Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by 😊
You already know my name, I was born in the mid sixties (that seems sooooo loooong agoooooo now!) In London, the epi centre of the world, well, it was at that time 😊
My father is Greek, French Italian, mother is English – so no surprise then that I didn’t really settle in the UK and in my late 20’s decided to move to warmer climes, Spain.
But long before all that, when I was 13/14 I discovered boys! And I also became conscious of my own body. I stopped eating breakfast, not wanting to get fat, and at school the canteen system had started, so I would eat a plate of chips or something cheap in order to save the money given for my dinner, for sweets!
My mum always cooked us a proper meal each night so at least I was getting that into me. Often I would be gone all day at the weekends and just eat when I came home. As a teen my body was developng, and I was very active in sports at school - so the problems showed up after I left school, and continued eating the same way!
The weight piled on, and I just could not understand why! This was something we hadnt covered in Cook and Hostess classes either.
I tried many diets, all faddy and promising fast results. None worked long term and certainly were not sustainable - anyone remeber the cabbage diet??? No good if you had a new boyfriend.....
After years of yo-yo dieting, I pretty much gave up on myself.
The ultimate upset on this was my 21st birthday party, where I startved for 6 weeks only eating a small sdalad at lunch, in order to fit into a size 14 dress. It fitted, but I looked awful, saggy skin, grey pasty face, lank hair, hormonal and tearful, and dog eared boobs!!!
I decided I was meant to be fat and just embraced it, wearing stretchy clothes and refusing to have full length mirrors in the house.
I got married, had 2 gorgeous kids and then we moved to Spain in 1995 - although I still dabbled in daft diets and diet pills, which sent me loopy.
On February 26th 1995 we flew out, and I’ve never looked back!
Sadly, it didn’t work for my marriage and we separated. Over the years I have divorced No1, remarried then divorced No 2 and am now very happily married to my soulmate. It’s been 13 years so far and it’s still wonderful. For me anyway, and he doesn’t get much say 😉
People ask me why I have got married 3 times. My answer? I love wedding cake!!!
But I digress. Why am I doing what Im doing? How have I jumped from property to Wellness??
Well, let me explain....... One day, I was showing some people around a property here in Spain. I walked up a flight of stairs, then realised I was puffing and panting like crazy! I felt sharpish pains and decided I ought to go to a doctor to get checked out. By this time, I was a single mum having split up with my husband and living in a foreign country made it hard. He took bloods and, on the results, told me that I was fat!!! Not JUST fat, but that I had a lot of visceral fat, the hard fat around my organs, and that if I didn’t lose weight soon, I was heading for all sorts of diseases and issues very fast!
This scared me massively! Here I was, single mum, and I was literally eating myself to death. I had to do something, not for me, but for my kids!!
I was recommended some Herbalife nutrition products, not only because of the thousands of results they had around the world, but also because of the coaching that came with them. To support you and keep you on track. I was totally sceptical they would work, but I was desperate, so I went on a plan, with the view that when I ailed, I could ask the doctor for a stomach reduction operation!
Me aged 28 years old.
I thought it would be just smoothie shakes, but it wasn’t. I replaced a couple of meals with their complete meal shakes, but then also had a normal evening meal and 1-2 snacks a day. I learned more about food and what to eat and also that I needed to eat MORE than I was!
Slowly but surely the weight came off, I lost 5 stones, which is 31kg or 68lbs body fat and felt amazing! I didn’t fall asleep in the daytime anymore. I had the energy to keep up with my kids, my skin was loads better, I had confidence, I could concentrate, and my immune system was loads stronger too!
I stayed a client for 12,5 years, loving how the products made me feel, no calorie counting, no deprivation – in fact this wasn’t a diet but a way of life. I didn’t have to think about it.
And then in the recession of 2006, I lost most of my real estate business, I took a part time job in a video rental shop, I cleaned peoples houses around that and still it wasn’t enough money.
My lovely daughter finished high school with the chance of entering university as a top student, and she decided on Sevilla learning biology and then into studying cellular activity.
Somehow, I needed to find an extra 400 euros a month to keep her there, and at the time I couldn’t pay the electricity bills, we kept getting cut off!
I also got ill and stressed and developed breast lumps and cervical cancer cells. It really all does happen at the same time, doesn’t it!
Thankfully I had met a wonderful man who became my husband, and he supported me through it all, but not financially – because I’m an independent person and have my pride.
I looked for another job, to bring in that 400 euros. I messaged a few people I trusted, including my weightloss coach, who had become a good friend over the years. She invited me to a meeting and my initial response was ‘but I don’t do hard sell!’ She told me they didn’t and why not come and find out about it.
I decided to go as I couldn’t say NO to something I hadn’t seen, right?
Very nervously I went, expecting to be pounced on, but it wasn’t the case. Everyone was friendly and smiley and positive – just what I needed. I was amazed at the compensation plan – the products I knew worked from my own experiences, but I then suddenly saw a way I could make an income, a pension plan and savings (none of which I had) and from my own home too! With very little outlay.
I immediately registered and slowly got to work, sharing my results and experiences with anyone and everyone.
I studied and researched and combined this with all the years of body monitoring I have done.
I developed some simple principles that I then honed on others and they have really helped myself and consequently many, many more to lose the weight and keep it off, as I have done for, 25 years now.
Over time I built my business to a high level, have helped many people get great results and feel loads better and I have helped many start up their own businesses too. I get a GREAT buzz about that 😊
I was able to quit the cleaning, I also quit the DVD shop – and good job as after a year that they closed down due to not enough business, and this is what I now do full time.
I help with various charities and working flexibly has enabled me to work around my family and rescue dogs with my own timetable.
We now live in a lovely villa in the countryside of Spain, with our own pool and loads of land to roam around in. I organise my own schedule and love just chilling out in the garden.
We have travelled extensively
I adore what I do, it’s not work, it’s a lifestyle that anyone can attain with a good attitude and consistent work.
I would love to help you achieve the same, if not more than what we have. Just get in touch and let me show you how 😊
Me at 53 years of age, enjoying life