Hitting the town for some noms or ordering a takeaway can be a bit of a nightmare when you’re trying to stay in shape! Often it can be very difficult to find healthy foods at restaurants. That’s why we have cheat nights, right? (Well, one of the reasons!)
It’s important to remember, eating whatever the hell you want every now and then won’t hurt your progress. As you probably know, I’m very much against dieting and recommend a balanced approach to eating to stay healthy, which of course sometimes includes taking an ‘eat, drink, and be merry’ approach to your nights out!
So here’s my favourite tips and tricks to stick to your eating plan but still enjoy going out with friends to dinner… Even when it’s not your cheat night!
your day got off to a smooth start – especially because I want to talk to you
about STRESS. We’re heading into a busy time of year with new schedules, etc.
and I know a lot of you are feeling some pressure…
I also know a lot of you think you should just toughen up and “push through
there. But here’s a spoiler alert: You can’t do it. That’s because stress isn’t
all “in your mind.” It’s also in your body.
stress response system is a primal reaction… it’s hardwired into your system
to keep you safe and alive.
this email I am going to outline some important things you need to know about
stress and how it affects you – info that also will help you:
Use stress to your best advantage and
Learn how to conquer it so it doesn’t run (and ruin) your life.
So another epic PW challenge has come to a close! Here’s our top 7 transformations…
Why 7? Well, it was supposed to be top 5, but there were just so many great ones, we couldn’t stop ourselves!
First up in our no-particular-order top 4 is…
Karen from Team Max killed this challenge dropping 7lbs of fat in just 6 weeks!!
Karen’s been part of the PW family for over a year now, dropping nearly 2 stone and 4 inches off her waist, and she knows as well as anyone, that the closer you get to your goal, the harder you have to work for it.
Once the honeymoon’s over, you need to double-down, and that’s exactly what she did for this challenge.
She just went completely tunnel-vision and, like I said, totally killed it!
She said: “I am quite amazed how different I feel! I have so much more energy!”
“I really listened to my body and as well as our the oracle (Anthony) I felt so much better when focused, it just spurred me on to keep focused.”
“I think the most difficult Was when I was away for weekends training (studying) watching everyone have cake and sandwiches and chocolate, gin and tonics, meal out in Saturday night. That was so hard! I would normally have a weekend of stuffing my face making excuses saying oh it’s so stressful and I need all ‘This’ to keep me going.RUBBISH! It was an excuse!I just prepped up the day before. Packed up my little lunch bag with healthy stuff and actually felt better for it! My water bottle was my best friend in class”
“My energy levels are so much better and my joints don’t ache. My body shape has changed. My clothes actually fit better which makes me feel so much more confident”
If you’ve been a follower for a while, you’ll know here at PW we’re huge pancake fans! They’re a bit of a staple around here, and it’s not just the adults, my one year old Max loves our Speedy Pancake recipe!
Being Pancake Day, the internet is awash with pancake recipes today. So instead of posting another one, I thought I’d do the work for you and round up 5 of the best recipes you can whip up this evening.
I’ve been getting mums back into shape for a long time! But being a new dad to an 8 month old, only now have I been so close to someone nursing and raising a tiny human! It’s easy to take on too much in this situation, but here’s the top 3 biggest mistakes I see from new mums looking to get their body back:
#1 – Starting too soon
It doesn’t matter whether your new arrival came into the world the usual way or entered through the sunroof. Unless it was left on your doorstep by a stork, your body has been through a lot hormonally, physically, and mentally. It needs time to adjust.
Apart from light walking or gentle swimming, give it at least 6 weeks before you start an exercise programme. And even then build up s-l-o-w-l-y! Doing too much too soon can very quickly lead to exhaustion, and apart from increasing the chances of getting injured, when your body’s exhausted it will hold onto every resource it has to combat that – including body fat!
So keep it light to start, and really take your time building up.
