Beat the Christmas Bulge

It’s the same worry every year. The Christmas bulge. So every year I get asked the same thing, “How do I stop myself from putting on weight over Christmas?” and I always say the same thing.

It really is only 3 days that you have the excuse of eating a lot and often. The rest really IS in your control. There are plenty of excuses flying around, but really, they don’t count. If you want it badly enough, you’ll get it!

I wrote guidelines for this very problem that you should read:


We clap for you

So I’ve been struggling with something for a while, and it has come to a peak now and pushed me to start a new movement #WeClapForYou


I was chatting to Natalie and Sarah on twitter last night and Natalie had just experienced the same thing. It makes you SO angry that people are so mean and can actually think this way.

When did it become ok to laugh and joke about other people at the gym?
When did it become ok to point and joke about the big girl working out?
When did it become ok to belittle them for being at the gym?
When did it become ok to question why they are there or even trying?
When did it become ok to judge someone when you have no idea about their life?
When did it become ok to laugh about that person and then post about it on social media?
When did it become ok to mock someone’s weight loss struggle and journey?
When did it become ok to be such a bitch?

I actually can’t believe the amount of people that will laugh, belittle, mock, point at and discourage overweight people at the gym, on the promenade and anywhere really. If someone is TRYING to change their life and their health, who are YOU to even question it? Leave the serious questions to us professionals who actually care about these people and their health. We actually ask deep questions that impact their psyche and health and why they are where they are. We don’t ask stupid questions like “Why are you even bothering?” Well they are bothering because they can, and they want to. People don’t ask you questions about why you can’t stop pulling duck face in pictures, so maybe its time for you to stop being a bitch.

The fact that someone has taken the time to drive to the gym, sit with the sales consultant, sign up, and then make the conscious decision to get up and get their ass to the gym, regardless of its size, is a feat in itself and commendable. 


Who are you to make a mockery of that? You don’t know if they have cried in their car in the parking lot too afraid to walk in there for fear of people like YOU. You don’t know if they lost a loved one and have no family left so they ate their feelings until they literally didn’t recognise themselves anymore. You don’t know if they have battled and SURVIVED cancer and the cortisone and meds made them balloon to triple their size. You don’t know if she was physically battered by her husband and then ate to make him not want her anymore so he would leave her alone.


Stop being THAT person. Stop hating on people. Stop being a bully!
Show some love. Show some encouragement. Show some support!

When did it become cool to be mean? This is not a movie, this is not Mean Girls. It was funny because it was a movie, not real life. Stop making it real life.

So this is me, as a health and fitness professional, standing up for all of those people who have been laughed at, spoken about, pointed at and belittled for trying! For trying to lose weight, for trying to go to the gym, for trying to be a better version of themselves! If you sign up for a 5k, I will clap for you. If you are running on the promenade, I will clap for you. If you get to the gym, I will clap for you.
I am in AWE of you!





I hope you will too….




*If you were offended by this because you are that bitch, sorry not sorry*


Monday Motivation 

Today’s Monday Motivation has a lot to do with yourself. So often we see hurdles and bumps in the road as failures and tend to give up, when in fact we should take the knock but keep moving with it!

1 step backwards, 2 steps forward 

Stop being so hard on yourself, and use it as motivation to WORK HARDER! Only you can make the change and put in the effort. If you have a bad day of eating, don’t give up and say: “Oh I’ll start again Monday”  no you start again after that meal! You can redeem yourself. Don’t let a bad meal turn into a bad week. The same for missing a workout. Don’t then let another day go by. Pick it up the next day.

Go with it!


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How to stick to New Years resolutions 

How do you stick to New Year’s Resolutions?


That’s easy, don’t have any! 

Now is the time when everyone starts saying New Year, New You! But is all crap. It’s a new year but the same you. Why would you want to change you? You are awesome, you are special, you are YOU!

How to stick to New Year's resolutions


You just need to become the best version of yourself   



New Year’s resolutions evoke a sense of failure if you don’t achieve them in the year. You already have a built in fear that it won’t work out, so rather don’t put that pressure on yourself. Rather set GOALS. Goals are something to work towards. Short, medium, and long term goals. You can plan them according to your lifestyle and as they are something to work towards, you are more likely to make the small changes to reach them. Goals are ongoing. Not just a resolution.

How to stick to New Year's resolutions


Goals challenge you. Goals change you.


Make goals that are attainable. Don’t plan for 5 days of gym a week if you know you are more likely to make it 3 days only. Rather plan for 3 days, so you feel positive about your achievement. If you keep failing to reach your 5 day goal, your mind is already in a negative space.



Make small, realistic goals for yourself.

  1. I will be active 3 days a week
  2. I will drink more water
  3. I will be more active outdoors
  4. I will give myself at least one hour a week of alone time
  5. I will try spinning



Those simple goals are realistic and achievable. One could argue that resolutions are goals, but they are different in their context and planning. Everyone wants to set resolutions and feel the need to because everyone else is doing it. Resolutions are changing a habit that you are already doing, whereas goals are more about heading towards something else, or achieving something you haven’t done before.

Whatever way you feel comfortable tracking your goals, do that. You can have a star chart (You are NEVER too old) if you are into stationery, on your computer, a pinboard, wherever you like as long as it is visible to you.

What are your goals for 2016?

Go out there and SMASH THEM!



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