Stop Calling It LUCK – Weekly 005

IF you’ve followed me for any length of time you know I absolutely hate the word luck. This week I’ve been what some people will call lucky. It’s just a by-product of the environment and I’m seriously excited for the future.

Another week down in South Africa. Another week not stabbed, mugged or murdered, so let’s consider it a super successful week. But no, seriously. This place is unsafe and I’m doing everything I can to ensure I’m safe. Like building arms big enough that people would think twice about trying to take my iPhone. Don’t worry Mum, I’m safe. Kinda.

My week in numbers:

  • 5 Workouts
  • 79,050 Total Steps (36 days at 10k daily)
  • 1 Podcast Appearance
  • 2 New Huge Opportunities
  • 3 New Online Coaching clients

I think the first things first here is that initially as I began to put this weekly together I was adamant I hadn’t had a very successful week. However, upon reflection, it’s been bloody awesome. Look at that weekly list, that’s a sign of a good week. I’m going to roll this weekly slightly differently and just use it as a chance to talk more and not tell you my morning routines and behaviours.

Because I’m not “travelling” per se, I’m just living a normal day to day life. Albeit, in the 30-degree heat with access to alcohol, a pool and cheap coffee. I’m not exactly doing something worth writing about each day. However, there are a few things that I want to expand on and explore a little this week.

Momentum over motivation

Something I’ve always talked about is how motivation is not created. And it’s not. One day you’re not just going to wake up and be motivated to work out, eat healthier, drink more water or read books. You’re going to struggle. At least for a week or two, but once you’ve got enough momentum then motivation starts to kick in.

That’s where I’m at right now, and fuck it feels good.

Looking back over January I honestly don’t think I’ve had a better month in the last 3 or 4 years. Not for any other reason than feeling incredibly proud of myself for reengineering my life and habits to better suit the goals I actually want to achieve. But not just that I feel physical in, close too, the best shape of my life. I feel strong, lean and confident. But what’s even better is I know this is only the start. This is only 12.5% of my yearly goal, so imagine how I’m going to feel when I’ve fulfilled 100% of my workout goal for this year!

Motivation is cool. But it’s only built on momentum. Start doing and motivation will follow.

Opportunities presenting themselves

If there is one thing this week has done for me it’s open more doors than I could have ever imagined. From being invited to speak on the Lift The Bar podcast about my journey in fitness (I actually won an LTB award 4 years ago). It was great to revisit some of the old memories and times as a gym owner and Coach.

A job came out of nowhere which I am more than happy to accept. Working with a company that I believe in and can align myself with their goals and values. More on this soon but let’s just say it’s exciting and something that has an incredible amount of potential.

3 new online coaching clients means 3 more people open to changing their lifestyles and their bodies. This always excites me as I truly feel honoured every time someone invests their time and money into me. It makes me want to do whatever I can possible to help positively impact their lives and take them closer to their goals.


It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though. I’m struggling with two goals I’ve set myself.

  1. Have 3 meaningful conversations per day
  2. Read 20 minutes

The first is a goal I set because I want to help more people positively change their health and fitness. But to be honest, I’m finding it difficult to engage with new people and have those conversations. I’m going to drop it to 1 new person every day. No sales agenda, no hidden agenda or plan – just listening and asking the right questions to try and improve someone else day.

Reading has been a struggle mainly because of the book I’m reading. I’m actually going to switch it up and as of tomorrow morning (Thursday 6th), I’m going to start a new book and see if I can reinforce the habit of reading every day. Not only does it help my mental wellbeing, but makes me switch off, helps me be more creative and well, looks intelligent doesn’t it because who reads books in 2020?

That’s where I am going to leave it this week. But it’s been another good week here in South Africa. Many ciders have been drunk, a tan has been collected and more memories to add in that basket called life. I’m optimistic about the futue and where it’ll take me, and I’m more excited to be documenting the journey through here and my IG.

IF you dont follow me on IG yet, you’re a minge. But you can redeem yourself but clicking my name here: loubrierley.

If you made it this far, I love you for being interested in my life. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

My next 7 days are about to be VERY interesting 😉

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2 Replies to “Stop Calling It LUCK – Weekly 005”

  1. The harder you work, the luckier you get!


    1. For now, I’m going to have to disagree, but by the end of the year, I’ll cheer to that 😉

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