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Finding your way out of Lockdown

I think we’re at a very confusing point in our now transitioning lives! I’m a middle-aged peri menopausal woman, so I am very uncertain about what feelings relate to what! The brain fog normally attributed to the peri menopause is also likely to be part of a transition anxiety that I seem to have developed!

I reflect upon 2019, a year packed full of adventure, when I felt at the peak of health & fitness and had a sense of being able to accomplish anything. I climbed Snowdon, trekked the Sahara Desert, had ski lessons, wake board lessons and much more! I had a clear path of what I could achieve and how empowering that was & that I was in the control seat of life for probably the first time, for me. I had discovered the My Time for Change programme, lost weight, improved fitness, mental strength and overall greater wellbeing.

A year later and the sense of adventure has been replaced by confusion. I still feel great, my fitness regime has continued thanks to Emma Wilson Fitness pivoting her business so all classes have been available on line. I have remained part of the My Time for Change programme so continued to thrive on the health giving foods and positive community. Although, I have definitely swelled a little around the middle, due to less daily movement and a few extra calories consumed, mainly in the weekend wine-fuelled lockdown routine that has emerged! I’m comfortable though that my health is still happy and that the My Time for Change lifestyle can help me make tiny tweaks to reduce the thickening if that becomes important to me.

The most confusion for me though comes from the muddle of emotion and thoughts! One minute I’m in control and have a clear path toward a ‘new normal’, the next I am dazed & confused with no sense of direction. Oh and as a serial hugger, I am yet to overcome the loss of warmth, love and oxytocin generated by hugging friends. Sadly, I am not womanly enough to delete this need from my psyche! (Although Phil & the children are gorgeous huggers I must add!)

Having read several articles about people’s lockdown experiences, there does seem to be a pattern of post traumatic stress. We have all been forced into heightened states of fight & flight by a pandemic that none of us were programmed to deal with. For months we have thrived on Adrenalin and as a seeker of positivity, I have enjoyed most of what lockdown has brought to my world and the company I have kept. However we are now depleted, exhausted and ready for a break. But then there is the mental confusion of understanding what a break now means to us all? Sun seekers no longer have as many choices, whether that be through fear of travel or the lack of available destinations. UK travellers, unless organised, are left with very few options. And if you are like me, you don’t even know whether you want to go away or stay cocooned in the lockdown shell.

Decisions have become so difficult to make, emotions have become so hard to rationalise and everything is just a bit too uncertain. We’ve all approached the pandemic in different ways and our own journeys are reflected in how we have prioritised as rules have loosened. I am sure that soon the fog will clear a little!

I & others on the programme are so glad to have had Emma and the My Time for Change programme as a constant throughout lockdown; offering some control, a strong community, motivation & lots of health giving benefits during such a surreal time for us all.  Emma creates daily vlogs that equip us with the knowledge, inspiration and motivation to make tweaks to our lifestyle to help us reach our goals, or often get us through some of the daily fog!

There are some exciting times ahead for Emma & I as we develop the My Time for Change programme; a path that is brightly lit in the mist! There will be brightly lit paths for us all, we may just have to be patient and not judge ourselves as we work our way through our thoughts & emotions in such uncertain times.

Lockdown has given opportunities for reflection and I hope we can all find our clear pathways full of health & wellbeing as we find our way out of Lockdown.

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The morning after the night before!

In 3 months our brains have been overwhelmed by information, change management panic and an emotional rollercoaster now coined the corona coaster!  8 weeks of 24-7 mummy tags takes its toll, my mind awash 

Weeks into a pandemic and generally survival mode has been quite efficient. Balancing home schooling, an increased workload and a collapse in social & tactile experiences has, on the whole, been achievable. 

I didn’t set my expectations high, so this has helped. The children do the bare minimum schoolwork and then self manage their amusement in the afternoon, away from my dining room office. I refused to make packed lunches the whole time they were in school, but now merrily create them each day to guarantee grab and go food is available so I can continue to work!  My attitude to levels of schooling has definitely rubbed off as they  are living lockdown life with gay abandon, and in my opinion so they should. Although the pandemic is a marathon and not a sprint, it will become a snapshot in history and a small moment in our lives.

At first zoom saved my life! Dramatic I know, but I have always thrived on human connection, doused myself in oxytocin by hugging as much as possible and loved looking into people’s eyes to reach their souls. So zoom rooms have become the alternative connection, in which I initially thrived. However as the weeks move along, they began to leave a little hollowness. I am hedonistic, give me fun, fizz and laughter and I want more & more. So when the 40 minutes of zoom comes to an abrupt end, the warmth of the party mode goes straight away; a weird feeling. 

In addition, the whole of my work-life became online screen time; recording more videos, joining videos and ‘live’ this and ‘live’ that on social media platforms. Your brain is overloaded with data and noise; exhausted!

