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As a social media user with a bit of a ‘story’, I often get contacted by people trying to rope me in to promoting something or other…and sometimes I even get free yogurt! ;-)

You have probably read my rants about some of these promotional opportunities – body wraps…feck off, weight loss pills…feck off, Herbal Life…feck off, Body by Vi…feck off…and so it continues. Some of them offer me money and free products but, as I have said before, I would never recommend something that I haven’t used myself. More importantly, I would never recommend something that I don’t believe in…and I have tried plenty of shite stuff – but I wouldn’t fob you off with that. :-)

To get to the point, I was recently contact by a lovely chap called Will Pike of love:Fitness fame. Will had read a bit about me and was keen to find out more – so we had a chat. But not before I checked out his website, as plenty of people have wanted to chat – yet when I see pages of hardcore advice and protein powder pushers, I tend not to want to progress things! ;-)

So it was with feelings of relief and joy that I read through Will’s website. Here was a guy who shared my philosophy and vision when it came to addressing health and fitness. He not only coaches the body – and does a bloody marvellous job of this – but he coaches the mind too…my ‘big’ thing, as without the mind work, change is short-lived or impossible.

A Skype call was made and Will and I chatted for ages…probably far too long – I talk a lot! :-) It was so nice to find a guy who works in the fitness industry that seemed ‘normal’ – I am sure there are plenty, but none of the normal ones seem to want to chat to me! He was down to earth, reasonable, balanced in his views, and recognised challenges – having been through many himself. He was genuinely interested in what I had to say…which is quite refreshing in a world when nobody seems to have time to listen!

Will then asked if I would be interested in having a consultation with him – which, in the interests of transparency, I got free of charge! Obviously, Will gets this little mention in return…which I have to say that I am more than happy to write, as I found him a refreshing delight to work with…and you know that I would be happy to say otherwise if that was not the case! ;-) I had best stick another website link in here just to keep him happy! :-)

I was keen to see what Will had to offer. His focus on the four areas – food, movement, mindset and life – are so in alignment with my focus that it was hard to find a reason not to want to chat with him really. So we got a date set for our two hour Skype consultation…and I was quite excited!

Will definitely did not disappoint. The love:Fitness method is based on five ‘Guiding Principles’ which combine in order to unlock a healthier, happier life:
Inspired Motivation
Loving Attitude
Mindful Awareness
Soulful Structures
Insightful Knowledge
And these principles are explored during the consultation. I had checked all of this out before the consultation and I was interested in discovering more about them…I was intrigued!

Will asked me about my eating habits – old and new. We then discussed my movement habits – old and new! Then we moved onto my mindset and dug into some of the long-held beliefs that shaped my behaviour, and continue to shape my behaviour; and finally, we touched briefly upon my life as it is now – although I had talked quite a bit by this point and time was running away with us! ;-)

Now, if I am being honest, Will definitely picked himself a challenging person to work with on this occasion. I know that I am far from perfect, and I always welcome feedback – actually, I lie…I don’t always welcome it – but I am pretty clued up now about me, my life, and where I want to end up…and more importantly, how to get there. I have worked with lots of ‘professionals’, educated myself, and work as a coach myself – and have access to some of the best in the business via my Masters course. So I did wonder quite what Will could offer that I hadn’t already been exposed to.

Yet I was pleasantly surprised – very pleasantly surprised. Our discussion was fantastic – I would go so far as to say that I can see how Will could totally transform the thinking and mindset of someone. He definitely helped me too – but as I say, my mind is in a pretty bloody good place and so he had a tough job on his hands to transform someone who has already transformed (kind of)! ;-)

The coaching consultation was pretty deep. I am aware that Will’s clients have experienced profound changes in habits, addictions and behaviours – mainly due to getting that understanding of themselves, focussing on what they love and detaching from their long-held beliefs which inhibit progress. We went through an interesting tune-in process which involved a vision of the future, my current reality, and a bridge – which is the process of getting to that vision point whilst enjoying the here and now…it was a little strange at first, but I soon ‘got into’ it. I think my tumble drier and dog were distracting factors at this point!

