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Training and nutrition has become a huge part of my life over the last couple of months – and those of your who follow my blog and Instagram will probably have noticed that! During the last month I’ve reach a pivotal moment – a moment where I’ve realised how incredible the human body is, with a real hunger to push myself and really see what I can do. My thyroid issues have never made things easy – it’s been a constant battle since my surgery to try to get on track, fighting tiredness and constant mind fog.

I guess I’ve had my overactive thyroid condition for so long, I’ve never known what normal felt like. But I knew that I had to do something myself to try and prevent it from taking over my life. I’ve found it makes me tired, constantly hungry, sensitive to cold and struggling to concentrate, even though my blood tests seem to be ok.

But, whether these problems are down to my thryoid, coeliac disease, both, or neither, I’ve now managed to get to grips with proper nutrition – and with the help of my amazing boyfriend Steve (Reform Training Nutrition Health – check it out!) I’ve now reached my lowest body fat percentage. Ever. And I feel great.

Getting a cheeky guns session in with Steve!
Getting a cheeky guns session in with Steve!

When I injured my shoulder back in August I had been determined to get my body fat below 15% – the day I injured it I was 15 on the dot. During my rehab I lost my motivation and couldn’t seem to get it back. Christmas was a total blow out, and I struggled to really find any inspiration during the dark, winter months.

But suddenly, over the last few months, something sparked inside me. I don’t know whether it was the sunshine, the amazing, inspiring ladies I train with in the group classes, or just the fact I was sick to death of being that person who’s ‘getting fit for summer’, forgetting about it five minutes later then regretting it. I want to push myself and prove to myself that I can do this – for the long run, not a quick fix.

I want to push my body to the limit!
I want to push my body to the limit!

So when I found out I had finally dropped to 14 per cent body fat I wanted to shout it from the rooftops. Not to brag or be smug about it – but because I’ve worked really damn hard for it. I want to prove that no matter what obstacles you face, or what autoimmune problems life hurls at you, nothing is impossible.

The results I’ve had are spurring me on – I’m not quite ready to show my before and after photos yet! – and now I’m determined to do this. For me, changing my nutrition and training regularly has seen my energy levels soar and it’s all thanks to Steve’s help and guidance. I wanted to do this post as an update, but I hope to write more regular posts about my nutrition and how I manage my gluten free diet in the future.

And I’ve done things I never thought I would do. Hell, I even ran Rock Solid Race – a 5km obstacle course filled with mud, ice baths, barbed wire and more. It’s opened doors for me, I now I want to work on leaning down, building more muscle, and seeing what I can do!

Conquering RockSolidRace!
Conquering RockSolidRace!

I remember the days when my blog was full of cake and pizza. Oh, how things have changed. I’ll never give up these treats for anyone or anything, but I hope I can also tell a story of my journey to become the best I can be, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride…

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About Sarah Howells

Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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  1. You’re looking incredible, congratulations! Obviously working very hard! Would love to know your tips for those of us who don’t have a handy PT to advise – I’m trying to get back under 20% but either don’t have the will or right meal plan…

    1. Ah, thanks 🙂 I’m hoping to get Steve to write a guest post for me – watch this space! But I guess my tips would be consistency, saving carbs til post-workout and lifting weights! 🙂 x

  2. Well done and why shouldn’t you shout from the roof tops about your success. This kind of positivity is just what I needed to read about today.