DALE'S JOURNEY - FINDING CONFIDENCE THROUGH HEALT H & FITNESS
Building strength from the inside
The two health achievements I’m proudest of would have to be my core strength and my improved mental health.
Due to having a hernia for over 10 years my core strength was nonexistent. I had the hernia repaired early February 2017 and since then have worked very hard to develop a strong core.
Also my mental health has greatly improved. I was in a very dark space mentally, now I’m happy, confident and able to understand my body and mind.
It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth it
My motivation to make a change came from accepting that I was overweight and had pain all over my body, and mentally I was in a very bad place. Choosing a healthier path was my only option to live a happy and healthy life.
Overcoming fear, self-doubt and anxiety
For me, the most challenging part of getting started on the path to health was overcoming fear, self-doubt and anxiety.
The most unexpected thing I’ve found on my journey so far is that I always thought healthy/fit people were confident and happy.
I quickly realised that depression, anxiety and other mental health issues impact a lot more people than we think — which is why a lot of those people go to gyms and sporting clubs. Exercising helps, but having the support of a community is also really important.
"Exercising helps, but having the support of a community is also really important."
Creating a warrior mentality
For my health and fitness journey, I want to build a warrior so to speak. This means being the best me I can be, and continually challenging and improving myself.
Quick, easy, enjoyable
‘What’s your favourite My Muscle Chef meal’ is a trick question — honestly I can’t pick just one, I like all of the meals I have tried!