Sophie, London

Sophie is head trainer at Fitology, fitness blogger and stray puppy adopter.

What makes you happy?

Being with people that I love where no one has to try to create fun, it just happens.

Is there something that you spent a long time believing you couldn’t do…. only to try it and realise that you can actually could do it? What made you try it?

Every single one of my fitness challenges including an Olympic triathlon, my very first 10k and changing my career from working in advertising to being a Personal Trainer. 

Not only was I telling myself that I couldn’t but I had people I loved telling me I couldn’t do it either. I knew that I had to take on a new challenge and that involved pushing myself out of my comfort zone ie. into anything required physical exertion.

One year later and here I am about to do my first half marathon and making enough money as a PT not to live in a gutter.

If you were taking yourself on a date, what would you arrange for yourself?

I would take myself off for a walk or long cycle to just be with my own thoughts then I would stop for ice cream, preferably on a beach somewhere as water is great for calming the mind. Then I would walk or cycle home, have a hot bath, put on my PJs, make some pasta and curl up in bed with a film.

What’s one thing you do regularly in order to look after yourself?

Speak to my mum. She’s always supportive and great at listening to whatever I’ve got on my mind at that time. I speak to her at least twice a week and she always helps to make me feel better and that I’m making the right choices each and every day.

Share one thing that used to make you really anxious, that you no longer worry about.

I used to give a fuck about what people thought about me. Like, really gave a fuck about it. To the extent that I don’t think I really could be myself until I turned 18 and saw the joy in not giving a fuck. 

Before that I would replay conversations over and over in my head and berate myself for being awkward. Now I replay conversations and give myself mental high fives.

Time is precious. What do you dedicate yours to? 

My other half – we’ve been each others rocks through the last 7 years which have seen some amazing highs and equally devastating lows. 

It’s liberating and life-affirming to have someone that you can be so brutally honest with and it only serves to make your relationship stronger.

Give your 18 year old self a piece of advice.

Slow the fuck down. There’s no rush to get on with the rest of your life so just enjoy being 18 and don’t regret anything. Everything you did was the right decision at the time. 

How will you grow old? Gracefully or disgracefully?

I’ve always been a bit of an oldie at heart so I reckon I’ll just stay middle-aged for ever. #slippers4lyf

What do you hope people say about you when you eventually leave this mortal coil?

She was a good egg. And man did she produce and raise incredible children.

How did answering these questions make you feel?

They put a smile on my face! It’s not often you think about these things, especially in relation to yourself. 

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