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Sneaky *astard!

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The catalyst for this weeks blog stems from my year ketogenic/Banting experiment and that fact I feel my results have slowed a little. This is an extremely common and frustrating phenomenon, but one in which I'm going to give you some key pointers on what to do! You know what they say - fight fire with fire! Think of your own metabolism as a balance board - step one way and t...
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Summer exercise anywhere programme!

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One of the barriers towards getting more active is the proximity of a place to do it - worry no more! This workout uses only body weight and you can do it anywhere in just a mat space! It lasts just 20 minutes total including recovery time and gets your muscular and cardiovascular system working out all at once! This is starting to sound like an infomercial!! I give th...
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Keto eating experiment – 15 weeks in….

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Just thought I'd write up my learnings so far from the last 4 weeks of the ketogenic/Banting eating plan. I have to say firstly I'm feeling really good - better energy, clearer thinking, mentally better overall, feeling tighter/lighter and hardly ever hungry! (how liberating!) Managing well on less sleep overall but I'm sure I would feel better with a little bit more! (This is mo...
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Gratefulness….

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I think today's sunny weather combined with a welcome break mid afternoon, made me, what my school report called, 'a daydreamer!' Despite what I feel was highlighted as a negative then, (especially where mindfulness is so topical), it is, in hind-site, actually not a bad thing to do occasionally. Switch off, let your mind wander, and your thoughts float away. In a world that dicta...
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Soul searching….

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This week I've found there's been a bit more client soul searching than normal. There's a lot more to personal training than just the physical aspects. In fact, in reality in a lot of cases, it's more the mental side that takes precedence. As a coach I try to help clients to find their own solutions, by asking them the right questions and teasing out realistic solutions. It's n...
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My 11 week results from Ketogenic eating

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Eleven weeks into my one year Ketogenic/Banting experiment (although I already feel it's going to be a lifelong plan), I thought I'd report my findings so far for those that are interested in learning more about the process. Here's my main summary; I'm very rarely hungry now- which is huge! When I had more carbs I was hungry a lot of the time and my mind was focused on my next m...
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Staying mentally strong….

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After some devastating news this week that my father has also been afflicted with the same awful syndrome as my mum, my focus turns to mental health awareness, and what can be done to improve your own mental health status. One of my main personal goals over the year was to further increase wellness, part of which was mental health. Knowing this news as I do now, it has definitely escalat...
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Self responsibility

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I just had a conversation with another personal trainers client whilst he was waiting for her. Just idle chit chat, but we were discussing older relatives and family and the lack of exercise or movement, and the implications that this holds. Funnily enough we both agreed that you can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink! What is the answer to individuals understandin...
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Banting and Fitbit update…..

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I thought I'd better fill you in on the ketogenic/banting plan that I've been following since February, as part of the longer term research. Since having my Fitbit I have moved even more than normal - especially walking. I must say that walking is very underrated and I definitely feel much better for increasing overall movement. In my opinion I feel it's accelerated fat loss further...
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Master your metabolism!

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I've been helping a number of clients this week with establishing a longer term approach to improved overall health and a better body composition. It's an antithesis to boom and bust, quick fix, and other such common ways of change. Of course the former can work, but what about the results over time? Are they sustainable? There is something very motivational about rapid improvements/...
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