challenges and how you can join our training groups. 



No Comments »

Beginner’s Guide to Triathlon

July 7, 2014 at 4:16
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Starting with Fitbitch as a fitness novice just over three months ago, Bec Taylor weighed over 15 stone and had not exercised for years. Three camps on and she reveals what it was like to train and race in her first triathlon

Triathlon? That’s just for super sporty athletes, not for the likes of me. Or that’s how I viewed triathlons back in May. I admired triathletes in the same way I admired a heptathlete like Jessica-Ennis-Hill. Amazing, but super human.

Then, Rachael at Fitbitch suggested I train for the Ardingly Sprint Triathlon, (500metre pool swim, 24km bike ride and 5km run) as part of my Dream Challenge year with the Fitbitch free triathlon training group.

I’d swum as a kid but had never run 5km and had not been on a bike for years. In fact, I didn’t even own one. But, I was ready for my next challenge.

My first hiccup was trying to ride my friend’s road bike. The tyres were so thin, I thought they’d pop under my weight and it was so light, I was convinced I’d fall off. I swapped to a friend’s hybrid with a comfy seat, wide tyres and my feet touching the floor in time for our first training session.

It was pouring with rain, and there were winds of over 20mph. But there were still 15 other Fitibitches, all waiting at the swimming pool reception.

After swimming, we all dried off (pointlessly, as it happened) and it was on to a 23km bike ride, with two laps from Hove seafront up to Devil’s Dyke and back.

The faster group were off like a shot, leaving us slower ones to form a second group. Within 500 metres, I was panicking. My knees hurt and I wasn’t going anywhere.

One of the other women told me my seat was too low and so after a quick adjustment, we were off again.

I was so glad to be with a group as there is no way I’d have coped on my own. But on the top of every hill, we shared a few jelly sweets, congratulated ourselves and carried on.

I felt completely out of my comfort zone and there were times that I was unsure whether it was rain on my face or tears. But we survived, cycling back into the park to the cheers of other Fitbitches to face the run.

My legs were like jelly after cycling but somehow, I managed my first 2.5km training run.

I was so proud of myself for having got through it. As I told my friends later, it was the toughest thing I’d ever done. And I had to do it all over again, three more times including the actual event, the Ardingly Hedgehog Tri on June 1st, just three weeks away..

Fortunately, the following weekend’s training session was in beautiful sunshine, and knowing that I’d done it once already made me feel stronger.

That and the support of others helped me throughout my training, especially posting things on Facebook where my friends and even complete strangers would tell me what an inspiration I was. And hard though the training was, the buzz I felt after every session made it worthwhile.

On my final training session, I decided, on the advice of Rachael to try the road bike again. This time, I had it serviced first and adjusted for my height. It was a revelation.

Despite torrential rain on our last training session, I felt strong on the bike, able to push up hills easily and power down.

Finally, the night before the race arrived. I was so nervous, I checked my kit bag three times and started feeling stupid for having purchased an all-in-one Triathlon suit. I’m of the tracksuit and t-shirt ‘hide my body’ kind of workout wardrobe.

A Tri-suit makes it easier because you can swim, bike and run all in the same outfit without having to change. But I was just worried that everyone would expect me to be better than I was because I was wearing it!

I needn’t have worried there were men and women of all different shapes and sizes on the day. Some professional with expensive looking bikes, others like me.

There were 15 Fitbitches racing but we had all entered different swim times, with the slower ones going in first. I was nervous waiting in the pool but it helped to see that so many were as nervous. And while I was worrying about the run, I was better than some there at swimming.

Finally, it was my turn in the pool for 20 lengths,  counted by a marshall who had a noticeboard that he put under the water to signal when I had two lengths left.

From there, I exited the pool, grateful for my tri-suit and headed to collect my bike.

Having spent so many days feeling anxious about cycling, it was fantastic, whizzing through country lanes in the sunshine, with spectacular views of the Sussex countryside and the North Downs.

