No Excuses... blah blah blah bollocks

You may have seen this phrase more than once already this week, featured on health, fitness or food fanatic websites, Instagram accounts or on their newsfeed on Facebook. I know I have numerous of times already today. However the more I see this slogan the more I think "Well how do you know that much about my life, that I don't have a reason why I haven't prepped my kids healthy, gourmet style meal or hit the gym for an hours HIIT session this morning" How can someone presume that just because one person can be super organised and motivated each day that every other woman can too? (and by the way I am not slating these wonderful health, fitness and food service providers or their clients).

Now,  as a women's health, wellbeing and birth coach I find that my clients sometime's find other people's expectations of  mums, entrepreneurs, students and more are sometimes too much. The expectations that we all should be eating lavish healthy meals and to train every morning post school run/train commute dash. The pressure that women can feel around expectations that they should naturally be leading a healthy and fit lifestyle can actually have the reverse affect into what these women are trying to achieve. That's why help, support and guidance can help.. rather than a "NO EXCUSES" slogan.

If you are that mum that's been up all night with a pukey baby, then waking early to get the other family members ready for school whilst making packed lunches and trying to brush the leftover regurgitated spaghetti bolognese from last nights dinner out of your hair. Or that talented business women who walked through the door at 10pm after the trains were on strike AGAIN and has to be up at the crack of dawn for another meeting.  Then don't feel the pressure  to fight against what your body is telling you to do (to rest) and to train exhausted, raise your stress hormones even more and potentially increase your chance of becoming ill... then unable to continue with your already hectic lifestyles.

As more and more of my female clients express their concerns of eating healthy and exercising not only for themselves but for their family It just proves more and more that EVERYONE IS AN INDIVIDUAL. And yes there is still a large amount of people that the "No excuses" slogan can relate to - for example the perfectly healthy person who complains that they can't loose weight or eat healthy yet has ample hours in the day to be able to hit the gym or to prepare a healthy meal. 

I'm certainly not condoning an unhealthy lifestyle - my business is build around supporting women through health and wellness. What I am expressing is that every single one of us in this entire world are completely and utterly unique and individuals. If you are feeling tired, like you want to crawl into bed and eat a fish finger sandwich then do it!! Don't feel the pressure to go and get your arse whipped or to stress yourself out by prepping and cooking a meal that you will hate cooking and probably not even enjoy from feeling so shitty.

Instead find some work/mum/life balance. Find a coach who can not only help you work out a healthy meal and fitness programme, but one that works around YOU and YOUR lifestyle. 

My clients come to me because I am not a one glove fit's all kinda coach. I help my clients work out their weekly schedules in advance so they can fit in a 30 minute HIIT workout in the morning, or that they are prepared with healthy and nutritious "saviours meals" in the freezer to cover their backsides when issues arise that they simply don't have the time or energy to prep, cook and serve dinner. Life really is all about balance, not smashing yourself to the point of exhaustion, skipping meals because you can't be arsed to cook or the opposite and spending hours cooking each day after you've finished your daily routine then not actually wanting to eat as you are too shattered.

Life is to be lived healthy and happily. Find your balance and forget that "No Excuses" Shit. If you want to skip leg day and get some rest then DO IT...  listen to your body, trust your body, get some rest and go again tomorrow . Also find yourself a fabulous health and wellbeing coach to help support you in finding your balance so you can enjoy a healthy and fit lifestyle without running yourself into the ground. Next time you've finished a 12 hour work/mum day or feeling exhausted and see a  "No Excuses" photo.. just shrug your shoulders say Meh and know you are trusting your body and you have everything in hand. Living a healthy, fit, self caring and nutritious lifestyle is important.. just find YOUR balance and do not compare yourself to others or their expectations of you.

Have a Happy "No Excuses, blah blah blah bollock's day"

 

Claire x