It’s been a week and a half since Arnie’s passed. Can’t believe it, it feels so weird not having him here.
I’m so glad I took a weeks break from the “Get Out of Shape / Get Back Into Shape” Experiment.
I needed that time to grieve and get my head in the right space. A lot of that time was spent wandering around the house crying and struggling to figure out how to move forward in a positive way.
Thankyou so much for your awesome messages and support – it was so lovey receiving your heart felt messages.
I’m still crying when I think of Arnie, but at least I can now focus on the awesomeness he bought to us. That I feel so grateful for. He truly was / is a miracle in our lives. And yes me, my hubby and Louie are going to miss him like crazy!
1st Week of Getting back into shape from my “Get Out of Shape / Get Back Into Shape” Experiment
So this week I started the “Get Back Into Shape” Experiment.
So far, so good.
I’m proud of myself for getting in there and doing it, because this time last week the thought of just eating or exercising just wasn’t at the top of my list.
I’m most definitely feeling better within myself.
Here’s what I found when I was doing the “Get out of shape” part of this experiment…
I felt like crap, absolute crap, not consuming good nutrition. I was exhausted, had headaches, my energy levels were really flat and I was feeling pretty depressed about how I looked.
I stopped wearing shorts, except for around the house, I stopped wearing dresses, when we went out, in fact, I didn’t even want to go out I was so self-conscious as my clothes didn’t fit properly.
I wore jeans – even when it was a little too hot to wear them – I didn’t want anyone seeing how out of shape my legs are.
I had lost lean muscle in my shoulders and arms, gained body fat around my back and chest and tummy, and my sports bras felt like they were crushing my ribs.
While Arnie was sick I was moving him around when he needed my help. With my “frozen shoulder” injury it made it even worse. I was in constant pain.
Starting Week 1 this week, I actually feel really excited and pretty darn good that I’m on the way to changing all of this.
I struggled before, and even though I would remind myself that I had the second part of the experiment to go…
The first part of the experiment, the “getting out of shape” part, felt at times, when I let myself go there, like the “get back into shape” end results were so far away.
I felt like I was lugging around not just a body that didn’t feel as healthy any more, but also all the BS that goes with that…
Those voices in my head filling me with self-doubt, insecurities, feeling depressed about how I looked.
I could feel my attitude changing and going to a place that I hadn’t been to in years.
A couple of posts ago, when I first shared this whole experiment with you… I shared with you some of my “what if’s”…
- What had I done?
- Would I regret this?
- What if it was going to be harder for me to get back into shape because of doing this?
- If I allow myself to go on this path, of feeling like this, what if it really screws with my mindset, and all the hard work I’ve put in over the years to overcome stuff like that.
- What if I jeopardize my health?
- Could this be a big mistake I’m making, risking doing this?
- What if I get negative feedback from this?
- What if I cop flack from other health professionals for doing an experiment like this?
Luckily I have the tools, I know how to get back to where I was with my mindset.
One of the reasons why I created the Mindset Behind Getting Into Awesome Shape (which is included in the Ultimate YOU Dream Body Program) was because I knew from my own personal experience, and working with clients, exactly what it’s like to go through all this “stuff” that stops you from reaching your “dream body” goals.
I wanted to share the tools that I share with my own coaching clients – and I’ve used myself over the years – to overcome those roadblocks…
…Rather than having to constantly struggle to get your head in the game, and feel like you’re fighting to lose every pound, kilo or percentage of body fat.
So what are some of the things I’ve put into place in this first week of the “Getting Back Into Shape” part of the Experiment?
Sleep, getting enough of it.
I’ve done the things that needed to be done and nothing else. That way, I can just catch up on some much needed recovery.
As I discussed in the previous posts, because I was no longer living a healthy lifestyle my sleep suffered big time. And then with Arnie’s round the clock care for weeks, I was on the verge of breaking point.
Sleep deprivation is a form of torture and having so little of it for so long effects you way worse than you think it does when you’re actually living it. I’m a light sleeper as it is, so this was nuts.
When your nutrition isn’t on track, when you’re skipping meals it makes you feel tired, even if you don’t’ feel like eating, you’ll get to a point where you do, but you’re feeling even worse by then, dizzy, headachy… even nauseous.
