A Dublin woman has shed more than eight stone in just over a year thanks to a fitness overhaul inspired by her job as a cleaner in a gym.
Jade Delaney (21) weighed more than 20 stone when she landed a job as a cleaner in Fit Studios in Fairview but the fit and healthy atmosphere of the gym inspired her to shed the pounds.
“I felt ugly. I didn’t want to be there. I was in the gym about two months working there and I think I just didn’t fit in whatsoever,” Jade told TV3’s Ireland AM.
“One day one of the gym owners encouraged me and said ‘Jade why don’t you go and do a few classes’.
“I thought ‘I wouldn’t be able for them. I’m not fit whatsoever.’ I knew TRX was harder than going to the gym.
“I was 20 stone when I started and when I started classes I was about 19 stone as I had already started clean eating,” she said.
The 21-year-old revealed that before she started TRX classes she didn’t own a pair of runners.
“When I was starting the classes I had no training clothes I didn’t have a pair of training runners or nothing and I didn’t know what to wear.
“I was just so nervous but my trainer helped me.
“I was in a state of mind and I was surrounded by fit people in the gym all the time. It was the time to do it,” she said.
Jade always struggled with her weight and felt like she was bigger than all of her peers.
“I was always the biggest out of all my friends. I was eating the wrong foods at the wrong time. My nickname was chicken balls and now they’re all calling me shredding chicken.
“It helped that during work the trainers were always were giving me little tips,” she said.
Jade admitted just how must her diet has changed since she began working in the gym and gained a better consciousness of clean eating.
“I used to never have breakfast and some mornings and if I did I would have two or three slices of toast with jam and with tea. Come lunch time I would order two sandwiches and I’d grab something from the press.
“I was snacking on crisps a lot and I used to love King’s crisps. I would buy the multi-pack and eat four or five packets myself.
“I’d come home and have chips and chicken for dinner and maybe go down to the chipper later and get a curry,” she said.
The 21-year-old is now preparing to study to become a personal trainer herself after shedding more than 112lbs.
““I’m going to go to Colaiste Ide to do Fitness and Leisure Management to help people who are struggling like me
“I’d have never done any of this without Brian Lee and Fit Studios Fairview I’m hoping to pass my test and maybe work there,” said Jade.
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