DEE McCAHILLTHE MILLION DOLLAR TRAINER
Hi, I’m Dee McCahill, thank you for taking the time to visit my site.
As a Mindset & Motivation Weight Loss Coach, Master NLP and EFT Practitioner, I specialise in nurturing and helping people with 2 or more stone to lose reclaim their lives, feel comfortable in their own skin and empower them to live again.
I turned my passion for helping people into a career and created Million Dollar Fitness – the leading weight-loss facility in the north-west of Ireland.
I’ve spent more than 20 years building my businesses. I’ve got dozens of Fitness, Nutrition, Coaching, NLP and EFT qualifications because I’ve invested thousands in my education over the years BUT most importantly I have a “PHD in results”.
I am also a respected tutor and established Million Dollar Fitness Academy in 2013 to deliver certified courses and CPD programmes for gym instructors and personal trainers.
What really fires me up is working with people to change their lives and seeing the results.
I run my empire from a quirky old church which has been lovingly restored and is now a fully-equipped fitness and training facility.
When I’m not in my church, you will usually find me reading an inspirational book or walking on a nearby beach with my dogs. I’m a huge fan of early mornings, drinking water and email.
And, by the way, did I mention I’m deaf?
In 1999 I first began suffering from hearing difficulties after a fantastic 10 day holiday in Thailand partying my ass off.
By 2001 I had lost all hearing and had developed Meniere’s Disease, a really debilitating disease that severely affects your balance amongst other things – life as I knew it was GONE. I had vertigo pretty much 24/7 – imagine being on a rollercoaster every day knowing that you couldn’t get off no matter how sick or weak you were.
That was me.
For a long time I was in denial, refusing to accept my hearing loss AND most importantly ignoring the fact that everything I was doing right then (partying and eating crap) was making my Meniere’s Disease worse.
My weight dropped – as well as my mood. My confidence deserted me. Situations that I used to enjoy suddenly became a chore, as I struggled to come to terms with my disability.
I was prescribed anti-depressants by my GP in addition to the countless other pills that helped me to function daily and keep my Meniere’s in check, yet I still carried on in denial – partying, eating crap and wallowing in my own self pity.
Up until my hearing loss, I had always enjoyed exercising – I LOVED walking my dogs on the beach. I spent hours training in the gym working on my physique. I wanted to be strong, fit and healthy and most of all be happy with myself. Eating clean and staying lean had always been my mantra. The stupid thing was in spite of my own fitness and nutrition knowledge, it still hadn’t hit me that everything I was doing … all of the crappy things I was eating and drinking were further adding to my health problems. I still continued training my clients but deep down my heart wasn’t in it – I was a FAKE.
My mojo was gone.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, DEE!!!
Time to start practising what I preached again… My lightbulb and defining moment came when I signed a new client – MARY
Mary was 65 and had lost her sight in a car accident 3 years previously. The same car accident had also claimed the life of her husband of over 40 years. If this wasn’t bad enough, Mary suffered from osteoporisis and had a severely disabled daughter with no speech whom she insisted on caring for herself. A blind mother with osteoporosis caring for a severely disabled child with no speech…. How on earth did they manage?
I used to come away from each session feeling so humbled and ashamed that I had let myself down. I WAS LOST. From that moment on, I made a promise to myself to have a positive impact on the life of every single person I worked with, to bring out their inner beauty and encourage those who felt like they’d lost their way, lost their laugh and lost their love for themselves and lives to find it all again…..
“Be The Star They Are”
I had to start with myself – learn to like ME before I could possibly hope to help anybody else. It wasn’t easy but my hearing loss forced me to look at myself in a whole new light and most importantly re-ignite my passion for fitness and helping other people.
Fast forward to 2011 …. inspired by Mary’s incredible determination and courage, as well as my own personal journey, I just KNEW I wanted to create something to enable me to take other people on their own Life Changing Journey.
I didn’t want to be just another Personal Trainer offering 10 sessions for X or 20 sessions for Y – I wanted to create an experience, encourage my clients to think outside of the box, RE-INVENT themselves, RE-WRITE their own history and most importantly CHOOSE their Journey Destination.
The Result? Million Dollar Fitness and the Million Dollar Trainer were born…
Reach out to me, get in touch, find out more AND maybe, just maybe if you are an Action Taker – CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!
What Living With Meniere’s Disease Is Like …. From the heart
It is a feeling of being in a fog trying to make my way at times around a room and feeling relieved that I’ve made it to a chair – I haven’t fallen or knocked out some teeth to get there. Music, Songs – lovely songs that make other people so happy can be for me at times head melting and all engulfing to my ears. I want to shout, “Stop”!
I hear all sounds, plates clattering, doors opening and closing, TV, radio, voices … all sound crashing through my hearing aids, hurting my ears every day, all the time.
Taking out my hearing aids at the end of the day is a blessed relief – I guess just like when you kick your shoes off and reach for a glass of vino or a packet of biscuits. Relief – thank God I’m done for the day.
