Turning ‘I don’ts’ into ‘I do’s’
I started training H-J just over 6 months ago. At our first session, I asked if she would like to go out for a warm-up run. She looked at me and said “ I don’t do running.” As a personal trainer whenever someone uses the ‘“I don’t “ phrase it makes me more determined to help them turn it into an I do. So the challenge began. Over the past few months despite some setbacks it has been so rewarding to me, to see H-J turn her ‘I don’t’ into an ‘I do’. Seeing HJ’s smile on completing the Winter 10K in London at the beginning of Feb was just amazing. Grinning from ear to ear at achieving something she never thought she could do.
What motivated you to contact DayOne Wellness in the first place?
I first learned about D1 at a networking event and inviting them to run some ‘lunch and learn’ sessions at work. I realised my life was not quite as on track as I thought it was and I was not prioritising myself or my health. Something had to change! Following an insight into what D1 could offer, I signed up to the 12-week coaching programme with Pip. It really challenged the way I thought about things after the programme life was pretty busy so I decided to fly solo for a while. After a couple of years, we invited D1 to pitch for a wellbeing program at work. Seeing the team again made me realise I needed to get back on track again and regain some strength and energy, not least as I was going through a tough time at work. I booked some more sessions with a wellbeing coach, and this time it was with Penny…
What goal did you set out to achieve?
I wanted to tone up a bit, get fitter and have more energy and perhaps lose a little bit of weight, so I generally felt better about myself and a bit more in control.
Have you achieved that goal/what have been the highlights so far?
I achieved all that I set out to and way, way more than I ever expected! I didn’t ever run, and would pull such a face if it was ever suggested. Pip managed on occasion to get me to ‘run to the next lamp post’ but that was as far as I was going. She said I had a natural running style but I assumed she just said that to everyone so didn’t pay much heed to it!
Penny dared to suggest going out for a warm-up run and couldn’t stop laughing at the ‘no way’ look on my face. I don’t do running!!! Something changed however and I realised that my goals were a little small and perhaps too easily achieved on the short term. I needed to aim for something more to motivate me. A couple of weeks later I mentioned running and that my sister was now running. If she could do it, I wondered if I could. Well, that was it, Penny accepted a challenge that had not really been set…Under the threat of redundancy at work, it was a case of turning to the gin, or something more constructive, and I am pleased to say, the something more constructive won and that something was running!
With Penny’s help and assistance, I put a programme together and basically did the Couch to 5k programme by myself while still seeing Penny once a week to help build my stamina and strength. I was still discovering muscles I didn’t know I had! I had Jo Wylie encouraging me on my runs, and couldn’t believe it when I achieved 10+ minutes running without stopping! Penny said I had a good running style and set a good pace; maybe Pip had also been telling the truth before?!
It was often suggested that I did a park run or similar but it really wasn’t my thing. I was still running in secret where no one would see me! Then a post about the London Winter run came up on the D1 Tribe members page; I messaged and said maybe next year! Penny immediately came straight back with why not this year. I thought I would no way be ready but I signed up anyway, not quite believing what I had just committed to. That was it, I started running in earnest! Frustrated with not being able to run during the week, as it was dark when I left for work and dark when I returned home, I bought a running machine! It was getting serious! Father Christmas got the message loud and clear and my stocking was filled with running gear…it was getting real! I invested in new running shoes and was suddenly able to do more. My husband thought they were battery powered shoes!
I attempted an 8km run on the Saturday before the run and failed miserably, it was not looking good. Then I managed to run 8km on my running machine on the Monday, the furthest I had ever run, albeit with a couple of breaks to walk during it. Things were looking up again.
The highlight has to be running a 10km run for Cancer Research UK, raising money (over £1,000) with a fab D1 team and the best support ever in the form of Penny. I ran all the way and for the first time ever, I ran in a proper ‘run’ and I ran 10k, and all without stopping! I am still smiling now!!!! I can’t believe I actually did it! Oh and not only that, I smashed my unspoken target time! I hoped it would get round in an hour and a half but actually achieved it in one hour and nine minutes! Wow!!!
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self or others wanting to progress their wellbeing?
Don’t ever say ‘never’ and don’t ever write yourself off! You are capable of more than you ever thought you were; you just need someone to help you discover that! Have faith in yourself, take it slowly, don’t give up at the first hurdle and find a goal to really make you achieve something you never thought possible My friends and family are still reeling from the shock that I am running; the gin would have been a far easier option but it would never have been as satisfying or as rewarding, and I’d never have gained my first medal either!
What does the next year hold for you?
I honestly don’t know but it will surely involve keeping up with the running! Maintaining running will be my next challenge. A few 5km park runs and the like, maybe another 10k or two! I am not brave enough to attempt anything longer yet and I am not up for a bigger challenge yet but I now know that I can say ‘never say never’, so who knows!! I am the kind of person who needs someone to help motivate and challenge me so I will maintain my sessions with Penny and who knows what might happen!
DayOne Wellness is not just about weight loss (although it is a nice side-effect!) it’s about helping people achieve what they believe is impossible. H-J wanted to improve her strength and fitness and in doing so has achieved something she never thought possible. She has also noticed a huge change in her emotional wellbeing and it’s allowed her to become more resilient to the challenges at work.
Well done H-J I can’t wait to see where you go from here!
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