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The Beginning:

A new branch of Tessfit that has been born from my desire to work in the most fulfilling way I know.  It has taken more than 6 years and a pandemic for me to see what has been staring me in the face for an exceptionally long time.  The coaching and guidance I deliver on all subjects related to health and well-being does not have to be face-to face.

Video calls work.  I have been using this method of communication with clients who are not local and now want to open that service to everyone.  Seeing each other brings an honesty to the session and facial expressions often say more than words.

Engaging with TessTalks will help you understand that you can set your own compass, dial-in the direction and be the captain of your ship.  As the founder of Tessfit, I am proud to be able to help you steer that ship, at least out of the harbour! Remember, a ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

The re-modelling of  Weight Management and Nutrition Advice: 

Although I took the qualification to offer this service, I never bought into the idea that an 8-week group course would solve anyone’s weight problems, no matter how much information I gave them.  So, I rewrote a lot of the handouts and started working on a 1-1 basis.  This is where it became obvious that listening was the most valuable thing I could do.  From there a story would emerge.  From that story, an understanding.  Now we could make some real progress. The number of sessions need never be dictated, I am a firm believer in this.

Whether you are thinking of losing weight, getting fitter, or simply finding a happier balance in your life, too much emphasis tends to be put on the ‘goal.’ It is the ‘process’ to get there that really matters.

The daily efforts are small, seemingly nothing to get excited about. They are manageable and not a chore.  It is the accumulation of those efforts that makes the real difference.  Then it is time to get excited!

Coaching should be flexible:

As we travel through the different stages of our lives and experience the ups and downs, our need for support changes.  Over time, my skill at being a life mentor has grown. Delivering all things ‘fitness’ is so much fun and I love it. But, providing people with the tools, guidance, support, and feedback to thrive in life and become a happier version of themselves is incredibly rewarding.

This new venture has taught me that the best ideas are often those which already exist and just need to be developed.  TessTalks has been happening ever since I stopped following all the guidelines and started following my instincts.  I am not creating something new; I am connecting with what is already there.

Just like me, maybe your idea of a fresh start should not be to throw all your previous habits and beliefs away and start from scratch.  How about taking what you have, looking at what does work and making new combinations of old habits.  I can help you unravel that mystery.

Let’s Talk:

One of the most powerful tools we have for a happy life, is an ability to vocalise and share thoughts, worries, fears and ideas.  This is not easy for everyone and that is where I can help.  It is said that, “the quality of your communication is the quality of your life” and I believe that to be true. My job is to listen and hear the little things that you don’t say.

If any of this resonates with you, then read on to find out about the TessTalks sessions and let’s see if we can set your compass and dial-in the best direction for you.

Where to find TessTalks:

TessTalks will reside on the website and that is underway.  For the time being simply contact me to arrange a session.

The Initial Session:

An initial 30 minute free call will get you started. That is when you can ask as  many questions as you like and we can decide the best way to communicate in future e.g., Facetime, WhatsApp video, voice call, face-to-face (when we are allowed) etc. The choice will be yours.  The topic will be you.  A very important person!

How to book your initial session:

As I want this service to be as flexible as possible there won’t be bookable ‘slots.’ Contact me directly via email, text or phone and we can arrange a suitable day and time for the session.

Future Sessions:

These can be arranged as often as you wish and at varying days and times.  The frequency and number will always be flexible.

The cost:

After the free session there will be a fee of £15 per 45 minute call which can be paid in advance via PayPal or On-line banking.


Just as with the classes, you are free to cancel and will receive a full refund providing this is received within 24 hours of your session.


This service will develop over time and I hope to add podcasts in the future.

Now is not the time to allow our lives to dim. I want to shine a light and TessTalks will help me do that with you.



About the Author

I have been involved in fitness all my life but never been hugely competitive. Entering the world of fitness instructor, personal trainer and nutrition advisor, I leant how simple it is to stay in shape without becoming a gym fanatic or elite athlete. I am neither, by the way!

So after 17 years of managing the swimming school and taking rowing classes at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, I decided it was time to do something that would give me a different type of job satisfaction. Offering a service that directly influences someone’s wellbeing, seemed a good choice.

So, I studied the mechanics of exercise versus body shape and began to understand why so many people who have exercise routines that sometimes seem excessive, never see the changes they are hoping for. This led me to I set up Tessfit which tackles this conundrum. It is a real mix and match offering between nutrition and weight management advice, fitness classes and personal training. A combination which is proving to be highly successful for everyone involved.

I now work from home and run my classes and indoor Personal Training sessions at Venture Fitness in Newton Abbot. It is a great balance and not only do I love my work, I also get to spend more time with my family which is invaluable.​.

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