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6 Ways to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

6 Ways to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

Has your mojo done a runner? Motivation got up and started sneaking out the back door when you turned your head?

Remember how excited you were the first time you walked into the gym? Or when you stepped on the scale and lost that first pound? Or when you ran that first mile without stopping? It’s time to get that feeling back and here are six ways to regain and keep your motivation when it starts to wander like a toddler in a toy shop: Read more about 6 Ways to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

Food Friday: Raspberry and Lemon Overnight Oats

Food Friday: Raspberry and Lemon Overnight Oats

At our studio we start early. Our first session is 5.45am, so that means, as a trainer, we have to get up, get ready, and get out to be at the studio for 5.30am.

Out of all of our Elite Trainers, I actually live furthest away, so I get up at 4.45am on those days. As you can imagine, not just to maximise my sleep time but to make sure I’m not late, doing all of this stuff faster than a greased up ferret on a waterslide is pretty important!

Now, I’ll repeat until I’m struck down by a falling piano that oats (porridge) are the breakfast of champions. Add in a protein source, and you have everything you need in one cockle-warming, inviting bowl of goodness. But traditionally they’re not all that fast to make, and particularly if you do them in the microwave, are a bit of a liability… Porridge volcano, anyone?

So if you’re in a hurry in the mornings, Overnight Oats are the revelation you’ve been waiting for. If you find them a bit boring, or just need ideas to spice them up, try this high-protein, fruity recipe:

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Spotlight Sunday: Sue Jenkins- “I never really thought the challenge would work but just occasionally it is wonderful to be proved wrong!”

Spotlight Sunday: Sue Jenkins- “I never really thought the challenge would work but just occasionally it is wonderful to be proved wrong!”

Up until my mid-thirties I never really had a weight problem. I was relatively active with regular rehearsals for at least twice-yearly musicals at the local theatre and although my lifestyle was tinged with slightly too many takeaways, chocolate and binge drinking I maintained a stable weight and a comfortable size 11 (somewhere between a 10 and 12) in clothes.

After the birth of my second child in the late 90s I was somewhat miffed that I couldn’t get back into my jeans 6 weeks later which I had had no problem doing 11 years earlier when my daughter was born. And so, the continued striving to lose weight started. I tried Zumba, legs bums and tums, running, egg diets, cabbage diets, fruit only diets, alcohol only diets, not eating diets but I just couldn’t shift the pounds and they continued to creep on and nothing seemed to work.

In March this year I went to buy a new pair of trousers for work. I went to M&S because they had a generous cut and was horrified to find myself squeezing into a size 16 and feeling mortified that I might have to consider going up yet another size. That was the motivation I needed to do something different.

And what I needed to do was staring right at me through one of my dearest friends who I can only describe as a gorgeous, mad, totally bonkers ‘slapper’ who goes by the name of Tracey. Read more about Spotlight Sunday: Sue Jenkins- “I never really thought the challenge would work but just occasionally it is wonderful to be proved wrong!”

Spotlight Sunday: Fiona Hilder – “I no longer find my eating habits difficult as these have become my new habits!”

Spotlight Sunday: Fiona Hilder – “I no longer find my eating habits difficult as these have become my new habits!”

During my childhood, teenage and early adult life, I was one of those people, some might say lucky, that could eat what I liked without worrying about too much weight gain.

I started training as a nurse and when I began to work shifts, my eating choices were not healthy.

Once I was in my 30’s and more noticeably after having 2 children, quite close together, my weight started to increase. This then started a cycle of me becoming a yoyo dieter, losing weight for those special occasions or for holidays, only to pile it back on in between. My clothes became too tight, I dressed in clothes I thought would hide my increasing size, but it was only when I realised that I weighed almost as much as when I was pregnant, that I needed to do something – something that lasts – something I would continue forever…… A LIFE CHANGE.

I knew one of my friends Niki B, who went to PW Physique and Fitness, and had seen her amazing results. I was reluctant and apprehensive at first to start things, as I knew my fitness was non-existent, but I needed to do something and more importantly I WANTED to do something.

I saw the PW Fitness 21-day challenge on Facebook, and enrolled. I was immediately struck by the fact that everyone was so encouraging, we were all at various levels, and no one judged. Read more about Spotlight Sunday: Fiona Hilder – “I no longer find my eating habits difficult as these have become my new habits!”

Spotlight Sunday: Jodie Armstrong – “For the first time in a long time I have a positive outlook and enjoy getting out of bed in the morning.”

Spotlight Sunday: Jodie Armstrong – “For the first time in a long time I have a positive outlook and enjoy getting out of bed in the morning.”

I’m writing this having just done something I wouldn’t have dreamt of doing six months ago but a bit first about where this journey started.

I was pretty fit as a teenager but over the years I got busier with working full time and raising my son and there never seemed to be time for exercise. To be honest I thought you had to spend hours on running machines or at a gym full of ‘meat heads’ and ‘bunnies’ and none of this appealed to me so I made all sorts of excuses not to do it.