#2 – Wanting results yesterday
You’ve watched your body expand for several months. So many mums, particularly towards the end of a pregnancy, are already starting to plan what they’re going to do to get in shape again. You want weight loss, and you want it now!
Sometimes we need a kick up the backside to keep moving forward. Sometimes we just need reminding what we already knew. Here’s 32 of those little reminders to light or re-light that fire inside you and get you kicking arse in your life.
Please add your own favourites in the comment section below!
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
“I’ve not failed 10,000 times, I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that didn’t work” – Thomas Edison
“Continuous effort – Not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential” – Winston Churchill
“My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.” – Muhammad Ali
“Passion trumps everything” – Dave Tate
“You can’t get rid of it with exercise alone. You can do the most vigorous exercise and only burn up 300 calories in an hour. If you’ve got fat on your body, the exercise firms and tones the muscles. But when you use that tape measure, what makes it bigger? It’s the fat!” – Jack LaLanne
I have battled with my weight for most of my adult life, always putting it down to baby weight because that was easier than just admitting I didn’t have the will power to actually do anything about it!!
My before photo is a VERY rare item, as like most people who aren’t happy with themselves I always hid behind the camera, but being on holiday and having a husband with a camera phone I couldn’t avoid this one being taken, and I was horrified when my hubbie put it on Facebook. But still I didn’t have the willpower to fight the battle.
It took me several more years to realise no one was going to magic the weight away and I plucked up the courage to join Curves, for the first time in my life I was doing exercise on a regular basis and it felt good.
With food marketing everywhere, and clever labelling terms designed to lull you into a false sense of security, something really simple like eating healthily has become a huge minefield, and trying to eat healthily could be the very thing keeping you fat.
So to help get through the mines with both legs attached, here’s a quick guide to four very common healthy options that are secretly out to get you.
1) Frozen Yoghurt
Ice-cream makes you fat, right? So try this healthy alternative!
Frozen yoghurt has virtually NO fat (which they’ll proudly boast on the label)! It’s like the dessert holy grail!
Except it’s not.
It’s true it’s virtually fat free, so what’s it made of?
In a word – Sugar. Yeah there’s other stuff, (it’s called yoghurt for a reason!), but this stuff is essentially frozen sugar.
Just one 250g serving has nearly 270 calories, and nearly 50g of sugar!
That’s 12 teaspoons!You wouldn’t put that in your tea, would you?
You’d actually be better off having ice-cream on your ‘cheat’ or re-feed day than having this stuff and feeling like you’re doing yourself a favour.
Ever heard the saying pennies make pounds? Or the little things add up?
It’s true you need to get the big things in order first if you’re interested in weight loss – Eating right, doing the right type of exercise, etc. – but when you have those nailed down, the little additions can make a big difference.
Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” However, had he spent less time messing about with electricity and more time in the kitchen, I’m sure he would have added, “Oh, and eggs are awesome. Totally.”
Now, if you’ve ever exploded an egg in a saucepan trying to boil it, made an omelette more useful as a rubber Frisbee, or scrambled them in the microwave (good God, why!), then you may be inclined to disagree. However, you can’t blame the end result on the tool.
You see eggs are like the perfect nutritional delivery in a handy, albeit fragile, portable pod. They’re packed with high quality protein, with around 6g per egg, they carry more vitamins than you can shake a chicken wing at, and just one yolk contains half of our daily recommended requirement of Choline, an important nutrient for brain development.
Now me, I’m not the worlds greatest chef. When it comes to preparing food, the simpler the better as far as I’m concerned. But there’s one thing I don’t mind saying I am great at, and that’s poaching an egg.
Seriously, I have it down to an art.
I am so good at poaching eggs, I make Delia look like a gibbering chimp with arthritis. And you know why? Because I’ve perfected it into a simple five step process.
So in honour of the nutritional masterpiece that is the humble egg, here’s a video I made for Power Living Magazine where I’m going to show you how to make perfect poached eggs every time.