I’m Mark and I’m 51. I am waiting for a total knee replacement surgery and decided to take part in the Sapien programme last year to prepare me for my surgery.
I was getting into a bit of a dark place before my coach phoned me. I was drinking a lot on the weekends, and it was spiralling. I was putting weight on. I needed to dig myself out of a hole mentally and wanted to cope with it more. I have this mindset to get as healthy as I can before the operation and then I will come through it better.
My life has totally changed. Sapien has helped me so much. It was always great, an achievement to tell someone what you’ve lost week on week. I really looked forward to the phone calls. When there is an extra person involved like your coach you get that feedback and encouragement to keep it up.
At this moment in time the main positive change is my physical appearance. I have lost over 2 stone, I’ve lost 4 inches off my chest — I need a new wardrobe now! I still eat healthy and I still don’t drink. It’s been brilliant for me. It’s a complete and utter change of life.
My coach was always there. Sometimes I would text him and he would always text back. If I had any problems or wanted to talk to him he was there. I really looked forward to the conversations.
Just embrace it. You’ve got nothing to lose and just give it a try.