It was really lovely to meet Emma for her photo-shoot. We asked her to share a little about her inspirational fitness story:
“Two babies twelve months apart took its toll on me. I suffered with post natal depression and put on weight. A few years later, on Christmas Day, I realised just how much weight after having a go on the WiiFit!! After that I decided I had to get a grip with my fitness, my weight and hopefully my mental wellbeing and self esteem”.
“I took up power walking round the village and I went swimming once a week. I lost weight and began to feel more like my old self. I reached a point when I no longer felt that walking quickly made me out of breath and so I trained myself to run. From someone who “didn’t do running” I have completed several 10k runs and 3 half marathons. I heard about a ‘Bootcamp’ class from a friend and decided that this would help develop my muscle tone and upper body strength”.
“The classes run by Bee Varga have been amazing and have changed and toned my body in a way that no other exercise class as done. I love the team spirit in the classes as we all push ourselves to do just one more repetition and Bee is a great motivator and has lots of advice about nutrition. To jazz up my annual challenges I decided to do obstacle races instead and at the end of this year I have set myself my biggest challenge to complete the 12 mile Tough Mudder course”.
“In February 2014 Bee put me in touch with Michelle at YouDeserveThis which I was extremely excited and grateful for. I had such a lovely time being pampered and posing in front of the camera and the end photographs are just stunning”.
‘Every journey begins with one step’ …..mine started with a step onto the WiiFit board and I am so glad I continued the journey.
Emma also wrote a lovely testimonial for us, which we would love to share with you:
“Would you like to have your hair and make up done and then photographed by professionals? Of course, what an opportunity. What an experience. What a treat!
Charlie, Michelle and their make up artist Katy, made my friends and I feel extremely welcome and comfortable. Clothes and outfits were looked at, poses discussed and hair styles chosen. Time was given to these before any photo was taken, ensuring that we felt comfortable with the plan for the day and what was expected”.
“I absolutely loved watching my transformation as Katy did my hair and make up….from dowdy mum of 2 to a star… all in an hour! Amazing. I felt a million dollars.
When I went through to the studio. Michelle and Charlie talked me through the outfits that I had brought and what they wanted me to wear in different poses.”
“Then we got to work. I was shown how to stand and hold my head and arms and fingers and chin and body and hips and legs!!!!!! It is hard work being a model! Charlie was amazing encouraging me to relax and smile and Michelle was on hand to tweak my hair or clothes.
The experience really was ‘once in a lifetime’ and the photographs that I have are truly beautiful and will be treasured. I can look at them on those days when I am feeling dowdy and remember that I too can be a film star!
Thank you Emma for sharing your story with us, you are such an inspiring lady and we are so pleased to have met you and had such a great time at your photo-shoot.
Love Michelle, Charlie and Katy
You can read more, about the beautiful women we have had the privilege to photograph, in our other YouDeserveThis Blog Posts.
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