The dis­in­te­gra­tion of a long-term re­la­tion­ship left di­eti­tian Anita Beck­with, 39, with zero work­out mojo – un­til she be­gan to put her­self first

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How a break-up mo­ti­vated one reader to put her fit­ness first


In my early thir­ties, burnt out by the com­bi­na­tion of a fast-paced ca­reer and the break­down of a nine-year re­la­tion­ship, I lacked the mo­ti­va­tion to fuel my body prop­erly or ex­er­cise. My job as a di­eti­tian means I have a sound knowl­edge of nu­tri­tion, but my food choices had be­come less nour­ish­ing, more con­ve­nient, and the en­joy­ment I’d al­ways found in be­ing ac­tive – from danc­ing as a child to run­ning, weightlift­ing and yoga as an adult – had waned.


Re­dis­cov­er­ing dance was the turn­ing point. I started go­ing to mu­sic video dance classes and, as my con­fi­dence im­proved, I be­gan to prioritise my­self again. I fol­lowed @roarfit­nessldn on In­sta­gram and was in­spired by the trans­for­ma­tions at their Lon­don gym, so I signed up, com­mit­ting to three weights ses­sions a week. I be­gan fol­low­ing a more con­sis­tent meal pat­tern, in­creased my pro­tein and hy­dra­tion and en­sured I was con­sum­ing carbs around my train­ing. I loved see­ing how fo­cus­ing on my­self and ma­nip­u­lat­ing my macros with weight train­ing af­fected my body com­po­si­tion. My new­found phys­i­cal strength was ac­com­pa­nied by a lift in my mood and self-be­lief – the aes­thetic changes in my body were just a wel­come side ef­fect.


I’m fi­nally en­joy­ing life again. I lift weights at least three times a week, along­side yoga, danc­ing and run­ning. The past few months have been quite hec­tic but ex­cit­ing – I’ve moved house and I’m about to go trav­el­ling for six months. I’ve been spend­ing less time at the gym and more time so­cial­is­ing be­fore I go away so I’m not at my peak, but I’ve al­ready sought out lo­cal gyms and plan to con­tinue with my cur­rent rou­tine wher­ever I can. Try­ing new cuisines and meet­ing new peo­ple may not al­ways fit with how I’ve man­aged things at home but that’s fine – I know I’m ca­pa­ble of im­ple­ment­ing a more struc­tured rou­tine on my re­turn.

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