My Year: 2017
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
How to Increase Your Step Count Each Day
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
Strive Wellness FAQ
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.
My Weight Loss Story: How My Confidence Grew
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.
3 Tips for Getting Your Morning Workout Done
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
Healthy and Satisfying Day of Eating
Here's an example of my day of eating. I've tried many diets, meal plans and ways of eating and it was when I ditched all of the diet culture bullshit, I actually made more progress. So, I thought it might help you too. First Thing when you get up have a minimum of 250ml of water - make it warm if you like, add lemon if you like (to protect your teeth, use a straw). Meal 1 Some people don’t like to eat first thing when they wake up, others love a big breaky. My recommendati
How to Shift Your Mindset from Weight Loss to Health Gain
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
Get Moving in 20 minutes
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
How to Plan your Gym Workout
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,
How to Combat Stress Eating
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
Is Your Relationship Holding You Back?
Many of us have goals, dreams, and aspirations of how we want life to go. You want the man/woman, and when that person comes and you fall in love, and are blissfully happy, what tends to happen is that you put aside your personal goals for a little bit. You’re “all in” on the relationship and forget about everything else for a while. Now for many of us, that means we get a little “fappy” - fat and happy. Some of us relax a little on our studies or career goals. And that’s oka