As a personal trainer, Ollie Jowett thought he had heard every excuse in the book. Until 2017…His doctor warned him he had five years to live. With a 2 in 10 chance, he would live past the life expectancy of age 26. At age 21 years old, a Grade II Malignant Brain Tumor was discovered. Never had he pictured his life like this. He thought he’d get married, have kids and grow old before having to consider death.

Ollie Jowett on Battling Cancer and Weight Loss

The gym was his place to let off steam, but his arms felt like twigs, and walking a few steps on the stairs left him needing to sit to catch his breath. He was suffering from nausea, fatigue, and intense headaches. Pushing beyond his comfort zone was imperative to him, but his body was testing his strong positive mindset.

Vulnerable, and fighting for his life, Ollie refused to let his fear be bigger than his why. Ollie doesn’t feel having cancer is the most depressing time of his life, he feels it is an empowering blessing. Since being diagnosed, he’s never been happier.

Take this battle that I’m against cancer right now. This disease is painful. Mentally, (emotionally,) and physically. But I’m grateful for this pain because it allows me to use it as my strength, my motivation, my purpose. Because like an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward, I trust and have faith that this challenge ahead of me is being given to me as a test of my inner strength, is teaching me the lesson of gratitude and is making the mental transition of perspective, all to one day fire me into something great in life.

A year before, he’d moved to Cornwall for a personal trainer job only to have it pulled from beneath him. Defeated, he tried to force a smile working as a barista at Starbucks, but it wasn’t paying the bills and it was eating at his soul.  Last straw was when he couldn’t pay for gas for his car. He was broke and forced to move back home with his tail between his legs. Losing the weight meant losing the feeling of being defeated by outside forces in his life.

Knowing His Why

His “Why” or “reason” he longed to lose weight was to prove to the world no excuse, not even cancer, can stop you from being in the best shape of your life. As Ollie would put it, he was blessed with cancer. Cancer left him vulnerable and challenged him more than anything had in his life. The inner battle cancer created was just the occasion for him to experience a mental transformation, growth.  Canceling appointments with clients and asking for help when he needed it was a new challenge. He had to put himself first.

Seeking Support

Having his own coaching company, he understood the importance of having support on his weight loss journey. He wasn’t looking for a quick fix program. Determined, he hired a coach from Ultimate Performance, Umar Malik, to help him push through the dark days ahead. “My coach to me was the trampoline which would spring me back up each time I fell. I was reminded that it’s now or never, and if I wanted to inspire people then I had to do this.” Remembering his why prevented him from torturing himself with the idea that the gym was a chore. Knowing your “why” is so important.

At times the 12 weeks felt like 12 years. “The 12-week transformation was the hardest process of my life. It challenged me physically, mentally and emotionally and to be honest, there wasn’t a day where I didn’t want to give up.”

Jealousy lurked in the background, why was he chosen to have cancer? It can ache at times to see others going through a workout without a struggle, but he reminded himself, everyone has their own struggles.

Project Beat Cancer

He chose to document his journey on Instagram under “Project Beat Cancer” to inspire others.

“You ALWAYS have two choices, but it comes down to mindset. And if me documenting my journey achieves just one thing then I hope and pray that it changes your mindset to become more positive and proactive. It must become the ONLY choice you make. “

Ollie Jowett on Battling Cancer and Weight Loss

Hundreds of cancer patients, past and present, talk highly of Ollie’s strong will to not just survive cancer but to thrive.

I immediately had two choices. Stand up to cancer and do everything in my power to beat this, or, accept defeat and die. And it’s really that simple. …you might not have cancer, but you ALWAYS have a choice.”   

Every day he has to make the choice to thrive. There are moments where he just wants to throw in the towel.

Ollie Jowett on Battling Cancer and Weight Loss

Ollie has won Northern Ireland’s male personal trainer of the year. Today his company Project 168 has nearly ten years of experience helping people lose weight and the weight of their negative, reactive mindsets. Ollie challenges us to see the opportunities in our setbacks. If you choose to push through the setbacks, you allow for a mental transition to occur. Stop seeing pain as a weakness, when it is your strength.

Take this battle that I’m against cancer right now. This disease is painful. Mentally, (emotionally,) and physically. But I’m grateful for this pain because it allows me to use it as my strength, my motivation, my purpose. Because like an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward, I trust and have faith that this challenge ahead of me is being given to me as a test of my inner strength, is teaching me the lesson of gratitude and is making the mental transition of perspective, all to one day fire me into something great in life.

Ollie Jowett receiving award

Deep down he wanted to be able to say I completed my weight loss goal while battling cancer, what’s your excuse? I find it astonishing how he manages to stay positive,

I trust in the process. You can either react or proact to any circumstance in life…“Fear is a powerful thing. So powerful in fact that it robs 90% of people from pursuing their dreams. Face Everything And Rise… I’m not scared, in fact, if I’m honest, I actually think I’m very lucky. I know that this part of my life will one day be a part of my life story of which I will be able to share with people all over the world. It’s going to be pretty cool to one day say ‘I beat cancer’.”

He lost 27 lbs and was featured in Muscle and Fitness UK.

Ollie Jowett featured on magazine

No Excuses

It’s so easy to come up with excuses as to why we can’t work out today, but I look at Ollie and I know I am worth working out for. His story is not one of just battling cancer, but battling the inner battle. He lost 27 lbs in six months while battling cancer!

“…I someday want to leave this world having had an impact. An impact so big and so strong that it becomes immortal. We’re all going to die one day and the question to start asking yourself is: how do you want to leave the world one day? What are you doing to work on you? “

Cancer is a blessing and it has helped Ollie to find his purpose as a cancer coach. Ollie’s goal is to help clients with cancer regain their health and happiness through nutrition, exercise and mindset coaching. HIs unstoppable drive comes from his background as a personal trainer, a coach.

“… having coached a wide array of clients who have had their own learnings, failures, and experiences, I have learned how to pull them through the other side overcoming some of the biggest odds, thanks to Coaching. I know first hand the gift that is Health & Fitness and I want to now help Coach others who have Cancer or who have been affected by it and now let them experience the powers that Nutrition, Training, and Mindset can have on themselves. ⁣”

If you or someone you know is looking for support through their cancer journey here’s how to contact Ollie to work with him.

Ollie Jowett – email: ollie@project-168.co.uk  – Phone: 07518 836 277

Chemotherapy is not recommended for his treatment because he is young and the location of the tumor. He has had to resort to alternative medicine. The NHS doesn’t support alternative medicine. Through continued support from his community, Ollie has been able to continue his healing journey by donations. Consisting of CBD Oil, and some fancy cocktail concoctions you can see on his Instagram journey.

If you felt this article had an impact on your life, I believe in energy exchange. Even a small donation will help Ollie continue his treatment.

Project Beat Cancer

Experiencing setbacks on your weight loss journey? – Tips from Ollie

  • First two questions Ollie asks his prospective clients are: What’s your weight loss goal and why do you want to lose weight? To succeed, you need a strong why, a strong reason you want to lose weight.
  • Be mindful of what you feed your mind and body.
  • We have the power to choose. Most of the time, our state of emotion often comes down to what we choose to accept and listen to (our thoughts). During times of low energy emotions, I think it’s paramount that we seek gratitude to equalize such emotions. Finding gratitude in everyday things which we take for granted. Gratitude is all around us. It just takes self-awareness to recognize such fortune in our lives.
  • If you are holding onto regret, hate, anger, jealousy then let it go. Because it isn’t good for your mental, emotional or physical health.⁣⁣
  • Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask for help on your weight loss journey.
  • Create space for your own time or expect your day to be reactive rather than proactive.