Mind over matter
So, I got through the WADS week – 6 days of no wheat, alcohol, dairy or sugar.
And I definitely felt better for it – less bloated and overall less tired.
Week 3 begins a whole new challenge – tracking calories and completing daily thought transformer exercises.
My Trinity Coach Rob has sent me my carefully calculated calorie goal for each day and asks me to track everything before I eat it in the My Fitness Pal app.
The thought of having to log everything initially fills me with dread. I’ve been here before countless times on countless diets.
But this time, to be honest, I find the process is really helpful.
The app makes it so easy and even has a scanning function so you can enter food you’re having without searching a list for it.
I enjoy making sure I’m keeping the app up to date, seeing what I’m eating and how much is encouraging me to make better choices and I am finding the calorie target each day easy to manage.
I feel a sense of being on track I haven’t felt in a long time and I start to fill up my plate with veggies and salad whilst still enjoying the food I would normally eat.
AND finding out ONE chocolate digestive is nearly 100 cals has been a bit of a rude awakening. I was scoffing half a packet some days and wondered why I’d put on so much weight.
Here’s another thing I’ve noticed – my fatigue is definitely not as bad. I always get a slump in energy after lunch – round about 2.30/3 pm
I’ve replaced my chocolate biscuits with a fruit salad – sweet but not giving me the dip.
And the added bonus with Trinity’s programme is the mindset work. It’s not hippie dippie. It’s for everyday women.
They encourage two minutes each day of meditation to start training your brain to be more at peace and deal with the stress of everyday life.
And the Thought Transformer exercises are also hugely helpful.
Rob and his team have created an online form, easy to fill in that makes you assess issues and problems as they come up – and helps you find a solution to them yourself and how you’re going to take action to address them.
Many of the things I’ve been telling myself for years are now out in the open – I don’t have time to exercise, doing too much will make me tired…all those old chestnuts now done with.
I feel like I’ve hit my stride in week 3 and get top marks – 3 workouts, extra walking, tracking every day, meditation and Thought Transformers.
I can’t wait to start a new week!
After my best week yet last week, I was worried about being too complacent in week 4, which will be the first time I take a pit stop to review my progress.
I definitely feel healthier and more alert, but will the results show up on the scale and the tape measure?
Rob my coach, who checks in with me regularly is as supportive as always and I start the week on Sunday planning ahead and watching the short educational videos to set me up for the week.
I stride into the start of the week with boundless energy and I’m all guns blazing.
But a busy work week hits me for six and by Wednesday night, I feel exhausted.
Feeling a bit lost, tired and lacking the willpower I want to have, I complete a Thought Transformer exercise.
And it’s like a lightbulb goes on in my head.
My Sunday planning isn’t enough because often, things can change midweek and that is where I often go off track – and certainly have done in the past.
So by getting to Wednesday, taking stock and planning ahead, I know what I have to do.
It sounds simple but it’s really not. And instead of beating myself up it encourages me to focus on the positives. How far I have come, the healthy habits that are paying off.
Saturday morning comes and I step on the scale. 4lbs off my weight. I take my measurements – and overall, I’ve lost a total of 5 and a half inches. The biggest win for me? 2 inches off my hips alone.
Those squats are paying off! And by the time lockdown comes, I won’t have to be going out and buying a size bigger trousers for work and hiding under the baggy clothes I’ve been covering up in.
This time, when I take my pictures and look at them side by side – I really see the progress I’ve made in just 4 weeks. I’m not where I want to be yet but I’ve made a big difference.
4 weeks ago, my pictures made me cry I was so ashamed. This time, I think “come on girl, look at what you’ve already done.”
I can do this. It’s not felt like a chore and I feel the better for it. I can’t wait to start the next block and see how much I can achieve in the next 4 weeks.