My barrier is beginning to crumble.. Posted by Justine Clarabut on 11 October, 2018

A few weeks back, I wrote a blog, posted here, explaining (and exclaiming!) why I decided to take a good look at my life and what led to me booking myself onto the Recalibrate Your Wellbeing Course run by DayOne Wellness…

On day one of the training of course…

My inner barricade was steely and my mood flustered;  true to form I had hurried around in a bit of a panic to try and get out of the door to make it in time for my first training session!  My partner, who was near to finishing his 12 week course, was cheery and full of encouragement – having reached and surpassed most of the goals he had set himself and been awarded Member of the Month for his achievements –  his effervescent manner didn’t help my ailing self-belief…

BUT again (I did take heed this time) when I arrived, Pip was positively welcoming and we set to straight away… on the treadmill!  Thankfully it wasn’t at a flat out sprint but a brisk walking pace!  Pip explained that talking together whilst on the treadmill or lightly exercising would keep my mind focused and help to retain information, which it did!

The first session was investigative to explore the types of food I ate, my work-life balance, my sleep patterns, how my body moved and also to consolidate my goals and what it is that I really want to achieve.   We started working on my core strength and moved onto deep stretches, in order to help build stronger abdominal muscles to support my painful back, improve my flexibility and increase my range of motion.  I thought I was ‘superfit’ but the next day I could feel my muscles had been worked  – I had the DOMs for sure!

After each session, an email is sent to me which recaps the things we discussed; it includes what I need to work on, useful links and tips for a better quality of life – an invaluable tool as my ‘brain muscle’ could do with some major recalibration but Pip assures me that my brain fog will improve through this process.

After session 3, I began to struggle to see that I was making any changes.  I was still haring about, pushing myself to the limit and seldom coming up for air!  I was logging everything I ate, scrutinising nutritional labels, preparing new meals and eating foods that I had never tried before!  Like my fitness, I thought I already had an incredibly healthily diet!  It was at this stage I began to feel somewhat confused about what I should and shouldn’t be consuming! And I was losing weight (which hadn’t been one of my goals!)

However, at the start of each session, Pip asks what my successes and failures have been for that week; I expressed my concerns about my food muddle but talking it through and the reasons why I was trying certain foods, helped reassure me that I was on the right track.  It was clearly apparent that I WAS making changes!  My quality of sleep, on average, has improved; my digestion feels better (I now don’t eat fresh fruit with my meals but on their own – a great tip, stops them fermenting in my stomach!); my back is becoming less painful as my core strengthens and yes, I am beginning to feel more focused on ways to make my life less of a merry-go-round!  Today I even took a moment to watch our fish feeding; instead of hurling the pellets across the pond and rushing off – I took a step back, watched their hungry mouths skimming the water for their food and took in the beauty of it all.

I have now completed 4 training sessions and simple changes to my eating habits and lifestyle are certainly starting to take effect – it was my negative thought processes that were hampering my sense of achievement which alas, I know is part of my problem… and understanding this is the very start to breaking down my barrier…

 

Reference:  Educate, Empower, Exceed! DayOneWellness