Years ago, I loved going to on amusement park rides – even though I was s*** scared!! I enjoyed the buzz, the adrenaline, the excitement and feeling of the roller coasters
No more rides, those days are gone, the feeling is just like those rollercoaster rides in my head daily – when I do get an attack of vertigo, it is the most horrific feeling!
When I walk, I’m sure people look at me thinking that I have had too much to drink, because as I am walking, I veer a little to the left or right because Meniere’s affects my balance.
So, I am careful.
No more motorbikes.
My life has changed because of this disease.
But to be fair, it’s made me more determined to become the best version of ME I can possibly be.
I never know from one day to the next what will happen, however, I don’t get hung up on what ifs.
I choose what I can do and can’t.
It hasn’t affected my love for my family, friends and life.
It is a journey for me, I am enjoying my journey of life as best I can, however much I dislike having this disease.
Faith in myself, courage, and inner strength allows me to deal with this every day of my life.
Live With Passion
I have a female only, membership-based, studio where I also focus on building a family unit and life-changing experience for every single member.
Empowerment coaching is a conversation between coach and client, that enables forward thinking, discovery, change and growth to facilitate wellbeing. It is not therapy.
I launched my pilot Empowerment Programme in October 2015, with a group of 12 clients from the UK, South Africa, Australia and Lithuania.
My series of Mindset & Motivation Workshops starts in June 2016.
FIT PRO COACHING
Fit Pro business coaching is designed for fitness professionals who are interested in transforming their business into a lucrative asset.
As the famous saying goes: “You can only sell s*** once”.
MILLION DOLLAR FITNESS ACADEMY
Courses are awarded by Active IQ and accredite by REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals). For more details please see my website:
- Sunday World – Fit to Fight The Fat
- Derry Journal – Derry is Sitting on a Diabetes Time Bomb
- Derry Journal – Friday’s Child
- Derry Journal – The Sunday Interview
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Local Women Awards 2016
- Shortlisted, Woman of the Year Award
Belfast Telegraph Women of the Year Awards, 2014
- Inspirational Woman of the Year – Finalist
- Most Inspirational Coach, Instructor or Tutor (NI & Scotland) – Runner Up
- Best Sports, Health or Fitness Club or Group (NI & Scotland) – Runner Up
- Best Skill or Academic based Learning – Finalist
- Best Slimming, Wellbeing or Lifestyle Service – Finalist
Teresa Hume Coyle – 5 star
Read more here.
My mission is to have a positive impact on the life of every single person who joins the Million Dollar Family, by creating a memorable and awesome fitness experience. I walk the talk, being an example – to my clients – of living a healthier lifestyle by making fitness and nutrition choices that give me energy and fuel my zest for life!
PHONE +44 7500 933 074
DOWNLOADS & MEDIA
IN THE MEDIA
Derry Journal – Jamies Journie Raises 20k
Dee McCahill and members of Million Dollar Fitness raised over £5000 for local charity, Jamies Journie.
Harborough Mail – Errigal Climb
Dee McCahill and the Million Dollar Fitness Errigal Climb for Jamie's Journie is featured in the Harborough Mail. Published Thursday 22nd October 2015.
Dunstable Today – Errigal Climb
Dee McCahill and the Million Dollar Fitness Errigal Climb for Jamie's Journie is featured in Dunstable Today. Published Thursday 22nd October 2015.
Derry Journal – Errigal Climb
Dee McCahill and the Million Dollar Fitness Errigal Climb for Jamie's Journie is featured in the Derry Journal. Published Thursday 22nd October 2015.
Peterborough Telegraph – Errigal Climb
Dee McCahill and the Million Dollar Fitness Errigal Climb for Jamie's Journie is featured in the Peterborough Telegraph. Published Thursday 22nd October 2015.
Maison du Vann – Dee’s Summer Tips
Maison du Vann features Dee's Summer Fitness Tips
Babyworld.co.uk – What’s on 4 Me Winners and Finalists
Dee was voted Runner-Up, Most Inspirational Coach, Instructor or Tutor (NI & Scotland) sponsored by Ideal Weight - open to any individual running a group, class or activity for adults. Million Dollar Fitness was voted Runner-Up Best Sports, Health or Fitness Group...
Derry News – Million Dollar Fitness Red Carpet Relaunch
Million Dollar Fitness Red Carpet Relaunch Tower Hall, the renovated church on Bond's Hill in the Waterside, was packed to capacity as Dee McCahill welcomed members and new friends to a...
Derry Journal – Friday’s Child
Dee is featured as Friday's Child. Published in The Derry Journal, Friday 11th July 2014.
Derry Journal – Who is it this week?
The Sunday World – Fit to Fight the Fat
Dee takes journalist Jenny Curran on a Supermarket Tour to raise awareness of diabetes and the soaring obesity epidemic for National Diabetes Week. Published in The Sunday World, Sunday 15th June 2014.
Derry Journal – Derry is Sitting on a Diabetes Time Bomb
Dee raises awareness of diabetes and the soaring obesity epidemic for National Diabetes Week in The Derry Journal, Friday 13th June 2014.
Belfast Telegraph – Tuesday Fashion features Dee McCahill
Dee McCahill in the Belfast Telegraph's Fashion Feature. 4 March 2014.