23rd March 2020:
When lockdown was announced, I took some time to reflect on where my head was at with my ‘self.’ I had started off the year in great stead with my training, I hit some personal bests and made some decent progress in the gym with my strength in a short time. I decided in January of this year that at the end of March/April time I would book another photoshoot, it’s been 3 years since my last and I wanted some new shots for my website and for myself. At the end of February, I hired a coach to keep me accountable (yes, I am a coach, I hired someone else to keep me accountable. Not because I can’t but because it’s good to have a second pair of eyes to help you, to guide you, and to give you the support you need to stay consistent), and I started to drop some body fat for the shoot. I could see I was making progress pretty quickly, and I loved the aesthetic changes that were taking place. I didn’t drop much weight on the scale, but my photos, clothes, and the mirror told me otherwise.
What most people don’t tell you is that when you have been training for an extended period of time and have a decent amount of muscle mass, your body composition will change much more than the scale will. There does become a point in which scale weight isn’t a good measure of progress. If your shape has changed, but that scales haven’t moved much, it tells you that your body composition (fat to muscle ration) has changed/is changing, and realistically that’s all that matters, not the number on the scale.
Anyway, obviously, the shoot got cancelled, training in the gym got cancelled, and I was faced with a decision, what should I do now?
Business came first.
At the start of lockdown, I had a lot of admin and coaching to do so looking after my mental wellbeing, and protecting my energy was of high priority. I always say to my clients, “you cannot pour from an empty cup – protect your energy.” Focusing on my aesthetics at that current time was on the bottom of my list, I had no photoshoot, so looking after my business and my clients came first.
I have 3 “self-care” non-negotiables that I stick to regardless of how busy I am because they help me stay sane and feel good (mental wellbeing):
1- Train x 3 per week (minimum) Resistance Train/Gymnastics/Yoga/Run
2 -Eat to nourish and honour my hunger.
3- Move a bit each day i.e. walk every day
With that in mind, I decided I would do something I have wanted to do for a long time, focus on number 2, but this time, remove food rules, embrace an intuitive eating approach and run it as a bit of an experiment.