It’s a time of year when we’re all making resolutions to get more healthy and active, but for one Wigan woman, the decision to join a gym was one that “saved her life.”
Jeanette Roberts was sent spiralling into depression and a sedentary lifestyle after a tragic event two years ago.
The 40-year-old went through a heartbreaking 2017 after she miscarried two babies, which she conceived through two rounds of cash-sapping IVF treatment. Sadly, she is unable to try again due to the cost.
“We did two rounds of self-funded IVF, which cost £12,500,” said Jeanette.
“For the first attempt we didn’t have any suitable eggs, however the second time round we had two which were perfectly developed.
“For a short period of time we were pregnant with two but sadly we lost them both and we don’t have the funds to try again.”
Jeanette’s devastating loss hit her hard. She described herself as having had “zero confidence” and “in a very low place mentally and physically”.
She found herself eating bars of chocolate three or four times each day, which caused her to balloon to more than 14 stone.
At a crossroads, Jeanette felt she needed a focus in her life and decided to start training again at her local gym, Wigan’s Xercise4Less, in May this year.
It was there that she began working with personal trainer Michael Chatziminas, with whom she has formed a very special bond.
Jeanette said: “2017 was an incredibly difficult year for me and I was in a very low place, mentally and physically. I was at a crossroads in my life and didn’t like the way I was heading.
“My last-ditch attempt to get back to where I wanted to be was to try working with a personal trainer, as I had zero confidence, zero fitness and zero clue what to do in the gym. I chose Michael as a personal trainer because he has a martial arts background and I wanted to be fit enough to take up kickboxing again.”
Since working with Michael, Jeanette has lost an incredible four stone and she has dropped six dress sizes, going from size 22 to size 10.
Her transformation has restored her confidence.
“Michael has absolutely delivered! Finding him and doing this journey has been the key to it working. Together we are a great team and we have started to come through our tragic 2017.
“Xercise4Less has helped me get my life and confidence back. I successfully applied for a new job and I’m happy in so many aspects of my life. The difficult year in 2017 will always leave me scarred but I have a focus now which is completely what I need.”
Jeanette, who until now has only told close family and friends about her miscarriage, cannot praise Michael enough for helping her turn her life around.
“I’d like to thank my incredibly supportive family and friends.
“When I started with Michael in May I was in the worst place I’ve ever been in my life. It was sink or swim. That’s why Michael is so special to me, because he literally saved my life. Michael knows about our IVF but we only told him a few weeks ago. He saved my life without even realising it.”
For more information about how to start your own fitness journey, visit www.xercise4less.co.uk