Why you need to follow the rules!

I get inspired at the weirdest times and last night was one of those times. Actually, it was this morning at 1:44am when I wrapped up my weekly coaching call with the Kilted Coaches. I hung up from the boys and carried on an ongoing conversation with an MMA fighter I recently connected with who’s out on the west coast at the moment (stay tuned for a chat with him, by the way). Our chat led to me tuning into an episode of The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes podcast which discussed how to avoid anxiety and burnout.

I was exhausted but inspired by my late night/early morning session but I resisted the urge to hop out of bed and type out this post. Why did I set an alarm to write it this afternoon instead of doing it when inspiration hit? It all comes down to rules. I’m a law abiding citizen and was always a good girl in school, but those aren’t the rules I’m talking about (although I am strongly suggesting you obey the laws wherever you live!) I’m talking about setting rules for your life and sticking to them.

When I decided to separate from my husband I wrote some rules to keep me focused and guide me through this difficult process: rules like no trash talking on Facebook, consider the best interests of the kids when making decisions, make time for myself and my goals a priority, stay positive, not feeling guilty for making the choices I make…get it? In this episode of his podcast, Lewis Howes suggested setting rules for your health and fitness, too. Some of his rules are making your bed, setting a wake up and go to bed time, making a daily workout non-negotiable. That got me thinking about how it really is important to create rules and stick to them.

Think about the most successful people you know.

Their success is no fluke. They set up routines and systems and habits that they stick to because they provide direction and guidance and they work! In training for a half marathon I can’t just go out and run whenever I feel like it for random amounts of time or random distances. Every runner knows you need to find a program and stick to it!

I’m hearing the Kilted Coaches tell me to “stick to the damn plan” right now as I type this (it’s ok that I hear voices in this instance) and it’s so simple but we ignore the value of following rules and following a plan so often and that’s where we encounter doubt and uncertainty and get knocked off-track!

I encourage you to sit down and set a few rules for yourself RIGHT NOW! Set them then follow them, maybe even print them out and post them by your bed or in your office and let me know what changes in your life as a result.


creativity is Intelligence having funHere are my current daily rules but know that this list will grow and change as my goals shift!


It’s time to get brutally honest

Many of you know I won a spot in the The Kilted Coaches‘ 12 week everLEaN program which starts TOMORROW! Hell yeah! I was so excited to find out I won a spot I did a little dance (yes, I friggin’ well danced a jig in my kitchen!)  I’ve been looking forward to the program because even though I’m working towards a half marathon in October, I’m not as strong as I would like and my eating isn’t as tidy as I would like, either. So,  Woo hoo! Bring it on! right? Then today Coach Stephen sent me a message reminding me to take my before photos and record my measurements. Am I the only person who shivers at the thought of putting yourself out there like this? Especially putting your before photos AND measurements out there to two uber-handsome kilted muscle men?!?!?

Also, part of the deal is to participate in their weekly Facebook Lives and discuss my progress and issues with fitness, nutrition, and mindset. That means my face and body and weight and my struggles and challenges will be broadcast around the world to every kilt fan.

How come I’m NOT freaking out and quietly hiding under a kilted rock instead of participating?

I’m a pretty positive person, so I haven’t forgotten that my achievements and successes over the next 12 weeks will also be broadcast and celebrated. If you’ve scrolled through my Instagram gallery, you’ll see that I spend a lot of time encouraging others to #loveyourselffirst so it’s time for me to buck up and walk the walk!

What does that mean exactly?

I will be posting my progress photos and measurements to The Kilted Coaches app as required by the program, but I will also post them here for all of you to see. I will be posting all of my progress photos and body measurements for all of you to see. I need to put myself out there if I expect anyone else to do the same. I’m ready to get honest with where I am in my fitness and nutrition and I want to be honest with my audience.

Stephen and Rab have asked us to set goals for the program and aside from my obvious goal of crossing the finish line of my first half-marathon, here a few goals I need support in achieving:

  1. drink 2700mL water EVERY SINGLE DAY
  2. consume a serving of protein at every meal
  3. consume 5 servings of vegetables (no substituting fruit for a veggie, either!)

I will include other goals as the program progresses, but I think this is a good challenge for week 1 especially since I find water so freaking boring to drink, I forget about protein all.the.time, and I don’t always find veggies fun. Deep breath…here goes nothing!