Progress not Perfection
Angie has been determined right from the word go to make some big changes. Daunted at first by where to focus, Angie has taken on board the step by step approach, implementing some important new habits such as working to improve quality of sleep and taking time out to exercise during the day. Turning up to her coaching sessions with a huge smile and a positive mindset has been critical in Angie’s progress with me. Taking on boards that we are not looking for quick fixes and that time and commitment is needed Angie is making great progress towards her long-term goals…
What motivated you to contact DayOne in the first place?
As with many things in my life, it all started with a trip to a cafe…. Just after a milestone birthday back in late May, I took my best friend who was over from Texas to Basil’s at Kingdom. I spotted an advert for a Retreat Day, picked up a flyer and then pondered it…. bizarrely I only been to Kingdom once before and had picked up one of DayOne’s flyers then too and it was still in my kitchen! I enrolled on July’s Retreat Day only a couple of days before the event …. I really enjoyed Pip’s sessions – particularly being outdoors and the general ethos of ‘Progress not Perfection’. I hesitated a bit before signing up further. I had done a bit of PT earlier in the year and couldn’t click with it but somehow I was drawn to DayOne. Fate intervened and Pip contacted me.
I have a really busy job, I travel abroad a lot and generally don’t have a normal lifestyle so was fearful of entering a programme and having a coach where I simply couldn’t live up to what was expected and didn’t ‘get me’. I knew I had to make changes to my life but equally knew that it was going to be a long journey. Pip and I chatted it through, she explained about similar people to me who had experienced DayOne Wellness (and how change would take a while – even a year or more) and then suggested Sara as my coach. That was nearly 2 months ago and I never thought I’d be writing that I love this programme!
What goal did you set out to achieve?
Really to lose weight and to get healthier. I hit 50 in May and could see a downhill slope coming fast if I didn’t do something. I went backwards before going forwards – my initial screening highlighted very high blood pressure so off I trotted to the doctor before doing anything only to be given blood pressure tablets. That’s another goal to achieve – I don’t want to be taking them for very long.
Have you achieved that goal/ what have been the highlights so far?
Well I’m some way off my goal – but I’m realistic about this being a journey. As Sara explained to me, the first few weeks are about stopping the runaway train – mine was going at quite a fast pace so it has taken a while to slow…. But I’ve seen loads of other highlights that I never expected! I really enjoy the wellness themes – reshaping my brain is just great.
What do I mean? ‘Little’ things like removing my phone from my bedroom, drinking water first thing in the morning, making a commitment to myself to leave work at a reasonable time, getting some outside time, going to bed a bit earlier etc. – they’ve all made a difference to my mental wellbeing as well as my physical. My friends have noticed that Sara has tapped into something in me and got me going! Oh, and then there’s the add on benefit on my team who have seen a couple of the changes I’ve made and I know that I’m now setting a good example to them.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self or others wanting to progress their wellbeing?
Well the easiest thing for me to say is to sign up….. but then why didn’t I? Fear. Fear of the amount of change and failing. There have been some weeks when I’ve not been able to do what I set out – but it’s progress not perfection! Doing nothing won’t slow the train down. There will be something in this programme for you – try it.
What does the next year hold for you?
Gosh! There’s lots of change going on in my life right now so I can’t look beyond a few weeks at the moment. But I’m really excited about continuing this programme, about building on some of the foundations (cornerstones) and layering in more wellness elements – body and mindset. I’m looking forward to having a more balanced life.
Once again I want to say how proud I am of your effort and commitment to improving your life and your health. This is just the beginning and so very often the most challenging part! Now you’re gaining speed and momentum you can really start to get that train on the right track and continue in the right direction for a very long, healthy, happy amazing life!!
Dedicated to your health and happiness,
Sara & The D1 Team
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p.s. At D1 we’re on a mission to transform the wellbeing of over 100,000 UK residents, leading them from overwhelmed and overweight to overflowing with body-confidence and vibrant mental health – if you’d like to join our movement we’d love to hear from you!