So several weeks into lockdown on the corona coaster of emotion I reached the pinnacle of the ride and dropped at high speed into a vat of overwhelm, anxiety and emotion. The drop came without warning.  From nowhere I lost control and couldn’t put the breaks on, or get into reverse.  Any therapist will tell me there is actually no such thing as control anyway, but I think that humans function in a belief system of control to manage their every day, despite the fact that any of that can be altered by anything at any time!

The day arrived of loss of all reasoning, emotional control and the ability to find a positive place. Fortunately for me this lasted 36 hours. I have so much respect for those that have to battle with the extremes of their mental health day in day out. A glimpse was exhausting!  

I can attribute the relative flash in the pan of a mini breakdown to the people I am very fortunate to have in my life.  My husband just listened, let every tear roll, every word float, whether it made sense or not and tried to help me rationalise. Aware that he had had hours of this, I slipped off to bed and let him sleep and leave for work whilst I quietly continued to sob.  I couldn’t get out of bed that morning, so unlike me, I felt like I wanted to give up, I didn’t understand this overwhelm and I had not been able to reach the happy places that I normally seek warmth in.

I always hope that people have ‘their people’. You know the people that you trust implicitly, can show the rawest of emotion to and be laughing with 5 minutes later! I am truly blessed that I have THAT friend amongst ‘my people’. The friend that immediately recognises something is wrong, who then (additionally & importantly) stops to listen and I mean really listen. On this occasion, I bared my soul, my inner most thoughts, my feelings, with so much honesty that if she was in any doubt about how much love and trust I had in our friendship, there would be no more doubt! Such friends are rare and very precious, look after them!

So 36 hours later I awoke and it felt like the morning after the night before.  I’d been intoxicated in emotion and loss of control, shown vulnerabilities and exposed my inner most thoughts. 

I question whether this is actually freedom; there are theories that exposure of vulnerability leads to more experiences of joy contributing to the whole self existence.

Or have I relinquished my strength and control of self? 

I’d got that awkwardness & shame (like when you’ve drunk too much and said too much!). Standing back within 48 hours, I recognised that with that comes the restoration of mind & emotion, ability to move on, a return to positivity, the ability to feel like I’m taking back some control.  More than anything, appreciation and gratitude for the special people in my life, for the life I have been given and the life I am yet to lead.

  It is how I feel this morning, I’ve got that awkwardness & shame (like when you’ve drunk too much and said too much!), although with that comes the restoration, moving on, return to positivity, taking back some control. 

True to the default me, I comforted myself with 2 tea cakes and some cheese & crackers, which well and truly negated the calorie deficit built with the 3 exercise classes completed  just before! The food demons are never far away, feeding emotion & fuelling cortisol with more sugar.  The difference is that as My Time for Change has become my life style, I know having awoken that morning that it would be natural for me to go back to the foods that look after my health, protect my gut, my mind and essentially my wellbeing.   I could dwell, I could self sabotage and delve back into the past of repeated cycles of eat, beat and repeat! Hating myself for eating too much, but eating too much to mask the emotion.  But no, not now! Additionally My Time For Change feeds you with motivation, inspiration and a community that ensures you never feel isolated; a health hub that keeps your wellbeing topped up.

In conclusion, don’t be afraid of feeling vulnerable.  Be kind to yourself, we are experiencing so many intangible things, on top of the anxieties & emotional shifts we were feeling prior to the pandemic! Allow emotion to flow, reach out and find your community.  My Time for Change can offer that place of wellbeing, of positivity, community and health advice.  It has proven in the last few weeks to be the lifeline for many women, including me!

My Time for Change programmes are available every month. Join the community of like minded women and be motivated & inspired every day to help you work on the best version of you and your wellbeing.

Contact Emma; [email protected] or 07971 596529

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BE KIND

My Time for Change is a health hub where you can keep on track and keep on top of your health and wellbeing. A group brimming with positivity.

A place to learn which foods can really help nourish your body and your brain. A place to chat and talk and feel boosted by others. Giving you inspiration for healthy, easy to prep recipes. Physical tips to help you with energy, sleep, emotion, stress, menopause and more.  Our mood, our choices and how we feel affect those around us.

Feel in control, feel less bloated, less sluggish, happy and healthy!

Be kind to yourself. Is it YOUR time for change?

The next course starts 1st June. Sign up by 22nd May

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MY COMMUNITY – THE FEEDBACK

We can’t tell you how amazing it makes us feel when Emma receives feedback at the end of a programme. The way in which Emma and My Time for Change has had life changing effects on women’s lives, even within the first month of being part of the programme. It is this feedback that reaffirms that My Time for Change really does work and can have such a positive impact on women and their health markers.

