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I’m not a health professional and I’m not a fitness guru.
I’m just a woman who has always had to work hard at losing or even maintaining my weight.
An underlying health issue – Hashimoto’s – does not help my efforts (you can catch up with my back story on that here) but instead of just giving up, I continue to work at it for one very important reason.
I want to FEEL the best I possibly can every day.
It took me a while to work out – and harness – just what my motivation was but it was while doing the Fernwood 28 Day Breakthru online program over the last month that everything gelled.
In one of the videos I had access to as part of the program, Susan Santoro (the Fernwood “angel” helping us with mindset), asked us to work out what our “why” was.
Why did I want to exercise and make good food choices?
It seems simple but to me it’s all about how I FEEL.
I realised that by swapping my old whys – the number on the scales or the number or letter on my clothing tag – I’d finally found a long-term motivator to keep on track with my health goals.
And it’s that long-term thing that really is key, isn’t it?
There have been many times during my life where I’ve focussed on healthy living and had short-term success but I’ve dropped the ball on that focus and put back on any weight I had lost.
Now that I have my WHY firmly in place, it doesn’t feel like it’s something that has an end point. It’s just something I want to do because I want to feel good.
Does that mean I’m living a sanctimonious “my body is a temple” life? HAH! Far from it.
It means that I know what works for my body in terms of food and exercise so I mostly follow that and allow myself to indulge when I feel like it – or the occasion calls for it.
The WHY gets me back on track the next day – or after a weekend away. Trust me, there have been plenty of those of late to test my theory!
Your WHY might be completely different. And that’s very ok.
The important thing is to work out what it is and make health your priority – and put your WHY in place as the motivator.
28 Day Breakthru Program
Before signing up to work with Fernwood I wanted to look at what the program was offering. It had to fit in with my lifestyle and not be gimmicky.
It was far from gimmicky and it’s something that can fit with all lifestyles.
You don’t have to go to the gym for the exercise component but if you are a member of a Fernwood gym near you (there are more than 65 around Australia) then you’ll get even more support.
Because of my health condition and advice from my GP, I did a modified version of the exercise program. Getting health professional advice around any exercise program is always a good idea.
The big ticks for me were in the food plan and mindset areas of the program.
When you sign up you’re asked to work out what kind of body shape you have – a pear, apple or a ruler. This determines what meal plan you’re on and its explained why these foods and portions are good for your shape.
As I am gluten intolerant, I did have to adapt some of the recipes in my pear-shape plan. It’s something I’m used to doing so this worked for me. I’d love to see an option where you can choose both your body type and your dietary requirement (whether that’s gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian) to bring up all relevant recipes.
The recipes are all my kind of cooking. They feature fresh, whole food that is packed with flavour (this Spanish grilled fish recipe – pictured below – is now on our permanent menu). Best of all, they are all super simple to make and don’t require a tonne of ingredients.
Once you’ve got the swing of things in week 1, you kind of know what you need to have on hand in the pantry and in the fridge.
Each week of the four weeks there is an introductory video – to set the intention of the week and give you focus and then each day there is either a new video or post to help you stay motivated around that focus.
It’s realistic advice that isn’t preachy. The kind of advice you’ll actually take on board.
I loved the whole online format too. Accessing and checking in on my iPad each morning or night made it easy and didn’t feel like it was something I had to schedule as a task during my work day.
How did I go?
If you’ve come here looking for reporting of some amazing kilogram weightloss, you’ve come to the wrong place.
If you’ve been reading SY for a while, you’ll know I don’t own any scales. Ditching them was the best thing for me (see above for my WHY).
So I can’t tell you if I’ve lost weight but I can tell you that I FEEL great. I feel like I’m starting spring with a positive approach to my health. I don’t feel like I’ve dragged my body kicking and screaming out of the depths of winter hibernation like I have done in previous winters.
I feel like I’ve stuck to my WHY and feel confident I’ll continue doing so.
The Fernwood Fitness 28 Day Breakthru Program is costs $49 up until September 30 (from October 1 it will be $59). It’s for any fitness level and is designed to help anyone break through bad habits and kick start new healthy ones.
You’ll be asked to exercise five days per week, with two rest days, and some days will be easier than others. Allocate around 35-60 minutes for each of the five days for exercise.
The meal plans are specific for your body type which will be determined with the program’s guidance as part of the registration process.
Your daily meal plan will consist of three main meals and two snacks per day adding up to 1200 calories or 5000 kilojoules. You will not go hungry!
Two Styling You readers have the chance to win a free pass to the Fernwood Fitness 28 Day Breakthru program, a 28-day Fernwood trial gym membership and a Fernwood merchandise pack. To enter, simply answer this comment in the question below:
What’s your WHY? What’s the thing that motivates you to exercise and eat healthy food?
Entries open on Tuesday, September 23 at 5am (AEST) and close on Tuesday, September 30 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
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