10 Months Ago, Rob Couldn’t Run…

Note: The following is one persons’s experience, so no claim is being made about the results any one else will get. 

I started working with Rob (pictured) in April 2017.

He had been experiencing brain fog and extreme fatigue.

He was frustrated by not being able to go running, which was a passion.

One of his goals was to resume fell running in the Lake District.

In December 2017, he sent me the following email:

“Hi Simon

I thought you’d like these photos from my latest walk in the lakes.

A wintry wander for about 4 1/2 hours, it felt great.

I’ve been back running regularly now and today I ran for just over an hour over Hampstead Heath.

I’m taking things sensibly and feel absolutely fine- so all great news.

I’d say my health is 9.5-10!

Before I came to see you I was completely stuck.

Frustrated, anxious and unable to exercise.

I made changes to my diet and went down the supplements route, following Dr Myhill’s protocol and seeing a Doctor privately.

Both may have given a little bit of a lift, but not much really and didn’t give me the results I was looking for.

Your building resilience training gave me the tools to take control, lose anxiety & stress and learn to relax.

I’m now back running regularly and have rejoined my running club.

I’m also far happier in my working life.

Great to be living again!

To anyone considering the training, I highly recommend it.”

Free Strategy Session

Are you making progress towards your health goals?

Every week I offer 3 FREE coaching sessions.

They are open to anyone who wants one (one session per person, allocated on a first come basis).

There is no obligation for you to work with me after the session and I won’t do any hard selling.
That is a promise!

At the beginning of the session I will say to you:

“If you want to know more about the Building Resilience Training I offer, you have to ask. If you just want a free session, that is fine.”

Why do I do this?

Two reasons:

1. I Want To Give Something Back

I had ME/CFS for 8 years.

I knew lots of people who couldn’t afford coaching.

So in the session we will identify some strategies that you can implement- some straight away, that may help you take steps towards your health goals.

2. I Want To Show You That I Can Help You, By Actually Helping You

You don’t really know me, so it’s an opportunity for you to find out more about how I work and if my approach resonates with you.

There are 3 possible outcomes of the strategy session:

1. You might not find it useful
No-one has told me that the session wasn’t helpful so far!

2. You find the session helpful and use the strategies you learn on your own
As I have already said, if you just want the free session, that is fine.

I will be happy to have helped you.

3. You find the session helpful and you decide that you’d like to work with me.
If you have limited financial resources, I am happy to discuss payment spreading plans and concessions.

I aim not to turn anyone away based on their finances.

Some people spread the payment, paying whatever they can afford each week, because they want to do the training.

And you only pay for the first session if you find it useful.

So… You have nothing to lose by having a free strategy session .

All you have to do in preparation for the session is to read the brief report ME/CFS: A Piece Of The Jigsaw. It takes 15-20 minutes to read.

It’s not obligatory, by the way, but reading it will mean you get the most from the session.

Here is the link again to the report:

ME/CFS: A Piece Of The Jigsaw Report

Once you have read it, let me know that you want a free session and I will let you know what happens next.

Wishing you great health!



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Looking Back And Forward

In this post, Coach and Trainer Simon Pimenta shares ideas for refelecting on the year before thinking about the coming year.

Looking Back At 2017

With 2017 coming to a close, I find it useful to reflect on the year past.

Some questions I consider:

What were the highlights?

What were the achievements that I am proud of?

What am I grateful for?

What were the challenges?

What can I learn from the above?

What action am I going to take to make 2018 great?

You may identify other questions that are useful to you.

One of my highlights was going to the Leeds Festival! It was a lot of fun.​​

Consider how you can add more of the good stuff into 2018 and less of the challenging stuff.

Write a list of the above; this may form the basis of your resolutions/goals for 2018.

Looking Forward to 2018

Consider that:

Where you are now is the result of the habits you cultivated over the last year.

Where you are a year from now is the result of the habits you cultivate from now on.

Often people make and break resolutions before the end of January, for a variety of reasons.

It might be because:

1. They have too many resolutions 

2.Their resolutions are too big/unsustainable

For example, they say “I will go to the gym for an hour 5 times a week.”

Starting with half an hour 3 times a week may be achievable.

3. They rely on willpower

Willpower is finite- it runs out.

4. They lack accountability

They don’t have someone to keep them on track

5. Consequently they get easily discouraged and give up 

Making Resolutions Stick 

If you are prone to making resolutions and breaking and forgetting them before the end of January, try this :

1. Make A List Of Resolutions/Goals

People talk about the idea that making sure your goals are SMART, will help you achieve your goals.

SMART is an acronym:





Time limited

Others say “Don’t make them realistic, think big!”

Maybe you could have goals that are realistic and others that are ambitious…

2. Pick 3 Goals To Focus On

For instance, one of my 3 goals is to have a flatter belly!

3. Use Visualisation 

Think about how you will look and feel when you have achieved your goal.

So for example, if I want to have a flatter belly, I will visualise myself with a flat belly and looking fitter- having more body mass in the right places.

A vision board can help- this is simply a board on which you add pictures to represent your goals.

So I might put a picture of toned man with a toned belly and I might photoshop my head onto the picture. This image will stick in my mind, as it amuses me.

If I am tempted to eat another portion of potatoes, then that image on my board reminds me of my goal and motivates me to choose the goal over the potatoes!