“I need it else stress takes over and then I feel rubbish ! Love your blogs love your happy positive vibe ! X” – Steph

“11 pounds and 11.5 inches lost since January. Very pleased. Thank you Emma.” – Catriona

“I am happy with my month stayed the same which is good. I would like to shift a few pounds going forward to the next group. This is a way of life me for now but o do need group to keep my self grounded this month has been a bit 70/30 so need to tighten that up ! See you all soon and stay well and safe ! Xx” – Steph

“Emma I have loved MT4C this is my 1st month and I love waking to your smiling face thats so full of enthusiasm and your wise words that have guided me through this month. Prior to this I did very little exercise but I now walk every day and do your WODs that I really enjoy (admittedly some more than others 😁).
I didn’t measure myself at the beginning for the only reason that I didn’t want to know and dreaded seeing the numbers,but I will for April 😁, I did weigh myself and I have lost 1stone 4lbs 😍👏 I can tell from my clothes but I still have a long way to go and I can wait to see what April brings with you valued support 😍 Thanks Emma xxx” – Zoe

“BIG thankyou to Emma for all your dedication, positivity & support over these last month’s. 😘 xx” – Jeannine

“When I heard about MT4C I had a good feeling it would suit me. Before MT4C I did try to be healthy and I exercised a lot & I thought I was fairly well behaved especially in the week, however It seemed I would sabotage all my good work at the weekends.
Although I felt I already had lots of really good habits such as exercise drinking min 2 litres water everyday not eating lots of processed foods or snacking constantly on biscuits crisps and chocolate I still kept gaining weight. I was the person who was genuinely mystified about what I was doing so wrong!
I also worried that I would never find a solution I have tried all sorts, personal trainers who told me I wasn’t eating enough but not really helping me so making me feel a failure etc
I was very scared to embark on yet another diet that I couldn’t sustain for the future. I needed to find something that I could 100% buy into and adopt for life. So I have really taken to intermittent fasting I have had some wobbles & I have felt some fear if old habits have slipped back in. I have been inspired to see what other people eat and keen to learn new habits that are easy to fit into my life that are also enjoyable and sustainable.
When I have wobbled Emma has quickly picked me up with it’s not a big deal attitude and given me confidence to believe what I was doing was right so thank you so much for for your time and patience Emma.” – Hazel

“I will also I admit I was little unsure about the WhatsApp group I thought I might find it annoying (brought back memories of really boring slimming world nights listening to everyone’s food intake for the week). I have not only enjoyed the group i have looked forward seeing everyone’s meal choices & learning everyday with Emma’s vlogs and get inspiration from everyone so thank you all too. All that said it’s results that are the biggest measure and with a 12 inches lost and 8lbs lighter I couldn’t be happier right now yay cracked the code at last. Looking forward to bedding in the new habits and learning more this month. 💕😄” – Hazel

“Quite agree about the Whatsapp apprehension – really wasn’t my scene at all as I don’t do any Facebook or Twitter but it just works so well. Everyone was so helpful when I started and it all soon started to fit into place.” – Tricia

“Can’t find my measurements at the beginning of March but my belt (that I wear most days) has just gone from hole 2 to 3 so that must be good?? Lumps gone from back round bra strap and also tighter hooks. Weight unchanged. All in all am very happy with the MT4C team. Been here since Feb 2019 and feel great now (all things considered) Roll on April. A great place to be thank you Emma. X ” – Patricia

“Have lost 6lbs and 4 3/4 inches! Most impressed that for the first time some has come off my waist!! I hope all of you stay safe and well for the next month or so. I am sure I will be back. Thanks so much Emma for all your help and wisdom. And well done team.” – Rosie

“Lost only 2 cm but at the beginning of this month my sugar levels were 16.8 mmol ie call the ambulance and today they were 6.7 NORMAL you don’t know how grateful I am for that specially in these times 😘😘😘” – Ana

“I haven’t been getting weighed but have lost 6 inches overall in the last 4 weeks – my bras all fit properly again – no double boob! I’m also really comfortable with intermittent fasting and finding that in our lockdown one meal at 11am and another at 6pm really works for me 🙂 I’m really looking forward to the second programme – mostly because I have no excuses now to not exercise! And also because going through the Corona Crisis with the group has made everything feel a little better every day 🥰🥰🥰 thank you to you all and hope to see you continuing into April 🤩 thank you Emma 🥰🥰🥰 Thank you 😊 feeling good despite everything going on xxxxx love this group 🥰” – Katy

“Hi Emma, thank you for a very informative and educating journey. This is my first month of MT4C, I signed up as I am trotting through my peri menopausal years and slowly adding the lbs!!! I knew that my problem was the “picking” a bad habit that I couldn’t break but thanks to you Emma I have done👏🏻👏🏻 I have lost 8.5 lbs and a total of 10 inches 5 of which have melted from my waist. I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I’m loving the new way of eating. Thank you for the bottom of my heart💐💐💐💐😘” – Alison

