Thurs 28th feb, 2013


My name is Laura and I am nervously awaiting the start of RISE’ March 28 day body transformation programme (28DBT) in Macclesfield. Why “nervously”? Because I am likely to be the largest and most unfit person in the group. Because last time I tried to join a gym (a shiny large gym in the centre of town) I was so intimidated by the staff and clientele that I left, virtually in tears, never to return. And because I have a feeling that this might be the start of a big change for me, a challenge to tackle my lifestyle in a positive and right way; to address the bad habits I have adopted that make me feel comforted and in a way have defined who I am for a long time.

So, how did I get to this point? As I mentioned before, I am fat. I haven’t always been this way. I was healthy until I went to uni – I was on the curvaceous side but controlled it through exercise – but a combination of beer and lack of exercise meant that the weight steadily increased. In my mid 20s I joined weight watchers where I discovered I have an “all or nothing” personality. I attacked the plan with gusto, eating well under my food allowance, giving up the booze, and rapidly losing 2 stone in around 3 months. What followed was a great year of feeling and looking good which resulted in me nabbing a husband. And that is where it all went down hill again.


We like the good life. Great food. Great drink. All to excess. Long walks in the countryside followed by a pie and (lots of) pints of beer in the pub… All this has resulted in me piling on 5 stone in the past ten years. Ouch, that hurts to admit. I have tried to tackle this issue half heartedly in the past but haven’t really wanted to give up the lifestyle. But at Christmas I hit rock bottom when I realised how bad things had got. So here I am.


I was sat in my office staring out the window and saw that a new gym had opened in a mill across the road so I randomly checked it out on the Internet. I registered for further information and instead of being invited in for a chat, I received some soft porn on email! Anyone else who got the “fifty shades of weight loss” booklet will understand what I mean. It made me laugh and couldn’t have been more different from the approach of the shiny gym in town. I was intrigued. Enough that when I received info on the 28DBT I decided to give it a go.


So that is a bit about me and my journey to this point. My next blog will be a bit more about the 28DBT and getting started on it. Feel free to comment, send me questions etc as would love to share this experience with others.





Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.