Hi, my name is Sam Palmer and I'm the creator and founder of Midlife Makeover™
My career started in the NHS where I qualified as a nurse eventually working as a Sister in NeoNatal Intensive Care.
Becoming a mother led me to look for work that didn’t involve night duty but did include my love of teaching so having qualified as a teacher I left the NHS to work in Further Education. A desire to create my own business inspired me and a colleague to set up a First Aid training company teaching both in the workplace and to individuals.
It was a tragic accident in which my brother was killed, that changed my life forever.
I was given a place to run the London Marathon in memory of my brother Simon and having seen that there was nowhere for 'normal women' to learn to run, I decided to change that and trained as a running coach and formed what is now, an award winning ladies only recreational running club in my hometown, Sevenoaks.
In 2014 I was voted Coach of the year by UK Athletics for both the South East and the UK and I have won many other local awards for my work helping 'normal' women get back into fitness.
Midlife Makeover came about by chance.
Ten years ago I was a marathon training and getting fatter and slower despite maintaining the same routine.
It wasn't just me; my clients faced similar challenges. That's when the penny dropped and I knew I wanted to learn how menopause was impacting us all.
I invested in further training which has helped me to truly understand the complexities of menopause, my nursing background was a real bonus.
Over the next 3 years I gained a profound understanding of how to guide my clients through this phase, ensuring they could still enjoy their fitness and health.
Of course I also walk my walk and now run 5k rather than marathons!
I've spent the last decade transforming lives.
In fact I was one of the first menopause coaches in the UK - at a time when women were reluctant to seek advice.
Delivering my programme Move Over Menopause™ , speaking on podcasts, featured in national press and in person events have all enabled me to reach women worldwide and empower them to embrace a menopause friendly lifestyle that not only accommodates menopause but allows them to live the life they want to live.
Thankfully menopause is being talked about more openly and now that I am working fully online, I can support women worldwide to make simple proven lifestyle changes via my online platform.
I believe life is all about balance, whilst I am still a keen runner, and do strength workouts several times a week with yoga and walking too, I still love chocolate, Earl Grey tea and occasionally a chilled glass of my favourite drink, Champagne!