At the beginning of 2018 I was having some blood tests to check for rheumatoid arthritis. I was relieved to discover that I didn’t have RA but devastated to be told I had Type 2 Diabetes.

My weight had crept on over the years since my twins were born very prematurely and this, along with the fact that I was having difficulty with moving, sleeping, anxiety and generally just getting on with every day life, was the kick I needed to do something about my health. My twins both have severe cerebral palsy with complex medical issues and need 24/7 one-to-one care, and at ten years old, this is extremely physically demanding – I need to be here for them as long as I possibly can.

I started dieting but wasn’t really seeing the weight loss I wanted to see so when a friend suggested I join ODFC, I tentatively went along to a session with her, expecting to hate it, expecting to feel completely inadequate, and expecting not to go back. This couldn’t be further from the truth, I absolutely loved it!! After a year I managed to get healthy readings for my blood sugars etc and my diabetes is “in remission”.

Two years later, and I have gone from 15st and size 18-20, to 9st 13lbs and size 10, and it feels amazing. I couldn’t have done it without the help of the fantastic instructors at ODFC, who instinctively know what I am capable of and push me at the right time, increasing the levels I work at, at just the right time. I love that the majority of the sessions are outdoors and the
fact that you never know what the session will involve means you never get bored. I have gone from doing no exercise at all and hoping just to lose a bit of weight to feeling strong, loving all things fitness and taking part in road and track races and the Great North Swim.

ODFC feels like one huge family where everyone is encouraging and training outdoors with them, in all weathers, is just the best tonic to a hectic life and for improving mental health.