Hi, I’m Bev Thorogood, welcome to Floresco Fitness and Fatloss Coaching.
If you're anything like me you’ve no doubt spent years feeling unhappy with your body, comparing yourself to others and believing if you didn't look like a movie star then who on earth could ever truly find you sexy!!
You too may have spent years on diets, seeking THE one magic formula that would give you THAT body, make you feel sexy as hell and happy for the rest of your life.
It took me a long time to realise that a perfect body wasn't the answer to feeling happy and confident. I had to go through some big mindset changes to start to feel those things.
I say START, because it's an ever-evolving journey.
My turn around started in January 2016 when I hit my half century. 50! It felt like I was galloping towards old age and it terrified me. I was 3 stone overweight, felt fat, unfit and frumpy. I had resigned to getting old and it seemed like creaking joints, an aching back and the onset of the menopause were all I had to look forward to.
I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror. My confidence was at an all time low, despite the image that I portrayed to everyone around me which just seemed to compound the problem and it was all making me feel very unhappy.
I'd tried just about every diet going but nothing worked long term. I needed something different but I was totally confused by all the options and contradictions within the diet and fitness media.
I'd qualified as a fitness instructor, specialising in Exercise to Music, in the mid 90s. I'd spent over 15 years teaching classes. I'd done endurance walks, half marathons, spent years playing squash and going to circuit training classes. I felt I should know it all. I certainly shouldn't have been the fat, frumpty, unfit fifty year old woman I'd become.
I embarked on a 12-week programme and saw amazing changes but at the end of the 12 weeks I once again felt left adrift. I didn't know how to move forward and maintain the success I'd had. I enrolled a second time but the programme was very restrictive and hard going, I couldn't stick with the strict regimen a second time. I enrolled on a different 12 week programme, had good results but again felt adrift at the end of it. I needed a more permanent solution.
Over that 12 months I began to study nutrition and exercise again, reigniting the passion I'd had in the 90s for learning the 'sciency' stuff. I amazed myself by how much I still knew but was shocked by how much science had moved on.
I'd lost 10kg and dropped 2 dress sizes but I needed to know what to do to ensure I never became the fat, frumpy, fifty year old I'd left behind. I read about habit and behaviour change and read about mindset. I learned that diet and exercise alone are not the answer to long term success. I realised that unless we get our head in the right place, we will never be truly able to sustain long term change.
I searched for an online coach of my age group that I could relate to, but I couldn't find anyone who looked like me - a menopausal grandmother coming to terms with the reality of an ‘empty nest’. I thought “if I can't find them maybe other people are struggling too".
So over a drink with a friend, Floresco Fitness Coaching was born. I enrolled on a personal trainer course and started my journey towards a career helping other people, just like me, find a way to embrace middle age, feel sexy and learn to love the body they have.
I want to share all the knowledge I've learned in over 20 years being involved in the fitness industry and show other people, just like me, that small, consistent changes over time can lead to big results and long-term, sustainable weight loss. We need to stop focusing on food and start to look at the underlying behavours that lead to bad habits.
I want to help you realise that you don't have to get it right all the time and that that's ok. Consistent, small changes - not perfection - are the key to success.
Bev Thorogood is a Level 3 qualified personal trainer and behaviour change coach and is qualified to teach exercise to music, circuit training and Boxercise (tm).
She has a bachelors degree in Business and Enterprise, is qualified to Level 4 in both adult education (PTTLS) and Information, Advice and Guidance and continues to develop her own lifelong learning.