“Morning Emma
Thanks so much for this months MT4C As usual you are so positive and motivating I’m feeling great in myself and have even got back into running with the dog!!! I’m finding with the situation we’re in at the moment Im doing more than ever!!! I’ve not measured inches however I have lost 4lb’s . Thanks again 🙌🙌😘” – Lesley

“Hi Emma,
Another fabulous month with MT4C and your guidance throughout.
A very ‘Happy Bunny’ here as I reached my goal of 9.8/9.9 in October having lost the bulk of it from May (3.1/2 stones) . From October, there have been some tweaks you have guided me through but I am still at my 9.8/9.9 despite a few trips away and one to Cheshire!!!
I do agree about weighing isn’t at all a good indicator but I still do a weekly weigh even though I feel quilty when doing so!
It has been a great group with lots of fun and support – hoping you all on board next month.
PS Forgot to say in these trying times, it is so good be be fit and healthy which I wouldn’t have been pre MT4C!!” – Tricia

Thank you all of you for being part of the tribe. It means the world to Emma to be able to help & support you to achieve your goals.

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Life in Lockdown

Stop, stand back and observe, life is just about to become more wholesome!  

Our brains are processing information at a hundred miles an hour; its constant.  Social media, television, news streams and everyone around us are talking about coronavirus.  You are desperately trying to filter and make it all make sense; why has a beer suddenly become a virus?  What do you mean millions of people worldwide are being asked to stay at home?  People are starting to stockpile; how can we manage without pasta and toilet roll?  Sorry, did I hear you right, the schools might be closing?  And so, it went on, weeks before we embraced our new normal, we were processing and anxiously trying to make sense of it all.  We were all trying to prepare in some way and in fact we continue to do so.  

It is no doubt an emotional rollercoaster, day to day the emotion changes.  We are saddened by death across the world, fearful as it nears our own doors, protective of our loved ones, saddened by changes to our freedoms, confused by the conflicting data and at times grieving for a life we once knew.  However, we are also warmed by the stoical way in which the NHS workers are bravely doing all they can to save lives, the frontline team in food retail who are giving their all to make sure supplies continue to be available to customers, the key-workers who despite their own health fears and those for their families, still go to work to support the nation in whatever capacity that needs to be.  You recognise the value in every single one of these people, humans who may have been taken for granted in the past.  

And so, we find ourselves in lockdown.  Obviously, this means so many different things to everyone; I cannot imagine the circumstances that some are now having to endure, and my heart goes out to them.  From my privileged position this is how it all unfolded.  The previous week I had placed my parents in lockdown recognising that their underlying health issues meant they needed protecting; food delivered to their doorstep and a wave through the window was how it needs to be for now.  The precursor to day 1 in our own lockdown was an anxious explosion.  It built and built… How do I work from home, fulfilling my job role, whilst educating a 10 & 7 year old, clean the house, support my husband in his role in food retail, make sure my parents are safe and find enough oxytocin in close proximity without access to my favourite people outside my fellow quarantine gang?  A scrambled brain overloaded with unanswered questions, something had to give…. oh and it did!  A cacophony of words poured and poured from my mouth in a random order to a bewildered audience of my little family.  Following the explosion, we sat together and tried to fathom, as a collective, how to move forward in our quarantine capsule.  It surely couldn’t be that hard, after all, we have all only been asked to stay at home on our sofas!

Our first priority was to establish some structure; 7-year-old Ella devised a timetable for their home-schooling.  Mornings were to cover the minimum requirements from school (and I mean the bare minimum!) and the afternoons were described as ‘FREE’!  Within the first 2 weeks of our new circumstances the children had a beautiful routine which made them happy, secure and willing to explore new things.  They have bagged potatoes & satsumas in the store room, learnt skills in housekeeping duties at home, used oodles of imagination as they created new games, eaten (what feels like) hundreds of picnics and have taken pride in their ability to take control of their own school workload so they can seek some freedom in every day.  From the initial panic of becoming a full-time parent, never mind teaching assistant, I now glow as I hear their chatter & laughter in the background of my working day.

So that was the children, it was now important for the adults in our household to be grown up too!  It is vital for your mental wellbeing to give yourself some structure, to get dressed, brush your teeth, set goals and find a pathway that is purposeful.  I have created a routine for myself, which includes a daily workout with Emma Wilson Fitness live online, a daily dose of fresh air and have continued to plan my meals for the week (to consume as many nutrients as possible). We are fighting with complex emotions all the time; guilt, fight & flight, resentment, dislike for change, sadness, anger, confusion, love, warmth, appreciation and gratitude.  Mourning for a life you once knew and hope for the life that is to come, therefore our health and wellbeing is critical at this time.

