Time flies when you are moving in unity. My experience with the three-week Unity Pilot from Julia Buckley Fitness has come to a close. My fitness / health journey hasn’t of course, as that is a life long process.
If you didn’t catch my week one post about the Unity Pilot program, you can read that here. That post will give you all the details on the program because I plan to focus on my final thoughts in this post.
Overall I really enjoyed Unity. I learned a lot about myself, I have become more mindful of everything I do and I am kinder to myself. I can’t wait until Julia launches the full version of Unity. (I’ve heard it may be available the third week in January, so stay tuned!)
Let’s dig a little further into the different components of the program so I can share my thoughts with you.
At random intervals (at least to me), Julia would pop in with a Facebook video or chat as I liked to call them. Each video gave a lot of food for thought and helped to keep my focus on the program and my goals. I loved sitting down with Julia as it felt like chatting with a good friend. She is very relatable and down to earth. She also challenged us to think about things differently and sometimes gave us something to work on, like finding 5 minutes a day to meditate. I really believe that her chats is what made Unity so unique, I’ve never heard of a fitness professional being accessible in quite that way. It was a really great part of the program.
Unity Facebook Group
Any time you have access to people who are experiencing the same thing as you are, that is a win. There is just something about knowing that other people are doing the same workouts, the same mindfulness activities, etc to really motivate you. Plus everyone in the group was supportive and interested in sharing their experiences which made the Unity Pilot even better than if I was doing it solo.
I have a love hate relationship with food logs. I understand how they can be beneficial but because I have a Type A personality they can drive me to be a perfectionist. At least that was my past experience with food logs. This time around was different. Instead of just keeping track of what I ate I was also keeping track of when, why and how I felt while eating and after eating.
That insight turned out to be very useful for me because I was able to pinpoint when I was eating out of habit, or due to emotional response and it even showed me to trust my judgement about food choices. For example, one day at work pizza was provided for a meeting but I had also brought my lunch. I decided to eat pizza even though I really wanted what I brought. Although I normally like pizza, I didn’t find it satisfying and wished after eating it that I had eaten what I brought. My body will often tell me what it needs, I just have to listen.
In addition to my own insights, I emailed my log to a nutritionist. (That alone was helpful in me being accountable because I knew I had to send it to someone.) I was excited for her feedback as I had never worked with a nutritionist before. I will admit that my expectations of her feedback were different from what the program was looking to accomplish. I thought she may tell me what I could do differently but it seems this aspect of the program was designed to help me become more aware of the food choices that I made with her encouraging me along the way. Once I realized that was the intent, I found the process to be helpful. I may even continue doing the food log even though the program has ended.
In this program the workouts almost seemed secondary to the other components of the program. That’s not to say they aren’t important or they are not challenging – they are. It’s just that is wasn’t the main focus and I have to admit, it was a nice change of pace. That being said, I did do all of the workouts. I worked out 6 days a week for the three-week period. Going into the program, as I mentioned in my week one recap, I planned to do the workouts as recommended and then mix them into my running routine. I enjoyed the workouts so much I dropped the running for the duration of the program. My mileage is really low right now, so honestly it wasn’t a big deal to make that decision. I really loved the variety of the workout programs. Julia offered everything from yoga, to high intensity interval training, to strength training and everything in between.
I didn’t think I would be able to withstand 6 days of workouts. They were only a half an hour each but I’ve never committed to a 6 day a week program. I’ve always been very firm about having two days off from working out but I didn’t find it tiresome at all. In fact, I really enjoyed working out 6 days. I also had a lot of fun with the yoga portions, even though in the past, I had tried yoga and never connected with it. I especially liked the handstand move. It was very challenging but a lot of fun and I think I amused my son and husband while attempting it. I amused myself as well. You have to be able to laugh at yourself right?!
As you probably know, three weeks isn’t a lot of time but I do feel physically and mentally stronger. Unity really turned out to be what I needed. It is true what they say, the universe does give you exactly what you need when you need it. I hope you will join me in the full version of Unity in January. I think it will be a great way to start the new year!