It’s one of those weeks when Friday with Heidi is a big fat lie.
It’s Tuesday and I am starting the process now because, after Wednesday night, I am not here for a few days. So less of a week’s view, more of of snapshot of the week.
Last night I (should have) arrived in Stratford for 4 days or so. I’m here on the second of my four retreats on a year long personal development programme I’ve enrolled in. Back in April it was all about finding some answers to what we’re here to do. This time it’s all about how to live a more healthy and vital life.
I am looking forward to learning from a new bunch of people to my normal health crowd. It’s going to be interesting to see crossovers and differences in approaches to optimum health. From the pre-work I am hopeful that all I need are a few tweaks to what I am doing already. After all I feel pretty in step with what I talk about, help others with and what I do. But there’s always something to be learned.
Tweaking ties in with what I’ve been up to too. Over the last week or so I’ve been helping clients with just this. How to be more vital, to get better results and to feel like progress is being made.
The recurring theme has been something along the lines of, “I’m doing the right thing. I exercise regularly, I eat fairly well and nothing is changing“.
Does this sound like something you say to yourself too?
It’s fairly common that at some point we’ll hear ourselves saying this.
I’ve said it. I’ve said it this year when I’ve been having Hashimoto’s treatments (see latest blog here!).
So what’s going on? How come we’re all ‘doing the right thing‘ and yet not making progress?
How about a new way of looking at it?
I see it not as progress not being made, but you’ve learned what to do to maintain.
If you’re working out 2-3 times a week. Drinking some water. Eating some veg. Not snacking in the week and having family meals and a glass or two of wine at the weekend. You’ve learned how to maintain.
This is great news!
You know what works to keep things ticking along nicely. And I think this is where we get tripped up.
When we go on a regime or a diet or a plan (call it what you like) we still think, even if it’s in the deepest recesses of our mind, that we can go back to what we were doing before once we get to where we want to be.
We don’t want to have to accept that this exercise-vegetable-water malarkey is life.
And yet it is.
To get better results, we need to look at where we can tweak a little more whilst still doing life and not doing a ‘thing’.
Try these suggestions instead to see how you can improve your results without losing the will to live. This assumes that you are already cutting back on sugar, diet and processed foods and alcohol. If that’s not been done yet, go there first as best you can.
- Eat three meals a day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. That’s it.
- Allow 4-5 hours between meals. No snacks.
- Drink more water between meals. Aim for this 0.035 x (weight in kg) each day.
- Eat protein for breakfast. Eggs, fish, meat, cheese, full fat yoghurt, seeds or nuts. With some fruit or veg.
- Get to bed earlier. Ideally be asleep before 22.30 to aid fat loss.
- Move each day at every opportunity. This is not the same as exercising.
- Exercise 3 – 4 times a week. To the best of your ability doing something you look forward to.
- Understand that you don’t need to keep other people happy with your food and drink choices. I am a right royal pain to feed if I wrote it all down. But I manage, because actually it’s very simple. We can still go out, I still get fed, no one gets hurt.
Nothing here involves huge changes in what you’re doing. But some tweaks to what you’re doing may be all you need to move from maintenance to progress.
Let me know how you get on.
This year FastTrack Fit Camp is 10 years old and we are making sure that we celebrate! If you’ve spent time with us at some point over the last 10 years I’d love to see you at our November event. It’s not your usual hotel affair, I do hope you can come.
As you can see burpees aren’t a feature!
Clean, Green Fit Camp
BeeBombs! We’ve sold 22 packets of wild seed pods so far. To get your British wildflower pouches please click this link and we’ll get them to you. I really hope we can get 100 pouches out and about around Wokingham before the end of the year.
Trainers! Lordy, even more have appeared before the bins have arrived. Keep ’em coming team, let’s keep them out of landfill please.
Waste Not Wednesday! I’ve started a weekly anti-food waste blog that you’ll find on Facebook and Twitter each week. A little tip to help you keep and use more of what you buy each week. This week’s is here.
And I’ll leave you with my favourite sun rise picture from last week. Just because…
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.