A change of focus for The Wright Fit

Clients and followers of The Wright Fit will know that I’ve been offering one-to-one health & fitness coaching (which evolved into health & wellbeing coaching) for almost three years – and it’s been a brilliant learning experience and business journey for me! Thank you to each and every one of you who’s helped and supported me along the way!

Inspired by the changing seasons, and watching the trees drop their leaves and enter a period of dormancy ready to spring back into life next year, I’ve decided to make some changes in my own life.

After a lot of thinking and deliberation, I have decided to stop running the health & wellbeing coaching part of The Wright Fit. I will be very sad to stop, and more so that I won’t be able to continue having active sessions with my fabulous clients, but this is a necessary step that I need to take. Despite my best efforts, my health & wellbeing coaching has not flourished into the business I initially hoped for, and while I continue to pour time, money and energy into it, I don’t have the space and freedom to have new and better ideas and to pursue more viable options.

I know this may come as a shock – as the realisation that shutting down this part of The Wright Fit was what I needed to do was, at first, a shock to me. But, now that the decision is made, I feel glad of the opportunity for a change and excited to see what this new chapter will bring.

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Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

My last day of health & wellbeing coaching will be Thursday 21st December 2017. My current clients have been informed, but if you have any questions about what this change means, please do get in touch.

I look forward to my last few coaching sessions with you: my wonderful clients. I hope we can stay in contact in 2018 and perhaps you will decide to become a client of a different arm of The Wright Fit. 🙂

The Wright Fit as an umbrella business will continue without the health & wellbeing coaching arm. Currently it includes the Colchester Italian Conversation Group and Nature Bathing, but I hope that with my newly-acquired free time and brain-space I will soon be adding new and exciting items to that list. The subjects of health, fitness, wellbeing and happiness are very important to me and close to my heart, so these may well be reflected in my future endeavours!

Thanks again for your support. ❤

 

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COMING UP: Field BATHING AT Gosbecks Archaeological Site, Wednesday 9TH August

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, in which you visit a forest for relaxation and recreation, is a popular approach to stress-management in Japan. In 1982 the Forest Agency of Japan proposed incorporating regular forest bathing trips into a healthy lifestyle, and since then it’s become a well-recognised relaxation activity and/or ‘green therapy’ for adults and children alike.

The same logic can apply to any other form of nature bathing, whether it’s through a field, along a beach or up a mountain! Join me for a walk through one of Colchester’s woodlands, beaches, meadows or other areas of natural beauty as I encourage mindful appreciation of our surroundings and help you to switch off from the frenzy of everyday life and enjoy the peace and tranquillity.

Come along to Gosbecks Archaeological Site for a spot of ‘field bathing’ at 2:00pm on Wednesday 9th August. Please find all the details and RSVP via Meetup.com.

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Coming up: Italian breakout session for intermediate learners, Tuesday 1st August

The Colchester Italian Conversation Group is for everyone who’s learning Italian, would like to start learning Italian or used to speak Italian but has become rusty and would like to refresh their memory, as well as any native / fluent Italian speakers who would like to help others to learn, or Italian speakers who would like to practise their English.

This session is aimed at intermediate learners with moderate experience of Italian. If you can string a sentence together but struggle with more complicated conjugations, or you have good writing and reading skills but find speaking and listening difficult, this meeting is for you. Experienced and fluent speakers are welcome to come and join in / help out, and beginners are welcome to come and have a go, but please note that the content will be at an intermediate level.

Come along to The Old Siege House to meet other intermediate Italian language learners and practise your speaking and listening skills at 7:00pm on Tuesday 1st August. Please find all the details and RSVP via Meetup.com.

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Setting goals with kindness

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When you’re setting yourself a goal to work towards, it’s usual to think “in an ideal world, what would I be achieving?” and set that as a target; for example, “I will blog once a week” or “I will run a mile every day”. While it’s good to be aware of your ultimate objective, it’s also important to keep in mind that you’re (most likely) not currently living in that ideal world.

Running a mile every day would be brilliant, but there will be days when you’re just fully booked and literally can’t squeeze it in, and days when you wake up feeling like someone’s been sandpapering your throat and bashing your head against a wall, and days when you’re in a low mood (which is the equivalent of the previous example, but located in your mind instead of your body) and just can’t face it. And that’s okay.

I have a rule of thumb for setting targets such as these: think of your goal and then halve the difficulty. In this case that would mean changing “I will blog once a week” to “I will blog once a fortnight”, or “I will run a mile every day” to “I will run (on average) half a mile every day”.

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If you happen to wake up one day with seven blog posts whizzing around your head and a free few hours in which to type them up, then yay! Type them up, schedule them to post once a fortnight over the next few weeks and treat yourself to a day at the zoo (or whatever counts as downtime for you!).

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Similarly if you happen to wake up feeling joyous and bursting with energy, and find yourself effortlessly running 3 miles in one go, then woo! You’ve achieved 6/7 of your goal for that week so if you’re not in the mood for a couple of days, the pressure’s off.

We tend to overestimate our available time / effort / ability / the number of figs we give about that thing, and underestimate our experience of stress / anxiety / tiredness / boredom / illness. By halving the difficulty of the goal you’re setting, you’re much more likely to achieve it and feel inspired, rather than repeatedly missing your target and feeling completely demotivated.

You might find it goes really well and you get into a routine and you can bump it up a bit (to “write two blog posts every three weeks” or “run 5 miles per week”), or maybe it’s just the right number… or maybe it doesn’t work out at all, but at least you gave it a good shot (that you had a reasonable chance of achieving). Be kind to yourself! ❤

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Coming up: Beach Bathing at Coast Road, West Mersea, Sunday 30th July

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, in which you visit a forest for relaxation and recreation, is a popular approach to stress-management in Japan. In 1982 the Forest Agency of Japan proposed incorporating regular forest bathing trips into a healthy lifestyle, and since then it’s become a well-recognised relaxation activity and/or ‘green therapy’ for adults and children alike.

