One step at a time
It's the little things that add up to bigger things...
Week one was phenomenal! It feels like I am on an adventure to find myself and my own good health again.
Daily walking is uplifting and getting a morning walk in before breakfast has fired up my metabolism significantly.
It's the start of my 2nd week and I have lost 2.7kgs. I have a lot more energy and eating regularly has really shifted everything I previously thought was the successful way to loose weight.
When I read the book 'Bravo Two Zero' by Andy McNab many years ago, his description of the Seven P's really resonated with me... ' Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance'. This is something that this week has really exemplified. To eat well you need to be prepared. The shopping needs to incorporate buying more protein than you can imagine you would ever eat. Then weighing and packaging the portions is very helpful. Surprisingly two days later you find the fridge is empty because you ate it all!
Each day I have a snack pack in the fridge and pack it each morning with the protein portions of what I will eat across the day. This is a good plan as I'm not finding I'm looking around for something to eat - I go straight to the pack and help myself.
Protein + carb days
Honestly, toast has never tasted so great in my whole life! When I add a piece of toast back into breakfast I feel happy and content. I am grateful to have such wonderful foods available to eat. Incorporating a fruit and vegetable into my lunch and dinner has made me think creatively about the combinations I will try. I also savor the simple fresh squirt of juice that fills my mouth when eating each slice of orange, accompanied by fresh pork, greens and tomato.
Weighing in and having a Dream Team cheer you on each day is definitely inspiring and motivating. Knowing that others are doing exactly what you are doing is really great for feeling part of a community. Weight loss is such a challenge for many people. There is a stigma in society about being overweight and the loss of body confidence can cause so much anxiety and stress for people. With over 60% of Australians now overweight, conversations need to be more tailored to the individual's goals, and as a society we can and should reflect on how we fuel the problem by asking people to work 8-10 hours sitting at a desk with massive deadlines and pressures that make them feel guilty for taking a lunchtime walk. This is just not healthy, mentally or physically.
What I realised this morning is that I have known that I wanted to loose weight for quite some time. However my challenge has been not knowing 'HOW'. So having a clear plan, goals, and a defined method of eating is the ingredient I have been missing to make the change happen.
This morning one of my coaches sent me this message (below). It's a simple affirmation that inspires me to keep making these positive changes in my life. I know the changes will also influence my son and husband, and that as a family we will all become healthier together.
This week I have trained not only myself, but over 100 women and men in the Blue Mountains who make a weekly commitment to look after their bodies. They make themselves a priority for at least an hour a week. This is healthy and their bodies show that consistent and gentle exercise does make you stronger.
My clients are so diverse and reflect a wonderful mix of people within our community. They inspire me to train and stay up-to-date with my instructions and to design interesting and challenging programs. Working with both incredibly fit people and individuals recovering from injuries and illness requires the ability to adapt the pilates method to suit the person and the body in front of you. I love being able to help people move and grow confidence again.
Rehabilitating from my second spine fusion has been more challenging than the first. For some reason the fatigue has dug it's deep claws into me and I have struggled to get back to my pre-surgery energy levels. At first I wanted to fight through this and take on too much to force myself back. This approach failed. I realise now that there is no 'going back'. There is only going forward in life and to embrace the changes that have happened along the way. I've always been scared of uncertainty. It makes me anxious. But now I am just taking a step at a time and not trying to fully be in control. This gives me the opportunity to take on board new ideas, opportunities and challenges, without have pre-defined structures around who I am. There is no box for me to sit in - there are no walls around me. There is an open field and I'm walking through it. Not running to find the boundaries, but strolling to enjoy the journey of major life change.
One of the great highlights of my week was seeing the new found body awareness and confidence grow when my client successfully completed a body challenge on the reformer. My Pilates Star this week is for Lisa - whose commitment and
efforts to continue to train while balancing a chaotic career have seen her progress enormously. Well done Lisa! You're an inspiration to me :)