A year ago, Alana had to shelve her wedding plans as her fiancé battled a serious health problem.
It was the darkest time of her life – but when the couple came out of the other side, Alana wanted to get back to where she was with her fitness for her wedding.
She had gained weight and her wedding dress didn’t fit so with weeks to spare, she recruited the expertise of Ultimate Performance Manchester.
Nine weeks later and Alana lost an incredible 14kg – she can’t quite believe the transformation she has achieved.
But after a dark chapter in her life, she has the body of her dreams, the perfect-fitting dress and her husband-to-be is healthy again – she couldn’t be in a better place.
“I am so happy. I have literally never been happier than I am now! I feel healthier, fitter and a whole lot more confident.
“I lost more weight than originally planned; I was worried I would try the dress on, and it would just fall off.
“But I tried it on, and it was amazing! It fit perfectly. I have tried that dress on many times over the last few years, and that was the best fit ever and the most that I loved putting on!”
From the moment Alana started at U.P. Manchester, she could see her body changing before her eyes.
“In terms of seeing results, I saw them pretty much straight away. Within the first week my weight dropped dramatically straight away, and I knew I was on a good path.
“I felt the change in what I was eating and my diet. Week-on-week, I just felt better and better, and the results were ridiculous. I would just get on the scales, and it would go down every day, and I was like ‘How is this even happening?”
Alana’s original target was getting to 67kg – that was what she weighed when she originally got her wedding dress fitted, and she just wanted to get back there.
“Before the wedding was cancelled, I was 67kg, and the seamstress said ‘do not change!’… and I changed. I went up to about 75kg.
“So when I came in, I was like ‘I just need to get to 67kg and I will just fit in the dress, and we will just carry on’.
“But then the U.P. magic happened, and last week when I went in for the fitting I was 61kg – but the fit was perfect!”
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Alana had a lot of determination and positive energy and knew that with the support of an expert U.P. trainer she could achieve something special for her wedding.
Having the round-the-clock support of a trainer who was invested in her results made a huge difference.
“I think the biggest part of having a PT is that someone is constantly there, that there is someone available the whole way.
“Also, I really liked the fact that we were a team – right from the beginning it was like ‘we are going to do this’, we are going to smash this goal’ – from the offset, this team spirit put me in such a good place.”
Nine weeks of pushing herself in the gym and the results were exceptional.
It was the first time her friends had seen the results when they met up for her hen party. Needless to say, they were amazed.
“My friends were very impressed! Essentially they just followed me around asking ‘Where did you get your abs from? When did this happen? Who killed Alana, the fat girl?’
“But I think everybody is just shocked more than anything because 9 weeks is not a very long time. I am pretty shocked myself by what I looked like last weekend in a bikini.”
Alana is absolutely delighted with her new figure and even happier to feel her best ready to marry the man she loves.
“I have got shoulders now; I have got baby abs – that’s just the aesthetic side, but I would say that I have literally never been happier than now.
“Everything seems to fall into place. It is so funny looking back to last year because I was in one of the darkest places of my life to now where, if you could have ‘tick boxes’ for your life, everything is just fantastic.
“Doing this journey with U.P. has just given me confidence and made me align how I feel inside with the outside. Even though the wedding is next week and I am nervous and excited, I feel I am so ready for it now.
“I just feel really happy, content, and energised. And I can’t wait to see what more we can do after the wedding.”
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