Ultimate Performance has helped hundreds of people lose weight and feel more confident. Adele Bailey, 45, turned to fitness experts for motivation after her weight loss has plateaued.
Before joining UP, Adele was a size 12 and weighed 11.1 stone (71kg). She explained that “from an early age, I struggled with my weight and body image”.
“After finally having a successful pregnancy after IVF and a few years of trying to beat the bulge myself, I felt it was time to get my body to be at its best. I wanted to tackle new motherhood at my fittest,” she added.
Throughout her IVF process, Adele’s body changed a lot and she suffered from Ovarian Hyperstimulation syndrome which is a response to excess hormones.
“For me, this occurred because of the injectable hormone medications I was using to stimulate the
development of eggs in the ovaries while undertaking fertility treatment. OHS causes the
ovaries to swell and become painful. I experienced tenderness in the area of my ovaries and lots of abdominal boating throughout the time I used injectable hormone medications,” she said.
And Adele’s “relationship with food and exercise changed” while undertaking fertility treatment too.
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“I saw the whole process of becoming pregnant and having a healthy successful pregnancy as a
nurturing experience. I didn’t want to put any additional stress on my body so stopped all high-impact activities while going through the process,” she explained.
“During this time I finally started to see food for what it actually is, a fuel source for my body. I tried to choose foods that would enrich my body but because of all the hospital visits, this would sometimes prove difficult. Between working and attending multiple hospital appointments and having many surgical procedures I would often end up grabbing food on the go or relying on it when in need of comfort.
“Unfortunately, any food that I grabbed while out and about or choices made to help comfort me was not always the healthiest for my body.
“Looking back, I can see that I should have been more prepared and organized with regard to food choices throughout this time but at that point, all I could focus on was how I was feeling at any given moment with regard to the fertility treatment and how it was progressing. Nutrition and exercise took a back seat as I focused on trying to conceive.”
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Before embarking on her new fitness journey, Adele “considered herself to be reasonably fit but in need of improvement”.
“A recent fracture in my foot and issues with my hip had stopped me from exercising. My emotional mindset was strong, but I did have body issues with how I would see myself. I have always struggled to accept my body image and the excess fat I was carrying,” she added.
“My body type means I carry the majority of my weight on the lower half of my body which was difficult to hide from others. In my mind, the battle of my weight was a daily one as I often wasn’t happy with what I would see in the mirror.”
But, with a personal trainer and a new meal plan, Adele transformed her body in 18 weeks.
Now she weighs 8.9 stone (57kg) and is “known to hit the kids section sometimes” for clothes as she is a size six to ten depending on the store.
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As for what exercises she did to help lose 2.2 stone, Adele revealed: “Initially, my expert trainer Darragh would train me with weightlifting exercises three times a week with two different programs as well as this, I was to try and achieve 10,000 daily steps .
“After a while, my activity levels were increased to help with weight loss, and this was in the form of 30 minutes of exercise on the remaining four days of each week.”
She also shared what she ate: “My personal choice is to follow a plant-based/vegan diet. Darragh taught me the importance of protein within my diet and the ways in which I could get plant-based proteins into my daily life. I was on a strict calorie count with a high protein and low carbohydrate intake.”
Adele was hoping to achieve “overall fat loss” and she “followed Darragh’s instructions to the letter”.
“I didn’t go off plan with regard to food and ensured I attended every single training session with her,” she explained. “I found it harder to stay committed to the daily 10,000 steps and 30 minutes of exercise although I did ensure this was still a priority within my day.”
As for how she feels now, both physically and emotionally, Adele revealed: “I feel so much happier with my fitness level and body image. I do still have struggles to accept the imperfections I see when looking in the mirror, but I am also able to see how far I have come and where I plan to go next.”
Adele also gave some advice for anyone considering a weight loss transformation: “Stop making excuses and instead set yourself a target. Don’t put off making that very first step.
“Of course, you won’t achieve everything you want in the very first week of trying but knowing you are on the right path will help you to succeed and reach the goals you’ve set yourself.”