“We can change our lives. We can do, have and be exactly what we wish.” – Tony Robbins
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My name is Vanessa Augustus. I was born in Nottingham, England. I live here with my partner Mark and our two cats, Bam Bam and Pepples. I have two grown up children (one on the way) and two granddaughter I adore.
In my late twenties I spent some time away from my home town. My travels took me and my children to Manchester. We lived there for seven years. I met some fantastic people there. It’s my second home. After meeting Mark I had a short residency in Banbury, a market town in Oxfordshire.
Mark and I both work full time in busy and demanding roles. However, I’ve always had a passion for helping others. After graduating in 2002, I started my career in community development. I’ve worked for local councils, government bodies and in the voluntary sector. In 2011, I was the host of business workshops for social entrepreneurs. No matter how small my contribution to society. I’ve always aimed to make a difference in the world.
My focus and spare time is now spent in the health and wellbeing sector. Over the last eighteen months I’ve been seriously working part-time as a Nutrition & Fitness Coach. I am a contributor to the industry working with experts in the field.
My childhood was troubled. My teenage years were filled with responsibility. I was struggling financially before I decided to further my education. My career started in community development, which helped me to understand different types of people. Now I am reaching out other professional women in individual and group settings.
My Grandparents came to England from Jamaica when they were all young adults. I am an only child for my Mum. My Mum did not raise me. I was legally a ward of the court, fostered by strangers, my Grandparents and other foster families. Thankfully, I was reunited with my Mum in my early twenties. Now we are very close. My Mum is a main member of my dream team.
Mark is Hungarian. We’ve been together for seven years in November 2018! I love Hungary. I am blessed to have family connections in central Europe. We aim to visit our Hungarian relatives every year. I am learning Hungarian, which is challenging but very rewarding.
Last but not least, I am a young parent to my grown up children Destiny and Amalakin. I raised my children alone. In 2016, our family life was blessed with the arrival of our first grandchild, Elizabeth. My family are my reason WHY. I would like to leave a legacy through my service to others. They are the reason I am working extra hours. My family in England and Hungary are proud of my ambitions to help as many people as I can.
My Healthy Active Lifestyle
My nutrition journey started by chance. After continuously listening the legendary business Philosopher Jim Rohn. I started to tune into his message on health care. At that point in my life I was in denial about my body image. Why? Well I never studied my own body metrics. I never looked at my weight. My gauge was my clothing. Until 2012 I’d always been a small size 14. My old philosophy was if it didn’t fit buy something new! To my horror shopping for a special occasion meant trying on size 20 dresses!!
How could that be? I played netball in the local team. I enjoyed salsa dancing including classes at least three times a week. I enjoyed cycling as part of my weekly routine.
“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’say habits” -Mark Twain
Over the years I’d formed some bad habits around food. My busy long days in the office started off without breakfast. My hydration consisted of tea with sugar. I never drank water unless I exercised. My lunch time breaks were religiously meal deals with orange juice. My evening meals during the week was most likely to be a takeaway.
When I finally made a decision to study my body metrics to my dismay I was seventeen and a half stones. It was time for change. I did some research. I found a solution and started my nutritional plan. Now I have a healthy breakfast every day. I aim to drink 2 litres of water everyday. I try to exercise for at least thirty minutes every day. I also make healthier choices to have more nutritious meals every day.
How I am doing now?
Well in total I’ve lost 54lbs in weight and kept it off. I still have to work on my daily habits to give me my Level 10 body composition results. However, I’ve discovered the basic fundamentals to living a healthy active lifestyle.
I invite you to be a part of my journey. I aim to give bring value into your life as you learn more about my challenges and success. If you can relate to my story I am here for you! If you are seeking guidance and friendly reassurance I hope to serve you too!
Congratulations for being connected. How can I help you? Do you have desires to improve your health and lifestyle goals? I am on a mission to inspire and motivate women. I encourage a healthy active lifestyle within families and friendships. I love supporting women through personal and group coaching on nutrition and exercise.
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