The Victoria Everest Story
I’m Victoria. I believe in life-changing transformations. And I empower women to make them, through my talks and coaching.
Being a part of your transformation – from your big wins to your tiny a-ha moments – is an honour.
Seeing you begin with a belief – no matter how small – that things can change, helping you reconnect with yourself, supporting you in making lasting changes and celebrating with you several months down the road – when your wellbeing, happiness, success and self-belief has skyrocketed…
Is the best job in the world. And it’s my job.
I’m a mum to a gorgeous little boy called Tai and the proud owner of a delightful puppy called Kaiyah.
Love, kindness and playfulness are central to my life (along with daily trips to the park, holding my breath while my son practices parkour, trips to the Science Museum and regular conversations about how to save the planet, Roblox and Minecraft).
My favourite time of day is first thing in the morning. I love the quietness and magic of being awake before everyone else in the house when the world feels still; sometimes it feels like a secret not everyone knows about.
Being in nature revives my soul. I adore camping, mountains, deserts and beaches; on the weekends we spend time with friends and family around a fire in a native tipi -it’s my favourite place on the planet.
Cooking to uplifting and slightly trashy pop music totally rocks my world.
I’ve navigated several life transformations myself. Coming through tough situations wiser and stronger is how I roll.
I’ve transitioned from a successful IT career in my 20s to motherhood and entrepreneurship in my 30s.
I am proud to say I have been mentoring women than 13 years, creating powerful personal transformations.
I’ve summoned the courage to leave an unhappy marriage and have flourished.
I’ve healed from allergies and eczema using diet alone.
I know that true change takes time It also requires presence, commitment, persistence, guidance and support.
Most of all, making the decision to change while balancing a busy and demanding life, takes courage.
Every transition I’ve been through has been supported by the love, patience and wisdom of people who’ve been there before and know how to make change happen.
Now I’m offering that support to you.
I need everyone to understand that I love food! I am a massive foodie and really enjoy cooking and eating food from all around the world. I have never denied myself the enjoyment that comes from a delicious meal or said no when offered the dessert menu.
Yes, I’ve always struggled with my weight but it took me a while to really understand how my body image had taken over my sense of self-worth, relationships with others and critically my ability for sustaining happiness.
Here is my story.
I was born in London to Turkish and Nigerian parents. Which basically means that food was at the centre of everything I did. Food was how love was shown, food was how help was given, food was always associated with positive outcomes.
It was no wonder then that I was a larger child, which came with all the childhood trappings of bullying, shame, self-hatred and a desperate longing to be someone else.
I remember during a particularly marred PE session at school we were all lined up and captains were chosen. I knew I would be one of the last to be picked, but I didn’t expect the team to complain when I was – by default – added to their team.
Sports were a painful experience for me. I couldn’t perform well, I wasn’t a fast runner and my coordination was laughable. I put these experiences in a box and decided that exercise just wasn’t for me.
I left school at 16 and never looked back, I felt ready to throw myself into the real world and get away from my negative association with mass groups of people.
I worked in IT for a few years before, at the age of 19…
I started my own business.
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Strangely I think all my experiences growing up had made me want to branch out on my own and not be beholden to anyone.
Owning your own business is hard, but it builds your confidence, it was the first time I understood the true concept of being stimulated and empowered on a mental level.
But, unfortunately, physically I was still unhappy.
After receiving an offer to buy my business and getting married, my life seemed to be on an upward turn.
I bought my own house at age 21 and became pregnant with my first child.
Having the validation of love and impending motherhood had given me a sense of ‘ yes I made it!
Yes, but sadly, as most things do, what comes up can come down, especially when your internal foundation is not solid.
During my pregnancy, I rapidly gained weight and after two and a half years of breastfeeding, the weight just wasn’t budging.
I was now nearly 15 stone, mentally and physically drained from motherhood, my marriage was on the rocks and I was turning even more to my lifelong friend and emotional crux, food, to heal me.
I guess everyone who changes their life drastically has that moment!
Mine was in November 2017 at a family wedding, I was in the bridal party and the dress bought for me was a size 16. On the morning of the wedding, I was getting ready and to my utter embarrassment, I couldn’t fit into the dress anymore.
Everyone looked at me with a mix of sympathy and dismay. I just broke down and cried for hours. All the emotions I had suppressed, the shame and self-loathing were coming out and I couldn’t do anything to stop it.
I couldn’t turn to my source of healing ‘food’ because, being at rock bottom, I realised it was the problem!
I decided to make a change.
With my mum’s encouragement, I joined a gym. It may have taken me two months to actually go there, but I still joined. Within those two months, though, I mentally prepared myself for a fitter, healthier life.
I did a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in health studies and nutrition, I researched the nooks and crannies of health and fitness and I did blood tests for DNA profiling.
I took it seriously because, to me, I realised it was not just about a physical transformation but a mental shift. I knew for me to actually stick to a change, I would have to break down many years of ingrained habits and thoughts as well as the ‘fitness’.
