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Meet 
Jessica

There is a misconception that all health freaks are naturally skinny, love kale and never want to eat cake. It’s all lies, well I do love kale, but I wasn’t born fit and healthy, wait that's a lie too, I probably was born that way,  but by the latest of age 12 that had all gone wrong. I won’t bore you with the tales of woes from 12 to 22, but by the time I was into my first career as a wedding and event planner (60 plus weddings a year, is a great way to learn good time management skills) my mental and physical health was a mess. I smoked, drank way too much, carried excess body weight, poor skin, couldn’t focus, had depression, barely exercised, ate junk all the time, didn’t like myself at all, didn’t like many people in my life and was pretty bloody miserable.

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The biggest issue was that I didn’t spot many of these issues. Too consumed in going from day to day, I was drowning and I couldn’t even see the water. 4 years, 3 businesses (see you can still be a mess personally and have professional success, you just won’t feel it) 2 partners and a relocation from Hampshire to Cornwall later and I wasn’t doing any better. Then I found out my mum had cancer. Having spent years trying to lose weight and be skinny, which included diet pills at age 14 among other appalling abuse to my body via disordered eating and lack of self-care, something in me suddenly switched. I stopped caring about what I thought I should have been caring about and looked at my health. Starting with my physical, my mental health soon joined in on the journey and the rebirth of Jess had begun. Find the rest below....

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I won’t lie, the now 8 year journey to my current (awesome, in my opinion) self, has been hard work. I’ve had little to know guidance and had to push myself forward based on the belief that there was better out there. I’ve met amazing people on the way that have proved it’s possible, but I didn’t personally have a guide or coach supporting me. This meant the whole thing has taken a lot longer and probably been a lot more painful then it should have been. Life’s journey is always full of mistakes and lessons, but having support and guidance can help limit this and that is why I wanted to become a coach myself. I got my qualifications and relocated to London, eventually landing my own studio pretty much in the centre. Living the dream, I was working with amazing clients and all under my own passion and steam. Then something massively life altering happened and my goals as I had seen them, vanished overnight.

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In September 2016 I found out I was pregnant. Well that’s nice I hear you say. But it was a massive shock you see as I had been told that due to two different medical issues, carrying a baby just wasn’t going to happen for me. I’d always wanted to be a mum, but had always thought that when the time came adoption would be my route. It didn’t take me long to decide to give up my business in London and work from home, with the addition of local home visits to where I lived in suburban London. It’s been amazing to get to do two of the greatest jobs in life at the same time, but something still wasn’t quite right and it took an international pandemic to find out what. Long story short, we decided that moving out of London to Berkshire was the next step we needed to improve both our mental and physical health. So here I am. Far from perfect, but perfectly happy and ready to help you do the same. 

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