And this time when I got off the bike, I was prepared for my jelly legs. While they didn’t feel as bad as in training, the 5km run, involving 4 slightly hilly and off road laps of the school playing field, was hard.

To keep count of laps, we were handed elastic bands to put around our wrist every time we passed a checkpoint.

Finally I sprinted over the finish line to the cheers of some of the Fitbitches who’d already finished. It was  an amazing feeling.

As I hung the medal around my neck, I felt an incredible sense of achievement. And I caught myself thinking,  ‘Next time, I’m going to make sure my nose clip is fastened properly on for the swim.’

Yes, I was already thinking that there was going to be a next time!

This has been my biggest Fitbitch challenge so far and having achieved it, it’s given me an inner confidence and belief that my body really is capable of achieving things I thought only possible for athletes.

I was an overweight, unfit woman who didn’t own a bike, hadn’t ever run 5km and last swam when I was at school. But with support and encouragement, and the focus of having a goal to train for, I’ve achieved something that I would have thought impossible just four months ago.

My philosophy now is to just go for it. You will never know if your dreams are possible, in all aspects of life,  unless you at least try.

 

Taylor’s Tips for Beginner’s Triathlon Success

Test your bike: make sure it’s set up correctly for your height and if you’re unsure, ask. It makes a huge difference.

Be brave: don’t go for the comfy bike option but use a road bike. It will feel unbalanced to start but the difference in the ease and speed on a road bike is huge.

Pack all your kit the night before. And then double check that you have everything.

Invest in a tri suit. You may feel like you look silly but it makes the event so much easier.

Train with  group. They will help keep you motivated right up until the start whistle.

 

Since starting with us as winner of our Dream Challenger, Bec Taylor has lost over 2 stone and 6% body fat.

If you would like to be part of our next FREE training group for a Cyclo Sportive or MTB ride, join our online Facebook Group, Fitibitch Rides Series.

 

 



No Comments »

Bec Taylor: Diary of a Fitbitch Beginner

June 29, 2014 at 3:58
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Since starting camp in March, our Dream Challenger, Bec Taylor has lost over 2 stone and 6% body fat. Not to mention taking on her first triathlon

 

Are you often put off doing something because you’re scared you won’t be able to do it? Welcome to the reality of life for Bec Taylor, and many millions of woman the world over. But since winning our Dream Challenger competition, Bec Taylor has learned that if you set yourself a goal, and have the support, nothing is impossible.

In her late thirties, Bec started with us less than 16 weeks ago, weighing in at 15st 10lbs with a BMI of 32.6,  which classified her as clinically obese. She hadn’t exercised in a decade.

Fast forward to today, and she has lost 2stone 1lbs, 6% body fat and her BMI has dropped to 28.4. Even more amazingly, she’s gone on to having completed her first sprint distance triathlon. Next up on her list? Our Advanced Body Athletic Camp, and taking on both the Brighton Half Marathon and Marathon.

Limits? The only limits are those that you impose on yourself, as Bec is beginning to realise.

‘I’m by no means a secrete athlete,’ she says. ‘I was an overweight, unfit person and wasn’t quite sure I could manage a triathlon when I took it on.

‘I didn’t own a bike, had never ran 5kms and  hadn’t swam front crawl since school.

‘But with Fitbitch support, encouragement, motivation, and the focus of a goal, I’ve come out the other side feeling amazing with such a sense of achievement.

‘Now, I look back on all those times when I  might NOT have done something because I wasn’t sure whether I could and realise how silly it is.

‘If you set your mind to it, and just decide to try it’s amazing how you can make all your dreams a reality. ‘

If you want to experience a similar transformation, don’t miss our Summer Body Beautiful Camp for beginners, start July 7th at Queen’s Park and Hove.  It includes a SBB nourishing eating plan if the full camp and assessments are booked.

 BOOK HERE

 

 

 

June 2014

March 2014

 

June 2014



No Comments »