The same logic can apply to any other form of nature bathing, whether it’s through a field, along a beach or up a mountain! Join me for a walk through one of Colchester’s woodlands, beaches, meadows or other areas of natural beauty as I encourage mindful appreciation of our surroundings and help you to switch off from the frenzy of everyday life and enjoy the peace and tranquillity.

Come along to Coast Road on West Mersea for a spot of ‘beach bathing’ at 10:30am on Sunday 30th July. Please find all the details and RSVP via Meetup.com.

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The Wright Fit client cycling from London to Paris!

In just over a week’s time, one of my first ever clients – Tom Dicker – will be cycling all the way from London to Paris (!) to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Since feeling like he “didn’t know where to start” a couple of years ago, Tom has well and truly been bitten by the fitness bug and competed in various triathlons and other races, and this will be his biggest fitness challenge to date.

As Tom explains on his fundraising page, the Alzheimer’s Society is so important “because it could happen to any of us”. If you’ve been affected by Alzheimer’s or just want to show your support for Tom’s incredible challenge starting on 19th July, please donate whatever you can. Thank you! 🙂

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Coming up: Turn up and speak Italian, Tuesday 18th July

The Colchester Italian Conversation Group is for everyone who’s learning Italian, would like to start learning Italian or used to speak Italian but has become rusty and would like to refresh their memory, as well as any native / fluent Italian speakers who would like to help others to learn, or Italian speakers who would like to practise their English.

Come along to The Old Siege House to meet other Italian language learners and practise your speaking and listening skills at 7:00pm on Tuesday 18th July. Please find all the details and RSVP via Meetup.com.

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Coming up: Garden Bathing at New Town Community Garden, Monday 10th July

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, in which you visit a forest for relaxation and recreation, is a popular approach to stress-management in Japan. In 1982 the Forest Agency of Japan proposed incorporating regular forest bathing trips into a healthy lifestyle, and since then it’s become a well-recognised relaxation activity and/or ‘green therapy’ for adults and children alike.

The same logic can apply to any other form of nature bathing, whether it’s through a field, along a beach or up a mountain! Join me for a walk through one of Colchester’s woodlands, beaches, meadows or other areas of natural beauty as I encourage mindful appreciation of our surroundings and help you to switch off from the frenzy of everyday life and enjoy the peace and tranquillity.

Come along to New Town Community Garden for a spot of ‘garden bathing’ at 10:30am on Monday 10th July. Please find all the details and RSVP via Meetup.com.

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Willpower is overrated

A lot of people think that willpower and/or self-discipline are crucial to successfully beginning, and sustaining, a new diet or exercise regime – or any new habit! I tend to think that willpower and discipline are overrated, and are only necessary if you’re doing something that fundamentally isn’t what you want.

You might want to spend money on a new top rather than saving it, but if you know that you’re saving that money to buy a house, then hopefully that’s enough of an incentive to say no to the top. If it’s not enough of an incentive, then I’d question whether you actually want that house (or any house) in the first place. If you’re sure you do want it, then perhaps your overall goal isn’t clear enough in your mind – you might benefit from a countdown / mood board / other visual way of tracking your goal and your progress towards it.

I used to be very proud of having a will of iron: I could basically get myself to do anything at all, if I told myself to. Then, over the years, I started to realise that it was basically a form of self-harm; controlling myself in order to feel powerful, because deep down I felt powerless.

Nowadays if I find myself failing to do something I want to do (or find myself doing something I don’t want to do), and feeling the need for willpower, I ask myself what’s stopping me from just doing the thing. I usually (maybe always?) find there’s a Should in the way, e.g.:

  1. I want to be thin, but I’m eating loads of chocolate
  2. It turns out I don’t actually want to be thin, I just feel like I Should be, so I’m rebelling against the expectation / pressure by eating loads of chocolate
  3. Figure out what I really want (to feel good about my body) and start treating myself with respect and compassion
  4. Naturally stop feeling the urge to binge on chocolate

No willpower required.

I’m also a huge proponent of “everything in moderation”. As soon as I tell myself “I can’t eat any chocolate”, guess what I want more than anything?! But if I tell myself “I can eat as much chocolate as I like, as long as it’s still enjoyable”, I tend to stop after a couple of squares.

Next time you feel like you’re having to force yourself or push through some unseen barrier to accomplish something, ask yourself why you’re trying to do it in the first place, and why you don’t want to. You might realise that it’s not what you want at all, or that there’s some particular thing that’s putting you off. Either way, it’ll likely provide an interesting insight into your inner desires and motivation! 🙂

Three top tips for staying cool

Here at The Wright Fit I love the sunshine, but I know that getting too hot, with all it entails (sweating, dehydration, headaches, heat stroke), can be no fun at all. Here are three of my favourite ways to keep cool:

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One Fill a spray bottle with water and a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil, and keep it in the fridge. When you’re feeling hot, mist your face (but avoid your eyes!).

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Two Freeze a bottle of water, wrap it in a pillowcase and use it as a “cold water bottle” to keep you cool overnight.

 

 

 

mike-dorner-173502Three Freeze a banana (whole, but without the skin) to make instant banana sorbet. When you’re feeing peckish, put the banana in a bowl and microwave it for about 30 seconds so it’s still mostly frozen but slightly softened. Add a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder and mush it all together to make healthy, vegan, Paleo chocolate banana sorbet!