A woman who shed nine stone in lockdown enjoyed the process so much she has become a personal trainer on top of her day job.
Dora Mancini Newton, 27, only joined the gym after her husband suggested she tag along during his visits.
She said she was previously “quite scared” of fitness sessions – but has now grown to love them.
Dora even continued her newfound work ethic when gyms shut due to the pandemic and is now reaping the rewards.
And she told GlasgowLive she is even switching from her job as a computer technician to be a personal trainer so she can help others.
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Dora said: “My journey over the past year and a half has been amazing.
“I have loved every minute of it and the hard work has been worth every single bit.
“Watching my body changing and watching the scales going down has been amazing.
“In total I have lost nine stone. I have had an amazing support system behind me including family and friends.
“[I] couldn’t have done it without there motivation and support.”
Dora, from Glasgow, said her journey started before lockdown when she decided to join a gym with her husband.
The pair signed up to get rid of the stresses of their family-run business, she said.
Dora explained: “It was not my idea to start the gym at all as I’ve always been quite scared to join a gym and always been self-conscious of my weight.
“But my husband decided he wanted to join to help with mental health and stress he was under.
“Anyone who knows us knows as a couple we do everything together – eat, sleep, work ,live, socialise…so naturally I decided to tag along.”
Novice Dora quickly got injured as she was unsure of what to do, so approached a personal trainer.
She said: “I ended up injuring my biceps pretty quickly.
“So I approached a personal trainer called Scott Atkinson who transformed my outlook, drive and can’t thank him enough.
“He has been amazing and trains both my husband Kyle and I.
“At the start of my personal training, I did full body workouts with a mix of cardio and weight training included.
“It was nothing too intensive and if a movement or exercise wasn’t for me or I didn’t like it it was changed instantly to something I was comfortable with.”
Unfortunately then lockdown hit – and the gym closed.
But Dora managed to source some equipment at home so she could keep up her training.
She added that, prior to her new diet, one of her worst habits was overeating.
But she has now learnt to eat in moderation and control the calories.
Dora said: “My diet didn’t change at all at the start as Scott wanted to see my eating habits.
“I also suffer from a lot of food allergies so couldn’t eat foods that you would typically eat on a ‘diet’ like nuts, fruits and certain vegetables.”
“I would just eat and eat and eat and would never feel full with the rubbish foods I was eating, whereas now I feel full and satisfied with my meals.
“I was an ‘eat-cause-you’re-bored’ kind of person, so now if I’m bored I might go a walk or do something productive instead.”
Her calorie-controlled diet consists of protein yoghurts with zero-calorie syrup, homemade pizzas, and grilled meats with rice and veg.
She also says that just because she is being healthy doesn’t mean that she doesn’t snack.
Alongside her meals, she adds snacks to give her energy in-between and after her workouts.
“Snack time is the best time though and I’m sure most people will be like “diet… snack time? What?” but yes snack time,” she said.
“I also try and hit a minimum of 10,000 steps a day and drink lots and lots of water throughout the day as well!”
Dora said that her regular training actually became a crutch for her and husband Kyle throughout lockdown, when their small business was forced to close during a time she described as “difficult”.
“Exercising let us take our minds off it and channel that into something positive.
“Even now being back open, after a full shift we still find the time to go to the gym and train as we both love it and it’s changed our lives.”
“I have enjoyed this journey so much that I have actually decided to change careers and become a personal trainer myself and am currently in the middle of completing my level 3 qualification as I want to help others achieve their goals and transform their lives like my PT did for me.
“I’ve created an Instagram page to help anyone struggling with fitness, and give some insight into what I did to help lose weight.
“You have to be mentally ready for it and you have to be patient.
“Figuring out what works for you and your body and finding out what you enjoy does take time, but once you’re there and you see the changes it’s worth every single bit.”
Find Dora on Instagram at @Dora.DAMN.Fitness