It's easier to be out of shape in winter, with all those layers to hide under. But once the warmer weather is here, being in less-than-peak form gets harder to ignore - particularly if we're carrying a few (or more) extra pounds. Just the wake-up call we need for a mind and body turn-around.
You find yourself in a situation which is, at best, undermining your efforts and at worst, absolutely soul destroying and likely to have you reaching for the comfort of cake as you slip back in to the perpetual vicious circle.
We've all done it. Mindlessly wolfed down a triple by-pass burger and chips in front of the computer as we try to meet a work deadline. Or polished off a tub of cookie dough ice cream after hearing bad news. Finding comfort in food is very human. And the trouble is, the more indulgently sweet, salty or fatty it is, the more rewarding we find it - and the more we crave it.
The Swiss ball squat is something I did a lot at the beginning of my weight loss; carrying 23 stone it was hard for me to perform and hold a squat, but using the Swiss ball helped me build strength quickly.
The word 'diet' sends a shiver of misery down most spines. I know this because I spent many years locked in a cycle of diet, binge, diet, binge, which in turn led to feelings of guilt and made a serious dent in my self-esteem.
I knew I wanted to make a change, but this time it had to be permanent, I was well and truly fed up with losing weight just to gain it back a few weeks later. Of course, I wanted to have more confidence and enjoy playing with my children, plus I knew that being miserable about the way I looked meant that I wasn't that much fun to be around.
We all know losing weight is a challenge and diet, exercise and patience are key. Making lifestyle changes are difficult and you have to be motivated and driven to sustain them and even more driven to keep the weight off.
As a dietitian, the challenge is to educate people on healthier food choices, activity and lifestyle changes. Doing this in clinic on a one to one basis is excellent and, provided you have enough time, you can really drill down and identify the changes that need to be made.
Losing weight as a consequence of becoming a runner is no great surprise. It's the stuff of women's magazines everywhere. That doesn't mean, however, that when it happens to you, you are familiar with the effects this will have.
Getting superhero lean isn't easy. It isn't even moderately easy... but that's a good thing. If it was easy, everyone would have a next level six-pack and that would make you just another person in great shape. As the challenge is hard and the results take effort, few people will achieve their dream body.
People follow quick fix diets which are designed for body builders, weight category athletes or physique athletes, but these are not sustainable long term. People do not consider the context for which diets, or pieces of research are intended.
All groups who exercised saw some benefit in visual-spatial processing (the ability to perceive where objects are in space and how far apart they are from each other), as well as an increase in overall attention levels and ability to focus.
Starting out on a fitness journey, whether you are just starting to exercise or planning a new challenge, can be daunting. While there are many different factors that will decide whether you succeed, there are some basic building blocks you can adopt straight away to give yourself the best chance of achieving your goals.
On the 25th of November 2015, I has weight loss surgery. I underwent a sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a gastric sleeve. It has now been just over 3 months since my surgery and I have lost nearly 30 kg. YAY!
I'm writing this blog to ask EVERYONE to please stop complimenting me for losing weight. It's not a compliment, for me it's a trigger. Instead I want you to compliment me on the things that actually matter. Compliment me for treating my body with the care it deserves. Compliment me for overcoming so many of my issues. Compliment me for being healthier.
It's quite controversial to admit that being your goal weight didn't work for you, and that it wasn't something you wanted to attain, but it's a topic that should be discussed more often in the fitness community, especially when it comes to promoting body positivity.