The Client Take Over
Here is Maya’s story in her own words, what a difference a year can make!
My story starts with these two photos, first is at the end of the Cancer Research Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k in July 2016. The second is of me at the end of the same run in July 2017. 12 months separate the two- a relatively small time- but 12 months in which so much has changed for me.
With my hyper-critical eyes on, I look at myself in photo #1, and I look KNACKERED, obviously very muddy, and obviously bigger than in photo #2.
In photo #2, less muddy, less knackered, smaller and beaming because getting around the course had been so much more manageable than 12 months before.
Photo #1 means the world to me- if my good friend Sharon hadn’t convinced a very sceptical me that dragging myself around a 5k obstacle course in the mud on a Saturday morning in July 2016 was a great idea, I never would have ended up taking the journey that lead me to photo #2, and the life-enhancing stuff that I have gotten up to along the way.
Sharon is very persuasive- in the end, I agreed to do the pretty muddy in order to
A) Get her off my back, and
B) Raise some money for a very good cause
C) To see for myself if I could do it
At that point, I was a size 20/22, never weighed myself so no idea what I weighed, I went to the gym 1 or 2 times a week and sort of huffed a bit on the treadmill/cross trainer/bike, I thought I was eating fairly healthily- but I was living a lifestyle that involved irregular meal-times, snacking due to hunger/habit, and eating a fair amount of processed and fake food. I was also stressed, constantly tired, and often very lacking in resilience if I am
So.. I got to the end of the Pretty Muddy and actually love photo #1 because I was so proud of myself for actually getting to the end even when I hadn’t done any real training at all! During this run was the first time that I met Pip from Day One Wellness, who rather heroically kept me going at around the 3km mark when I was all ready to give up and walk/crawl the rest of the way and her encouragement, motivation, and sheer enthusiasm allowed me to get to the end and cross the finish line along with the rest of our team.
At that point, I decided that this was actually all rather fun, so I made the decision to sign up to the DayOne Wellness 12 week programme to see what else I could make myself do. If anything, I wanted to be able to do that Pretty Muddy run again the following year, and maybe not feel quite so close to collapsing at the end. I also just wanted to feel better in myself, I wasn’t actually that focused on my weight, but was concerned about my overall fitness and cardiovascular risk (being 37 at that point, I was no longer kidding myself that I was in my “mid” 30s, and was very aware of the impending big 4-0). I wanted to make sure that I was fit for the future, I wanted to see if focusing on my own well being might help me handle the inevitable stresses of life a bit better, and I also just wanted to see what my body might be able to do. I had no real expectations, so I’ve been incredibly surprised about how much has changed!
The 12 week programme focused on various aspects of exercise, nutrition, and wellness- but for me the most surprising revelation was the importance of goal setting and planning. From Pip I learned that if you don’t know what you are aiming for, it’s difficult to get there- amongst many other very wise things! I completely changed my approach to food- for me the biggest changes were planning, prepping and eating a real food lunch every day (so no hunger pangs at 5pm) and planning my meals for the week every weekend. I didn’t, and still haven’t “dieted”- literally all I have done is replace all processed food with real food that I prep myself. I was worried that there just wouldn’t be the time- but there are so many great meals that you can prepare in only marginally more time than it takes to bung a pizza in the oven.
But the biggest change for me has been discovering the effect that exercise has had on me- mentally and physically. At school, I hated PE. I was rubbish at it, had poor co-ordination, lacked in confidence- and so hated it. Turns out, with the right coach, I love it!! Pip’s approach worked perfectly for me- a gradual increase in activity from simple hourly movement, all the way up to full workout sessions. I did the Couch 2 5k programme alongside, and ran my first 5k in April. I got to the end of the 12 weeks and loved it so much that I signed up to keep going! I now do weekly Personal Training sessions with Day One Wellness, together with a couple of runs per week and strength training- and I’m still incredulous at how different my attitude to exercise is. I absolutely love it!
Running has been the revelation for me- a year ago I could not have imagined anything worse than running, but now I can get enough of it and am looking forward to my first 10K. Although weight loss was not my primary goal right back at the beginning, it has happened, but in a really gradual and (hopefully) sustainable way. I’ve now lost a total of 23kg, and my clothes size is now a 14/16. But more importantly for me, I feel amazing. Life is still stressful and challenging at times, but my resilience is what has changed. I now feel like I can usually take whatever life throws at me. And I’m not sure how best to word this- but I also love feeling so strong! Making that decision to do the Day One Wellness 12 week programme was the best I have ever made: it gave me the tools and the confidence to change my entire approach to my wellbeing, and I haven’t looked back since.
If anyone reading this is thinking about maybe doing the programme- or indeed anything that involves
focusing on your own wellness and health- my suggestion to you is, just do it. There are a million and one excuses- I know because I made them all before I finally took the first step (4 months after I first decided to). Modern life can be rubbish. We are all too busy, too tired, and too stressed to do what we need to in order to safeguard our health.
But unfortunately I don’t think there is any easy way around that- it has to be a conscious choice that you make, but it is so so important. If I can do it, I really believe anyone can– and you won’t regret it. There are loads of ways to approach this- I highly highly recommend talking to DayOne Wellness, but if that’s not right for you for whatever reason start by looking at your diet and sticking to real food. Start increasing your activity by moving hourly and going for a brisk walk several times a week. It all has to start somewhere!
For me, I’ve never been happier. Anyone sitting reading this thinking “I can’t do it”- my advice is, give it a go, set realistic goals and see what you are capable of. There is nothing to lose, and a huge amount to gain – Maya Basu
Ailsa & The DayOne Wellness Team.