Loris is a freelance copywriter and brand developer at LorisClements.com. As with any self-employed professional, the hardest mindset to ingrain is to put yourself before the business. Financial pressures, purpose-driven passion and general ‘busi-ness’ can easily take over and when Loris came to us it was clear to see she had slipped a long way down her priority list.
‘I completed the Wellness Foundation programme, and it was a real eye-opener. I wasn’t new to exercise (but had very much lapsed), and thought I knew quite a bit about fitness and nutrition, but working with someone like Pip, who can help you to understand how it all fits together, makes you realise two things right away:
- you’ve got less knowledge than you thought
- you’ve got more bad habits than you hoped!
But the way that it’s approached, step-by-step, makes it simple and un-daunting, as you pick up new, positive habits each week. Pip’s mantra ‘progress not perfection’ really helps – you are making small, incremental changes to your lifestyle, rather than ‘being on a diet’, so you don’t have that feeling of “oh, I gave in and ate a…”(whatever your downfall is – right now, mine’s a mince pie).
As I said, I’m not new to exercise, I’ve pretty much been a member of a gym for 20 years (and I used to go as well, not just carry the card!), but for a year or so I’d gone less and less, given up running because of an injury, and put on weight. In some ways, the weight bothered me less than the lack of energy, and general aches and pains. Feeling stiff, bloated and lethargic all the time. So getting back to exercise scared me a bit, because I was worried about how hard it would feel compared with what I used to do.
DayOne’s approach took it so gently to begin with that I had nothing to worry about. Before I knew it, I was halfway through, had joined a new gym, and was working out and swimming five or six days a week – and loving it!
Improvements in my diet had got me over the sugar-hump, so I wasn’t feeling ravenous or getting the shakes anymore, and my energy levels rocketed. I realised, that although I hadn’t been ill, I had been a lot less ‘well’ than I thought. There was a moment a few weeks in when I realised that I was feeling like a new person.
A few months on, I’m still enjoying pushing my exercise goals, and have added yoga into the mix, for the combination of strength and flexibility (just another thing to watch out for once you’re in your forties and with a sedentary job…) Beginning the day with exercise has become part of my regular routine again, and I miss it on the days I can’t fit it in – so it has become No1 priority when planning my schedule.
People have started complimenting me on how good I look, and after 12 weeks I’d lost 14cm from around my middle, and achieved a total loss of 24cm from 5 measurement sites. That’s all great, but the best thing for me is how I feel. Aches and pains gone, far more energy, and improved concentration levels. Thank you, Day One Wellness!’
Knowledge is power
Congratulations on being our client of the month for December Loris, you’re desire to learn and consistent implementation of the self-awareness tasks made changing lifestyle habits look easy (which we all know it’s certainly not!) It’s been inspiring to watch your performance in all areas of your life exceed as you started investing more time in the most important part of your business – you. Good luck with your new goals and we’ll see you in the New Year for that 10km! 😉
Dedicated to sustainable wellbeing.
Pip & The DayOne Team
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