5 Reasons Your Routine is Ruining Your Fitness

Ever wondered if you might be ruining your best years when it comes to being fit?

A lot of us spend our years wanting to be fit – merely passing the time rather than making the most of the days/months/years we have in life to be “able” to take full advantage of becoming our own version of what it is to be ‘fit.’

Many of us under the age of forty are guilty of this — we are in our “prime”. If there was ever a time to start taking care of our health and fitness, it’s now. Yet most of us don’t do that. Most of us spend our time partying, eating junk food, and taking vacations rather than working out, acquiring new skill sets, building healthy fit-habits, and investing in mental and physical wellness.

I ask you this one question – “Are you passing the time instead of making the most of your fitness potential?”

Here are some ways to tell if your day-to-day routine is ruining your fitness goals.

If you spend a half hour to an hour scrolling on your phone before getting out of bed; I am sorry to say this – but you are NOT making the most of your ‘fitness opportunities!’

Those who want to live a fit purposeful life don’t spend time lounging around on their phones while in bed after waking up. They also don’t hit the snooze button multiple times- day after day. In essence, waking up is no big deal, it’s just the start of another random day. To someone who truly embodies fitness: waking up every morning is a refreshing welcome to another day of hard yet meaningful work.

Some activities are aimless, done only because they are pleasing in the moment. Some activities like this are:

  • Scrolling through social media
  • Watching Netflix / Youtube / TV
  • Playing video games

In limited amounts, no more than an hour or two a day, these types of activities can be a a great way to decompress. Any more than that, and you’re going beyond the ‘decompression mode.’ In essence you are ‘wasting valuable time’ that could be better spent on achieving your fitness goals. People who are focusing on their fitness as a ‘daily habit’ don’t spend endless hours doing these types of things because they are aware that every hour sucked away by aimless activities is another hour they will never get back. It’s not that they try not to spend time doing these things — it’s the fact that wasting that much time makes them sick.

People whose days are filled with purposeful activities feel tired at the end of the day. Whether it’s mental work or physical exercise, purposeful activity (especially fitness related tasks) uses up energy and will leave you looking forward to your night time routine.

When you aren’t making the most of your life and fitness opportunities, you might fail to feel that relaxing desire to hit your head on the pillow at the end of the day. Your mind is still racing, (I still need to do x,y.z etc)… instead of feeling accomplished. Think back to a time when you got a restful night sleep – were you productive that day? Now think back to a time when you struggled to fall asleep… how much time did you waste in the day on aimless activities?

If you spend more of your time in “lala land,” daydreaming, planning or thinking about being fit, rather than working on your fitness, then you are not making the most of your fitness opportunities.

Fit people don’t sit around daydreaming about what their future body might look or feel like. People who have successful transformations pick a goal for the future and then work hard to make that goal happen. Someone who spends all their time daydreaming is not someone who spends all their time doing.

Think about weightlifters. They spend a little bit of their time researching how to lift weights more effectively, and a lot of their time lifting weights.

People that truly succeed in fitness are those that are too busy focusing on themselves to worry what others think of them. Yes, some might worry about what people who matter think of them, but they don’t worry about what their friends, family, or social media following thinks. They are too busy focusing on their own health and fitness tasks!

If you routinely worry about what your friends, family, peers, or social media following thinks of you, you may be letting your fitness potential slip by. Instead of doing what others approve of, find a fitness plan and purpose that you can be true to; even when you feel the world is turning upside down around you.

After reading this article, do any of the five reasons mentioned above equate to why your weight-loss / fitness goals haven’t happened?

Fitness is a lifestyle – it’s about instilling life-long habits, and doing things that you don’t always want to do.

Lots of Love,

Jill Bunny

5 Ways to Enjoy Losing Weight

Enjoy Dieting, Training While Still Losing Weight!

Let’s get straight to it! How can you actually enjoy losing weight?

  1. Stop setting unrealistic goals for yourself.
  2. Stop comparing yourself to other people.
  3. Constantly remind yourself that perfection is a myth.
  4. Do it for yourself.
  5. Remind yourself that there is MORE to life than getting fit.

It’s that time again… SUMMER!

Here is when I see a lot of women start to slow down and quietly drift away from their weight-loss goals.

It’s getting warmer, the sun is out longer, and considering all of the summer celebrations, it’s getting harder to stay on track.

The fitness industry will capitalize on this come September. You will start seeing a ton of ads, offers and discounts for coaching and gym memberships.

This is a good thing, for the most part. But there is a downside too.

One being that many of the ads, offers and discounts you will be seeing will instill unrealistic expectations for what’s actually possible.

This is the fundamental problem with the fitness industry. 

Your desired to lose fat and look better “naked” gets exploited by companies promising ridiculously fast weight loss results and in just a few short months.

Then they will discount their programs and services to take advantage of your emotional high.

I am going to let you in on a secret – the art of getting you to click and buy is all about pulling on your emotions and hitting your pain points. (Why do I know this? I have taken a few copywriting courses. As a result… I have learned a valuable lesson about my own personal code ethics!)

