The Laura Grant story is a narrative for the ages.
There’s something on this story for everybody, small and large nuggets of recommendation that can aid you in so many elements of your life – weight reduction, bodily and psychological well being, and having the ability to resist and overcome problems with confidence and self-belief.
Laura Grant joined Motivation in 2019, simply after the delivery of her third youngster. As Laura herself famous, it’s a very traumatic, busy and full life being a mom of a child (x3). Her rapid expertise of Motivation was the me-time, that point and house she now needed to herself. For the primary time, she realised how manic your life may be, as she herself says, “how busy, not solely your head, however how life itself is.”
By her weekly consultations, it was evident that stress was a major contributor to Laura’s overeating. Motivation helped Laura to determine her stress triggers and to tackle board new coping mechanisms to take care of stress. This reworked Laura a lot in order that once I describe the confused particular person I first me, she replied by saying that she didn’t recognise that lady any extra.
As Laura remarked, “It’s as in case you are speaking about another person.”
Laura fairly rightly factors out that she nonetheless will get confused however she doesn’t let it implode on her anymore. She’s now in a position to determine her stress triggers and is ready to handle them very properly.
It’s essential to notice that stress happens naturally in all people. It’s how we deal with it that’s essential to our bodily; and psychological wellbeing.
I discussed triggers above and this leads me fairly properly into the subsequent a part of Laura’s story. Laura was conscious of points in her life – she was obese so there was clearly one thing amiss however she couldn’t fairly put her finger on it.
With our assist, Laura recognized 4 key triggers that had been on the root of her overeating:
Laura is certainly one of eight youngsters and he or she’d describes herself as a socially oriented sort of individual so she was astonished when loneliness was recognized as a problem.
Laura’s Psychological Weight report recognized loneliness as a problem and when she noticed it in ‘black and white’ it made her, for the primary time, query what was occurring and occurring in her life.
Phrases can generally not do the justice that such a revelation deserves. For over 25 years, I’ve sat with hundreds of purchasers who’ve had these gentle bulb moments, when like a flash of intense vibrant gentle, they’re startled and woke up to an entire new world, a world through which they’re now in management.
Once I requested Laura about adverse and optimistic motivation, she agreed that when she began with Motivation, she was engaged primarily with adverse motivation, that’s ideas and behaviours related to failure and lack of self-belief.
Laura has tried any variety of weight reduction programmes – she’d tried every little thing and nothing labored for her. Her subsequent ideas had been noticeably adverse – am I setting myself up for failure, once more? or will I have the ability to do that?
Laura’s fears usually are not distinctive to her and concern of failure is regular. As people, we’re predisposed to being influenced by how good or unhealthy occasions or experiences went for us up to now so it ought to come as no shock that concern of failure with weight reduction is so widespread.
The instruments we use and share with our purchasers are the instruments that equip you for all times. Weight upkeep is a journey and our programme allows you to embrace milestones (weddings, particular occasions, holidays), not concern them.
Laura now feels empowered as she not has that concern of not having achieved what she got down to do. What she now has is a way of goal and positivity that sees her by and past these vital milestones, no matter they might be.
Laura’s Covid-19 Expertise
Laura, her husband and three youngsters, all contracted Covid-19. Laura tells how she was unprepared for what Covid-19 did to her; it stripped her of power, a lot so, the even the only of duties like placing certainly one of her youngsters to mattress, grew to become an exhaustive ordeal.
Laura was not a type of lucky sufficient to solely current and undergo from a gentle Covid-19 an infection. Laura went by three very troublesome and unforgettable weeks.
It was at this stage of thee podcast that Laura repeated that by shedding pounds, that she’d given herself a present. In relation to Codivd-19, that reward was that she’d eliminated a burden from her physique (the burden) and inadvertently had given herself a significantly better likelihood of coping with Covid-19.
Breast Most cancers
There’s a historical past of breast most cancers in Laura’s household so when she found a lump, she went to her GP who instantly referred Laura for a mammogram, the outcomes of which had been of no rapid trigger for concern.
A message from Laura:
“For anybody listening, please go to your GP. Don’t put it off. They’re open and are referring if wants be.”
