Breakfast with 10 Girls in Nighties…

A quick anecdotal story for you.

One or two Christmas’s ago a client of mine, we’ll call her ‘Marg’, invited me over for breakfast.  A glass of champers and a full English as a Christmas treat, she’s great like that.  We trained and then she proceeded to cook this fantastic breakfast.

Marg also has 3 daughters.  One of them had a sleepover after a night out with her friends at the Sugar Hut in Brentwood.  They would also be joining us for breakfast.

Anyway as breakfast was served about 10 beautiful young ladies walked into dining area in their nighties and joined us.  I had to pinch myself as Marg smirked at me as it was one of those surreal situations and felt like a scene from a carry on film.  Needless to say it was the best breakfast I’d had in ages!

Anyway, I trained Marg twice per week and had some great results.  Weight loss, change in body shape and generally feeling good about herself.  Just training twice per week regular as clock work and tweaking the eating.  It was a well executed plan where she took the time to do it, time for herself.

Marg ended up calling herself an ambulance the other day.

I haven’t seen Marg for over a year now.


She followed a pattern which is very common.

She got the results she wanted.  Weight loss, change in body shape and generally feeling good about herself.  Just training twice per week regular as clock work and tweaking the eating.

Then training became intermittent, cancellations due to work, business lunches, dinners etc.  Because of heavy work loads, down time was spent with friends eating or drinking.  Everything went backwards.

Has it happened to you?

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In this situation my job becomes more like fire fighting and it was difficult for me to help someone.

You can take a horse to water….

So 12-18 months on…

Marg called me.

Lifestyle and poor health had caught up with her resulting in having to call herself an ambulance one morning.  Nothing life threatening thankfully, but something very painful requiring rest, time of work and some lifestyle changes.

“I’ve got to get myself sorted and put some time by to look after myself, when can I come and see you?”

This was the conversation we had Sunday.

Marg is now recovering but planning to drop a day a week and work from home.  She’s scheduling time for herself and taking the necessary steps to get back on track.  Taking action.

We all go through painful times.  Heavy work loads, commitments and we put our health on the back burner.  It’s strange that people have to hit rock bottom or have something serious to happen before they do something about it.

“It won’t happen to me.”

Do you think Marg thought she’d ever be calling herself an ambulance in her own home?

Of course she didn’t!

If you’re sitting on a train up to London reading this, I bet you plan your commute with precision.  Open your diary and see where you’ve scheduled time for yourself, time for your own health.

Is it there?

I would hazard a guess it’s not.

  1. Taking time out to do somthing thats is good for you, it’s important as your work.
  2. Go for a walk at lunchtime, your afternoon will be far more productive.
  3. Put your training time in your diary the same way you would a meeting, and stick to it.
These are small things but make a big difference to you feeling good vs feeling bad.
Take action!

About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.