A little over a week ago, I mentioned on Facebook that I was starting Julia Buckley’s Unity Pilot program and now my first week is done! I am a big fan of Julia. You may recall me mentioning her before as I love her book, The Fat Burn Revolution and I am a member of her online gym.
When Julia started posting about a pilot program I felt she was speaking right to me. Here is her post:
“If you’re someone who tends to dip in and out of fitness, or you struggle to stay consistent with healthy eating, or after years of trying you still haven’t got to a point where you’re happy with your fitness levels and/or the condition of your body, this could be for you.
It might also be for you if you’re feeling like you want to reconnect with your body, to get more comfortable in your own skin, or you simply want to find a happier way of “being” in life.
I’m looking for people to pilot test a prototype soon. So if this sounds like something you’d like to get involved with from the development stage enter your email address here and I’ll send info.”
I’ve been struggling with fitness for at least a year now. For various reasons. Recently I’ve started to get back into it and I felt Julia’s Unity program may just be thing that keeps my motivation growing. I also started meditating a couple of months ago and I liked the idea of a fitness program that incorporated more that just physical exercise. So to put it simply, I was intrigued and I signed up!
The Unity Pilot is a three-week program with 6 workouts for each week. In addition to the workouts, we are asked to keep a food log (and email it weekly to a nutritionist working with Julia and the Unity program) and to listen to Julia’s online chats. The food log not only tracks what we eat but when we eat, why we are eating that item and how we feel while eating and after eating. Tracking that information may provide some interesting insights. What I am most excited about regarding the food log is feedback from a nutritionist. I’ve never worked with a nutritionist before so I am looking forward to her guidance.
I’ve really been enjoying Julia’s online chats. I have found them all to be very thought-provoking and motivational. Her chats really seem to be encouraging us to be mindful in all areas of our lives and encouraging us to think of fitness and health as a lifestyle versus something that is achieved and then set off to the side.
A great thing about Unity Pilot program is that all of the participants are in a Facebook group where we can share our challenges and accomplishments, discuss Julia’s video chats and lean on each other for advice and support. It’s a great community of support and encouragement.
And finally, let’s talk about the workouts. I find it funny that in reviewing a fitness program, I am talking about the workouts last. But frankly, I feel that is what makes Unity different. It’s not just about physical exercise, it’s a whole body and mind program. That’s not to say the workouts are easy. They are not. They are challenging. There is a great mix of workout styles including yoga, cardio, high intensity interval training and strength training.
My initial plan when I signed up for the program was to do all six workouts the first week (which I did) and then select three of the workouts to mix in with my running plan for the final two weeks. But I loved the six workouts so much, I’ve decided to drop the running for weeks two and three as well and do the plan as designed. Running will be there when I get back to it and I want to see where this three-week journey takes me. I am also excited to see the full Unity program when it gets rolled out after the pilot, as I know it will be great and I would love for you all to get an opportunity to use it.
Now that you know what I have been up to fitness wise, tell me what you have been doing.
Any new workouts? Training for something? Trying meditation?