Jodie Before, with her son.

Having gone up and down in weight for a few years with different diets and slimming clubs I found I was back in a space where I wasn’t happy with my body and that was making me fed up. I spent my holiday last September on the sun lounger looking down at a body that I really didn’t want to admit was mine. I still didn’t do anything about it though, just got another drink from the bar and buried my head further in the sand.

A few weeks later, and back at home with another alcoholic beverage in hand, I was sat on my sofa thinking about the impending winter and dark nights. I was flicking through social media and up popped PW Physique and Fitness challenging me to ‘Lose a dress size in 21 days’. I’d seen a friend posting about this place and having probably had one too many drinks I signed up. To make sure I carried it through I posted to all my friends and family what I was doing.

The next week was my first session and assessment and I went along with trepidation and in truth thinking it would just be another one of my fads. How wrong could I have been.

I got the friendliest welcome whichever class I went to. No one was judging you, if fact, everyone wanted to help and encourage. Read more about Spotlight Sunday: Jodie Armstrong – “For the first time in a long time I have a positive outlook and enjoy getting out of bed in the morning.”

Spotlight Sunday: Nicola Hinton – “I have lost 3 stone to date and feel strong, lean and incredible. I love feeling fit and long may it continue.”

Spotlight Sunday: Nicola Hinton – “I have lost 3 stone to date and feel strong, lean and incredible. I love feeling fit and long may it continue.”

I have a background in endurance triathlon, competing and coaching and have always been healthy and happy with my weight/clothes sizing being fairly constant for years. Training had started to stall approx. 6 years ago when my husband became ill with various issues. He was my main training partner at the time, and as time progressed he unfortunately became less able to train with me.

Initially (because I was heavily involved in a triathlon club) this only had a slight impact on my ability and desire to train, however 4 years ago we had an additional move from Wiltshire to West Sussex to an area where we knew nobody. This had an additional impact on my training and I started to lose confidence and performance and eventually the training dried up. Weight started to creep on and earlier this year I found myself 4 stone heavier and 3 dress sizes up.

At the end of last year I was asked to be a bridesmaid for my friend’s wedding due at the end of June and when in April I tried my dress on, I hate to say it just felt wrong – not the dress but me. I felt very down about not feeling the love and confidence for my body, I wasn’t used to being unhappy with what I looked like so it actually caught me by surprise and was quite depressing.

I immediately thought I would get back into what I know, so I started (4 stone heavier than before) to try and get back into running which unfortunately resulted in a bout of runners’ knee which stopped me in my tracks. I was devastated but realised I needed to shift the weight and do some strength work if there was any chance of running again, I knew it was time for action. Read more about Spotlight Sunday: Nicola Hinton – “I have lost 3 stone to date and feel strong, lean and incredible. I love feeling fit and long may it continue.”

Spotlight Sunday: Gail Waller – “I feel so much more energised and I can cope with the challenges of being a busy working mum!”

Spotlight Sunday: Gail Waller – “I feel so much more energised and I can cope with the challenges of being a busy working mum!”

In my 20s, I was a skinny thing who could eat whatever I wanted, spend entire weekends lounging around and not put on a single pound of weight. I had no idea how lucky I was! Fast forward to my early 40s and it was an entirely different story.

I had two young boys, was working full time in a fairly demanding job and studying to become a solicitor. Although my husband and parents were all really supportive, I found that there were never enough hours in the day. I was constantly thinking about all the tasks I had to do – sorting out a costume for World Book Day, sewing on Cub badges, writing college assignments, preparing for business meetings, laundry… the list went on and on. Finding time to exercise or eat properly seemed impossible. Read more about Spotlight Sunday: Gail Waller – “I feel so much more energised and I can cope with the challenges of being a busy working mum!”

It’s all about family (Monday motivation)

It’s all about family (Monday motivation)

Prior warning, this is going to be a serious one! I’m going to be getting pretty deep here, so if you’re in this post looking for jokey, doesn’t take the world seriously Punshon, he’ll be back after a short interlude. 🙂

A couple of weeks back I had a photo shoot with my family. We went down to the little mini-woods in Goring Gap.

It’s great down there. It’s like a crack in the universe. You just step through a tree branch out of this field into this strip of tiny forest, where through the gaps at each edge you can look out onto wide open field and beach like looking through a portal.

It almost didn’t go to plan either. Our photographer, Sophie, had an old wooden step-ladder as a prop. That very morning, she’d lean’t it up against something while she took some photos of the family she was shooting, turned around, and they’d completely disappeared!

Turned out Beach Patrol had taken them! So she had to go right down to the beach office to get them back.

So when we got there she was running a bit late!

But fast-forward to today, and we were in her studio looking at the photos, trying to narrow it down to 10. as they were laid out in frames for us to choose.
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