Today has been good – despite the mood that I woke up in!
Given that I harp on about positivity so much, I could hardly let myself get too fed up though! After working for a couple of hours this morning, I headed to the gym to take out my frustrations there. It worked – I burnt more calories than ever before and left there feeling too tired to be moody. I also left having smiled at people, feeling like I belonged, and having a nice exchange of words with the chap who got me set up there…a great gym experience.
After this, I headed to see the horses in the drizzle, and then popped to Asda. That was a shocker today…we actually shopped for three full days, which is unheard of for a daily shopper like myself…I am sure that things have been forgotten!
The reason I shopped for three days is that my week is a little manic. Tomorrow I have a diabetic review – the doctor wants to do one…even though the hospital just did one…I do love the NHS, but when I pointed out the duplication they still insisted! So this is first-thing, followed by my group, a quick dash home for lunch, aquafit and then a dash across town. I have been asked to speak at three Slimming World groups tomorrow night. My old consultant is leaving and wanted me to meet her lovely members. I am really excited about seeing everyone – but also a little freaked out as some of them read my blog and so will know all of my secrets…and I have no idea of theirs! So tomorrow is hectic and I will be late home.
Then I am up extra early for the gym on Wednesday morning before heading off to see Jessie Pavelka for the day in Oxfordshire. Again, this is going to be a long day! My shopping has been planned to help me stay on track. So I have been planning my food and trying to be organised for a change…hoping to keep stress levels at bay!
This afternoon has been very productive too. I have been focussing on a project for HOOP which is muddling my brain and involves spreadsheets and numbers…lots of numbers. The outcome is going to be good though and should lead to some change, so it’s a pleasure to be part of that.
I also managed to fit in a telephone conversation with a lovely lady that I have been exchanging emails with. It was wonderful to talk to her. Our chit-chat just reinforced my desire to focus on my coaching and helping people to discover their own answers. All too often we wait for a miracle (they rarely, if ever, arrive!) or for someone to give us the magic answer. I said that I had met people before who I thought would get me on track, and give me that ‘lightbulb’ moment…again, this didn’t happen – but what did happen is that I started to believe that I had the answers to my own problems.
From a coaching perspective, this is the focus…helping someone to unlock their answers…so I am excited to embark upon my coaching journey.
My experience of trying to impart advice is not a good one. I mentioned the other day about having given advice to people – and how they rarely take that advice. And why should they? I don’t know their life and their constraints as intimately as they do. So over the past few months I have been using some of the stuff I did at work…coaching rather than telling…helping people to answer their own questions. I got a lovely message the other day after having tried this over email with someone…she went on to lose 3.5lbs the following week and felt really in control. This is just the tip of the iceberg I feel…so it’s all quite exciting!
I have often tried to impart information to my other half – I think we have all been there. His face glazes over and he just nods and mumbles in what he feels is the appropriate place. I know he’s not bloody listening though. Then, only the other day, he started chatting about how great this article was that he had read…which contained all of the the information I had already given him! He then wanted to get a nutrition plan off the personal trainer at the gym…despite my nutrition diploma and also a bit of experience with healthy eating!
Typical! Yet if I had maybe dealt with things differently, and helped him discover the answers for himself, maybe I wouldn’t have felt so frustrated and he wouldn’t glaze over so often. So I am going to try coaching my other half…I will let you know how that goes…and will share my secrets!
Please bear with me over the next couple of days; it is going to be a challenge to get the blog posts written due to my jetset lifestyle (I am clearly being sarcastic there!) but I will do my best! x
Breakfast: Banana porridge (5 syns).
A bit of a fish day today! Brekkie was okay, but the porridge tasted weird…not sure that I got the washing-up liquid off the bowl properly! Lunch was simple – a pack of smoked salmon trimmings mixed with eggs and black pepper, then scrambled. I toasted a couple of wholemeal rolls, piled on some raw spinach, added the scrambled eggs and topped with cherry tomatoes. Dinner was another simple one too. The long posh peppers sliced down the middle and flattened out, a pile of spinach, sardines in tomato sauce mixed with chilli, herbs and red onion. This was put on top of the spinach, then I added sliced tomato and cheese and blitzed it in the microwave. It was a bit of a raw-food dish really!
Exercise: 30 minutes on the elliptical machine and 50 minutes of weights.
Thank you for reading – and I promise that normal service will shortly resume…and wish me luck for my talks tomorrow!
Weight Loss Bitch xxx