Well, I know I'm a bit behind the ball on this one, since we’re almost in 2019. But 2017 was a big year. Full of ups and downs, steps forward and emotional upheavals. This one was a hard to get down on paper, if I'm honest. Let’s start with the easy stuff. Physically I played a season of Touch Football with a team of cops, that was interesting. I hadn’t played Touch since grade 10. And even then I wasn’t in a top team or anything. I’m not a good, fast runner you guys, and I h
Adding in steps is becoming more and more important in our increasingly sedentary lives. In the past, we’ve heard of the phrase “incidental exercise”. This is when you go out of your way to add steps or more movement into your day. This doesn’t include doing an actual workout. What it does include is things like parking your car further from the shops, taking the stairs, walking to the bus stop or getting off one stop early, lose your remote control so you have to get up, sta
What is wellness coaching? As a wellness coach, I understand that when it comes to wellness goals, it’s not always straightforward. You and I take a whole-istic approach to your goals. Primarily, it focuses on: Nutrition Fitness Sleep Stress Relationships Work/Life balance I understand that each and every one of us is different. So, together we consider every aspect of your life, your values, dreams, desires, priorities as well as, your situation, time and money constraints.
See My Weight Loss Story: Timeline for reference (this was 2013-2014). I suppose you could say my confidence started to grow when I began a diet called Shred, which is based on the principle of “keeping your body guessing”. Each week the meal plan was different, such as high fibre, smoothies/low carb, carb cycling, high protein etc. That worked in the sense that I was able to test out different styles of eating and started to learn what my body did and didn’t respond well to.
I have struggled with this for as long as I can remember. And I still do sometimes. If you’re like me and know that your emotions trigger eating patterns… whether it’s positive or negative emotions, stick with me while I explain my thoughts. As children we were often rewarded with food. Example: be good at the shops and you get to pick a treat, don’t fight on the car trip and we’ll get McDonald’s ice creams. As adults if something good happens, our brain often wants a reward.
Whether you’re just starting out with workouts, or you’ve been doing midday or night sessions, transitioning into morning workouts can be a big adjustment. Recently I was in the habit of going straight after work, mostly due to winter and I was struggling to get up in the dark and the cold. But I found myself falling into old habits of bailing on the 5pm gym sessions. I knew I could do morning workouts if I put my mind to it. And that I would feel much better for it. The bene
If you have tried diet after diet after diet with little success, remember this: “A well-worn path doesn’t mean that you are on the right track.” If you struggle with weight and rarely see positive changes reflected on the bathroom scales, it is important to recognise that the continual diet cycle can do more harm than good—mentally, physically, and spiritually. The diet cycle typically flows like this: We start an extreme diet. We feel restricted and deprived. The cravings c
Whenever I have a scheduled workout but seriously don’t want to do it, I always make a deal with myself. Do 20 minutes and if you don’t want to do any more, then you’re done. This way I’ve got at least some movement into my day, still making baby steps towards my goals and I don’t feel like a fat loser for bailing. 95% of the time, when that 20-minute timer goes off, I can do more, and I kinda want to. It’s like the perfect length of time for the endorphines to kick in. But i
Many people rock up at the gym and do one of two things: Do the same machines and length of cardio as they always do Wing it, wasting time and not really feeling challenged After about 2 weeks of this, they start noticing some changes – maybe not in weight but in how clothes are fitting. At about the 3-4 week mark, they get bored, motivation wears off and they begin to skip days. I speak from experience here. This has happened to me many times. And at first, I blamed the gym,
There’s two types of people in this world, those who eat when they’re stressed, and those who don’t. I am type 1, 100%. And since you're here, I’m guessing you’re feeling that too. When we’re stressed, our body goes into a Stress Response. This means our hormones go to work and create a fight or flight response in our body. It does things like pump blood into our limbs, affects our heart rate and it also does a few things to our gut. Our body releases a hormone called Cortiso