The first workout class I ever did was a type of high-intensity resistance training. I had unknowingly thrown myself into the deep end. Suddenly the same pangs of embarrassment and shame from school PE lessons came over me. I felt uncoordinated, I couldn’t catch my breath, I felt like everyone was staring at me and I felt my eyes prick with tears. So I left after ten minutes.
I’d be lying if I said the next class was better, or even the tenth class. But something inside me had shifted so I was determined!
After the fifteenth class, I managed to stay for the entire lesson. I started feeling this euphoric rush of energy and strength every time I would finish a workout and I became addicted to my own progress.
Alongside classes, I was lifting weights, staying more active and eating a clean, nutrient-dense diet.
I decided that I was worthy of the time and commitment I was putting into myself and I could see results.
After four months, I had lost a lot of weight and after six months, I was a size 8 and 8.5 stone.
But the story doesn’t stop there.
I was expecting that once I had lost the weight, I would feel energised, healthy, happy and switched on; but I didn’t feel great.
I looked at myself and saw a shocking difference. I had lost my natural curves, the parts of me I actually liked and felt like a watered-down version of my true self.
Not only did my physical appearance not live up to expectation, but mentally I was also overworked.
Previously I had looked down on excessive gym-goers and classified them as vain neurotic people who committed too much of their life to the ‘body beautiful’. Now I had to ask myself if I had fallen into that trap.
I knew I needed to seek balance so that all aspects of my life were being catered for.
I knew I wanted to be a good mother to my son, a good partner and a committed employee in my new job, but most of all, I wanted to feel content with where I was at.
So I cut my unnecessary hours at the gym, I focused on building back my curves and making health and fitness a component of my life, rather than my whole life.
Previously, my mind was stimulated and productive at work, but my body was lagging behind. Now, these three parts are in complete alignment, which has allowed me to continue making progress in a holistic and balanced way.
I am not going to say that this has been an easy road!
Temptation is everywhere and that little voice in my head that tells me to spend an extra hour in bed rather than in the gym is still with me most mornings.
But I’ve built up a level of self-discipline that is unbreakable, and I did it by realising that I needed to connect my mind, body and soul.
So now I want to share my experience with the world. Why? Because unlike a lot of fitness influencers you see on social media not only am I a qualified health coach, I’m a very busy working mum.
I’m just like you and I get it.
I also feel like I’m pulled in a million different directions and being able to even find the time to work out isn’t always easy, but I’ve managed to implement techniques that allow me to perform at work, as a mom, as a partner and in my own health and mental care.
I am building a global community of strong, empowered women who are after efficient results and a holistic approach to health and fitness. I am leading working mum’s towards a healthier, happier life, that doesn’t involve hundreds of hours at the gym or restrictive diets (because, really, which mother do you know has time for that?).
I share my personal techniques and habits that have transformed me from size 18 to a comfortable, maintainable size 10 and a much happier human being.
If you can connect to this story, I would like to work with you.
To show you that you are a person in your own right and entitled to be the woman you have always wanted be without limitations.
Follow my journey on social media and let me help inspire the change you’ve been praying for.
This is not the end of your story and it certainly isn’t mine. Let’s get fit and do this TOGETHER.
Victoria Everest leads the way in the world of wellness. Every element of her brand is infused with power and transformation – and is grounded in the belief that self-love is the first, most important step in each and every wellness journey.
Victoria takes an innovative and holistic approach to exercise and nutrition that works with your body, not against it. She will help you create a beautiful body by focusing on your health and happiness.
Balancing the four core pillars of mindset, nutrition, movement and sleep, we’ll teach you to listen to your body to feel amazing.
Victoria is relentless in her pursuit of excellence, she has integrated advanced scientific research with unrivalled care and compassion for the perfect balance of health and vitality.
Victoria is trusted to give honest, personalised and expert wellbeing advice for a happy and healthy life.
Using the Four Pillars of Health, I strive to uncover the most beautiful you and develop healthful habits to elevate your Mindset, Movement, Nutrition and Sleep.
Once your mind and body are working in perfect harmony, you’ll develop an intuitive knowing that will streamline your transformation. In short, you’ll become an expert of your own wellbeing, and create a blueprint for the joyful, healthy life you deserve.
I MINDSET Any change that happens in the body happens in the mind first.
II MOVEMENT Movement is medicine.
III NUTRITION Nourish your body, don’t count calories.
IV SLEEP Sleep is where the magic happens.
I can imagine how tough the journey was for you, and it would have being easy for you to quit and accept yourself the way you are. Sadly, that’s the mistake so many people make; You will hear some people say “maybe that’s how I meant to be” whereas a little push would have solved a lot. Thanks for being determined and not giving up, your story would be a good motivation to many.
You are so spot-on, Jordan. It’s our most difficult journeys that reap the greatest rewards in the end.
