Laura’s journey – First week – Macclesfield and Buxton Group Personal Training and weight loss


Hi all,

Laura here again. Well I am now well underway with the 28DBT. It is a great process – if a bit confusing at the beginning with everyone talking about ‘yellow vipers’, ‘mr and mrs’, ‘ninjas’ and the suchlike, which make no sense to the uninitiated!

Luckily the good folks at RISE (RISE) had the foresense to send daily emails to those enrolled on the 28DBT to
make sure you know what to do on any given day and explaining some of the language that comes with being part of the ‘club’.

I have now cleaned out my pantry and the fridge, making sure there is no processed foods in there at all. I have pulled together a list of meals that I want to eat going forward. It turns out the premise for the eating plan is a paleo diet – only eating foods that our ancestors would have been exposed to, so nothing processed – it is a balance of a third proteins, a third fats and a third carbs. In reality it feels like a predominance on proteins, but that is because I have been so used to eating carb-loaded foods. As I think I have mentioned before, I love anything to do with food, cooking especially, and for the first time in ages I am excited about trying out new recipes rather than relying on the same old tried and tested meals… I think I can see this being the way I eat going forward without too much of a challenge.

I have also started attending the fitness sessions at the RISE in Macclesfield. I booked in for my bio sig on Monday which is used as a baseline measurement of my body transformation success going forward. I found it a bit strange being pinched all over my body with scary looking callipers, but Jon did his best to distract me from what he is doing. I then moved onto my first group PT (personal training session). It was a session called ‘van damme’ (or ‘van dammed’ as I have taken to calling it) which involved a series of circuits using ropes and hooks hanging from the ceiling (they did look rather sado-masochistic…), but I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it. Today’s session was a Rocky-inspired workout featuring
lots of different boxing related exercises which were great fun. I think the range of different activities that you do in a session really suits me – it keeps me interested and engaged which is fab.

The big bods at RISE have devised a great incentive system which has all members called RISE ninjas. You start out as a white wolf following an initial fitness test to assess your baseline (I got given a white plastic wrist band this morning to identify me as a white wolf ninja – I am insanely proud of it!), then in a month’s time you redo the fitness test to see if your fitness has improved by 10%, if it has you then progress into being a yellow viper (and receive a yellow band). There are multiple stages to achieve, giving a focus to the fitness sessions.

I have tried to explain a bit about the process here rather than my response to it, so my next update will be more about how I am doing – what have been my pitfalls and what have been my successes. Hopefully they will help some people – if I can do this (starting out at many stones overweight) then anyone can!

L x

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.