Weekly Round Up | 30
Firstly….I huge apology for not keeping this space updated whilst I was away. I had good intentions, and have no excuse other than I wanted to spend my time away doing things rather than sat at the laptop!
Travelling Europe was amazing. We saw so many wonderful sights, ate beautiful food, met interesting people, and just enjoyed some much needed time off.
However, I am back and what a week it has been!
It as been an amazing first week back and catching up with clients. I kept in touch with them whilst I was away to check that they were getting on alright and answer any questions which they may have had. But it isn’t the same as seeing them in person. They have all done so well, kept up with all of the programming and made some great progress.
I have met with a few potential new clients, and I am looking forward to welcoming them on board next week.
September can be a bit of a funny month. You have just got back from your summer holidays, the kids go back to school, the days start getting that little bit shorter, we still have some warm days but Christmas feels a while away. It is almost a little bit of a transitional period and I know a lot of people struggle with setting goals and targets at this time of year.
A big goal of mine at the moment is to move people away from always being concerned about fat loss and dieting. You simply cannot sustain this mind set 12 months of the year. It is tiring and not healthy.
Fitness should enhance your life and be done because you want to enjoy it, it shouldn’t be a chore.
Why not use this next month to try out something new; join a club, give a different class a go, switch your training up, try and focus on one exercise which you want to improve, set PBs…
So what am I changing this month?
> I have always been a big fan of a bodyweight split style of training, ie alternating lower and upper body training. It has worked really well for me in the past and has fitted in with my schedule and time available at the gym. But I am going to move towards a full body style of training and give that a go this month.
> I want to improve my overall fitness and athleticism, so will be looking to incorporate different movement patterns, exercises, sets, reps, tempos etc. I have had a bit of a play this week to see what I want to do and will get together a programmed block of training this weekend at some point.
> You may have noticed that on holiday I went out and ran. Yes, I ran. This is so unlike me as I have always said how much I hate running. I have never been good at it, find it boring, and really really hard. But rather than just not do it, I want to get better at it. So one of my focus points this month will be to improve my 5km time. I have a couple of benchmarks from when I was away but I want to see what I can do now that I am home and actually training properly.
> Mobility and stretching is something which I need to improve on, so I am going to make a concerted effort to increase the frequency which I am doing this each week!
I have a facebook post going up about this at some point in the week. There is no one diet fits all. For the past few months I have essentially been ‘winging it.’ I have been counting calories for so long that I know what is in food, what a portion looks like, and how much of it I ‘should’ be eating. Note the use of the word ‘should.’ All too often I have been having that extra square of chocolate, an extra handful of popcorn, taken the spoon to the ice cream tub. Basically I have not been doing what I advise my clients to do. Then on holiday I just ate what I wanted, when I wanted; which was absolutely great and I felt no guilt whatsoever. But a large gelato everyday, as amazing as they are, is not going to get me to my goals.
“I need some form of structure and a plan to stick to.”
I could give you a list of 100 diets which would all work to some extent, but if they are not the right fit for you and your lifestyle then they are not going to give you the results you are after.
I have been guilty of incorporating too many ‘flexible’ foods, because they fit in with my calorie goals. But I am going to go back to basics; focusing on whole one ingredient foods. Lots of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, grains etc. They are better for my body and I know that they make me feel good.
Don’t get me wrong, if I am absolutely craving some ice cream I will probably have some, but for the most part I am going to strip it back and simplify everything.
September is going to be a crazy month for me, for reasons which you will find out about soon…. but I am going to do my absolute best to make some progress and will keep you updated on how I am getting on!
I am thinking of redoing the format of the weekly round up, if you have any ideas or would like me to include certain aspects then just let me know!
Love Abi xxxx
PS I am afraid my Learn something new everyday fell by the wayside whilst I was away too. I did tick off some of my #30B430 list though! ?