Right from my first meeting with Liz Clews I felt that ‘yes at last someone understood what I was going through’. I had been off work since February 2018 and had been diagnosed with COPD, fibromyalgia and arthritis. I had been struggling to breathe since a chest infection in January 2018 and I was very depressed, anxious and overweight. The one thing I didn’t want to do was to join a group – I had been to weight watchers and just didn’t enjoy that group culture. However Liz explained everything to me and I went along to the first afternoon session of Vital Stepping Stones. I found I actually enjoyed every minute. Listening about other people’s experiences, learning about food and exercise which didn’t even feel like exercise. The five weeks flew by, I was so inspired by Liz that I found myself being more active at home, actually planning and preparing nutritional food and suddenly my old bubbly self was back!!
I know I would not have achieved any of this without Liz and VSS. Other members were supportive and we also had a laugh, I didn’t even mind seeing my overweight body in the mirrors in the studio as I was actually doing some exercise and I was enjoying it. I seemed to turn my life around and I can only thank Liz for this.
I have lost a little weight which really isn’t the most important thing – I have a purpose in life – I can now cope better with my disabled husband and I am no longer in a deep, dark place. This may not be a major change for some people but it has been to me – when my GP said that my weight was not helping me to breathe and he didn’t really want to mention the ‘elephant in the room’ I was too upset to even think about doing anything about my weight and I started to accept the situation.
Seeing the self-referral form in the doctor’s surgery and meeting Liz has been the best thing I have done and my life has been turned around. The classes may have finished but Liz is still there available if I need to talk to her – I just don’t know where she gets the energy. Vital Stepping Stones and Liz have been a life changer. Thank you so much for your support and help.