But then something wonderful happened,her first story is here.
12 months on and in Depression Awareness Week Heidi updates us on how she has got on.
I was diagnosed with depression years ago. It is horrible, crippling and life-threatening and I hate it.
I wish I didn’t have it and didn’t have to cope with it’s nasty little quirks and traits but I do.
For the first 9 years after my diagnosis my depression was dealt with through anti-depressants and counselling. These were right for me at the time, they probably saved my life but after a while I knew there had to be more. I was getting up everyday and existing but I wasn’t feeling anything and I wasn’t living.
Then, in April last year something very strange but wonderful happened. I started at FastTrack Fit Camp.
Strange because signing up for any kind of fitness programme was completely alien to me and wonderful because it turned my life around. Within 2 months of going to sessions regularly 3 times a week I was forgetting to take my anti-depressants and my life was coming back to me.
So it has now been a whole year that I have been a Fit-Camper.
Firstly, it is a testament to the set-up,support and personalities of Fit Camp that I have lasted a year!
My fitness is improving, I have dropped 2 dress sizes but I also have more confidence, have started
my own business and I have met so many wonderful fellow fit-campers; inspiring women and men whose humour and camaraderie have kept me going.
Don’t get me wrong I am not bouncing through sessions like a happy gazelle, I plod and struggle and huff and puff and frequently swear – these are tough workouts!
But the important thing is that I DO them and I feel better afterwards.
There is no magical cure for depression and I do still struggle on a daily basis with it but having had a year of regular exercise with Fit Camp I feel so much more able to deal with whatever life throws at me.
If you had told me a year ago that I would achieve a year of Fit Camp I would have laughed in your face and disappeared under my duvet for 2 or 3 days now
I can’t imagine my life without my Winnersh Day sessions!
Exercise isn’t just about being able to run marathons or get in to that size 10 dress, it is just as much about mental well-being and happiness.