Top 10 things I have learned from 12WBT
As we enter into the final couple of weeks of the programme I thought it might be useful to share the key things I have learned from the 12WBT programme.
1. JFDI. This means “Just freaking do it” according to Michelle Bridges. Rather than negotiating my way out of exercise, I just have to not think about it and do it. A bit like brushing my teeth. Except sweat is involved.
2. Planning is key. If I plan my meals and stock my fridge properly, everything seems to run a great deal more smoothly. Plus my kids have loved helping me prepare vegetables and salad to go with our meals.
3. Mix it up. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Sign up with the local 12WBT facebook page in your area (if there is one and there probably will be) and get involved in the activities they run. By doing that I have discovered I enjoy boxing and that training on the beach at the crack of dawn is actually fun!
4. Push yourself. Michelle actually says on one of her workout videos “You can do more than you think you can.’ And she’s right.
5. Communicate. Don’t be afraid to share how you’re going with others on the forums or on facebook. Chances are someone will be feeling the same way, or will have felt similarly. If you’re struggling you don’t have to do it alone. On the whole people can give you clarity when you yourself can’t see straight.
6. Stop seeing food as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ It’s fuel. Be sensible and think that you wouldn’t fuel your car with crap, so why would you do the same to your body?
7. Be honest. By this I mean make sure you are accurate with not only weighing and measuring your food, but also weighing and measuring yourself. Cheating on either front doesn’t help at all.
8. Accelerator days can be tough. Last week I sailed through accelerator day. Yesterday I wanted to lie down somewhere for the whole day. Unfortunately work and three small children made this impossible. Be kind to yourself on those days.
9. Don’t ignore red flags. Those days where you have social events planned, or something that is out of routine need to be taken into consideration. A good tip is to take a protein shake before going out, or making sure you up your exercise to make up for any extra calories you might be having.
10. 12WBT works. Everything is mapped out for you, there is a community there ready to welcome and support you, but at the end of the day it is up to you. Only you can do the hard yards. And if I can anyone can.