If there is ever a time to be part of a community of positive people and to be looking at how best to look after your health, it is now.  It would be so easy to fall into a rabbit hole; to stop taking care of yourself, spend more time at the fridge, stop moving and increase the self-sabotage.  My Time for Change is a community-wellbeing-health-hub. A positive group and place focussing on health, wellness and emotional support. Food will ALWAYS be a part of the programme but worrying about fat loss at this time is secondary to keeping your mental health in the best possible state.  Until such time that we can crack on with getting the shape and body we are chasing, we can focus on holding it all together. Keeping dozens of plates turning, whilst maintaining a smile, a manicure and not letting our jeans get too tight….  My Time for Change has become my lifestyle; Emma supported me through a fantastic journey of change with her knowledge, support and inspiration.  I know that now is the time that Emma & the My Time for Change programme can really offer the focus and stability during an emotional and confusing period for us all; through the daily motivational vlogs, 10-minute workouts of the day, life hacks, community and recipes to nourish.

We need to steady ourselves and breathe.  I’ve taken a moment; sat in the sunshine, taken everything in, been in the moment if you like, listened to the singing birds, had warmth of the sun on my face and looked up to the blue skies. There is less noise pollution as there are fewer cars, no flights, no digging quarries, no race days in full throttle in the distance. It’s literally nature in its glory twittering, squawking, rustling, creaking, swaying; nature is noisy!  Despite this there is peace & stillness; a sense of calm.  I find excitement in the next hug I will embrace with those closest to me, knowing that hug will have the most meaning that it will ever have; human connection is so precious.  Life is at times challenging but it is equally beautiful.  I look forward to appreciating getting into my car and freely driving to work, to boarding a plane again for a family holiday, to dining with friends, to taking the children to the cinema, to so many things, but most of all I am so grateful to be given an opportunity to stop, stand back and value life & the amazing humans within it.

What is the new normal in lockdown? Taking a laptop to every house party is paramount!  We have already had so much fun with friends in virtual house parties, gin nights, coffee mornings and general catch ups.  Exercising with your fitness pals in virtual classrooms and valuing food and its nutritional benefits.  Working remotely with FaceTime as your lifeline!  It is to take time with your family to walk together,  to value friendship more than ever before, recognise the people that are vital to your wellbeing, to find laughter in the obscure, to listen to stillness, to appreciate your health, to be present, to endure yet be grateful.  

Be happy, be healthy and stay at home!

If it’s YOUR time to take some control in a world has become a litre more overwhelming, then choose My Time for Change by Emma Wilson Fitness.

www.mytimeforchange.co.uk | Email Emma [email protected] | 07971 596529

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Spring in YOUR step!

“What’s the difference between me now and me 18 months ago?” I pondered this with a friend recently.  We acknowledged that I’d lost a lot of weight, had cut my hair short, had started exercising and now had a zest for adventure, but I was more curious about if there was a change in personality.  I wasn’t expecting a psychological assessment that Freud could theorise about, but more if there was a shift in how I presented myself to the world.  My friend concluded that “you’ve always been bubbly and confident, but now you have a spring in your step.”

So that’s it; A spring in your step has to be the marketing angle for My Time for Change by Emma Wilson Fitness, never mind finding sparkle or glitter or whatever else you are promised elsewhere. A simple spring in your step, to elevate your uniqueness and greatness into new bouncy levels of the bespoke you!  It’s not all plain sailing, of course it’s not, we’re human after all.  Humans that thrive on connection, connections that bring joy often but can also bring heartache. Combine the emotional rollercoaster of connection with the fluctuation in our hormone levels as we reach our perimenopausal years and it can be tough.  Your feelings can even change hour to hour during a day!  You can feel like you’ve lost control!  This is why it’s important to review how you invest in you!

An investment in you can be achieved in many ways; 5 minutes of sunshine to boost your vitamin D, going to bed 30 minutes earlier to grasp that extra bit of sleep or finding 10 minutes to exercise to release those endorphins.  Little life hacks that help you to manage the bigger stuff amongst the life laundry.  The biggest life hack I’d offer to anyone is to review who you surround yourself with.  Whatever your personal circumstances, find people that vibe with you, that support your wellbeing and top up your positivity pot.  You may have to reach further afield than your spouse or family members.  I’m a tactile person, so a daily hug is essential to release the oxytocin!  Find your feel-good-person/people and cherish them, they will do wonders for your wellbeing.  One of my favourite quotes is “Some negative people are allergic to positivity.  Be so positive that they can’t stand being near you” Vex King.

It is these and many other life hacks that the My Time for Change programme is filled with.  Emma inspires and motivates you on a daily basis to make tiny changes to support getting the best out of the life you love to live.  Allowing yourself small pockets of time throughout the day to listen to Emma’s vlog or to try her workout of the day, breathe a little or maybe even ponder on some self-reflection, is so powerful.  These bitesize chunks of time are re-fuelling your pot of wellbeing!  As a mum and wife, I had to fight the guilt of taking a small amount of time for myself everyday, however I have now realised that ultimately, I can offer more, because I’m balanced and calm.  I’ve taken time to understand who I am, what my goals are and most importantly learnt to believe in myself!  “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right!” Henry Ford.

