Tonia Page, 45, is a mother of three from Farnborough, Hants, who lost five and half stone, dropping from 19st to 13st 7lbs, thanks to her regular exercise classes with BMF.
Tonia, who was a size 22, says she suffered from depression and wanted to change her life, so started BMF classes in January. She’s taken part in other cross-country events as well as BMF classes and then took part in the Royal British Legion Major Series to help her continue her fitness journey in a fun and enjoyable way. She says: “It’s been all about mud, sweat and tears! But it has improved my life to no end.”
Here’s Tonia’s inspiring story:
With Christmas 2014 over, my fitness levels were zero. I was size 22 and weighted 19 stone. I was suffering severe depression and needed to do something with my life. I googled boot camp fitness as I had seen a programme on TV and thought this might give me the boost that I need to get back on track, and British Military Fitness came up.
I started BMF in January last year. I can still remember my free trial; not knowing what to expect I turned up with white tracksuit bottoms and a fleece top!
I was scared.
Being fat and unfit I thought everyone would stare at me and judge me. Oh goodness, how wrong I was! I was met by the park manager, Byron, who immediately put me at ease and I was introduced to some other members who welcomed me and told me what to expect. My first session was the hardest thing I have had to do in a long time: I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t run, I couldn’t even do a BURPEE!!!! But I was not judged – I was encouraged, motivated and welcomed by instructors Byron, Jo and Tony and all the other members. After the session finished I was wet, muddy and shattered but I signed on the dotted line to continue on my quest. In the next couple of days I could not walk with out it aching and had to go down the stairs on my bottom!!
But do I regret my first session? No way!
During some of my sessions I heard members talking about the Major Series so I went online to see what it was all about. It was then I decided I should volunteer and see what all the fuss was about. I knew I would never be able to compete as I was too unfit and fat. I volunteered in March 2015 and was at the finish line. Oh my gosh, what a day it was! Seeing all the competitors coming through all at different fitness levels and the achievement and satisfaction on their faces as they finished gave me such a huge buzz.
I decided to have a goal: to do the 5km Major Series in October 2015.
Ever since then I have lost 5 and a half stone. My fitness is at a place where it has not been for a long time and it’s still building. I can be myself in BMF classes. With the help, encouragement and motivation of all the instructors and members I even completed my first 10km Major Series – double the distance of my initial goal!
I look back to Christmas 2014 and never thought I would be where I am now.
I cannot thank BMF Frimley enough for everything that they have done; both instructors and members. They have seen me through every milestone, from reaching the top of the hill without stopping, to running 5k without having to stop. Through injury and with advice on how to improve. What more can you ask from a fitness class? Mud sweat and tears ! I recommend BMF to anyone. It has improved my life no end.'