So, we are stuck at home for a while. And if you’re anything like me it would be all too easy to spend all morning drinking coffee, maybe going for a walk, then spending the rest of the day picking through junk food and watching rubbish on TV, perhaps marking the change from day to evening with a g&t. Or two.
Honestly, obviously aside from what’s going on outside, I’m actually quite enjoying spending more time at home with less time pressure and more opportunities to do new things. But goodness me, it would be […]
Thank you for sending me your questions for how I can help you during this time. I have plenty of ideas now for what I can write for you – but, if you do have any questions you’d like me to answer for you, please do send them over and I will gladly add them to the list!
The first question I’m going to go through is:
How Should I Food Adjust My Intake For My Newly Reduced Activity Levels?
It’s fairly obvious that less activity means you need less food.
This said, I’m not […]
We managed the Online Personal Training Demonstration video call on Saturday without a hitch – thank you to those of you who listened live, I really appreciate your support.
I did record the call, so if you missed the live call but would still like to see what Online Personal Training looks like, please let me know and I will gladly send you the recording.
Please could I ask a favour of you?
I really want to keep providing useful information to you via this mailing list.
Would you reply to this message and tell me […]
Goodness me, what a time to be alive!
I think it’s important to find a bit of a counter to the, understandable, stress and anxiety we are all feeling.
Having a purpose in life – i.e. having a good reason to get up in the morning – is associated with all sorts of positive health outcomes. But since our normal lives have been restricted, it’s quite possible that your ability to fulfil your purpose has been restricted too. This can leave us feeling lost as well as stressed and anxious about the future.
Let’s face it […]
It can be really hard to take the first step in changing your lifestyle.
Actually, I think it is one of the hardest parts of the whole journey. Regardless of how uncomfortable you are with where you are right now, making a change to your lifestyle involves taking a step outside of your comfort zone.
When you’re thinking about getting help from a personal trainer, so many thoughts run through your mind.
Am I too unfit? I should do some exercise before I start.
Am I too fat? Maybe I should lose weight before I get in touch.
In the email I sent at the beginning of February, I promised a follow up to my message about what to do if you’re eating very little but not losing weight.
And then, well, I forgot. Until I was politely reminded!
So, a little later than intended, here are some thoughts on relaxing the rules.
I’ve also removed myself from my comfort zone and recorded this as a video as well. You can find it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
We discussed overall calorie balance in my last message, and how eating at a deficit during the week […]
Achey knees. They can be a real pain and the issue can hang around for years with no particular diagnosis.
It is likely that the pain you’re feeling in your knee is actually not really anything to do with a problem in your knee at all. Fixing knee pain often involves locating and correcting a muscle imbalance or tightness in your hips or your ankles – or both.
There are plenty of postural issues or injuries which could affect your knees, but usually the first thing to consider is whether your hips and/or ankles are able to move through […]
“I hardly eat anything, and I still can’t lose weight”
Do you hear yourself saying this sometimes? Heck it is a frustrating place to be!
It’s pretty normal to lose weight easily at first, and then for your weight loss to tail off over time. This is because weight loss is annoyingly un-linear, and also because you do need to adjust your intake over time in order to keep seeing the scales move. If you’re smaller, you need less food to maintain your size, and so what was a calorie deficit for you at the beginning […]
“If I had more willpower, I could stop eating so much junk”
Have you ever said, or thought this?
It’s true that you have to work at making changes, and that can be REALLY hard.
It can be interesting and useful to look at your environment as well though, and consider how making some changes there could make the willpower more easy to come by.
An example of this could be how difficult it is to avoid a couple of biscuits with your afternoon cuppa. If you’re sitting in the same place you always sit and trying to […]
However you want to look at losing weight, one simple truth of any program which holds a chance of success is that a calorie deficit is required.
There are a million ways to create a calorie deficit through food and exercise, and there are a million ways to make it harder or easier through specific food choices and other habits.
Losing weight really should never become a game of maths. Thank goodness, really, as maths is not my strong point. Filling your body up with the nutrients it needs is crucial for long term progress, adherence – and health.
But still […]