So instead of relying just on willpower, you are utilising the power of motivation.

4. Focus & Review Resolutions/Goals

i. On a daily basis, (or whatever is relevant to the goal) think about how you are going to achieve the goal and review it at the end of the day or at the beginning of the next day.

If I see my vision board every day, it reminds me of my goals and makes me think about what I need to do each day to achieve the goal.

ii. Consider getting an accountability buddy; someone you share your goals with (and they with you) and review regularly- perhaps every 2 weeks or once a month.

5. Manage Other Resolutions/Goals

When you have one of those goals or the habits to help you achieve your goals firmly established, you can add another goal from your list if you want to.

I hope that 2018  is great for you.

Wishing you health, wealth, love and happiness in 2018!


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simon  SIMON PIMENTA is a hypnotherapist, coach and trainer working with people to boost resilience and performance, and minimise stress.

After working in a demanding job as the Director of a Housing Trust, he went off sick and remained unable to work for the next 8 years.

He discovered a pioneering approach to resolving health issues and got back his health, and now trains others using these same techniques.

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ME/CFS: Keep Taking Positive Steps! Here’s Why…

Going out tonight for a work social reminds me that when I had ME/CFS, at times the idea of going out, walking any distance or working was a dream. Yet I did get well and get to the point where I could do all those things.

So keep taking positive steps, no matter how small!

Dr Axe on the benefit of lemons

Wishing you great health!
Simon Pimenta


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ME/CFS & Listening To Your Body Part 2

In this post, Coach, Trainer and former sufferer of ME/CFS and fibromyalgia Simon Pimenta shares a simple technique to encourage listening to your body and intuition.

It is all too easy to get caught up in what you are doing- and in the process ignore your body and the signals it is giving you.

We have all done this at one time or another; we try to get things done and when we finish the task, realise that we feel tired, hungry etc.

If you have ME/CFS, then you have probably experienced all too often the impact of not listening to your body: you pay for it with excessive exhaustion and symptoms.

I believe that continually doing this can hinder your recovery.

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ME/CFS And Overcoming Fear

Whilst walking in the rain, I decided to make a short video on fear.

Fear can make us freeze or avoid the thing that triggers fear.

A yoga teacher wanted to build her business full time, but felt fearful of doing so.

So her mentors challenged her to do something to push past her fear, which I talk about in this short video.

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ME/CFS And Anxiety

I had a conversation recently with someone who was experiencing anxiety, which reminded me of a time when I had ME/CFS and experienced extreme anxiety.

I remember feeling as if I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel with regard to the anxiety.

A friend described it as this underlying feeling of anxiety, with no recognisable cause.

I was staying with a friend. I was going through a lot of challenges, including dealing with ME/CFS, the end of a long term relationship and I was having difficulties with a member of my family.

I tried to deal with the anxiety using techniques I knew, but wasn’t successful. Continue reading

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ME/CFS: Remaining Calm In The Emotional Storm

In this post, former ME/CFS sufferer and Coach Simon Pimenta explores how people with ME/CFS can deal with external events that can be emotionally  overwhelming.

I wrote this on 23 June 2016- the day that the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU), but recent events in Charlottesville and Barcelona (August 2017) prompted me to post this article.

For people experiencing ME/CFS, sometimes external events grab our attention, have an impact on our emotions and can even affect our wellbeing.

Continue reading

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ME/CFS And Perfectionism

In this post, former ME/CFS sufferer and Coach Simon Pimenta explores perfectionism and strategies for dealing with perfectionism if you have ME/CFS and this trait.

Note: I am not suggesting that all people with ME/CFS have this trait. I don’t believe that to be the case. Having worked with many people with ME/CFS for 11 years, I observe that some people recognise the trait within themselves to some degree, others do not.

Are You A Perfectionist?

Actually, instead of asking ‘Are you a perfectionist?’, it might be more useful to ask ‘Do you exhibit perfectionist tendencies at times?’ as the former question labels people; it suggests that a person is always a perfectionist, which is unlikely.

Perfectionism is setting excessively high standards and going above and beyond what is required.

Perfectionists tend to: Continue reading

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The Power Of Anchors: Changing Unhelpful Responses

Recently, I bought a ready made salad with a dressing.

As I ate it, I spontaneously started thinking about my time working on a summer camp, back in the 80s.

I was curious to know where that thought came from, as it seemed to pop out of nowhere.

As I pondered this, I realised that the salad dressing was very similar to the dressing used at the summer camp!

This blew my mind, that my thinking could be triggered by a taste.

This is an example of an anchor; when a stimulus can trigger a particular response, in this case a memory.

Anchors Are Powerful

Another example is when we hear a piece of music and it instantly takes us back to a particular time in our life.

Anchors can be negative: Continue reading

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5 Steps To Stop Worrying What Others Think

Do you worry too much about what other people think?

Perhaps you are concerned that you have upset them by something you have said.

Worrying too much about what other people think can be a trait that is present in some (but not all) people with ME/CFS and in people without this condition.

It can be exhausting and a waste of energy!

5 Steps To Stop The Worry Habit

1. Recognise The Pattern

If you think you have said or done something that may have upset another person, you could ask them if you have upset them.

However, if you are doing this too often, then it may be that it is a pattern that you may find useful to break. Continue reading

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