It takes 21 days to make a habit and 21 days to break a habit……In that case I have 7 days to go in the formation of my new habits working with my coach, Fatima Ingles of Freedomfit. No one said this was going to be easy, that’s probably because no one even knows I am doing this yet. My coach, Fatima, had given me a completely broken down 7 day nutritional plan which shows percentages of fat to carbs to protein consumption along with how many calories I am to consume daily tailored to my energy expenditure over a 24 hour period. I successfully managed to break every dietary rule by day two. Yes I am perfectly an imperfect human…operation successful!
Karma officially struck at 12am Wednesday the 13th November when my body rejected the cheat meal I had consumed (5 days earlier than I was supposed to) when I went out for dinner that evening. My “improvisation meal” had decided to leave the temple. AND then… for the next 10 hours, it was mind against body and lots of time to think about it after while I lay in silence, in darkness, recovering.
LESSON LEARNED: “CHEAT MEALS ARE FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOONS ONLY.”
My fitness levels on the other had were on target. Currently I have a 6 day split resistance training program in which I do an all over body stretch for 15 minutes after, making each work out session in the gym approximately 1.5hours. Either side of this I do low impact cardio EVERYDAY for 1.5 hours to accelerate fat loss. The benefits of low impact cardio, which I do in the form of a brisk walk rather than running, is to preserve the muscles and encourage fat loss only. So far I can say that I am pleased with my gains during the first half quarter of the “chrysalis period.”
Mental and spiritual challenges have been tough. My trainer, Fatima Ingles, through coaching specifically and only women, is prepared for every excuse and emotional outburst (that she knows already will be coming at her) which allows me to be 110% raw, real and upfront with her and as a result Fatima and I work faster towards the next stage as we smash through each road block together.
Transition of any kind is challenging and especially when you have limiting belief patterns and self doubt. I know my strengths, but what good are they if I don’t work on my weaknesses? A body transformation is not just about the body. The body is a connection for your spiritual being to the material world in which you currently exist. This is exactly why it is so important to me and it should be to you too, that during any personal training commitment, to ALWAYS address the mind and soul along with the body, to achieve total balance as the overall outcome.