You see, whenever I am putting together something new
Whether it is something we are doing for our members
(like our new printed done for you meal plans with your favourite recipes or even like the eating out guide I sent out yesterday << reply to this email with ‘eating out guide’ if you would like a copy)
I start putting it off. Interesting right?
So how did I finally start writing this message to you now
Or any of the books we are currently doing?
Well, I realised why I was procrastinating. I was worried I would do it ‘wrong’, it wouldn’t be ‘perfect’.
Remember, that pleasure without pain is a fantasy. I had to go through the ‘pain’ of thinking it would be rubbish to get the pleasure of knowing that I have done it. Just like, there is no ‘pain’ without ‘pleasure’. And this goes for everything you do, too. Whether this is procrastinating on a workout because you’re not feeling it or feel you can’t get motivated to do as much as you would like or whether it is procrastinating on cutting up some veg and fruit to make them just as convenient as junk food.
I counted down from 5…4…3…2..1 and I committed to writing one line. Just one line.
And I am still writing now this message to you now because of it.
Because it is EASY to procrastinate writing a whole book or email or blog
but it’s not so easy to procrastinate writing one line.
And this goes for workouts, too. That is why we do a 1 minute workout every day, so no matter how busy your day is, you have a choice to workout or not. It may not be THE choice you wanted to make, but you still have A choice.
Fill in this gap below with one thing you will do today to boost your energy, which if you did it, would make everything else easier or unnecessary: If I need to create energy today, I will
One last thing.
Because procrastination can come from fear.
When I now fear something, this helps me A LOT.
I SAY I want my kids to ‘go for it’, not be scared, and do what they want in their life.
But imagine me then saying “I didn’t do that because I was scared someone would not like it”. Interesting right?
And just to prove that procrastination isn’t a disease or something you HAVE and cannot get rid of, the dictionary even says it can also be described as ‘dilly-dallying’ or ‘dithering’.
So when I procrastinate and I say ‘stop procrastinating’, it feels like a big thing. If I say ‘stop dilly-dallying’ I almost laugh at myself…
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I’d by lying to you if I said that I never say things like:
“I feel tired’
“I can’t be bothered to exercise”
“I don’t have the energy”
“I feel like I’ve not got my usual energy”
“I feel like $#*!”
Maybe I’m tired? A bit run down
But the thing about catching yourself saying ‘I feel like [insert here]”
You are about to use an analogy…
Which means it is NOT REAL….
But I get that when you’re in this state and you’re feeling low?
It is difficult to get out of.
So here are 3 things to get out of this low state:
1) Write down a list of the things that make you feel happy.
2) Whenever you feel low? Do one of these things
I can guarantee that you have a list in your head of the things that make you feel low that are top of mind awareness.
After all, if you don’t know what makes you happy, how do you know what it is to be happy?
Change your environment.
Ring a friend? Meet someone who you haven’t seen in a while. Go to a coffee shop. Meet like minded people. It might be the last thing you want to do…but there’s only one way to find out if it is actually the thing you need to do
And often the last thing you want to do is the thing you should do…
Energy is not given..
You have to create it…
Take your focus somewhere else…
What you focus on…becomes what you focus on…
A thought does NOT mean it is true. I can guarantee you’ve changed your opinion before right?
That’s changing your thoughts?
Normal thoughts are there to protect you. You don’t have to believe them…
And when all that doesn’t work?
And you can honestly say you have done it?
Do something for someone else..
I can’t guarantee this will work for you
But what I can say with 100% certainty is that it definitely will not work if you don’t try it…
Good news is that confidence loves evidence and evidence comes from doing…
What one thing could you do today to create energy?
So I got this message on a post on Facebook from Sandy last week:
What better time to reiterate this point at a time when things are opening back up and some of the ladies are just starting on their health and fitness kickstart post lockdown
In fact, here’s a few messages I got from some of the ladies after week 1 🙂
Anyway, here are 9 reasons why the scales can go up and down…
1) You’ve started eating more fruit and vegetables –Fibre is hard for your body to breakdown.^^^ It can make you gassy and bloated
This also means you hold more water. So, consider that you’re probably going to eat different amounts of fibre everyday – which can impact your weight!
