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5 Insider Tricks to Stay In Shape Over Christmas (while still having fun!)

5 Insider Tricks to Stay In Shape Over Christmas (while still having fun!)

If the election hasn’t distracted you too much, you may have noticed it’s just over a week until Christmas! That’s like seven more sleeps until the big man comes down your chimney and eats your mince pies, and probably Rudolph’s carrot. Yeah, I’m on to you Santa…

So that means that we need to be prepared. Not for Santa eating your mince pies… just to be clear!

I’m going to give you five top tips to get through that Christmas period without gaining the usual five, six, seven, even ten, or twelve pounds that people gain over that week (yeah, week! Which often turns into a fortnight, which just makes things worse) While still having a great time and enjoying yourself. Read more about 5 Insider Tricks to Stay In Shape Over Christmas (while still having fun!)

Spotlight Sunday: Sue Fenwick! “Today I feel in the best shape of my life, have such a positive outlook on life, and I’m a role model to my kids”

Spotlight Sunday: Sue Fenwick! “Today I feel in the best shape of my life, have such a positive outlook on life, and I’m a role model to my kids”

I am 44, had 4 kids and work full time. My journey started in 2014 when I saw myself in a holiday snap and was shocked at my size. This is a picture of me at that time:

I was nearly 14 stone, a size 16, a drinker, and a smoker. I felt really sluggish most days, I was short of breath walking up stairs and I wobbled when I walked.

I made the decision that I was going to lose weight.

I tried all sorts of diets; Slim fast, Weight Watchers, the one with red and green days, but nothing worked consistently.

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Spotlight Sunday: Nikki Davies! “I have more energy, I am so much fitter, I feel years younger and I have so many clothes I can now wear again!”

Spotlight Sunday: Nikki Davies! “I have more energy, I am so much fitter, I feel years younger and I have so many clothes I can now wear again!”

Sixteen months ago I decided that the time had come to make a change in my life. I felt stiff, overweight and old. I had noticed PW appearing on Facebook for a few months but I always thought it wasn’t the right time, but this time I took the plunge and signed up for their New Year Revolution challenge. 

I have always hated gyms but PW is different, it’s just special, everyone is so welcoming, Anthony is amazing and the font of all knowledge for everything you need to know as well as being so motivational and encouraging. Jamie, who was one of the elite trainers, is my inspiration having been through the journey himself, but all trainers are superb and are with you every step of the way.

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Spotlight Sunday: Krissi Binder! “For the first time since I was a teenager I didn’t need to hide behind a sarong or baggy t-shirts I was proud of my body.”

Spotlight Sunday: Krissi Binder! “For the first time since I was a teenager I didn’t need to hide behind a sarong or baggy t-shirts I was proud of my body.”

Like most people I’d spent Christmas over indulging with the mindset that I’d lose it all in January. Trouble is I’d said that for, perhaps, the last 6 Christmases and never lost it in January so year upon year I’d added to my weight.

I’d start a diet lose a few pounds, feel amazing then congratulate myself by “treating” myself to cakes, wine and any other thing I could convince myself I’d earned, thereby undoing all my good work. By the time I’d repeated this cycle twice a year I’d be thoroughly fed up, give up entirely, and hooray it’s Christmas again… I’ll worry about it in January.

This January it was a bit different.

Whilst browsing Facebook to kill the time, because, let’s face it, what else is there to do in January… I’d see my friend Tania pop up checking in at PW Physique and Fitness. My initial reaction was… she’s mad who works out at 5:45am and seems happy about it!! Surely that won’t last!

But day after day I saw these check-ins and I became curious and started asking questions, and all I got was glowing reports of this amazing place with the most amazing trainers and the people that went there.

Six short weeks later she posted her success story and that’s when I realised that this was something I had to try so I got in touch with Anthony and booked my taster session.

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Spotlight Sunday: Debbie Marriott! “I lost 7 inches off my waist and realised PW had become like a family to me!”

Spotlight Sunday: Debbie Marriott! “I lost 7 inches off my waist and realised PW had become like a family to me!”

When I got married my waist was 22 inches, and I had never worried about what I ate or whether I exercised. Over the next eight years I had four children and was one of those annoying people who went back into jeans very quickly still not having to worry about weight!

As my children got older my husband and I started all-inclusive holidays while the grandparents had the kids and the older they got the longer the holidays got! Once they had grown up and left home the holidays became more regular and that’s when the weight started to creep on. We were all inclusive after all if would be rude not to try and eat and drink everything in sight, right??

Over the next few years I had tried lots of different forms of exercise and was even still involved in amateur dramatics, dancing and singing, but still the weight crept on! I then had painful knees which slowed me down resulting in a replacement knee two years ago. After that I was scared to exercise in case it hurt and also the weight increase was obviously down to my age, going through the menopause and nothing would work right???? Wrong!!!

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Your Coffee is Making You Fat (Try This Instead)

Your Coffee is Making You Fat (Try This Instead)

Occasionally after we’ve dropped Sir Maxalot off at nursery, me and Nic nip to a cafe on the way home to grab a cuppa and plan out our work day. Nic’s cafe of choice between here and nursery (and, more crucially, because it’s open at that time of the morning!) is Costa.

Now, you may not know, but you can actually check out the nutrition information of all the drinks at most of the major coffee shops… and it makes interesting reading!

As a general rule, the fancier the drink, the more calorific it becomes, and when I say calorific, I’m talking in excess of 500 calories and 50g of sugar… that’s nearly 13 teaspoons!

And this is before you’ve bought a custard cream that’s the size of a small hatchback! (Seriously, do they have a lab where they capture and perform experiments on biscuits?)

Here’s something you can have instead to get in your coffee fix, get it for less than 300 calories, and swap out all that sugar for a bonus hit of protein:

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4 Signs You Need Help with Weight Loss

4 Signs You Need Help with Weight Loss

If you’re looking to get in shape and sculpt a beach body that makes Greek Gods look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, you’ve probably surfed the interwebs in hopes of finding the perfect plan to get the body of your dreams. Sadly, finding a plan on the web and executing that plan are two different things. Sometimes, you follow a diet plan to the letter, have a crazy workout session, and stay true to the cause, but the mountain doesn’t seem to move an inch. In a situation like this, it’s better to seek help and guidance from someone who knows what they are doing.

Here are 4 signs you need help when it comes to losing weight. Read more about 4 Signs You Need Help with Weight Loss

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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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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