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Up with the lark!

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
in Wellbeing

Up with the lark...or was I?

You’ll have noted I already ducked out of the 5am start and went for 6:30am.  You’ve failed already!’ I hear you shout. However as any coach worth their salt says, start with a realistic goal and work towards your ultimate desire – which for me is 6am. I started off at 7:30, then 7:15, 7:00 and so on.

I knew that 5am was a step too far for me to begin with and if I’d set that as my first goal I would probably have given up on day one.

So 6:30am and the alarm goes off.

No struggle to get up today! But now what to do with these spare hours I’ve created? I’ve already planned a few things in that I often tell myself I’ve no time for, reading facebook, checking out industry news, reading all those e-newsletters I’ve signed up for. So at 6:35 I was on with action one and I was dressed and had had breakfast by 7:15.  Time then to watch the news with my coffee and research a topic about ‘sleeping’ talked about by the BBC Breakfast team and how important it is we get enough etc.  Not the best news on the day I’m scared of not having enough! 

By 9am I’ve read my emails, checked my business facebook pages and am ready to go to the gym feeling very satisfied and chuffed with myself.  I’m already more productive and I’ve had breakfast.  To be honest neither of these things had been regular events in previous weeks, so it’s a start. I'm surprised at how awake and well I feel!  So how will I feel about 2pm today when I’ve arrived at the office and started work (my hours at the office today are 1pm – 9pm)?

sleeping dog

2pm Siesta? I can have an afternoon snooze with the best of them, so I was expecting to want to go to sleep, but it didn’t happen.  I'm feeling quite chilled, still focused and not at all rushed like I usually am.  Could this lifestyle change be that easy?

We’ll see how I’m feeling in a day or two and also if I’m having to go to bed earlier...

 

 

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Can getting up early improve your health and wellbeing?

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
in Wellbeing

angry women with alarm clock

5am and rising...would getting up at this hour of the day make a difference to my wellbeing?

I’ve often wondered how some people jump out of bed at the crack of dawn feeling refreshed and ready to get on with the day. Frankly, I don’t feel that way very often.  And I know that could be down to all manner of things, too much coffee or wine, a sleepless night, eating late, that my body clock is wrong, that I work late evenings with clients...

So after a number of my friends reminded me how they were up at 5am and feeling good and telling me I was more likely to:

Eat breakfast & exercise more readily

Feel more optimistic, positive, calmer and relaxed

Be purposeful and productive

And be more successful in my life

I thought, I’ve got to at least give this a try! But first I had to get over my nagging doubts and excuses that ‘I couldn’t do it, that it wasn’t for me, that those that did get up at 5 were mad!’

My barriers to this crazy idea were:

I work late and don’t get home until after 9 a few nights a week

I like my social life at weekends, so how will it work then - what about my nights out?

I’ll be really really tired (getting the right amount of sleep & quality – BBC news 13/5/14)

But the more I looked into it, the more I found research and reports that the benefits to being up with the lark were true. I read ‘The Ultimate Guide To Waking Up Early – How to start your day at the crack of dawn and transform your life by Gordon Sharp (Real Cool. Media)’ which was a great little E-book and also looked at some of the successful people past and present who attributed their success to an early morning start.

So now how was I going to do it- time for action!  5am may be a step too far to start, but how about 6:30am?

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Why you should get weighed

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Thursday, 14 November 2013
in Motivation & Goal Setting

When you are managing your weight or dieting, your internal dialogue and self talk about what you have eaten, could do more damage than you think.

Clients often say that they have had a 'bad' day, "I'm rubbish, I can't do it", "I've eaten loads and feel like a right blob", "I'm going to have put a stone on!"  This dialogue will often mean they miss appointments with me and don't get on the scales. It also often results in them feeling dispondent, diappointed with themselves and this will often lead to over eating in itself and them not continuing with their goal. However, if I do get chance to talk to them we start to really analyse what they've eaten and more often than not, it isn't as bad as they first thought.

Getting on the scales gives my clients clarity, fact and a real perspective of what's been going on and helps them to see where their internal dialogue isn't helping them to stay on track. By knowing what the result of their 'bad day' is and working with a trained weight loss coach clients are more likely to stick to their action plan and change how they talk to themselves and judge what they've done more effectively.  Long term this means quicker results and long term change.

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