The good news?
Over time, your body will probably get better at handling your increased fibre intake, you’ll feel more full and stop craving more sugary, higher fat snacks foods which could help you lose FAT so you fit your clothes better!
2) You’ve started drinking more fluids – Yep, another positive habit could be making you put on more weight (at least in the short term)
^^^ Be it from tea, coffee, water, squash (or even diet coke…)
(One note on caffeine – it’s a diuretic so increased caffeine can mean you excrete more water)
I mean, you exercise one day and maybe not the next.You may sweat a lot one day (weather / exercise) and not so much the next.
The good news?
Over time, your body will better regulate this increased fluid intake, you’ll feel more full and satisfied, and stop mistaking thirst for hunger (and Ben & Jerry’s time
3) You eat more salt one day compared to another – Perhaps you started preparing your meals?
Maybe you’ve started keeping higher protein snacks in the fridge, like smoked salmon, turkey ham, eggs, cheese, natural yoghurt?
Maybe you’ve been making some wraps with some cold meats for on-the-go?
So you’ve been trying to increase your protein intake (which helps you get that more toned, leaner look and keeps you more full up But by doing so you may have increased your sodium intake – making you hold more water and increasing your weight!
Or it could be as simple as swapping supermarket rotisserie chicken one-day for a home roasted chicken the next?
^^^ the salt levels may be completely different.
Perhaps you got a takeaway <<< who probably don’t care about the salt intake as long as you don’t complain…and it tastes good.
Unless you’re anything like the wife’s grandad who complained that his gammon was ‘too salty’
4) You ate higher carbs than normal today or a few days prior – For every gram of carbs stored in your body…You pull about 3-4 g of water into your muscles which can mean you gain water weight!NOT FAT…
5) Sleep – Some of the ladies will report LIGHTER body weights on the weekends.
Because they can sleep in (a bit) more
^^ unless I’m knocking waking them up for our early morning sessions, of course (sometimes in lycra dressed as Mr Motivator…scary thought, I know)
So consider this:If you’re in bed for a bit longer during the night. Perhaps have a lay in. You may get up a few more times in the night and actually PEE more than normal.AKA Get rid of more water.
So, if during the week, you say, get only 5 hours of sleep a night…
You’ll pee less during the night (and / or first thing in the morning)
And the time between your last meal on the day before and your weigh in is shorter
^^^ Meaning your body may still be digesting the food!
6) You weren’t consistent with time and day – Did you weigh yourself at the same time?
Did you go to the bathroom before weighing yourself in the morning?
Same underwear / pyjamas?
7) You’ve started a new exercise programme –This is a new stimulus on your muscles. It ‘stresses’ your body. But when you rest…
The magic happens.
Your body repairs the muscles (you may feel a bit achey)
Now, this process burns calories YET…This ‘magic process’ AKA muscle soreness / recovery may mean that you increase your body weight (at least in the short term)
Because you’re holding more water in the muscle to help your body REPAIR!
Which is a bit like your immune system when you’re struggling with hayfever.
OR Your skin when you’re sunburnt!!!
8 – You haven’t done what you said you would do –
This one HURTS.
It makes us reflect on what WE have (or have not) actually done.
Have you done the work? Have you done what you said you would do?
^^ something we do in our Kickstart programme is keep you accountable to doing the things you probably know you need to do
9) Menstrual cycle
You know better than me…
That pre-menstrual phase ‘bloat’ can leave you holding more water (and craving carbs…)…
Not to mention peri-menopause and the menopause. ..
To sum up:
It’s for these 9 reasons why the scale is NOT your dictator (it’s one of many) and not your boss.
And why – in my opinion – :
* Progress pictures (for your own personal reference, even if you scroll back through your Facebook photos)
* How you feel (energy, digestion, exercise habits)
* How you feel when you look in the mirror
* How you fit your clothes
*FOCUSSING on the process by tracking the habits you are doing..
Are the best tools you can possibly have…
What if you just did the things you know you needed to do for one more day?