Apparently women need to be told a “story” to be “hooked-in” to buy. Do you know how angry this makes me? Yes, in essence it has played with my own emotions. I have discussed this with a handful or writers – each one of them telling me to just follow the “process” and women will buy. “It’s the ONLY way Jill.” Every time I sit to write a sales page, I feel sick to my stomach thinking of what I am “supposed” to write. I usually end up with tears in my eyes, and a huge knot in my stomach. Why? It doesn’t sit with my core-values and morals. I do not want women to work with me (whether that is 1-to-1) or by purchasing one of my on-line workout programs because I nailed the “trigger“.

I wish nothing more than to work with women that make the DECISION themselves. That is true strength- and the reason why those exact women are usually the ones that get the results. I want women, just like YOU – who will not fall for “fairy-tale” writing… because when has that worked in the past?

Every copywriter and marketer might completely disagree with my style – and that is ok. At least I will sleep at night, knowing the women that come into TEAM BUNNY are the right fit.

But before I get some angry keyboard warriors spamming my emails, I want to acknowledge that those ads and offers are not always bad – especially if you have the right mindset going in.

Truth is, losing weight almost ALWAYS happens a bit slower then you expect…(and that is without considering the time it takes to build habits for maintaining success)

If you aren’t making this journey enjoyable, or at least maintainable, then you are setting yourself up for failure.

Losing weight and getting leaner for life comes down to two simple things:

  1. Blinders
  2. Patience

Blinders: This is YOUR success. Stop setting unrealistic goals and stop comparing yourself to others.

Patience: YOUR success is going to take longer then you probably want, but that’s okay. You have time, and you know it will be worth it in the end.

Blinders + Patience – Make this your guiding phrase moving forward and you will finally have the success you have been wanting.

My hope is that this blog helped you to look at your weight-loss goals a bit differently. That when you start to see ads in September – after having a fun filled few months of sun, BBQ and celebrations – you do NOT let your emotions get the best of you.

I am here to help you – and ensure that your food and training plan is all set up — way before the September rush. If you are ready to start your 1-to-1 but would like to wait till September – reserve your spot NOW- and I will gift you my brand new Get Psych’d: Fitness For Your Mind (12 week course) that is NOT available to the public!

Let this summer be the last time that you fall for emotionally driven sales-ads! Book in for your free consultation and let’s plan your fun-filled summer – and get ahead of the “back to school” weight loss BS!

 

Lots of Love,

Jill Bunny @fitbunnyjill 

 

PS. If you would like to download my Fat Burning 100+ Recipe Cookbook – No strings attached… it’s all yours!

The Weight Loss Solution That No Trainer Promotes…

A Weight-Loss Confession

This is the first time ever publicly telling my story; but Jill has helped me see the beautiful person I always dreamed of being. 48 years old, and for the first time in my life – I am happy with my body. I am happy with who I see in the mirror; but that wasn’t always the case – frankly, before I worked with Jill, I hated myself so much that I honestly wished I wasn’t alive. It pains me to write this and I actually deleted it 10x. But I wanted to tell the truth, because this might help someone who is reading this right now.

I didn’t know what value I had or why I was sticking around on this earth for. I was overweight – yet starving myself in the day – and binging at night. I would wake up with guilt every morning, shower as quick as I could because I hated touching my body with the wash cloth or catching a slight glimpse of my rolls in the mirror. I would put my make-up on in 2 minutes because I detested looking at myself. I would wear baggy clothes so that nothing would touch my body. I hated every minute I was awake. I kept thinking to myself, was this what life was all about?

I tried diet after diet, and nothing worked. I was a serial coach “hopper”, looking for the quick fix. I would be on a “diet” for 7 days, go on a “cheat” because it was allowed – then struggle all week to get back on track. I would be embarrassed so would just stop contacting my coaches, and would try to diet on my own. I would always resort to starving myself, thinking that was the answer. I felt like a complete failure  – and I couldn’t do another diet and fail. I was afraid of what I would do next.

Back in January, I had a coffee with my friend (way before COVID) and she said that I should reach out to Jill. I hesitated and had every excuse – but my friend said, if you have one last shot – I would bet on Jill. (No pressure haha). I thought, what have I got to lose. I gave Jill a call, and we had a great talk. I had a gut feeling that she was the right coach – and I put my trust in her.

Throughout our 20+ weeks together, I completely changed the way I have ever thought about myself. Did I mess up? HECK.. More than once! But that was the best part – I made mistakes and had the right coach to help me through it. I sabotaged myself, felt like quitting, but I stuck with Jill. The weekly calls were my savour. There were times that I didn’t want to book in – but I did anyway. Jill has taught me that food and training is more than just a “plan.” She helped me look at my old beliefs and what as keeping me stuck in my “rut.” Some of the things we implemented were:

  • Scheduled in “worry time”
  • No Choice – workouts / meals to adhere to during the week. (I had a minimum I had to hit each week – which helped, since I always felt that if I didn’t follow the plan I failed).
  • Structured social media time – I actually even went on my social media during a call – and we navigated how to use it to motivate me then compare! (This was a really insightful lesson).
  • Experimented with Negative + Positive Reinforcement – to see what worked better for me.
  • CBT worksheets / homework
  • Workouts – a variety of options depending on how I was feeling
  • Response cards – I started to write sentences down that were not “affirmations” (never believed them!) I wrote down realistic responses to my negative thoughts. Call these the “Mood Changers”
  • Read my Advantages list EVERY Morning! I had to – it was on my mirror – so it taught me to start spending more time in front of the mirror and not bash myself!

