Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY! I remember the moment that I chose my gym gear for my first visit to U Fit. Surveying what was on offer in my wardrobe, I knew what I was looking for…. there they were…. the biggest possible clothing that I could find. In fact, in truth, it was men’s clothing. The thought of entering a gym in something that would show off my body made me feel so uncomfortable I would have been happy to shroud myself in a tent if it meant covering my body. I had become so uncomfortable with how I looked the more I could hide away from myself and everyone else the better I felt. Entering the gym itself had its challenges. For a long time, I would try and avoid looking at myself in the mirrors while I worked out. Although watching myself in the mirror would have helped me with my technique I didn’t like the person that I saw looking back at me. I didn’t recognise her anymore. Over time as my body started to shrink my work out tent clothing became bigger and bigger and bigger. Eventually, I conceded that it was time to downgrade….it was time to go shopping. Something surprising happened when stepping in front of the gym mirrors with Lycra on for the first time. I could see change, and I liked it. Over time I needed smaller and smaller sizes, each time seeing a new change to my body. I started to accept what I saw and stopped hiding from it. These days I can be seen in the skimpiest shorts on offer and tightest top. I’m in my underwear on the gym wall photos, and I’m comfortable with that. I’m happy with my body and my skin. I like the person looking back at me from the mirror because it’s me, and not someone that I don’t recognise.