Thoughts

Why I had 12 weeks of coaching

Why I felt I needed a 12 week programme of coaching and my reflection after working with the beautiful Effie. https://www.ephnutrition.com

67.6kg = start of week 1.

61.7kg = end of week 12.

Enough said? No. I will expand as the main reason for me starting the coaching programme with Effie wasn’t weight loss, although to be fair, I was at the point of considering buying bigger supermarket leggings.  My main reason was that I felt I was unauthentic to my own mission in life of inspiring others towards a life of health and vitality.

I had got to the point where I had been putting in so much time in to helping others to get healthier, while struggling with my own stress of dealing with Tora’s diagnosis, that I didn’t prioritise my own health. I had been reaching for those stress reducing/ quick fix comfort foods while not having time to exercise and spending long hours sat at my computer writing. Before I knew it even my ‘comfy’s’ weren’t comfortable. Dread!

Now it might seem bizarre that I considered spending money on a coaching programme, given my background in health and lifestyle medicine. I’m constantly reading the latest nutrition studies and I’ve exercised all my life, I also live with a crossfit coach. Surely I could reach my goals by myself?!

Obviously not. Otherwise my ‘before’ photo wouldn’t look quite so wobbly.

I also felt tired and couldn’t motivate myself to think about nutrition, exercise or healthy living after investing so much thought in to it for others. I could stick to my meditation but the rest of my time was prioritised on everyone else. Yet, logically I knew this was the exact opposite of what I wanted. I knew if I ate better I would have more energy and that I would feel great right to the core. I knew because I had felt that before. Yet I couldn’t do it at this point in time. That is why healthy lifestyles are simple but not easy to obtain.

So I needed to take action. I needed a coach to hold my hand to the flame and be accountable to. I needed to take things back to basics and just follow someone else’s guidance. Effie was the perfect choice for me. Before anyone wonders, if I wasn’t already overloading Coach Caron’s plate with work I would of course work with her but I needed someone outside of my immediate working environment. Effie is not only beautiful but speaks with knowledgable authority on both nutrition and exercise. She is the true embodiment of talking the talk and walking the walk. Just look at her photos; proof enough.

At the start she listened to me and what I was struggling with and we agreed goals. She put in some manageable action points and was always on hand for support via WhatsApp. I followed her advice as best I could and I soon felt better and more myself. Each week we would speak on the phone and review my achievements. She is such a positive soul and always turned any of my negative statements around.  Her recipe plans are beautiful and her workout app is fantastic, complete with helpful instructional videos! I have to admit, measuring out food so I could weigh it in order to track calories on https://www.myfitnesspal.com was a huge mission to start off with but things soon become familiar as inevitably, we eat fairly similar things on a cycle. I kept a table updated with my daily calories, protein intake, steps, exercise, sleep, energy levels and monthly cycle. I weighed daily. This allowed me to track the variation across the weeks and recognise a pattern be that related to hormones, hydration, intake or exercise. It was helpful to gain this overall perspective and learn how to be really in tune with my body. 

The result at the end of the programme; I am back to feeling like me. My comfy’s are comfortable again. I feel energised, healthy and strong. I felt comfortable in a bikini in front of my friends. I am motivated to carry on and am keen to work with Effie again as I think she can help anyone to reach their potential. My aim with my Revive Prescribed programmes is to help people thrive; Effie enabled me to thrive again. I will be forever grateful for her leading me back to my path of longevity and vitality.

Yours in health and happiness

Dr Lisa