SPOTLIGHT ON A CAP BUSINESS CLUB MEMBER
Featuring Gemma Freeman from 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan With Gem
YOUR NAME? - GEMMA FREEMAN
NAME OF YOUR BUSINESS? - 1:1 DIET BY CAMBRIDGE WEIGHT PLAN WITH GEM
WEBSITE ADDRESS? – www.one2onediet.com/Gemma_F
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? – I have worked for 14 years in the NHS as a Medical Secretary working in various departments so have a lot of experience in the health industry and services. In 2018 I decided to continue working with the NHS but on the Bank so that I could fit my working hours around my two young children as I had not long after had my second child. During that year I became a Younique presenter promoting makeup and skincare whilst supporting a charity who helped women who had been sexually abused in childhood and adolescence. I joined this company mainly because of the work they were doing and the support they were offering for these women but also for the confidence building entity it offered to all it’s Presenters in the form of personal development and training. Having done that for 3 years and then the enforcement of Lockdown in March 2020 my interest and love for fitness emerged again. I had been introduced to the 1:1 diet as a customer prior to lockdown and successful managed to lose the baby weight and thoroughly enjoyed the plan and the products. It was the combination of the new weight loss and my interest for health and fitness being reignited that I realised that this was where my true purpose felt more comfortable and where I felt a strong passion for and I love it.
WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? - I have only recently launched my new business since July 2020 and was ignited during the initial lockdown phase. I had started the 1:1 Diet plan back in the January in an attempt to lose the baby weight, after trying many diet plans previously without much success I thought I would give this a try. I met my sponsor during a networking meeting where we got chatting and she introduced me to the products and plan and then later on she introduced me to the business side of things. I have always enjoyed cooking healthy food and keeping fit having been a regular gym goer averaging around 3-4 times a week with PT sessions and classes even throughout both pregnancies, and then during lockdown to help me deal with the stress of working, homeschooling and entertaining two small children fitness and health became a huge part of my routine to help reduce my stress levels. It was through all of that I felt a strong desire to take the 1:1 Diet a step further and become a consultant myself, having completed the Accreditation exam at 97% and decided to expand my knowledge further and enrol in a Professional Diploma in Nutrition Level which I am currently ¾ of the way through. I love helping people it’s a very strong passion of mine and I love being able to combine my passion and joy for health, fitness and food and help others with their weight loss journey too.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? – I live at home with my two children, Ashleigh (5) and James (3) who keep me very busy and on my toes, I also have a cat called Chloe who is 14 years old and is my snugly friend in the evening who likes to curl up on the sofa with me and watch TV. I have also discovered Yoga Burn which I enjoy doing first thing in the morning as well as long walks in the forest or along the canal. Another hobby of mine is being creative and coming up with fun exciting activities to do with the children as well as helping Charities with their events.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE? – Oh wow, I have so many favourite films not sure if I could choose one, I loved the Hobbit films as they portray so much valuable morals and insights such as core values, remaining true to yourself, being kind to others etc the suspense and action in the films always kept me glued to the screen and the music for the film was also amazing. I like movies that I can analyse the plot to find hidden meanings too. I also love the Lion King which is my all time favourite Disney film, but then who doesn’t like a Disney film right?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL? – homemade Lamb Biryani
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE UK HOLIDAY DESTINATION? - A lodge or log cabin in the forest somewhere with a log fire or wood burner and a hot tub.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION ABROAD? – Italy, Lake Garda, love the lifestyle relaxed atmosphere as well as the yummy Mediterranean food.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME? – Again too many to choose but here are a few of my favourites, Dinnerladies, Grand Designs, Location, Location, Big Bang Theory, Friends, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, as you can see I have a varied interest in things
YOUR FAVOURITE SONG? – I don’t really have a favourite song I enjoy most tracks and songs that have a good upbeat feel to them
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? – Meeting people and helping others succeed with their goals and being able to work my business around my children.
IF YOU HAD A MAGIC WAND WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? Nothing at the moment as my business has just started and I am currently enjoying the journey in building it up, but if I could change one thing to help me it would be have a few more clients.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS TIME? Hopefully still doing this business with the same level of passion and energy I have for it now, being able to reduce my hours a the NHS (currently working 3 days a week) and be able to be at home more with the children.
DO YOU HAVE ANY USEFUL TIPS OR IDEAS THAT YOU COULD SHARE WITH THE OTHER CAP MEMBERS? – The only tip or advice I would give to other members is to never give up on your dream, keep going, keep growing and get out there and meet as many people as you can and build relationships with others.
HOW HAS CAP BUSINESS CLUBS HELPED YOU IN YOUR BUSINESS? – I am still a newbie to CAP but have found the club extremely friendly and supportive and have enjoyed the weekly Zoom Calls so far and look forward to making strong connections and friendships in the future with other members.