Weight loss, not always about food…..


I was chatting with my Food Coaching client last week about her feeling unmotivated and uninspired by food and the whole watch what you eat thing in order to lose weight.  I soon realised the problem was not with her food, it was with other aspects of her life, and I had changed the one thing she felt inspired by, BAD FOOD! So we chatted more and I discovered her weight was not the only thing she was dissatisfied with in her life, she felt as though she was just ‘existing ’not living. … [Read more...]

Avoid Easter Weight Gain

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I was just mapping out some goals so I get through the Easter weekend without a huge weight gain.  1. Exercise daily - even if it's just a 20 min walk 2. Chocolate- ok it’s my favourite so I’m going to have to be realistic....... no mindless eating. I will allow myself to have what I can work into my daily eating plan, maybe a few little dark chocolate ones. 3. Keep tracking my food consumption. Sunday is the hard day someone else is cooking so I will just have to make the best choices … [Read more...]

What to Eat Before and After Exercise


To get the best results from your workout, it’s important that you’re eating the right things before and after you exercise. Proper nutrition is essential to improving your endurance and preventing injury, keeping your body in the best condition to reach peak performance levels. Make the most out of your workouts and see results faster. Before exercise Make sure you’ve eaten a nutritious meal about an hour before you exercise to keep you going strong throughout your workout. Eat foods … [Read more...]

Are you a Scale Addict?


Over the years, I’ve dealt with my fair share of weigh-a-holics. That is, people who step on the scales far too often. Some do it every day of their lives. Morning and night. Some step on and off five times in ten seconds in the hope that a lower figure might magically appear between their feet. Then they do it again thirty seconds later.  Sound familiar? Unfortunatley the morning ritual of weighing yourself can either make or break your day!  Some people think that if they step lightly … [Read more...]

What to do when you OVEREAT..


It happens to all of us, especially over holiday periods. Even if we had the best intentions to keep our portion sizes as normal or our alcohol consumption to one glass we all give in to temptation from time to time. Weather it’s having second helpings of Nan’s sherry loaded trifle or one too many glasses of Uncle John’s expensive champagne it’s not something that you can’t recover from. Look at it like this, you have had your day ofindulgence, now get over it!!! Don’t wallow in … [Read more...]

Too busy to Eat or Drink….

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There are 5 simple functions we are too busy to do right..... Does hurrying through breakfast, before dashing off to work, then doing 10 things at once before popping in and out of meetings or talking with clients sound familiar to you? Whether it's work, looking after the kids, racing to get somewhere or rushing to do something, we all get caught up in everyday life. So it's not surprising that we often forget to do the simple things, such as drinking enough water or simply stopping to … [Read more...]

Lose 11kg by Xmas….


Did you make a promise to yourself that 2012 was going to be the year you lost that 5 or 10kg, the year you were going to get fit, the year you were going to fit into those hipster jeans, the year you were going to get back your me time? How is it going for you? Have you started working on some of those goals or have you given up already because its now Feb and what's the use????? Are you thinking to yourself, 'I've already let January pass without changing, whats the … [Read more...]

Eating Out when on a DIET!

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Eating out is something that is done socially, for convenience and for pleasure, but what do you do when you are on a diet and have to eat out? One way that can help you make the right choices when eating out is to plan ahead. If you know you are going to a particular cafe or restaurant, get a copy of the menu and decide what you are going to have in advance. This is a good way to resist temptation and make a bad food choice. Following are some tips for eating out at specific types of … [Read more...]

What does a Personal Trainer look like?

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I had an interesting conversation recently with a woman who is a Personal Trainer ... We were chatting about different aspects of our job, what we liked  what we didn't, where we worked etc. A little while into the conversation she went on to comment that she would never have picked me as a Personal Trainer, as I did not look like one.... At first I did not know whether to be offended or not. But then I asked the question, "What does a Personal Trainer look like?" I was curious. "Oh", she … [Read more...]

The Best Exercises for Calorie Burning?


Last week I put my lovely boot camp ladies through a pretty tough boot camp session, there was lots of whinging and complaining, however at this weeks weigh in we saw some great losses in both kg's and in cm's, so it was worth it. It was the skipping (with a rope) and the jogging which was the problem! So what I did was I researched what exercise burns how many calories just to give them an idea of why these types of exercises are important in their quest to lose some weight.   An … [Read more...]

These last 2 Kilos are killing me!!!


I'm currently at the point that when I look at  myself in the mirror I think, "Ok, not bad." But when I step on the scales I don't like the number it gives me!!!! I want to be 2 kilos lighter, is that too much to ask? Obviously Yes!!! Why are we so obsessed with the number? Does it make us a better person if we are a certain number on the scales. NO! So why? For me it was easier to lose 10kg than it is the last 2kg. So where to now? I have decided to stop weighing myself so … [Read more...]

Seasonal Exercisers….

Seasonal exercise

Are you a Seasonal exerciser? Do you only exercise when the weather is warm? Me, I personally don't understand it. "Do you only brush your teeth when the sun is shining?" Or "Do you only clean your house when it hot, not windy????" Exercise should be part of not only a weekly routine, but a daily routine, just as you would clean your house, do your washing and brush your teeth. Now I am not saying to go out on a daily basis and train like an athlete in the pouring rain. But what I am … [Read more...]

NO More Excuses…..

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As a Personal Trainer and a Food Coach I think I have heard alot of excuses, however what people dont realise is that they are only stopping themselves from achieving great things by putting excuses in the way! This doesn't only apply to food, exercise and weightloss, it applies to all aspects of  life. We should practice what we preach, how many of us have told family and friends, "C'mon, you can do it" "Put your mind to it and you can achieve anything". We all have, but why does this not … [Read more...]

Childhood Obesity

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As I sit here on the eve of my first children's School Holiday Bootcamp, I am now realising why we have an obesity problem in children.....it's the parents/carers that are making our children overweight. The carers of these children are the ones making the decisions on what children eat and how much they exercise. I know this may  fuel some fury, however its not the children that do the groceries and fill up the trolley with high fat/sugar foods, the children are not the ones packing their … [Read more...]

A Healthier Version of YOU!

Creating A Healthier You

Do you wonder why we start these weightloss programs only to get a few weeks in and then fall back into bad habits. It's because we all think if we eat less we will lose weight, while this is true, how long can you go on a no carb, minimal calorie diet and function effectively in your job and everyday living. Well you can't!!!! People who don't eat enough are always moody, tired and often have bad breath. So what's the solution? For me I think being able to eat the things you love should be … [Read more...]