My Personal Journey

Like most of us, of course I have my own story to tell.  I was at a time in my life when I wasn’t feeling very happy at all, I had a dullness in me and little to no energy.  I was overweight, struggling with my mental health and I couldn’t bear to look at myself in the mirror.


On New Year’s Day 2020, I met with a friend who was home from Australia on holiday.   I was amazed at how much weight she had lost and of course had to enquire how she had done it. She quickly explained she had been following a programme called ‘Putting Health at the Top’ which was based on good gut health and that she was enjoying losing her weight and feeling great.

I firmly believe that there is no such thing as coincidence and that we will meet the right people at the right time, to make a difference in our lives.  I explained to her how I was feeling, and I suppose in some way, I was searching for an answer.  I didn’t love the body that I had and found it difficult to accept a compliment, because I couldn’t see it myself, let alone believe it.

As we said goodbye that day, my friend told me I should check out the programme. She hugged me and whispered in my ear, “Just do it for yourself”.  So, I came home, made the necessary enquiries and did it for myself! 

Very quickly, the weight started to drop off and I was excited to jump out of bed each day to see what the scales would reveal.  I was delighted with my results and succeeded in losing a total of 22 pounds (almost 10 kgs).  Someone who hadn’t seen me for 2 months could not believe the transformation in me.  It was simply the best feeling ever – my energy was increasing rapidly, I had no aches or pains, my skin was amazing, and I was learning to love myself again.

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Soon afterwards I accepted the invitation to become a Mentor.  This is a role I enjoy immensely because I can assist people to their ideal weight through their healthy mindset and healthy body.  I want to make a difference in people’s lives but needed to make that difference in my own life first.  Through Putting Health at the Top, I am so glad to say that change happened for me.

Nowadays I love to help others achieve this change too, and as the saying goes, “When you do what you love, you’ll never work another day in your life”.

Denise Mackenzie