Self-belief opens up so much opportunity; in life, in love and in careers!  How you perceive what is possible does become your reality.  It changes your attitude to so much!  I have so many examples of this in the last 12 months but will highlight the most recent ones (otherwise you could be reading this for a very long time!!)  On our latest holiday, I wore my bikini in public for the first time EVER, because my self-belief confirmed that I should do this, why not?  Despite being far removed from the Instagram body, I felt liberated as I walked amongst other holidaymakers.  This newfound body positivity is critical for many women in their quest for happiness; celebrating YOU is so important!  I’ve found myself in photoshoots in the last few weeks, an alien environment where I actually even ‘worked my stuff’!!  I have attended networking events and enjoyed the attention I drew with the unique suit that I was wearing, so far removed from the past.  Most significantly is my drive to work alongside Emma to help make more women become aware of My Time for Change and its health benefits, where for us the laughter everyday warms our souls.  In conclusion self-belief does reinforce that anything is possible!

My Time for Change has made all this achievable for me and it could for you!  Emma has created a programme  that will work for everyone and everybody.  It is only available to women aged 35+  because we’ve recognised the people experiencing the biggest struggle with mental clarity, with body weight and shape, the people feeling out of sorts, the people wanting to feel as healthy as they can be and not to feel uncomfortable in their own body, are women of a certain age.  

It is an online monthly programme that gives you access to Emma’s inspirational & motivational vlogs that give women the courage to acknowledge that they can control many aspects of their lives through food, fitness, health and mindfulness. Offering support and education to help the management of areas such as stress, anxiety, health improvements and sleep. Helping to remove the confusion between fact and fiction, dispelling diet myths the food industry would have us believe.

Are you looking for a spring in your step?  Could it be YOUR time for change? Emma and I would highly recommend My Time for Change.

www.mytimeforchange.co.uk

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Events 2020

Emma Wilson Fitness and My Time for Change are delighted to be involved in several fantastic events during 2020.   

Manchester Resolution Run – 8th March & the Cheshire Resolution Run – 5th April 2020 

supporting Stroke Association North West

I will be warming up the runners prior to the start of both runs.  Myself and Mindy have even decided to take up Park Run in order to practice for the 5k run that follows those warm ups!  

Watch our promo film! https://youtu.be/-ZI43VmkR_M

Although you may prefer this version!!! https://youtu.be/Ec5WWYow35g

Why not join us for a walk, jog or run in either Heaton Park or at Anderton Boat Lift.  We’d love to see you there!

If you can’t make it, would you be able to sponsor us in aid of the Stroke Association North West? A very worthy charity supporting those affected by strokes.

Donate here

Health and Wellness Day – Cotebrook Village Hall – 4th April 2020

A free event!  We have a stand alongside many other amazing local businesses who are all focused on your wellbeing!  Reflexology, Reiki, essential oils, pilates, yoga, fitness, nutrition, gong meditation, massage, organic make up and so much more!  Plus seminars, including Menopause Matters by myself!

A timetable of paid classes by a variety of local instructors will also be available to pre-book.

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The Family Tree Wellbeing Festival – The Success Factory – 11th July 2020

Delighted to have a stand and be a speaker at this fabulous event.  I attended last year, and it was great to meet so many people with happiness and wellbeing at the forefront of their minds!  Mindy and I look forward to meeting many more of you, attending some great seminars and of course presenting myself on the day!

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Hoping you can make some of these events too, I’m super excited to be involved!

Emma x

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The Styling chapter

My Time for Change has been a health and wellbeing  journey that has opened so many doors and opportunities; has brought friendship, oodles of happiness, mental wellness, health, strength, fitness and of course, for me, masses of weight loss.  And the journey is not over yet, I suppose nor will it ever be, but a styling chapter has arisen. An exciting collaboration with the fabulous clothing company Olivia May.

Olivia May showcases beautiful clothes from International designers from their Cheshire showroom and an even greater product lines in their designer collections online.  Now I may sound like I know what I am talking about, however this woman is so far removed from this scenario that when I got the opportunity to be styled by the team at Olivia May, I was full of trepidation!  I have always worn clothes that covered me, that I could fit into and were black to help with the illusion of being smaller!   There was never any consideration about materials, textures nor colours!

As always, pathways tend to unravel in front of you.  I met Ann and Katie of Olivia May at a networking event by Sue France of Creative Connecting in Cheshire.  Ann and I chatted for a while and discovered we both had a passion for helping to empower women, acknowledging that wellbeing is enhanced by nutrition, fitness and from Ann’s perspective, clothing.  I had obviously experienced the uplifting benefits of nutrition and fitness through My Time for Change by Emma Wilson Fitness, but had yet to participate in the rewarding event of being stylised professionally.

