Ready to blend enjoyable activity into your busy lifestyle?
Hi, I’m Diane and I help women blend exercise into their already hectic lives, so that they can enjoy greater wellbeing.
But I haven’t always been so focused on wellbeing. First of all I tried being ‘SuperWoman’ – and it really didn’t go so well.
I’d returned to work full-time after maternity leave, and by the time my son was 3 years old, I’d reached my limit.
My career was high-flying, literally. As Commercial Manager of a large multinational company, I made regular long-haul trips to Houston, Singapore and other parts of the world. I was not prepared for the mental impact that being separated from my son would have, or the toll that lifestyle would take on my body. In the winter of 2015/16, when I was unable/unwilling to get out of bed for weeks on end, the penny dropped. I self-diagnosed with early stages of burnout and recognized something had to change.
I attended a women-only retreat which was titled “Find Your Passion”, where I realized:
- Whilst I’d been busy worrying about everyone else, I’d failed to recognize and meet my own needs – actually, I’d even felt guilty about wanting to spend time doing something for myself.
- Neglecting myself had contributed to my burnout – and now I was in no position to take care of anyone.
- I used to enjoy an active lifestyle, which I’d enjoyed, and it had kept me well – but the pressures of work and motherhood had left me feeling I had no time to exercise.
When I got home the first thing I did was try and go for a run. I had to walk most of it. It took me 45 minutes to go 2 miles, but I was happy, and already feeling more positive.
16 months later, I completed the Edinburgh half-Ironman (1.9km swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run). I’d also slimmed to a healthy weight in the process, but more importantly I’d got my mental health back.
By this point, I’d decided on a career change. I wanted to spend my time working on something with purpose that I genuinely cared about. It didn’t take me long to realize that the “something” was to help other women enjoy active lives, so that they also could feel greater wellbeing and be able to enjoy life more.
I already had some workplace coaching qualifications under my belt, and I loved the coaching process because it encourages and empowers people to take their own decisions and find solutions which work for them. In a fitness environment I felt this would be quite different to the stereotypical fitness instructor or personal trainer who tend to tell people what to do. I wanted to help women find what works best for them, knowing that there are a myriad of individual likes, dislikes and life circumstances to navigate.
I set about collecting relevant qualifications. A Wellbeing Life Coaching qualification from the Raw Horizons Coaching Academy, my Level 1 and then Level 2 Triathlon Coaching qualifications from the British Triathlon Federation and I’m still working towards my PGCert in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Leeds-Beckett University (where Alistair Brownlee also studied).
It’s not been plain sailing. I fell off the exercise wagon completely in 2017 when my grandmother passed away. It hit me harder than expected and took some time to regain my balance. But when I was ready, I knew it was building more activity, exercise and the great outdoors into my life that would help me get back on track, and it did.
In March 2018 I completed my first Ultra-marathon with my Dad. The Haworth Hobble, 33 miles and 10 hours across boggy West Yorkshire moorland (think Wuthering Heights). There was a lot of walking involved, but I did it, and achieved a childhood dream in the process.
Life will often throw setbacks, and I get that, but I’m also here to say that learning to prioritize activity, and indeed your own wellbeing, is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health. I also understand that even when you know this, it can still be difficult to get started, which is why I set up this business. I can help you overcome the challenges standing between you and an active, healthy life.
Ready To Blend More Activity Into Your Life?
I doesn’t matter where you’re starting from, or what you want to achieve – I can offer a flexible online coaching approach to suit.
For those that just want a little help, or are just dipping their toes in, there are individual 50 minute sessions, which can look at initiating an exercise routine or dealing with a particular challenge in trying to maintain one (lack of time anyone?).
I also offer full coaching packages for either those wanting to make a lifestyle change, or for anyone with a particular event in mind. These packages range from 8 weeks to 12 weeks in length, and I’m happy to discuss with you which might be the best option if you’re unsure.
So if you’ve read this far, and this sounds like what you need, then go to my “Work With Me” page for more details of my services, and how to book.
Dr Diane Brown – Professional Bio
Dr Diane Brown is an Active Wellbeing Coach who specializes in helping women learn how to blend exercise into their hectic lives. She holds qualifications in Workplace Coaching, Triathlon Coaching, Wellbeing Life Coaching and is currently working towards a PGCert in Sports & Exercise Psychology. Diane also holds a Chemistry PhD, which provides her with a solid foundation of analytical thinking and problem solving skills which she brings to her coaching practice.
Diane has completed many sporting events from 5km parkruns to Ironman triathlons, and lots in between, but her favorite event is anything where she gets muddy.