So I guess you are wondering how much weight I lost? How many inches were dropped? Sorry, but that is between Jill and I. This transformation was more than weight and inches – it saved my life. And I don’t want that to be taken away by a number on the scale. If you are struggling – then reach out to Jill and start working with her. But be warned – if you are NOT going to show up, and miss calls, then you are wasting your time. She is ALWAYS there, but expects you to do your part. I love this – because it put responsibility on me to do my part!

Thank You Jen for Sharing your experience, and being so open and honest. I have no doubt that your story will encourage others to try CBT methods for health and fitness transformations/ overall wellbeing. – Jill Bunny

If you are still reading – here is a little more information on CBT:

Research shows that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is effective for losing weight long-term, stopping binge eating episodes and recovering from eating disorders. CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach to treat eating disorders and involves different techniques. The different techniques allow you to comprehend the interaction between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and plan strategies to change negative thoughts and behaviors to improve your mood and health.

Structure of CBT For Fitness

The Cognitive model acknowledges the importance of thoughts (cognitive) and actions (behavior) and how they have an important role in maintaining fitness self-sabotage.

1. Cognitive Factors

Consists of negative:

    • body image
    • self-evaluation
    • beliefs about self worth
    • overthinking your weight and body shape.

2. Behavioral Factors

Consists of behaviours to control weight such as:

    • restraint
    • restriction
    • purging
    • binge eating
    • body avoidance
    • body checking

The Different CBT Techniques I Use:

1. Cognitive Restructuring

You are encouraged to challenge your thinking processes of your self and your body and identify unhealthy behaviors and thoughts that are interfering with your fitness goals. Instead of unhealthy thoughts you will develop new healthy thoughts that will help you to change your perspective of yourself and your body.

2. Coping Strategies

Coping strategies are developed to manage negative emotions such as distractions and urges, but also to prevent negative thoughts in order to cope with overwhelming triggers and feelings.

3. Nutritional / Training Counselling

It is necessary with education to understand your:

  • nutritional needs
  • meal planning
  • monitoring of food choices
  • developing a workout plan that is sustainable

4. Maintenance

Focuses on the skills you will learn through 1-to-1 coaching sessions, so we can develop a long-term maintenance plan. This also includes improvement of self-confidence as you will become more comfortable with the skills you will learn and able to identify triggers to help prevent self-sabotage in the future.

5. Homework Assignments

It is common that CBT is time limited and goal oriented, and also includes tasks you have to complete outside of coaching sessions. CBT requires collaboration between the both of us (yes, I could be your coach!), and an active participation from you as my client.

 

Are You Ready to Try CBT-Fit Coaching? 

I have received specialized training, and can work disordered eating, body image issues as well as other mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and trauma as it relates to your fitness goals.

What I Wish You Knew About Dieting…

There is misinformation everywhere

There’s always a new trend on the block. A new machine, a new exercise, a new pill, a new method. Look into them. Double check them. Reach out to the individual “testimonials” that are on those specific sales pages… oh wait… you can’t, because they are likely fake. (But Jill, it’s a screenshot from a Facebook post! Hate to tell you, but there are apps that create “real looking testimonials.“)

Everyone’s claiming to be experts. Everyone has some kind of certification & credential, but a lot of them don’t know what they’re talking about.

I get it though, both sides of it.

From the business side, that’s what you want to hit on, right? You want to strike at the vulnerabilities, the insecurities, and make promises that are either impossible, or possible but sacrificing something else.

From the woman that wants to lose weight, you take the other side … I want it. I’m desperate. You tell me you have a one month program that will lose me 20lbs and you have some certification and testimonies to back up the claim? I’ll throw money at you. I’m desperate.

If it’s too good to be true, it almost always is. Look deep into the facts. The scientific facts. They’re there, they‘re just not as loud as the diet pills and ab machines. Keep digging, they’re there. Trust them.

Trust the numbers, the body will follow.

The diet and training will be hard at times. There will be days where:

  • It’s tempting to binge.
  • You feel like an absolute train-wreck.
  • You feel like it’s just not worth the suffering.
  • Blaming genetics feels more true then all weight loss programs out there.

And that’s OK. Change isn’t going to be easy; but you will get there. As long as you work towards it every single day. As long as you don’t quit.

You will get there. I am here to help guide you – whether that is through blogs, secret emails, or 1-to-1 coaching. I will make sure that you do not fall into the diet trap EVER AGAIN!