Want to beat the blues and get fitter and stronger into the bargain?
I contacted Tracy in November 2010, partly to help manage depression and partly to build up my fitness levels. The results are impressive – I sleep better and get healthy endorphin highs from aerobic exercise. And despite being a petite little thing, I have toned up and firmed up body; my husband enquired recently about the disappearance of my jelly belly.
I really liked the discipline of working with Tracy. She’s clear that you’ll get results if you put the effort in, with her role being to devise a programme that suits your fitness goals and dovetails with your other commitments. I got sent off to do three cardio and three strength sessions per week. And to keep a food diary. In a world where I co-ordinate the rhythms and routines of three young children, it was a really big psychological relief for me to have someone telling me what to do. Knowing that Tracy was going to be assessing my progress kept me going; without such structured input I’d never have seen through the early days of this fitness regime.
I persevered, thanks to being committed to five sessions with Tracy. I deliberated over my diary, sorting out when I could fit in an aerobic session, how best to work strength sessions around the kids. For the first time in a long time I prioritised something for me and liberally used Tracy’s name as justification. ‘Does Tracy Griffen say you have to do that, Mum?’ became a popular refrain in our house. ‘She did’, I’d reply as I counted out another ten Swiss ball squats.
Tracy got me to do things I wouldn’t normally have considered. She got me running which was a little unexpected but has been very rewarding. And hula hooping. At the end of the day, Tracy has given me a fitness platform from which to move forwards. It’s been great for both for my physical and my mental well-being. Beats counselling any day for mild depression.
Dr Hazel, May 2011