Hi Lauren! It’s an inspiration to read a story like this one of Victoria Everest. Most of us would have labeled it as a fake story if we had only seen pictures of before and after. But even more important than the aftermath results are the benefits this type of journey (getting to know oneself) bring to our life.
Not only Victoria’s story is inspiring, your work on this blog also is. I like blogging and look up to what you’ve been doing on your blog. Thank you very much!
Thank You so much for your kind words, Henry. Much appreciated.
You make such a good point, it’s not only the physical transformation but the personal transformation that has a lasting impact on our lives.
WOW!!! your article is awesome and fascinating for all especially for women,you are a coach indeed,given your story,and how to tackle the though times and really I agree with your point which says change takes time to become a reality,your story is a life changing indeed,I’m blessed reading this article,kudos to your writing prowess,thank you for sharing this excellent post.
Thanks for your enthusiastic response to Victoria’s post, Abayomi. It means the world to me and I’m sure to Victoria too.
Wow! What a turn around. This is massive and I’m very sure that everyone who reads this story would definitely be marvelled by your level of courage, persistence and discipline to be able to lose this much weight and get your body shape back to what you want.
It is a dream for many but not everyone is willing to take the challenge up and get that body they long for. Indeed, it is a life-changing transformation and one that I would be more than willing to share out to more people to read on
What a beautiful response! Thanks for your powerful comment, Tracy and Thanks so much for sharing this post. You’re a Star.
Another heart warming inspirational story here. I love you Victoria and I must confess that you are a strong and courageous lady. I can’t deal that you actually bought your own home at 21. That means that you have put in so much work and time into some real hustle. Your transformation is phenomenal and I can connect to your story. I’m going to follow you now. Thanks for inspiring me in your little way.
Oh yes, Henderson! I was also wow-ed by that part of Victoria’s story! To be in a position to buy your own home at 21 is incredible. Clearly Victoria is a woman who can tackle anything she chooses. I too am in awe.
What a fantastic transformation you made. Must have required a whole new mindset to the way you grew up with an abundance of food surrounding you. Good for you to take the step need to make your own way to achieving your body goals. I was a personal trainer in a time long gone; it does really require a lot of dedication to make the necessary changes.
Thanks so much for your perspective as a personal trainer, Jagi. I’m fascinated by mindset coaching and how it can turn around someone’s life.
I just love to read inspirational stories like this one. The power of your mind is really amazing. And Victoria is right, with the right mindset, nutrition, will (and enough sleep) you can achieve anything. Victoria, so proud of you ❤
Me too, Karmen. Well said. Thanks for your gorgeous comment.
Such a delightfully inspiring story. I love Victoria’s attitude. Her blueprint is gold. It is amazing how determination and courage can take you as far as you want to go and as high as you want to reach! Fantastic. And what a gorgeous lady! Thank you Lauren! I am really looking forward to that podcast you mentioned!
Hi Vidya, Thanks for your lovely comment. I felt exactly the same way and will certainly pass your message onto Victoria.
I’ll let you know when I launch my podcast on women who have triumphed over their lifelong struggles. Very excited to get that going!
I can so relate to Victoria’s story. I was also the larger kid, and never did well in sports. So much so that I would try find excuses to get out of PE class and ask my mom to write me a letter excusing me. Anything from a twisted ankle, to headaches and my period. It was an awful time in my life. Now that I’ve had time to grow and experience more of the world and learn about health and nutrition I’ve come to realize that it was okay for me to be different. I didn’t enjoy team sports, running or swimming but now I love love love practising Yoga and do a Callanetics class twice a week and I’m so happy.
Hi Nicole, I hear you. I also struggled with most team sports at School. I had no ball sense whatsoever, so Tennis and Netball were out. I tried Hockey but that was disastrous because, on my first day, I accidentally whacked one of my friend’s in the mouth. She had to go for dental surgery and I think she was secretly upset me for years – our relationship never quite recovered. The only sport I liked playing at School was water polo.
Luckily for me, my Mom owned a little Church Hall Gym so I did Aerobics classes with her. By Matric I was teaching some of the evening classes. That helped me keep trim and toned. Plus I made a little pocket money on the side.
What an amazing woman! I admire your courage, determination, and focus. You walked right through your obstacles to the finish line. You are a true definition of a strong woman.
Hi Raina, Thanks for your fab comment for Victoria. I agree wholeheartedly and will notify her of your comment.
Victoria, Your story gives everyone hope. Great that you were able to change.
Thanks Janice! Hear, hear. I will be sure to let Victoria know that her story is giving us all hope.
Amazing woman! I personally feel so connected to many of the points she made about starting her transformation. So essential when starting off!
Awesome Melissa! Such a relatable story, isnt it? So many women have identified with Victoria’s struggles both here and on social media.
I really enjoyed reading this article! Very inspiring. It is amazing how much you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.
Hi Julie, Thanks so much. Your comment is much appreciated. I’m so happy to hear you found Victoria’s story inspiring. Me too! It was an absolute pleasure to publish it.