Ok. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I believe that it doesn’t matter what exercise you do – as long as you DO IT. Consistently.
I asked Jennifer to tell you her fitness story because she is a great example of someone who made a decision one day, took action and then DID IT EVERY SINGLE DAY NO MATTER WHAT.
You want to see what consistency looks like?
This is Jennifer EVERY day after her morning routine. Times that by the 230 days since she started the joined my Transformation Challenge.
Now you might be thinking – that’s crazy, I could never be that hardcore.
What if you loved what you are doing?
Jennifer doesn’t love my high intensity interval workouts (Bitch be crazy 😉 )
This is what she loves:
Meditation, yoga, 22 pushups and a 25 min walk.
She also cooks her own food from my online Transformation program.
And look what happens when you do CONSISTENT self care for 230 days in a row:
So I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it doesn’t matter what you do. It matters that you do it CONSISTENTLY.
This is Jennifer’s Fitness Story
What was life like before you joined the 28 Day Transformation Challenge? What were your biggest health and fitness obstacles?
I wrote to Oonagh Duncan in May 2016 and said,
“I am almost 54 and unfit for the first time in my life – need to reset the temple and burn my buddha belly”.
One of my biggest health and fitness obstacles was that I can be binary in my approach – all or nothing, in or out, 20 pounds up or ten pounds down over the past 30 years, and I had become extremely sedentary (desk job).
Something had to change and I was ready to commit to myself.
I was looking for something that I could incorporate into my life and not feel that I was on a diet or regime.
How did you find out about it? What made you join?
The good ol’ interweb led me to Fit Feels Good. I hesitated because I was going to France in the middle of the Challenge. I emailed Oonagh about it and she said:
“Well, I’m someone who believes that any action in the right direction is a good one, so I would just start in June and pick it back up when you get back!”
I took Oonagh’s words to heart and joined the June Transformation Challenge that very day.
What happened during the Challenge?
There are many good things that changed during the challenge. The first is that I got in touch with how calm I felt when I ate nutritious, delicious food that I prepared myself.
I used to be someone who would look at her phone first thing in the morning. Now I meditate as soon as I wake up, do yoga, 22 pushups, have a glorious smoothie and a walk outside.
What was the hardest part of the original Challenge for you?
The Friday before the Challenge started, I was in Montreal on a girls weekend and our flight was delayed by six hours which meant I had to start the Cleanse without any prep time and go shopping on the Monday evening after work when I had brain fog.
I had sold my car and had to walk back to my house with bags and bags of groceries.
Then it started to rain, and a taxi came by which I took four short blocks.
I took this as a metaphor to not be all “I can walk it, it’s not that far ” and suffer. Find what works and for some flexibility.
Don’t be all or nothing. That doesn’t serve me . I adjust the dial where needed.
What was the best part?
Besides the glorious Zucchini and Fennel soup at the end of Day 2 of the cleanse ;), connecting with other Transformers and giving and getting support through the FB Group has been one of life’s on line pleasures and most rewarding.
What’s happened since the Challenge?
I lost 20 pounds within the first three months of becoming an Alumni, so I’ve been in maintenance mode since September.
I’ve learned to make the Meal Plans my own by adjusting what I can and cannot do as the weeks for all of us are variable – sometimes travel gets in the way of following the plan 100 per cent. That’s life. Do the best you can. Each day is another opportunity to begin again.
On weeks that I’m home, I devote a couple of hours to shop and prep and live by the saying, “A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content’.
(note from Oonagh – if you want to know what a Sunday well spent looks like (well, actually one hour of a Sunday)- check out the Meal Prep Power Hour.)
What advice would you have for someone who feels really stuck in their health and fitness?
“Look after number one” sounds selfish but it’s really the foundation for leading a healthy emotional life and having a well to dip into to have the energy to give to others.
I would also say that I took Oonagh’s first words to me to heart: “Well, I’m someone who believes that any action in the right direction is a good one.”
You are so good with your consistency and habits. How do you talk yourself into doing your habits when you JUST. DON’T. WANT. TO?
I agree fully that the most important relationship you have is the one you have with yourself.
That is the bedrock for my commitment to self-care – meditation, yoga, walking, nutritious food – these are the ways I choose to treat myself with kindness.
What is your favourite thing about your Transformation?
My original Google Review says it all (but I’ve updated my measurements).
A month ago, I knew I needed to re-boot this 54 year-old body and lose the Buddha belly – felt like my life was on autopilot. As it happens on the Internet, one thing led to another and I discovered Fit Feels Good, founded by the inspiring and delightful personal trainer, Oonagh Duncan. I completed her “28-Day Transformation Challenge” this week and am feeling healthy and energetic.
Measurements: After ten months, I am down 16 inches overall (in 28 days it was 9 in), lost 18.7 lbs (was 9.3 lbs) and exchanged emotional eating for mindful, calm satiation. Also, I found joy in preparing delicious food.
Oonagh has an excellent sense of humour and she keeps it real. Her emails, private YouTube videos and delightful FaceBook comments allow me to say she is highly committed and devoted to her mission to improve people’s lives. In just four weeks she and the closed FaceBook group community helped me stay focused and see the 28-days through. I am well prepared now to maintain momentum for my healthy journey.