For me, there was some great advice. One piece that touched a nerve was about going out there and sharing my knowledge now, rather than waiting until everything is ‘perfect’…this is the ‘bridge’ for my vision. You all know that I wish to remain anonymous for as long as possible, but I am gradually getting out there and sharing my story with people. Will feels that I have a lot of knowledge to share and that I should not hold back…eek! :-)

There was also advice about being mindful and enjoying the moment – maybe practicing some mindfulness meditation…which is actually something I have been researching and practicing recently. So he was clearly in tune with my thoughts and needs which was very reassuring…I knew that I was dealing with someone who knows his stuff!

I won’t go into the ins and outs of the content of my consultation report – as you will be here all night reading it! But needless to say that it was very thorough, contained some excellent points, and above all else it made me see that there was a clear plan of action. A number of points were useful reminders of things that I am already doing – but there were some new suggestions which I am currently looking into. It was great, it really was…and I am thrilled to be sharing this little find – aka Will Pike – with you.

The consultation lasted for two hours. There is a cost – obviously – and this is £99 including the report – which Will deducts from the coaching package cost if you progress with his ongoing coaching offerings. Each session Will offers is tailored to suit your needs and desires. Over the weeks he will also teach you the intuitive reading process (tune-ins), in order for you to get clarity about what you really want and how to achieve it. Will has three different packages – 60, 90 and 120 minute sessions – which he offers in blocks of fifteen. He is flexible in terms of the frequency of these sessions, but they will need to be used within six months. And as a guide, the price for fifteen of the 60 minute sessions starts at £1045. Will offers instalment options too.

For me, this is a great investment…I would say this though as coaching is my field too! However, you know how crucial I feel that the mindset changes have been for me…they are a serious contributing factor to the progress I have been able to make…and have resulted in me shifting well over 18st. Only you can decide if coaching is the way to go though – so take a look at Will and his love:Fitness offering and see what you think!

So that’s it then – I have found another likeminded soul on this long and, at times, tough journey. For me, anything you can do to make that journey a little smoother is well worth the time, effort and investment.

Today has been one of those tough times. For no other reason than than me waking up in a foul mood! ;-) I have been a bit of a madam today and sat at home this morning just wanting to hibernate. I knew that I had to do something to get rid of that emotional energy. The gym was that solution, even though I grumbled about it all the way there. Once in situ I was fine – I took out my frustrations on the weights and the elliptical machine…rather than taking my frustrations out on a BigMac, which is really not the answer. So I am sat here now too tired to even feel much at all – yet I know that I feel great! :-) Although, there was a bit of a gym ‘incident’…I had the misfortune of overhearing a chap – actually, he was stood right next to me and boasting in a really loud voice – telling his friend how he had smashed into the back of a car and caused loads of damage due to the fact that he had been ‘perving’. He thought that this was hilarious, and went on to say that he hadn’t even had time to put the brakes on…and that the car in front had two children in the back. Now I had been thinking it as soon as he explained that he had been ‘perving’…but it just fell out of my mouth at this point before I had chance to stop it. I said, “What a twat!” I didn’t really wait around to hear what his thoughts were…and to be honest, I didn’t really care. Anyone who finds it amusing to smash into the back of a car, regardless of whether there are children in it or not, is a twat…especially when their excuse is that they were ‘perving’…I will say it again…”What a twat!”

Breakfast: Banana porridge (5 syns).photo 1Lunch: Veggie curry.photo 2Dinner: Scrambled eggs on toasted wholemeal rolls (2 x HEA and 2 x HEB).photo 4Snacks: Greek yogurt with mango and pineapple, and a 35g Green & Blacks bar (9.5 syns).photo 3Brekkie was the usual, although Mr WLB made it for me today and used a bit too much water…hence the grey mush you see in the picture! Lunch was a gorgeous veggie curry – garlic, chilli, madras powder, mushrooms, onion, pepper, courgette, spinach, tomatoes, mixed beans and a chopped up Quorn fillet – with rice. Dinner was just toasted wholemeal rolls with cheese, spinach and tomatoes, and topped with scrambled egg. My snacks were lovely today too!

Exercise: 5 minutes treadmill, 60 minutes weights, 30 minutes elliptical machine.

Thank you for reading,

Weight Loss Bitch xxx

  

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