This is usually the time when you grab anything you can just to get you through. Something high sugar and often high in unhealthy fat, that gives you a quick fix, then an hour so so later or so you hit rock bottom again.
Crazy part is, you do it all the time… yet never learn your lesson from it.
The other downside is that you’re pretty much trashing your metabolism.
What I’ve been putting into action this week…
Bumping up my veggies
Eating regular meals
Using the right combination of foods, in a specific way which I’ve designed specifically to really ramp up fat loss and lean muscle…
And make my metabolism soar.
Getting my body to tap into my fat stores, to provide me with an accelerated source of energy.
I’m following the Ultimate YOU Dream Body Program nutrition
My clients are following the program as well. And getting great results.
The workouts aren’t the normal type of workouts you’d perform, I’ve designed them specifically for maximum time efficiency and for maximum results. Pretty much what the Ultimate YOU Dream Body Program is about.
Burning way more body fat and creating / preserving sexy lean muscle.
No cardio! I’m not kidding.
Training 4 times per week with reps, sets, timed rests all designed to provide bang for your buck – so to speak – with each workout.
After not exercising for the “get out of shape” experiment, I’m certainly “feeling” my workouts, 🙂 putting muscles into action that haven’t been challenged like that for a while. 🙂 LOL…
There’s no way I’d even consider starting this journey and doing the “get out of shape” experiment if I wasn’t 100%+ sure I had a kick butt effective plan ahead to get me back on track in a way that provided high level results. 🙂
Losing so much muscle and gaining extra body fat in the “get out of shape” experiment…
I felt really weak, my arms, my core, my legs… I’ve lost so much strength in them. That makes you feel even more vulnerable. I didn’t feel light on my feet anymore.
Y’know when your tummy feels and looks like marshmallow to touch it, you can feel it jiggling when you move around fast or jump up and down for something…
Or when you sit down in your jeans, and they actually hurt because they’re cutting into you so much.
These are all the things I’m looking forward to changing over the following weeks.
It’s such a liberating feeling being fitter and comfy with your body.
Because I know first-hand the struggles I’ve experienced in the past and most recently – and what my clients have experienced – they often joke about me being able to “read their minds” and “hear the voices that are going on their heads”.
Truth is, I can, but not in a woo woo way, often I can just sense it… 🙂
And can tell what they’re thinking, feeling, the mind games going on when they’re struggling…
I can hear what they’re NOT saying to me. If that makes sense.
Because I totally get it.
Going through all these mindset tools now are making it so much easier to deal with this journey… and making things a lot clearer as well.
And why “Mindset Lessons” are included in this program.
Accountability and Q and A Group Coaching Calls…
Obviously the details of these calls are confidential as it’s between myself and clients only…
I’m absolutely amped! Because I know the impact these calls are going to have on all of us.
The calls will be tailored from call to call depending on what Ultimate YOU clients need help with.
It’s amazing the awesome stuff that comes up, and seeing how enthusiastic, inspired, motivated (along with being educated further on taking your efforts up a notch) that clients are after the calls like this.
…I can’t wait!
Support via our Ultimate YOU Dream Body Program Facebook Group:
This is where clients share their experiences, I share my own experiences…
Where they ask for help with nutrition and workouts, where we can tweak the program a little more and really get down to the nitty gritty of our training and lives throughout the program.
We support each other.
I’m doing the program along with everyone else. I’m in there every day. It’s fun and it’s a quick way to interact.
Photos and Goal Clothing…
I can’t wait to take the next lot of photos for you to see.
I’m trying to be patient, but it’s so exciting knowing that I can share my progress with you along the way throughout this experiment.
And looking back at the photos is even more inspiring when you see the changes kick-in.
Goal clothing… I’ll show you photos of those in my next pics.
And I’ll tell you how much closer I am to being able to fit back into them as I go through this experiment.
That wraps up Week 1.
Bring on week 2! 🙂
If this has inspired you to take action… then let me help you.
Look, if you’re ready to experience your own journey, be supported by myself and Ultimate YOU Dream Body Clients…
To Train, Eat, be part of the Ultimate Dream Body alongside me, have that support and coaching that you need… then jump on board NOW!
If you have any questions, just email, I’m always happy to help.
Lots of hugs