The Balancing Act

Hope everyone survived going back to reality yesterday after the extra long Easter Weekend. I also hope you’re enjoying that food plan I posted last week. (BTW any questions on that feel free to contact me!)

Today we look at Balance. Something that I’m not always great at. I find I’m either working too much, slacking off too much or so overwhelmed by all the things that I should be doing, that I just don’t do anything – and then feel terrible about it. From what I hear from my  friends, family and clients, I’m definitely not alone in that!

I feel happier when I have a great balance going on. I define ‘Great Balance’ by having time to: Work (This is both Training clients, Doing Reception AND time to post Blogs, do admin), spend time with my family, friends and boyfriend, having time (and not being too drained) to do exercise, I like to aim for 4-5 times a week and also having time to chill out and do some reading or watch TV.

Recently I haven’t been too balanced, which is starting to stress me out and make me anxious. When this starts to happen, I do a little goal setting exercise, props to my boss for introducing this to me about four years ago! It’s called ‘The Wheel of Life’

SOOOO, it looks like this:

To complete this, you need a piece of paper with the above diagram printed or drawn on it.

  • On the dotted lines around the circle, you need to write down EIGHT things in your life that are important to you. For example: work, friends, exercise, hobbies, partner, finances/saving  etc.
  • Once you have done that, rate each section of your life (a number out of 10) based on  how much time and effort you are dedicating to that particular thing at the moment.

Here is an example of a finished diagram:

 

Have a look at how much time and effort you are ACTUALLY spending on each part of your life and ask yourself how much time and effort you want to be spending on each individual section.

Write down the number or rating you would like for each segment, then record a few goals or things you want to do differently to get to that different rating.

Here is a pic of mine:

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Any Questions, Comment, email or text me.

Gem xx

New Year, New Motivation?

LogoSo, you brought in the new year, swearing that you would go to the gym more and eat healthier? How’s that going? Are you still eating well and exercising?

If the answer is NO! And you wish the actual answer was YES! Then please continue reading 🙂

Let’s be real for a second! Getting to your goals is all about habits! If you don’t change the habits, you won’t achieve the goals. Now  here’s the tricky part, most people find change scary! If you find cutting foods out of your diet or going to the gym 6 times a week scary, you’ll make excuses and not change the habits you were hoping to.

My approach to getting to your goals is simple! Just make small changes. We all know have an idea of what we’re meant to do, it’s just doing it and keeping consistent so you get to your goals.

 

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Here’s 10 things to Improve so you can get leaner and healthier:

*Set achievable goals! If you only have 3 times a week to train, don’t say you’ll do 5 or 6, do the 3! Something is always better than nothing and fitting everything else in is important too!

*Find exercise that you love doing! Hate running, but love team sports? Go join a sport team. Go for walks along the beach. Do group fitness. Go swimming. Anything that you like doing is the best exercise for YOU to be doing.

*Arrange to meet up with friends and go for a walk or go to a group fitness class instead of cake and coffee.

*Get the kids involved. If you have kids, get them out of the house and go for a family bike ride or a walk to the playground. If kids have  great habits when they’re younger, they’ll carry on doing them later in life.

*Think you’re eating well  but not dropping weight?? Download ‘My Fitness Pal’ on your smart phone and track what you’re eating. You may be eating too much or not enough for your goals. You may think something you’re eating is healthy and find in actual fact, it’s not so healthy!

*Drink more water! If the thought of drinking 3 Litres is a lot straight away, Work on increasing your intake gradually.

*Eat 5 times a day! It doesn’t have be a lot. Just something every 3 hours is going to keep your metabolism ticking over. For snacks think: tuna, small handful of almonds, Piece of fruit, rice cakes or Greek yoghurt (unflavoured)

*Find a step tracker and see how much  you actually move each day. If you don’t move much, ensure you go for a walk to get that step count up.

*Be organised! You don’t even have to food prep if you don’t want to. But do have a clear idea of exactly what you are going to be eating for the day/ week. If you know what you are going to be eating, you are less likely to grab junk food.

*Pick 3 things you want to work on, to help you be healthier. Just focus on those until you are comfortable with the 3 changes you have made.  Once you are comfortable with those changes, pick another 3 things you are going to work on.

Any questions, comment below or email me 🙂