Well howdy hoo, it’s been a little while since my last update, but know I am still here working on those goals one way or another.
February was always going to be a more challenging month on my weight loss journey, and the progress has halted but I want to still share this update with you as I think it may resonate with a lot of you who are also working on your own health.
Here in the mountains, February is a really busy month. The kids were off school and I have had family visiting, plus I’ve been working a lot more in my other part-time job that I take on over the winter.
This week the kids have gone back to school and I’m finding my rhythm again.
The turbulence of a busy month has however stalled my progress and I have settled at a place where I am maintaining but haven’t made any more progress after the first two weeks in terms of weight loss.
At times like this it’s important to remember that life is always going to be multi-faceted. You (and I) are more than just your body or a weight loss goal.
I get to appreciate that there has still been some life progress, even if there hasn’t been the same body/health progress.
I get to appreciate that I got to take time out with the kids and enjoy family visiting guilt free. Yes I ate freely no rules, drank, haven’t had the chance to do formal workouts and have still managed to maintain.
So yes I’m pretty pleased with that. That is a win in my eyes.
However, when something is important to you, then you get to come back to working on it at the first opportunity, and that is what I’m choosing to do this week.
Don’t beat yourself up shame yourself if you too have found that you do not have the time to exercise or make super healthy meals all of the time.
Health and fitness is my job and at times I don’t always have the space to fit it in!!
As I have been working more this winter as I took on extra work, we are finally having the house renovation take place this year and it’s going to take a lot.
A lot of time, money and energy.
But as I worked full time hours friday, saturday and sunday doing what is a fairly manual job. I racked up 17k steps on each of these days and was clearly reminded what it’s like for people who have full-time jobs all week and all year round.
Yes I have been that dickehead coach in the past that has blurted out the words ‘we all have the same 24 hours in a day’
No we f*cking don’t!!
Having a full-time job, kids, husband, a house, life is a LOT!! Adulting is hard!!!
Time is a luxury that many people with busy overwhelming schedules just don’t have.
On Friday I told myself I would do a workout after work when I got home.
I got home and I did not have the capacity or the desire to do anything else but put my feet up and have a moment. Before I had to get back up, walk the dogs and do dinner.
The workout did not happen and I was ok with that. Adding more stress onto an already stressed-out body is actually counterproductive anyway.
Now there are certainly ways to be time smart with your healthy habits.
That’s always what I focus on helping my clients with on Better Body coaching
Time-effective workouts and time effective recipes and healthy meals. Knowing your schedule and finding workarounds is key.
It can still be done!!
But on some weeks your priorities shift completley and that’s ok as long as you come back to your healthy habits as soon as you can.
When my family was here, I prioritised time with them and my social life over my diet and workouts. I’m really ok with that too.
That is the beauty of life. We only get one, nothing is promised, you never know which day will be your last and so I choose to live as if it could be. I want to soak up the love from those around me, to laugh, to let go and have fun. To me that balance is part of healthy living.
I also took a break from documenting everything on my social media, I took a break from my phone which I also think is essential. But once I get my phone storage issues resolved (I ran out of memory and need to go on a serious deleting spree) I’ll be back uploading progress over there too.
Now the visits are over I can come back to prioritising my health and my goals again and it doesn’t mean I failed, just my priorities shifted and now I create the space for them to come back in alignment.
The real reason your weight loss stalls is simply a shift in priorities and you can also choose to shift that back again too.
Come from kindness, compassion and good dose of determination.
If you want something, like really, really want something. You are going to have to work for it.
You are probably going to mess up along the way, you will have to test things out, learn as you go, fuck things up and go all over again.
Just don’t live your life without even trying.
Come at it from a place of excitement and curiosity about what is possible when you don’t give up on yourself. Call for support from those around you, know that any step forward no matter how small, is a step towards the goal.
Believe in yourself and do the work.
Write out 1-3 priority action steps for yourself this week.
What are the daily progress-making tasks that will help you move the needle this week on your own goals?
Keep it simple, keep it effective.
For me these are:
- Sleep 8 hours a night – no screen’s 30 minutes before bed (read book instead), magnesium, no fluids after 8.30PM, no snacking after dinner.
- Track food to remain in line with calorie deficit. Especially on full work days so that I have foods ready for when I get in and don’t want to have to eat everything in sight when I don’t get chance to eat as much through the day.
- At least 3 workouts because I love to move my body and feel powerful and strong.
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