Read Sana’s Story…
I decided to join ChangePoint because I wanted to improve my health, reduce my weight, I was also jobless, bored and had a lot of time on my hands so I needed to get involved in some social activities as I was feeling alone and lonely. I had no one to talk to, I was at home just moping about, and eating more because I was bored which lead to me putting on more weight.
My weight was increasing and I didn’t know how to take control of it. I’d start a new diet almost every Monday and by the end of the week I’d just have enough feel fed up then get back to the same old habits but eating even more, so it was a yo yo dieting that failed almost constantly.
I was hell bent on having a gastric bypass to help me reduce my weight but my doctor advised me against it which I was disappointed about and made me more depressed and feeling low. So I started looking elsewhere, like abroad for the possibility of having the operation but I couldn’t afford it so that made me feel worse. I was desperate, but not desperate enough to go to that extreme and risk my life. I just needed to gain control of my situation, my life and do it the right way this time.
I joined ChangePoint because I knew I couldn’t do it all on my own. So with the help of a Health Trainer, and Physical Activity Specialists I’d have better chance of doing this the right way. I needed direction and encouragement as well as proper advice about nutrition, healthy eating and fitness regime.
How ChangePoint Helped
When I started ChangePoint I was all over the place with my diet, my health wasn’t great, my fitness was non existent. Now I eat healthy, I changed my bad habits of eating, I don’t diet, I exercise regularly and I feel happier that my fitness has increased.
My weight is decreasing slowly but surely without starving myself or doing extreme diets that failed most of the time. I eat sensibly and exercise a lot more. I can walk for longer and still feel good. When I have a bad day I try not to slip back into bad habits and I don’t let it drag me down, the next day I pick myself up and start again with positive thinking and determination.
I now have a chance to meet people, socialise, and share ideas with other users of the service who come to the fitness classes, or nutrition education with me and that makes me feel better, more motivated to keep going and it makes me feel less isolated.
What advice would you give to other people who felt like you did before you got involved with ChangePoint?
I’d advise people to never give up. If they feel like the progress is too slow, the programme is not easy to follow, or the exercise regime is too hard and tiring to keep going because like they say no pain no gain and it’s true. The journey might be painful, tiresome, and hard to get through but it will be worth in the end. If they keep going and focused on the goal, it ultimately be for their benefit. Goals are achieved only through hard work and tenacity.
What have you learnt from ChangePoint?
I learnt that nothing comes easy. Nothing is handed to you, you have to work hard at it, you have to push yourself harder and go the extra mile even if others around you are not as encouraging or motivated or motivating you. It is your own journey, your own life, your own goal, and your own health.
No one will do it for you, or do anything about it if you don’t. You have to be willing to change, you have to be willing to do it yourself.