“PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION”
Brendan is one of those people you can’t help but like. He’s kind-hearted, softly spoken and will go out of his way to help those around him. I originally met Brendan in business circles almost 2 years ago, then 9 months ago he stopped me after a workshop and said; ‘Pip I’m intrigued by your wellness foundation programme, however, I’m a fat old lazy git – will it really work for me!’
I explained he’d get out of it what he puts in, but that he was in safe hands because the whole ethos of the programme is to incorporate small sustainable changes that when combined, result in radical transformations.
Brendan runs his own accounting firm (Jame’s Magee Accountants) so needless to say he is extremely busy and as with most accountants spends a lot of the day chained to a chair! This, combined with the fact he is a type 1 diabetic, meant the first thing we had to establish were some realistic expectations. I explained the rate of his results would be steady to begin with for two reasons;
1. He didn’t have a lot of available time to dedicate to the programme.
2. His body had been battling his lifestyle and medical condition for over 45 years so it wouldn’t turn around overnight.
However, fast forward 9 months and Brendan has not only shocked his wife and children but he’s shocked himself!
“I’ve been working with Pip and Penny for about 9 months now and can’t speak too highly of the help they’ve given me. I wasn’t that enthusiastic when I started, but I just knew that this very overweight 62-year old had got to do something about his slide into obesity and senility. Pip’s encouragement and softly, softly approach has meant that I’ve stuck with it. Aiming for “progress, not perfection” has worked very well for me. Both she and Penny haven’t been able to wean me off the beer and coffee, but they’ve certainly made me cut down – and I still get to eat better than my wife who’s on a more conventional diet!
Halfway through the programme, Pip encouraged me to get a Fitbit to monitor my movement. This means I achieve manageable amounts of exercise every day, which now fits in very well with my busy working lifestyle. I’ve lost well over a stone in weight in slow but steady steps and, as an insulin-dependent diabetic for 45 years, my consultant was delighted with my blood sugar control last time I saw her. That’s something that has never happened before! I’m feeling loads fitter and better about myself – and I’m sure there’s more progress to be made. Thank you Pip and Penny.”
THE SUSTAINABLE APPROACH
We selected Brendan as our client of the month this month because he really has embraced our “progress not perfection” mantra. He is living proof that it doesn’t matter how old, unfit or unhealthy you think you are, it’s never too late to start turning your wellbeing around so that not only will you live longer – but you’ll be able to live your BEST life for the longest!
Brendan will be the first to admit that he was sceptical to begin with. Three weeks in – he couldn’t believe how simple our approach was! I hadn’t set him a single workout (apart from our weekly training sessions) or prescribed any restrictive meal plans. Instead, all I challenged him to do in the first three weeks was to;
1. Drink water every morning (before the coffee),
2. Swap fruit breakfasts for protein-rich breakfasts (he almost jumped for joy when I told him he could eat eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast!)
3. Set a movement alarm to move a minimum of once an hour.
By the time we’d got to week six he was amazed by the amount of extra energy he had which meant, he no longer needed an afternoon nap. His new found energy and the purchase of a Fitbit was the real turning point, at this he was more motivated than ever so we introduced morning workouts and he set himself a 10,000 steps a day and 40 floor challenge.
Now 9 months on, and his dedication to “progress not perfection” now mean his stats including; body fat percentage, weight, measurements, blood sugar levels, resting heart rate and blood pressure results all speak for themselves. He has increased his performance at work and as an added bonus he’s even inspired his wife and children too. No longer are evenings wasted due to a lack of energy, instead, you’re more likely to find Brendan out on an evening powerwalk – especially if his Fitbit hasn’t hit 10,000!
Congratulations Brendan, I will miss our training sessions – but I know you are in safe hands with Penny!
Dedicated to sustainable results,
Pip & The DayOne Wellness Team.