Last Week Me: Sarah's First Week of Boot Camp


It was my first week of Bootcamp. I don’t know about you, but I got ALL the emails and was a bit overwhelmed. It brought me back to the anxious feelings that came with starting college, getting married, having children, and other major life events. Big changes stir up a lot of feelings in me, and when that happens, I just want cookies. Of course I can’t this time because I committed to not eating them!

As I have been reflecting on these feelings, I have come to understand that they arise out of the fact that I have to face old comforts and routines head on and then renegotiate new terms. When that happens, it feels like every little change involves moving a mountain. I’ll never forget when I got home with my newborn and had the world’s biggest crying session about not being able to vacuum my house. I always vacuumed on Fridays, but I couldn’t because I was recovering from a c-section, so when Friday came around, I felt like the world was crumbling around me. It took me some time to come to terms with the fact that my life was changing dramatically, and I had to face some realities that my schedule might change or some things might just become less important.

As I go through Bootcamp, I am forced to take some of my comforting patterns, burn them to the ground, and replace them with newer, better habits. This is creating a change, a transformation from Last Week Me to This Week Me. Examples:

• Last Week Me loved sleep so much that it often involved me sleeping too much and not having enough time in the day. This would lead to a schedule that did not include time for healthy life choices. Ultimately, this was a recipe for me feeling groggy and exhausted by 7:00 p.m. and veging out by the television for the rest of the night. However, This Week Me has to be in the studio 5 to 6 days per week, which involves a couple days of 6:15 a.m. classes. As counterintuitive as it may seem, making the effort to wake up earlier to make better choices leaves This Week Me with more energy and more productive sleep.

• Last Week Me was often a victim of my own schedule. When I’d have 6 or 7 straight hours of client sessions, I would subsist on caffeine and fast food (or just not eat), and it felt like there was little I could do about it. However, This Week Me is taking a proactive role in my nutrition. This Week Me packed my meal in a mini Crock Pot and brought some of my approved snacks. Yes, this does involve more work up front because I have to think and plan for the future, but ultimately, it helps me make better choices and take charge of my health.

Neither of these renegotiations has been easy. The path of least resistance is to do things how I have always done them regardless of whether that is actually the best thing for me. However, with a big push from Bootcamp, I’ve made my changes and am better because of it.

The beginning of the year is a natural time for new goals and aspirations, and it’s likely you’ve made some for yourself. You also probably know that most people don’t keep their New Years goals for very long, probably because they feel just as overwhelming as life changes are supposed to feel. As you work towards accomplishing these goals, I encourage you to look at your routines, comforts, and patterns that inhibit your progress and then figure out how to replace them with new routines, comforts, and patterns that include your new life choices. It will feel like a lot of work up front, but once you break through that barrier, it will feel a whole lot easier.

What can you let go and renegotiate to succeed this year? Who can you ask for help in doing so? We are ALL cheering for you to keep being the best you!