Regard yourself as a bit of a couch potato? This next lady might just be the inspiration you were looking for to get active.
Taking inspiration from the #100HappyDays trend on Instagram, on her 26th birthday, Sophie King decided to become “healthier” and “happier” as a gift to herself.
When King was graduating from university at the age of 21 she weighed 14 stone, five years later, and the primary school teacher is in the shape of her life.
At the time of finishing college, Sophie suffered from glandular fever, low energy levels and developed an abscess in her leg that caused her visits in and out of hospital for 9 months.
“When I got to university I was really unhealthy and ended up with glandular fever. Then nine months of hell with the abscess was a bit of a wake up call”, she told the Cornish Guardian.
“Just when I should have been spreading my wings and flying off into the big, wide world, I lost my health and felt like I’d lost it all,” she said. “In just one year I lost my lovely Grandma to cancer, I lost my independence, my first love and I lost myself for a little while.
“Four operations later, and three stone lighter through stress and heartbreak, I was finally fixed by my surgeon and had learnt some valuable life lessons”.
Sophie shared her activities and recipes with readers.
The Cheshire lady moved to Cornwall to pursue a teaching career and claims the transition from city to country life as the main source of inspiration behind her incredible transformation.
“I moved to Cornwall because I wanted to be somewhere I can enjoy the outdoors and to be fitter and healthier”.
Upon entering her 26th year, Sophie vowed to eat healthy and exercise over the next 100 days, her efforts earned her some 10,000 readership.
“I have been much more conscious of my health and this challenge has been a way to share it with other people. Over the past 100 days so much has changed, it might not sounds like a long time but there is so much you can do in 100 days.
“I feel fitter, healthier and so much more confident”, she added.The 26-year-old revealed her transformation with a bikini shot at the end of the 100 day challenge.
“The blog was all about sharing everything about diet and fitness, so the next step is going to be more along the lines of well-being, healthy mind and healthy spirit. I’ve had so many people say that they don’t want me to stop, so I don’t feel like I should stop. I’ve had so much lovely feedback.
Sophie pushed herself while exercising and is now in training to complete her first triathlon.
“There is the danger with exercise that it can become addictive, so the blog will be about how to balance exercise with a happy life.
“I haven’t run in 10 years and I went on a treadmill to see what would happen and managed to do 10k no problem. So now I’m attempting a triathlon – a whole new world has opened up in front of me.
Sophie’s efforts earned her 10,000 readers.
Despite successfully completing the 100 day challenge, going from being overweight and unhealthy to a fitness guru, Sophie wants to continue her blog.
“Initially I thought a few friends and family might read it, but I have been inundated with messages from readers who follow my blog and have been inspired by my experiences and want to ask my advice.
“I think healthiness is happiness and we should be happy and thankful for our health every day. Since eating healthily and exercising regularly, I have never felt better, inside and out.”
“It’s all about taking a small step every day – at the end of 100 days it adds up to a whole new you”.