The three biggest things I learnt from losing 20kgs

Who am I? I'm Jordy, a coach here at Flow Performance.

I am heavily invested in helping the Flow Performance community achieve optimal health, I practice what I preach and I love to push myself to the limits in my training!

I wasn't always like this. 2 years ago, this version of me didn’t exist? I was 20kg heavier. I worked a 9-5 dead-end job and lived for the weekend, where I would spend it binge drinking and eating? So, how did I transform into the person you see before you?

To help anyone who might be struggling and to give you an idea of what changed for me, I have narrowed down the 3 biggest lessons I learned along my journey. If you can apply these 3 points to your own lives, I have no doubt you’ll start seeing amazing changes of your own.

Firstly, one of the biggest lessons I learned was that it didn’t have to be complicated...

Lesson #1 Do the basics WELL! There is a lot of information out there, and to be honest, it gets confusing... I thought I had to eat in a certain way, take a “fat burner” and do all these crazy Instagram workouts to achieve my dream body because that’s what I was seeing. This is simply not true. I soon realised that all I had to do was nail the basics CONSISTENTLY. As long as you are training consistently (whilst utilising progressive overload), eating sensibly, drinking enough water, sleeping at least 7 hours a night, spending some time in the sun each day, and managing your stress, you are going to get results. Despite what that Instagram influencer might tell you, you do not need to avoid carbs after 6pm or use a fancy fat burner to help you make progress.

This brings me on to my second lesson...

Lesson #2 Consistency trumps perfection. Every single time. I used to have an “all or nothing” mentality when it came to my health and fitness. If I messed up at all, I would see it as me “failing” and I’d throw in the towel. I used to feel like I had to be doing everything right and doing it all at once, which is a totally unrealistic expectation to have. No wonder I would “fail”, I was expecting way too much of myself and being far too hard on myself when I would slip up. It took some time but I realised that nobody is perfect, not even that fitspo guy or girl on Instagram you look up to!

We are all human, we all make mistakes and this is part of life. Set yourself one small goal each week and build upon it. Try and be 1% better than you were yesterday. At the end of the day, if you do the basics consistently and don't allow slip-ups to derail your efforts you're going to get some amazing changes.

Finally, my third lesson which is arguably the most important.

Lesson #3 - Environment is king If your environment doesn’t support your goals, you are making things very hard on yourself. Having friends, family and colleagues on board with what you’re doing really helps. I knew the lunches provided for us at work were unhealthy, so I started meal prepping and taking my own food to work with me. At first, my colleagues would joke about the food I was eating, but it soon became the norm after I explained my goals and why I wanted to lose weight.

From that point on they were always supportive of my choices. As soon as I started losing weight and seeing results, they actually began to ask me for healthy meal ideas! I also found that whilst I was still developing a healthy relationship with food, it helped not to keep triggering food in the house, therefore reducing my habitual eating of junk food. I am all for eating whatever you like in moderation, however, it took a long time for me to learn what moderation was. Until then, I had to be strict with myself and removed all temptation from the house.

This is why it’s important to have friends and family on board with what you’re doing, my partner at the time was unsupportive and would eat pizza and ice cream in front of me which made things incredibly difficult for me. If this is the case for you as well, do your best to try and explain to the people around you why this is so important to you and remind yourself daily of why you’re on this journey. Take it a step further and ask them to join you on the journey. It’s not easy to turn your life around, especially when we have years and years of habits to undo. However, we make time for things that are important to us. We prioritise what we want to. Put yourself first and remind yourself every single day of why you’re doing what you’re doing. Don’t just look for the next quick fix like I used to, try and build some sustainable habits so that this becomes a balanced and enjoyable lifestyle for you!

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