Be Strong’s message is simple – Eat less and move more – but Rick and Rachel understand that it’s not easy to put into practice so they are committed to providing information, tools and support which have helped me to set goals and work towards them.

It’s not all about weight and even on the occasions when my weight has gone up, I’ve never been made to feel shame or guilt at the scales. I used to kid myself that I was active and eating a healthy diet but now I know different. I can’t kid myself anymore and it actually takes less effort to count calories than I used to think.

The exercise sessions are great and I hate missing them, but even then there are options as you can go to any of the other venues at no extra cost or ‘HIIT along’ to one of the online videos. I’m stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been and I’ve done things that I would never have dreamed possible a few years ago – the Morecambe Bay Walk, the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and last years Manchester Marathon – family and friends are amazed!

I still have some weight to lose but I know what I have to do. There’s no smoke and mirrors just straightforward information and advice from Rick and Rachel who are doing a fantastic job. Joining Be Strong changed my life for the better and I am so glad I joined.