It’s a new year, as if you didn’t know, and maybe you have
been thinking about treating yourself better? Eating the best for you? Maybe
you have over indulged in the last few weeks, months, years? Now you want to do
something about it? Well, I have just the thing for you! How about an eight
week programme that is going to help you make some great changes, not only to
how you view what you put in your body, but with a group of like minded
individuals all looking for the same thing?
The eight weeks will include one on one coaching from me, a
new ‘habit’ each week, a closed Facebook group where you can share your
stories, highlights, and not so great times with others going through the same
There will be guidance on what you should or could be eating
for you. An individual one on one call with me each fortnight and if you are
not completely satisfied then I will give you your money back. But you need to
want to make some changes, and you will need to check in with me regularly,
otherwise I can’t help you succeed.
Just before Christmas last year I signed up with a coach to guide me on my health and wellness journey. I could have chosen a three month program, or a six month program, but I decided to go all in and I signed up for12 months! I am so glad I did!
The program was a mixture of fortnightly phone calls with my coach and daily emails from Precision Nutrition’s pro coach system. Each fortnight I was given a new ‘habit’ to follow. The food habits were:
Eat to 80% – harder than you think
Eat mindfully and slowly – even harder. I used an app to start with.
Eat mostly whole foods
Drink only calorie free beverages – also a tough one, especially with beautiful hot chocolate available
Eat five servings of colourful vegetables
Eat lean protein at each meal
Make smart carb choices
Eat healthy fats
Plan and prep your meals
Pretty basic stuff eh?
But the programme wasn’t just about what you put into your body, it also covered:
Setting good sleep habits
Working out a good recovery habit
Try to fit in 20 minutes of something that de-stressed you each day
And some others…
The eat to 80% full and slowly and mindfully habits stayed each week and you added and subtracted the others. Most of them I have continued with, just not to the same level as when I was in that fortnight. I didn’t always succeed with the habits, but I found that quite a few of them I was doing anyway.
The whole premise wasn’t to achieve 100% every day, but to do a little better each day, say 1%.
I went into the program with the same mindset that I did every other weight loss program that I have tried over the years. And believe me there have been so many, anything that was a fad at the time. Some of those worked, but most of them I put the weight back on. What happened this time is I learnt to have a healthier attitude to looking after me. Also, that it doesn’t matter that I don’t have a model’s physique, that I have cellulite and quite a few of my bits wobble, a LOT! In fact, I gained more than I lost – what I mean is a healthier attitude. The scales don’t really matter now. I didn’t lose a lot ofweight, but then I didn’t gain weight either. To me that is a success.
One of the things you do at the beginning is take some photos, in your underwear – not pretty, but they give you a benchmark. You also take your measurements. And recently one of my habits was to prepare for a photo shoot, to celebrate what I had achieved. I knew that I wasn’t going to do those in my underwear, especially as I asked a good friend to take them for me.
Finally I would like to say a big thank you to my coach, you know who you are. We had some difficult conversations, some enlightening conversations and you helped me through some pretty shitty times this year.
And, if you too would like a healthier better attitude to yourself and food and lose some weight, get in contact. I won’t be using the pro coach system, but I have learnt some good stuff, and gained so much more.