On the follow-on assembly within the hospital to overview the outcomes of her mammogram, Laura met two docs independently of one another and he or she says she “skilled one thing outstanding.” Beforehand, docs had congratulated her on the delivery of every of her three youngsters however right here had been two docs congratulating her on her 4 stone weight reduction.
The significance of those optimistic feedback reconfirmed what Laura already knew; that shedding pounds is such an amazing factor in your physique. Laura believes she wouldn’t have discovered the lump had she not misplaced the burden.
For extra data on breast most cancers consciousness, please try this HSE useful resource.
Laura’s New Enterprise
Laura’s journey, her weight reduction, her Covid-19 and well being experiences, all had a major affect on her confidence to set-up her personal enterprise.
Laura is captivated with reusing and recycling. With three younger youngsters, she typically remarked to herself on the quantity of latest garments that she was shopping for or was getting as items. She additional remarked, this time to her husband on certainly one of their common walks, what if she was to cease shopping for new garments and maybe look to buy some fantastically pre-owned and pre-loved youngsters’s garments.
Off she went and commenced to analysis all of the choices on-line and in her wider group. As she discovered, there was no scarcity of choices and by shopping for garments this fashion, Laura was comforted by the truth that she was not contributing to the manufacturing of latest textiles.
On the coronary heart of her mission was defending the setting: she was not contributing to what’s known as ‘quick vogue’ or ‘micro vogue’, the place retailers inventory new strains on a regualr foundation so there’s numerous strain to show over inventory which equates into aggressive pricing. That is the nub of leisure buying – shopping for merchandise, youngsters’s garments on this occasion, as a result of it’s an inexpensive and pleasurable expertise. There isn’t any emotion invested into fascinated by the setting.
Laura felt the stir of a drive to do one thing extra moderately than simply dip out and in of varied web sites to buy pre-loved garments. She knew she was doing one thing optimistic in her small approach however she needed to do extra however simply wasn’t precisely certain what that one thing was.
On one other stroll together with her husband, Laura broached this topic once more and he or she advised him that she wished there was only one place the place she might purchase these pre-loved garments for his or her youngsters. She was leaping from web site to web site and it was time consuming. Her husband let the dialog cling and Laura crammed that vacuum by suggesting she arrange a enterprise and an internet site that will just do that – present a one cease store for pre-loved garments for all you youngsters.
Laura displays on how her husband let her make that vital suggestion as he felt it was apparent what the answer was but when needed to come from Laura so she might take possession of it.
As Laura mentioned, it was a lightweight bulb second however she couldn’t simply go on a hunch as a lot as she believed in it. Laura has already crossed paths with the superb and useful Samantha Kelly, aka the Tweeting Goddess and founding father of the Girls’s Encourage Community.
With Samantha’s recommendation and intensive community attain, this proved essential to the first market analysis.
Laura generated over 500 detailed market analysis responses. To place this in perspective, Samantha remarked upfront of sending out the market analysis request, that they usually generate round 100 responses. This demonstrated there was real curiosity on the market and the suggestions was instrumental in guiding Laura to the subsequent stage – establishing a brand new enterprise.
Laura registered her new firm, LovelyThings.ie and once I requested her why she known as it Beautiful Issues, her reply was succinctly stunning, “as a result of that’s what we promote.”
Whereas Laura acknowledges the assist of her husband and the all of the contacts and learnings by the Girls’s Encourage Community, she locations her confidence to observe her dream right down to doing the Motivation programme. She noticed the new-found confidence as a present and that took place through the use of the Motivation instruments and 1-1 non-public periods together with her weight reduction advisors.
Let’s not neglect that, within the course of, Laura additionally misplaced over 4 stone.
To spherical off this put up, I need to say how grateful I’m to Laura for sharing her story with me. Like all of our different purchasers who’ve come on our podcast sequence, it takes braveness to take action, however in so doing, they exhibit how one can change your life in so many optimistic and rewarding methods.
I merely titled the podcast ‘The Laura Grant Story’ however it’s so far more. Hearken to it and also you’ll discover out why.