Yes, it’s true. This is a later than usual Friday with Heidi.
It’s late for no other reason that I did what I ask my clients to do. To listen to what’s really going on and then, more importantly, to act on it.
If I’d not listened, this week’s FWH would have been more of a reflective on our 10th party event – which was simply brilliant.
So, in the rosy glow of Saturday night still, I do want to say that it was lovely. I feel well and truly surprised by Karen, the instructors and the campers. I was taken right by surprise and left quite speechless by the whole affair. More than anything because 70 odd people were waving photos of my face on lolly sticks at me for 5 minutes!
What I have realised this week though is that there is so much still to do. And I don’t mean in a pushy, goal driven way. I mean there’s people that need what we’re offering but who either haven’t found us yet or don’t know it yet. And these things always happen when the time is right.
I can so clearly remember pushing to get my first fitness instructors job after I qualified. They didn’t actually want me, but I persisted until they gave me the job.
God it was awful.
I became the worst version of an employee I’d ever been. It hurt my pride, I resented every day there and within 13 weeks of starting I’d left.
I did think that I wasn’t cut out for this fitness malarkey, but slowly, slowly built my confidence back up to get into group teaching where I really found that I am happiest.
So, why am I 12 hours behind schedule with writing my blog?
This week I’ve been ignoring a niggle.
A niggle in my left calf when I do my morning walks. It was coming from my foot and making my calf numb.
Now I know that I am not injured. There’s nothing wrong with my leg, foot, shoes or walking.
It’s a little nudge that something is out of whack in my life.
It could be a headache or a sore throat, or a back ache or a stub of the toe. But these little reminders keep happening until we change our ways.
How many times have you said “just my luck” or “why does this always happen to me?”
It’s probably because you’re not listening!
You probably also know of people who’ve make big life changes when their life has appeared rock bottom only to pull it right around to have great success and happiness.
They decided that enough was enough (the messages were too loud to ignore) and they made the changes necessary.
As is normal, I ignored this niggle for a few walks (I was only getting it whilst on my much loved early morning plods) and so put up with it.
If you ignore a child trying to talk to you what do they do? They get louder and louder don’t they?
Yesterday morning when I got back from my walk my, then OK feeling leg, just suddenly went into a spasm and felt like I’d pulled a muscle. I was limping around the house cursing the fact that I had a presentation to make and a busy day ahead. But more importantly I was cursing that I wouldn’t be able to walk for a while if I had to rest.
THAT was the deal breaker. I wasn’t prepared to forego those!
Call me weird if you want, but I had a good old chat with myself.
I told me, that I would listen and take time to find out what I needed to learn but not until the evening. I just couldn’t do it immediately, I had too many commitments. I promised myself that I would do the work required that evening so long as I could have my leg back to working normally.
Within about 20 minutes all the pain had gone. I could run up and down stairs and it was as normal as before my walk.
Call me even weirder if you want, but I thanked myself and got on with my day! Wondering just what next level of pain I’d have to endure if I didn’t follow on my promise.
So last night, after camp, I followed through on my promise.
I asked myself what did I need to do that evening.
I got the funniest replies.
What do I need to do? – Eat.
OK, what do I need to eat? – Soup.
Soup? Really?! – Soup. (So I had soup!)
What else do I need to do? – Have a bath.
I don’t do lying about in baths, but I didn’t want my leg to get worse. So I had a bath.
What else do I need to do? – Sleep
That figures, my sleep has been broken for some time.
What else do I need to do? – Write.
Arghhh! I don’t like journalling. I like thinking. I like walking and thinking. That’s my journalling. But I’d made a promise, so of course I wrote!
In amongst all of these things came the reason for the leg, the actions I need to take (the most important bit) and then some other revelations that I’d not seen.
Why would I share this with you?
Because it will work for you too.
Next time you get a headache or a niggle in a muscle or some other annoyance that’s distracting you stop and ask yourself what is this trying to tell you? What aren’t you paying attention to? Where do you need to stop, reflect and observe.
I can pretty much guarantee that there will be nothing that you don’t already know. It will be things like…
Your health is out. Eat better.
You’re out of shape. Move more.
You’re exhausted. Take more time off.
Your family need you and you need them. Spend more time at home.
You’re lonely. Spend more time with friends.
- Listen in.
- Do the work.
- Take the action.
- Grow a little bigger.
And that, my friends, is why Friday with Heidi is late this week.
Have a fabulous week.
Be kind. With love.
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This week’s solitary sunrise for you. I am feeling a little bereft of them now. I hope to see one over the weekend again.
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 in Wokingham 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.