This week I’ve been musing on feedback I’ve had from people I’ve met about their first impressions of meeting me and learning about FastTrack Fit Camp and I wanted to settle your mind as to what we are and what we’re not.
In no particular order:
We hear ” It’s easy for you, you exercisey types!“ Not all of us like exercising for fun and you can count me in that statement too. However we do understand that you know you need to do it, even if you don’t really want to do it.
Therefore we’ll help you to find the pace that suits you. You don’t want to jump? No problem, low impact it is. You don’t want to get down on the ground? Easy, we can give you standing options. You’re not sure about this heavy breathing and being out of breath malarkey? It’s OK, we’ll motivate you to do what you’re capable of so you can still see the improvements.
We hear “It’s easy for you, you don’t need to lose weight!” There’s not enough room here for me to tell you how I know exactly what it’s like! Not all of us at Fit Camp are a size 10 -12 and we are as challenged as you are with keeping our weight in check even though we love our food and booze!
All of the instructor team at FastTrack Fit Camp have, at one time or another, had to deal with their weight. We completely get what it does to your head when you feel frumpy and out of sorts. We understand what it’s like to love food but for it to love you more. And we know that getting that sorted can be a big challenge. If there is one area that’s been the biggest feature in my life it’s my relationship with food. I’ve been very overweight, very underweight, advised to lose weight for health, lost weight through cutting calories, taking mail-order diet pills and taking laxatives. The Cambridge Diet the Rice Diet the Food Combining Diet. I’ve been through so many I feel quite skilled in knowing all the ways to do them successfully, cheat and quit.
And if you’ve been there too you know that this is boring.
I’m still a work in progress with this – but I do get it when you tell me that you can’t give up your favourite (thing). But I am also here to tell you that you can change this too.
We hear “I’m not really a group fitness type of a person” Not all of us enjoy going into new groups of people who all look like they know what they’re doing. If you’re more introverted in nature it can be a big hurdle to doing something you know is going to help you if you feel overwhelmed by people.
The reason I love group fitness is because you can be an introvert in an extrovert’s world. We won’t have you high-5-ing and ‘boom’ing all over the place. But you can stand out to the side and do your workout there. Or you if you wanted to chat with someone you could do that too. If you want to be quiet – be quiet. If you want to take yourself to the side and quietly swear your way through the session that works too and if you just want everyone to know how you’re feeling, where you’re feeling it and why, then rest assured that you can, and people frequently do!
I am not an exercise lover. I don’t jump at the chance to go for a run, or enter Tough Mudder events or cycle London to Brighton. I don’t get a runner’s high and I can procrastinate like, well a pro, when I really, really don’t want to do something. However, I do know that exercise is a necessity for health. I know that I absolutely love to be outside and I know I want to feel good not blue. So exercise is my vitamin pill to keep that all that good stuff coming my way.
I also completely understand what it’s like to start exercising again after a break of several years. It’s bloody scary and I’m bound to wonder why I am doing it at some point. I’ll be regretting the one day and week when I didn’t go which has now eeked out into weeks and months. Rueing the times I’d almost started something and found yet another reason to put it off. I get it.
Same with food. I love food. I’ve loved food way too much in my time and I have eaten more than my fair share of ready made meals, takeaway dinners, Christmas selection boxes, Kettle Chips, KitKats, bread, pasta and pizza and much more.
When I do this, I lay down the fat and I can’t shift it. I have been overweight more than I’ve been the right weight in my life. I’ve spent most of my time finding ways to do the food thing without the fat thing. So I get it when you tell me that’s what you’ve done too.
I have learned to keep my love for food, but for the stuff that works for me, not the things that don’t. I’ve learned what makes me fat, and yes I still eat it at times but with much more conscious choice about it.
So the next time you think about doing something to sort your fitness, shape or well being out – think of us again.
We’re not scary.
We’re not muddy.
And we’re definitely not shouty.
But we are ready and waiting to help you get what you need to feel like you again. And, like Jill, who emailed me this week, I hope that after being with us for a while you too can say “Thanks Heidi for your support and for creating something very special in the form of Fit Camp – I have found my tribe!”.
Have a great weekend.