HEART FM'S JAMIE THEAKSTON'S BODY TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY WITH EMBODY
For a long time, Jamie Theakston lived an active lifestyle, fencing for Sussex, playing cricket, and also winning a Man of the Match award in 2010's Soccer Aid. Over the following few years, he gained a significant amount of weight and eventually decided to be the change he wanted to see, and began his journey with Embody Fitness.
"I mentioned to Embody that parts of my body that I didn't know existed were hurting, and I thought I was physically unable to do the things they wanted me to do, they said it'd get easier and I didn't believe them."
On his transformation, Jamie explained “When I was active it was easy for me to drink and eat what I wanted, and I would never get any heavier than about 15 stone [95kg]. When you’re 6ft 4in [1.93m] your height can hide a multitude of sins, but at the end of last year I was struggling to fit into anything I could buy on the peg. I had a 38in waist: I remember thinking, ‘That’s quite big’.”
The jump to an active lifestyle was a big one for Jamie at the time, and his first few steps towards a successful transformation were definitely not easy – “My training with Embody was intensive, tough, but good fun. I mentioned to them that parts of my body that I didn’t know existed were hurting, and I thought I was physically unable to do the things they wanted me to do, they said it’d get easier and I didn’t believe them.
But they were right. The real education for me came along with my new diet. I didn’t know the difference between protein and carbohydrate; I’d never taken much notice of what exactly it was that I was eating – or how much of it I consumed. I’d be in the studio at 5am, then I’d have a breakfast at 6.30am and maybe another one at 8.30am, and it was sausage or bacon sandwiches, tonnes of coffee… looking back it’s kind of shocking. People persuade themselves that they ‘need’ a big breakfast to start the day, but it’s just what they’ve always had. Now I have two eggs or porridge and that’s it.”
"Don't be afraid of the challenge. The hardest bit is the first couple of weeks. Then it keeps getting better."
Jamie concluded by saying that his training with Embody left him looking better than he did for a very long time. "I'm in the best shape I've been in for over a decade. You see it in the little things, like running upstairs: a year ago, I was carrying an extra three stone up. I feel brighter, my complexion's better, all of those things. To anyone thinking of changing their own lifestyle, my advice is simple: Don't be afraid of the challenge. The hardest bit is the first couple of weeks. Then it keeps getting better."
Jamie's unshakeable enthusiasm and perseverance got him to the point where he wanted to be. If there's one thing we can learn from his journey, it's that anybody can do it – all it requires is some patience and hard work. If you'd like to embark on your own journey and are eager to start seeing results, register your interest and our trainers will ensure you're well taken care of.