What I’ve learned so far.

Where do I start? So much has happened. I’ve gained and lost 3 stone. I got rid of anxiety and panic attacks. I’ve been though and got through post-natal depression. I’ve had rock bottom confidence. My self worth has been so low, that I’ve struggled to go into work some days. I’ve grown a business from nothing to something. I’ve re-located to a bigger facility, made big investments into it, taken risks, had two kids, moved house, gone from being a trainer to managing a team…


What have I learned so far?


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That a lack of belief in yourself takes you off track. It causes you to listen to people who shouldn’t be listened to.

With a lack of belief in yourself, you put other peoples opinions in front of yourself. You think everyone’s better than you, or knows best… and that’s the most damaging of all! That’ll steer you off course. You’ll go around the long route to success, or maybe even not even get there.


Negative people… run away from them! Don’t let them within an inch of your life. Negative people attract negativity like flies to sh**. You don’t need negative people in your life, ESPECIALLY if you’re feeling vulnerable. If you have them in your life, cut them out! If you can’t cut them out, smile and nod when they speak and let what they say, go in one ear, and out the other.


If you want to success in anything, you’ve got to believe in yourself. You’ve got to have courage, when others around you don’t.


So what do you do if your confidence is low?


Make up, clothes, alcohol, pills…it’s not going to fix it. Working out does. Not walking, but interval training and resistance training. That’s what fixes confidence. You’re going to strengthen your mind, and strengthen your body.


The only way life is going to be enjoyed is if you start to enjoy yourself. Love yourself. Love every unique, single thing about you. That’s what makes you, you. Don’t hide away, don’t keep your personality ‘toned down’ and anyone who doesn’t like it, don’t be near them.


Haters are going to hate anyway.


You’ve got to believe in yourself and learn to love yourself, if you want to lose weight, or get healthy, or get a promotion, whatever it is.


There’s no point putting a bandage on the issue. Are you 3 stone over weight? Following nutrition plan isn’t going to fix why you’re 3 stone. Learning to love yourself is going to help you lose 3 stone. … and then following a good nutrition plan.


Signing up to a fitness studio isn’t going to get you results, unless you commit to changing. Like properly, from the inside out, changing.


Change from the outside, just has to come from the inside, or you’ll go around in cycles. Are you in a cycle now? Are you gaining and losing weight? Are you hating on yourself so much that you sabotage all your hard work? Why the hell do you not love yourself enough to change?


Putting yourself first, why do we struggle with that? When did we learn to dis-respect ourselves so much?


My secret to happiness is feeling fit, healthy and strong. When I feel like that, everything seems possible. When I feel sluggish, overweight, and I’m spilling out of my clothes, I feel bad. That’s a fact. So what’s it going to take to get me to feel good? What do you need to do to get to that point? You’ve got to go figure out what you need to do to get you to that happy point, and you’ve got to go do it.


You’re the ONLY one who can get yourself out of this situation. Stop sitting back and waiting for something to happen. It might not happen and then you’re screwed. Take charge of this, own it, and you’ll be so bloody happy you did.

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Jessica Cooke

Jessica has inspired hundreds of women to achieve and maintain their health & fitness goals at her two private training studios in Galway City.

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