I had been lucky enough to be supported by Emma on a shopping trip in May 2019, who had encouraged me to try clothes and enjoy clothes I never thought I could wear.  Thank goodness for Emma, as I’m not entirely sure what my transition wardrobe would have been!  You see I find clothes shopping overwhelming – Where do I start?  How do I know what will suit me?  What items go together?  I’d never really had to think about it before because I was never styling myself, I was just covering myself!  Latterly, I have found a comfort zone in tight black jeans and grey jumpers, although I still get twitchy when it comes to ‘dressing up’ clothes and (particularly in my new role) business attire!

So when Ann and I discussed the merits of a collaboration between Olivia May and My Time for Change we knew we could achieve a holistic review of a woman’s journey.   Consideration of the overall wellbeing of a woman and their challenges through their thirties, the peri menopause, the menopause and beyond.  Women in the workplace, women with social commitments, women with families and women who just want to feel alive, are all balancing life, their responsibilities and their own wellness.  Everyone deserves to feel good, to be respected and to reach their goals, they should not be inhibited by anything.  So when you have found goodness from within through eating well, education, motivation, exercising regularly and a supportive community it is only natural that the next chapter would be to look at the outer packaging of yourself.  This can then support your personality, your aspirations and your place in the world.

I was ready for this!  In my new role as Emma’s business partner in My Time for Change, I felt I needed some appropriate clothing to represent us in more formal meetings, to gain respect, to be me with less informality, if you like!  I had attended a meeting a few weeks ago which I had described as ‘feeling like I was dressed as a nun’.  Not being disrespectful to that chosen vocation, but I was so far removed from clothing that felt natural to me that I felt like I had also had a personality change!

So the process for the first styling day began; I was asked what shoe size and dress size are you? Well shoe size has always been my go to comfort spot, after all buying shoes was always safe, you can strut in and go to a size 6 and not have to worry too much about whether you’d eaten too much chocolate for weeks prior to the shop!! But the dress size question still shocks me! I want to say extra large, extra extra large, 18, 20, 22. I actually had to go to my wardrobe and check what size dress I had bought and worn recently to confirm what size I am! Internally I am still convinced that I’ll struggle to get in stuff, I really haven’t shaken that off!

Emma & I arrived at Olivia May’s Cheshire showroom and were greeted with warmth by their styling experts.  They certainly sensed my resistance to change, fear of the unknown and uncertainty about my own style.  They gently coaxed me into trying things, respecting my resistance to some things and encouraged me to ‘just see what it looks like on!’ “Clothes are like art, the designers have spent a long time training in their field, working on textures, colours and cuts” said Ann.  It certainly felt like that as I began to try different pieces on, it was as if they were meant to be a part of me; they sat nicely on my shoulders, swept round by back and dropped across my torso.  I felt comfortable, more comfortable in clothes than I had ever before, like they had been tailored for me, the way they moved as I did….. I looked in the mirror and I smiled back at me! I had business attire that made a statement, made me confident, actually was me!  The following morning I had to prepare for an important meeting. I couldn’t wait to wear some of the pieces that I now have in my wardrobe! I put them on and immediately felt at ease, confident and most importantly I felt like me!

We have the next stage of the styling chapter in a few weeks time, where the Olivia May’s stylist from their Oxford boutique will spend the day with me to explore more collections, styles and designers.  The thought of this now fills me with joy and excitement, far removed from the original trepidation!

Is it YOUR time for change?  YOUR time to take a health & wellbeing journey that can keep offering you more?  YOUR time to be the best version of you?

The next available programme begins on the 4th May (requiring sign up by 28th April 2020).  The monthly online food, fitness & wellbeing programme supports you make changes to your lifestyle that are sustainable and achievable.  Real food and no calorie counting supported by Emma’s daily motivational & educational vlogs, a workout of the day, recipes and much more!

Get in touch;  www.mytimeforchange.co.uk | [email protected] | 07971 596529

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Cheshire Life

Emma and I are so delighted to be featured in Janaury 2020’s edition of Cheshire Life.

Cheshire Life Editor, Katie Mulloy met with myself in November to explore the 12 month journey of health and wellness that culminated in a trek across the Sahara Desert for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice in October 2019. Katie was so supportive and interested in my journey that the story just poured out of me!

I hadn’t waited for January this time, I usually did, then when January came I had talked myself back out of making changes!  It all began in a September, and I think this was the best thing for me; just diving right in and not waiting for a significant restart date!  When I set off to do what I needed to do for my health and wellness, I never imagined that there would be a story to tell. After all it’s just me, a woman that has forever struggled with her weight, her relationship with food and an exercise- avoider at all cost!!  I needed to do something about it, I wanted to take control & feel I could be an active part of my children’s lives.  

