*Before and after shots used as an example. Your results may vary.
Let’s start with the physical: I used to be obese! I’m only 5 ft 5, so my 40 inch waist meant i was as round as I was tall. My thighs were so fat that the top of my things used to rub through my trousers causing holes, and my cheeks were so large that my face looked a bit like that of a chipmunk! I was ashamed of my body, and was learning to dress to hide my body.
I was obese, not because I had a problem with food, or a lack of exercise, although both these things were definitely symptoms of how I lived at that time. I was obese because I was unhappy. I just wasn’t coping with my life. The real problem wasn’t my weight, it was my inability to cope.
At work, the company I worked for was struggling, the stress was crippling me mentally and my inability to cope was changing who I was. I was bitter and resentful and angry at the world. On top of that my relationship with my fiancee was ending as she was cheating on me (to be honest I can’t blame her.)
I had my own health concerns too, primarily caused by stress. This reached breaking point one morning around 2am, when I woke up with pains in my chest and had to call 999. It turns out that my heart was fine, and it was just stress – serious – but not a heart attack!
This event was really scary, especially given that my father had suffered 3 heart attacks and my younger brother had also had one at the age of 30! Great health didn’t exactly run in my family. This was my wake up call.
The next day I went to the doctors and when he asked me what was wrong I just broke down in floods of tears. He prescribed anti-depressants. Strangely, I left the surgery feeling much better – lit was like I was no longer being crushed by an invisible force. The emotions that I’d been holding trapped inside me had found a release. I only ever took one antidepressant tablet, and then decided that I didn’t need them. There had to be another way.
So I’d reached the bottom – I couldn’t cope, I was burnt out, I had no energy to get to the gym (one of the stories I told myself) and I used food as my primary way to feel better (although at the time I didn’t realise quite how much). Life wasn’t good, I was way off track, but I was determined to turn my life around.
This was 11 years ago!
Turning my life around
I quit my job and went to university to study exercise and health science, with the huge goal of solving the weight loss problem. Whilst at university I realised that weight wasn’t the only big problem most people were struggling to cope with. Mental and emotional wellbeing is every bit as big a problem today as physical wellbeing.
When I left university I formed Kaizen Active, a fitness company with a holistic approach to helping clients get fit, lose weight and feel great. During the next 6 years we achieved some amazing things with our clients whilst learning lots about what works and what doesn’t.
At the beginning of 2016 I sold the gym to follow my passion for helping people stop struggling and transform their lives. This was when The Happiness Guy was born!
My time as personal trainer and gym owner taught me that most people need a lot more help than a gym workout, or a diet plan to follow to get sustainable results.
People need their own personal recipe for happiness, health and wellbeing and to develop this they need education, guidance and support along the way. This is what the Happiness Guy does!
What Clients Say
With Gordon’s gentle persistent coaching, I’ve become a much happier and more productive human being. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and overcome some huge personal and professional issues. I am truly a different person thanks to Gordon’s encouragement and support. *
If you are looking for someone who will help with nutrition, training programs or ‘sorting out your head’, Gordon is the best. We have managed to shift over 2 1/2 stone, 6 inches from my waist, and I’ve lost a couple of chins so far! *
With Gordon’s support I feel more awake, definitely more balanced, happier and more motivated to continue with my new lifestyle. Our work is ongoing and I look forward to my weekly sessions and the results that we achieve together. *
Today I’m in the best place I’ve been, physically & mentally. I’ve completely gotten my diet under control, I feel confident that I’m moving in the right direction at all times. I just exercise regularly and do the right things food wise more often than not and that’s all down to Gordon. *
Not only does Gordon have the knowledge about how the mind works and nutrition, he also has the knack of making it easy to relate to and relevant. This really made it for me – having something explained which makes complete sense was a revelation. *
What a superb session. It’s hard to describe but I went in with a fog clouding my judgement and roadblocks everywhere. Just over an hour later it feels like the fog has gone and I’m in the fast lane with my foot down. *
With Gordon, you get someone who genuinely cares about you because he isn’t a trainer who’ll train you for an hour and then forgets about you, he’ll get to know you, become a friend and will help you in any area by going above and beyond wherever he can. *
Gordon helped me achieve massive personal change. I lost the best part of 5 stone. My blood pressure is now normal, BMI is normal and I feel like a different person. Most people just need a mindset change and this is where Gordon excels. *
I am now almost 3 stone lighter, fitter than I have been in most of my adult life and conscious of how a fit body and mind can have a massive impact on the way you feel. My only regret is not looking to change my lifestyle earlier. *
Gordon encourages me to make one change at a time, and surprisingly our sessions have never been overwhelming or physically difficult. I was expecting to be thrown in a gym and put through my paces but there’s been none of that and I’ve still achieved my original goal (to lose 2 stone). *
Right now I’m at place where a few months ago I could’ve only dreamt of being, which is being happy. Happy with the results I’ve achieved through my training, the changes in my mood and positive thinking that’s improved my life. *
Gordon has taught me how to love and take care of myself and prioritise my needs so I am strong enough to help and support those around me. My life has already changed in ways I never thought possible and I’m excited to see what we still have to achieve. *
Gordon brought out the happy me and helped me laugh again. He is a true inspiration, incredibly understanding and a really nice guy too! *
Gordon’s help has been invaluable and life changing!!! If you want to make positive changes in your life, Gordon’s coaching will ensure the best possible chance of you forming great new habits so you can make lasting positive changes. *
*Testimonials and before / after shots are used as examples. Your results may vary.