Whenever I stumble upon something that interests me online, a story, a journey or a movement that is established, I always find myself searching for that birthing point. I search out the blog that tells the story of how it came to be and always feel gutted when there isn’t one.
So here is the story of how the SFN Sisterhood became..
My own journey was very much the foundation of The Sisterhood, everything I wished I had, became cornerstones of this vision I created.
Rewind a fair few years and I was your average woman. I steadily gained weight when I found love and this carried through to my two pregnancies. I wasn’t oblivious to the weight gain; of course I knew I was having to buy larger and larger clothes. I avoid the mirrors more than ever, but always had it in the back of mind that I wanted to get back to the person I knew and scarily she was several stone lighter.
What happened over the next few years were a series of what I now consider “crazy diets” because crazy they did make me! Meal replacements, pills, pretty much anything I saw advertised, I tried. I won’t and never have lied that I did in fact lose several stone this way. Who wouldn’t on 600kcal a day?
What I wasn’t: healthy or happy – essential aspects of a balanced life.
I reached a point where I was in the pits, emotionally and physically. I felt like I had tortured myself enough, that surely my hard work and tears should be rewarded? Instead I was left with a body ravaged by low calories and a complete lack of nutrients. I also had this issue of flabbiness, but yet everyone was commenting that I was so slim.
So now I was confused, how could I be slim but flabby?
What happened next would change my life for ever. Whilst watching TV one evening I saw a guy training Peter Andre in a gym (I had not been in one of these for years) and I turned to my husband and said “I want him to train me”. Of course he just laughed it off, he should of known better!
By the next day I had contacted Nick Mitchell the owner of UP Fitness Mayfair and expressed an interest, however training with him was going to be impossible due to his schedule and my budget. I was offered the next best thing, a block of training sessions with James Crossley aka Hunter from Gladiators and I snapped up the chance.
Suddenly this flabby unfit mum of two from Sussex, was making the 3 hour round trip to London twice a week to lift weights in an insane gym. It was gruelling, but worth every second and I can honestly say I never looked back from there. I joined a gym locally and began looking at my diet differently, eating more protein and even started having protein shakes.
My body began to change, my mood lifted and my energy levels sored. I was hooked.
This was a bittersweet development.
As I watched my physique morph into something I felt proud of and my knowledge grew, so did my anger at all what I had been through. The loneliness I felt, the crap I had fallen for and the money had wasted.
Most of all I felt sad for how isolated I had been on my journey. I knew it would have been so much more enjoyable if I had the support I needed. I decided at that point to use my anger to fuel something positive and enrolled on a Precision Nutrition Certification, I didn’t want other women to go through what I did.
Lean with Lucy became a reality not long after and I began helping other ordinary women, steering them away from fad diets and pills promising miracles. It was rewarding watching women develop their understanding and thus avoiding many of the pitfalls I had encountered.
One thing remained at the back of my mind, there were only so many women I could work with personally and as the workload grew I realised I had to stick with my integrity and accept I could not help so many in the capacity I was hoping to. It was then that we expanded and I took on several fantastic coaches to work with me and Lean with Lucy & Co was reborn. The Sisterhood movement was developing in the background and I loved seeing so many tweets with #GirlsSupportingGirls and #TheSisterhood. I knew then that I wanted to grow the community, keeping its real and raw roots at the same time reaching a global audience.
When I came across the SFN Expo and its founders Jamie Rose and Neil Mclean, I was literally blown away by their vision and integrity and knew straight away that I wanted to work with them. Thank god they wanted to work with me; otherwise I would have had to take to stalking.
So SFN and The Sisterhood joined forces and in a matter of months 1000 women came together in our group and a dream of mine, became reality.
At the SFN Expo 2015 we saw a huge rise in female attendance, taking it to a whopping 52% women and not just athletes or fitpro’s. Ordinary women, just like me, I was like a kid at Christmas!
We are 2000 strong and the most diverse group of women I have seen in one place, all who have one thing in common – a desire to improve their health, fitness, nutrition and they want to do so with the help and support from other empowered women. I could not have realised my dream without the SFN team believing in me and every single woman who joins is another person who makes the global Sisterhood, what it is today.
If you haven’t joined us yet you can do so here www.facebook.com/groups/SFNSisterhood
To find out more about The Sisterhood’s future plans www.TheSisterhood.Club
To purchase your Sisterhood ticket to SFN 2016 and join us for a weekend of learning, inspiring and networking www.sfnexpo.co.uk and enter the code SISTERHOOD to receive a 10% discount on your ticket (early bird prices for just a few more days)