Before I met Julie I was drinking heavily - any excuse - probably around half a bottle of vodka per night with
a very rare night off - it was costing me a fortune and piling the pounds on round my middle.
If I had the day off I would get my jobs out of the way and then start to drink steadily from around
- could get through 2 bottles of wine or a lot of vodka.
I work full time so it was usual to wake up very tired as my sleep was disrupted and feel hot and shakey - my
concentration levels were not great and would get wound up very easily.
For the last few years I have run a full marathon and when training for it would stupidly celebrate a long run
with a few drinks afterwards!!!! I would also go the gym regularly - get back home - drink and then not eat
- not good.
My husband was aware of what I drank and was concerned but never lectured me - he is not a big drinker and
likes the occasional glass of wine with a meal.
I then went to see Julie: - my aim was to cut out negative drinking at home on my own - I still wanted to be
able to have a drink with friends on a social occasion or if celebrating.
My session took place on a Friday afternoon so the strangest thing was not having a drink on a Friday night -
then Saturday and it quickly became a week.
I have just completed another marathon but this year was different - after no drinking for six weeks and eating
properly I finished 27 minutes faster than the year before and was 11lbs lighter.
After the marathon I then went out for a meal with my husband - had some drinks but was in control.
Now the marathon is done for another year - I am still feeling positive and want to continue getting
fitter/healthier - who knows what my time will be next year?
I would like to thank Julie for helping me to get my life back on track - I am now so much healthier and feel
genuinely happy - I no longer feel the need for a drink at the end of the day to wind down.