Fitfish Stories

“So grateful for Fitfish! My retreat and all the other input from you all has helped shift me away from years of dieting to a focus on God and healthy eating.

Little did I know I was to be diagnosed with cancer last Autumn ( Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma – very active sort throughout my body 😩) Chemo has been a challenge. No dieting allowed but I’m so encouraged that God’s word to me from Isaiah 5 ‘I will give you the treasures of darkness so that you will know that I am the Lord who calls you by name’ is true. More than ever I know my identity is not in how I look etc but in knowing I am so loved!

Your ongoing prayers are much valued. Bit of a sorry soul this week. Had a very sore mouth since Saturday and injecting to increase immunity so very achy 😖. Eating liquids today and regular prayer and painkillers to try to get on top of swollen tongue 👅!!!

On the plus side: my cancer is in remission with only two more sessions to go; my breakfast was a lovely smoothie of banana, avocado, kale, frozen blackberries and mango, yoghurt , juice and water; I made fit fish cake extra soggy; the garden looks gorgeous; friends and family have been so kind; I’m loving coaching leaders in my Vineyard Church movement and Life is good!

Thank you Gaynor and the Fitfish team – this stuff works in every season of life! Xx

– Alison

“Up until the age of 40, I never did any form of sustained exercise. I would join an exercise class but tail off after a month. I have always been overweight since I was at school and found exercise difficult. If I saw people running, I would always think they were crazy – ‘why would you do that to yourself?!’

When I turned 40, I realised that I was the only one who could change how I felt about diet and exercise and having met Gaynor and seen Fitfish represented at Spring Harvest, I decided to book onto a retreat in March 2014.

At Goodlake Barns, I was so impressed with how nobody was made to feel guilty about their lifestyle choices and how diet and exercise were viewed through a biblical lens. Everyone was so encouraging and helpful and normal! When I saw there was a Beginners Running session, with some trepidation I went along. Dave made the class really fun and with a lot of laughs and to my amazement I realised that I was actually enjoying myself! He encouraged us to find a good running club at home who looked after beginners. I was able to do this and signed up for a 10 week beginner course based on couch to 5k.

That beginner’s course was not easy and the first week when we had to run for 10 lots of 1 minute, I thought I was probably going to die! However, I persevered, prayed a lot (!) and began to gain confidence in myself.

Well, to cut a long story short, I have lost weight and managed to keep it off without doing any crazy diets and the picture below is of me (on the right) completing my first half-marathon (doing my Fitfish advertising!).

I would wholeheartedly recommend that you try a Fitfish weekend. It has definitely made a huge difference in my life!”

– Gina Sharp

Gina Sharp

 I am celebrating a non-scale victory today. One of the other reasons I started on this journey to health and fitness – apart from the major one of being fit for purpose for God – is that I wanted to reduce/eventually eliminate if no longer required my blood pressure medicines. After losing a little weight and beginning to exercise, my blood pressure has dropped and my GP has agreed that I can cut out one of my three tablets and that we’ll keep monitoring things to look out for future possible changes. This has given me the boost I needed to keep going. 

– Lindsay Small

Three women on the road

This is being an interesting year. Since the fitfish retreat in Feb(?) I’ve left teaching and got a new job as a manager in a charity (starting in September). I’m working on my physical health – eating better, dancersise, back to pilates. AND I have just found out that the years of pilates has sorted out my posture so my leg length discrepancy has gone from 3cm to its natural 2cm. Looking forward to the September retreat to continue my journey:)

– Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor

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