"My journey with Ronan and Daire, aka Alchemist Life, started in January 2013. The standard time of year after Christmas when you know you've over indulged and skinny jeans are no longer your friend. But from the start I knew this wasn't just going to be your average new year health kick.
For me, the over-indulging had been going on a lot longer than just Christmas, which was why I'd reached a weight that made me grimace every time I caught my reflection in the mirror.
I am a yo-yo dieter. I always have been. I love my food and I'm an absolute carb-junkie. Also, working odd hours for my job just serves to exacerbate the problem further. I'm a journalist reading the news on the Breakfast Show with Bodg, Matt and JoJo on Capital which means 4:30am starts every day. Because of the nature of news I can never guarantee what time I'll get finished and this means eating on the fly - grabbing a pre packed snadwich / bag of crisps / whatever I can get my hands on.
I've lost weight before using the usual commercial groups you see advertised, but it never stayed off. I realised it was time to really do something about it and that's where Alchemist Life came in.
After an initial chat with the lads about my schedule, eating habits and (practically non-existent) exercise regime, I embarked on my journey that has not only transformed my body into something I can be proud to show in a bikini, but also changed the way I think.
Once the diet came through I realised I was going to have to reduce my sugar and carb intake and be more aware of what I was putting in my body. I'm not gonna lie, I was terrified! It did take a bit of getting used to but I finally realised that before I started with Alchemist Life I was eating too much, too often and all of the things my body didn't need or want. Having completed the 12 weeks my eating habits have completely changed.
On the training side of things I was very dubious about going into a gym and using weights. Girls don't lift weights. Not unless they're super fit body builders right? Wrong. Over the course of the 12 weeks I was constantly suprised at how much I could do. I never aimed to get muscly, I just wanted to tone up, and I definitely did. At last count I lost 5 inches round my waist. Both of the guys are so supportive and encourage you every step of the way.
Going to the gym and working out used to be a chore, now I look forward to it and feel a bit lost if I miss a session. Before I started with Alchemist Life I used to tell myself I didn't have time to get to the gym, but now I make time to go.
Following the 12 week programme has been a real eye opener to what you can achieve if you really put your mind to it and I couldn't be happier with my results. I've learnt so much from the 12 week programme. Having seen what I've achieved in 12 weeks I'm excited to see what more I can achieve in 12 more weeks. For me this is now an ongoing challenge"