Nina's Blog

How are you? Has iso-life become reality in the past week or so?

It’s a freakin’ odd feeling, isn’t it?

 

I don’t know about you but I really felt it at the backend of last week.

Despite coaching most of my clients online and chatting to friends over face time I had massive social withdrawals.

Can you relate?

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Personally, sleep is something I've struggled with for a long period of time. I've read a lot about sleep, I know a fair bit about sleep and I tried a lot to improve sleep!! I'm still not a sleep expert BUT what I know is that sleep is crucial how we feel and whether we're getting results. Read More
You ALWAYS work hard! But are you happy? Screw 6am alarms! You finally made the decision to take some time out so why on earth would you get up at the same time as on a random workday?? Read More

You've done it all: the diet plans, the quick fixes, the gym memberships, the group fitness classes and much more BUT somehow you keep returning to the starting line.

You're feeling frustrated and really you can't be bothered to try 'something else' that's not going to help you. At the same time you're dying to finally achieve that transformation you've been longing for so long (may it be strength, fat loss or skyrocketing your fitness)!

You wonder: "Is it actually possible to get there?"

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I’m going to start with a bit of a personal story today and if I’m honest it turned out to be so empowering for me.

 

Before I tell you what happened, I’m wondering whether you’re feeling a bit stuck at the moment or whether you’re finding yourself “just not doing it” although you really want to move closer to your goal/ dream/ desire?

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Eeeeek, is anyone else feeling sluggish?

The holidays were fun and I’m sure that you’d agree with me that it took a couple of weeks to get back into things and now you’re wondering what the heck is going on with your energy and how you’ll get back into eating ‘better’, right?

 

I understand that this time of the year is exciting and a bit annoying too. You’re trying to enjoy the summer and the beach but at the same time you want to start having a crack at your goals for 2020. You also want to feel a bit better in your own skin.

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Does holiday brain sound familiar?

…you know when you just got back from holidays and you’re trying to get back into the swing of things but somehow it’s slow and sticky despite your underlying motivation to make THIS year the best of all!

 

So why is it so hard to get back into routine?

Part of you is driven and motivated and the other can’t understand why everything seems to be moving so slowly!

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First of all I want to wish you a happy new year!!

This time round I’m not going to ask you what your New Years resolution is but
instead I’m going to ask you: "What's your New Year's 'solution' "?

If you look back to 2019 and you feel dissatisfied with what you’ve achieved or you feel disappointed that you didn’t pursue your goals wholeheartedly, maybe you’ve set goals in a ‘new year's re-solution’ style.

 

Once you attach a starting date to taking action that’s set in the future, it’s very likely you won’t end up taking any action at all.

Goals are set to be achieved in the future for a reason, but this is not the same when it comes to taking action. You need to FEEL READY TO TAKE ACTION.

If you’re not ready for change (and taking action), you’re not going to be able to force it.

 

Here are the 6 stages of change so you get to understand what I’m talking about:

  • Precontemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Determination
  • Action
  • Relapse
  • Maintenance

 

As you move through these stages of change there may be the possibility that you’ll exit & re-enter at any of these stages.

 

A new year's resolution which basically means 'it’s all happening as of today’ won’t help you jump from precontemplation to maintenance, you’ll still have to go through the stages of change and taking action.

 

Let’s go back to my initial question: ‘What’s your new year's solution?’

You know what didn't work last year and I can assure you new year's resolutions don't work, so what are you going to do different?

Food for thought:

  • What stage of change are you at right now and what needs to happen so you’re ready for change?
  • What goals can you set that excite you and are achievable within a realistic time frame?
  • How can you change your thinking to help you believe that you can achieve what you set yourself out to do?

 

Whilst you pursue your new years solution, most importantly make sure that you enjoy the journey. Change is not instant but achieved through consistent actions that take you into the new direction.

 

 

Sign No.1 – Success or Failure?

WHAT YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW

What you are doing right now is the best indicator for where your headspace is at. There’s a difference between ‘taking a break over Christmas and giving your body time to recover’ and ‘telling yourself that you can start back in full swing next year’.

The first example is setting you up for success and the second for failure.

Why?

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Oooooh- I don’t know about you but I cannot wait until Xmas.

It’s what this time of the year represents rather than the gifts involved and the hype about Christmas…

 

It’s about spending time with people I care about, getting a break, relaxing and most importantly letting go a little bit.

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