It was and is strangely cathartic putting your thoughts and feelings into words, so when I began blogging for The Hollies Farm Shop’s monthly newsletter I was able to reflect and question what was I thinking and feeling, what was happening to me?  I highly recommend journalling your experiences, not only can you be mindful of your adventures but its a great way to remember!  Particularly feelings; feelings adapt and change during your journey, it’s so easy to forget that you ever felt that way when so much becomes the norm.  It’s easy to forget the elation I first felt when I could get into a size 10, or even go to my wardrobe and have clothes that fitted rather than hid me!  To put on lycra and a pair of trainers and feel like you’ve just added your superhero powers because you can get through an exercise class and even enjoy it!  To trek 50km across the Sahara Desert in 40’ heat and be able to I re-read all of these blogs before meeting with Katie, re-affirming just what a fabulous 2019 I had had; a journey of new beginnings, adventure, blossoming friendships and new opportunities.

The Cheshire Life photographer spent a morning with Emma and I to capture the essence of the journey. Having spent decades avoiding the lens, it was a surreal experience to be suddenly in full exposure. It’s a huge learning curve working out how to stand, to pose and to smile. Generally I’ve plummeted for the cheesy grin look, just because that’s what oozes out of me since I began this journey! (Self acceptance has been a huge part of this story; learning to love yourself, accept yourself and be yourself!)

Clean and Lean by Emma Wilson Fitness was how it began, with Emma’s support I have become the person I am meant to be and together Emma & I have re-branded Clean & Lean as My Time for Change to reflect the multiple benefits of Emma’s online food and fitness programme.  

Read more about my journey of weight loss, health gain, Sahara trekking and joining forces with Emma in January 2020’s edition of Cheshire Life.  

Mindy

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Stronger together!

Over the last 4 months I’ve been figuring out and working on how my online food & fitness programme could have the greatest positive impact on your knowledge, your awareness, your health, your fitness and generally spreading the wellbeing word!

Clean and Lean has become so much more than food & exercise & fitness! It’s evolved and encompasses so much of our life and the way we live it. It’s time for it to stand on it’s own, under the Emma Wilson Fitness umbrella.  It’s time for some changes, some very exciting changes and some re-branding for January 2020.
 
For me personally and Emma Wilson Fitness,  the best and only way for this to grow is for me to have more resource.  It didn’t feel like a natural fit to just add resource, I wanted someone to truly work with me, someone that shared the same passion as I do, that I trust, who has a great knowledge of marketing and business, but also my business. Emma Wilson Fitness is knowledgeable and experienced in fitness, strength and conditioning and nutrition and is immersed in the delivery of coaching and motivating for your benefit. I never thought I’d find someone who shared the same vision as I had, the same work ethics and genuine desire to help people with their health goals.
SO…..

I’d like to introduce you to Mindy Cowap who joins me now as my new Business Partner in My Time for Change. The new name for Clean & Lean. 
 
Some of you will already know Mindy from my classes, my Clean & Lean courses and for her role at The Hollies Farm Shop. For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure…
Mindy brings a unique blend of talents to me and our new brand. Mindy joined Clean & Lean in September 2018. We met for the first time in November 2018, when she asked if I’d be interested in working with The Hollies Farm Shop, offering meals on their menus and creating videos and recipes to share with both our customer bases. Throughout 2019, we’ve become good friends and been talking about how we could work together more officially!

In June, Emma Wilson Fitness & The Hollies launched Clean & Lean ready meals into the farm shop and all this whilst Mindy was holding down her own position of marketing manager within The Hollies.

At the end of the Summer, we both felt that we could work well together and started running ideas past each other, exploring how we could make our dreams into reality. And since October this year,  we have both been busy in the background so that we can bring you our new brand in January!

As if juggling jobs, parenting and dealing with Christmas wasn’t enough, we decided that we could develop and launch a new business at the start of 2020!  We both felt like it was our time for change!

It’s all coming together in the only way two middle-aged virgo woman can, with a need for control and slight OCD tendencies,  an overwhelming desire for things to be perfect, not wanting to fail, a bit scared of the serious stuff  – we are learning! Accepting that it may not be perfect, it’s OK not to know everything all at once, but we’re proud of ourselves and all My Time for Change represents.

So, I think she is the perfect fit for me and will undoubtedly help Emma Wilson Fitness lead My Time For Change into the next decade. She already brings massive value and support to me personally,  but her own life changes over the last 12 months by being part of the Clean & Lean programme, means she knows exactly how to let the world know just how much of a difference it can make!
 
I’ll still be here as Emma Wilson Fitness, but between Mindy & I,  you’ll be hearing a LOT more from US as My Time for Change too!  With the My Time for Change partnership, I’m hoping people will benefit hugely from this programme and all it can offer. 
 
Right enough rambling…have a brilliant day! Start getting excited!
 
When it’s YOUR time for Change, come and check our MY time for Change!

Here’s to YOUR new decade.

Emma
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