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Ditching the Mum Tum – Part 2

Mel putting us through our paces at Motion Fitness Bali

Mel putting us through our paces at Motion Fitness Bali

 

So if you read my last post, you’ll know I’m on a mission to lose the chub, that I discovered Mel Bomba’s Motion Fitness and that I’m hooked!

I awoke the morning after that first class, frozen in pain. My muscles hurt so badly. The next day they were even worse. By day three, I was feeling totally despondent that my new fitness regime was over before it’d even started! And I’d only used the very lightest weights and no weights at all for half the exercises! I felt like a total lost cause and was worried I’d actually damaged my muscles, so I googled muscle ache.

I discovered that increasing muscle pain that occurs 24-48 hours after exercise is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and it’s totally normal, even athletes get it sometimes. Basically, all those squats and bicep curls had caused microscopic tears in my muscles and that, plus the accompanying inflammation, was causing the pain. The good news is that apparently as the muscles heal they actually get stronger and better able to perform the exercises next time. So in fact this is a healthy start, rather than an abrupt end to my fitness career. Yay!

So, rather than gliding straight into three classes a week, due the the muscle pain, I managed only one class the first week, two the second week, and then settled into three a week (which felt GREAT!) right up until we headed by to the UK two months later, to catch up with friends and family over the summer. I purposely did not try dieting or anything else during this time, but I still saw a difference and I just ‘felt’ so much better! The sense of achievement I got from getting to a place where I could actually follow the whole routine AND use the hand & leg weights (albeit the dinky ones) AND not feel sore the next day, was immense!

This fitness challenge has made me realise, if you want to improve at anything, put yourself amongst people who are already where you want to be. Just being around them will pull you up to their level. Its the opposite of don’t compare yourself to others, in a way. If you avoid situations or people because they make you feel anxious, you will never get over that anxiety and you have to remember we ARE all equal. So get over it. Push through the fear, because honestly, no-one else gives a toss what you’re doing, they’re too busy worrying about their own thunder thighs / crazy hair / strangely shaped toes / sticky out ears / whatever their own insecurities are to notice yours.

I did feel ridiculous that first class, in amongst all these models and gym bunnies, but I quickly got over it. The repetition of just having a go, again and again, guarantees that over time, it WILL get easier and ends up being no biggie and now I feel like I have every right to be in that class…at least I did, until I went home for the summer, did zero exercise for eight weeks and consumed my own body weight in cream teas, fish suppers, Sunday roasts, smelly cheeses and fine wines! But that’s another blog post.

I’d love to hear if you’ve ever had this stop / start experience with getting fit (or any new activity) and what helped you get over those early hurdles and turn it into a regular habit.

Thanks so much for reading.

Leesa x

(for further info on DOMS see http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52151 )

Sharing Your True Self – Okay, I’ll Go First ;)

So, I’ve been tiptoeing around my blog and social media accounts for, well, too long and today I’ve had something of an epiphany. My whole service, my whole reason for doing the work I do as an image consultant and personal stylist is to help women find their true style and, in doing so, unlock their true potential, but here’s the thing…how can I expect my clients to expose their true selves to me if I won’t first share my true self?

Now, I’ve been doing this work for 13 years and back in the day I used to travel to every client’s home, all over the country and spend a day, doing their consultation, assessing their body shape and colouring, getting to the nub of their personal style, then ruthlessly weeding every unflattering or un-‘them’ item from their wardrobe before working out the gaps and creating a comprehensive Wardrobe Plan of exactly what was needed to give them their perfect wardrobe and style. I am nothing if not thorough.

One day I showed up at a new client’s home and we started talking and I realised she was shaking and I asked if she was ok and she said she was just so nervous about our day. I was totally shocked! I mean, I genuinely could not understand why anyone would feel nervous about me coming over and helping sort out their wardrobe. I mean it’s just ‘me’ and we’re about to have such a fun day! Then it occurred to me, this woman has no idea who I am. I mean, she know’s who I am professionally, maybe she’s read about me, but that is one tiny part of me, the glossy professional ‘style expert’ me and so to her mind, she was about to open her wardrobe, (which she is utterly ashamed of) to someone who is a total style expert. I mean, my God! That is terrifying! This woman deserved a medal!

So anyway, we had a super fun day and the following week we bought and styled up all her new outfits and I am delighted to say, that she looked every bit amazing on the outside as she is on the inside, and still does ten years later! But the point is, I realised that day, what a leap of faith each new client makes when they book in with me and how vulnerable it feels to expose a part of yourself that you’re not confident in.

So I’m gonna go first! I’m going to use this blog to share who I really am with you, so you know I’m not some distant ‘expert’ but a very real, finding-my-own-way, super compassionate person who will certainly never judge you for not just ‘knowing’ how to look your best, because there is loads of stuff I am quite frankly rubbish at and I am going to share these journeys of my own self improvement on here for your entertainment (because I have a creeping sense that this may be fairly humiliating, but also hopefully an interesting and useful process) and because when I learn anything useful or meet an amazing teacher or discover a great service or product or whatever, I want to SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! Because I am a ridiculous Personal Development enthusiast and because I’m old enough not to worry so much what people think anymore (and nor should you) and because it’s FUN!

Yay! Let the fun begin!

Leesa x

No need to hide. I ain't gonna judge you :)

No need to hide. I ain’t gonna judge you :)