Food Ninja Scholarships

Back in March I ran my free Reclaim Your Mojo challenge. 

Everyone who participated got some amazing results and it really opened my eyes to what a real need there is right now for people to feel supported.

At the end of the challenge I announced I would be awarding one scholarship place….3 months access to my Dojo membership with personalised advice and guidance from me

Why did I decide to award a scholarship? 

Because right now I understand people feel a bit broken. 

They’re not in a position either mentally, emotionally or financially to invest in themselves, to back themselves.

So I wanted to show some people that I back them. To lend them a little of my belief while they build their own.

I believe in my methods & I believe in that with the right help, support and guidance ANYONE can implement them & get results.

It’s safe to say when the applications came flooding in, I was floored – don’t tell anyone cos it’ll ruin my rep, but I’m a bit of a softy at heart, and I wish I could help everyone who needs me! 

So although I only intended to offer 1 place, I actually ended up awarding 4 places 🙈.

Over the next 3 months, these handpicked Ninjas will be sharing their journey as they spend time in my brand new Dojo. 

The highs, the lows, the wins, the fuck it moments and everything inbetween, and answering the all important question….

What’s it really like to be a Ninja? 

For the rest of the week, I’ll be introducing these Ninjas so you can follow along with their Ninja Mission.

Alicia Humphreys

Hey everyone, I’m Alicia, a mum to one and I work for the NHS as well as running my own VA & Social Media Manager business. 

I’m a bit of a social butterfly and love socialising with friends. My life is non-stop and sometimes I feel like I’m on my own version of the Truman show, but I always make sure I’m having fun whatever I’m doing. 

I applied for the scholarship for a few reasons. 

Firstly I’ve been up and down with diets and my weight since my daughter was born. 

I’ve really struggled to come to terms with the fact that my body has changed since having her and it’s been having a massive effect on my mental health as well, so when the opportunity for the scholarship came up I jumped at the chance to finally pull my finger out and change for the better!

Secondly, my best friend is getting married in July and I want to look and feel amazing on the day and in the pictures! 

During my time in the Dojo I’m hoping to cultivate a better relationship with myself. 

I’m always so hard on myself because I don’t look the way I did before having my daughter so I hope my time on the scholarship not only gives me the tools to lose weight and inches but also to love myself again (cheesy!)

I’m an emotional eater, and also a stress eater. 

In fact I just like eating so I’m very conscious of my mindset, and reminding myself that this isn’t a diet like I’ve done in the past, it’s a new way of living.

I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can about my body, how to look after it and learning as much as I can from Hayley! 

Bryony Evans

My name is Bryony, I’m 48 years old & I’m married to Bryn and have 2 children , Rhys 18 and Tegan 12 

I am a nurse practitioner in a GP surgery dealing with urgent on the day problems. 

I’ve been on a diet since I was 12 and my PE teacher told me ( in front of the whole class) that I was fat- I wasn’t.

I’ve tried pills , shakes, WW, SW, everything!

I have always been the happy fat person. 

Until I got covid in January. 

Until then instead of exercising we baked &  I put on weight. 

Covid floored me.

And now I can’t walk more than a few metres without getting out of breath, I’m tired all the time.

I’m an emotional eater, throughout my childhood I was rewarded with  food and made to finish my plate.

My job is super stressful and I spend the weekends literally doing nothing so that I wouldn’t be too tired to cope with the week ahead. 

So here I am 20 stone- ish and not living life to the full.

So I came up with the plan of going to Turkey for a gastric sleeve. 

Bryn went ballistic and during his meltdown up popped Hayley (like Aladdin from the lamp) with her mojo challenge

I did it and enjoyed it. 

I get very stressed and overwhelmed easily so when Hayley asked for applicants for her scholarship I applied. 

‘She won’t want me I thought – I am beyond help’. 

So here I am

I’m scared – this is my last chance. 

I’m overwhelmed. 

I would love to be able to go for a walk without worrying about whether I am going or be out of breath. 

I would love to ride a rollercoaster again. 

I would love to sleep for more than 4 hours at a time. 

I would love to be healthier – I don’t know but it wouldn’t surprise me if  I was diabetic – I’m good at dodging those blood tests. 

I’m looking forward to learning. 

I’m looking forward to enjoying food and cooking and to getting out in the fresh air without being scared.

That sounds really sad.

I’m not a sad person.

I just know I am not living my best life. 

Mel Banks

I’m 31, and I’m married with 2 gorgeous little boys. My eldest is 3 and my youngest is 1. I’m currently a stay at home mum but prior to having my boys, and when I go back to work soon, I work in marketing.

I feel I’ve always been unhealthy and for years have done the dreaded Slimming Fucking World I don’t even know how many times. 

Since having my boys I’ve become the heaviest I’ve ever been and confidence is at an all time low. I genuinely feel like I’ve lost my way. 

While my kids are still young and want me to be active with them I feel now is the right time to kick-start the rest of my life. I want to be the best version of me for them aswell as for myself, I just don’t want to keep yo-yoing with the stupid diets.

I’m usually really quick to give up if I don’t see results straight away, so I know I’ll need  assistance in retraining my brain to look at the bigger picture!

I hope to surprise myself with exactly what I can achieve if I put my mind to it and I’m really looking forward to seeing the results, physically and mentally!

Sam Walker

I’m Sam and I’m the Head of Chemistry at a highly achieving secondary school in Nottingham. This keeps me very busy as I get into school  around 7am! 

I have a husband and a dog as well, and also play in a brass band.

I was interested in the scholarship because of my dodgy relationship with food. 

I lost a couple of stone for our wedding nearly 4 years ago, using the dreaded Slimming World, and I’ve now put most of that back on. 

Partly lockdown, partly old habits. 

I love food and I love wine. I find it very difficult to say no to food if it’s there, whether that is savoury snacks or cake (cake Fridays at work do NOT help)!

During lockdown we got into the habit of having a bottle of wine between us each night with dinner, which we’re slowly getting out of.

I struggle with temptation and willpower, I self-sabotage a lot. 

I resort to takeways/easy option foods when I’m shattered but they tend to be high calorie.

I’ve got fitter in the last year, walking the dog but I struggle with pains in my feet in the evenings and a bad back. I’m overweight and fed up with it. I’d love to be a similar figure to my wedding day, (about 1.5-2 stone lighter). 

I am always tired and exhausted and want to do something for myself. 

Now is the right time for me as it is coming into the summer, I have two Spanish holidays booked and I want to just FEEL BETTER about myself. 

I know I have to change my attitude to food and realise I don’t need to eat all the time.

I’m hoping to lose weight but also gain more energy and feel better and I’m looking forward to readdressing my relationship with food and finding out ways to make myself feel better and gain energy.

So there you have it!

My 4 Scholarship Ninjas – all with very different challenges, struggles and situations.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how I can help them overcome those, and move forward to looking and feeling great.

Check back in a few weeks for an update, or better still, join our FREE Facebook group where we all hang out.


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